The listening test comprises of several recordings which may have Australian, British, or North-American accents. Enlisted are points to be kept in mind while attempting the exam:

  • The first module taken is listening.
  • It is a 30-35 minutes test of your understanding of spoken English, where a headset is given to the test taker to listen to an audio.
  • The recording is divided into 4 parts; each section has 10 questions making a total of 40 questions that come in the same order as the information in the recording.
  • The whole listening test lasts about 30-35 minutes and, thereafter 10 minutes are given to transfer the answers on an answer sheet.

Marking Criteria

IELTS General Training Listening has a total of 40 questions. Each correct answer carries one mark. So, total marks are calculated out of 40. There is no negative marking.

The scores for listening are converted according to the following band chart.

Correct Answers Bands
39-40 9
37-38 8.5
35-36 8
32-34 7.5
30-31 7
26-29 6.5
23-25 6
18-22 5.5
16-17 5
13-15 4.5
11-12 4