Listening practice tests

Listening practice tests

This platform helps you to prepare for the listening module. It tests your ability to listen and answer 40 questions based on the transcript.

It is advised that you go through the test details before taking the practice session.


Details of Section 1:

It is a conversation between two speakers regarding some inquiry or everyday conversations.

This section tests your understanding of simple facts, including names and numbers. There are always two speakers in section 1.

Question Types

Pick from a list: One usually picks the correct answers from a list of options and may not hear the exact words that you read in the options so that you will be listening for a word with similar meaning. E.g., winter sports/skiing, thunderstorm/wet weather.

Form filling: These types of questions test your ability to predict what is missing in the gaps. The blanks include essential details like names, dates, places, times, etc.

Labeling a map or plan: Identifying keywords related to expressions of location such as in the middle, on the corner, next to, straight ahead as the answer depends on the understanding of these words.

Details of Section 2:

A candidate would hear a talk by one speaker on a topic of general interest.

The difficulty levels are higher than Section 1, so the candidate will have to decide what the essential details or facts on the recording are without the help of other speaker’s questions to guide the candidate.

Question type

Sentence completion: A candidate needs to complete the sentences by writing up to three words/ numbers in the gaps focusing on the main verb, and a subject, articles or prepositions can be a useful guide to missing words.

Table completion: The student is required to complete the table taking hints from the already filled information. Always note the order of questions and look at the gaps and headings and hence decide what type of information is required.

Short answer questions: There are two types of short answer questions. Type 1 is where you answer an actual question, and Type 2 is where you make a list of up to three things. The student answers to WH- problems which are where, which, when, what, why, who, and how.

Details of Section 3:

A candidate will hear a discussion with up to four speakers on an educational topic where he will have to identify significant facts, reasons, or ideas. You need to listen to what the speakers ask or tell each other and then decide what their main point is. Also, at times, a candidate has to understand how the idea has been re-worded in the question.

Question type:

Multiple choice questions: There are two types of multiple-choice questions; one is a question followed by three possible options, and the other is an unfinished statement followed by three possible endings.

Matching: The candidate answers the questions by matching the words in the list to the correct word or phrase in the box.

Labeling a diagram: You may have a flowchart illustrating a process, or you may have to label the parts of an object. The parts to be labeled will have an arrow, and the question number beside them.

Details of Section 4:

Section 4 forms the hardest section of the test with questions similar to those in sections 1-3, but one is required to follow the development of the lecture and identify the main ideas or key points.

The language is quite formal, and the speaker usually begins by telling the listeners what he or she is going to say. Then the main points are identified, often illustrated with examples. One is required to look carefully at the vocabulary in the question and listen out for ‘signpost words’ during the talk. E.g., firstly, on the other hand, etc. as these will help you predict what the speaker is going to say.

Question type:

Note Completion: You complete the notes with the words you hear on the recording. Notes may not follow standard grammatical rules or layouts, e.g., there may be articles or auxiliary verbs missing, or the notes may be listed with bullet points.