IELTS Life Skills A1 Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills A1 Speaking and ListeningIELTS Life Skills A1 Speaking and Listening 16 to 18 minutes

The following information shows the focus of the IELTS Life Skills – A1 Speaking and Listening test and the types of tasks that you may need to complete.


  • listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions
  • communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
  • talk with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.

Tasks in the Life Skills A1 Speaking and Listening  may include the following:

  • describing
  • giving opinions
  • giving personal information
  • stating preferences
  • commenting
  • asking for information or descriptions
  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • explaining, giving reasons or justifying
  • deciding
  • suggesting

Make sure to review the free A1 level course on this site – it’s the best way to help you prepare for the skills and abilities you need to demonstrate in the official test!

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