IELTS test day listening exercise
For this listening exercise, we’ve used ALL the different question types you will find in the IELTS listening test.
The listening is about a candidate’s experience on test day – this is not a topic you would normally have in the IELTS test (and it is easier than normal IELTS recordings), but is an opportunity for you to get some idea of what other people feel on test day!
Answer the following using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS (this is a short answer question).
1. How did Eileen feel before the test?
Show answer NERVOUS Circle the correct answer A–C (this is a multiple choice question).
2. She felt calmer
A. when her friend got her results
B. after she had spoken to her mother
C. the night before the test.
Show answer B Complete the sentence below in ONE WORD (this is a sentence completion question).
3. The hardest part of the listening test was ____________________.
Show answer SPELLING Label the diagram below (this is a labelling a diagram question).
4. In which room was Eileen’s speaking test?
Show answer INTERVIEW ROOM 5
Match a problem with a solution (this is a matching/classifying question).
A. If you feel nervous…
B. If you make a mistake…
5. stop and rephrase your sentence. Show answer B 6. stop and take a deep breath. Show answer A Questions 7-9. Complete the table below using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS/AND OR A NUMBER (this is a table completion question).
|The most difficult section||The most difficult question type|
|Writing||(7)||Writing about tables|
7. Show answer TASK 1/ONE 8. Show answer PASSAGE 2/TWO 9. Show answer MULTIPLE CHOICE Choose the correct letter A–D (this is a labelling a diagram question)
10. What does Eileen recommend just before going in to the test?
Show answer C
Show All correct answersClick here to read the transcript of the recording Teacher: So Eileen, tell me how you felt just before your test.
Well, it was the first time I had taken a test for such a long time that l was very nervous. Actually, didn’t sleep very well for nearly a week before the test. I felt a little under pressure because a friend of mine had got results a week before, and just his he’d done very well. Anyway, rang my parents the night before, and my mother reminded me that there was no point in worrying, and that made me feel a little calmer.
Teacher: So tell me how things went on the day. What about the listening test?
Eileen (student): Surprisingly, the listening test wasn’t as difficult as I’d thought. The hardest part was spelling, but didn’t feel that the sections got much more difficult as the test went on. By the end I felt quite confident in my answers.
Teacher: Tell me about the speaking. What was that like?
Eileen (student): I didn’t make a very good start. From the waiting area, l was supposed to go up to in end of the corridor and turn right. My interview room was on the right, but I the the room on the left and when showed the interviewer my ID he told me I was in wrong room! Anyway, he took me where I was supposed to go so it wasn’t too bad. Anyway, my real interviewer was great She made me feel so relaxed. Before the interview began, she asked me if taken the test before, and when told her was my first time, she just smiled and said “relax. I did find myself getting a nervous, but have little just took a breath and relaxed. As for the actual interview, I felt that I could done a little better but then I suppose most people feel that. Once or twice l realised I’d made a mistake so just corrected myself and went on
Teacher: Okay. What about the writing test?
Eileen (student): Well, I spent a few minutes too long on Task One l had to write about a table, a they’re easier to write about. Actually, I think tables was hoping for a graph because because the title was are the most difficult Task wasn’t too bad though to something I had studied in my class. I wrote a plan, so I just followed what I had written. Near the end I changed a few parts the plan a of didn’t follow my original idea but I still felt that Id done a good job
Teacher: And finally, then, the reading?
Eileen (student): Well, when the examiner handed out the test, l thought the size of the booklet was a little intimidating. To calm me down, I had a quick look through the three passage before began, and didn’t have much problem with the first and the third, but though Reading Passage 2 was quite difficult. There were some multiple-choice questions and I’ve always found them a little difficult. But just left them and moved on, an found I had a few minutes a the end to go back and answer them
Teacher: Good. Well, just before we finish, do you have any advice you would give to someone just about to take their test?
Eileen (student): Yes, a couple of things actually. A few days before the test, look through the work yo have done, but the night before the test, don’t do anything. Relax and go to bed ear In the morning, have a good breakfast. But the most important advice l would give to avoid speaking or listening to anything but English on the day. Listen to the radio when you get up, and take a portable cassette player to listen to when you’re waiting to go into the test room. Don’t speak your native language even if there are people that you know at the test centre.
Teacher: Well, thanks very much, Eileen. When do you get your results?
Eileen (student): Next Friday, I think.
Teacher: I hope you’ve done well.
Eileen (student): Thanks