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Question type 3 of 6: Labelling questions in IELTS listening


Question type 3 of 6: Labelling questions in IELTS listeningQuestion type 3 of 6: Labelling questions in IELTS listening. On this page, we will look at the third of the 6 types of question used in the IELTS listening test – Labelling questions in IELTS listening.

What do I have to do for Labelling questions in IELTS listening?

With Labelling questions, you need to complete the labels given on a plan, map or diagram.

Here’s an example:

Questions 1-6  Label the diagram.

Choose SIX answers from the box and write the correct letter A-K next to questions 1- 6.Question type 3 of 6: Labelling questions in IELTS listening

  1. 163 litres
  2. Suction chamber
  3. 136 litres
  4. Oil separator
  5. 150 litres
  6. 200 litres
  7. Sand trap
  8. Washing
  9. Treatment tank
  10. 146 litres

What is this question type testing my ability to do?

This question type is testing your ability to understand a description.

What are the best steps for answering Labelling questions in IELTS listening?

There are 7 steps that we recommend following for this question type:

Step 1 – About?: Look closely at the diagram / map / plan – what is it about?

Step 2 – Read: Read any labels given / the list of options

Step 3 – Prepositions: Consider what prepositions could be used to express place 

Step 4 – Prepare: Look at the next question. This is an essential step in the IELTS listening test. If you are aware of what the next question is about and then you hear it, you know you’ve missed the answer you were waiting for! Although that’s not good news, it’s better than waiting for an answer that’s already gone and missing subsequent answers.

Step 5 – Follow: As you listen follow the information already given in the question

Step 6 – Listen: Identify your answer

Step 7 – Write / Type: Write or type your answer but keep listening


What useful tips are there for this question type?

  • TIP 1: There are more options than answers given in a list
  • TIP 2: If you are labelling a map or plan, it often helps to draw the directions given on the illustration itself or on your notepad.

Now practice!

Click the link in the table below to test your skills with labelling questions in IELTS listening.


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