Summary of this lesson

In this lesson you should have learned… That there are three parts to the speaking test The types of topics you will need to talk about How long each part of the test takes That the examiner is looking for you to demonstrate skills in 4 areas: Fluency and Coherence Lexical Resource Grammatical Range and … Read more

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: that there are 9 different question types used in the IELTS listening test that there are four sections, each with 10 questions that you are given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet at the end of the test how your band score … Read more

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson, you should have learned… that there are 9 different question types used in the IELTS listening test that there are four sections, each with 10 questions that you are given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet at the end of the test how your band score (score out … Read more

Classifying and matching

Classifying and matching questions have a list of options that need to be paired with a statement. There are minor differences between matching questions and classifying questions, and these will be covered later in the course. Here are some examples: NOTE: This is an example only – there is no recording. Type 1: Matching Questions … Read more

Short answer questions

As you can probably guess from the name, short answer questions require you to find a short answer to the question(s) given. For these question types it is very important to take careful of note of the instructions given. The maximum length of any short answer question is three words and a number, but sometimes … Read more

Multiple choice questions

There are 2 types of multiple choice questions. With one type, you need to find the most appropriate ending for a statement from three or four choices. With the other type, you need to select the answer to question. The skills you use vary slightly depending on which type of multiple choice question it is, … Read more

Summary completion questions

Summary completion questions require you to fill in the gaps in a summary of a part of the recording. One of the main issues with this question type is that the summary you are given in the question sheet can often be very long, so you need to have good time management skills and be … Read more

Flowchart completion questions

Flowchart completion questions are often used when the speaker is describing a process, and to answer these questions you need to identify the missing information. These question types are often used in later sections of the listening test, and can often be about complex, academic subjects.  A lesson covering the steps you should take when … Read more

Table completion questions

Table completion questions require you to complete the missing information in a table. One of the difficulties with this question type is that although the answers you are looking for will come in the order of the recording, the other information given may not be in the same order (or may not be mentioned at … Read more

Notes completion questions

Notes completion questions are also common, and can be tricky because the information given is not in complete sentence but in note form. As  with all the question types used in the IELTS test, the skills needed to answer notes completion questions will be presented and practiced in much more detail in a later lesson. … Read more