The Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and is four separate recordings.
The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests.
IELTS Test Sections
There are four sections:
Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday context (eg. a conversation in an accomodation agency)
Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (eg. a speech about local families)
Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (eg. a university tutor and student discussing an assignment)
Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (eg. a university lecture)
Free Listening Sample Tasks
The following IELTS Listening Sample Tasks are to be used with the answer sheet and MP3 audio files/transcripts. Each answer sheet indicates which recording to listen to, or if a transcript is provided.
Listening Sample Task - Form Completion (PDF, 59KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 1 (MP3, 1.2MB)
Listening Sample Task - Multiple Choice (PDF, 16KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 2 (MP3, 402KB)
Listening Sample Task - Short Answer (PDF, 25KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 3 (MP3, 574KB)
Listening Sample Task - Sentence Completion (PDF, 17KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 4 (MP3, 549KB)
Listening Sample Task - Matching (example 1) (PDF. 21KB)
Listening Sample Task - Matching (example 2) (PDF, 21KB)
Listening Answer Sheet (PDF, 233KB)