Timing: Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
Test Parts: 4 sections
Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context
Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (e.g. a speech about local facilities or a talk about the arrangements for meals during a conference)
Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment, or a group of students planning a research project)
Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. a university lecture)
Each section is heard once only
A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used.
Skills assessed: The listening section assesses a variety of skills which enables the judgment
of the candidate on grounds of their understanding of the basic factual information delivered by the speaker and how well the listener is able to comprehend the ideas and attitude of the speaker.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark
Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale
Scores are reported in whole and half bands.