IELTS Listening Practice Guide 2022

Whether you are preparing for your IELTS Listening exam today or next month, this IELTS Listening Practice Guide 2022 will be a valuable tool to save time and advance your skills. Good luck, and let us know what you think in the comments below…

Let’s get started, shall we?

The IELTS Listening Basics

The IELTS Listening exam lasts approximately 40 minutes, including 30 minutes plus 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

  • It has four parts.
  • You can’t use a dictionary in the test
  • You only hear the recordings once!
  • Both Academic and General Test Takers sit the same exam.

What will you listen to?

In Part 1, you will listen to a
conversation between two people that is transactional. What does transactional mean? It means that the conversation has an exchange. You want to buy something, ask for information or book something. ‘I need this. I want to know this’.

Part 2 is transactional, but only one person speaks, which is called a monologue. It will involve an individual providing information. An example of this is a tour guide discussing the museum.

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In Part 3, you will listen to a conversation between a teacher and their students. You will hear a student or multiple students discussing a project or receiving feedback.

Part 4 will also have an academic focus. You will hear one person give a lecture or speech about an educational topic. You can listen to some fun TED Talks to familiarise yourself with this style.

Who will be speaking?

Remember that you will listen to many different accents such as American, Canadian, the British Isles, Australian and New Zealanders. They can be very different! It is a good idea to get used to listening to a varied range of dialects and accents in preparation for the exam.

If you don’t like listening to TED Talks, you can watch explore Netflix or YouTube to research your interests in English.

Tip 1: Identifying The Answer Before You Listen

Before listening to the recording, you can look at the questions to prepare yourself for what information to find. Look at the table below. You can see below that we can guess what type of answer they are looking for based on the question…

Course Enrolment Form

What to look for?


Date Of Birth:



Course Enrolment Form

What to look for?


Listen for a name, Terry or Sharon…

Date Of Birth:

Listen for a date, a month and a year. 21st May 1990.


Listen for a Course name or title – IELTS Intensive 30-Day Guaranteed Pass


Listen for a number with a currency – $400

Please don’t get too hung up on this, you can’t guess the answer, but you can forecast what they want you to listen for. This tip is excellent preparation for any question and is a tremendous time-saver for the exam.

Tip 2: Question Order

The questions you receive will appear in the same order as the information is provided in the recording. So, you don’t have to worry about answering question 4 before question 2. Sometimes, however, you will need to select your answers from a list, and in this case, only the items will be in random order.


An essential skill that will be tested in the IELTS Listening exam is your accuracy—specifically, recognising and recording numbers and letters. Therefore practising numbers and the alphabet is a good thing before the exam.

A few fun exercises to try out:

Can you spell your name?

Can you spell your street name/city/country?

What’s your date of birth?

What is the population of where you live?

Test yourself and see if you can easily say these aloud. If you hesitate, notice where you pause and look up how to say it via YouTube or Google.

How To Plan Your Study

Lesson 1 – First, you’ve read this post to be familiar with the Listening Exam and what to expect. If you want a summary and guidebook to all the other posts attached to this training, come back to this post.

Lesson 2 – What to expect and how to listen for information

Lesson 3 – Short answer and sentence completion questions

Lesson 4 – Paraphrasing

Lesson 5 – Maps and Diagrams

Lesson 6 – Test Your Level for Free

Download our Free PDF Guide for a summary of today’s class so you can make notes if you need to!

Ready to jump in? Remember, you don’t have to do this all in one go. Actually, we advise you don’t! Use this blog post to come back to and gradually work through the list.

Need More Help?

If you found our IELTS Listening Practice Guide 2022 but require further help, please reach out to us or enrol for our Free IELTS Practice Test Online or Guaranteed Pass Courses. We offer excellent courses at reasonable prices to ensure success in your life abroad.

If you want to learn more about the IELTS Listening exam, check out the British Council’s website for further details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in leaving a comment below, and we’ll get back to you.

See you in the next class!

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