The IELTS listening test takes approximately 30 minutes.
The listening material is recorded on a cassette tape which you will
hear only once. There are four sections in the listening test presented
in order of increasing difficulty. The first two sections are on topics
of general interest such as a report of a lost bag or an introduction to
a public facility. Section one will be in the form of a dialogue,
section two will be a monologue.
Sections three and four will have an education or training focus. There
will be a lecture and a discussion between two and four people.
As you listen you should write your answers on the question booklet. At
the end of the recorded material you will be given ten minutes to copy
your answers onto the answer sheet.
Most candidates come out of the listening test not feeling very
confident of their answers after listening to the recording only once.
For this reason it is very important that you take a number of timed
practice listening tests before the actual exam day to become familiar
with the style of questions asked, the speed of the speech and to
develop the skill of recording your answers as you listen.