• Recording 1: a conversation between 2 people set in everyday context. E.g., Conversation about market
  • Recording 2: monologue (one person speaking) about everyday social life context. E.g., A speech about traffic problems in the area.
  • Recording 3: a conversation involving not more than 4 people set in an educational or training context. E.g., a university teacher and students discussing an assignment or project.
  • Recording 4: a monologue or talk on any academic subject. E.g., a university lectures.


  • Read the questions for the section before the recording begins. It helps in identifying the answers once recording starts. Remember, read questions only for that section for which you will hear the recording.
  • After completing the section, read the questions for the next section instead of worrying about the previous section.
  • Stick to the word limits. If an instruction says, ‘Write No More Than 2 Words’, writing more than two words will get you no marks even if your answer has some correct words.
  • Listen for synonyms or words having same meaning. E.g., if recording says, ‘He loves to work on computers’, it could reflect on the answer sheet as,’ He is interested in technology’.
  • If you have to write dates in an answer, there are several correct ways of writing it. E.g., ’20th May, May 20, 20 May’ .
  • You may be asked to write down the word spelled in the recording. E.g., name of a person. You should know how letters are pronounced; the letter ‘W’ is pronounced as ‘double-U’.
  • If you are taking paper based IELTS, you will get extra 10 minutes for transferring your answers from Listening booklet to the answer sheet at the end of last recording. Remember, do not make the mistake of transferring the answers in between the sections; that time should be utilized to read the questions for next section.


You don’t get an extra 10 minutes transfer time in CD-IELTS/Advantages of Computer Delivered (CD) IELTS