The Listening Module takes around 30 minutes. There are 40 questions. There are four sections. The Listening Module is recorded on a CD and is played ONCE only.
During the test, time is given for candidates to read the questions and write down and then check their answers. Answers are written on the Question Paper as candidates listen. When the recording ends ten minutes are allowed for candidates to transfer their answers to an Answer Sheet.
The first two sections are concerned with social needs. There is a conversation between two speakers and then a monologue. The final two sections are concerned with situations related more closely to educational or training contexts.
There is a conversation between up to four people and then a further monologue. A range of English accents and dialects are used in the recordings which reflects the international usage of IELTS.
(Further instructions will be provided during the course)