IELTS Listening: What should I expect?
IELTSのリスニングはアカデミック モジュールとジェネラル トレーニング モジュールどちらも共通の問題が出されます。
The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training versions of the IELTS tests.
There are 4 sections, each with 10 questions for a total of 40 questions. The total time is around 30 minutes. During the test, you will write your responses on the question paper. At the end of the test, you will have 10 minutes to transfer these answers to the official answer sheet. Be careful that you transfer answers correctly – spelling errors are marked as an incorrect answer.
The four sections differ in difficulty and kind of listening task. Section one is the easiest, and section four is the most difficult. The questions are in the same order as the information in the listening – that is, the answer to Q1 comes before the answer to Q2, which is before Q3 and so on.
Sections 1 and 2 focus on everyday situations. In section 1 you will hear a conversation between two people. It often involves a daily task, such as making an appointment or making a reservation. Section 2 has only one speaker; such as a tour guide giving information.
Sections 3 and 4 focus on academic and training situation. Section 3 has a recording of two (or more) speakers. A good example of this type of recording is two students discussing an assignment in class. Section 4 is typically one speaker giving an academic-style lecture.
You will have some time (~30 sec) between each section. It is best to use this time to look at the next set of questions.
You will hear the recordings only once. In addition, the speakers are from England, Australia, New Zealand and North America, so you will need to be familiar with a variety of accents.
Within the four sections, there are several different types of questions. Each question type requires test-takers to use a different strategy. You will need to become familiar with answering the following types of questions:
- Multiple Choice
- Form/note/ table completion
- Labeling a diagram or map
- Sentence completion
- Short answers