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    Listening

    The Listening question types for computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-delivered test. A variety of tasks is used including:

    • Multiple Choice
    • Matching
    • Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
    • Form Completion
    • Note Completion
    • Table Completion
    • Flow-chart Completion
    • Summary Completion
    • Sentence Completion
    • Short Answer Questions

    Any of these question types may appear in any of the four parts of the test.

    There is more detailed information on the IELTS Listening question types here.

    A selection of sample Listening test questions is given below. Answer keys and transcripts of the recordings are also provided for you to check your answers.

    In each sample, you will have some time to look through the questions before the recording starts, and some time at the end to check your answers.

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    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer)

    You will hear an extract from a Part 3 recording in which a student called Judy is discussing her research with her tutor and fellow students.

    For each question, click on the correct answer.

    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer)
    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer) Answer Key
    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer) Recording Transcript

    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer)

    You will hear an extract from a Part 1 recording in which two people are discussing a guide to a library.

    Click on the correct answers.

    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer) Answer Key
    Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer) Recording Transcript

    Sample Listening Matching

    You will hear an extract from a Part 2 recording in which a woman is talking to new staff at a children’s summer camp.

    For each question, click on the correct answer and move it into the gap.

    Sample Listening Matching
    Sample Listening Matching Answer Key
    Sample Listening Matching Recording Transcript

    Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling (Type A)

    You will hear an extract from Part 2 of the test in which a tour guide describes different places in a US town.

    For each question, click on the correct space in the table.

    Sample Listening Plan/Map/DiagramLabelling
    Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling Answer Key
    Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Recording Transcript

    Sample Listening Note Completion

    You will hear an extract from a Part 1 recording in which two people are discussing second-hand furniture.

    For each question, write your answer in the gap.

    Sample Listening Note Completion
    Sample Listening Note Completion Answer Key
    Sample Listening Note Completion Recording Transcript

     

    Sample Listening Short Answer Questions

    You will hear an extract from Part 2 of the test in which a representative from a clothing company is giving a talk to high school students.

    For each question, write your answer in the gap.

    Sample Listening Short Answer Questions
    Sample Listening Short Answer Questions Answer Key
    Sample Listening Short Answer Questions Recording Transcript

     

    Academic Reading

    The Academic Reading question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

    • Multiple Choice
    • Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given) 
    • Identifying a Writer’s Views/Claims (Yes/No/Not Given)
    • Matching Information
    • Matching Headings
    • Matching Features
    • Matching Sentence Endings
    • Summary Completion
    • Note Completion
    • Table Completion
    • Flow-chart Completion
    • Diagram Label Completion
    • Short Answer Questions

    Any of these question types may appear in any of the three parts of the test. 

    You can find detailed information about the IELTS Academic Reading question types here.

    A selection of sample Academic Reading test questions is given below. Answer keys are also provided for you to check your answers.

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    Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (one answer)

    You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

    Click on the correct answer.

    Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (one answer)
    Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (one answer) Answer Key

     

    Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer)

    You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

    Click on the correct answers.

    Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
    Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer) Answer Key

     

    Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)

    You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

    Click on the correct answer.

    Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)
    Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given) Answer Key

    Sample Academic Reading Note Completion

    You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

    For each question, write your answer in the gap.

    Sample Academic Reading Note Completion
    Sample Academic Reading Note Completion Answer Key

     

    Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings

    You will read a Part 2 text about the physics of traffic behaviour.

    For each question, click on the correct answer and move it into the gap.

     

    Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings
    Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings Answer Key

    Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)

    You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the ‘Plain English’ movement, which promotes the use of clear English.

    For each question, write your answer in the gap.

    Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)
    Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text) Answer Key

    Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)

    You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about language.

    For each question, write your answer in the gap.

     

    Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)
    Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)Answer Key

    Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)

    You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the effect of a low-calorie diet on the ageing process.

    For each question, write your answer in the gap.

    Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)
    Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text) Answer Key

    Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion

    You will read a Part 2 text which discusses whether birds evolved from dinosaurs.

    Click on the correct answer.


    Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion
    Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion Answer Key

    Sample Academic Reading Matching Sentence Endings

    You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the scientific community in London in the 1700s.

    Click on the correct answer.

    Sample Academic Reading Matching Sentence Endings
    Sample Academic Reading Matching Sentence Endings Answer Key

    General Training Reading

    The General Training Reading question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

    • Multiple Choice
    • Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given) 
    • Identifying a Writer’s Views/Claims (Yes/No/Not Given)
    • Matching Information
    • Matching Headings
    • Matching Features
    • Matching Sentence Endings
    • Summary Completion
    • Note Completion
    • Table Completion
    • Flow-chart Completion
    • Diagram Label Completion
    • Short Answer Questions

    Any of these question types may appear in any of the three parts of the test. 

    You can find detailed information about the IELTS Academic Reading question types here.

    A selection of sample Academic Reading test questions is given below. Answer keys are also provided for you to check your answers.

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    Sample General Training Reading - Matching information
    Sample General Training Reading - Matching information
    Sample General Training Reading - Matching information Answer Key
    Sample General Training Reading - True/False/Not Given

    Sample General Training Reading - True/False/Not Given
    Sample General Training Reading - True/False/Not Given Answer Key

    Sample General Training Reading Note Completion

    Sample General Training Reading Note Completion
    Sample General Training Reading Note Completion Answer Key

    Sample General Training Reading - Sentence Completion

    Sample General Training Reading - Sentence Completion
    Sample General Training Reading - Sentence Completion Answer Key

    Academic Writing

    The Academic Writing question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

    • In Part 1, you are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
    • In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. 

    You can find detailed information about the IELTS Academic Writing question types here

    Sample Academic Writing test questions are given below. Sample responses with band scores and examiner comments are also provided.

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    Sample Academic Writing Part 1

    Responses to Sample Part 1 and Part 2 with band scores and examiner comments

    Sample Academic Writing Part 2

    Responses to Sample Part 1 and Part 2 with band scores and examiner comments

    General Training Writing

    The General Training Writing question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

    • In Part 1, you are asked to respond to a situation by writing a letter, for example, requesting information or explaining a situation.
    • In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. 

    You can find detailed information about the IELTS General Training Writing question types here

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    Sample General Training Writing Part 1

    Responses to Sample Part 1 and Part 2 with band scores and examiner comments

    Sample General Training Writing Part 2

    Responses to Sample Part 1 and Part 2 with band scores and examiner comments