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Sample test questions

Prepare for your IELTS test with free sample questions

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    Listening

    The Listening question types in IELTS for UKVI (Academic)  are the same as in the paper-delivered test:

    • 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.

    You will need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample test questions. You can download Firefox for free here. Once downloaded, open Firefox and use the links below to view the sample test questions. You can end the test at any time by closing the browser.

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

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

    You will hear an extract from Part 2 of the test 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 Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
    Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling Answer Key
    Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling 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 IELTS for UKVI (Academic)  are the same as in the paper-delivered test: 

    • 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
    • Sentence Completion
    • 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.

    You will need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample test questions. You can download Firefox for free here. Once downloaded, open Firefox and use the links below to view the sample test questions. You can end the sample test questions at any time by closing the browser.

    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 Sentence 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 Sentence Completion
    Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion 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

     

    Listening Answer Sheet
    Listening Answer Sheet (PDF, 233KB)

    Academic Writing

    The Academic Writing question types in IELTS for UKVI (Academic)  are the same as in the paper-delivered test: 

    • 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.

    You will need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample test questions. You can download Firefox for free here. Once downloaded, open Firefox and use the links below to view the sample test questions. You can end the sample test questions at any time by closing the browser. 

    Listening

    Academic Reading

    Academic Writing