Contact me
Message Via Whatsapp

IELTS Listening Part one - Important Exam Tips


IELTS Listening Part one - Important Exam Tips



Section 1 of the listening test is a conversation between two people relating to social and commercial needs. It is often based on a speaker finding out information about an event, arrangements for a job, travel arrangements or an everyday commercial transaction, such as buying insurance over the telephone.


There is only one conversation, but it often has phases. For example, in the first phase, a woman phones to find out about buying theatre tickets; in the second phase, she gives her name, address and credit-card details so the tickets can be posted to her. There are ten questions, and these may use any of the Listening test formats.



Understanding Addresses and Numbers

Addresses and numbers 1 Address formats vary from country to country. When addresses feature in the IELTS Listening test, they are usually in the British format.


Practice: Rewrite the lines of this address in the correct order.

a. Beaminster

b. United Kingdom

c. DT8 3BW

d. Garner House

e. 14 Monmouth Road

f. Flat3






Listening Tip 1


Spellings, numbers and dates are very likely to occur in Section 1. Make sure you are confident about listening to and writing down letters of the alphabet and numbers. Some are easily confused with each other when heard quickly (for example, 40 and 14, or P and B). You could practise dictating spellings and numbers with a friend.


It can be helpful to know the format of certain other types of information likely to occur in the recording.


Practice: For each pair in items 1—4, choose the correct format. For items 5—7, choose the option that is not correct.


1. credit-card number

a. 4478 3772 8574 9910

b. 4478 3772 8574


2. train-ticket price

a. €17.80 to go, €32.20 to return

b. €17.80 one way, €32.20 return


3. journey times

a. The journey takes three hours, 45 minutes.

b. The journey takes 45 minutes and three hours.


4. decimal points

2.75 is said as ...

a. two point seven five

b. two point seventy-five


5. Which one of these ways to say the telephone number 622010 is not correct?

a. six double two oh one oh

b. six two two oh one oh

c. six two two nought one nought

d. six two two zero one zero


6. Which one of these ways to say the date 23rd April is not correct?

a. the twenty-third of April

b. twenty-three of April

c. April the twenty-third

d. April twenty-third

e. twenty-three, four


7. Which one of these ways to say the price S 19.90 is not correct?

a. nineteen dollars ninety

b. nineteen dollars and ninety cents

c. nineteen ninety

d. nineteen dollars, ninety cents

e. nineteen ninety dollars



1a 2b 3a 4a 5c 6b 7e





Listening Tip 2

Section 1 recordings are often based on exchanging information about personal and practical details. Predicting the type of information required and knowing the usual format will help you in the exam.


The Listening test gets progressively (=Gradually) more difficult, so Section 1 is the easiest part. If you are hoping to get 6.5 or higher in the whole exam, aim to get 100% correct in Listening Sections 1 and 2.



Listening Tip 2

Predicting the answers will help you in all parts of the Listening test. There are two main types of prediction: predicting the type of information required, and predicting the likely range of possible answers.


IELTS Listening Part 1 - Important exam Tips Practice
Click here to start the activity