The IELTS Listening practice test on this page is one of several full official tests available for free online.
I recommend that you use only official tests for exam practice as only these fully replicate the real exam paper that you will take on the day of your test.
The other main source of genuine tests is the Cambridge English series of authentic exam papers. These books are excellent. Each contains four complete test papers. Make sure that the copies you buy include an audio CD for the listening test as some versions do not and you have to buy them separately.
Having said all this, there are many IELTS Listening practice tests available that have been created by teachers like myself to teach you the skills needed to do well in your test and allow you to practice them. It’s fine to use these for this purpose.
To get the
full benefit of this practice test, complete it under exam conditions. Find a
quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Read the instructions and information first,
then, start a 30 minute timer as you begin the test.
I have set the test out in the 4 sections with the recordings for each section followed by the sets of questions related to that recording.
At the bottom of the page, you’ll find PDF’s of the answers, a sample answer sheet and a transcript of the recording.
Click this link to see the answers to the questions in this practice test: Answers
At the end of the test, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet. Click this link to see a sample of a Listening Test Answer Sheet.
To see a transcript of the recordings, click here: Recording Transcript. This will not be available in the real exam.
To see this test on the official website, click here: Official Practice Test
For lessons on how to answer the different types of questions in this test paper, click the appropriate links in the menu below.
IELTS Listening Test – Understand the format & question types. Know what skills are assessed. Also, discover 3 important marking tips.
Listening Strategies – Learn 3 essential listening strategies – question analysis, answer prediction & how to use keyword clues.
Listening Skills – Learn the 4 key listening skills needed for a high score highly. Examples from real questions.
Listening Exercises – 8 listening exercises to help you recognise & learn vocabulary for 6 common topics – time, numbers, prices, dates, letter names & addresses.
The 10 Question Types – Examples of all 10 types of Listening questions. Learn how to recognise & understand them. Links to 10 step-by-step lessons.
Listening Tips – Top 10 tips to bring you success in your Listening test. Essential information you need to know to achieve a high score.
How to Improve Your Listening Skills – 6 simple strategies essential for achieving a high score in the test.
Listening Practice – 4 practice techniques to develop your listening skills
Map & Plan Vocabulary – Learn the vocabulary you need for your test. 5 maps & plans with sample sentences containing common vocabulary of location & direction.
Listening Practice Samples – Short activities to improve your listening skills & help you learn topic vocabulary.
Genuine Full Practice Tests: