To find a menu of all my Listening lessons, videos and general information about the IELTS Listening test, scroll to the bottom of the page or click this link: IELTS Listening Lessons
On this page, you’ll find a list of
short practice activities to help you prepare for the IELTS Listening test. Each includes a recording (audio or video), questions, answers and a transcript of the recording.
They are designed to give you focused practice on the specific listening skills you’ll need to achieve a high score and also, to learn topic vocabulary that might come up in your exam.
All the texts come from sources I recommend on my Resources page for your ongoing listening and reading practice.
Many activities will take just a few minutes, others a little longer but they will help to ensure that you are exposed to and use English every day, the number one way to improve your skills and attain a high band score in your test.
Fit these activities, and the similar Reading Practice Samples into your daily IELTS preparation schedule as a quick, easy way to get that daily listening practice in.
Listening Sample 1 – The science of cotton
Listening Sample 2 – Why perfect grades don’t matter
Listening Sample 3 – The loathsome, lethal mosquito
Listening Sample 4 – Will there ever be a mile-high skyscraper?
Listening Sample 5 – The history of African-American social dance
Listening Sample 6 – Families - The generation gap
Listening Sample 7 – Greeting the world in peace
Listening Sample 8 – How cigarettes affect the body
Listening Sample 9 – How do oceans currents work?
Listening Sample 10 – How to make red lentil fritters
Listening Sample 11 – The life cycle of a plastic bottle
Listening Sample 12 – What does it mean to be a refugee?
Listening Sample 13 – Supervolcanoes
Listening Sample 14 – Job interview
Listening Sample 15 – Friendship
Listening Sample 16 – Copenhagen travel guide
Listening Sample 17 – Sleep deprivation
Listening Sample 18 – The benefits of yoga
Listening Sample 19 – Why cities need trees
Listening Sample 20 – New Orleans travel guide
Listening Sample 21 – History of corn
Listening Sample 22 – The dark history of treadmills
Listening Sample 23 – Brain parasites
Listening Sample 24 – Birthday parties
Listening Sample 25 – Worms & vermicomposting
Listening Sample 26 – Creating a study group
Listening Sample 27 – Meat production & veganism
Click the links below to learn how to answer each type of question.
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: