Listening IELTS - Practice Samples

Use these Listening samples for skills practice and learning vocabulary


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.

IELTS Listening Samples

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


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Need help answering the different types of Listening questions?

Check out these step-by-step strategies for answering the 10 types of Listening IELTS questions. Each lesson includes examples and practice tests.

More Lessons for Listening IELTS

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.

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.


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