More on listening task types
The IELTS Listening test has four parts. Part 1 and 2 are general situations, for example in a hotel, on the street or at a tourist attraction. You saw a Part 1 task in Step 4.3, and a Part 2 task in Step 4.5. Part 3 and 4 are academic situations such as a seminar or a lecture, like in Step 4.7. You’ve seen some examples of note-taking, matching and multiple-choice tasks.
Here are some other common kinds of listening tasks:
Labelling a plan or map
You listen to someone describing a plan of a building or a map of an area. You have the plan or map, and you have a list of things on it. You have to match the things in the list to the places the speaker describes. This task tests your ability to follow directions and understand descriptions of where things are located.
Labelling a diagram
You listen to two people talking about an object, such as a machine. You have a diagram (a picture) and a list of different parts of the thing in the picture. Again, you have to match the things in your list to different parts of the diagram. These questions test your understanding of descriptions of what things look like, such as their shape and position.
Completing a flow chart
You listen to the speaker(s) explaining a process, in other words a large task that has several shorter stages. You see a written summary of these stages. This is called a flow chart. Some of the information is missing, and you have a list of options (A, B, C, D). You choose the correct option to complete the missing information. This tests your ability to understand step-by-step instructions, and to listen for the main ideas or facts.
You can find more information about IELTS Listening here.
You can also try some sample test questions. https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions
The British Council run a three week MOOC titled ‘Understanding IELTS: Listening’ https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-ielts-listening which will help you prepare for success in your IELTS Listening test.
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