Format of the Listening Test

How many parts is the test divided into?

There are four parts (Before 2020 these were known as sections) in the Listening test. Let’s look at the content of each section. Click here and download the question booklet named resource 1, open the pdf document in your device and continue reading these sections below.

What is the format of the test?

PART 1 – A conversation in an everyday social context between two people, such as a telephone conversation between a travel agent and a customer booking a holiday. 
PART 2 – A monologue on a topic relating to general social needs, for example, someone giving a speech about recycling in the community. 
PART 3 – A conversation in an academic context between two or more people. This could be a university student discussing their essay with a tutor.
 Part 4 – A lecture or talk (monologue)  on a topic of general academic interest. It could be a University professor giving a lecture about a particular science topic.
Part 1

Read the pdf document within the title section 1. Do you guess the environmental setup? Now listen to the audio and find either any of the points below is false or true.

  • This is a conversation between two speakers in which one speaker is asking for information from the other speaker. Often conversations in this section involve one speaker doing everyday activities such as registering for a course or renting an apartment.
  • The topics of this section are of general interest and are not related to academic topics.
  • This section is the easiest of the four sections because you are asked to listen for basic information such as names, numbers, dates and locations.
Part 2

Read the pdf document within the title section 2. Do you guess the environmental setup? Now listen to the audio and find either any of the points below is false or true.

  • This is a monologue (i.e., there is only one main speaker). A second speaker may ask one or two questions of the main speaker.
  • The topics are of general interest such as cooking, nature and animals, weekend activities, travel and health.
  • You do not need specialist knowledge to understand topics in this section.
Read the pdf document within the title section 3. Do you guess the environmental setup? Now listen to the audio and find either any of the points below is false or true.

Listen to the audio first to have a general grasp over the third part of listening test.

  • This is a conversation between two or more speakers (usually three speakers).
  • The topics are academic ones, often related to student life at university.
  • This section is more difficult than Sections 1 and 2, since it involves more speakers and because the topics are more abstract.
Part 4

Read the pdf document within the title section 1. Do you guess the environmental setup? Now listen to the audio and find either any of the points below is false or true.

  • This is a monologue and very often involves a university lecturer speaking on an academic topic.
  • You do not need specialist knowledge to understand topics in this section.
  • This section is the most difficult, because you are asked to listen to a longer lecture.

Findings

You can see that Sections 1 and 2 are on general interest topics while Sections 3 and 4 are related to academic (university) topics. This is because both Academic Module and General Training Module candidates take the same Listening test.

Another important point is that Sections 1 and 3 are conversations between two or three people while Sections 2 and 4 are monologues (just one person speaking).

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