IELTS| Listening Section One Summary

Section one of the IELTS listening test contains a dialogue between two people – often this is a telephone conversation. This is considered the easiest section of the test. If you are aiming to get 6.0 or higher, you should aim to get all of the marks correct in this section. Here you will need to listen for specific information, for example dates, times, places, names and numbers.

You will have time before the conversation starts to look through the questions. Use this time to familiarise yourself with the topic and the vocabulary used. Remember, you can make notes on the answer sheet so use this time to do this.

Don’t try to write your answers on the answer sheet, write your answers on the test paper. You will have ten minutes at the end of the listening section to transfer your answers.

Read the question very carefully and ensure you write no more than the number of words permitted. Also make sure that you are very careful with spelling (pay attention to plurals and past forms) as this must be perfect.

The best way to improve your listening score is to practice as frequently as possible. There are lots of practice tests online that you can use. If possible I recommend printing an answer sheet as this more accurately mimics the test and you can take notes.

Here is a link to a sample test you can try on the IELTS website:

I hope this is helpful and please get in touch if you have any questions. 🙂