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Listening for details in IELTS

Listening for details in IELTS

NOTE: This post includes 3 audio recordings, so make sure you have your speakers on or headphones attached.

In the IELTS listening test, you are often tested not just on your ability to listen for general information or to follow the approximate flow of the recording, but also to listen for very specific information.

Listening for details in IELTS Sometimes specific information questions will also be spelled, but this is not guaranteed, so you need to develop the skills of listening for a specific piece of information, while at the same time continuing to listen to the general direction of the dialogue or monologue.

There are a number of different types of specific information you may need to listen to, including:

Practice #1

Listen to the recording and see if you can identify what the following numbers refer to. Click ‘Show answer’ when you’ve finished.

A. 1946 Show answer

This was the year that UNESCO was formed

B. 180 Show answer

This is the number of nations in UNESCO

C. 60 Show answer

This is the number of worldwide offices UNESCO has

D. 2001 Show answer

This is the year of the General Conference

Now practice by listening for specific dates. Listen to the recording below and note the following dates for these events:

1. Bastille Day

2. Elvis’ death

3. Burns’ Night

4. Martin Luther King Day

5. ANZAC day

Show the answers

Bastille Day – 14th July

Elvis’ death – 16th August

Burns’ Night – 25th January

Martin Luther King Day – 4th April

ANZAC day – 25th April


Now a third practice recording. Listen to the audio and identify the specific information needed to answer these questions:

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Now take a look at these tips and hints for improving your listening skills for Section 4 – the most difficult section of the IELTS listening test!

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