Several people have asked me about changes to the #IELTS listening test. This screenshot from the official IELTS page explains these changes, which are minor and should not affect candidates. The changes will take effect early in January 2020.
As you can see, the only changes are:
1) removing the example before the very first question in section 1, and
2) a change in terms: the 4 sections will now be called ‘parts.’ There are no other changes – the format and questions will remain the same.
Someone commented here recently that they use the example time to highlight key terms in multiple choice questions in other sections (e.g. in parts 3 and 4). This is not what it is intended for and perhaps shows why it is a good idea to remove it.
Important points to remember for listening:
- You should always have your eyes on the question page related to the section (or part) you will be /are listening to.
- The marks you score for part 1 are just as important as those for parts 3 and 4 – don’t assume these will take little effort on your part.
- Use the questions to help you stay focused and on track.
The listening chapter of The Key to IELTS Success as well as the listening skills units of The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS show you how and why this is important.
You can find a link to the official page here: