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IELTS listening part 1 practice

Here is some free IELTS listening part 1 practice. In theory part 1 should be the easiest part but in practice it isn’t always. Why? Very often you need to listen and write at the same time and that can sometimes make it harder then part 2.

Read my brief notes and then check your answers with the key you’ll find as a comment.

 

IELTS listening part 1 practice – the railway station

If you have a problem with this part, I suggest it is because you need to write down some quite long words or because two answers come quickly one after the other.

The tip is to write down notes as you listen and write the words in full after you have listened.

IELTS listening part 1 practice – at the hotel

This is another very standard question. If you look at the form, you will see you need to write names and numbers. This can be surprisingly difficult. Beware of the 17 and 70. It is seventeen but seventy.

Tip: the first information you hear, may not be the correct information.

See the answers

The answers

1. medical conference. Don’t try and write that all down. Instead try something like “med conf” and then go back later
2. seat reservation. The catch here is “a”. That means you can’t write “buy a ticket” as that is not grammatical.
3. bus replacement. Again that’s a lot to write all at once. I’d use “bus replac” or something similar.
4. maintenance.
5. engineering works. Careful you don’t get confused by the snow and the leaves. Keep on listening. The first answer is not always the right answer.
6. CHOLMODLEY. A trick. It is actually how the name is spelled in English. The point here is to listen carefully to spelling and don’t get confused by wrong information given first.
7. 14. Should be easy as the info is repeated. That does sometimes happen so don’t give up!
8. 5 days. Again, you get the wrong answer first (6) then it is corrected.
9. Nuts. Don’t get confused by the vegetarianism. She says she isn’t one.
10. 01252 702360. Be prepared.

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60 Responses to IELTS listening part 1 practice

  1. Dominic Cole December 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    1. medical conference. Don’t try and write that all down. Instead try something like “med conf” and then go back later
    2. seat reservation. The catch here is “a”. That means you can’t write “buy a ticket” as that is not grammatical.
    3. bus replacement. Again that’s a lot to write all at once. I’d use “bus replac” or something similar.
    4. maintenance.
    5. engineering works. Careful you don’t get confused by the snow and the leaves. Keep on listening. The first answer is not always the right answer.
    6. CHOLMODLEY. A trick. It is actually how the name is spelled in English. The point here is to listen carefully to spelling and don’t get confused by wrong information given first.
    7. 14. Should be easy as the info is repeated. That does sometimes happen so don’t give up!
    8. 5 days. Again, you get the wrong answer first (6) then it is corrected.
    9. Nuts. Don’t get confused by the vegetarianism. She says she isn’t one.
    10. 01252 702360. Be prepared.

    • sarika July 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

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      its good for practising.

    • Jo August 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      Dear Dominic:
      The practice is very useful,and thanks for ur kindly provision!
      However, there is a question that I’ve heard the recording repeatedly and I am suspicious if the answer of (6) is CHOLMO”T”LEY.
      Could you please check it again?
      thank u very much^^

      • Dominic Cole August 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

        Hi

        Had a listen and it is a “D”. Though D and T can be often confused.

        • eley September 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

          hi,
          it is very useful to see your video, but there are still some questions of pronounciation of letters that confused me,such as “m” and “n”

        • eley September 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

          could you help me to distinguish “m” from “n”, in the IELTS listing test? especially in the word started with “sy”.

          thank you very much

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  11. jasmine July 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    yeah sorry…i got it…really impressive website…struggled a lot 2 get a useful link…i got t after a loooong search…i wish i got t long back…thanks dominic…thanks a ton

    • Dominic Cole July 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi

      Thanks for the comment. I’ll post the answer in the post asap. Perhaps it wasn’t a great idea to put it in a comment.

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  29. NBKHAN March 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I like the practise execise but i do not find answer to check my ability

    • Dominic Cole March 7, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Thank you for reeminding me of this – this was one of my first listening exercises. The answers are there in the comments but it can be quite hard to find them now. I’ll put the answers on the lesson itself.

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