Free IELTS Academic Practice Tests Download (PDF)

The IELTS Academic test is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

Prepare for the four different sections of the IELTS by downloading free practice materials below.

IELTS Listening practice tests

The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests. During the listening exam, you will hear several recordings which may have Australian, British, or North-American accents. Please note that when you transfer your answers you are mindful of spelling as incorrect spelling will be marked wrong.

Format:
The Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and covers four separate recordings.

SectionsDescription
Section 1is a conversation between two people set in an everyday context (e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency).
Section 2is a monologue set in an everyday social context (e.g. a speech about local families).
Section 3is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g. a university tutor and student discussing an assignment).
Section 4is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. a university lecture).

Sample Listening Tasks for Download:

The following IELTS Listening Sample Tasks are to be used with the answer sheet and MP3 audio files/transcripts. Each answer sheet indicates which recording to listen to, or if a transcript is provided.​

SectionsDescriptionsWorksheetAudio File
Section 1Listening Sample Task
Form Completion
Recording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample A
Multiple ChoiceRecording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample B
Listening Sample B QuestionsRecording (MP3, 402KB)
Section 2
Sample B
Listening Sample B Answers
Section 3
Sample A
Listening Sample Task
Short Answer
Recording (MP3, 574KB)
Section 3
Sample B
Listening Sample B Questions
Recording (MP3, 549KB)
Section 3
Sample B
Listening Sample B Answers
Section 4Listening Sample Task
Sentence Completion
Recording (MP3, 549KB)
NEW Samples:Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 1)
Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Listening Sample Task
Matching (example 2)
Recording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Plan/Map/Diagram/LabellingRecording (MP3, 2.7MB)
Answer SheetListening General Answer Sheet
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