How to Increase IELTS Listening Score?

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an esteemed English language proficiency exam which aims to assess a candidate’s reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. In order to attain overseas education, it is compulsory for non-native English speakers to prove their efficiency in the language by providing English proficiency test scores. As sections are conducted separately in a timed manner, individual scores are given per section and then the aggregate represents the total band score of a candidate. Thus, it becomes important to focus on each section individually. This blog brings you a comprehensive list of preparation tips and strategies on how to increase the IELTS Listening score. 

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IELTS Listening Section Overview 

IELTS listening mainly comprises different recordings which the test-taker can listen to only once and then answer the corresponding questions. The maximum duration of this test is 30 minutes during which the test-taker has to solve 40 questions. In order to curate the best strategy on how to increase the IELTS Listening score, you must be familiar with the four sub-section it comprises, i.e.

  • Part 1: A conversation between 2 people 
  • Part 2: A monologue 
  • Part 3: An academic discourse between a maximum of 4 people
  • Part 4- A monologue based on an academic topic.

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IELTS Listening Score Chart

RAW SCORE IELTS BAND SCORE
39- 40 9
37- 38 8.5
35- 36 8
32- 34 7.5
30- 31 7
26- 29 6.5
23- 25 6
18- 22 5.5
16- 17 5
13- 15 4.5
11- 12 4

IELTS Listening Score Band Descriptors

Band Skill Level
Band 0 Did not attempt the test
Band 1 Non-user
Band 2 Intermittent user
Band 3 Extremely limited user
Band 4 Limited user
Band 5 Modest user
Band 6 Competent user
Band 7 Good user
Band 8 Very good user
Band 9 Expert user

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How is the IELTS Listening Score Calculated?

In the listening test, you will have to answer 40 questions related to the audio clips played to you wherein the answer will either be correct or incorrect. You will receive 1 mark for each correct answer, with the total marks determining your IELTS band score. Have a look at the table below which indicates the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score:

Correct Answers  Band Scores 
39-40 9
37-38 8.5
35-36 8
32-34 7.5
30-31 7
26-29 6.5
23-25 6
18-22 5.5
16-17 5
13-15 4.5
11-12 4

IELTS Listening Score in Top Universities

Top Universities IELTS Listening Score
Harvard University 7.5
MIT 7.0
California Institute of Technology 7 (overall)
Princeton University 7 (overall)
Yale University 7 (overall)
University of Chicago 6
University of Pennsylvania 6.5 minimum
John Hopkins University 7 and above
University of Toronto 6
University of British Columbia 6
McGill University 6.5 (overall
Oxford University 7
University of Edinburgh 7
University College, London 6.5
University of Cambridge 7
Imperial College, London 6.5
King’s College, London 6.5

Sample of IELTS Listening Test Sheet

In the IELTS listening component, there will be audio-based questions and the students will have to answer them once the audio is complete. To know about the IELTS sample test of listening click here

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