IELTS Listening Practice: Diagnostic Quiz

So you want to master IELTS Listening. But how close are you to “mastery” right now? Not sure? No worries. Use Magoosh’s IELTS Listening Practice Test to get an idea of your current ability. In this IELTS Listening diagnostic you will listen to audio passages and answer questions just as you would on the real IELTS exam. Then, our automatic IELTS Listening Score Calculator will estimate your band level and provide you with an answer key to help you learn where you went right (and wrong)!

How This IELTS Listening Practice Test Works

This quiz contains two passages and 20 questions, and is half the length of an actual IELTS Listening section. Here, we’re using the first and fourth passages and question sets from the Magoosh’s full-length free IELTS Practice test.

Passage 1 is always the easiest passage in the section; the fourth and final passage is always the hardest. To account for these differences in difficulty, the first 10 questions in the quiz are worth 40% of the final score. Questions 31-40 are harder, and make up the remaining 60%.

This is just a rough estimate, of course. Be sure to keep practicing to get a clear, consistent idea of your IELTS Listening ability.

Take the IELTS Listening Diagnostic!

QUESTIONS 1-6

Play the audio clip linked immediately below, and answer questions 1-6 as you listen. This clip can be paused or replayed. However, on the real exam, you will only hear the audio once, without pause or replay.

(Note: The conversation in this audio track continues in the sound clip for questions 7-10.)

Write your answers in boxes 1-6.

Giant Truck Moving Company: Customer Inquiry Form

Inquiry Number: 1

Customer Name: Mrs. June Rayburn

Destination: 2 798 Street, Grand City.

Origin: Street Address: 12 Irving Court, Grand City

Move Distance: 3

Apartment size, or number of bedrooms: 4

List of large items to be moved:
Sofa
Kitchen table
Two 5
Two beds
Three large bookshelves
6

Number of boxes: Approximately 60

Question 1 of 4

QUESTIONS 7-10

Play the audio clip linked immediately below, and answer questions 7-10 as you listen. This clip can be paused or replayed. However, on the real exam, you will only hear the audio once, without pause or replay.

(Note: The conversation in the audio track below is continued from the audio for questions 1-6.)

In the answer blank, write the correct letter, A , B , or C .

7 The woman describes her piano as being

A special

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B small

C narrow

Answer:

8 The woman’s current apartment and her new address

A may have some steps

B are on the bottom level of her building

C do not allow pianos

Answer:

9 The customer service representative says that the move, with the piano, will cost

A $375

B $475

C $575

Answer:

10 The customer service representative instructed the woman to send him a photo and

A the size of her piano

B the type of her piano

C the weight of her piano

Answer:

Question 2 of 4

QUESTIONS 31-34

Play the audio clip linked immediately below, and answer questions 31-34 as you listen. This clip can be paused or replayed. However, on the real exam, you will only hear the audio once, without pause or replay.


(Note: The lecture in this audio track will continue in the audio for questions 35-40.)

Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 31-34 on your answer sheet.

31 Approximately 2 billion people live in desert globally.

32 People living in dryland zones often over-use their own , such as water.

33 Drought is an example of how desertification can occur .

34 Historically, increasing populations led to the need for irrigated .

Question 3 of 4

QUESTIONS 35-40

Play the audio clip linked immediately below, and answer questions 35-40 as you listen. This clip can be paused or replayed. However, on the real exam, you will only hear the audio once, without pause or replay.

(Note: The lecture in the audio track below is continued from the audio for questions 31-34.)

Questions 35-37

Choose the correct letter: A, B, or C.
Write your answers in boxes 35-37.

35 What creates very rich soil?

A chemical fertilizers

B decaying organisms

C animal grazing

Answer:

36 Healthy topsoil can reduce desertification by

A preventing evaporation

B absorbing more water

C fostering plant growth

Answer:

37 Trees prevent desertification by

A limiting animal migration

B reflecting sunlight

C keeping soil in its place

Answer:

Questions 38-40

Which THREE features below are mentioned as methods to address the problem of desertification? Choose three letters: A-G.

Write your 3 answers together in the boxes for questions 38, 39, and 40. You may write the answers in any order.

A shielding plans from sunlight

B rotating crops

C watering plants responsibly

D eliminating harmful plant life

E stopping invasive species

F planting trees strategically

G limiting overfishing

38
39
40

Question 4 of 4


 

IELTS Listening Score Calculator

Now that you’ve completed our IELTS Listening evaluation, you’re probably wondering how well you performed. Knowing your approximate band level is important for determining your baseline score. That way, when you take another IELTS Listening evaluation you’ll be able to compare your results and figure out how much you’ve improved.

Be sure to check your email to get your band range and quiz results. Keep that email safe—you may even want to retake this IELTS Listening diagnostic at a later date (once you’ve forgotten the questions and answers) and then compare your two sets of results.

IELTS Listening Prep: Your Next Steps

Once you’ve finished the IELTS Listening diagnostic quiz, Magoosh has some great additional materials for IELTS Listening prep. Be sure to check out Magoosh’s Complete Guide to IELTS Listening. And consider a subscription to Magoosh IELTS Prep.

To measure your other IELTS skills, see our diagnostic quizzes for Reading, Writing, and Speaking!

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