Listening (30 minutes)

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used and you will hear each section only once.

*The Listening component is the same for both Academic and General Training versions.

Section 1

A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency.

Section 2

A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Section 3

A conversation between a maximum of four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

Section 4

A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.