Minor Changes in the IELTS Listening Test

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TRICHY PLUS, is a training Centre in THILLAINAGAR, TRICHY. In this centre, training is provided for The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is a mandatory test that measures the language proficiency of the individual who wants to study or work overseas, where English is used as a language of communication.

This Training centre follows the prescribed British Council/IDP  method of the   nine-band scale to help students/clients clearly identify their  levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

The Training Centre, reputed to be best coaching centre in Trichy,  offers coaching for the IELTS ACADEMIC & IELTS GENERAL TRAINING  module.

Recently on-line coaching has been introduced to assist learners  who are unable to attend the regular classes.

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

From 4 January 2020, some small changes were introduced to the instructions and layout of the paper-based Listening test: Test takers can note the minor changes indicated below:

  • The word ‘Sections’ was changed to ‘Parts’ – The paper-based test will now be divided into Part 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • The Part 1 example was removed.

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.


  • No change in the pattern/type of questions:

Method of answering:

Test takers write their answers on the question paper as they listen and at the end of the test are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet. Care should be taken when writing answers on the answer sheet as poor spelling and grammar are penalised.

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