Do you want a good score in IELTS listening? Watch this video to see how three students scored Band 7.

Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Mr Kirk,

I would like to firstly give thanks to the British council for all tips and free training they give to us. they website is very useful.

Now, I tried to practice a listening test for android that I have download to this website. but the person who is speaking it very fast. can you give me some tips to be able to hear faster conversation in English?

king regards.

Hello Stéphanie

The best way to improve your listening comprehension is to listen to English as often as you can. My first recommendation would be to use our listening skills section, where you can find lots of free material to practise. If you are able to watch television programmes with (or without) subtitles in English, that would be another good way to hear lots of English in a clear context, which should help you understand it better.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


Hello Kirk
I am Alok from India. I have got a question regarding the listening test of IELTS ACADEMIC that in the answer sheet can we write all answers in capital letters, for example, the answer is "charity worker" to "CHARITY WORKER".

Hello Alok,

You can write your answers in upper or lower case. The information on the British Council's IELTS site says this:

Write your answers on the question paper provided while you listen. When the test ends, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet in pencil. Your answers may be written in either capital letters or lower case.


You can find a lot more information like this on the site, as well as advice on taking the IELTS test and practice materials including mock test papers.

Good luck!



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter, thank for the support.


the video is not played even with mozilla and chrome

Hello javeriya

I was just now able to watch the video. If it is still not working for you, I'd suggest updating your web browser or trying on a different device.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Teachers,

Would it be possible to prepare IELTS in 2 months and take the test, please?
May I know the difference between paper based and computer based IELTS.

Thank you.
Best Regards.

Hello Poeei
The IELTS is not a test that you pass or fail -- instead, it rates your English level on a scale of 0 to 9. If the only thing you need to do to prepare is become familiar with the test format, I think two months would be plenty of time, though of course it really depends on how much time you have.
Without knowing your or anything about your situation, I'm afraid we can't evaluate how long it would take you to prepare to get a specific result.
I'd suggest you read more about the test at TakeIELTS (, which is the British Council's official information site for people interested in the exam. There you can find lots of detailed information as well as some free practice materials.
Good luck!
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team