Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Do you need more IELTS Listening practice?

It’s not enough to learn strategies.

You must also practice using the strategies on IELTS practice exams.

We are dedicated to giving you the practice you need!

For the strategies to use on this practice, sign up for 3 Keys IELTS!

How to practice for IELTS Listening

Many practice exercises are available through books such as Cambridge practice books.

There are also some websites that offer IELTS Listening practice tests.

Additionally, we have recorded several episodes with practice questions.

You can check one out for Listening Part 1 here.

IELTS Listening strategies

  • Step 1: Read the questions and underline key words

These are words that will be present in some form in the listening.

It is often a synonym or paraphrase.

  • Step 2: Make predictions

You must know what to listen for.

By predicting the word form, you’ll have a better idea what to listen for.

Additionally, you can determine if it will be a name, number etc.

  • Step 3: Listen to the audio and identify answers

You must be an active listener!

Be aware of what you are listening for.

If you miss an answer, don’t let it throw you off.

Instead, stay on track with the audio and listen for the next answer.

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Listening audio

Listen to the podcast for the audio of the following passage.

Follow the strategies before listening!

Sea turtles are reptiles with seven existing species, including the flatback, green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, and olive ridley.

Six of the seven sea turtle species, all but the flatback, are present in U.S. waters, and are listed as endangered and/or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

All but the flatback turtle are listed as threatened with extinction globally on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The flatback turtle is found only in the waters of Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.

Sea turtles can be categorized as hard-shelled or leathery-shelled. The only leathery-shelled species of sea turtle is the leatherback.

Listening Part 4 questions

1. Which of the following is an existing species of sea turtle?
A. Leatherhead
B. Hawksbill
C. Loggerback
D. Green ridley

2. Which sea turtle species is NOT endangered?
A. Green
B. Kemp’s ridley
C. Olive ridley
D. Flatback

3. The ______ is the only type of leathery-shelled turtle.

Answer key

The following are answers for these 3 Listening Part 4 questions.

Be sure to complete the practice before checking your answers!

1: B. Hawksbill

2: D. Flatback

3: Leatherback


You must practice the IELTS Listening strategies you’re learning.

Skills such as identifying keywords and making predictions must be practiced!

This will save you time on test day and help you get more answers correct.

Today’s practice questions will help you hone these skills!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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