IELTS Listening test takes 30 minutes to finish and you will get an additional 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question booklet to the answer sheet. The Listening test is the same both for the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training test-takers. You will need to answer 40 questions in response to four recording sections.
4 sections of the Listening test:
Recording 1/Section 1: A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
Recording 2/Section 2: A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Recording 3/Section 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/Section 4: A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.