IELTS Listening Tips for Matching Questions


In this lesson, we are going to provide some tips for solving matching questions in the IELTS listening test. Matching questions look like the following:


For example:

"Will Julia participate in the following activities during her vacation to Hawaii?

A. she will do this activity.

B. she might do this activity.

C. she will not do this activity.

Write the correct letter A, B, or C next to questions 1 - 3

1. Snorkelling:

2. Horseback riding:

3. Eating at a famous restaurant:



You have to see whether she is going to do some particular ones or not. And those activities are the numbered choices (1, 2, and 3), which are our questions. Number 1 is snorkeling and we need to choose the correct answer choice, A, B, or C for number 1, number 2 and number 3 based on what is discussed in the talk.


That is what these matching questions look like. You will have a list of items and you have to match the correct item, the correct letter choice A, B or C, or more choices are possible as well, with the numbers and whatever information is supplied by the numbers.


First, let's look at some basic information about this question tag. The main point of this question, the main activity you will be doing is to match a numbered list of items. These are your questions with answer choices, which will appear in a list sometimes in a box for you. This question type is used to test detailed comprehension.


You are supposed to listen for details to answer this question type. In the time you have before you listen, as you are analyzing this question type, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.


Firstly, you need to understand the question. You will listen for a specific piece of information for this question type. For example, what activities will Julia do? Then you gave the list. She will do this, she might do this, she will not do that. It is important to understand exactly what you are supposed to listen for from this part of the question.


Secondly, you look at the numbered prompts. These will give a list of items, and it is these things that will be answered in order in the talk. From numbers 1 to whatever your answering, 1 to 5, 1 to 6, whatever it is the answers for each of those will come in order, will be spoken or provided by the speakers in order, in that order in the talk.


For more tips, please find in the below video (will be updated later):