Listening Test Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

The question type for this particular test asks us to label a map. We will first look at some tips before we do the test questions​.
Make sure you complete Listening Section 1.1 first.

Labeling a Map | Understand the Instructions

Read the instructions for questions 9 – 11 carefully, and then answer the questions below with a word or number.
Question 9-11
Where can the following buildings be found? Write the appropriate letter.                    9.Queens head Pub _____
        10.Car Showroom  _____
        11.Jim’s Motorbike Rental ______ 

1. How many questions are there?
2. Do you have to write words or letters?
3. How many words do you have to write per question

The questions above might seem very easy to answer, however we often see people perform poorly in the listening test because they fail to read the instructions carefully. Make sure that you don’t throw points away by writing names when you must write letters. You must also be careful with this in the reading test.

IELTSTutors Tips

​Before you listen and answer the questions. Think about the following.
  • What place names are given on the map?
  • What do you have to listen for? (for example, buildings on the street or rooms in a building)
  • How are the different places connected? (for example, roads, paths or corridors)

​People who have a good understanding of prepositions of place and vocabulary connected to location (we will have a lesson for this soon) will do well at this type of activity. 


Improve your Map Reading Skills

​Study the map and then answer the questions below with no more than 3 words.
1. The garden centre is ______ the football field.
opposite/across from
next to/beside
far from
2. The butchers is ______ of Spencer Lane and Wilmslow Road.
on the corner
on the edge
on the side
3. The kindergarten is ______ the butchers.
opposite/across from
next to/beside
far from
4. Building C is ______ the kindergarten.
behind
far from
right next to
5. Spencer Road and Hill Lane come ______ Wilmslow Road.
next to
on
off

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Now we are ready to listen to the test audio and answer the questions.
Listening Test Section 1 Part 2 Map.mp3
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Question 9-11
Where can the following buildings be found? Write the appropriate letter.
9. Queens head Pub
10. Car Showroom
11. Jim’s Motorbike Rental

Still unsure about the answers? Have a look at the audio-script and our answer guide by clicking below.
The Audio-script

C – Customer
J – Jim

​C: I’d like to come and have a look at the motorbike before I rent it. I live close to the central hospital. How can I find you?

J: Right, to start with, take Spencer Lane all the way to the end. Then you’ll reach a t-junction with a butchers on your left, it’s opposite the Queens Head pub.

C: Ok. I know where you mean.

J: Good, well turn right onto the main road, it’s called Wilmslow road.

C: Sorry, was that a right.

J: Yes, that’s correct, turn right. Then, go down Wilmslow road and you’ll see a big car showroom on your right. It’s across from a small football field.

C: Are you sure, I thought there was a supermarket opposite the football field.

J: No no, that closed a few years ago. It reopened as a car showroom a few months back. Anyway. Take the left turn there.

C: At the football field?

J: Correct.

C: What road is that?

J: I believe it’s Hill Road.

C: Ok, got it. I’m just noting down the directions.

J: Ok, well go up Hill road and across from the garden center you’ll see a car park. Do a left into the car park and at the back you’ll see the office. It’s right behind the kindergarten. You can’t miss us because the car park is full of motorbikes.

C: Great, I’ll pop round tomorrow about 1 o’clock.

Our Answer Guide

Queens Head pub | D
Jim says ‘You’ll reach a t-junction with a butchers on your left, it’s opposite the queens head pub.

Car Showroom | B
Jim tells us ‘go down Wilmslow road and you’ll see a big car showroom on your right. It’s across from a small football field.’
Be careful here because the Customer makes an error that Jim has to correct: 
‘Are you sure, I thought there was a supermarket opposite the football field.’
‘No no, that closed a few years ago. It reopened as a car showroom a few months ago.’

Jim’s Motorbike Rental | C
Jim’s directions are ‘​go up Hill road and across from the garden center you’ll see a car park. Do a left into the car park and at the back you’ll see the office. It’s right behind the kindergarten… You can’t miss us because the car park is full of motorbikes.​


We hope you are feeling more confident with map labeling now. Remember to practice often and use our tips for quick progress.