IELTS Listening Section 1 is often regarded as the easiest part of the IELTS Listening test; however, it is the part where frequent errors occur. It is useful to know the kinds of things that appear in Section 1 to try and trip you up. In this IELTS Listening video, we go through things to look out for in terms of numbers, dates, names, addresses and email addresses. The differences between band scores are so small.

For Example:

  • Band 6: 23-25

  • Band 6.5: 26-29

  • Band 7: 30-31

  • Band 7.5: 32-34

A few points lost because of the lack of a capital letter can drop you down from 7.5 to 7, therefore, it is essential that you don't make silly errors in Section 1.


Updated: Feb 15, 2019

All of the language highlighted in bold will impress the IELTS examiner and convince her or him to give you a high grade.

Some people say that international car-free days are an effective way of reducing air pollution. Others people say that there are more effective ways of doing this. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Cars are a fundamental source of urban air pollution and, therefore, it is frequently suggested that global car-free days should be introduced. However, there are other major polluters of the atmosphere that could be targeted, which I feel might be more practical in tackling air pollution.

Car-free days may help to deal with this pressing problem to some extent, however many road users would switch to public transport to commute to work. As a result, the public transport network would need to be increased to cope with demand, and unless it was powered by green energy, this issue is not resolved by this proposal. Furthermore, getting all governments around the world to commit to this idea would not be an easy task.

Rather than prohibiting vehicles on certain days, alternative measures could be taken. For example, the burning of fossil fuels in industry is a major factor in rising air pollution levels, therefore, governments could force manufacturing companies to switch to alternative forms of energy such as solar energy or risk heavy fines if they fail to comply with this. In addition, there needs to be a focus on limiting the amount we consume by re-using and recycling in order to reduce household waste, which subsequently goes to landfill sites or is burnt and thus contributes to air pollution.

As a great deal of air pollution is caused by manufacturing processes and waste, I fervently believe that targeting these areas should be a priority. Regulating the amount of pollutants that are released into the air by factories and reducing the amount of waste we produce would be a much more effective way to deal with this.


landfill sites = A landfill site (also known as a tip, dump, rubbish dump, garbage dump or dumping ground) is a site for the disposal of waste materials by burial

pollutants = a substance that pollutes something, especially water or the atmosphere

The environment is a popular topic in all parts of the IELTS test so make sure you know how to use and the meanings of lots of words/phrases connected with this topic.


In the IELTS Reading test, you often have true, false, not given questions and many IELTS candidates find these challenging. Watch this video to find out how to approach these kinds of questions.

The text:

Obesity and the Sugar Tax

As the so-called obesity crisis seems to worsen, several governments have recently brought in legislation to tackle it. As an increasing number of countries report that in excess of fifty percent of their adult population is dangerously overweight, legislators as far afield as Mexico and The UK have introduced a sugar tax. It is fair to say that results have been somewhat mixed and conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of such an approach is still lacking. However, initial reports suggest that in Mexico - where consumption of sodas appears practically endemic - the tax has led to a fall in sales of Coca-Cola and similar beverages. Whether this will translate into the hoped-for decrease in hospital admissions for diabetes remains to be seen.

Questions 1-4:


TRUE if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

1. Obesity is now a worldwide problem

2. In more and more countries, over half of the population is severely overweight

3. We will soon know whether the approach of bringing in a sugar tax has been worthwhile.

4. In Mexico, as a result of the sugar tax, fewer people have been admitted to hospital with medical conditions related to obesity.