Form Completion for IELTS Listening Practice

It is a common to be asked to fill in a form for Section 1 in IELTS listening. It is also the easiest type of question in the listening test.In section 1, there are two speakers exchanging information on a social topic. It is often a phone conversation.

Check what type of information you need to listen for and be careful of traps. Common traps are when the answer is given and then changed by one of the speakers.

This is a practice listening for filling in forms and is useful for IELTS practice.

Form Completion

Write no more than three words and/or numbers.

Oxford Orientation Summer Course

Name: (1) Maria ………………………………………
Date of Birth: (2) ………………………………………………….
Country of Origin: (3) …………………………………………….
Subject: (4) …………………………………………………….
Number of places: 1
Course Dates: (5) ………………………………………….
Accommodation: (6) shared ………………………………..
Flight Number: (7) …………………………………………………
Email Address: (8) ……………………………………………………


Hello, this is the Oxford Orientation Summer Course booking office. How can I help you?
I’d like to book a place on a summer course this summer.
Certainly, let me take some details and then I’ll reserve a place for you. What is your full name?
It’s Maria Bueno.
So that’s Maria Beno – BENO?
No, actually it’s BUENO.
When were you born?
I was born on September 12th, 1985.
And which country do you come from?
I’m from Spain.
Well, we’ve got two different courses this summer. We’ve got the orientation for art history and museums and also one for photography. Which one would you like to book for?
The latter, please.
And is that just the one place for the photography course?
Yes, that’s right.
The course you’re interested in runs twice this summer, from June to July and again from August to September. Which one suits you best?
I think the August to September.
That’s fine. Just a few more details and then we’re done. The accommodation we offer on the course is all shared so you can choose from a shared room, a shared flat or a shared house.
Oh definitely not the shared room. I’d prefer the shared flat if you have one.
OK. What I need now are your flight details and also your email address.
Well, I’m coming on Iberia Lines flight IB316 arriving on July 29th. And my email address is
Well, that’s you booked then for a summer course starting in August. Is there anything else I can do for you?
No, that’s all. If you could just email me confirmation of my booking, that’s would be great.
I will do. Thank you. Goodbye.

1. Bueno (capital letter not needed)
2. September 12th, 1985 / Sept 12 1985 / 09/12/85
3. Spain
4. photography
5. August – September / August to September (capital letter not needed)
6. flat
7. IB316



IELTS Listening: Table Completion Practice, click here


  1. Sally Osman says

    From Sudan , Africa Many thanks for your blog.
    My question is, How many words is the Email address ?
    I mean like the one mentioned above (
    Is it counted one word ??

  2. Your Spanish accent is terrific

  3. Hello Liz,
    Is it possible to write all my answers in capital letters if I choose to?


  4. Yohann Bhumgara says

    I answered the second question as 12/09/1985. Will this answer be considered correct or is there a specific format in which a date has to be written.

    Thanks for the great blog and all the help provided by you for IELTS prep.

  5. Hi Liz,

    As it is recommended to write our answers in all CAPITALS, does this also apply to the answer with the email address? Or we could we write the email address in lower case i.e and the rest of the 7 answers in this practice in CAPITALS?

    Please Help!


    • If the recording states “lower case” or any similar paraphrase, you cannot ignore this and you must write it exactly as you are told to write it.

  6. Hello Liz,
    Thank you for making this site.
    How can I download the listening ?
    I’ve visited your account in soundcloud but nothing’s there on the list.
    please help.

    • My listening audios and all other materials are not for downloading – they are to be used by streaming online.

  7. Hello Liz,
    I hope you are recovering well.
    I wanted to ask if we could write all the answers in CAPITAL, and by doing so avoiding any capitalization mistakes. Is it allowed..? I have come across a few test takers have done so, and got a band score 9. What would you recommend..?

    Thanking you in advance.

  8. Safak Duzgun says Isn’t this more than three words and/or numbers?

  9. Omme_hashmi says

    I wrote the b capital in her name in the email like
    Is that fine?????

  10. From the bottom of my heart*

  11. I am glad to express my feeling to you madam

    I really feel that I know you from along time ago.

    You are very friendly ..your smile made me comfortable when I am taking your lessons

    I love you from the bottom of my life

    I am glad that I found your useful blog and videos

  12. Klint Gino Cutarra says

    My result(s) – A+ for me.

    Thanks Liz and more powers!


    Hi Liz! Firstly, I would like to thank you and praise for your accurate work- the best I’ve ever seen! It’s helping me a lot, I’m very very grateful.
    Now, below follow my doubts list about this listening test: (Should it be considered as a right if I write down like this?)
    2- 12th Sept 1985
    4- photography course
    5- Aug – Sept
    Many thanks

    • Answer 2 and 5 would be marked correct. Answer 4 would be wrong. They are asking for the subject. The subject is not “photography course” the subject is “photography”. If someone is asked “What do you study at university”, people do not say “history course”, they just give the subject “history.

  14. hi Liz,
    In question 2 can i write 12 September 1985 instead of September 12 1985. Are there commas required

  15. Thais Prioste says

    Hello Dear Liz,

    I like your Spanish accent 😁
    Many thanks for helping us.


  16. Teacher Liz, your blog helps me so much. The way you teach it is so easy to understand. Thank you very much.

  17. Sohrab Kakakhel says

    Which accent is best for IELTS.

  18. Hello Liz,
    Can I write the answer for 3rd question as ‘Spaniard’ ?

  19. Hello Lizz Mam,
    I am Navdeep i want to get some suggestions from you mam. Actualy i had ielts three times from 2014 to 2016 and every time i got 5.5. I want to get 7 atleast in listening and reading but every time i got 5.5 in both modules. When i practised the listening samples in home and in class i always get 6.5 ,8,7.5 but in test centre i always got 5.5. Please mam its a request tell me if you khnow what is the reason behind it. I am really very depressed because of my poor result. my teachers and family members every time expected me 7 overall but my result disappointed them too.

  20. Hello Lizz Mam,
    I had three times ielts and every time i got 5.5 . Even i practised your all sample in listening but still i got 5.5 in listening. i want to get atleast 7 in it . I am very upset please suggest me some techniques 😟

  21. Hi Liz,’

    For part 4, should the answer start with the capital letter, Photography – since it refers to a noun in this case ?

    Best Regards,

  22. Oh I remember Liz is on break…
    So any one else is there to help me plz…

  23. Hi liz,
    I have a querry about some patterns…for e.g In blank 5 ….I wrote Aug-Sept instead of full names is that OK????

  24. Kristhy Jean Arnaiz says

    Good day Liz,

    I just took an exam today.

    The instruction was one word and a number

    Fill in the blank

    Birthday: 24-Aug-1979

    will this answer be accepted?

  25. Hi Liz,

    Can I write the date of birth 9/12/1985?

  26. Answer number 3 is absolutely weird. I get that nationality is Spanish not Spain, of course. But you have been repeating all the time that you have to write down what you hear. So how come? This is exactly the opposite, you’re writing down something based on your logic.

    Another thing, question number 2 – is 12 September 1985 correct or do I have to write down September 12, 1985?

    • In this case, it is not possible to use the word given which is Spain. You can write dates using a comma or using American style as you wish.

    • Jacobson says

      Exactly, often times she has been telling us “write exactly what you hear”, but look at it now.

  27. Dr. Syed Iqtidar Ali Raza says

    HI Liz
    If I write Sept 12, 1985
    Is that ok?
    Coz it’s the same way the speaker is telling.

    What about these
    September 12th, 1985
    And September 12, 1985
    This comma is confusing me
    Kindly help

  28. Hi Liz,

    If my answer in question #2 was 12 Sep. 1985, will that be still correct?


  29. Hi Liz,
    Firstly I would like to thank you for the job you are doing for all of us.

    I took my IELTS back in July. My scores were: listening 7.5, reading 7.0; writing 7.0; speaking 7.5. I need a score 8 for my listening test. I am very nervous as tomorrow is my re-testing.
    I am going through all your practise tests. I have question on this particular test. If I would write the date of birth in UK version as 12/09/1985 would it be still correct? As on the answers it shows 09/12/85 which is US version of writing the dates.
    Thank you.

  30. Hello Liz,

    I have written September 12th 1985. Is it correct?
    This is without comma after 12th.


  31. Hi Liz
    Next Saturday is my IELTS exam I am nervous because this is my first time and also my last . can you give some alternative tips or way to improve my reading and listening bcoz i just realized i weak in both part although i done your exercise given in the blog and i still got another week …plus all your video in writing and speaking it was really helpful .

  32. Thank you Liz for the free tips and lessons. In the listening test, I decided to write my answer all caps. However, in your practice test there’s an email address. Is it still a correct answer if i wrote it M.BUENO@GMAIL.COM? Also, if my answer in the date will be 12TH SEPTEMBER, 1985.Is it still right? Hope you’ll answer my all caps concerns. Thank you.

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