Map Completion for IELTS Listening

You may have to fill in points on a map in IELTS listening section2. This means you will be given a picture of a map to complete. When you must decide the answers to numbers on a map, the answer will come in order but that doesn’t mean it will be simple.

Always prepare the map by looking at the locations of each number and predicting what language you might hear to find the answers. Make sure you check the title of the map to help you predict answers and language.

Map Completion

Complete the map below using no more than two words for each question.

Bedford Surgery

Map Building Plan


Welcome to the Bedford Doctor’s Surgery. As you are a new patient, please listen to the information about our practice to learn about our surgery and the facilities available. To enter our surgery you will need to go up the stairs to the first floor so if you are disabled and need wheelchair access, you will need to call us to organize this. Once you enter the surgery, please go straight to the reception room on the left and sign in with our receptionist. You’ll also be able to wait for the doctor here. If you need the toilets, you’ll have to go back down to the ground floor which isn’t shown on the map and belong to the company renting that floor. If you have a large bag or a coat, you may want to leave them in the cloakroom which is located at the other end of the building. For the cloakroom, turn right once you get up the stairs and go straight ahead, it’s a small room at the end of the corridor.

The two doctor’s surgeries are situated just to the right of the stairs both with a lovely view over the town, one of them used to be the old waiting room. We also have a radiology unit which is next to the cloakroom and a laboratory for blood work just beyond the radiology unit. For patients who will be traveling by bus, there’s a bus stop just a few doors away from the surgery and for those of you coming by car, please park outside our main doors.

1. reception / reception room (left of the stairs)
2. cloakroom (right of the stairs at the end. You must spell this correctly to get the answer)
3. surgery (directly right of the stairs – the speakers says two surgeries so this is for number 4 as well. The speaker said that one of them used to be a waiting room – this is in the past, not now – a typical IELTS trap).
4. surgery
5. radiology unit (next to the cloakroom – if you didn’t get cloakroom, then you will have a problem to get this correct. You will need both words for a correct answer)
6. laboratory (next to the radiology unit)



  1. maryam bajwa says

    I got just one answer right. i am terrible at maps and labeling them is really very difficult. Is there essential to label a map? It must come?

  2. great

  3. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your contribution in coaching IELTS aspirants.

    I am keen to understand the rationale for providing Transcripts at the bottom of the audio clip. I do not read these Transcripts and wish to check if I am missing some important learning tip/ technique by avoiding reading these?

    • Of course you should study the transcript. Make a list of all paraphrases used, all keywords used in both questions and answers. Also use the transcript to read out loud to improve your pronunciation.

  4. Pir Khurram Rashdi says

    1. Reception room
    2. Cloakroom
    3. Doctor’s surgery
    4. Doctor’s surgery
    5. Radiology unit
    6. Blood laboratory

  5. uzzal saha says

    you are just awesome

  6. Zakir Sajib says

    Cloak Room
    Doctor’s Surgery
    Doctor’s Surgery
    Radiology Unit
    Blood Unit

  7. cloakroom or cloak room or cloak-room are all these considered correct? or answer has to be cloakroom?

  8. Hi Mam,
    First of all thank you so much for such an awesome blog. Your blog has helped me get a good score in IELTS.
    R 8.5, L 7, W 7, S 7.
    But I need 8 for listening and hopefully will make it in the next attempt.
    Once again thank you for your free lessons. Its the best blog I have read for IELTS.

    Thank You,

    • That’s a great score 🙂 Well done 🙂 I’ll keep my fingers crossed you can push your listening score higher. Start paying more attention to keywords in the question and transcript.

  9. Liz, first of all, thank you for offering all this material free for us. It has been helping me a lot! I just would like to make sure if I hear correctly. When you’re talking about the cloakroom I think you say: “If you have a large bag or a coat …”, don’t you? If so, I think there is a itty-bitty mistake in the script.

    Thank you so much!

  10. Jacobson says

    But we have to change spain to spanish right?

  11. Dear Liz

    I am confuse and want to confirm the duration between question in listening section.
    to read question before listening .

    Thanks & Regards

    • Please get the IELTS Cambridge Test books 1 to 10. They are real tests published by IELTS and will give you the length of time for preparing questions.

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