Active Listening Practice

Practice your listening skills with exercises and audio recordings, then answer quiz questions to evaluate your listening skills.


Active listening is what makes someone a truly gifted communicator. These interactive exercises will get you practicing your active listening skills in a range of scenarios.

After each active listening exercise, you'll answer quiz questions to test how well you listened and understood the situation.

There are 3 different types of active listening you will practice:

  • Recalling the details (4 exercises)
  • Understanding the bigger picture (2 exercises)
  • Understanding subtle cues (2 exercises)


The active listening exercises can be accessed from your web browser, no installation or download is required. You can also access the exercises in virtual reality, if you have a VR headset.

PC / Laptop Virtual Reality


Listening at a meeting

Web conference call

Listen to a short web conference call and summarize the key details while trying to understand the bigger picture.

Goldilocks listening exercise

Goldilocks listening exercise

In this popular exercise, you'll listen to and recall details from the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story.

Active listening audio exercise

Determine the mood

Listen to an audio clip from the film Margin Call. Determine the mood of the meeting.

Active listening audio exercise

News recordings

Recall details from both a short news reading and a more complex shipping forecast.

Active listening audio exercise

Body language cues

Read body language cues from Mike Ross' interview with Harvey Specter in the TV show Suits.

Active listening audio exercise

Enron energy crisis

Recall details of the Enron crisis from an audio snippet from Bad Bets, a podcast from the WSJ.

Topics covered

Active Listening Effective Listening Communication

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