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IELTS Listening Practice Test 1

SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C

Example

What information does the girl want to know?

A. transportation

B. flight

C. London

1. Which is the first recommended transportation by the man?

A. taxi

B. underground

C. coach

2. What’s the reason of the girl for not hiring a private car?

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A. bad weather ,

B. having lost her driving license

C. too expensive

3. What’s the minimum coach fare?

A. £12

B. £14

C. £16

4. The disadvantage of taking a coach from airport is_

A. unsafe.

B. too many people.

C. too long time.

Questions 5-10

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

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SHUTTLE RESERVATION

Name: Echo Grey

Age: 21

Nationality: 5 ___________________

Flight No.: 6 ___________________

Arrival time: 3:05 p.m.

Heathrow airport, terminal: 7 ___________________

Seat reservation:

To: Cambridge

Ticket: single and 8 _________________

Departure time: 16:10

Fare: £18 including 9________________

Payment: American Express

Credit card number: 10_________________________

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SECTION 2
Questions 11-18

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBERfor each answer.

Health Centre East Centre West Centre

near to
Location out of town
11_____________

Appointment system not bad more 12___________

13___________ modern 14_______________

15____________
8 doctors
doctors
Dr. Jerry is good with
Doctor resource Dr. Sam is good with
16___________
children.

Home visit time 17____________ 10 a.m- 5 p.m.

Charge £8.00 18_______________

Questions 19 and 20

Choose TWO letters, A-E. Which TWO groups of Patients get free
medication from Health Centre?

A. children under 10

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B. U.K. residents

C. overseas students

D. pregnant or retired patients

E, people over 70 years old

SECTION 3
Questions 21-30

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Orientation Schedule
Monday
meet at door of 21______________ at 9 a.m.

visit 22_________________ in the


afternoon.

Part I: Campus Tour


Tuesday

Computer Centre: to get 23___________

24_____________ apply for membership

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Wednesday
meet at Auditorium in 25____________

course coordinator course requirement

26______ and optional courses assessments:

27____________ 80% assignment

Part II: Course


2 8________ group work exam: open-book
Arrangement

Thursday

go to department office to:

get a 29_____________________

hand in optional course form

Part III: Friday Time: 5 p.m


Welcome Party Venue: 30____________ on the third floor

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SECTION 4
Question 31

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

31. How many species in oceans are there according to latest search?

A. 23,000

B. 230,000

C 2,300,000

Questions 32-34

Choose your answer from the box and write the letters A-E next to
questions 32-34.

32. Crustacean

33. Music and fish

34. Species for environmental protection

A 2%

B 10%

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C 20%

D 50%

E 5%

Questions 35 and 36

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

The main threats to marine life are:

overfishing

35__________________

pollution

Contaminations in enclosed sea:

chemicals

36_________________

pollution from dense coastal population

Questions 37-40

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Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS
AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

“The Census of Marine Life” indicates:

There are over 37____________ invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea.

The area with 38___________________ has a high rate of speciation.

The two countries, 39______________, have the most marine species in the
world.

There will be around 40_____________ fish species in the world according


to the survey.

Answer keys:

Section 1

1. A

2. B

3. B

4. C

5. American

6. BA188

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7. 5

8. super save

9. coffee

10. 3339 5183 7799 6047

Section 2

11. City Hall

12. efficient

13. Medical facilities

14. standard

15. 12

16. Ioin trouble

17. 9a.m.-Sp.m.

18. £9.50

19-20. A, D

Section 3

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21. Student Union

22. library

23. username and password

24. Sports Centre

25. 10 a.m.

26. compulsory (courses)

27. attendance

28. presentation

29. curriculum

30. Common Room

Section 4

31. B

32. C

33. D

34. A

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35. degraded habitats

36. garbage

37. 600′

38. .coral reefs

39. Australia and Japan

40. 22,000

IELTS Listening Practice Test 2


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

PART-TIME JOB APPLICATION

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Example Answer

Type of job: Part-time

Student’s name: 1______________

Student’s major: 2______________

Contact number: 3______________

Intended minimum pay: 4______________ per hour

Questions 5-7

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each
answer.

Councilor
Job Cleaner Cashier
assistant
Place 5 _______ Student Union 7 _________

Problem Too early 6 ________ Yoga Class


Questions 8-10

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Job available: Teaching assistant

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Place: 8________________

Duties: to supervise student attendance

to send out 9 ________

Date of interview: 10______________ 10 a.m.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Bank Application Form

Name: 11________________

Occupation: 12________________

Date of Birth: 6th July 1987

Address: 25 13______________

Postal Code: 14 ________________

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Email: 15 ________________

Questions 16-20

Complete the notes below

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Type of Account: 16 _______________

Bank supply: 17 _______________


without 18 ______ service

Opening sum: 19 ____________ including cash and


travel’s check

Open time: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday


9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday

Statement: 20 ______________

SECTION 3
Questions 21-30

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

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STUDENT FEEDBACK FORM

Faculty: Politics and Economics

Course Name: 21 _________________

Date: 20th March – 20th June

Subject advisor: 22 _________________

Advantages Disadvantages

too many
Handouts and clear and on time perfect 23____________
equipment’s 24____________ poor printer

balanced design too much reasearch work


25 _____________ good organization in the
26_____________

good for
27____________ need more different
Practical training
learn more knowledge training places

quick feedback from time of open-book exam


28_____________
29________________ is too short

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too many essays

mobility teaching method


Other comments need to strengthen our 30________________

SECTION 4
Questions 31 -36

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

1. In the past men played football in winter just for_


A. releasing energy.
B. enjoying climate.
C. training team spirit.

1. Football used to be regarded as a rough sport for aristocrat in


A. the Victorian era.
B. the Renaissance.
C. the Shakespeare’s time.

1. The official football league of controlling violence is


A. the police office.
B. the Football Association.
C. the football union.

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1. Which of the following is related to the origin of tennis?
A. city hall
B. theatre
C. church

1. Cricket became a popular sport with upper classes in


A. the eighteenth century.
B. the nineteenth century.
C. the twentieth century.

1. “To play the game” has the same meaning with_


A. “to be fair”.
B. ‘to be unfair”.
C. “that’s not cricket”.

Questions 37-40

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

1. The true sport of British royal family is ___________________.


2. Two kinds of horse racing are ___________________ and steeplechase.

3. The world’s most famous steeplechase in Britain is called


_______________________.

4. The biggest social event for horse racing is ________________________.

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Answer keys:

1. Andy Kahn
2. Educational Studies
3. 0114 7281
4. £10
5. Computer Lab

6. Afternoon seminar

7. Campus canteen

8. international Language Centre

9. handouts

10. 7th May

11. Jenny Chen

12. a university student

13. Woodside

14. A38D6

15. skylight1987@msn.com

16. Student Account

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17. Cash Card

18. overdraft

19. £2,200

20. monthly

21. Global Economy

22. Robert Hansen

23. words

24. new multimedia

25. Course structure

26. first module

27. future job

28. Assessment

29. Presentation

30. writing skills

31. A

32. B

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33. B

34. C

35.

36. A

37. h6rse racing

38. flat race

39. The Grand National

40. The Royal Ascot

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

You will hear a conversation about a part-time job.

You will see there is an example that has been done for you. On this occasion
only the conversation relating to this will be played first.

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Student: Good afternoon. May I come in?

Agent: Yes. Come in please.

Student: Well, is this the [……………………………]for students?

Agent: Yes. How can I help you?

Student: Mm… I’m looking for a part-time job in the [……………………].


Do you have anything available at the moment?

Agent: Yes. Of course. Before checking the job [……………………………]let’s


get some personal information from you first. OK?

Student: Yes.

Agent: Well, what’s your full name?

Student: Mv full name is Andy Kahn.

Agent: Can you spell your last name?

Student: It is K-A-H-N, Kahn.

Agent: OK, Andy. Are you a [………………………]student in our university?

Student: Yes.

Agent: What’s your major and faculty?

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Student: I’m studviner Educational Studies in the Education […....……].

Agent: Good choice. Did you bring your student [……………]or your library
card?

Student: I have my union card. Do you need it?

Agent: Yes. I need to copy it now.

Student: Oh, here it is.

Agent: OK. And can you tell me your mobile phone number?

Student: Oh, I just lost my mobile phone yesterday.

Agent: I’m sorry.

Student: May I leave my home phone?

Agent: Yes. Of course.

Student: It is [……………………………].

Agent: Fine. Let’s talk about the pay. What’s your [……………………………]for
the pay?

Student: Er. I think it should be about at least 10 Dounds per hour.

Agent: OK. I think it is not [……………………………]to look for a position for


you.

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Agent: Well, let me check the [……………………………]position on the list…
here, a position in Computer Lab is available now.

Student: In the Computer Lab?

Agent: Yes.

Student: What’s the position?

Agent: A cleaner.

Student: And what are the working hours?

Agent: The Computer Lab opens at [……………………………]and it needs to be


cleaned before[……………………………]. So you should be there at 6:30 in the
morning.

Student: At 6:30 in the morning? Oh, I cannot get up so early, sorry.

Agent:OK, let’s check the afternoon time. There is a job working as


a[…………………] assistant in the Student [………………] on three afternoons
per week – that’s Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Student: Oh, I have three afternoon [……………………] in those three


afternoons. I’m so sorry.

Agent: Well, there is a position as a […………………] working from 2 o’clock to


5 o’clock on Thursday afternoons.

Student: What is the place?

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Agent: In the campus [……………………………], is this OK?

Student: I’m afraid that I have to attend Yoga class at that time.

Agent: Well, and there is a position as a teaching [……………………………]at


the InternationaLLanguage Centre.

Student: That sounds interesting. My [……………………………]is education.

Agent: Well, they need a language teaching assistant to [………………………]


student [……………………………]and send out [……………………………]in
three evenings a week on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Student: Great. Well, could you arrange an interview for me?

Agent: How about next Wednesday morning, at 10 o’clock?

Student: Is that [……………………………]?

Agent: Right.

Student: That’s fine. 10 o’clock on 7th May. Thank you very much.

Agent: You’re welcome. Good-bye.

Student: Good-bye.

SECTION 2

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You will hear a student enquiring for some information about opening a bank
account.

Clerk: Good morning. What can I do for you?

Customer: Good morning. I’d like to open an [……………………………].


Could you give me some [……………………………]?

Clerk: Well, let’s fill in the [……………………………]form first.

Customer: OK.

Clerk: What’s your full name?

Customer: My name is Jenny Chen.

Clerk: Is your last name spelt C-H-E-N?

Customer: That’s right.

Clerk: Fine, Jenny. Are you a student or do you have a job now?

Customer: I should [……………………………]this year, but I took off last


year, so I am still a university student now.

Clerk: Fine. And your birthday?

Customer: I was born on [……………………………].

Clerk: And your current address?

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Customer: I will move into a new house, so…

Clerk: Just tell me your new address.

Customer: It’s on 25 [……………………………]Avenue.

Clerk: Woodside, one word?

Customer: Yes.

Clerk: Do you know the postcode?

Customer: Let me think, erm… it is [……………………………].

Clerk: A83? Are you sure it is not A38?

Customer: Oh, yes, it is A38D6.

Clerk: Right. OK. Do you have a mobile phone?

Customer: Yes. My number is [……………………………].

Clerk: The last one is your email.

Customer: My email is [……………………………].

Clerk: Right.

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Clerk: Right. Did you bring the documents we need? Such as [………………] or
letter from university?

Customer: Yes. Here they are.

Clerk: What type of account do you want to open?

Customer: I’m not sure. Could you give me some [……………………………]?

Clerk: I see. How about the Student Account? It’s a kind of current account.

Customer: Student Account? Does it have a high interest?

Clerk: I’m afraid not. If you want to have a high interest account,
maybe[…………] is a good choice. But you have to deposit at least[………… ]
when you open your account.

Customer: Oh. How about the annual interest of Student Account?

Clerk: It varies from time to time. At present it is [……………………………]

Customer: Right. I will take the Student Account.

Clerk: That’s fine.

Customer: And can I get a Cash Card?

Clerk: Certainly. I will supply you with a Cash Card.

Customer: Great. May I apply for [……………………………]?

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Clerk: I’m afraid you cannot. The Cash Card doesn’t have service of overdraft.

Customer: Yes. I see.

Clerk: How much money do you want to deposit now?

Customer: I have […………………………] in cash and [……………………] in


traveler’s checks.

Clerk: So the total is [……………………………]?

Customer: Right.

Clerk: Fine. Please sign your name here where I have marked an “X”.

Customer: OK. Thank you.

Clerk: And this is your [……………………………].

Customer: Thanks. Can you tell me the opening time of the bank?

Clerk: The bank opens from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday to Saturday,…

Customer: And closes on Sunday?

Clerk: Oh, no, on Sunday the bank often closes at 3 p.m. The last thing is
the[……………………]. How often do you want to receive your statement?

Customer: Once a month.

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Clerk: OK. Monthly. How about the other things, anything do you want to
know?

Customer: No. Thanks for your help. Good-bye.

Clerk: Bye-bye.

SECTION 3

You will hear a conversation between two students about the course feedback
form.

Jack: Hi, Ana, what are you doing?

Ana: I’m filling in the [……………………] form.

Jack: What form?

Ana: The student feedback form for our course.

Jack: Oh, I really forgot that. What’s the date for [………………………]that in?

Ana: Tomorrow morning.

Jack: Oh, no. Have you finished?

Ana: Just beginning.

Jack: Great. If you don’t mind we could do it together.

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Ana: Of course. Do you bring your form?

Jack: Yes.

Ana: OK, let’s begin with the top first.

Jack: It is a Course Name, Politics and […………………………]?

Ana: No. It is our […………………………].

Jack: Oh, sorry.

Ana: According to the course data from the [……………………………]March


to twentieth June, I think the name of the course should be [……………………]
Economy.

Jack: Are you sure that it is economy not economics?

Ana: Definitely.

Jack: Alright. The next item is the name of our subject [……………………].

Ana: Professor Robert Hansen.

Jack: Right. I like him very much.

Ana: Me too. He is very [……………………………].

Jack: Yeah. Just like me.

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Ana: Yeah. Nice and [……………………………].

Jack: Yes. Let’s see the first point on the [……………………………]form


“handouts and equipment”. What’s your opinion?

Ana: I think the handouts are very good. I mean they are clear and sent out on
time.

Jack: Yes. I agree. But do you think the words of [……………………………],


well, may be too many words.

Ana: What do you mean?

Jack: I mean I have to spend so much time reading them just like reading a
book.

Ana: Right. Let’s put that down.

Jack: How about teaching [……………………………]?

Ana: I do really love the new multimedia. It is perfect.

Jack: Yes. I agree, but the printer…

Ana: It is really bad. Too old and sometimes it doesn’t work.

Jack: Should we suggest a new printer [……………………………]of the old


one?

Ana: Why not? Let’s turn to the second item. It is “course structure”.

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Jack: ‘ I do really like Robert’s [……………………………]design of the course.

Ana: Yes. I agree. He organised it very well.

Jack: Do you remember he sent out the course outline on the first class?

Ana: Yes, it is very clear.

Jack: I think it is a very good beginning and it is very important for a class.

Ana: Right. I gain [……………………………]from him after the first class.

Jack: What about suggestions with [……………………………]?

Ana: Maybe…

Jack: What?

Ana: Don’t you think we have too much [……………………………]work in the


first module?

Jack: Research work?

Ana: Yes. We only had one research in the s,econd module.

Jack: You are right. Let me put that down.

Ana: The next one is “practical training”. Well, I think it is a good chance for
our future job, right?

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Jack: Yes. I agree. I learned more [……………………………]from that than
from lecturers.

Ana: Right.

Jack: What about suggestions for [……………………………]?

Ana: I think the department should supply more different places for us
instead of just one.

Jack: Yes. Let’s eo on the next one “assessment”. What’s vouv opinion?

Ana: Fine. I cot my feedback really quickly of my [……………………………].

Jack: Yes. Me too.

Ana: But I think the exam time should be [……………………………].

Jack: Which type of exam?

Ana: Open-book.

Jack: Yes. I agree with you. Only 30 minutes is not enough.

Ana: Yes. Anything else?

Jack: What do you think about [……………………………]?

Ana: Too many.

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Jack: Right. There are three essays in one module.

Ana: Yes.

Jack: On “other comments” what should we write?

Ana: Jack, what do you think about the teaching?

Jack: I like Robert’s teaching [……………]. It is very [………………………].

Ana: Yes, me too. And I think we should advice Robert to help us


to[………………………] our writing skills.

Jack: Right. That’s all?

Ana: Yes. That’s all.

SECTION 4

In this section you will hear a lecture about sports in Britain.

Having a drink at the [……………………………], going for a walk in the country


or watching sports on the television – these are all main ways in which many
British people like to relax on weekends or [……………………………]. Such
activities tell us about how modern British people like to spend
their [……………………]; but if you look more closely, we can see these
activities are not just recent […………………], but are deeply[…………………]
in the British culture over many [……………………………]. Today we will talk
about some sports which we see played [……………………………]the world and
were born in Britain.

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Let’s begin with football. As we all known Britain is the place of origin
of[…………………] football. The idea of sports having [……………………]– like
the football season – also comes from the natural [……………………………]of
an agricultural[……………………………], where the timing of harvests and the
general weather[……………………………]how people spent their time. Football
is played in early spring when the weather is wet and not too cold. In winter,
bad weather kept people in doors and they had not so much work to do on
their [……………………]. So men used to doing hard work,[…………………]
labour found they needed to [……………………………]their energy and so got
together regularly to play [……………………………]and fast games like
football. Meanwhile, during the [……………………………]football has been
regarded as a rough sport for the [……………………………]young men
although all [………………]classes used to join in on the local football match.
Today, violence is still [……………………………]with football.
“Football [………………]“, supporters of rival teams, sometimes clash before,
during and after matches and run riot through the city or town, breaking
windows and beating each other up. Of course the football […………………]
gets a lot of attention. Nowadays, before some big matches when trouble
is [……………………………], police usually patrol the streets, pubs close to the
football courts and some shops even lock their doors and[………………………]
their windows. The Football [……………………………] was set up
in[…………………]. It is the league or association that the[………………………]
compete in, for a trophy title known as the FA Cup. The Football Association
put out a series of [……………………………]to control violence so as to ensure
a successful match.

A more [……………………………]sport that is very popular in the world is


tennis. Wimbledon, a town near London, is where the world’s top players
gather to compete. It has been one of the major sports events of the
British [……………………………]. As we all know tennis was invented in

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Britain but few people know tennis owes its [……………………………]to the
church. According to the records by the [……………………………]century,
people were making a game of[……………………………]a ball off the side of
their local churches or [……………………………], first using the hand and later
a [……………………………].

Football, archery, tennis and other sports were frequently played


in [……………………………].

In England, the sound of summer is said to be the sound of “leather on willow”


– the ball hitting a [……………………………]bat. Cricket was one of the very
first team sports in Britain to be played according to the same organised rules
nationally. Before the Victorian era, and in modern Britain, people from all
walks of life play cricket, but in the [……………………………], cricket became a
sport [……………………………]with the upper classes. It was a kind of a “snob”
game played by boys who attended public schools. And then the sport became
popular in the public school [……………………………]in the colonies of
Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan. British English is full
of [……………………] to the sport, those who are not[……………………]with
the game will be [……………………………]by it. Such as “that’s not cricket”
means “that’s not fair” and “to play the game” means “t£ be fair”.

The true sport of British Kings (and Queens) is not skiing


or [……………………………], but horse racing. National horse races have been
held throughout Britain for hundreds of years. The horse at the heart
of [……………………………]life was a symbol of [……………………………]and
wealth and necessary to traveling, hunting and [……………………………]. The
sport of riding a horse is still considered
rather [……………………………]or [……………………………]sport because the
average British family cannot afford to own a horse. Meanwhile, there are

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stables which rent horses and offer riding courses at […………………]prices.
So certainly, almost everyone can afford to place a bet on a horse race now and
then. As a sport of kings, kings and[……………………………]alike enjoy betting
on the horses. The Queen, who likes riding, also likes betting on the horses and
often [………………] some major races. Although she is[…………………]rich,
she gets very excited when the horse she has placed her money on wins.

There are two kinds of [……………………………]: the flat race. where horses
and riders compete on a flat, oval track; and the [……………………………],
which is racing either across the countryside, or around a course designed to
represent the [……………………………]you might overcome in the countryside.
The Grand National which is set up in[……………………………]and it’s the
world’s most famous [……………………………]. However, some horses are
usually injured and badly hurt horses are sometimes shot. Animal lovers
cannot[……………………………]that animals should be hurt and killed for
people’s entertainment. The biggest social event [……………………………]to
horse racing is The Roval Ascot. where people[……………………………]and
show off how fashionable they are as well as watching the races and place their
bets. Women especially wear very [……………………………]
and[……………………]hats and dress designed for the occasion. Television and
newspapers will often comment on their [……………………………].

IELTS Listening Practice Test 3


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Label the map with the following places:

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Write the appropriate letter on your answer sheet.

Questions 5-10

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

5. What time does the library open?

6. What time does the cafeteria close at weekends?

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7. When does the sports centre open?

8. When can the outdoor athletics field be used?

9. When will Saturday’s football trials probably end?

10. When will Neil go to watch the trials?

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

11. How many London underground lines are there?

12. In which two ways are the lines distinguished from each other?

13. Which zone is Heathrow airport in?

14. On which forms of transport can a one-day Travel card be used?

15. How much cheaper is a typical journey using an Oyster card?

Questions 16-20

Complete the gaps using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each.

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16. Put your ticket into the __________________when you want to use an
automatic gate.

17. People with _____________________ can use a bigger gate to enter


and leave stations.

18. People usually use ___________________ to get from ground level to


the trains.

19. ____________________ tell people where to go if they are changing


lines.

20. You can find maps in many __________________ at the official


website.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

21. Where is the student from?

22. What does the adviser suggest the student create to manage her time?

23. What does the adviser give the student to help her with time management?

24. What is the problem many students have with the library?

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25. Why does this problem exist?

Questions 26-30

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

26. The student says she is ______________ when she is studying at home.

27. As a result, it might be better for her to __________________from


Monday to Friday.

28. The main problem with the student’s assignments Is that they fail to
_______________________

29. The adviser has a list of people who, for ___________________


grammar and spelling mistakes.

30. The adviser suggests ____________________ with another student


after lectures over a coffee.

SECTION 4
Questions 37-35

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO


WORDS for each gap.

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31. Many organisations will pay for the cost of a volunteer’s _____________
to Africa.

32. The presenter describes volunteering as ______________________


than just travelling there.

33. Jobs lasting over a year generally offer a ____________________ to


cover expenses.

34. People without ________________________ or extensive education


can expect to cover their own costs.

35. The employment of ________________________ is preferred by


organisations since projects are long-term.

Questions 36-40

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

36. Which two things are uncommon in rural areas?

37. Which areas generally have more conservative populations?

38. What two new things will your body need to adapt to?

39. Where do many volunteers and travellers relate their experiences?

40. What do you need to work in African countries?

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Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

1. B
2. I

3. E

4. C

5. 8 a.m.

6. 7 p.m.

7. 7 a.m.

8. (during) daylight hours

9. (at around/ about) 3 p.m.

10. after lunch

11. 12/twelve
12. name, colour

13. (zone) 6

14. underground, bus(es)

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15. 10%

16. slot

17. baggage

18. an escalator/escalators

19. Signs

20. foreign languages

21. Germany

22. (a) schedule


23. (a) leaflet

24. closed/ closes at weekends

25. not enough staff/ too few staff/ no extra staff

26. easily distracted

27. work/study longer hours

28. answer the question

29. a small fee

30. checking notes

31. flight

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32. more meaningful
33. (basic) stipend

34. specific skills

35. local people

36. running water, electricity

37. rural ‘

38. food, water

39. online diaries

40. (official) work permit

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

Simon: Hi Neil! How are you? You look a little [……………………………].

Neil: Hi Simon! I am. You’re familiar with the campus, aren’t you? I can’t
figure out where anything is.

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Simon: Well, let me give you a hand, then. Which [……………………………]do
you need to know?

Neil: First, I need to know where the [……………………………]is. I haven’t


registered yet.

Simon: Alright. You know where the north gate is, don’t you?

Neil: Yes. It’s up that way – about [……………………………].

Simon: Sorry, Neil. I’m afraid it’s in that direction and it’s about 500 metres
away.

Neil: Well, that begins to [……………………………]why I cant find anything!


So, the south gate…

Simon: North. Then it’s a little towards the west gate. You can’t miss it,
because it’s really big and has a large sign on it.

Neil: OK. I’ll take your word for it. The second place I need to find is
the[……………………………].

Simon: That’s in the south-west part of the [……………………………]. It’s easy


to see because there’s the outdoor [……………………………]stadium nearby.

Neil: OK. Next, I need to know where Churchill Building is. That’s where I
have my[……………………………]tomorrow.

Simon: That’s back by the library. You know the building – the McDonald
Building – where our[……………………………]is?

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Neil: Yes, that’s right by the east gate, isn’t it?

Simon: Right. Well, the Churchill Building is [……………………………], well,


almost opposite that.

Neil: Not that small building directly opposite?

Simon: No, the larger one beside it.

Neil: Got it. OK. Last one. Where’s the [……………………………]? I know it’s
next to the[……………………………].

Simon: And can you see the bookshop? •

Neil: Well… hang on… It’s right there – here in the centre of the campus!

Simon: A great central [……………………………], if you ask me!

Neil: What time is the library open?

Simon: It’s open from [……………………………].

Neil: And the cafeteria?

Simon: 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Neil: Is that every day? Someone said that it isn’t open so long at the
weekends.

Simon: No, it’s every day.

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Neil: And the sports centre?

Simon: Now, if I [……………………………]rightly, that opens at 7 a.m. and


closes at 9 p.m., but the outdoor [……………………………]field can only be
used during daylight hours since there’s no [……………………………].

Neil: You play sports, don’t you, Simon?

Simon: I do. I’ve signed up for the football team trials this coming weekend
and I was on the athletics team at school.

Neil: When are the trials? I don’t play football, but I enjoy watching.

Simon: They’re on Saturday, starting at [……………………………]. The


organisers said that we should [……………………………]to be there
until [……………………………], probably until around three.

Neil: Well, I’ve got things to do in the morning, but I’ll come along after lunch.
I hope you[……………………………]until then!

Simon: So do I! I think that in the morning, they’ll be aiming to sort out the
people with[……………………………]from the no-hopers. Then, in the
afternoon, they’ll be sorting out who’s the best.

Neil: OK. Well, good luck with that. I’ll see if Leslie wants to come along.

Simon: OK. See you Saturday.

SECTION 2

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Presenter:

Welcome to this latest lecture on living in London. Today, we’re going to look
at[…………………] and I’d like to start with the London [……………………]
system – also called “the tube” because of the shape of the […………………].
First, you need to learn your lines. There are 12 different [……………………],
each with its own name, for example, the Piccadilly line, the [………………].
Each line is a different colour on the map of the underground system. You can
find the map in the ticket hall at each underground[………………………], and
usually on the [………………………] as well. Sections of the map are also
displayed in the [……………………………]of the underground trains. Before
you begin, it helps to know which line you are starting on and on which line
your[……………………………]can be found. If they are on different lines, look
at the map to see where the two lines cross, and note the name of
the [……………………………]where they meet – that is where you have to
change trains. If the two lines do not cross, keep looking until you find a third
line that crosses both of the other two. Then you will need to change
trains[……………………………].

You can buy a [……………………………]from one of the automatic machines or


from the ticket office. Either way, you need to know the name of
the [……………………]you are going to. You also need to know whether you
want a “single” ticket, which is valid just to get you to your[……………………]
or a “return”, which gets you there and back again. Fares are based on
a[……………………………]: the more zones you travel through, the more
expensive your fare is. There are six zones, with zone 1 covering central
London and zone 6 covering the[……………………………]of the system,
including, for example, Heathrow[……………………………]. Most of the
underground maps show which stations are in which zones. A single ticket for
travel through all […………………] currently costs[………………]. Depending

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on how far you are travelling and how many[…………………………] you need
to make, it may be cheaper to buy a one-day. Travel card, which gives
you [……………………………]travel on all London underground and
bus[…………………………] the day you buy it. A one-day Travel card covering
all six zones currently costs [……………………]. You can also buy an Oyster
card. This is the best option if you are going to be in London for a long time.
You get a [……………………] on all tickets — usually about […………………] —
and you don’t have to [……………………………]to buy tickets. Just buy credit
for your card and then use it as [……………………………]when you enter and
leave underground stations at the start and finish of your journeys.

At underground stations you must pass through an [……………………………].


Put your ticket into the slot to the right of the gate. When the gate opens, pass
through. As you pass through, your ticket will [……………………………]from
another slot on the top. Pull your ticket out and take it with you; you need it at
the end of your [……………………………]. This is the same procedure for
Travel cards. With Oyster cards, you hold your card over the card reader
at[……………………] automatic gates. If you have [………………………]with
you, you can go through a special, larger gate where you can pass through
more easily. Show your ticket to an[……………………………]and ask him or
her to let you through this gate.

Most stations have long [……………………………]leading to and from the


trains. Try to stand to the right-hand side, leaving space for people to walk past
you on the left. When changing trains, get off at the station where the line you
are on crosses the line you need. Follow the signs for the line you need, and
the [……………………………]you want to go in. When you leave the system,
you must pass through an automatic gate again to leave the station. Put your
ticket in the slot as before. If you bought a [……………………………]or a Travel
card, your ticket will pop up for you to collect again, so that you can use it later.

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If you bought a [……………………………], or if you are. on the return trip of
your return ticket, your ticket will stay in the [……………………………].

To find out more about the London underground, check the official
website:[……………………………]. This site also has the map and information
in[……………………………]foreign languages. Now, let’s move on to…

SECTION 3
Adviser: Good afternoon. How can I help you?

Student: Good afternoon My name is Helena Schwarz. I have an [……………]


at three.

Adviser: Ah, yes. Come in. Please, take a seat. … Now, what can I do for you?

Student: Well, I need some advice about my stûdies. I’m a [……………………]


student – from Germany – and, well, I heard that this is the place to come.

Adviser: It certainly is. So, what kind of problems are you having? It’s quite
normal for students to meet problems, [……………………………]overseas
students who might not be[……………………………]with the British way of life
or education system.

Student: Well, ray first problem is the [……………………………].

Adviser: That’s a common problem, even with British students.

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Student: It seems to me that the biggest difference between university
and[……………………………] school is that university students have to do a lot
of work on their own, and it’s sometimes useful to get [……………………]on
how to take control of your time and work effectively. ‘

Adviser: You’re right. The obvious thing to do is to make a [………………]and


stick to it. Bear in mind that there is enough time to do the work and enough
time for[……………………………]activities.

Student: You mean that I shouldn’t overload myself.

Adviser: Right, but [……………………………], be careful to spread your work


out over the weeks and months. Don’t do anything for a while, then
get [……………………] because you have little time to get [……………………]
finished.

Student: Yes, that’s clear.

Adviser: We get a lot of students coming to us with that problem, so we’ve


produced a leaflet about it. You should have [……………………………]one
during [……………………………], but sometimes … well, here you are.

Student: Thank you. I’ll read it carefully later.

Adviser: OK. And feel free to come back if you have any questions about it.

Student: OK. My second problem is with research.

Adviser: Are you going to complain that the library isn’t open at the weekends?

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Student: How did you guess?

Adviser: We get so many students complaining about that. We are trying to get
that[…………………], but… well, to be honest, the library [……………………]
already work long shifts and unless we can get extra staff, the library has
to[……………………………]closed at the weekends.

Student: I understand, but…

Adviser: I know. It makes [……………………………]your time even more


important.

Make sure that you get all the books you need from the library before the
weekend. Then,[……………………………]some of your weekend time to
making notes from the books at the weekend.

Student: The problem is that I’m easily [……………………………]when I’m


working at home rather than in the library.

Adviser: Well, an [……………………………]strategy is to work longer hours


during the week, when the library is open, and do no work at all at the
weekends. Sometimes, it’s very useful to forget about studies for a day or two
each week.

Student: Yes. That might be better for me. I can [……………………………]on


my work in the library and then leave the weekends free. Also, I have some
problems – with my essay assignments. Could you have a look at these and tell
me what you think?

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Adviser: Certainly… Ah, I see. Well, even if you plan your writing [……………],
this can come to nothing if the assignment doesn’t actually answer the
question. That really is the most important thing to remember. You must read
the question[……………………………]care¬fully and give it a great deal of
thought before you even start planning or writing your first draft. It’s
also [……………………………]to check your work for[…………………].
Everybody makes them, and they can [……………………] the professor
marking the work. So, always take time at the end to check what you have
written. Many overseas students ask a British student to check their work for
them. I have a short list of people who will do this for a small fee if you’d like it.

Student: That’s OK. I have [……………………………]British friends. I’m sure I


can bribe them to check my grammar and spelling. Good. Anything else?

Adviser: Yes, there is. I find it hard to keep up sometimes in [………………].

Student: Do you have any tips for me? I was thinking of recording them using
an[……………………………]. Then I can listen to it again [……………………]
and…

Adviser: Well, a lot of people find them useful, but some people point out that
you might never actually have time to listen to the recording again. Something
else you could try is checking your notes with a friend after the lecture. Go for
a [……………………………]or something.

Student: Yes. That’s a good idea. Thanks. Thank you very much for your help.

Adviser: That’s what I’m here for!

SECTION 4

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Presenter:

Good morning, everybody. I’m Jane Winter and I’m here to tell you a little
about the[……………………………]of volunteer work in Africa. If you’re
looking for volunteer work in Africa there are plenty of [………………………]
available. Let’s look at the different types of volunteer opportunities available
in Africa, what to [……………………………]when volunteering in Africa and
stories from [……………………………]who have worked in Africa. Volunteering
means something different to almost every [……………………………]you come
across. Some[……………………………]will cover your flight and cost of living
while you are working and some are true “volunteer” projects and […………]
you to cover all costs for the[……………………………] of the experience. If you
are looking for a more[……………………………]way to spend a few months in
Africa than simply travelling around,[……………………………]is a wonderful
way to spend your time. Most jobs that last less than a year or so are going to
be the ones you have to pay for. Jobs that require a[……………………………]of
more than a year will often offer a basic [……………………………]to cover
some of your costs.

Whether you get paid and how much you get paid will also depend on
your[………………] and how much they are in [……………………………].’Most
paid volunteer opportunities in Africa are available to those who have a
university[……………………………]and/or a practical skill. Engineers, doctors,
nurses,[………………………], emergency relief [……………………………]and
teachers are among the most asked for by volunteer agencies. If an
organisation doesn’t require you to have[……………………………]then you will
usually have to pay your own [……………………………]as a volunteer. In
general most organisations working in Africa try and [………………………]as
many local people as possible rather than [……………………………], since the
projects should continue long after you have [……………………………]home.

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So don’t take it personally if your[……………………………]to help people in
Africa is rejected, it may just be that a[……………………………]is better suited
to do the job.

What should you expect when you volunteer to work in Africa? Conditions are
usually basic. Most volunteer [……………………………]take place in rural
areas where you may not have ready[……………………………]to running water
and electricity. Housing can be very basic and you will likely be staying
with [………………………]. A word about cultural [……………………………]. As
in most countries in the world rural communities are usually more traditional
than[………………………] centres. As you will be working closely with the local
population you will have to dress and behave in [……………………………]with
what is acceptable locally. General pace of life and work is much slower than in
the west. Don’t expect any organisation to run[……………………………]and
without [……………………………]. Getting sick can be a problem. If you’re
spending more than just a few weeks in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa,
your chances of
getting [……………………………]or [……………………………]will also increase.
Make sure you take all the medicine and [……………………………]you need.
The organisation you work with should [……………………………]you about
health issues and don’t forget that local nurses and doctors will have plenty of
experience with these common [……………………………]—probably more than
your doctor at home. Initially you may also have some problems getting used
to different food and water.

Anyone who has [……………………………]in Africa will probably tell you that
the biggest impact their [………………………]had was not on the community
but on [……………………………]. Spending time immersed in another culture
will change the way you look at life and is part of the[………………………]of
volunteering. Before you decide to volunteer in Africa you may be interested to

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learn what the [……………………………]experiences are of people already in
the field. Later, we’ll look at a selection of volunteer stories and experiences
from[…………………]. There are many volunteers and [……………………]who
keep online diaries of their experiences. These contain some [………………]
tips about working, travelling and living in Africa. Before that, just a quick
word about work pex*mits in Africa. Many people who travel around Africa
may wish to stay and work. But just as in[……………………………]or the US,
every [……………………………]country will require you to get an official work
permit. In most cases these laws exist to stop foreigners getting jobs that local
people may be [……………] for. Unemployment is bad enough[……………]
Africa so don’t take a job that a local person could do. Now, let’s look at a few
people’s experiences…

IELTS Listening Practice Test 111


SECTION 111
Questions 1-4

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

University Clubs Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Name of club film climbing Chess

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Extra activities discussions 1 __________ 2 ___________

Current number of
3 ___________ 40 55
members

Contact Events organizer 4 __________ Maths tutor

Questions 5-10

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Details of climbing club:

5. meets___________________.

6. excursion to France in the _______________________ .

7. subscriptions paid ____________________.

Benefits:

8. discounts on ______________________.

9. annual __________________.

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10. free entrance to climbing ________________ in Cardiff.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-20

Which features are available at the following halls of residence?

Choose FIVE answers below and write the correct letter A-G next to
Questions 11-15.

List of Features

A. cleaning Included

B. all meals included

C. private showers

D. modern building

E. parking spaces

F. single sex

G. sports facilities

Halls of Residence

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11. Brown Hall

12. Blake Residence

13. Queens Building

14. Parkway Flats

15. Temple Rise

Questions 16-20

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter A-G next to Questions 16-20.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-24

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

21. Jenna and Marco must complete their project by__________________.

22. The project will be a study of the increase in __________________.

23. The project will be assessed by ________________________.

24. Jenna and Marco agree they need a __________________ for the
project.

Questions 25-27

Choose THREE letters, A-G.

What THREE things do Marco and Jenna have to do now for the project?

A. interview some people

B. handout questionnaires

C. choose their subjects

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D. take photographs

E. use statistical software

F. do some work in the library

G. contact some local companies

Questions 28-30

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

28. Why did Jenna and Marco agree to work together?

A. because they both wanted to work with someone

B. because they each have different skills

C. because they have worked together before

29. Why does Marco suggest that he writes the analysis?

A. He needs more practice with this kind of writing.

B. He is better at English than Jenna.

C. He has more experience of this than Jenna.

30. Why does Jenna offer to do the presentation?

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A. Her tutor wants her to do the presentation.

B. Marco is very nervous about giving presentations.

C. She wants to divide the work on the project fairly.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-35

Of which US news source is each of the following statements true?

Write the correct letter A, B or C next to Questions 31-35.

News Sources

A. television

B. internet

C. the press

31. It is more popular at the weekend than during the week.

32. It has affected the popularity of local radio.

33. It has recently been able to expand internationally.

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34. It is offering more varied reporting than previously.

35. It has suffered from government intervention.

Questions 36-40

Complete the summary below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Advertising and Newspapers

In the USA, newspapers are being increasingly inventive about the way they!
attract advertisers and their 36__________________ now exceeds that of
other industries. Advertising has increased because of a good relationship with
the 37___________________ sector. In addition, newspapers now run
more adverts which include 38_________________. These have been
found to raise readership of the papers and create more sales for the
39__________________. There are also an increasing number of more
expensive 40___________________ adverts.

Answer keys:

1. weekend trips
2. competitions

3. 125

4. club secretary

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5. twice a/per month

6. spring

7. weekly

8. equipment

9. magazine

10. exhibition

11. G
12. F

13. C

14. B

15. A

16. B

17. A

18. C

19. E

20. D

21. March 25th

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22. older workers

23. (a)senior lecturer

24. timetable

25/26/27. (in any order) B,D,C

28. B
29. C

30. A

31. C

32. B

33. C

34. A

35. A

36. profit margin

37. retail

38. Vouchers

39. Clients

40. full-page/full page

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BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

You will hear a new student, Tom, talking to a student representative called
Rachel about university clubs.

Rachel: Hi, welcome to Freshers Week. I’m Rachel. Can I help you?

Tom: Oh, hi – yes. Erm -I was hoping to find out about some clubs I could join.

Rachel: Well, all the club stands are here in this hall. What were you interested
in?

Tom: Urn – not sure. I wanted to do something where I could meet people.

Rachel: Well, take this [……………………………]with details of all the clubs


and see what you think. It’ll probably [……………………………]on what day
you’re free. Like on Mondays there’s the [……………………………], then on
Tuesdays you’ve got the climbing club – that’s really good, I’m in that – then
on [……………………………]you’ve got chess, if you want something a bit
more[……………………………]! But you should look through carefully because
all the clubs run extra[……………………………]as well as their normal
meetings.

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Tom: Oh, yes I see. [as if reading] So it looks like the film club
has [……………………………] after the films – I’d quite like to go to those.
Then climbing – [……………………………], it says here that the University has
its own climbing wall – that’s [……………………………]– and they go on
weekend trips. Cool. And it says the [……………………] club normally just
does games with whoever […………………] but it also runs […………………]
sometimes. But I bet you’ve got to be pretty good to do that.

Rachel: Yes, I think so!

Tom: And how many people are in the clubs? Are they all really full?

Rachel: Well, obviously they’re all different so, for example, the film club has
just[……………………………]its membership from eighty five to a hundred and
twenty five but I think they’re hoping to [………………………]it to a hundred
and fifty. The climbing club’s quite small – [……………………………] people –
and the chess club is fairly healthy at fifty five.

Right. OK, so who do I see if I want to join these dubs?

Rachel: Well, if you go round the stands and speak to the people there.

For the film club that’s the event’s [……………………………]– urn, for climbing
you’ll need the club [……………………………]and the chess club
is [……………………………]by one of the Math’s tutors. OK?

Tom: Yup. I think I’ll start with the climbing club – it sounds good.

Rachel: Oh well, as I said, I’m in that so I might be able to help you a bit.

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Tom: OK. It says in the leaflet that they get together [……………………………].
Is that right?

Rachel: Yes. Oh, you must join. It’s really good fun. We go away quite a bit to
North Wales and every year we have a special [………………………], usually to
France, which is where we’re going this year in the [……………………………].
The weather’s too [……………………………]in the autumn.

Tom: Wow! That sounds good – but it must cost a lot.

Rachel: Yeah, but we try and save up for it through [……………………] so


rather than having a huge sum to pay in the month we go we […………………]
those weekly so it spreads it out.

Tom: Good idea. I think I’ll definitely join.

Rachel: There are quite good [……………………………]you get from joining. I


mean, you need that don’t you? And the University clubs normally try and do
deals with[……………………………], so it’s really worth joining. Like in the
climbing club they’ve got a special [……………………]with one of the shops in
town so if you show your card you can get money off [……………………………].
Don’t think the [……………………………]extends to clothes though.

Tom: That’s really worth it then. I’ll go over and talk to them now.

Rachel: OK. Hope you do join. Oh, and another thing I meant to say. If you do
become a member, you automatically [……………………………]a magazine
once a year. It’s quite useful and interesting because it goes out to all the
national climbing clubs. And the other thing is, if you come to

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every [………………], then you can get a [……………………………]ticket to the
big [……………………]that’s held in Cardiff every year. So – hope to see you…

Tom: Yeah, thanks … (fade)…

SECTION 2

You will hear an accommodation officer telling students about different halls
of residence.

Accommodation Officer:

Good afternoon and welcome to Stanton University. I’m here to tell you about
the[……………………………]halls of [………………………] we have available
should you choose to come here. We aim to offer [……………………………]in
Halls to all first year students and you’ll find there’s a good […………………]to
choose from.

First of all, there’s Brown Hall, which, as you’ll see, is not the
most [………………] of buildings but it is very popular with some students. It’s
got a good [………………]of community, some nice [………………………]
kitchens and, unlike the other halls, it has recently had a gym built in
its [……………………………]. Another option is Blake Residence, which is built
like a large house and so everybody cooks and eats together. It has its
own[……………………]-off bit of private garden and is even
more[……………………………] because this is an all-girls residence, although
of course boys are[…………………] to visit the Hall and, I
understand, [……………………] take part in cooking dinner! The largest hall
we have is Queens Building and this has been[………………………]recently.
The original parking area has been built on so that the hall now has a

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large [……………………………]and each bedroom now has its own shower
room, which many students regard as a real [……………………………]. A
further option is the Parkway Flats, which won an award for design in its day
and this building now has a[……………………………]order on it. This has
meant that only a[……………………………] amount could be done to upgrade
it and the surrounding area is important so parking is not […………………]
around the Flats. However, the Flats do have many extra [……………………]
such as a special computer room, a small library and a[…………………………]
restaurant. The cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner is[……………………………]
in the fees for this hall so it does look a bit more expensive. The last residence
we can offer you is Temple Rise, which again is [……………………………]more
expensive than other halls as the rooms are larger. This has got very lovely
views[………………………] to the coast and this more than […………………]for
the fact that bathrooms here are [……………………………]between six
students. However, the hall has[……………………………]staff who clean the
rooms once a week so this is perhaps an[……………………………]option for
the [……………………………]amongst you.

Now if I can just show on this wall map here where they all are, you might like
to go and have a look round. If you come into the main university [……………],
at the first[……………………………]you’ll find that Brown Hall is on the
corner[……………………………]the theatre. So you’re nice and near the station
here – though I think it can get a bit noisy with [……………………………]. The
same [……………………………]to Blake Residence, which is directly facing the
junction to the university entrance. These Halls are often used
by [……………………………]students and such like as they’re out all day so
don’t notice the noise. Anyway, if you then walk along Campus
Road [……………………………]the main Circle, you’ll see the library on the
corner and [……………………………]is just past that as you head north. You
will find that it is [……………………………]here and you may get fewer

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visitors! By the way the Circle is quite a [……………………………]of the
campus as it’s set into the hills and has a [……………………………]new sports
centre in the middle – it’s worth going to look around it.

Now, the Parkway Flats are on the [……………………………]corner to the


library, facing the Circle, as you head towards the main buildings. The main
buildings are only about a[……………………………]walk from here and places
in these halls go quickly so my advice is to[……………………………]your place
as soon as possible. Then Temple Rise is[……………………………]the Circle,
next to the sports centre, but further from the main university buildings. Now,
if you’d like to go off and… (fade)…

SECTION 3

You will hear two students, Jenna and Marco, discussing a Business Studies
project they have to do

Jenna: Come on Marco. We’ve got to get on and sort out this [………………]
for Professor Barclay.

Marco: Hang on. I want to make sure we’ve got all the information. Now…
(sitting down)… where are we?

Jenna: Well, today we need to sort out [……………………………]what we’re


going to do and how we’re going to [……………………………]the work up.

Marco: OK. How long have we got, by the way?

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Jenna: Um… the end of [……………………………]is April 6th and he said to
hand it in on week 8, so that’s March 25th at the latest because the beginning
of that week is 21st. So not long!

Marco: Right. Have you got the notes there?

Jenna: Yes, he wants us to do a [……………………………]small-scale study,


like the last one, on whether or not [……………………………]were offering
more benefits to staff. We’ve now got to look at the rise in older workers.
Should be fairly [……………………………].

Marco: Yeah, as long as we keep it small. Who’s marking it?

Jenna: Don’t know – sometimes he gets the PhD students to mark it for him.

Marco: Oh actually it just says here ‘a [……………………………]lecturer’. I


suppose it’s too much for Professor Barclay to do them all.

Jenna: Yeah. Anyway, how are we going to go about this?

Marco: Well, we have to [……………………………]how big we want it to be and


who we’re…

Jenna: (cutting him oft)… Yeah, but I think we must sort out a [……………] for
the project otherwise nothing will get done.

Marco: OK. Do you want to do that?

Jenna: Alright. IH do it as soon as we finish here.

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Marco: OK – what do we have to do now for the project? What’s the best way
to go about it? Um… well, Professor Carter [……………………………]we set up
a focus group to get some[……………………………]interviews but I think that’ll
take a lot of time.

Jenna: Yeah, I agree. If we did a focus group, we’d have to spend time deciding
who to[……………………………]in it and it’s not necessary to do one anyway.

Marco: Oh, fine.

Jenna: And, if you agree, I think we should get in [……………………………]


with the businesses on the list Professor Carter gave us and ask them if they’re
prepared to [……………………………].

Marco: Sounds good – then we can go there, give them […………………………]


and collect them later.

Jenna: Exactly.

Marco: OK. Then do we need to book one of those study rooms in


the[…………………] so we can work together to input the data? Perhaps not, as
I[……………………………]just one of us could just sort it out, actually.

Jenna: Yes, that would be easier. A lot of what we’re doing


is [……………………], so it’ll be writing up rather than [………………………].
No software for that I’m afraid! ,

Marco: And I think it would look better if we had [……………………………]


shots of some of the staff because we’re citing [……………………………]as a
factor in [……………………………], aren’t we?

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Jenna: Yeah. OK. I’ll factor that all in when I sort everything out tonight.

Marco: I’m glad we decided to work together. I think it’s going to work out
well.

Jenna: Yes, well, given that we had to work in pairs on this […………………], I
think we were right to choose each other.

Marco: We complement each other [……………………………]as we’re each


good at what the other isn’t! In fact, we should have tried working together
before!

Jenna: Yes! Now, how shall we [……………………………]the work? I’ll do


the[……………………………], shall I?

Marco: Oh – OK.

Jenna: It’s just that it might be [……………………………]because I’m used to


doing it – although your English is better than mine. I need more practice at
reading, really.

Marco: OK. I’ll do the [……………………………]then. If that’s OK with you?

Jenna: Yeah, sure. I don’t mind speaking in public but I hate preparing all the
notes for them. Thing is, the [………………………]said one person should do
the whole[………………………] and he’s said he [……………………………]me
to do it because I haven’t done one yet.

Marco: No, that’s fine. Now… (fade)…

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SECTION 4

You will hear a media studies tutor giving a lecture about news sources.

Lecturer:

OK, now many of you will have heard about the [……………………………]death
of newspapers as people increasingly [……………………………]the TV and
the [……………………………]for their news. Today I want to look at the USA,
which has very advanced news [……………………………], to see if this is
actually true.

In the USA the main news sources without [……………………………]are TV,


the internet and the press – that is traditional newspapers. And, although they
are each [……………………………]and[……………………………], they are also
changing. Obviously TV news has been around for a while, and the early
evening [……………………………]when people get in from work are very
popular. I [……………………………]we traditionally think of the morning
newspaper arriving on our [……………………………]with the daily news.
Interestingly, this is not borne out by the[……………………………], which
show that [……………………………]in the US is much higher when people have
time to relax, when they’re not working, especially on Sundays. The internet is
also a popular weekend [……………………………]but shows
no [……………………………]with weekday access. So people are using the
different sources in different ways. Interestingly,[……………………………]has
been hit less by the grip of quite strong local newspapers than by the internet,
which is seen to offer a better [……………………………]. But just because the
internet is seen as the new force in news media does not mean it
is [……………………………]. Television has, of course, been global for a while,
but now [……………………………]changes, which have fuelled the rise of

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online news, have also [……………………………]newspapers to print
and [……………………………]editions across the world. In fact, internet news,
which is seen as the big [……………………………]for traditional markets, does
not offer that much[……………………………]. Often the sources are the
online [……………………………]of the newspapers, whereas television, in
order to offer something [……………………………], has had to come up with a
much more [……………………………]bag of reporting from hard news to light
reports on [……………………] events. Another issue is [………………………]–
the internet is virtually [……………………………]so anything can be reported
there, whether true or not. [……………………………]on newspapers have
fought along hard battle to fight[……………………………]and to retain the
freedom of the press. Television, however, is seen as critical
to […………………] power and has become subject to[…………………]controls
about what it can or cannot say.

Now one very [……………………………]in keeping newspapers alive and well


in the USA has been their approach to [……………………………]. Obviously
newspapers are heavily[……………………………]on advertising revenue and
they have become more and more[……………………………]in what-they offer,
in order to make sure that advertisers use them, and not other
news [……………………………]. This has meant that, contrary to
popular[…………], newspapers now have a [……………………………]higher
profit[……………………………]than the rest of American industry. So how
have they[……………………]to raise advertising [……………………………]in
this way? Well, they have put a lot of effort into developing and maintaining a
very strong[……………………………]with the retail trade. And they’ve come up
with a winner. A critical tool in their sales plan has been suggesting that
the [……………………………]they run can have vouchers. This has
been [……………………………]effective because they have found that, not only
do more people buy the paper to get the [……………………………]but also that

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this[……………………………]means much higher sales for the clients who
advertised. As well as doing this, the newspapers have also
introduced […………………]sales campaigns over the last few years. This has
resulted in a [……………………………]and continuing rise in the number of
advertisers prepared to pay the [……………………………]for full-page ads. So,
what I would like… (fade)…[……………………………]

IELTS Listening Practice Test 5


SECTION 1
Questions 1-10

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND /OR A NUMBER for


each answer

Architecture 21 conference

Conference dates 1__________________

Conference venue 2__________________

Reservations phone no. 3__________________

Student rate per day 4__________________

Contact person 5__________________

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Must act fast!

Closing date for talks 6__________________

Summary should have 7__________________

Maximum length 8__________________

Also send 9__________________


Email address 10_________ @uniconf.edu.au

SECTION 2
Question 11

Write NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS OR A NUMBER for the answer.

The house was built between 11_____________________

Question 12

Tick one letter A-C.

It was originally constructed as a/an:

A. family home

B. office

C. public house

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Questions 13 -15

Write NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS for each answer.

The house contains art from: 13________________

Until recently, the art gallery was: 14________________

Tomorrow’s talk will be on: 15________________

Questions 16-20

Write NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS for each answer.

Breakfast is served in the cafeteria or: 16_________________

You can choose between an English breakfast or: 17__________________

A car park was built because of an increase in: 18_______________

The garden contains many: 19__________________

The animals at Apsley House are all: 20___________________

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

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21 Which college does Chris suggest would be best?

A. Leeds Conservatory of Contemporary Music

B. The Henry Music Institute

C. The Academy in London

22 What entry requirements are common to all the colleges?

A. an audition

B. an essay

C. an interview

23 How much does the course at Leeds Conservatory of Contemporary Music


cost?

A. £6,000 a year

B. £7,000 a year

C. £8,000 a year

24 What other expenses are payable to the colleges?

A. application fee

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B. insurance

C. train fare

25 When is the deadline for Leeds Conservatory of Contemporary Music?

A. January 9th

B. January 19th

C. January 30th

Questions 26-30

Which facilities do the colleges have?

Choose FIVE answers from the box and write the correct letter, A-G, next to
questions 26-30.

Facilities

A. large gardens

B. multiple sites

C. practice rooms

D. recording studio

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E. research facility

F. student canteen G technology suite

G. technology suite

Colleges

26. Northdown College

27. The Academy in London

28. Leeds Conservatory of Contemporary Music

29. The Henry Music Institute

30. The James Academy of Music

SECTION 4
Questions 31-35

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF ART AND MUSIC

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31. According to the speaker, art and music can benefit patients’ emotional,
______________ and physical well-being.

32. Florence Nightingale first noted the improvements in the year


______________.

33. The results of many studies did not prove a link between health and art as
they were rarely __________________.

34. The American study looked at the effects of architecture on patients’


_________________.

35. The patients who were in a ward with a __________________ were not
in hospital for as long and needed less medication.

Questions 36-40
Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

Recent Research Projects

Type of Effect on Other


Type of patient
art/music patients improvements

heart rate
Unborn babies 36 _________ mother felt relaxed
increased

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improvements in
Cancer patient 37 __________ 38 _________
well-being

Hip replacement
39 _________ eased anxiety 40 staff _______
(elderly)

Answer keys:

1. 18TH – 20TH OCTOBER

2. THE PACIFIC HOTEL

3. 0793332266

4. $60

5. PROFFESORBURT.

6. LAST FRIDAY

7. AN INTERESTING TITLE

8. 300 WORDS

9. BRIEF CV/ SHORT CV (CURRICULUM VITAE)

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10. INFO

11. 1771-1778

12. B

13. ALL OVER EUROPE

14. CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

15. THE ART GALLERY

16. YOUR ROOM

17. VEGETARIAN FOOD

18. VISITORS

19. WILD ANIMALS

20. VERY FRIENDLY

21. B

22. C

23. A

24. A

25. B

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26. E

27.B

28. C

29. G

30. D

31. SOCIAL

32. 1860

33. STRICTLY CONTROLLED

34. RECOVERY TIME

35. NICE VIEW

36 .LIVE MUSIC

37. ARTISTIC PICTURES

38. (FELT) LESS PAIN

39. (SOOTHING) CLASSICAL (MUSIC)

40.STAFRFELT / WERE) HAPPIER

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts

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and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
Secretary: School of […………………………….]. Professor Burt’s office.

Student: Oh! Good morning. I was wondering if you could give me some
information about the forthcoming Architecture 21 [……………………….]–
dates,[……………………….]procedures, costs… that sort of thing.

Secretary: Well… the conference runs from the 18th to the 20th of October.

Student: 18th to the 20th of October… Oh good. I’ll still be here then and um…
where[……………….] is it being held? Is it at the […………………………….] as
in previous years?

Secretary: No, it’s actually being held at the Pacific Hotel – we’ve
rather[…………………….]the university conference […………………………….],
so we’ve opted for this new venue.

Student: Right. Paradise Hotel.

Secretary: No. The Pacific – that’s P-A-C-I-F-I-C.

Student: Oh right. And […………………………….]we can get accommodation


at the hotel?

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Secretary: Yes, but you’ll need to contact them direct to [……………………….]
that. I’ll give you the number for hotel […………………………….]. Have you
got a pen ready?

Student: Yes, go ahead.

Secretary: It’s area code zero seven and then nine triple three, double two
double six.

Student: And what’s the registration fee?

Secretary: Individual fees are […………………………….]for the three days,


or[…………………………….]a day if you only want to attend for one day.

Student: Are there any student […………………………….]?

Secretary: There’s a 50% concession for students, so that’s $150 for the three
days, or S60 a day.

Student: And am I too late to offer to give a talk?

Secretary: Oh, I’m pretty sure you’ve missed the […………………………….]for


that.

Student: Oh, really? But I’ve only just […………………………….]here in


Australia – is there any way I could have a paper […………………………….]?

Secretary: Well, you’d need to talk to Professor Burt, the conference [……….].
I can put you through, if you like.

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Student: That’d be great. Oh and can I just check the spelling of his name. Is
that B-U-R-T?

Secretary: Yes, that’s correct.

Prof. Burt: Professor Burt speaking.

Student: Oh, hello. My name’s John Helstone. I’m an [……………………….]


student at London University. I’m here in Australia for three months, looking
at energy-saving house[…………………………….].

Prof. Burt: Right.

Student: I’m interested in giving a talk on my […………………………….]at the


conference but I believe I may have […………………………….]the deadline.

Prof. Burt: Well, strictly speaking you have. The closing date was last Friday.

Student: Oh, no!

Prof. Burt: But we may be able to include your paper if it fits into
our […………………………….]… but you’ll have to be quick.

Student: OK. What do I need to do?

Prof. Burt: Send me a summary of your talk. And make sure you include
an[……………….] title for the talk. Something to [………………….]people’s
attention.

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Student: OK. Interesting title. Right. I’m looking at ways of [……………….]
buildings for […………………………….]climates that don’t rely on the need to
include[…………………………….], so I’m sure I can come up with something.

Prof. Burt: Yes, quite. But remember: the outline should be no more
than[…………………………….].

Student: Right. I’U try to keep it down to 300 words, but would 400 be OK?

Prof. Burt: No, not really, because we have to print it in the […………….]and
we just don’t have the space.

Student: Sure, I understand.

Prof. Burt: And also, can you send me a short CV – the usual stuff – name,
age,[…………………….], that sort of thing.

Student: Right. OK, short CV.

Prof. Burt: Actually, you can email it to me. That’d be [……………………….].

Student: Sure. What’s your email address?

Prof. Burt: Well the best thing would be to send it to the


conference[…………….] officer at info … that’s I-N-F-0 at [………………….].

Student: Right. I’ll do that straight away.

SECTION 2

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Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Apsley House. My name’s Henry
James and I’m the [……………….] of this, I must say, […………………….]old
house. My staff and I will do all that we can to ensure that your stay here at
Apsley House is both[……………………….]and relaxing.

If you look at the schedule I’ve […………………………….]you will see that we


have planned a number of different activities for you. But what I’d like to do
today is to introduce the house to you. So let’s first deal with the history of the
house.

Apsley House is known as one of the […………………………….]houses in


England. It was originally [………………….] and constructed by the Scottish
born[……………….] Robert Adam between the years [……………………….]
and [………………….], and from day one was the office of the Duke of
Wellington. Back then it was a [……………….]house, but in [……………….]it
opened to the public for the first time.

The Duke of Wellington was an avid […………………………….]of art, and if


you look to the room to your left… {PAUSE) Can everyone see that alright?
Yes? Good. You will see a rather large art[…………………………….]. The
viewing gallery is […………………………….]long and houses a wide range of
art from all over Europe. Until recently, the gallery was closed to
the[…………………………….], but I’m pleased to say that it is now open and
you are free to visit anytime you wish. If you take a look at
the […………………………….] you will see that I’ll be talking to you about the
gallery tomorrow after breakfast, so if you’re interested in art please be here
by […………………………….]for the talk.

This room here, to your right, is the [………………….]. Breakfast is served


from[……………….], although you can request […………………………….]in

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your room if you prefer. The dining hall serves a traditional English breakfast,
although[…………………………….]food is available on request. Just let
the […………………………….]staff know the previous evening. Outside you
will find a […………………………….]garden. A section of the garden
was […………………………….]into a car park in […………………………….]to
make way for the growing number of visitors. Nevertheless, much of
it […………………………….]and is an ideal place for you to wander and enjoy
the peace and quiet, or simply sit and read.

There are a lot of animals in the garden, including birds, [………………….],


rabbits, oh, and not to forget Felix the cat. Now don’t be […………………….] if
the animals come up to you. They are used to people and very friendly.
Anyway, dinner will be served at seven, so in the[…………………………….]
please feel free to simply wander and enjoy the[…………………………….]
Apsley House has to offer.

SECTION 3
(A =Anna; C = Chris)

A: Hi Chiis! What are you doing here? I thought you were [………………….] to
be revising for your finals in the library?

C: Yeah, well I […………………………….]it was time for a break. I really wasn’t


being very[…………………………….]so thought I’d come and have
a […………………………….]and some fresh air to see if that’d help. What are
you doing with all those […………………………….]?

A Well I’m trying to decide which university to apply to for my MA in Music.


The choice is really[…………………………….]!

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C: Well that certainly is a big pile of prospectuses. Maybe talking about it will
help you at least[…………………………….]it down? I’ve got some time, and to
be honest, it’ll be a welcome[…………………………….]from my dissertation.

A: Great! Thanks Chris. So far, the universities that […………………………….]


the most are The Academy in London, Leeds […………………………….]of
Contemporary Music and The Henry Music […………………………….], which
is also in London.

C: I’m not an expert but wouldn’t The Henry Music Institute be the best as it’s
the one that everyone’s heard of?

A: Well… yes and no. Leeds Conservatory of […………………………….]Music is


also pretty famous and although The Academy in London is less well- known,
they’ve got some[…………………………….]modules on offer.

C; But still, it’s always good to have a […………………………….]name on your


CV, even if Leeds Conservatory of […………………………….]Music and The
Academy in London are good… What about the entry requirements? That
might help you to make a […………………………….].

A: Well, funny you should say that as I was just looking at them. The

Academy in London requires an […………………………….]as does The Henry


Music Institute.

C: Leeds Conservatory of Contemporary Music doesn’t?

A: No, they want […………………………….]to compose a piece of music


instead, before[…………………………….]an interview.

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C: Don’t the others require you to do that? Compose, that is?

A: No, the others ask you to write an […………………………….]stating why you


want to join the course first of all, but if I pass that stage then I’ll also have
to […………………….] a face-to-face interview like the other two places with
the head of school. Assuming that goes OK, then I’ll be [……………………….]
onto the course.

C: Right. Sounds tough!

A: I know, but I […………………………….]it’s for a Master’s degree so I wasn’t


expecting it to be easy.

C: What about the fees? Are they all the same?

A: Well, […………………………….], the fee structures are very different.

C: Why’s that?

A: I really don’t know, but, for example, The Henry Music [………………….] is
the most expensive at £8,000 a year, next comes The Academy in London and
the cheapest is Leeds[…………………………….]of Contemporary Music.

C: Mmm… How much are they exactly?

A: Well, for a full-time course lasting one year it’s […………………………….]at


The Academy in London and […………………………….]at Leeds Conservatory
of Contemporary Music.

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C: OK. Well, what other expenses do you have to take into [………………….],
like train fares for example? If you’re going to be travelling home and back
during the holidays, that’s got to be a factor.

A: I’m not worried about that, though […………………………….]is an added


cost as I’ll need to make sure my […………………………….]is covered.
However, all of them require me to send in a[…………………………….]for the
charges for applying before they’ll process my application.

C: Is that normal?

A: Apparently…

C: Can I have a look?

A: Yes, of course. Here you are.

C: Ummmm.

A: What is it?

C: Well, I think you might have a problem.

A: Why? What is it?

C: Well it says here that the deadline is […………………………….]. That’s next


week.

A: Where? Let me see… you’re right! Which […………………………….]is this?

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C: The Henry Music Institute…

A: Oh no! What am I going to do?

C: Make your […………………………….]now?

A: Is the closing date the same for all of them?

C: Let’s check… Look here, Leeds Conservatory of Contemporary Music is on


the 19th but The Academy in London isn’t until the [……………………….] of
this month.

A: Ok, I’d better hurry up and make a decision.

A: Right, now, apart from those three […………………………….]I also wanted


to have a quick flick through Northdown College’s and the one from The James
Academy of Music.

C: Look here it is; […………………………….]at Northdown College.

A: What does it say?

C: Well, it has a library with a […………………………….]historical research


section that’s world famous.

A: That’s all very interesting, but it’s not going to make me go there.

C; OK, The Academy in London has four […………………………….]all around


central London. They all have large common rooms and there’s one 24
hour […………………………….]at the biggest site.

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A: That’s nice, but for me the most important thing is somewhere
to [………….].

C: Yes, of course.

A: Right, now where did I see it… OK, here it is. Look, now this is good. Leeds
Conservatory of Contemporary Music has over 100 teaching and
practice […………………………….]. What a luxury! Here there are only ten and
it’s really difficult to find one […………………………….]so I often have to play
in the gardens.

C: Oh dear!

A: Anyway, that’s the past and this place looks great!

C: Well what about The Henry Music Institute? Look, there’s a new suite with
the latest that[…………….] has to offer and a small museum [……………….] to
the history of music. That’s really impressive!

A: I don’t think I’m really that interested in using […………………………….]


while making music, so that’s not a selling point really. But look, this place is
interesting. The James[…………………………….] of Music. It comes
recommended by lots of people in the music[…………………………….], and all
of its courses have a business […………………………….]as well as having a
professional studio for recording albums.

C: Wow! That sounds really cutting-edge. So are you any closer to making
a[…………………………….]now?

SECTION 4

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(P = Professor McKinley; M – Michael)

P: Hello everyone. Before we continue with our […………………………….]on


the history of music and art, we’ll be listening to Michael’s [………………….]
on how music and art are being used to help with the healing process in
the […………………………….]. Michael, are you ready to begin?

M: Yes, I think so… Thanks professor. Right. Good morning all. As Professor
McKinley just stated, I’ve been doing some […………………………….]into the
healing powers of art and music, and I’d like to present my findings to you
today. I intend to [………………………….] the positive effects of music and art
on patients’ [……………….], social as well as physical[…………………….].

Let’s begin by going back in time to the most famous of nurses, Florence
Nightingale. Way back in […………………………….], Florence Nightingale
wrote in her Notes on Nursing that brightly[…………………………….]flowers
and art helped her patients to recover more quickly. Although
her […………………………….]were viewed with […………………………….]at
the time, she was – we believe – the first of many health […………………….] to
state this. Over the following years, there were many other studies that tried to
prove that a link between art, music and health[…………………………….], but
very few of them were strictly […………………………….], so the results were
variable, and therefore […………………………….]. However, one American
study was different. In the […………………………….], some research took
place into the effects of[…………………………….]on the recovery time
of [………………….] who were in hospital for a gall [……………….]operation.
Half of the patients were kept in hospital wards with
windows […………………………….]some trees. The other half were left in
rooms that faced onto a […………………………….]. It was found that the ones
with a nice view left hospital a day earlier and needed

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fewer […………………………….]. This study was groundbreaking as it was the
first that used […………………………….]conditions that could be measured
statistically and without […………………………….].

M: Now I’d like to bring you up-to-date and take a closer [……………….]look
at three research projects on three very different types of patient. The
first […………………………….]the health of unborn babies. In the study, which
took place at a hospital in London, babies were played live music and their
heart rates were monitored. A healthy baby’s heart would beat
around […………………………….]times a minute, but researchers found that
their heart rate[…………………………….]by up to 15 beats a minute on average
without the mother’s[…………………………….]changing. This is a good sign
that the baby is healthy. In addition, the mothers that took part in
the […………………………….]also said they felt more relaxed.

Another study looked at cancer patients who were visiting as day patients to
receive their[…………………………….]treatments. They were treated in a room
that had[…………………………….]pictures hanging on the wall. The pictures
were changed each week so that the patients would not have to look at the
same ones week after week. When questioned[…………………………….],
patients said that they felt less pain because the images helped take their mind
off the […………………………….]they were receiving. They also noted
general[…………………………….]in their well-being.

Finally, the last study […………………………….]the treatment of a group of


elderly patients who were in hospital to have a hip […………………………….]
operation, and so they needed to stay for around […………………………….].
The researchers played them 30 minute tracks of[…………………………….]
classical music, but not every day, and then monitored their[……………….]
using a questionnaire. When asked to rate how they felt both with and without

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music, the patients […………………………….]stated that they felt less anxious
on the days when they had the music playing. There was a
second […………………………….], but completely understandable result from
the research. The staff liked the music so much that they said they too felt
happier and that they would be less likely to leave the[……………………….] for
a job elsewhere if it were to continue. Now that has to be a good thing, which
will also have a positive effect on the quality of the[…………………………….]
patients receive.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 6


SECTION 1
Questions 1-5

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Your Best Furniture

Example Answer

Information about special offer Press two

ITEM REQUIRED PRICE

Bed 1 ________ size £189


2___________ White colour £69

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Round with
Dinner table 4__________
3___________
Wardrobe 5___________ £399

Questions 6-10

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBERfor each answer.

Customer’s Details

Name: Daniel Kahn

Address: Hill House

6____________ 16th

Contact number: 4478 0135

Delivery time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on next 7_______

Total cost: £760

Payment: 8________________

Delivery Fee: Free

Delivery transport: 9________________

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Reference number: 10________________

SECTION 2
Questions 11 – 15

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBERfor each answer.

TULIP HOT SPRING GARDEN RESORT

Location: 11_________________ close to Peak Mountains

Hot spring was exploited 12_______________ metres under the ground,

Temperature of Tulip hot spring is 13__________________

Notice for tourists:

Adjust water temperature before bathing.

Do not bath immediately after drink

Do not take your 14_____________ when bathing.

There are:

56 different water sports.

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21 different 15 _________________

Questions 16-20

Complete the map below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21 and 22

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

21. The conversation may take place in a _____________

A. university.

B. bookstore.

C. canteen.

22. The topic of the first lecture is ______________

A. local snack.

B. study strategies.

C. social life.

Questions 23 and 24

Choose TWO letters, A-E,

Which TWO main factors are important for students’ successful study?

A. using time effectively

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B. doing researching

C. taking more lectures

D. working independently

E coping well with stress

Questions 25-30

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS FOR each answer.

25___________ lecture

Prepare for lecture ahead


Listening to lecture

check notes after lecture

PowerPoint
26______________
Group work

need a 27_________________

approach: 28_______________
Reading online materials

method of analyzing

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29 a good ________________
Writing essay
30 do __________ before handing in

SECTION 4
Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

The Antarctic Polar View project maps Antarctic sea Ice by using 31_______.

Problems to navigate through the water:

the safety of the ship

32____________ the efficiency of the ship

NVSAT Satellite:

Collect data

Identify difference between open water and 33___________________

Scientists can see surface of sea clearly by using 34__________________

Helicopter:

Advantage: can map the sea in the air

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Disadvantages: 35 much more_________________

36_________________________

The colour of the map is 37____________________

Problem of sending pictures in Antarctic ship: 38____________________

Measure to the problem: com press images into 39___________________


format

The equipment scientists need for mapping is a 40___________________


on ship.

Answer keys:
1. King

2. Light

3. 6 chairs

4. £229

5. European design

6. Dave Lane

7. Sunday

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8. Credit Card

9. Truck

10. FC0418

11. north suburb

12. 3,000

13. 65®C

14. jewellery

15. SPA pools

16. Villa Part

17. Merry Water World

18. Leisure Centre

19. Sports Centre

20. Restaurant

21. A

22. B 23-24 D E

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25. record

26. Presentation(s)

27. username and password

28. skimming

29. draft plan

30. proof-reading

31. satellites

32. the speed of the ship

33. (the) sea ice

34. radar

35. difficulty

36. time consumption

37. (shades of) grey

38. Internet connection M’

39. JPEG2000

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40. laptop

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
You will hear a conversation between a customer and a clerk about furniture
information.

Clerk 1: Thank you for calling Your Best […………………………….]Information


Line. In order to deal with all calls […………………………….], we offer you a
number of options. Please listen carefully and press your required number. If
you want to know about our latest[…………………………….], please press 1. If
you want to hear about our new[…………………………….], please press 2. If
you want to make a complaint, please press 3.

Clerk 2: Good afternoon. What can I do for you?

Customer: Good afternoon. I’d like to know some […………………………….].

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Clerk 2: Fine. What about furniture would you like to know?

Customer: First of all, I’d like to know about beds. I’d like to buy a new bed.

Clerk 2: Yes. And what kind of bed do you want?

Customer: Do you have a […………………………….]one?

Clerk 2: Of course. What colour do you like?

Customer: I prefer white.

Clerk 2: Let me check. Yes, we have a new one from [………………….] that
came in last week.

Customer: How much is it?

Clerk 2: It is […………………………….].

Customer: Do you have any discount at this moment?

Clerk 2: If your total cost is over […………………………….]you will get


a[…………………………….].

Customer: Great.

Clerk 2: Do you want this bed?

Customer: Yes. And I need a light.

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Clerk 2: Where will you fix it in your house?

Customer: My bedroom.

Clerk 2: On the […………………………….]?

Customer: Yes. Oh, I hope it’s white too.

Clerk 2: We have a set of white furniture. How about the light?

Customer: How much is it?

Clerk 2: It is very cheap, only […………………………….]if you take the bed.

Customer: OK. I will take them both.

Clerk 2: Fine. And anything else?

Customer: I want to buy a new dinner table for my dining room.

Clerk 2: What’s your […………………………….]?

Customer: Do you have a round one?

Clerk 2: Yes.

Customer: And with four chairs, no, six that’s better.

Clerk 2: Right. Round with chairs.

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Customer: What’s the price of it?

Clerk 2: The domestic one is […………………………….], but the imported


one is[…………………………….].

Customer: The same style?

Clerk 2: Yes.

Customer: I will take the first one.

Clerk 2: OK.

Customer: The last thing I need is […………………………….].

Clerk 2: Wardrobe? Oh, we have some new styles.

Customer: Really? I prefer a […………………………….]design.

Clerk 2: You are so lucky. We got a new one from Italy.

Customer: Great. How much is it?

Clerk 2: It is […………………………….].

Customer: A little expensive.

Clerk 2: Yeah, but it is white.

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Customer: Really? That’s fine. I will take it.

Clerk 2: A good choice. Are you our member?

Customer: Yes.

Clerk 2: OK, can you tell me your […………………………….]?

Clerk 2: Let me take down your details first.

Customer: OK.

Clerk 2: What’s your full name?

Customer: Daniel Kahn.

Clerk 2: Could you spell the last name?

Customer: K-A-H-N.

Clerk 2: Right. And your address?

Customer: Hill House, […………………………….].

Clerk 2: Could you spell the street name?

Customer: D-A-V-E.

Clerk 2: Fine. And your contact number?

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Customer: […………………………….].

Clerk 2: Well, what time do you want your furniture to arrive?

Customer: How about next week?

Clerk 2: OK. Morning or the afternoon?

Customer: Afternoon.

Clerk 2: How about […………………………….]. on Saturday?

Customer: Sunday is better.

Clerk 2: OK. On Sunday.

Customer: Fine. How much is it all together after [……………………….]?

Clerk 2: Let me see. The total price is [……………………….], after discount


is…[………………….].

Customer: OK. May I pay by credit card?

Clerk 2: Of course you can.

Customer: Oh, does this price include […………………………….]fee?

Clerk 2: Because you are our […………………………….]and live not far from
us, the fee is free.

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Customer: That’s so great.

Clerk 2: We have a truck to deliver all your orders to your house next Sunday.
Can you take down your […………………………….]number?

Customer: Yes. Please tell me.

Clerk 2: […………………………….].

Customer: Great. Thank you very much.

Clerk 2: You are welcome. Good bye.

Customer: Good bye.

SECTION 2
Receptionist: Good afternoon. How can I help you?

Customer: Good afternoon. I’d like to enquire about some information[........]


resort.

Receptionist: What kind of resort would you prefer?

Customer: I want a hot spring resort and it is better to have some indoor or
outdoor water[……………….].

Receptionist: OK. Let me check. How about Tulip Hot Spring Garden Resort?

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Customer: Tell me some details, please.

Receptionist: Fine. It is […………………………….]in the north suburb near


Peak Mountains. Covering about […………………………….]acres of green land
with refreshing[…………………………….], the resort provides various kinds
of […………………………….]for sports, entertainment, leisure and meetings.
And the best part is its hot spring.

Customer: Great. Could you give me some introduction about the hot spring?

Receptionist: The millennium […………………………….]of the Tulip hot


spring was[…………………………….]3,000 metres deep under the ground. It is
sulphur hot spring. The major […………………………….]is sulphur.

Customer: I heard that when sulphur is […………………………….], it’s armless


to the human body.

Receptionist: Yes. It plays a […………………………….]role in softening the


skin,[…………………………….]the skin and beautifying the skin. It can lower
blood[…………………………….]and reduce blood fat.

Customer: That’s so great. How about its temperature?

Receptionist: It’s 65°C. There are some […………………………….]about the


hot spring.

Customer: Attentions?

Receptionist: Yes. The hot spring water contains various […………………….]


which come out first in black colour, change to clear water [………………….]

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with a mineral smell. Adjust water […………………………….]to one’s comfort
before bathing.

Customer: OK.

Receptionist: And do not bath immediately after drinking and please take
your[…………………………….]off when you are bathing.

Customer: Fine. How about water activities?

Receptionist: Merry Water World has […………………………….] different


water sports for tourists. You can experience four different […………………….]
rooms and 21 different SPA[…………………………….]. For a change, one can
try the standard swimming pool, tennis courts and the […………………….].

Customer: Can you tell me the location?

Receptionist: Let me show you the map of the resort.

Customer: Fine.

Receptionist: Now we are standing at the […………………………….]of the


Main Hall. It is at the bottom of your map and […………………………….]to our
left is Villa Part. There are[…………………………….]villas and suites which
have their own hot springs.

Customer: Fine.

Receptionist: The large building with a big […………………………….]behind


the Main Hall is Merry Water World – the water sports centre.

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Customer: Yes. I know.

Receptionist: On the top left of the map is the Leisure Centre. There are sauna
bath for women,[…………………………….]theatre, kids room, video games
room, VIP room, tea house and beauty salon.

Customer: Great. And where is the tennis court?

Receptionist: It is in the Sports Centre which is located between […………….]


and the Tulip Garden.

Customer: Tulip Garden?

Receptionist: Yes. You can appreciate the beautiful tulips in the garden.

Customer: Fine. Can you tell me what kinds of sports are there in the centre?

Receptionist: There is tennis court, […………………………….], table tennis,


shooting, arrow shooting, and […………………………….].

Customer: Do you have a restaurant?

Receptionist: Of course. The building next to Garden is the restaurant.

Customer: What dishes does it serve?

Receptionist: We have French food, Spanish food, Indian food and [………….].

Customer: That’s so great.

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Receptionist: If you want to book a villa, fill in the form.

Customer: Thank you very much.

Receptionist: You are welcome.

SECTION 3
You will hear a conversation about a student’s study.

Professor: Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the Study Centre of The


Cardiff University. I am Professor Jody, your student study [………………….].
I know as a new student you will meet some […………………………….]with
your studies and life. So we will have three[…………………………….]lectures:
study [……………………….] on today, social life and local[…………………….]
on next Monday and Tuesday. I will introduce you to some study skills and
answer your questions. Well, first of all, let’s talk about some[………………….]
which can affect your study. What problems do you meet as
a[…………………………….]?

Student 1: Yes, professor, what’s the biggest difference between university


and[…………………………….]school regarding study?

Professor: A good question. I think the biggest […………………………….]is


that a university student will have to do a lot of work on their own, such as
doing research.

Student 1: Do you mean we should read and think […………………………….]?

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Professor: Yes. That’ the first important factor of being a […………………….]
university student.

Student 2: Fine.

Student 1: How about taking more […………………………….]? I heard that


they can help our studies. Is that right?

Professor: Some students prefer to attend more extra lectures to


improve[…………………………….]. But in fact, it might affect their own study.
My advice is to use your[…………………………….]time. I mean you should
know how to take control of your time and work […………………………….].

Student 1: Fine.

Professor: Another factor is to […………………………….]your stress. Many


students usually have a feeling of […………………………….], particularly for
overseas students. There is no family or friends here so maybe [……………….]
and heavy studies can lead to a great stress. So I[…………………………….]if
you come in contact with such troubles, it is a good way to make some new
friends or take up some social […………………………….]on the weekends.

Student 2: How do we know about the social activities, professor?

Professor: You may get the activity […………………………….]from the Student


Union.

Student 2: Fine.

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Professor: Well, let’s talk about some study […………………………….]. Where
should we begin?

Student 1: How about listening to a lecture?

Student 2: Yes. I am worried about that too.

Professor: OK. If you cannot keep up with the […………………………….]why


not prepare a recorder or something like that to record the lecture.

Student 2: Good idea.

Professor: And I think you should prepare lecture […………………………….]in


advance and then check your notes with other students after the lecture if you
cannot take them all at the lecture.

Student 1: Great. And how about […………………………….]. Do we have to do


many presentations?

Professor: Yes. You will do presentations nearly on all subject lectures.

Student 1: Should we use […………………………….]?

Professor: Yes. Of course.

Student 2: And can we choose a partner to do presentation together?

Professor: Maybe or maybe not. Sometimes you can have a group presentation
but you have to do it by yourself on most lectures.

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Student 2: OK. I know.

Student 1: Professor, I know we have to spend a lot of time reading [………….].


I want to know if we can get them from the Internet.

Professor: Sometimes you can read materials at the computer home.

Student 2: Really?

Professor: Yes. But, you must have a […………………….] and[……………….]


from The Computer Centre.

Student 2: Fine.

Professor: And usually you will have many […………………………….]journals


to read, so a right reading method is very important.

Student 1: What kind of method?

Professor: The approach I use is […………………………….]. It means to skim


the book first to see what’s important and what isn’t.

Student 2: Do we need to […………………………….]a skill of analysing


reading?

Professor: Yes. That’s the next important method of reading. The method can
help you to remember what you have read.

Student 2: Fine. And how about the […………………………….]?

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Professor: You will write a lot of essays as your assignment.

Student 2: […………………………….]?

Professor: Yes.

Student 1: How about the strategy of writing essays?

Professor: First you should make a good draft plan for writing, and
pay[………………….] to the [………………….].

Student 2: Deadline?

Professor: Yes.

Student 2: Can we extend that?

Professor: You could ask for your personal […………………………….],

Student 2: Fine.

Professor: And before handing in your work to your tutor or [……………….]


you should do proof reading first to check form, grammar, spelling and
references.

Student: OK.

Professor: If you meet some other problems with your study you can ask your
tutor for help. Well, any other questions?

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SECTION 4
You will hear a conversion about technology.

(Christine = C; Andrew Flemming = A)

C: Welcome to “The Magic Earth”. I’m […………………………….]. Today, we


have invited a[…………………………….]Andrew Flemming – the leader from
“The British[…………………………….]Survey” – to give us an introduction
about “using[…………………………….]to map Antarctic sea ice”. Welcome
Andrew Hemming.

A: Thank you Christine. Well, as you know, cruising in the Southern Ocean
isn’t always plain sailing. But as it is becoming important to find better ways
of […………………….] safely and avoiding future […………………………….]
because of increasing visitor ships, the Antarctic Polar View project is
using […………………………….]to map the sea ice to help ships find the best
way in the vast […………………………….]. There are very
large […………………………….]of heavy ice in the water which might look
beautiful and white with[…………………………….]dancing on top of it, but I
believe you do not want to hit it very fast with a ship. Otherwise your ship will
be […………………………….], and therefore[…………………………….]through
it is an important problem, not only in terms of the safety of the ship, but in
terms of the speed of the ship, and the […………………………….]of the ship.
So you could have another choice for example, take a quicker
and […………………….] rather than spending an […………………………….]
amount of time going through an area of very thick ice. The quickest way to
travel is to clear water […………………………….], but it is a difficult task to
find these routes. The area we’re dealing with is absolutely [………………….].
The only way of […………………………….]that area of ocean effectively is by

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using satellites. Therefore, we use a satellite named NVSAT which is a satellite
that[…………………………….] information and picks up […………………….]
in ocean surface […………………………….]and that helps us to see the
difference between open water and the sea ice. Radar allows
the [………………….] team to see straight through the clouds down to
the [……………………….] of the sea. With detailed images, it’s even possible to
see cracks in the surface which can lead to […………………………….]ice falls.
Wherever possible we would use[…………………………….]quite a lot and put
them up in the air to map the ice and look for where we might find what we
call leads, you know, which are large areas of clear water that the ship might be
able to move through. But it is certainly a much more difficult and
time¬[…………………………….] operation.

C: So does the image that you get from the Polar View map give
good[…………………………….]of what you’re actually seeing out there on the
sea?

A: Yes, it does. We cannot yet know clearly about the [……………………….] of


the sea ice, but one of the science […………………………….]that we were doing
last summer was looking at doing some of that work using satellites as well, so
that’s going to be quite an exciting[…………………………….]. The map was
coloured in various […………….]. But it didn’t take long to spot the difference
between the dark smooth open water and light[……………………….] areas of
sea ice. The first step is to take the image merely, which has to be sent to the
ship.

C: How about others?

A: Internet connection in the Antarctic and on ships is [………………………….]


poor.

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And that has meant that we have to […………………………….]the image a lot,
cut a lot and delete some of the details in the image as a result.

C: Have you solved the problem?

A: Yes. The normal way that we are doing this is by […………………………….]


the images into a foi’mat known as […………………………….]. JPEG 2000
allows us to, No. 1, compress the[…………………………….]a lot more, and
secondly it allows us to maintain the[…………………………….]position of the
image. So, it knows where the image is and allows us to[…………………….]
that on a map.

C: And how long does this take?

A: I tested this January over a very narrow dial-up […………………….]


connection and it took a few minutes. Sure. For us it’s made an
enormous [……………….], I mean we now know […………………….]well the
kind of sea ice conditions we’re likely to[…………………………….], so it’s a
fantastic and useful system. We just need a laptop on the ships.

C: That’s great. Thanks for Andrew’s introduction, and… (fade)

IELTS Listening Practice Test 7


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

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Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

SUMMER TOUR RESERVATION

Example Answer

Nationality: American

Name: Ariel Lee

Contact number: 1______________

Trips have: main resorts


2______________

special activities

Fee: $20 – $35 per person

Leave time: 7:00 a.m.

Transport: minibus or 3 _______

At peak season: tourists have to 4 ________

Complete the table below

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for
each answer.

Number of
Place Date Main Resort
seats

5______National
Sydney 12th January 25
Museum

Birds-watching
6______ 25th January 7_______ Bush-walking

Melbourne Church
Melbourne Exhibition
Melbourne 8_______ 20
Melbourne Exhibition

Diving and swimming


Taking photo of 10
9_______ 23rd February 30
Taking photo of 10

SECTION 2
Questions 11-13

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Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. The main reason for opening bank account is _______________

A. to pay bill easily.

B. to keep money safe.

C. to pay tuition fee.

12. The occupation of the client at present is ______________________

A. professor.

B. dentist.

C. student

13. The recommended bank account by clerk is ____________________

A. Current Account.

B. Deposit Account.

C. Savings Account.

Questions 14-19

Complete the table below.

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each
answer.

Credit Card Solo Card 14_____________

Annual interest rate 15 ___________ 5.5%

Overdraft
16 ___________
Supply 17 Pay
Moblie service
________________

Deposite at least
18 ____________ No limitation
19 _______________

Question 20

Answer the question below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER for the answer.

What time do the most banks open on Saturdays?

_________________________________________

SECTION 3
Questions 21-23

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

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21. How many parts does a paper include?

A. Three parts

B. Four parts

C. Five parts

22. How many words does a paper need?

A. 1,000-3,000

B. 3,000-4,000

C. 3,000-5,000

23. What’s the tutor’s point about the Internet resources?

A. Critical

B. Negative

C. Positive

Questions 24 and 25

Choose TWO letters, A-E. What does the tutor warn the student about the
paper ?

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A. paper deadline

B. research data

C. plagiarism

D. library resources

E. research method

Questions 26-30

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

AUTHOR TITLE PUBLISHER

Drake Wister 26____________ Cambridge University Press

The Strategy of
27______________ 28_____________
Marketing

Hilary Justice The Economics

29______________ 30____________ Cambridge University Press

SECTION 4
Questions 31-34

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Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Criminals need a chip and 31_________________ to steal credit card’s


details.

Methods of copying a magnetic stripe:

to 32_______________________

to use an entire counterfeit

to use a 33___________________

£100 for equipment and 34________________________

Questions 35-40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

The terminals have a function of 35_______________ to credit fraud

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Professionals in the U.K. use 36_________________ to monitor the cash
machines.

A magnetic strip on the credit card is designed for 37__________________


customers.

Most banks arrange a 38__________________ between convenience and


security.

The fraud rate has fallen by 39_____________________.

Evidence indicates fraud has always related to 40___________________.

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
You will hear a conversation about travel.

Man: Good afternoon. The Australia Travel […………………………….], how


can I help you?

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Woman: Good afternoon. I’d like to know some information about trips to
different[…………………………….].

Man: OK. Can you tell me some of your details first?

Woman: Of course.

Man: What’s your […………………………….]?

Woman: I’m a first year student.

Man: Are you an […………………………….]?

Woman: No. I’m from New York.

Man: So you are American?

Woman: Yes.

Man: What’s your full name?

Woman: My name is Ariel Lee.

Man: Tell me your contact number please?

Woman: It is […………………………….]. And my address?

Man: No. We just need your contact number.

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Woman: OK. Can you introduce me some […………………………….]?

Man: Obviously it […………………………….], but always places of famous


main resorts, such as Sydney, Melbourne or some places like that.

Woman: Just tour resorts? I mean does that include other [………………….]?

Man: Yes. Besides main resorts we will […………………………….]for you to


enjoy some local[…………………………….]and some special activities.

Woman: So, how much does it cost?

Man: Usually, it varies between […………….] dollars and[………………….]


dollars per head, depending on the place.

Woman: And what is the departure date and time?

Man: It depends on […………………………….]. But try to keep the departure


time

fixed.

Woman: When?

Man: 7 o’clock in the morning.

Woman: And how about the transport?

Man: We have minibus or coach depending on the number of […………….].

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Woman: May I need a […………………………….]?

Man: Yes. You know summer holidays are coming. So I suggest that our
tourists reserve a seat in [……………………….].

Woman: Is there a […………………………….]for that?

Man: I’m sorry. We do not have any discounts during peak season.

Woman: Could you tell me some details of the trips?

Man: Yes, the first place is Sydney. That’s on the […………………………….].


We’ll have twenty-five people in a minibus.

Woman: Fine. Going to which attraction?

Man: We will visit one of the most famous theatres in the world.

Woman: The Sydney Opera House?

Man: Right. You can […………………………….]to watch an opera there.

Woman: Really? What’s the name of the opera?

Man: I’m not sure. Let me cheek the House’s […………………………….]. And
then you can visit the National Museum to know about the history and
customs of Australia.

Woman: Great.

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Man: In the evening you can enjoy some […………………………….]if you like.

Woman: Fine.

Man: We’re going to the Blue Mountains on the […………………………….].

Woman: Blue Mountains? Is it a blue mountain?

Man: The mountain got its name for blu? fog. It is usually [………………….]
by a blue fog.

Woman: That’s so interesting.

Man: Yes. It is a popular place for young men because they are so cool and
you can enjoy lots of sports there, such as […………………………….], bush-
walking and […………………………….].

Woman: How many people will go there together?

Man: You will take a coach that has about […………………………….].

Woman: Fine.

Man: And the next place is Melbourne on the tenth of February with about
twenty people in the minibus.

Woman: What’s the resort? You could […………………………….]the famous


Melbourne Church and maybe you might have a chance to attend a
local […………………………….]if they hold it as usual.

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Woman: Fine. Do you have some tours to the beach?

Man: Yes. One of the most famous coral reefs in the world is the

Great Barrier Reef and we arrange that on the […………………………….].

Woman: I’m looking forward to visiting there.

Man: Yes. Many people like there. There are some interesting water sports,
such as diving and[…………………………….]in the water or just taking photo
of coral.

Woman: Great. I guess there will be many people.

Man: Yes. But our coach is only for thirty people all together.

Woman: That’s so great. Can you book a seat for me now?

Man: Yes. And I will confirm your […………………………….]number later by


telephone, OK?

Woman: Right. Thank you very much.

Man: You’re welcome. I hope you will enjoy the trip.

SECTION 2
You will hear a conversation in a bank.

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Man: Good morning. I’d like to open a […………………………….], please.

Woman: Good morning. What kind of account do you want to open?

Man: I’m not sure. Perhaps you can give me some […………………………….].
I only want to[…………………………….]money in the bank and pay all kinds of
bills easily.

Woman: Fine. I’ve got the […………………………….]form here. First of all,


can I have your full name please?

Man: Richard Lee. • .

Woman: Fine, Richard, what’s your […………………………….]?

Man: I’m studying a Doctor degree now although I was a […………………….]


before coming here.

Woman: Well, so you are a student.

Man: What kind of account can you suggest for me?

Woman: How about a Deposit Account?

Man: What’s the difference between that and a […………………………….]?

Woman: There are many differences such as the interest rate, […………….]
and service and so on.

Man: Fine. I will take your […………………………….].

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Woman: OK. Let’s talk about the main two account cards of the Deposit
Account.

Man: Fine.

Woman: One card is called the […………………………….]and the other one is


named Master Card.

Man: Which one is better for me?

Woman: Let me introduce you to some differences of the two cards.

Man: OK.

Woman: The first one is annual […………………………….].

Man: Which one is higher?

Woman: Of course. It is the Master Card. At present its rate is [……….],


but the Solo Card is only […………………….]Man: How about the other
differences?

Woman: The service supplied with the two cards.

Man: Could you speak […………………………….]?

Woman: We usually supply Internet service and mobile service of all cards, of
course including the Solo Card.

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Man: Yes. I’d like to ask for the service of mobile and oh, does Solo Card have
an[…………………………….]?

Woman: I’m sorry. But Master Card has such a service.

Man: Fine.

Woman: If you want to take more money out of the bank than you have in it –
be very careful – you should not do this without the bank [………………….]
and you will have to pay some charge.

Man: Do you mean interest?

Woman: No. I mean the […………………………….].

Man: How much is that charge?

Woman: According to the bank rules the minimum fee is about 2%.

Man: Fine.

Woman: The last item of the two cards is the […………………………….]. There
is no limitation of this Solo Card, but if you want to get Master Card you
should deposit a[…………………………….]sum of fifteen hundred pounds in
the first time.

Man: Oh. What’s the […………………………….]of money?

Woman: What do you mean?

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Man: I mean I cannot deposit cash when I open a bank account.

Woman: Don’t worry! We […………………………….]cash and check or even


money order.

Man: Great.

Woman: So which card do you decide to open?

Man: I’d like to open the […………………………….].

Woman: A good choice. How often would you like to receive your [………….]?

Man: Monthly please.

Woman: OK. The last one you should know is the opening time. Banks usually
open from[…………………………….]. until […………………………….]. from
Monday to Friday, but most branches open until 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Man: OK, I see. Thank you very much.

Woman: You’re welcome.

SECTION 3
You will hear a conversation between a student and her tutor about the
assignment.

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Student: Good morning. Oh, it just hit twelve. Good morning. Mrs. Potter, may
I come in?

Tutor: Oh, Jerry, of course. Come in and take a seat please.

Student: Thank you.

Tutor: Well, how about your […………………………….]?

Student: Do you mean my paper?

Tutor: Yes.

Student: I still think about the draft, but I hope you can give me some help
and[…………………………….].

Tutor: Of course. How long will it take you to finish your draft?

Student: Er… I’m not sure, may be three days?

Tutor: My advice is that you should spend a lot of time on your draft. As you
know a good beginning is very […………………………….]for a paper. A good
draft can help you outline your paper even benefit your […………………….].

Student: OK. I will try my best to write up my work. Mrs. Potter, how many
parts in a paper?

Tutor: Generally speaking, there are four parts and [……………………….].

Student: So there are five parts?

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Tutor: Right. Contents, introduction, main body…

Student: And conclusion?

Tutor: Yes, and […………………………….].

Student: So how about the words […………………………….]of my paper?

Tutor: According to […………………………….]you have to write at least three


thousand words and not over five thousand.

Student: OK. Three to five thousand.

Tutor: Right. How about your research?

Student: I haven’t begun to do the […………………………….].

Tutor: Why?

Student: Because I’m not sure about the research […………………….]. I mean
I cannot decide to use which one now.

Tutor: I remember I suggested you to use the method of interview.

Student: Yes, but I think maybe […………………….]is better for my work.

Tutor: Really? Tell me your reason.

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Student: I have to spend some time of the day on a part-time job, so I think
maybe a questionnaire is a good way to […………………………….]the data that
I need.

Tutor: Fine. Oh, do you search […………………………….]or data from the


Internet?

Student: Yes. I think it is a good way to collect data and as you know it can
help me save lots of time.

Tutor: Jerry, in fact, many students do most of their research on the Internet.
You might think that it is an easier way to get […………………………….]but
most data are from highly[………….] resources. So be [………….………….].

Student: OK, I will pay attention to that.

Tutor: Then, there are some things you should consider when you write the
paper.

Student: OK.

Tutor: Be careful with your references and […………………………….]and do


not share other people’s work. I mean you should write clearly
about […………………………….]and do not forget to acknowledge the original
writers. Otherwise, you will be failed for […………………………….].

Student: OK, I’ve got it.

Tutor: The other point is…

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Student: Deadline?

Tutor: No. Deadline is the date of handing in your work. You’d better hand in
on time. But if you have a […………………………….]excuse you can ask
for […………………………….].

Student: Fine. Sorry to interrupt you.

Tutor: That’s OK. The other point you should pay […………………………….]to
is your research data.

Student: OK. I will write them clearly. Oh, Mrs. Potter could you [………….] to
me some good reference books about the topic of my paper?

Tutor: Fine. Let’s check the reference book list. The first one is Drake Wister’s
book.

Student: Right. What’s the title?

Tutor: Global Economy.

Student: Is it the one published by […………………………….]University


Press?

Tutor: Right. And I think Victoria Smith’s book is a good choice.

Student: What’s that title?

Tutor: The Strategy of Marketing.

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Student: And which […………………………….]?

Tutor: London Press.

Student: Fine. How about others?

Tutor: The book called The Economics Tendency is a good one for your paper.

Student: Really? And the writer and the publisher?

Tutor: The writer is Hilary Justice and the publisher is Oxford University
Press.

Student: Can I borrow it from the […………………………….]? ,

Tutor: Of course.

Student: Great.

Tutor: And the last one that is […………………………….]to your work is the
book of William Hanna.

Student: How do you spell his surname?

Tutor: H-A-N-N-A.

Student: OK. And the title of his book?

Tutor: Business […………………………….]published by Cambridge University


Press.

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Student: OK.

Tutor: But you cannot borrow the book from library.

Student: Why?

Tutor: Because it belongs to the closed […………………………….]you have to


read it in library. •

Student: OK. Thank you very much.

Tutor: You’re welcome.

SECTION 4
You will hear a cofiversion about credit card fraud.

Host: Hello. In today’s […………………………….]we have invited Ken Farrow


– a Head of Financial Crime at Lloyds TSB to introduce some information
about credit card[…………………………….]. Welcome Farrow.

Farrow: Thanks Catherine.

Host: Has a Chip and PIN given new chances for thieves to steal the details of
our credit cards?

Farrow: Maybe. In the past there were typically […………………………….]


ATMs in the U.K. when people’s PIN could be collected and now there’s
hundreds of thousands of points of sale[…………………………….]. It’s a fraud

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where criminals capture details and then make a[…………………………….]
strip card copy.

Host: How easy is to do this?

Farrow: One way is to modify a terminal so that’s what’s been happening often
in the pas with[………………….]– the same can be done for [……………….]
and [……………….] terminals. The other way is to […………….]it with an
entire counterfeit. There’ve been [………………….] in America and in Europe
with[…………….] fake ATMs being set up. The last way is to set up
a[……………….] camera; and have somebody using […………………….]of
hand to swipe your card through another machine so that you don’t even need
to[………………….]the main machine.

Host: If someone decided to set up a little device to modify one of these hand
held PIN pads, how easy would that be to do?

Farrow: Usually it wouldn’t be […………………………….]too hard, you just


need about[…………………………….]to prepare for some equipment’s and raw
parts, but it would take some[…………………………….]time and effort.
The […………….] themselves have a function of tamper […………………….]. If
you try to open the casing, the machines will shut down and make
them […………………………….], but there’s only so much they can do against
a […………………………….]attacker compared with an ATM. Well once a card
is copied and the PIN is […………………………….], crooks can make a fake
card and use the PIN to withdraw money.

Host: Do all Cash machines accept these cards in the U.K.?

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Farrow: Cash machines in the U.K. may not […………………………….]these
cards but many machines abroad will.

Host: Why?

Farrow: It depends on our radar. We can […………………………….]know what


they are doing while […………………………….]can’t break the Chip at the
moment so what they are doing is to use the old method to skim
the […………………………….]strips on the cards. However, they’ve realised
that they cannot […………………………….]in the U.K., so they go on to
the[…………………………….]and to other countries in the Far East and use
them where ATMs are not […………………………….]for Chip use.

Host: Right, so they can take old style card and use it abroad and get the cash
out more easily?

Farrow: That’s right. There is a magnetic strip […………………………….]to the


card for customers who are travelling.

Host: So what are you doing about this increase of use


in […………………………….]cash machines of card that have been stolen here?

Farrow: What we’re doing is to gradually […………………………….]our


security blanket. That means we will […………………………….]the card usage
whether it’s in the U.K. or abroad. If we feel there’s something wrong we will
contact and confirm with the customer. We’re up against[…………………….]
crime and organized crime is trying to get one step ahead of us and we’re
trying to keep one step ahead of them.

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Host: Yes. How does […………………………….]work in U.K. machines?
Because sometimes fake card will work there as well, won’t they?

Farrow: When a bank is looking at its […………………………….]it has to


balance up convenience to customers with security.

Host: Yes. So what are you doing to make things more secure?

Farrow: I think the Chip and PIN […………………………….]has really


improved and if you look at the […………………………….]in fact hard fraud
has […………………………….]by 24% over the last period. I think you can say
this programme has done well.

Host: Yes. I can see the […………………………….]but there has been a huge
amount of[…………………………….]in the press this week. Some banks have
stopped using PINs – doesn’t that […………………………….]the public’s trust
in this new system? And some people even think the new system
is […………………………….]for new fraud.

Farrow: I don’t think so. I’m not going to […………………………….]on


particular cases. What I would say is that usually the [……………………….] of
crime has always been with the old[…………………………….]not with the new.

Host: So new technology seems to be working well.

Farrow: That’s right.

Host: OK, thanks for your professional introduction. See you next time.

Farrow: See you.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 8
SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

FLAT FACILITIES REPAIRS

Example Answer

The reason for dialing: complain

Full name: 1__________________

Address: International House

Room number: 2__________________

Register number: 3__________________

Length of stay: 4__________________

Questions 5-7

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Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

ITEM PROBLEMS
tap in bathroom 5 __________________
6 ________________ Broken
TV set 7 __________________
Questions 8-10

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

8. Time of repairing is at _________________________.

9. Telephone number of the repair man is _______________________.

10. The repairing fee is ________________________.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

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The Edge Climbing Centre

The Climbing Centre was rebuilt in 11 _______________

Facilities:

12________: 13 meters articulated wall; minus 450 rotation.

Bouldering area: a mixture of flat panels and featured walls.

A small 13 ______: easy standard.

Relaxing place: offer a 14__________________

Changing areas: on the upper floor

Locker keys: get from 1__________________

Questions 16-18

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Entry
Membership Period Annual fee Course fee
requirement

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6 months: £18
12 months:
Golden 18 ages and above 6-12 months free
16______

Silver 18 ages and above 1 year £20 17______

Bronze 18________ 1 year £20 £1

Questions 19-20

Complete the notes below.

Write TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Opening time: 10:00 a.m. -10:30 p.m. on Monday to


Friday

19______________ on Saturday and


Sunday

Training course: Outdoor course

20______________: beginners

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-28

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

PLACE FUNCTION

21_______________ Supply library information: Apply for library card

22_______________ Supply computers to search information of books

Leisure Bar Supply ___________________

24_______________ Dictionaries; Course books; Literature materials

25_______________ Important books

Periodical Room Current issues; Newspapers; Magazines; 26_______________

27_______________ Photocopier and printer

Conference Room Work table and 28__________________

Questions 29-30

Choose TWO letters, A-E. Which of the TWO following warnings are to
students?

A. Reference book

B. Recalled book

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C. Back newspaper

D. Library Card

E. Student locker

SECTION 4
Questions 31-34

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Holidays and Festivals

The main religion in Britain is 31______________________.

Traditional Christmas activities:

Christmas Pantomime – a comical musical play

32 ___________________ gives a speech on TV and radio.

33 ___________________ is on the day after Christmas.

The most important Christian holiday in Britain is


34____________________

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Questions 25-40

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

35 _________ in November

set off fireworks


England Holoday

cook 36 _______

North Ireland Holiday St. Patrick is on 37 _________

38 _________

First Footing

Scotland Holiday
Halloween:

put a candle in 39________

Eisteddfod:

The highlight is to 40________


Wales Holiday

the best two poets.

Answer keys:

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Sections 1

1. Kevin Green

2. 16C

3. KG 6037

4. two months

5. leaking

6. stove door

7. no sound

8. 5 p.m.

9. 6543 3747

10. free

11. 1998

12. Main Hall

13. warm-up wall

14. cafe

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15. reception

16. £30

17. £1

18. 14-17 ages

19. 10:00 a.m. – 8

20. Indoor course

21. Reception

22. Computer Section

23. drink and snacks

24. Reference Room

25. Closed Reserve Room

26. journals

27. Photocopy Room

28. multimedia equipment


29 . B

30. D

31. Christian

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32. Queen

33. Boxing Day

34. Easter

35. Bonfire Night

36. potatoes and sausages

37. 17th March

38. New Year’s Eve

39. pumpkins

40. crown
BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
You will hear a telephone conversation about house facilities.

Agent: Good morning, Campus Flat Agency, how can I help you?

Kevin: Good morning, I’m ringing to [………………….]about problems with


my flat’s facilities.

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Agent: Fine. May I take down your details first?

Kevin: Yes.

Agent: What’s your name?

Kevin: Kevin Green.

Agent: OK, Kevin. And your address?

Kevin: I live in […………………………….]House in the South Area.

Agent: Your room number?

Kevin: My room number is […………………………….].

Agent: On which floor?

Kevin: The third floor.

Agent: OK, third floor, room 16C. Are you a […………………………….]student


at university?

Kevin: Yes, I am.

Agent: What’s your registration number?

Kevin: It is […………………………….].

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Agent: OK. What’s your […………………………….]?

Kevin: Computer Science.

Agent: How long is your flat lease?

Kevin: I’m not sure. Let me check. It is one year.

Agent: How long have you been in the flat?

Kevin: Just two months.

Agent: Well, what are the problems that you’ve been having?

Kevin: The first thing is the […………………………….].

Agent: Let me take the notes. Tap in your bathroom. What’s wrong with it?

Kevin: It is leaking. I’d really hope to get that […………………………….]right


now.

Agent: OK. How about this afternoon?

Kevin: That’s great.

Agent: Anything else?

Kevin: The next one is the stove in the kitchen.

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Agent: What’s the trouble with it?

Kevin: You know the […………………………….]is not a new one when we move
into the flat.

Agent: Yes. Does it work?

Kevin: No, the door of stove is […………………………….].

Agent: OK. How about repairing next week?

Kevin: Fine. And the last point is the problem of TV set.

Agent: What’s the […………………………….]with TV set?

Kevin: It had no sound from the day before yesterday.

Agent: Fine.

Kevin: I do hope you can repair it as soon as […………………………….]. You


know there will be a very good football match tomorrow evening. We all hope
to watch it.

Agent: OK. How about we repair it at the same time with your stove?

Kevin: Great.

Agent: Anything else?

Kevin: No. Just […………………………….].

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Agent: OK. We will get a repair man over to you tomorrow afternoon, are you
available at that time?

Kevin: I will return to the flat at about […………………………….].

Agent: So how about 5 o’clock?

Kevin: Fine.

Agent: You can contact the repair man if your time will be changed.

Kevin: OK.

Agent: His phone number is […………………………….].

Kevin: Right.

Agent: Do you have any questions?

Kevin: Let me think, yes, how about the repair fee?

Agent: Usually, the price is at least […………………………….], but you just use
two months, so we offer free repair.

Kevin: That’s so great. Thank you very much.

Agent: You are welcome. Goodbye.

Kevin: Goodbye.

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SECTION 2

You will hear a lecture about a sports centre.

Welcome to the […………………………….]Climbing Centre, I’m Jason White,


manager[…………………….]. I’d like to give you an introduction about the
climbing centre. The Edge Climbing Centre was opened in […………………….],
and reconstructed and[…………………………….]its original size in 1998. The
Edge is a founder member of the[…………………………….]of British Climbing
Walls and supports the work of the British[…………………………….]Council.
As you know [………………….]is a great activity for keeping fit and healthy. So
we aim to provide a climbing experience that is[…………………………….],
imaginative and challenging. Let’s begin with our[…………………………….].
The first one I’d like to introduce you to is the Main Hall. With
over[……………….]the main hall packs in a huge […………………………….]of
climbs on featured and flat panels. Our facilities are […………….]developing
and feature a 13 meters […………………………….]wall that can rotate to minus
45°. Easier routes can be top- roped; other routes have quick-draws in place of
the lead [……………….]. We think we have every angle […………………….]!
Our Bouldering area is one of the best of its kind in the country. A mixture of
flat panels and […………………………….]walls provide overhanging cracks,
flakes, pockets and comers. There are angles to suit everyone from the
beginner to the most […………………………….]climber. Located just next to
our bouldering area is a small[…………………………….]wall. You can climb at
an easy standard to get those bones moving. There are lots of big holds
small [………………….]. In addition, it is also[…………………………….]with
top-ropes that are ideal for […………………………….]techniques to novices.
Our café is a relaxing place to have a rest between climbs, with plenty of
choice. We sell tea, coffee and soft drinks, as well as a range
of […………….]cakes. The Edge has two changing areas located on the upper

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floor. There are also […………………………….], washing facilities and lockers.
Locker keys are available from […………………………….].

At the Edge you can pay per visit or save on course fees by becoming our
member. We have three types of memberships. Gold Membership is ideal for
regular visitors. Our gold[…………………………….]packages are available for 6
or 12 month periods. You should pay[…………………………….]for half year
and […………………………….]for one year. You do not need to pay any course
fees. The fee of our 12 months’ […………………………….]package is £20.
Climbers have to pay £1 for each course. Both gold membership and silver
membership is offered to climbers over the age of 18. [……………………….],
younger climbers aged from 14 to 17, should try the [………….]membership
which is more suitable. It has the same[…………………………….]and price as
the silver membership. We open at[…………………………….]in the morning
to [………………….]in the evening from Monday to Friday, we are open until 8
o’clock in the evening on weekends. Please pay[…………………………….], we
don’t open on bank holidays. We also offer training courses which
are [………………….]for inexperienced climbers on Monday and Wednesday
evening. You can choose outdoor course or indoor course depending on your
needs. Usually the indoor course is […………………………….]for beginners. If
you want to know more details about it please visit our […………………….].
Miss Morris will give you a hand. Thanks for[…………………………….]the
introduction lecture of the Edge Climbing Centre. I hope you will enjoy our
facilities in the future.

SECTION 3

You will hear lecture about a university library.

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Well, first of all, welcome to the […………………………….]tour of university
library. I’m David White-a library staff here. I know all of you are new
students. You will probably need some sort of […………………………….]to
help you to use the library [………………….]for your study and research.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to the different parts and[………………….]of
the library. Now, let’s start our tour from the[…………………………….]here. As
you can see there are […………………………….]. First of all, I will introduce
you to the ground floor.

There are three parts of the […………………………….]floor. The first one we


face now is Reception. It […………………………….]library information to all
visitors. As a new student, you should apply for your library card first before
using library […………….]. Remember to take one [………………….]photo
and your union card when you come here to register. Next to it is Computer
Section on the right of entrance. As you see there are[………………….]for
students to search library resources such as[…………………………….]books.
You can also search library information by using your own[……………….]in
the house, but you should get your […………….]and[………………….]when
you register in the Computer Centre tomorrow. The last section on the ground
floor is the [……………….]. We make sure there is no food or drink in our
reading room. If you are hungry you can go to Leisure Bar on the corner of
ground floor. It is a [………….] place. Drinks and snacks are [……….]there.

The large section on the second floor located in the centre is


called […………….]. You will find all kinds of textbooks, literature materials,
or dictionaries in the room. Near to it is a small room called Closed Reserve
Room. According to library rules important reference books cannot
be [………………….] from the library so students have to sit in the Closed
Reserve Room to read.

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The room opposite to the Closed Reserve Room is the […………………….]. We
offer various current or back newspapers, magazines and journals. There is a
small room called Audio-visual Room next to it. You can find tapes or CDs or
watch videos in there. If you want to photocopy some [………………….]you
can go to the Photocopy Room on the right corner beside the stairs. We offer
five computers, four […………………………….]and four laser printers there.
You should [………………….]money in your library card first and
then[………………….]your card before using the photocopier or printer. There
are some rules. The first rule is that we do not accept [……………………….].
The second rule is to[…………………………….]your session to half hour at a
time when photocopier is busy or printer is busy. The last important rule is
that please do not start printing less than[…………………………….]before the
library closes.

The Reading Room and Meeting Room are both […………………………….]on


the top floor. Now we are in the big Reading Room with glass roof. As you see
it is very[…………………………….]and […………………………….]here. You can
read books while enjoying[…………………………….]. The last section I wish to
introduce to you is the Conference Room. There are some different size rooms
with a round work table and[…………………………….]equipment for teachers
and students to do group work.

Okay, let’s talk about some warnings. First of all you can [……………….]any
reference books if they are on […………………………….], but the available
time is only 48 hours. If you cannot come to the […………………………….]to
take your reserve books you will miss out. Then, if your book is recalled by the
library you have to return it within seven working days,[………………….]the
book is overdue, and you will have to pay a fine. The other thing is your Library
Card. All records of using library resources are in your card. I hope you can
keep your card safely, […………………………….]do not leave it in your student

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locker. If you lose it please come to our […………………………….]to report the
loss and apply for a new one in order to avoid further [……………………….].
Good, that’s the end of the tour of the library. You can look
around […………………………….]now, and if you have any questions please
ask the[…………………………….]at the Reception.

SECTION 4

You will hear a lecture about British holidays.

British celebrate many […………………………….], historical, social and


cultural holidays[…………………………….]the year. Some holidays marked on
calendar are[…………………………….]throughout the country. Others are
based on local customs and[…………………………….]which reflect the variety
of experience in different[…………………………….].

Britain remains mainly a Christian nation but most Britons do not go


to[…………………………….]regularly or […………………………….]in Christian
worship. Because of[…………………………….]and changing beliefs, most of
the world’s religions are practiced in Britain such as Hindu, Judaism, Muslim
faith and Sikh. Christmas is the biggest and best loved British holiday. While
Christmas has a Christian meaning – it […………………………….]the birth of
Jesus Christ. People usually celebrate Christmas by decorating homes
and[…………………………….]with coloured lights and Christmas trees
and[…………………………….]and exchanging gifts.

There are three […………………………….]Christmas activities in Britain. One


is the Christmas Pantomime – a comical musical play. Another British
Christmas tradition is to hear the Queen give her […………………….]speech
over the television and radio. The British Queen is also the Queen of other

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nations, such as Canada and Australia, and so her speech
is[…………………………….]to her millions of subjects throughout the world.
The third British Christmas tradition, which is also celebrated in countries
with British […………………………….], is Boxing Day, which falls on the day
after Christmas. People used to give Christmas gifts or money to
their […………………………….]on Boxing Day. However, a new Boxing Day
custom has […………………………….], it is shopping. But for most people, it is
a day for visiting, eating and relaxing.

For church goers the […………………………….]is Easter, not Christmas. It is


the most important Christian festival in Britain. Easter […………………….]the
crucifixion and[…………………………….]of Jesus Christ. Easter is in the
spring when universities and schools are closed for breaks. During the Easter
period Christians attend many church[…………………………….]and charity
activities. Easter Eggs are the main[…………………………….]of Easter. As time
goes on, nowadays, people give each other[…………………………….]or candy
for Easter.

There are some local […………………………….]and holidays in England,


Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. People can know about the different
culture and[…………………………….]of the four nations of the United
Kingdom. Many festivals and customs have been […………………………….],
adopted and used to serve political or religious functions in times
of […………………………….]. Special days in England and Wales show their
national pride in their […………………………….]languages and cultures and
remind people that there is much more to the U.K. than “the English and
England”.

One truly English holiday in England is called Bonfire Night –


[…………………………….]in early November. English people celebrate this

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event in the traditional way. Small children with a straw[……………….]called
the “Guy” appear on […………………………….]. They beg for money from
passing adults. They buy lots of […………………………….]to set off on Bonfire
Night. Most communities have public […………………………….], where people
gather to cook[…………………………….]and sausages in the fire and watch
fireworks performing. The biggest Bonfires Night celebration is held in the
small […………………………….]town of Lewes, where torchlight parades wind
through the narrow streets.

Northern Irish Catholics […………………………….]the birthday of the patron


saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, on 17th March each year. Patrick was a Catholic
bishop who lived in the 5th century and is thought to have
brought […………………………….]to Ireland. He lived in Great Britain, but
was […………………………….]by Irish raiders and became as a slave at the age
of 16. He eventually escaped and returned to Britain. However he accepted
the[…………………………….]of the Irish and returned to Ireland to begin his
successful[…………………………….]career.

Most British people welcome the coming of the New Year, in Scotland, New
Year’s Eve is called[…………………………….](31st December) – is the major
winter celebration, but Christmas is very quiet. How Hogmanay is celebrated
varies throughout […………………………….], but one widely practiced custom
is “First Footing”. There is a […………………………….]belief that the first
person to cross the […………………………….]of a household in the New Year
can bring luck and […………………………….]: the appearance of a
young, […………………………….]dark haired and handsome man is
considered […………………………….]lucky. First footers usually bring a bottle
of […………………………….], a lump of coal or a peat as a gift and given a
“dram of[…………………………….]” as their reward.

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Halloween (31st October) is another Scottish festival that comes from the great
feast of the[…………………………….]Celt. It is particularly connected to
ghosts. At parties people dress up in strange costumes and [……………….]they
are witches. They cut horrible faces in[…………………………….]and put a
candle inside which shines through the eyes. Children[…………………….]in
white sheets knock on doors at […………………………….]and ask if you would
like a “trick” or “treat”. Usually hosts give them something nice, such as coins
or candy; otherwise, they make lots of noise on front door.

Wales has some of the oldest and richest […………………………….], musical


and[…………………………….]traditions in Europe. The most famous festival
in Wales is the Eisteddfod. In each August, Welsh people hold a
large […………………………….]to remind people that Wales has had a very
special […………………………….]. The highlight of the festival is to crown the
two bards who have written the best poems of the festival. Nowadays, the
Eisteddfod is the largest popular festival of music making and poetry writing
in[…………………………….].

The British calendar is full of holidays and festivals which show the different
cultures and[…………………………….]of the people who make up Britain.
Such holidays and festivals not only remind people of how cultures change
and […………………………….]each other but also give people a chance to
share in the rich cultural heritage of the […………………………….].

IELTS Listening Practice Test 9


SECTION 1

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Questions 1-5

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

The applicant wants to apply for a visa to Australia (Example)

VISA APPLICATION FORM

Name: Kelly 1 _______________

Address: 106 2________________, Hawaii.

Nationality: 3 ___________________.

Age: 4___________________.

Marital status: 5 ___________________.

Questions 6-8

Choose the correct letter, A, B, or C.

6. According to the applicant, who lives in Australia?

A. His cousin.

B. His uncle.

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C. His sister-in-law.

7. The applicant wants to visit Australia because he wants to_.

A. do some travelling.

B. develop his business.

C. work.

8. The applicant can have a visa for_.

A. 6 months.

B. 12 months.

C. 30 days.

Questions 9-10

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

9. The applicant must go to the visa office between _______________ and


________________.

10. What two things must the applicant take to the visa office? ___________
and ______________.

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SECTION 2
Questions 11-16

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

HOW TO KEEP OFF BURGLARS FROM YOUR HOME

Don’ts Do’s

Use a 12 for your window.

How to secure If you are beyond the earshot of your


11 durine the night
the window neighbours, install (Example) a
plexiglass sheet.

Open the door to Install a 13 _______ in the front door


How to secure anyone
Prepare a stepping ladder or stepping
the door
14 _____________ box for the kids.

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Make a valuables

16___________
Leave them where
How to secure
they can be seen
your valuables Engrave your valuables.
15__________

Questions 17-18

Circle the correct letter, A, B or C.

17. To ensure safety in your courtyard, you should install a light_

A. near the door.

B. near each of your windows.

C. somewhere high out of reach.

18. Why is there a need to trim hedges or bushes in your courtyard?

A. Because they may be used by burglars as good hiding places.

B. Because they do not help in creating an occupancy illusion.

C. Because they may block the views from the windows or peepholes.

Questions 19-20

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Choose TWO letters, A-E.

What may help in creating an occupancy illusion when one is on vacation?

A. Turn on your TV all day long.

B. Ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.

C. Close all your shades.

D. Unlock your garage door.

E. Have someone house*sit your home.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

Forms of dog training Examples

▪ sit
Obedience training
▪ 21 __________________
Spoken training ▪ 22 __________________

▪ patrol
Guard training
▪ 23 __________________

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▪ knock someone down
Attack training
▪ 24 _________________
Search training ▪ 25 _________________

Questions 26-30

Write the appropriate letters A-C against 26- 30.

According to the speakers, for which the following kinds of training most
useful?

small dogs A

intelligent dogs B

large dogs C

Example Answer

Obedience training B

Physical training 26 _________________

Search training 27 _________________

Attack training 28 _________________

Barking 29 _________________

Biting 30 _________________

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SECTION 4
Questions 31 -33

Complete the table below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each
answer.

Features of the Research on How Children Learn to Speak

People have an 31_________________ in children’s learning.

32______________ It leads us to a greater understanding of language.

33______________ Researchers encounter great difficulties.

Questions 34-36

Complete the notes below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

Discussing Topics of the 1st Part of the Talk

Start by talking about 34_______ with the use of diaries, recordings and tests
included, then discuss 35_______, which including: speech in infants under
one year-children become aware of their own language; speech in children
under 5 years – their linguistic 36________ becomes possible.

Questions 37-40

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Complete the notes below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

Focus of the 2nd Part of the Talk

A review of 37______________ to development of linguistic skills including


teaching 38_______________ language and 39_________________.

And also some thoughts about approaches to develop children’s awareness of


40__________________.

Answer keys:

Section 1
1. Okamura
2. Kingstone Street

3. Japanese

4. 32

5. Married

6. C

7. B

8. A

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9. Monday; Friday

10. photos; passport

11. Leave windows open

12. pickproof locking device

13. peephole

14. you don’t know

15. from the window

16. inventory

17. C

18. A

19-20. B, E (in either order)

21. stay

22. speak

23. bark

24. bite

25. sniff

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26. C

27. B

28. C

29. A

30. B

31. interest

32.important

33. complex

34. research methods

35. (language) learning process

36. analysis

37. educational approaches

38. spoken

39. reading

40. writing/written language

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

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The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

In this section you will hear a conversation between a visa officer and an
applicant.

V = Visa officer; A = Applicant

V: Good morning, visa office. How can I help you?

A: Good morning. I’d like to apply for a visa to [……………………….], please.

V: Certainly, sir. I’ll just get a form and then I’ll need to take some details
down. OK. Here we go. Right, can I have your name, please?

A: Yes, it’s [……………………….]. Kelly Okamiưa.

V: And how do you spell that, please?

A: K, E, double L.„

V: No, your family name, please.

A: Oh, sorry. It’s O-K-A-M-U-R-A.

V: O-K-A-M-U-R-A. And your address?

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A: [……………………….]. Kingstone Street. Hawaii.

V: Kingstone Street. Hawaii?

A: Yes, that’s correct.

V: So you’re an [……………………….]?

A: Actually, 1 was born in Japan, but moved to Hawaii [……………….]ago.

V: And can I have your age please, Mr. Okamura?

A: I’m 32.

V: And are you married?

A: Yes. I am. My wife’s [……………………….].

V: And will your wife accompany you to Australia?

A: Yes, she will. In fact that’s the reason we want, to go. Her sister lives
in [……………………….].

V: Do you have any relatives living in Australia?

A: I used to have an uncle, but he died several years ago. Now there’s only
my[……………………….]and my wife’s cousin.

V: So the purpose of your trip is to visit your wife’s [……………………….]. Am


I correct?

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A: Well, not exactly. Mainly because I have mv own trading company and I will
be looking for business [……………………….]. Although I do want to do
some [……………………….]as well. You know, see some of the sights, that sort
of thing. Although 1 don’t intend to work in Australia.

V: And your wife? What will she be doing?

A: She’ll be studying English. She wants a [……………………….].

V: And how long do you plan to stay?

A: About one year, I guess.

V: Well, I’m afraid a standard [……………….] visa is only valid


for [………………….], although in vour case we can issue you with a business
visa. Business visas last for[……………….]. But you will be able to renew it. We
can give your wife a twelve-month visa though.

A: Six months is OK. So what do I need to do now?

V: Come along to the office any time during [……………………….]. But it must
be office hours. We close at 5:30. And bring along two passport size photos and
your [……………………….]of course. Your wife will also need two photos. So
that’s four passport size photos in total.

A: OK. Thank you for your help. Bye.

V: Bye.

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SECTION 2
You will hear an informative talk given by Micỉưiel on how to keep out
burglars and keep your home safe.

Michael: Keep them out! There’s no [……………………….]way to keep out a


burglar, but every little bit of [……………………….]helps. Even if you can’t
afford a security system, you can take a few minutes to make your home a little
safer. Some relatively simple steps will greatly[……………………….] the odds
of a break-in, which means you can enjoy more peace of mind. And isn’t’ that
what ‘home’ is all about?

Think like a [……………………….]: If you were one, how would you get into
your home?[……………………….]your home from the inside and out, day and
night. You might even try a ’mock’ break-in, trying window [……………….]and
locks on the house’s[……………………….]. To keep out a burglar, the first
thing to do is to secure the windows. Though windows are [………………….]
easy to break, the loud noise of[……………………….]glass will deter a thief if
you’re near other houses.

Don’t leave vour windows open (luring the night whether you’re at home or
away. That’s a[……………………….]precaution, but a surprising number of
people forget to do just that.

Use a [……………………….]locking device for vour windows. Make sure the


frames are solid.

Tf you’re [……………………….]the earshot of your neighbours, they won’t hear


the glass breaking. Consider installing a [……………………….]sheet for the
more accessible windows.

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This will make entry through them more difficult.

Your doors should also be [……………………….]. If you don’t have a peephole,


install one in the front door. If you have one, make sure that you and your
family are in the habit of using it. Don’t open the door to anyone you don’t
know, [……………………….]at night. If the[……………………….]is out of the
reach of your children, keep a [……………………….]or stepping box by the
door for them to use.

If there’s any glass within two feet of your front door lock, consider a locking
device that would be out of reach if that glass is broken.

Now, a few tips on how to protect your [……………………….]. Don’t leave vour
valuables (stereo, computer, jewellery, etc.) where they can be seen from the
window. If you don’t want to hide everything from sight,
consider [……………………….].

Make a valuables [……………………….]. Keep a record of your expensive and


personally[……………………….]items-not. just a listing, but a photographic
or [……………………….]record if possible. Store this inventory at another
location. This is helpful for both the police and the insurance agency
to [……………………….]the stolen goods.

Use an [……………………….]pen to mark these items with some kind of


personal identifying information, such as your [……………………….], in an
inconspicuous place. This also helps record your [……………………….]in case
of any other mishap, such as fire or flood.

Don’t stop your security [……………………….]at the outside walls of your


house. Your yard areas (if any) also [……………………….]your attention. In

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general, don’t leave anything around the yard that might help
a [………………….] get into your house: ladders,[……………………….]boxes or
any garden tools should be put away, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Install a light in your yard that is [……………………….]to movement. Place it


high and out of reach.

Trim hedges or bushes that are near doors or windows. These can be good
hiding places.

Don’t place outdoor [……………………….]tables nearby the house. These


could become an easy stepladder to the roof.

When you are on [………………….], create the occupancy [………………….].


Maybe you laughed at your mother for leaving the lights on and the radio
playing while she left for vacation, but she had the right idea. Those steps
aren’t quite enough, so try these [……………………….]:

Buy electronic timers that turn lights on and off at different times. Hook up a
timer to your TV for a few hours each evening. Turn up the volumes, too- not
enough to annoy the[……………………….], just enough that a lurker at the
windowsill couldn’t miss hearing it.

Have your newspaper and mail delivery [……………………….]. If you don’t


have time to do this, ask a neighbour to pick them up for you.

Ask a neighbour to park in vour driveway or parking place.

Think about having someone house-sit vour home. If he’s a relative or friend,
he may cost you no more than the contents of your [……………………….]. You

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can also find professional house-sitters, or house-sitting services that find
someone to stay while you’re away.

Leave your shades as they are normally, or at least don’t close up every one.
One sign of a[……………………….]house is closed [………………….]during the
day. Lock your[……………………….]door with a padlock.

SECTION 3

In this section, you are going to hear a [……………………….]between Anne


and Merton. In the first part of the conversation, they are talking about the
commands of training dogs.

A = Anne; M = Merton

A: So, that research paper we have to do next is the one about different styles
of[……………………….]. How do you think you’ll approach writing it?

M: You know. I’ve been thinking about it, and I feel that the best way to write it
is to[……………………….]the paper into two main parts. In the first part, we’d
be[……………………….]some examples of each style of training dogs…

A: Right, first, what the styles are. After that we can talk about how each style
can be used so that the dogs learn something different from each one.

M: Indeed. Maybe we could draw a chart and [……………………….]examples


of each style of training, one at a time. So, the different kinds of training would
be… simple[……………………….]training…

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A: There you would have things like teaching them to sit or stay in one place,
and so on…

M: Right, so [……………………….]here would be simple audio commands, like


‘speak’.

A: Yes, basic commands are just spoken words, aren’t they? And then there
would be the more[……………………….]training…where the dogs are trained
to know a [……………………….]place well. [……………………….]and barking
ai’e probably the best examples because most people have seen them in many
places… especially in homes.

M: And this would lead us to the [……………………….]training, which is


physical as well as spoken… training the dog to knock someone down, and
even bite if they have to.

A: Right, so there’s another category as well…. ‘sniffing’ dogs, which make up


the searching[……………………….]. I’ve read that in the UK, every major
airport or[……………………….]building has these dogs to search for all kinds
of

M: I can believe that. Well, we have a good list to build on. We’re finally getting
started now. so let’s try to figure out when each type of dog training should be
used. I guess we can start by trying to [……………………….]out the best
situation for each type of dog training.

A: Hmm, what do you mean?

M: What I mean is whether each type of training should be used with different
kinds of dogs. We could use basic [……………………….]training, for example,

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and ask whether it’s more useful for a small dog, a medium¬sized dog, and so
on. In this case, I’d say obedience training is best with small dogs, because they
tend to get [……………………….]easily and this wall help keep them out of
trouble.

A: Okay, that makes sense.

M: Then, let’s look at physical training. Even though some people think it’s
ideal for every breed of dog. I think it’s better suited to the larger kinds. Small
dogs usually just aren’t smart enough to understand the physical commands,
and they can even get hurt from them: The[……………………….]‘sniffing’
training is the same… I think it’s better with the more[……………….]breeds of
dogs and it’s hardly ever useful with really small dogs. Attack training,
however, can be useful for every kind of large dog as long as the dog
is[……………………….]well and given a lot of attention and care.

A: All right, and what about guard training? Barking is an ideal way for small
dogs to guard a home. I know they aren’t big enough to stop a person, but
making some noise is often all a dog needs to do. Other kinds
of [………………….] training like biting, though, are different… I’d always plan
to teach that to a smart dog, giving them a chance to use their[…………….]
and defend their homes.

M: I’d have to agree…trainers often just teach large dogs to bark at a person
when they think something isn’t right, but if the dogs know’ how to
use [……………………….]skills in a bad[……………………….]they could save
their owner’s life someday.

A: Yes, I suppose that different people would have different needs for their
pets.

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M: Right, and different trainers would recommend different [……………….]
for different breeds.

SECTION 4

In this section, you will hear a lecture given by Dr Jesperson, about children’s
languageacquisition.

Today, in our series of lectures on human language, we are going to be looking


at the way in which children [……………………….]language. The study of how
people learn to speak has[………………….] to be one of the most [………….],
important and complex[………………….]of language study. So let’s look at
these three features in turn.

Firstly, why is it fascinating? This stems from the natural interest people take
in the developing[……………………….]of young children. People
are [……………………….]by the way in which children learn, particularly their
own children!

Secondly, it is important to study how we acquire our first language, because


the study of child language can lead us to a greater understanding of language
as a whole. The third point is that it’s a complex study and this is because of
the [……………………….]difficulties that are[…………………….]by researchers
as soon as they [……………………….]to explain language development,
especially in the very young child.

In today’s lecture we will cover a number of topics. We will start by talking


about research methods. There are a number of ways that researchers
have [………………….]children’s language and these include the use
of [……………………….], recordings and tests, and we’ll be looking at. how

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researchers make use of these various methods. We will then go on
to[……………………….]the language learning process, starting with
the [……………………….]of speech in young [……………………….]during the
first year of life. This is the time[……………………….]with the emergence of
the skills of speech [……………………….], in other words,
an [……………………….]of the child’s awareness of his or her own ability to
speak. We will continue with our examination of the language learning
process, this time by looking at language leai*ning in the older child, that is in
children under five. As they mature, it is possible to begin [………………….] in
conventional [……………………….]terms, and so in our analysis we will look
at […………………….], grammatical and semantic development in pre¬school
children.

In the second part of the talk I would like to review some


educational […………….]to the question of how linguistic skills can
be [……………………….]. In other words, how can we assist the young child to
learn language skills at school? Initially we will look at[………………….]that
arise in relation to spoken language: we will then look at reading and review a
number of approaches that, have been [……………………….]in relation to the
teaching of reading. Finally we will conclude today’s talk with an account of
current thinking about the most [……………………….]area of all, the
child’s [……………………….]of written language.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 10


SECTION 1
Questions 1-5

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Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

SOCIOLOGY RESEARCH PROJECT SURVEY

Example Answer

Survey on: commuting center

Age: 1 ___________________

Postcode: 2 ___________________

COMPUTER FACILITIES ALREADY USED

Where? 3 ___________________

SPORTS FACILITIES ALREADY USED

Where? 4 ___________________

EDUCATION FACILITIES ALREADY USED

Where? 5 ___________________

Questions 6-10

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Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY CENTRE

New sports: 6_________ and________.

Classes organized only for: 7____________________.

Education classes: 8________ and _________.

Willing to pay about: 9£ _________ for new classes.

Possible frequency of visits, if improvements made?

10 ___________ a week

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. The Dark which makes up Hampstead Heath is

A. very large.

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B. fairly large.

C. fairly small.

12. According the sPeaker. Hampstead underground station is

A. the shallowest in the system.

B. the deepest in the system.

C. the oldest in London.

13. The speaker suggests that after their walk people might want to •

A. have a meal in the famous restaurants.

B. avoid Hampstead village as it is very busy.

C. visit Hampstead village to look at the shops.

14. The houses in the Vale of the Heath are built

A. on the edge of the heath.

B. on the heath itself.

C. opposite the heath.

15. The speaker advises walkers to remove their headphones to

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A. hear the silence away from the traffic.

B. ensure they are not being followed.

C. listen to the noises in the park.

Questions 16-20

Which activity can be done at each of the following locations on the heath?

Choose FIVE answers below and write the correct letter, A-G, next to
questions 16-20.

Activities

A. have picnics

B. go fishing

C. view London

D. have a swim

E. attend concerts

F. watch plays

C. have snacks

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Locations on the Heath

16. Kenwood House

17. grassy slopes

18. open-air stage

19. ponds

20. Parliament Hill

SECTION 3
Questions 21 -25

How do the speakers describe the green urban planning options?

Choose FIVE descriptions from the box and write the correct letter, A-G, next
to questions 21-25.

Descriptions

A. dangerous

B. too expensive

C too many objections

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D. disruptive

F. Unpractical

G. unsuccessful

21. green belt

22. decentralization

23. newtowns

24. brownfield sites

25. pedestrianized zones

Questions 26-28

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

26 Which area is jack having the most problems with?

A. Understanding the statistics.

B. The lack of material.

C. The selection of statistics.

27 What has been central to Curitiba’s success?

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A. Central government intervention.

B. Working together with residents.

C. Giving responsibility to strategists.

28 Why does the transport system work so well?

A. There are cheap fares for the poor and elderly.

B. Bicycles can use the bus lanes.

C. There is a low car ownership.

Questions 29 and 30

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Which does the tutor suggest are the TWO areas Jack needs to focus on?

A. the amount of parkland

B. the employment strategy

C. the pedestrianized zones

D. the recycling scheme

E. the suburban areas

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SECTION 4
Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

ECONOMICS COURSE GUIDELINES

During lectures

Students:

will receive information about economics and the 31 ______________ to


concentrate on

will be provided with information about the subject will be provided with a
framework for further study

will have an opportunity to be taught by a 32 _______________ in the field

will take part in the learning culture in 33___________________.

Common problems students have with techniques used in lectures

may not develop 34 _________________: no immediate questions

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newer techniques help improve 35 __________________ more than
lectures

How to avoid problems and make learning easier

leave time to read 36____________________ on the booklist

test yourself with quizzes

if you have had a 37___________________, revise what you previously


learned

use the web to do more 38____________________.

check the sources of information on the web are 39_________________.

40___________________ with your classmates

Answer keys:

Section 1
1. 59

2. HA87UP

3. (LOCAL) LIBRARY

4. SWIMMING POOL

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5. (FURTHER EDUCATION) COLLEGE

6. BADMINTON, YOCA

7. PENSIONERS

8. ARTS AND CRAFTS

9. 2

10. 3 TIMES

11. A

12. B

13. C

14. B

15. C

16. G

17. A

18. E

19. D

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20. C

21. E

22. F

23. B

24. A

25. D

26. C

27. B

28. A

29. C

30. D

31. PRIORITIES

32. RESEARCHER

33. HIGHER EDUCATION

34. STUDENT UNDERSTANDING

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35. LEARNING OUTCOMES

36. ALL ITEMS

37. CAP YEAR

38. BACKGROUND RESEARCH

39. RELIABLE

40. DISCUSS IDEAS

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

(K = Katie; R = resident)

K: Hi, good afternoon sir, er … excuse me! Could you spare a minute please?

R: Oh, hello. Sorry, I was in a world of my own … I didn’t hear you there.

K: No problem. My name’s Katie and I’m a second year […………….]student.


We’re doing a research project on the [……………………….]of community
centres to local[……………………….]. May I ask, are you a resident of Molton?

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R: Yes, I am.

K: That’s perfect. Would you mind answering some questions about


the[……………………….]you use? It won’t take very long…

R: Of course, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. […………….]!

K: Great! OK. the first questions are to do with you. So can I ask how old you
are? We need to know for [……………………….]purposes later.

R: Well, I’d like to say 16 but I’m 59, 60 next week in fact.

K: Congratulations for next week! Now I just need your postcode, and then
we’ll get started.

R: Right, well that’s an easy one. It’s [……………………….].

K: 7-A-8 … H-Q-P, was that right?

R: No my dear, it’s H-A-8-7-U-P.

K: Right… OK. Sorry for the confusion.

R: That’s quite alright. Now what about these questions?

K: Yes, let’s get started … So one of the most important things we need to know
is which of the facilities you already use.

R: Right OK.

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K: OK, what about computer facilities? Do you currently use public computers
anywhere in town?

R: Yes. I do. I go to my [……………………….].

K: Great,… just jotting that down. OK, what about local sports facilities?

R: Yes, I get down to the [……………………….]at least twice a week.

K: And education facilities? Are you currently attending any courses?

R: Yes, I go to Spanish classes every Friday at the further […………….]college.

K- That’s great! I must say, you’re very active.

K: OK, we’re halfway through. The next bit is all about how the [……………….]
centre could be […………….], if at all, that is.

R: I see. Well, I’ll give it a go!

K: Well firstly, I’d like to find out your views on sports facilities. Which sports
do you think the community centre should offer that it doesn’t already?

R: Mmm… Well, I’m not going to say swimming as there’s no point having two
pools in a town of this size. Let me think … um, what, about [……………….]? I
know it’s very popular these days. Yes, yoga and [……………………….]. 1 used
to play you know.

K: Really?

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R: Yes, and 1 was quite good though I’m probably a bit [……………….]now. It’s
been years.

K: OK, do you think the classes should be split into groups?

R: Yes, that’s a good idea. I know that if there were classes only
for [………………….]. I’d definitely be more likely to play. I’m not a fast as I
once was, you know.

K: OK, I’ll just write that, down … Great! Now, we’re nearly done. I just need to
ask you some questions about [……………………….]. What kind of classes do
you think the centre should offer that it doesn’t already?

R: Well, I [……………….]the kind of thing that’s no longer [……………….]at


the local college, em … things like arts and crafts. Those kinds of classes have
now closed as they weren’t financially [……………………….], apparently.

K: Yes, I heard about that. It was such a [……………………….]. Those kinds of


classes are so important for the [……………………….]well-being of those
most [……………….]in a community. OK, I’ve written that down. Now, I need
to ask you whether you would be willing to pay for any of the […………….]we
were just talking about.

R: Umm, as long as it wasn’t too much, I have nothing against […………….].


Something like two pounds per class seems like a [……………………….]rate for
an old man like me!

K: OK, era … and lastly then, I just need to know how regularly you think you
will use the new facilities if the community centre makes the changes you have
suggested.

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R: Well, T’d say three times a week, which is more than I go at the moment. I
only bother on[……………………….]and [……………………….], as there’s
nothing else on during the week that interests me. But I
would [……………………….]get out of the house more if they were to make
those kinds of changes.

SECTION 2

Hi and welcome to the walking audio tour service, which


offers [……………………….]audio tours of over 30 walks around London. The
full list of the walks is [……………………….]on our website. You have chosen
the [……………………….]Heath Tour Part 1, which was, in fact, the first, of the
walking tours that were recorded. Your walk takes you through part of the
heath, a huge, wild, open [……………………….]where Londoners
and [……………….] to the city can come and enjoy some [……………….]and
refreshing exercise. The heath is one of the gems of north London. When you
enter the parkland, you will feel as if you are walking in the
wild [………………….], but you are actually still in an [……………………….].

The walking tour begins here at the exit to Hampstead underground station,
which is the[………….] station on the London Underground […………….]. We
hope that you enjoy your experience, whether you are on your own or sharing
your walk with a[……………………….]… So let’s begin your tour. We hope you
enjoy it!

If you turn right as you exit Hampstead [……………………….], and stay on the
right hand side of the road, the main [……………………….], Heath Street, will
take you up the hill to the heath itself. You are now walking away from the
main shops and cafes in Hampstead village, but you can return to visit, these

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after vour walking tour for some window shopping. The village is busy during
the [……………………….]and the evenings.

Now back to Heath Street. As the road winds [……………………….]up Heath


Street, you will pass some shops and [……………………….]on your way to the
heath. When you reach the top, the first part of the heath that you will see on
your right is the Vale of the Heath, which has some[……………………….]
houses, built on the Heath itself beside a large [……………………….]. If you go
along a little further you will come to a fork in the road, where one road –
North End Way – turns to the left and goes northwest away from the heath;
and on your right is[……………………….]Road, which turns north-east,
cutting through the parkland. Walk along this latter road a little way and look
for the first opening on your right, where a path[……………………….]you
down into the wild parkland.

As you descend along the [……………………….], you will find that the noise of
the[……………………….], that is just on your left, disappears completely. You
might want, to take off your headphones to eniov the [……………………….]of
the sounds of the parkland. Don’t imagine that there is only silence! There is
the noise of the trees and the[……………………….]that hves there. As you walk
along the path, you will come across[……………………….]paths coming from
the right to join the path that you are on, but keep going until you come to the
first fork in the path. Now take the path that goes to your left, which will bring
you shortly to the open spaces around Kenwood House.

You can either walk through the woods and enjoy being among the trees, or
you can[……………………….]the other [……………………….]the heath has to
offer. You are now at Kenwood House, which is a [……………………….]open to
the public. It has been used as the setting for [……………………….]well-known
films, and is used as a venue for a wide range of[……………………….]. For

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some fight [……………………….], there is the cafe at Kenwood House. Below
Kenwood House itself, you can see the [……………………….], which are an
ideal place for picnics and for children to run around and play games. Just
beyond this picnic area is an open air [……………………….]where music
concerts are held in the summer months. You might even see the stage being
prepared for a concert while you are there.

You might want to explore this part of the heath at your [……………………….].
But before you leave the heath altogether there are two
other [……………………….]features that are worth visiting. On the east side of
the heath are several large ponds for [……………………….]and mixed bathing.
And if you woidd like a view of London, you can visit [……………………….]
Hill, which gives you a good [……………………….]of London that is in fact
protected by law.

SECTION 3

(J – Jack; T – tutor)

J: Hi! Am I bothering you? Is it OK to see you now?

1. Hi Jack! No bother. Please come in. As your tutor this year, it’s my [………….]
to oversee your assignments. Now, where are my notes? Oh yes, here they are.
OK. I see that we were going to look at your case study on the […………….] of
urban planning in the[……………………….]and how to make it as ‘green’ as
possible. How’s it all going?
J: Actually, I’m pretty happy with it. Can I talk you through it to make sure I’m
on the right track?

T: Of course, please do. I’ll stop you if I have any questions.

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J: OK, well I started by giving an overview of what ‘green’ urban planning has
been up until now. Firstly, there’s the idea of a green belt. This is the one that
everyone’s heard of. but I found that while it. was [……………………….]for a
short time and in limited cases, it grossly over[……………………….]things.

T: Well that’s a good and practical start. What else did you look at? I hope that
you also considered the idea of [……………………….]?

J: Yes, that was really interesting, as although there were no [……………….] to


it and it looked good on paper, it just, didn’t work in practice.

T: Yes, a conundrum indeed. However, I think you’ll find that there are many
fads that come and go in this area. It isn’t the first and it won’t be the last to
simply [……………………….]off the face of the planet. Well this is all very good
so far. What did you look at next?

J: I then researched the [……………………….] fad of building new towns on


new sites, but I found that although there are [……………………….]cases of
success, they[……………………….]to cost too much time and monev to build.

T: Keeping to that theme, have you [……………………….]the idea of


brownfield sites? That is sites that [……………………….]had another use,
being converted into[……………………….]areas?

J: Like the idea of buildings that were once banks being turned into
restaurants? That kind of thing?

T: Yeah, that’s right.

J: No, I hadn’t thought of that.

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T: WTell. I’d sav it’s a pretty important option in most, urban areas today •
Even though there have been [……………………….]with safety, if the land
were [……………….] in any way, at least it. tends to [……………………….]no
objections from local residents.

J: OK, thanks. I’ll make sure I put that in.

T: Anything else?

J: Well, I’m not sure about this last one, but 1 thought the idea
of [……………….] central areas was an interesting [……………………….]. Do
you think it’s valid here?

T: Oh, it’s certainly not a bad idea. The only thing is that it would
probably[……………………….]the problem of [……………………….]in inner
city areas and would[……………………….]local residents’ sleep, if the
construction work were to happen during the night. The use of
loud [……………………….]to re-pave the area would be inevitable.

J: Yes, I take your point, but in some older cities, I think it’s one of the few
viable[……………………….].

T: Well as long as you state that, then it can definitely be included.

J: OK, so that’s my introduction to urban planning [……………………….], but


now I come to the main part, which is the case study. It was really difficult to
choose as there are so many good examples, but in the end I settled
on […………….], which is the capital of the south[……………………….]state of
Parana.

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T: Ah, yes. Nice choice. How’s the research coming along?

J: Well, to be honest, I’m finding the amount of [……………………….]a bit too


much. There’s such a diverse range of [……………………….]that it makes it
almost impossible to be[……………………….].

T: Well, tell me a bit more about what you’ve [……………………….], and then
we’ll see if we can come up with a plan to tackle the problem.

J: Well, it’s fascinating. Local authorities managed to achieve so much since


the[………….], principally because rather than waiting for
central[…………….] initiatives they chose a cohesive [………………….]where
residents were consulted. Then they took their ideas and [……………………….]
them into local government planning to come up with a plan everybody was
happy with.

T: A ha! A bottom-up [……………………….]. Do go on …

J: Well, the transport system is a real example of the town’s [……………….]


image. Even though they have one of the highest number of cars per person in
the country, they also have the highest number of people
using [……………………….]. This is because poor and elderly residents are
able to benefit from a [……………….]that allows them to use the system for
less. This has led to low levels of pollution which also encourages [………….]to
use bicycles more.

T: Well, that’s really [……………………….]Jack. Well done. But I do have some


suggestions to help you with [……………………….]your case study.

J: Please…

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T: If you are going to prove Curitiba’s success, you need to refer
to [……………………….]. You mentioned [……………………….]only areas in
your introduction, how about that,?

J: Yes, OK.

T: And what about the amount of parking for all of those cars?

J: I didn’t come [……………………….]that in my research, but I can look it up.

Yeah, I think it’s important.

J: And what about considering where people live in [……………………….]to


their place of work? If they live in the [……………………….], how about
mentioning how far they need to travel in order to get to work?

T: And don’t forget about their recycling [……………………….], including how


easy it is and how much they recycle, making sure you include statistics to back
it up.

J: OK, got it.

T All in all Jack, you’ve really done your [……………………….]and I very much
look forward to receiving your final draft.

J: Thanks professor. You’ve been a great help.

SECTION 4

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Good morning everyone and welcome to the Stanley University School
of [……………………….]. I will be one of your [……………………….]on the
course and my name is Professor Whitefield. Before the [……………………….]
year really gets underway, I would like to take you through some of what you
can [……………………….]and to give you some general course information.

Firstly, you’ll be attending lectures during which you will receive information
about[……………………….]and the [……………………….]that you will need to
focus on. The. lectures will provide you with information about the subject in a
relatively [……………………….]format. In addition, they should also provide a
suitable [……………………….]for further study. Typically, this is also the first
time that students get the chance to meet a researcher at the[……………….] of
the discipline. Traditionally, lectures are seen as an[……………………….] part
of the learning culture for higher education, in which[……………………….]
study is viewed as an induction into academic [……………………….]and a way
of viewing the world.

However, although all I have said until now is true, every year undergraduate
students experience problems with the [……………………….]used in lectures.
Being[……………………….]will hopefully help you with [……………………….]
to these issues. The first problem is that there is little [……………………….] for
the development of student understanding. That is, if you misunderstand
something, there is no[……………………….] opportunity to ask. Secondly,
when newer teaching[……………………….]are used, such as problem -solving,
learning outcomes are improved. However, these will still not replace the
validity of listening and learning from an[……………………….].

Nowr, before you start [……………………….]there are several things that you
can do in order to make the learning process, and [……………………….]your
student life at the university, easier. First and [……………………….], be

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prepared! You will be given a reading list. Don’t just throw it away or forget
about it; make sure you leave enough time to go through all items on it. Once
you’ve done that, an ideal thing to do would be to test yourself on
the [……………………….]. Prepare a mini [……………………….]w’hile reading,
and go back to it before the lecture and just check you knowr the answers. Now
for most of you, this won’t be the first time that you’re studying economics, but
you may have taken a gap year or had a [……………………….]of time working.
If this is so, and even if it isn’t in fact, it always makes sense to go back and
refresh your memory on those [……………………….]theories you learned
about, before, as we’ll[……………………….]be referring to them.There’re just a
couple more ideas I’d like to[……………………….]before I’ll take any questions
you may have. We are lucky enough to be living in a [……………………….], so
use resources like the web to do some extra background research. There’s no
shortage of information nowadays, but just be sure that, you’re
using[……………………….]. Finally, and this is an important one: make sure
you discuss ideas with your peers. They are in the same boat as you after all,
and you will probably find that it helps make your learning
more [……………………….]. All in all, take charge of your learning and you
will find that you [……………………….]. Now, do you have any questions
before we go on to…

IELTS Listening Practice Test 11


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

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Example

When will the New Year Party be held?

A. December 29th

B. December 30th

C. December 31st

1. The best place for holding the party is _______________

A. restaurant.

B. common room.

C. stadium.

2. How much does everyone should pay?

A. £15

B. £50

C. £15.50

3. How many days should they choose menu in advance?

A. a week

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B. three days

C. seven working days

4. How much deposit should they pay in advance?

A. £70

B. £80

C. £90

Questions 5-10

Complete the notes below.

ORDER MENU
Fruit juice
Appetizer 5 _________________________

6 _________________ Roast dinner


Vegetable salad: carrot, tomato, patato,
corn,
Vegetables
7 ____________, lettuce, cucumber

9 _________________________
8 _________________ Mango pudding

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Drinks Coffee, 10 ________________, Cola

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-13
Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Registration time: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

11 __________________ Saturday

Registration position: Bring: Main Building, 12 _____________

Bring: 13 ___________ and passport photo

Questions 14-17

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

COMPUTER CENTRE RULES

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Opening hour: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

No 14 ________________ and noise in Computer Centre

Students can put their bags in 15 ______________________.

No occupying a locker for 3 days

Computers can be 16____________________________ 3 days in


advance

Students can use 17_______________________ and printer.

Questions 18-20

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter, A-H, next to questions 18-20.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-26

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Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Dissertation Requirements

Word limitation: 21 ________________ not includes

22 ________________ and contents

Deadline for dissertation 23 _________________________

Check list of 24 _________________________

Tutorial time: 1 :00 p.m – 2:00 p.m

on Tuesday 25 __________ on Friday

Printed by 26 ________________________

Questions 27-30

What’s the dissertation timetable ?

Write the correct letter, A-G, next to questions 27-30.

A. Do research

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B. Choose topic

C. Hand in

D. References

E. Proof-reading

F. Write up work

G. Draft plan

27 ______________

Draft plan

28 ______________

29 ______________

30 ______________

Hand in work

SECTION 4
Questions 31 -40

Complete the notes below.

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for
each answer.

The driest continent is 31 _________________.

The Australia is about 32 _________________ times larger than Britain.

Three main structural features of Australia:

The Great Western Plateau The Central Eastern Lowlands

The 33 ___________________

The hottest month of Australia is 34 ___________________

The flag of Australia indicates its historical relationship with 35__________

English is Australia’s official language just by 36__________________ not


by law.

37__________________ of Australian are migrants.

Australian employees have paid annual leave; sick leave and 38_________

Australia’s own history and culture are mainly affected by the 39_________

The Australian government carried a 40_____________________ policy


to finance arts.

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Answer keys:
1. B

2. A

3. C

4. A

5. Tomato soup

6. Main Course

7. Pea, onion

8. Dessert

9. Chocolate cake

10. Sprite

11. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

12. Room 214

13. Student Card

14. smoking

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15. (student) locker

16. reserved

17. photocopier

18. D

19. C

20. E

21. 18,000-20,000

22. acknowledgement

23. 30th July

24. tutor arrangement

25. 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

26. laser printer

27. D

28. A

29. F

30. 30 E

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31. Antarctica

32. 25

33. Eastern Highlands

34. January

35. Britain

36. usage

37. 1/4

38. long-service leave

39. Asia

40. tax deduction

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

You will hear a conversation about the New Year’s Party.

Woman: Hi, Sam. Let’s try and get it [……………………….]today, OK?

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Man: Yeah, sure. It’s time we started working out. details.

Woman: Exactly. What should we begin with?

Man: Date.

Woman: OK. When is the best time to hold the New Year’s Party?

Man: How about the [……………………….]?

Woman: I’m afraid that’s a bit late.

Man: Yeah, the day before?

Woman: Fine. 29 of December.

Man: And what about a venue?

Woman: In a restaurant? Which restaurant were we in last year?

Man: Let me think. It is [……………………….]. But I don’t think it. was a good
choice.

Woman: Why?

Man: The venue is too small. And we have about. [……………………….]more


than last year.

Woman: You are right.

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Man: So how about our common room on the second floor?

Woman: Great idea.

Man: And then let’s think about [……………………….]…

Woman: All staff and all students.

Man: How about last year students?

Woman: What do you mean?

Man: I know someone who has [……………….] already but still stay in the city,
he might, want to come to the next month’s Graduation [………………….].

Woman: Fine. I will confirm the person later.

Man: Right.

Woman: How about the cost? [……………………….], is that OK?

Man: What? Fifty?

Woman: No, fifteen.

Man: Right.

Woman: The next one is the food and drink. In my mind, it’s better for us to
book them from a restaurant.

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Man: Definitely. Which one do you prefer?

Woman: How about Tulip Garden?

Man: OK. And we should choose menu and pay in advance by […………….].
How many days in advance? A week?

Woman: A week is not enough. I think at least, seven working days.

Man: OK.

Woman: How much is the deposit?

Man: I’m not sure. Maybe [……………………….]?

Woman: I think it’s a little too much.

Man: Seventy pounds?

Woman: Right.

Woman: Well, let’s talk about the menu.

Man: Yes. Appetizer first. What was it last year?

Woman: I remember there was fruit juice and onion soup. Do you want to
change?

Man: Yes. I didn’t like that soup.

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Woman: Mavbe we can order [……………………….]soup instead of onion
soup. Is that OK?

Man: Good.

Woman: And the next one is Main Course.

Man: How about, chicken or beef?

Woman: I prefer roast, dinner.

Man: Good idea.

Woman: And the third one is [……………………….].

Man: How.about a vegetable salad?

Woman: Fine. What vegetables do you prefer?

Man: Carrot and tomato?

Woman: Yeah, and potato and corn?

Man: Yes. I like corn. It is good for the eyes.

Woman: Really?

Man: Yes.

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Woman: And pea and onion…

Man: OK. And how about lettuce and [……………………….]?

Woman: Yes. Ladies usually like that.

Man: That’s perfect.

Woman: Then for dessert, how about [……………………….]chocolate cake?

Man: Why not? And ice cream?

Woman: I think mango pudding is better.

Man: OK. Mango [……………………….]and chocolate cake.

Woman: The last one is drinks.

Man: I think almost everyone likes coffee.

Woman: Yes. And Sprite and Cola?

Man: Fine.

Woman: Do you think if we should prepare for some [………………….]?

Man: We can take some photos, print them and give them to all people at the
end of the party as a [……………………….].

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Woman: Good idea.

SECTION 2
You will hear a conversation about a Computer Centre in campus.

Man: Hi, Mary, how are things going?

Woman: Fine. And you?

Man: Actually, I’m [……………….]about the Computer Centre.

Woman: What’s the matter?

Man: Because I didn’t attend the Computer Centre meeting yesterday.

Woman: I can tell you the information about it.

Man: Really? You are so nice.

Woman: Well, What do you want to know?

Man: ErỂ.. when is the [……………………….]time of Computer Centre?

Woman: It is at 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday this week.

Mạn: Today is Friday, right?

Woman: Yes.

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Man: Oh, no.

Woman: Don’t worry. You can register tomorrow morning.

Man: But. tomorrow is Saturday.

Woman: Yes. On Saturday, the registration time is [……………………….].

Man: That’s so great.

Woman: Yes.

Man: Do you know where the register office is?

Woman: Yes. [……………………….]on the second floor of the Main Building.

Man: Two forty or fourteen?

Woman: Fourteen. And you should take some documents when you go there.

Man: What kind of documents? A fee?

Woman: No. We are registered students, so we needn’t pay any fee.

Man: Great.

Woman: You need to take your Student Card and one [……………….] photo.

Man: OK.

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Woman: And on the meeting, the lecturer told us some rules of the Computer
Centre we have to know.

Man: What kind of rules? Is that very important?

Woman: Yes. The first, one is opening hours.

Man: I hope it closes late.

Woman: Right. It opens at [……………………….]as usual, and closes at 11 in


the evening.

Man: Perfect. ‘

Woman: There is no smoking and noise in Computer Centre.

Man: Fine. Can I take some snacks?

Woman: You can only eat something in the lounge.

Man: Then, can I take my bag into the Computer Centre?

Woman: There is a student locker in the [……………………….]. You may put


your bag in the locker. So do remember to take a lock.

Man: Fine.

Woman: And do not occupy a locker for more than 3 days.

Man: Yes. May I reserve a computer?

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Woman: Yes. There is a [……………………….]system in the Computer Centre.
You can reserve it three days in advance.

Man: Fine. I’d like to know if’ there is a [……………………….]or printer in the
Computer Centre.

Woman: Of course. On the second floor. But, remember to take your Student
Card.

Man: Why?

Woman: Because none of the machines take coins.

Man: Fine.

Woman: And do not use them [……………………….]before the centre is


closed.

Man: Alright.

Man: Well, can you tell me where the Computer Centre is? In the
main [……………………….]?

Woman: Do you have a campus map?

Man: No.

Woman: Well» I will draw a map for you. Do you have a pen?

Man: Yes.

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Woman: Well, this is the [……………………….], and the first, building you can
see is the Teaching Building.

Man: Yes.

Woman: On your left is a small [……………………….]of our university.

Man: Great. I just want to buy some books and CDs.

Woman: Then, go east, and you can see a small gym opposite to the bookstore.

Man: A gym? Does it have a tennis court?

Woman: Sorry, I don’t know.

Man: Fine.

Woman: On the other side is the Student Union. And. there is a lab on the east
side of it.

Man: If I want to join some [……………………….]I can go the Student Union,


right?

Woman: Right,

Man: Oh, does the campus have a [……………………….]?

Woman: Yes. It is near to lab and not far from the Teaching Building.

Man: Great. How about the parking fee?

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Woman: Sorry, I’m not sure, maybe [……………………….]per hour.

Man: OK. And where is the Computer Centre?

Woman: It is opposite to the Student Union between the Library on the left
corner and the Canteen on your right.

Man: OK. Thank you very much.

Woman: Good luck.

SECTION 3

You will hear a conversation about student’s dissertation meeting.

Professor: Good morning, everyone. Today, I’d like to give you


an [………….]to ask questions about […………….] and timetable on writing
your final [……………….]. So anything you’d like to ask first?

Ariel: Professor, what about the word limit?

Professor: Well, you know generally, the words of final dissertation of the
master degree are limited between 18 to 20 thousand.

Ariel: Oh, does that include words of [……………………….]?

Professor: Yes. Of course.

Sky: And contents?

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Professor: No. The word does not include the [……………………….]and
contents.

Sky: What is acknowledgement?

Professor: It is a few words of thanks that you write at the beginning of the
dissertation to the people who have helped you.

Ariel: How about its words?

Professor: No more than [……………………….].

Ariel: Right.

Sky: Professor, when is the hand-in date?

Professor: The deadline is on [……………………….].

Sky: Is it a fixed hand-in date? 1 mean if I cannot hand in my work before


30th July, how…?

Professor: Sky. I’m [……………………….]that you have to hand in your work


on time[……………………….]that you have some sort of accidents
or [……………………….].

Sky: OK.

Ariel: How do I hand in my work?

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Professor: You could give your work to your tutor at [……………………….]or
send email to department.

Sky: Professor, when can I know who my tutor is?

Professor: You can check the lists of tutor arrangements.

Sky: Online?

Professor: Yes. Or you could go to our department office to check.

Ariel: Fine.

Ariel: How many tutorials do we have in a week?

Professor: Usually, there are two [……………………….]per week.

Ariel: How long do they last? Two hours?

Professor: No. One hour on afternoons.

Sky: Both on weekends?

Professor: No. One is from [……………………….]. on Tuesday the other is


from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Ariel: How about the requirements for the format?

Professor: You can check the requirements online, but one of the most
important things is to have a [……………………….].

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Ariel: Printer?

Professor: Yes. We usually keep all [……………………….]on file, so you must


print your work by laser printer.

Ariel: Fine.

Professor: Let’s talk about the dissertation [……………………….].

Ariel: OK.

Professor: On the first week of May you should begin to prepare for writing.
The first point is to choose the topic.

Ariel: Can we choose the topic by ourselves?

Professor: Of course. Your tutor will give you some [……………………….]and


you can narrow a topic by yourself.

Ariel: Great.

Professor: And then you can work on your [……………………….]references.

Ariel: Right.

Professor: You can ask your tutor to give you a reference list and then borrow
reference books from our library.

Sky: And the next point is to prepare for [……………………….]plan?

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Professor: Definitely. You should write a draft first and then discuss it with
your tutor at tutorial.

Ariel: If the draft is OK, what should we do next?

Professor: You will begin to do research to collect data to […………………….]


your work.

Ariel: OK.

Ariel: Can we choose the research [……………………….]by ourselves?

Professor: It is better for you to take your tutor’s advice.

Ariel: OK.

Professor: When your data is enough for your work you will begin to write up
your dissertation.

Sky: How many parts does a dissertation [……………………….]?

Professor: Usually, your work must have introduction, main body


and [……………………….]. You should talk about it with your tutor.

Ariel: And then can we hand our dissertation in?

Professor: No. You should do [……………………….]before handing in your


work.

Ariel: OK.

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Professor: Anything else?

Ariel: No.

Professor: Right.

SECTION 4
You will hear a lecture about Australia.

Australia is the world’s smallest [……………………….]and largest island. It is


one of the oldest land [……………………….]and flattest of the continents. After
Antarctica. Australia is the second[……………………….]continent. Most areas
of Australia are [……………………….]or arid. Almost 40 per cent is north of
the Tropic of Capricorn. On its western coast is the Indian Ocean and on its
east the Coral and Tasman seas of the South Pacific Ocean. Australia is the
only nation which [……………………….]an entire continent. It is about 25
times larger than Britain and almost double the [……………………….]areas of
Pakistan and India. There are three main[……………………….]characters: the
first one is the Great Western Plateau. It covers most of Western Australia,
much of the Northern Territory and South Australia, and part
of[……………………….]Queensland. Its average [……………………….]is about
300m. East of the plateau, [……………………….]from the Gulf of Carpentaria
in the north to eastern South Australia and the western [……………………….],
is the great [……………………….]belt known as the Central Eastern Lowlands.
The belt’s average elevation is 150m and, at Lake Eyre in South Australia, it
drops to about [……………………….]below sea level. The last one is the
Eastern Highlands, better known as the Great [……………………….]Range,
following the eastern coast south from far northern Queensland to
southern [……………………….], nearly over[……………………….] from the

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coast and sometimes forming part of it. Their average[……………………….]is
less than 910m although peaks exceed [……………………….]in the rugged
south-eastern area, called the Australian Alps.

Nearly a third of Australia is north of the Tropic of Capricorn and the rest is
the[……………………….]. Low rainfall and clear sky is a feature of
the [……………………….]on most of the continent. In Australia summer is
from December to February,[……………………….], March to May, winter,
June to August., and spring, September to November. For most of the country,
January usually is the [……………………….]month in summer. The flag of
Australia is the only one to fly over a whole [……………………….]. The small
union Jack [……………………….]the historical link with Britain, the large star
has[……………………….]for each of the states and one star for
the [……………………….], and the small stars form the Southern Cross –
a [……………………….]feature of the southern[……………………….]night sky.

Australia has no official or traditional national costume. Green and gold have
been used traditionally by Australian Olympic and
other [……………………….]teams for most of the[……………………….], and
have became the national colours formally in [……………………….]. The
official language is English – by usage, not. law. It has its
own [……………………….]and slang but does not differ importantly from
other forms of English, except, in accent. Spelling generally follows the British
form. Australia is one of the most [……………………….]countries in the world,
with about [……………………….], of the population living in the 10 largest
cities and only 15 per cent of Australians live in rural areas. Australians have a
high standard of living by world standards. Australia is a [……………………….]
society with about a quarter of the population [………………….]. The first
European settlement of the continent-by the British – began
in [……………………….], on the site now [……………………….]by Sydney.

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Settlement schemes during the next [……………………….]helped increase
Australia’s population to about[……………………….]by the end of World War
II. Over 5 million migrants have[……………………….]in Australia since,
helping to more than double its[……………………….]population. Nowadays,
most Australians work for wage or salary. They usually work about 35-40
hours per week. Employees can get paid [……………………….]leave (about 4
weeks), sick leave and long-service leave. They also have
about[……………………….]public holidays per year. Most people retire at the
age of 60-65. The average Australian [……………………….]has a life
expectancy of about. 79 and the male about 73. Most Australians many in their
late 20s. On average, couples have [……………………….].

Many [……………………….]of the arts in Australia have their roots in Europe,


but its Asian neighbours have made a main impact on its own history and
culture.[……………………….]Australian trends are developing, and the vigor
and originality of the aits in Australia often surprise visitors. In the
late [……………………….]and early[……………………….]the great problem
facing the arts was the same in other nations-increased costs and a decrease in
government [……………………….]. But increasing public
interest[……………………….]the [……………………….]to carry them through
difficult times. The Australian government has developed tax deduction
policies to [……………………….]greater financial support of the arts. A tax
deduction is available for [……………………….]of property to public libraries,
museums and art [……………………….]. The Australia council is a funding
agency of the government. The [……………………….]spends
over [……………….] dollars per year. More is spent by state governments. The
Australia council board supports [……………………….]art forms and central
council programmes support research, education and[……………………….]
arts.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 12
SECTION 1
Questions 1-7

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

TRAVEL AGENCY

Example Answer

Name of tour Magic One Day

Departure time: 1 ________ on Saturdays

Return time: 6:00 p.m

Transportation: 2 ______________ or minibus

Group size: 15 – 25 tourists

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Cost: 3 _________ per person including

4 ______________________

Peak season: tourists need to 5 ____ 2 days ahead.

Payment: 6 _______________________

Reference number of tour: 7 ______________________

Questions 8-10

Choose THREE letters, A-G.

Which THREE attractions can tourists visit at present in Edinburgh?

A. City Hall

B. Old Castles

C. Zoo

D. Art Studio

E. Royal Palace

F. Seabird Centre

G. Aquarium

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Questions 11-15

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

CAMPUS CLINIC

Patient’s name: Mary Nixon

Faculty 11 ________________

Registered No. 12 ________________

Date of birth: 20th November, 1987

Nationality: 13 ________________

Address: 14 ________________

Case history: 15 ________________

Questions 16-18

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

16. Which of these describes Mary’s problem?

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A. sneeze

B. sore throat

C. nausea

17. How long does Mary’s symptom last?

A. one week

B. two weeks

C. three weeks

18. What’s wrong with Mary according to the doctor?

A. She got headache.

B. She got allergy.

C. She was exhausted.

Questions 19 and 20

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Which TWO things does the doctor suggest?

A. to have a rest at home

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B. to have a check in a hospital

C. to stop eating seafood

D. to eat more fruits

E. to take some medicine

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

21. The orientation meeting _____________

A. took place last term.

B. will take place next month.

C. took place last week.

22. How many lectures will a student have in a week?

A. one

B. two

C. three

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23 The number of students in one group is______________

A. 2-3.

B. 3-5.

C 5-6.

24. Who will give the group a mark according to its representative’s
presentation?

A. subject advisor

B. tutor

C. dean

25. According to the lecturer, postgraduate course is ____________

A. relaxed.

B. intensive.

C. interesting.

Questions 26-30

Answer the questions below.

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE words for each answer.

26. What’s the main assessment of course?

27. Who can choose the topic of essay?

28. Where can students find their tutors’ names?

29. What should students use when they borrow materials from library?

30. Where can students get the username and password?

SECTION 4
Questions 31 and 32

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

31. Which of the following animals is the slowest?

A. koala

B. sloth

C. tortoise

32. What does algae reward sloth?

A. skin

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B. protection

C. nutrition

Questions 33-38

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

THE LIVES OF SLOTH

Sloth has a short snout, big round eyes, a 33___________________ tail,


and small ears. The favorite activity of sloth is to 34_on trees. Sloth is also
classified as 35________ just like horses and cattle. Average body
temperature of sloth is 36____________Fahrenheit. 37__________will
affect sloth’s body temperature. Sloths get everything on tree, even
38_________________ which comes from juicy leaves and morning dew.

Questions 39 and 40

Answer the questions below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

39. How long does sloth digest its food?

40. What substance can help to resolve food in sloth’s stomach?

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Answer keys:
1. 8:00 a.m.

2. coach

3. 18 pounds

4. guide fee

5. reserve a seat

6. cash

7. FC864

8-10. B, E, F

11. Art

12 MN0918

13. American

14. 17th King street

15. gastritis

16. A

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17. A

18. B

19-20. B, E

21. C

22. C

23. B

24. A

25. B

26. assignment

27. student(s)

28. on their website

29. Library Card

30. The Computer Centre

31. B

32. C

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33. stubby

34. sleep

35. herbivore

36. 93

37. Surrounding temperature

38. water

39. one month

40. bacteria

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

You will hear a conversation between a clerk and a tourist about a short trip.
You will see there is an example that has been done for you. On this occaswn,
only the conversation relating to this will be played first.

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Clerk: Good morning. Wonderful […………………………….]. How can I help
you?

Tourist: Good morning. I’d like to know about the information about your
short trip. What’s the name of the trip?

Clerk: Magic One Day.

Tourist: Right. Could you […………………………….]me to the torn?

Clerk: Of course. And we will give you a […………………………….]latest trip.


if you book the

Tourist: Fine. When is the next one going?

Clerk: We have a trip every Saturday, which usually o’clock in the morning
departs at 8:00

Tourist: And when will we come back?

Clerk: About 6:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

Tourist: Fine. IIow about the type of […………………………….]?

Clerk: We like to keep our tours small, so we offer a coach or [……………….].

Tourist: That’s great. So how many tourists are there in one group?

Clerk: Usually, we take about 15 to 20 […………………………….]. But you


know it is a peak time now, so the number is up to 25 tourists.

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Tourist: Well, that sounds good. So how much is the tour price?

Clerk: As I said I will give you a 5% discount, so the cost is [………………….]


for each person.

Tourist: Great. Does it include lunch?

Clerk: No, but the guide fee has been included.

Tourist: Do I need to book a seat?

Clerk: Yes. At peak season, in order to ensure your position, seat […………….]
is needed. So the tourist has to reserve a seat at least [……………….]before
leaving.

Tourist: OK. And how about the […………………………….]?

Clerk: You don’t need to pay any fees […………………………….].

Tourist: Fine. How about payments? Cash or credit card?

Clerk: Because we collect money just before departing, the only [………….] we
accept is cash.

Tourist: Fine. I see.

Clerk: That’s OK. And let me confirm you with your customer reference
number.

Tourist: Fine.

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Clerk: That is […………………………….].

Tourist: Right. I write it down.

Clerk. How about other things do you want to know?

Tourist: Er, yes. I’d like to know what […………………………….]we will visit
during the tour.

Clerk: Well, let me check the time […………………………….]. We will start at


8 o’clock, and will arrive at […………………….]about 10 o’clock. The first
resort we will visit is Old Castles, the most famous Scottish [………………….].
It is the home of the Scottish Crown Jewels the oldest Royal Regalia in Britain.

Tourist: Well. May I take photos?

Clerk: Of course.

Tourist: I heard that the City Hall is a good place. Will we go there?

Clerk: The next tour does not […………………………….]that place.

Tourist: OK. –

Clerk: And then we will go to see St. Giles’ Cathedral with [………………….]
years history. It is […………………………….]for its stained glass, Rieger organ
and beautiful Thistle chapel.

Tourist: Great. Is it near to the zoo?

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Clerk: Yes. After lunch you will visit Roval Palace. It is a good place to know
about[……………………….] family’s life, but it has a rule with no photo.

Tourist: Right.

Clerk: But, you can pick some […………………….]in the local[……………….]


shops closed to the palace.

Tourist: Great.

Clerk: And about 4 o’clock, we will get to the Seabird Centre.

Tourist: Do you mean the […………………………….]?

Clerk: No. They are different places.

Tourist: OK. Does it have an animal […………………………….]?

Clerk: Sure. You can appreciate the play of […………………………….]and sea


lion.

Tourist: It sounds good.

Clerk: About 6 o’clock we will return. If you need other information, please
read our tour[…………………………….].

Tourist: Fine. Thank you very much.

Clerk: You are welcome. Good-bye.

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Tourist: Good-bye.

SECTION 2

You will hear a conversation between a doctor and a student.

Mary: Good afternoon, doctor. May I come in?

Doctor: Yes. Come in.

Mary: I’m a […………………………….]in the university and 1 don’t feel very


good.

Doctor: OK, sit down please. I need to record some basic […………….] about,
you first.

Mary: Fine.

Doctor: What’s your full name?

Mary: Mary Nixon.

Doctor: Is your surname [……………………….]N-I-X-O-N?

Mary: That’s right.

Doctor: Well. Mary, what’s your major?

Mary: T’m studying Art.

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Doctor: A good choice. Tell me your […………………………….].

Mary: Registered number? Sorry, I’m not sure… may be…

Doctor: Did you bring your Union Card of Library Card?

Mary: Yes. I brought it.

Doctor: OK. Well tell me the number on your card.

Mary: It is MN0918.

Doctor: And your birthday?

Mary: I was born on […………………………….].

Doctor: Where are you from?

Mary: I come from New York.

Doctor: Oh, we are from the same city.

Mary: Really?

Doctor: Yes. Where do you live? Campus […………………………….]?

Mary: Actually, I wall move out from […………………………….]flat tomorrow.


I rent a house in North-West with three friends.

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Doctor: Fine. Tell me your present address.

Mary: It is […………………………….].

Doctor: OK. And your contact number?

Mary: 3678259.

Doctor: Right. Now, let’s get some of your […………………………….]


background.

Mary: OK.

Doctor: Have you ever had any serious […………………….]or accidents?

Mary: I got gastritis when I was in middle school.

Doctor: Did you have an operation?

Mary: No. I just took medicine and had some […………………………….].

Doctor: Anything else?

Mary: No, nothing.

Doctor: So, Mary, what’s your trouble?

Mary: Well, recently I’ve been having some trouble with my head and eyes and
nose…

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Doctor: Oh, no.

Mary: I think I’ve got a […………………………….]flu.

Doctor: Maybe or maybe not. Describe your problem [……………………….].

Mary: OK. Since last week I’ve been […………………………….]and sometimes


I can’t stop and even later I began to feel […………………………….].

Doctor: Do you get a fever?

Mary: No.

Doctor: Did you attend any […………………………….]activities during the last,


week?

Mary: Let me think… no, nothing special… yeah, I had a camping last Monday.

Doctor: To where?

Mary: Eastern mountain. You know there are lots of beautiful flowers. We
took many photos there.

Doctor: So your […………………………….]has lasted for one week?

Mary: Yes. But sometimes I’m fine. I don’t know why.

Doctor: Do you have any allergies?

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Mai’y: I remember I got […………………………….]to mango when I was child,
but now I’m fine.

Doctor: How about flowers? I mean […………………………….]?

Mary: You mean I’m allergic to pollen?

Doctor: Yes.

Mary: What, should I do?

Doctor: I suggest you take some medicine first and drink more water.

Mary: OK.

Doctor: And then if your […………………………….]are getting worse I suggest


you go to a[…………………………….]to check.

Mary: OK. Thank you very much.

Doctor: I hope you will recover soon.

Mary: Thanks. Goodbye.

Doctor: Goodbye.

SECTION 3
You will hear a conversation between a new student and a lecturer.

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Student: Good morning. May I come in?

Lecturer: Yes. come in please.

Student: I’m a new student and I’m looking for the office of [……………….]

faculty. Is this the right place?

Lecturer: Yes, this is the Faculty of Engineering. How can I help you?

Student: I know there was an […………………………….]meeting last Friday.


but I did not[…………………………….]that meeting, so T’m wondering if
someone could give me some information about… you know the campus life or
course […………………………….]or something like that.

Lecturer: Yes. Sit down please. Where should we begin?

Student: Firstly, how many lectures do I have to attend every week?

Lecturer: You know there are not too many lectures of [……………………….]
courses. Let me check. Oh, you have lectures on Monday. Wednesday and
Friday afternoon, from 2p.m. to 4p.m.

Student: How often do I have to attend […………………………….]in a week?

Lecturer: Well, there is only one group seminar on Thursday morning


at[…………………………….].

Student: You mean the group?

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Lecturer: Yes.

Student: How many people are there in one group?

Lecturer: About 3 to 5.

Student: Fine.

Lecturer: You will discuss about 20 minutes and then the [……………….] of
your group will give a short presentation.

Student: A presentation?

Lecturer: Right.

Student: Do all members in group have a chance to give a [………………….]?

Lecturer: Maybe. And then your subject […………………………….]will give you


a mark.

Student: A mark? Does that mean the representative’s mark is all members’
mark?

Lecturer: That’s right.

Student: How about […………………………….]?

Lecturer: The postgraduate attendance is only […………………………….]. But


a few students will be […………………………….]in our faculty.

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Student: Fine. Should I choose the time? Because I have a [……………….]job.

Lecturer: I am afraid not. You know the postgraduate course is very […..….].
We do not suggest that our students do any jobs

Student: Yes, I see. I will spend time on my course. Oh, how many[……….]
courses are there in the coming academic year?

Lecturer: You have three modular courses from September to June next year.

Student: OK.

Lecturer: Anything else can 1 help you with?

Student: I’d like to know some information about the course […………….].

Lecturer: Well, beside presentation you will have an exam at the end of the
term.

Student: An exam? What type of exam?

Lecturer: It’s an […………………………….]exam.

Student: Fine.

Lecturer: But your main […………………………….]is assignment.

Student: You mean homework?

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Lecturer: Yes. You will have to write an assignment with 6 to 7 thousand words
every month.

Student: […………………………….]?

Lecturer: Yes.

Student: Oh. How about the topic?

Lecturer: Your tutor mil give you some […………………………….]on the topic
based on some course hand outs or […………………………….]books, but you
have to narrow the topic by yourself.

Student: So can I choose the topic of essay by myself?

Lecturer: Yes, of course.

Student: Great.

Lecturer: You must pay […………………………….]to your essay deadline. All


assignment work must be […………………………….]in before the deadline
your tutor gives you.

Student: When should I visit my tutor?

Lecturer: You should check your tutor’s name and contact number on our
website.

Student: Fine.

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Lecturer: Do you have a […………………………….]?

Student: No. I have not applied for one.

Lecturer: I think you should register for a Library Card first. Because you need
it when you borrow reference books from library.

Student: OK. I will apply for one tomorrow morning.

Lecturer: Anything else?

Student: The last thing is how can I get my [………….] and[……………….] of


our university’s website.

Lecturer: First you should go to The Computer Centre to register and then they
will give you a username and password.

Student: That’s fine. Thanks for your […………………………….].

Lecturer: You are welcome. See you later.

Student: See you.

SECTION 4

You will hear a lecture about an animal living in South American.

Welcome to Magic Animal Time. Today I’d like to give you an introduction to
a[…………………………….]called sloth. Native to Central and South American

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rain forest, the sloth is the […………………………….]animal on the earth. It
needs 12 seconds to finish one step even slower than [……………………….].
Algae grows on its brown[…………………………….]back because
its […………………….] lifestyle. Even the fur of sloths is […………………….]to
their lifestyle. Sloths usually hang upside down so their stiff, [……………….]
fur grows differently from the coats of most[…………………………….]. Horses’
hair, for example, grows from the back, so[…………………………….]will run
off. Below this tough top layer, a[…………………………….]downy layer of hair
provides additional protection from[…………………………….]insects.

The greenish cast of the sloth’s […………………………….]fur is caused by


symbiotic algae that grow in […………………………….]running along the
length of each of the mammal’s outer hairs. The sloth hosts
the […………………………….], and the algae return the favour by
providing[……………….] that the sloth either […………………………….]by
licking its fur or absorbs through its skin. The […………………………….]green
colour makes the sloth look just like a clump of dry leaves hanging ửom
a […………………………….]– the perfect jungle camouflage. And the longer a
sloth lives, the greener it gets.

Sloths have a short and flat, head, a snout that is short in length, big round
eyes, long tree-[…………………………….], a stubby tail and small ears and
though some have called them[…………………….], they have the cutest face
that looks like they are always smiling just like koala in […………………….].

Sloths spend most of the day […………………………….]. Curling up in a tree


notch or hanging from a branch with all four legs closed together, their heads
tuck between their front, legs. People[…………………………….]see them much
move even when they are […………………………….]. Only at feeding time,
sloths move slowly and […………………………….], hand over and through

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the […………………………….], searching for leaves, fruits, and twigs. They
even mate and give bứt.h while […………………………….]from their long,
curved daws. Sometimes a sloth will die hanging upside down from a tree limb
and remain so after death, until they[…………………………….]or are forcibly
removed.

Why do sloths have such an unusual […………………………….]? It’s the


strategy they evolved to[…………………………….]as tree-
[…………………………….]plant eaters in a place with many predators.

Most domestic […………………………….], such as cattle, horse, and sheep,


graze all day long. Because they feed on nutrient poor [……………………….],
they must eat. almost constantly. Sloths are also […………………………….]as
herbivores, and their diets are also low in[…………………………….]; but rather
than […………………………….]all day long, they have become masters at
conserving energy.

As any […………………………….]knows, maintaining muscle requires


large[…………………………….]of food energy • far more than a sloth’s
vegetarian diet can provide. Sloths are relatively […………………………….]and
usually spend most of their day hanging upside down, so they can get by with
half as much […………………….]mass as similar sized [………………….].
Hence, they don’t, need to eat too much. In addition, because of heavy muscle
sloths weigh far less than other mammals. This makes it possible for them to
climb on thin branches high in the tropical forest […………………………….],
where thev can more easily find food and avoid heftier [……………………….].

Keeping a high body […………………………….]also takes energy. Sloths fall


this need by maintaining a lower average body temperature than
other […………………………….]. Dogs, cats, horses, sheep, and cows all have

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average body temperatures between about 100 and 103°F, but a
sloth’s […………………………….]body temperature is about 93°F.

Equally important, a sloth’s body temperature […………………………….]with


the surrounding temperature. Like snakes and frogs which are
“[……………….]” creatures, a sloth’s body temperature is highest on warm,
sunny days and lowest at night and on rainy days. Sometimes a sloth takes
a [……………….] in the morning to warm up. Then, during the [……………….]
time of the day, it hides in the shade so it won’t overheat. During a 24-hour
period, a sloth’s body temperature may vary as much as [……………….]. If the
body temperature of a [……………………….], a cat, or a dog varies just 5°F, it
can be life[…………………………….].

Because […………………………….]have difficulty moving over land, they


spend most of their time in the trees. They can get just about everything they
need high above the forest floor – even water. which comes from
eating […………………………….] leaves and ticking up drops of morning dew.
Short bursts of [……………...….] followed by long periods
of[……………….]make sloths less vulnerable to large raptors such as
harpy[………………….]and other carnivores such as […………………….].As
long as sloths remain […………………………….]quiet and still, they’re nearly
impossible to detect.

At feeding time, a sloth reaches out, grabs an […………………………….]branch


with its flexible feet, and tugs until the food is within reach of
its […………………………….]. After pulling the vegetation into its mouth, the
sloth clips the leaves with its hard, tough hps and slowly[………………….]them
with large, peg-like teeth. A sloth […………………….] its food just as it does
everything else – very slowly. People usually digest, their food in about a day,
but […………………………….]can take about a month to finish the process. As

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soon as a sloth [………………….] a mouthful of [……………………….]plants,
the bacteria in its stomach and […………………………….]begin breaking down
the food. It takes many hours for the […………………………….]to digest the
tough plant material that makes up a sloth’s diet. Only then can the
sloth […………………………….]the nutrients it needs to five and grow.

So do you have a new understanding about the slow but not lazy animal? Next
week we will talk about… (fade)

IELTS Listening Practice Test 13


SECTION 1
Questions 1-5

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Accommodation Request Form

Example Answer

Type of accommodation: Homestay

Full name: 1 ________________ Lee

Age: 2 ________________

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Present address: International House

Room: 3 ________________

Reasons for applying for homestay: to know about local culture

to 4_______________

Contact number: 8141 9680 (home)

5 _________________(mobile)

Questions 6-10

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Accommodation requirements:

a nice landlady

own 6___________________

no young children

near to 7____________________

The 8 ___________________ will be £140, including 9_bill.


Accommodation required date:

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10__________________

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Guide for Peak District

Peak District’s location: five miles from Sheffield 11 ____________

Main attractions:

Bakewell Town is known for local food: 12 ____________

Chatsworth House has formal gardens and 13 ____________

The heart of Peak District is the Peak District 14 ____________

The most famous cavern in Castleton is called 15 ____________

Questions 16-20

Complete the notes below.

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for
each answer.

16__________________ must be accompanied by an adult on walking and


cycling.

Tourists can pick 17_____________________ in some specialist shops.

Chatsworth’s art collection has 18______________________ years’


history.

Eyam village is also called 19_________________________

Eyam Hall has 20___________________________ workshops.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-23

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

21. Harper’s paper is about ______________

A. energy crisis.

B. environment protection.

C. computer technology.

22. The research method that the professor recommends is

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A. interview.

B. questionnaire.

C. presentation.

23. Harper is worried about ______________

A. essay deadline.

B. questionnaire data.

C. course stress.

Questions 24-26

Choose the correct letter.

Write A if professor says REMAIN

Write B if professor says REWRITE

Write C if professor says REMOVE

What suggestions does professor make?

24. purpose ___________

25. structure ___________

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26. personal experiences ___________

Questions 27-30

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

ESSAY REQUIREMENT

To hand in essay by 27 ________________

To print essay by 28 ________________

Before handing in: to do 29__________________ e.g. grammar and


spelling; to check proper 30___________________

SECTION 4
Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

BRITISH MEDIA

Newspapers began to appear in the 18-19th Century.

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31_______________ is British oldest daily newspaper.

The legal rule of advertisement that all the British media must follow is
32_____________________.

There are over 33__________________ different newspapers in Britain.

The press that publishes serious articles is 34_____________________.

The most leftwing newspaper is 35 _________________________.

A feature of the tabloid press is a girl picture on 36__________________.

The oldest soap shop was located in the northern city of 37_____________
in England.

British newscasts get good reputation for the 38____________________


of reporting.

British viewers usually use the time of 39_______________________ to


make a drink.

Audience have to buy a 40_______________________.

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

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SECTION 1

You will hear a conversation about homestay registration between a student


and an accommodation advisor. You will see there is an example that has
been done for you. On this occasion only the conversation relating to this will
be played first.

Aaron: Good morning-.

Advisor: Good morning.

Aaron: I’d like to apply for a homestay. (Example)

Advisor: Right, sit down please. Well, I need to take down your […………….]
first.

Aaron: OK.

Advisor: What’s your full name?

Aaron: My name is Aaron Lee.

Advisor: Do you spell your first name A-A-R-O-N?

Aaron: Yes.

Advisor: OK, and your age?

Aaron: I’m […………………………….]years old.

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Advisor: So you are a […………………………….]in our university?

Aaron: Yes.

Advisor: What’s your present address?

Aaron: I live in student […………………………….]– International House.

Advisor: In which area?

Aaron: North Campus.

Advisor: Your room number?

Aaron: It is […………………………….].

Advisor: OK. Aaron, are you […………………………….]with your flat now?

Aaron: Actually, my flat is alright, but I hope to move into a local family to
have more[…………………………….]to know about local culture and to
improve my English.

Advisor: Right. Tell me your contact number?

Aaron: My home number is […………………………….], and my mobile phone


is[…………………………….].

Advisor: Well, Aaron, can you tell me your […………………………….]about


homestay? Such as food or facilities, something like that.

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Aaron: Yes. Firstly, I prefer to live in a […………………………….]house with a
nice landlady and I hope she would be good at cooking.

Advisor: Ali’ight. How about others?

Aaron: And I’d like to have my own bathroom and […………………………….]. I


don’t want to share with others.

Advisor: OK, no problem. Anything else?

Aaron: Oh… yeah… you know, one of my friends, Chris, who lives in a family
with[…………………………….]…

Advisor: Yeah.

Aaron: They are too noisy and my friend cannot study. So I hope there are no
young children in my homestay house.

Advisor: OK fine. Do you need a garage?

Aaron: I don’t drive now and maybe I would need it in future. Oh, yes, 1 hope
that, the house would be near to […………………………….].

Advisor: OK. Not far from campus. Anything else?

Aaron: No.

Advisor: Well, let’s talk about the rent and the […………………………….].

Aaron: OK.

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Advisor: Usually, the rent of homestay is about a […………………………….]per
week and you will have to pay two weeks’ rent as a deposit in advance.

Aaron: Does the rent include all bills?

Advisor: No. It only includes the water fee. You have to pay
your […………………….] bill and telephone bill and cable bill if you need.

Aaron: Right.

Advisor: When would you like to move in?

Aaron: As soon as possible. Well, I hope to see a house this weekend. How
about this Saturday?

Advisor: Is it […………………………….]?

Aaron: Right.

Advisor: OK. 1 know. Do you have any other questions?

Aaron: No, that’s all. Thanks for your help.

Advisor: You are welcome. Good-bye.

Aaron: Good-bye.

SECTION 2

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You will hear a lecture about a famous natural resort in England.

Welcome, everybody, to the guide for the Peak District. Situated in the heart of
England and[…………………………….]part of six counties, the Peak District is
a place of[…………………………….]natural beauty. It is just five miles from the
Sheffield City Centre.

A short break, or longer holiday, will allow you to […………………………….]


some of England’s most […………………………….]scenery and in the towns,
villages and[…………………………….]– among the prettiest in the country –
you will find a warm and[…………………………….]welcome wherever you go.
Every taste is […………………………….]for and many exciting activities are
available. Here are some […………………………….]of the most popular places
to visit. For the most active people, the following areas offer you
excellent[…………………….] for walking, strolling, […………………………….],
caving, cycling, and hang-[…………………………….].

The first place I’d like to introduce you to is Bakewell. This beautiful little town
is[…………………………….]for a certain local […………………………….]– the
famous Bakewell pudding. Q12 It’s very delicious. And steeped in history,
Bakewell’s oldest building dates back to Henry VIlI’s reign. Just south of the
town is the […………………………….]Haddon Hall, a[………………….]Tudor
Manor House complete with gardens, heralded as the most[………………….]
in England. On Sheffield’s […………………………….], lies the ‘Palace of the
Peak’. Chatsworth is quite […………………………….]the UK’s most stunning
country house and a ‘must see’ for any visitor. The […………………………….]
ground alone – with their formal gardens, fountains and maze – are worth a
visit.

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At the heai’t of the Peak District lies the Peak District National Park, the first of
Britain’s National Parks, […………………………….]in 1951, to safeguard
and[…………….] this beautiful region not only for future [………………….]
but also for visitors to enjoy in the present. Whether you’re exploring, getting
out in the great outdoors or simply relaxing, […………………………….]the
Peak District and the Peak District National Park, you’ll be taking home
wonderful […………………………….]!

A regular train service from […………………………….]travels through the


scenic Hope Valley, home to the […………………………….]villages of
Hathersage, Edale & Castleton. Hathersage is the final resting place of little
John, while Edale marks the […………………………….]start of the Pennine
Way. Castleton has some of the greatest show […………………………….]in
Europe and the only […………………………….]Norman Keep in Derbyshire.
The most famous cavern is ‘Blue John Cavern’. The natural [………………….]
caverns are home to eight of the fourteen known varieties
of […………………………….]Blue

[…………………………….]John stone, which can be seen in its natural state


among stalactites and […………………………….].

Further south, the [………………….] grit stone edges and[………………….]


valleys of the Derbyshire Dales offer endless opportunities for walking and
cycling. Please be aware that all children must be […………………………….]by
an adult. There, many charming villages and larger market towns are famous
for[…………………………….]shops offering everything from hand-made
chocolates and[…………………………….]to antiques, designer clothing
and […………………………….]to tackle the great outdoors! You could pick up
some wonderful […………………………….]for your friends.

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Perhaps the most magnificent and certainly the best known stately home in
England, Chatsworth is home to a […………………………….]art collection
which represents 4.000 years of European culture
and […………………………….], from ancient Greece to modern works by
British artists. Everything about Chatsworth is on an impressive scale, from
the[……………………….] interiors to the […………………………….] gardens
and the 1,000 acre, ‘Capability’ Brown-designed estate is one of the most
beautiful and historic man-made[…………………………….]in Britain.

The last resort I hope to […………………………….]you is the beautiful village


of Eyam where there is a tragic tale. In […………………………….]a tailor in
this small village received some cloth ridden with […………………………….]
fleas from London. The village decided to[…………………………….] itself but a
third of the villagers died. That’s known as the famous ‘[……………….]village’.
There are several reminders of this dramatic event and Eyam Hall tells a vivid
story of those fearful months. Eyam Hall is a small but charming[…………….]
manor house with cafe and craft workshops in the centre of Eyam.

It. has been over […………………………….]since the Britain’s first national


park was[…………………………….]in 1951. Every year lots of visitors from all
over the world come here to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. So if you feel
tired and […………………………….]about your work, study or even the life
lives why not visit the Peak District?

You will find what you need there.

SECTION 3
In this section you will hear a talk between a student and a professor.

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Harper: Good afternoon, Professor George.

George: Good afternoon, Harper, let’s talk about your [……………….]draft,


OK?

Harper: Yes. Actually, professor George, I… I just […………………………….]to


change my essay topic to energy […………………………….]…

George: Oh, I don’t thinlc you need to change the topic. You know[…….….]
protection is much better than that one.

Harper: Oh, Really? I’m glad to hear that. In your mind that’s a good work?

George: Yes. I think so. But, there is still lots of work that need to be done…

Harper: Oh yes…of course. I am just very […………………………….]to hear


what you think of it.

George: Well, the first one, which research […………………………….]will you


take?

Harper: I’d like to use a […………………………….].

George: I don’t think that’s a good choice.

Harper: Why?

George: Because you will have lots of […………………………….]data to check.


That will be a huge work.

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Harper: Yeah, I think you are right.

George: How about an interview?

Harper: OK, I will think about it. Professor George, I think 1 have a problem
with the[…………………………….].

George: You mean the deadline?

Harper: Yes. I’m […………………………….]I can’t hand in my work before the


essay[…………………………….].

George: Why?

Harper: You know I have to spend a lot of time on my part-time job.

George: Harper, I don’t think you’ve given me a good reason. You know I
can’t[……………….] your deadline except you get […………………………….].

Harper: But, Professor George, I….

George: This is our rule. I hope you can cope well with your timetable, OK?

Harper: OK.

George: Harper, generally speaking, your essay is a good work, but I’m worried
about some parts.

Harper: Yes. Could you give me some […………………………….]about my


work?

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George: Well, let’s start with the purpose. I think it is not bad.
You […………….], your idea and the reason for this work, but…

Harper: What should I do?

George: It’s better for you to make them clearly. I mean to [………………….]
them.

Harper: OK. The purpose needs to be stronger. Oh, what’s your […………….]
about the structure?

George: I think your structure is very clear. I do really say, well-done and go
ahead.

Harper: Thanks very much. I am so glad to hear that.

George: That’s OK.

Harper: How about other problems with my […………………………….]?

George: How do you think your personal […………………………….]as


background[…………………………….]your work?

Harper: Oh, it is just my question. I’m not sure whether I should write them.

George: I can see why you put it here but it really isn’t relevant, to
your[……………….]. My advice on that is that you take them out.

Harper: I think you are right. Anything else?

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George: No. Just go ahead.

Harper: Yes. How about other […………………………….]? Such as format or


something like that?

George: Well, let me see, oh, yes, your way of handing it in.

Harper: I heard we must send our essays to you by email, is that right?

George: Yes. That’s right. Before your […………………………….], let me check.


It is … oh, here, it is on […………………………….].

Harper: Right. I will hand in my essay on time.

George: Good. And you have to print your work by […………………………….].


Harper: Why?

George: We will store all of our students’ work, so good quality is very
important.

Harper: OK. Oh, Professor George, should I do the proof-reading before


handing in my essay?

George: Yes. Proof-reading is necessary. You should check your grammar or


spelling or format before handing in your work.

Harper: OK.

George: And your references. You must make your […………………………….]


clearly, and that’s very important.

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Harper: OK, I know. Thanks very much for your help. Professor George.

George: A pleasure. How about your presentation… (fade)

SECTION 4

You will hear a lecture about British Media.

The United Kingdom has one of the world’s oldest […………………………….]


newspaper industries. In the late […………………………….]and early
nineteenth century, as the British economy began to [……………………….], as
literacy levels rose through the introduction of[…………………………….], more
and more newspapers began to appear. The Times. which first appeared
in […………………………….], is the United Kingdom’s oldest daily newspaper.
While The […………………………….], which is still published every Sunday,
began[…………………………….]in 1791, making it the world’s oldest national
newspaper. The different main […………………………….]newspapers – The
Times, The Observer, The[…………………………….]– still suggest that the
function of the paper is to offer the[…………………………….]objective reports
about what is happening in the country. The function of […………………….]
the government is one of the reasons why a free press is[…………………….] so
important to the functioning of[…………………………….]democracy.

Besides politicians businessmen paid more […………………………….]to the


power of the press. They used press to […………………………….]their
products and services to[…………………………….]customers, so the
advertising business was born. In Britain, most[…………………………….]is
carried in newspapers: companies use the press to sell products, people use the
press to look for a job, or to buy a house. All the British media must follow
Advertising Codes which […………………………….]that advertisements

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are[…………………………….], honest and […………………………….], have a
sense of responsibility for […………………………….]and society and respect,
the principles of fair competition.

British newspaper culture is […………………………….]in the extent to which


class and educational differences are […………………………….]in the
newspapers people read. In other developed countries like Japan and the
United States, newspaper reading is a habit of mainly middle-class, however,
in Britain the “lower classes” are also regular readers. There are more
than […………………………….]different newspapers which cater for a wide
range from[…………………………….]to educational views. Britain has one of
the highest levels of newspaper sales per head of population in the world.
Although most newspapers are[…………………………….]independent of
political parties, they also express some political views.

The quality uress not only publishes most serious and in-
depth […………………………….]of particular political and social issues but
also […………………………….]reviews about high culture for readers
with […………………………….]and middle class. The most leftwing of these
newspapers is The Guardian : you will often hear people on TV or in daily life
refer to “Guardian readers” – this is a kind of short hand to suggest someone
who is […………………………….]and[…………………………….]in their
politics, and interested in society and social[…………………………….], such as
will be soft on crime or quite […………………………….]and interested in green
politics.

The other […………………………….]of national newspapers is the “tabloids”


which people usually call it “the gutter press’1. It often carries
some […………………………….]about famous person whether in
politics, […………………………….]or sport, etc. The stories are short, easy to

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read and usually rely more on […………………………….]than fact. One feature
of the[……………….] press which has become a national [………………….] is
the Page 3 Girl – a picture each day of pretty, scantily clad young woman.

The […………………………….]media – television and radio –


are[…………………………….]important to British national life. According to
record, British people spend 4-5 hours a day watching TV. Whether you are
working, chatting with friends or family[…………………………….]will usually
be about programmes that were watched the evening before. Even newspapers
also carry […………………………….]of programmes which are being
broadcast. If a […………………………….]does not participate in television
viewing he or she usually is looked as “out”. News, entertainment, and sport
are British people favourites. However[…………………………….], comedy and
game programmes fall in and out favour, Britain has two long-
running […………………………….]operas. The oldest and most popular soap
shop was[…………………………….]in the northern city of Manchester in
the […………………………….].

Compared with American soap operas, British soaps present gritty


and[…………………………….]accounts of the everyday life of Britons. They are
of very high quality and are popular abroad: whether in New Zealand or
Canada, you can keep up with your favourite characters.

Daily news and weather […………………………….]are also popular viewing.


British[…………………………….]are famous for the quality of their reporting.
While, there are not many channels for […………………………….], so an
interesting [……………………….]appears: during [………………….] popular
programmes, the national utility companies have to make special preparations
becauduring [………………………….] breaks , a surge of demand for electricity

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is created when […………………………….] of British viewers rush out of
the[…………………………….] to make a cup of tea.

The British Broadcasting Corporation – more familiarly known as


the[…………………………….]or even “the Beeb” – is Britain’s main public
service[…………………………….]. It began in 1927 as a public service radio
station, and later moved into TV. The BBC has two channels. BBC
1 […………………………….]in shows with broad appeal, such as sport,
entertainment, drama, kid’s shows and current […………………………….].
BBC 2 caters for special interest […………………………….]and so
broadcasts[…………………………….]and shows aimed at particular social
groups, such as the elderly, the[…………………………….], homosexuals, and
so on. The BBC is funded by licence fees and viewers must buy
a […………………………….] each year for their TV set. The BBC is no longer
just about TV showrs. Nowadays it is a multimedia business with
wide[…………………………….]and educational interests.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 14


SECTION 1
Questions 1-10

omplete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer

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COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY 25th CONFERENCE

Contact University: (Example) New South Wales University

Conference date: 1 ___________________

Conference venue: 2 ____________________

Reservation phone No.: 3 ____________________

Cost: $360 for 4 days

Student rate: $180 for 4 days or 4 __________

Contact person: 5 __________________

Candidate’s name: John Helatone, a computing technology


student from 6 ____________ University

Take action fast!

Closing date for talk: 7_________________

Send outline including: 8_________________

Maximum length: 300 words

Also send: 9_________________

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E-mail address: 10___________@annuconf.edu.au

SECTION 2
Questions 11-14

Complete the notes as you listen. Use NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

Weekly Cooking Corner – Gingers

Ginger is a spicy-tasting root related to the bamboo family and has a variety of
uses in the kitchen. (Example)

The Chinese used ginger principally for 11___________________.

Ginger was first grown in 12__________ and _______________

Spice traders were able to get 13__________________ for ginger.

Ginger was introduced to Australia in the 14____________ century.

Questions 15-17

Complete the table below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each
answer.

Ginger Production in Australia

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Cause Effect

High rainfall in Queensland 15 _________________

Australian ginger was not price


High 16 ______________
competitive

17 __________________ Supplies of ginger ran low

Questions 18 – 20

Complete the fact sheet below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

FACTS ABOUT BUDERIM COOPERATIVE

Cooperative was formed with 18 £______________ and two wooden vats


and 19_______________ of raw ginger.

40% of ginger is used in 20_________________.

60% of ginger exported to Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

SECTION 3
Questions 21 -25

Complete the notes below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

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Opinions about Global Temperature

Scientists want to know whether global warming is caused by 21_________

Insulation may cause the Earth to 22___________________________

There are many 23 _________________________ on the global climate.

The 24_________________________________ does not remain static.

We cannot understand the global climate without understanding 25 ______.


Questions 26-27

Complete the table. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each
answer.

Method used to measure temperature Location of instruments

From thermometers in buoys in the sea

When water is drawn through the


in the sea
26___________ of ships

ATSR (infra-red detector) 27__________________

Questions 28-30

Choose THREE letters, A-F

Which THREE advantages of the ATSR are mentioned by Dr Parkinson?

A. Is located In two places

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B. measures very accurately

C. produces large amounts of data

D. correct to within 3 degrees centigrade

E.can view 500 kilometers at a time

F.lasts two and a half years

SECTION 4
Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

How to Make Personal Control of One’s Health

31_____________________ should take charge of their health.

The single greatest threat to health is 32__________________.

Disturbing findings about men’s health • the group who was at most risk of
early death is 33 _____________________.

Possible causes are:

drinking too much alcohol;

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heavy smoking;

34 _________________

no adequate exercise.

Environmental factors affecting health:

air or water pollution

the threat of 35______________ is most under-rated.

Personal control of one’s health:

A well-funded education campaign will help enhance


36_________________

and many illnesses could be prevented by


38________________________.

Do exercises for 38______________________ so you may find someone


to join you.

Make adequate 39______________________to prevent sports injury.

Reduce injuries by using 40____________________ techniques.

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Answer keys:
Section 1, Questions 1-10

1. 15-18 September/ 15th to 18th September


2. (the) Pacific Hotel
3. 07 9444 1233
4. $50 a day
5. (Professor) Dorfman – .
6. London
7. last Friday
8. (an) interesting title
9. (a) short/brief CV
10. Admin
11. medicine /medical purposes
12. China; India (in either order)
13. a good price / (a) lot of money
14. (early) 20th
15. Perfect / Ideal (conditions)
16. production cost(s) / cost of production
17. The Second World War/ World War II
18. 25
19. 14 tons
20. Australia
21. human activities
22. get warmer

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23. influences
24. Earth’s temperature
25. (the) oceans
26. Engines
27. (in) space/(in) orbit/ above us / on the Earth

28- 30. B; C; E (in any order)

31. Patients

32. smoking

33. young men

34. heavy diet

36. (the) sun

36 .public health (standards)

37 .healthy lifestyle (choices)

38. fun / a pleasure

39. warm-up

40. cross-training

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

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The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

In this section you will hear a series of telephone conversations between an


overseas student and some people involved in turn. He wants to confirm
some information for an international conference on computing technology.

H = Helstone; O = Operator; A = Assistant; D = Professor Dorfman [phone


rings] [phone rings]

O: New South Wales University. Good morning.

H: Oh, good morning. Can you put me through to the School of


Computing[…………………………….], please?

O: Certainly.

A: School of Computing Technology. Professor Dorfman’s office.

H: Oh! Good morning. I was wondering if you could give me some information
about the forthcoming Computing Technology
25th […………………………….]? Dates,[…………………………….]procedures,
cost…that sort of thing?

A: Certainly.

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H: When exactly is the conference?

A: Well, the conference runs for four days from the 15th to the 18th of
September.

H: 15th to 18th September… Oh, good. I’ll stilj be here then and urn…,
where[…………………………….]is it being held? Is it at
the […………………………….]as in previous years?

A: No, it’s actually being held at the Pacific Hotel – we’ve


rather […………………………….]the university
conference […………………………….]so we’ve […………………………….]for
this new venue.

H: Right, Paradise Hotel.

A: No. Pacific Hotel.

H: Oh, right. And […………………………….]we can get accommodation at the


hotel?

A: Yes, but you’ll need to contact them directly


to […………………………….]that. I’ll give you the number for
hotel […………………………….]. Have you got a pen ready?

H: Yeah, go ahead.

A: It’s area code (07) and then 9. triple 4. 1-2. double 3.

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H: 0-7-9. triple 4. 1-2. double 3. And what’s
the […………………………….]fee?

A: Individual fees are […………………………….]for the 4 days, or $100 a day if


you only wanted to

attend for one day. ,

H: Are there any student […………………………….]?

A: Oh. sure. There’s a […………………………….] concession for students, and


that’s $180 for the four

davs, or […………………………….].

H: And am I too late to offer to give a talk?

A: Oh, I’m pretty sure you’ve missed the […………………………….]for that.

H: Oh, really? But I’ve only just […………………………….]here in Australia –


is there any way I could

have a paper […………………………….]?

A: Well, vou’d need to talk to Professor Dorfman. He’s the


person[…………………………….]the

conference this year. I can out you through if you’d like.

H: Oh, yes please. Thafd be great. Oh, and can I just check the spelling of his

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name? Is that D-O-R-F-M-A-N?

A: Yes, that’s correct.

D: Professor Dorfman speaking.

H: Oh, hello. My name’s John […………………………….]. I’m a


computing[…………………………….]student at London University. I’m here in
Australia for 3 months, looking at […………………………….]application of
computing and information technology.

D: Right.

H: I’m interested in giving a talk on my […………………………….]at the


conference but I believe I may have missed the deadline.

D: Well, strictly speaking you have. The closing date was last Friday.

H: Oh, no!

D: But we may be able to include your paper if it fits into


our […………………………….], but you’ll have to be quick.

H: OK. What do I need to do?

D: Send me an outline of your talk. And make sure you include


an […………………………….]title for the talk. Something to attract the
delegates’ […………………………….].

H: OK. Interesting title. Right.

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D: The outline should be no more than […………………………….], though.

H: Right. I should be able to keep it down to 300 words but would 400 be OK?

D: No, not really because we have to print it in


the […………………………….]and we just don’t have the space.

H: Surel I understand.

D: And also, can you send me a short CV – the usual stuff, name,
age, […………………………….]. That sort of thing.

H: Right. Include a brief CV.

D: Actually, you can […………………………….]it to me. That’d be quicker.

H: Sure. What’s your e-mail address?

D: Well the best thing would be to send it to the


conference […………………………….]officer. The address is admin – in lower
case. You know, in small letters.

H: Right.

D: So that’s a-d-m-i-n at annuconf dot e-d-u dot a-u.

H: Right. I’ll do that straight away. Thank you very much. You’ve been very
helpful.

D: OK. Well, we hope to see you in […………………………….], then.

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SECTION 2
You will hear a guide talk about cooking ginger on the radio broadcast.

Presenter:

Hello and welcome to Cooking Corners. And this week we’re looking at that
most[…………………………….]and aromatic of plants: a fairly recent addition
to the list of Australian[…………………………….]produce,
but […………………………….], a great favourite today – ginger. And in the
studio to tell us all about it is Jennifer Johnson.

Jennifer:

Ginger is one of my […………………………….]favourite spices and I’ve got a


number of wonderful […………………………….]to share with you later on in
the […………………………….]. So what is ginger? Well, actually it’s
a […………………………….]root with an aromatic flavour; its related to
the […………………………….]family and Example has a hundred different uses
in the kitchen. The Chinese have cultivated it for years, […………………….] to
use in medicine, though you are probably more familiar with
its [………………….] uses. But first, lets take a brief look at its history before
we look at how it can be used, because it has a very interesting history.
Ginger […………………………….] in the southern provinces of China and in
India, where it had been used in medicine and food for
over […………………………….]. The early traders who came upon the plant
took it to many parts of the world such as[…………………………….], the West
Indies, Central America, East Africa and even Indonesia.

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Ginger became […………………………….]popular because of its exotic,
aromatic properties and was highly valued by
spice […………………………….]in the 17th and 18th centuries because they
were able to sell it back in Europe for a very good price. Although Australia is
now the largest[…………………………….]of ginger in the world, it wasn’t
grown in[…………………………….]until the early 20th century.

Apparently some pieces of raw ginger found their way to an area


about[…………………………….] north of Brisbane in Queensland earlier this
century. The[…………………………….]high rainfall and humidity in this area
produce conditions which are perfect for growing ginger. So it became
well […………………………….], but in the early days the[………………….] high
cost of production placed it at a […………………….] in the market by
comparison with the much cheaper […………………………….]produced.by
other countries with lower production costs.

Then in 1941 the supply of ginger to Australia […………………………….]to run


out. Remember… this was in the middle of the Second World War when
everything was in short[…………………………….]. This provided a
perfect […………………………….]for the Queensland growers to expand their
production and sales. Five local farmers got together and formed
a[…………………………….]association in a place called Buderim. They started
with only[…………………………….]between them. (That was in the days when
Australian currency was pounds, not dollars.)

So they set up the company with two […………………………….]vats and 14


tons of raw ginger, but they went on to become the most […………………….]
ginger farmers in the world.

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In fait nearly all the world’s ginger now comes from the Buderim ginger factory
in Queensland. 40% of the […………………………….]is used in Australia and
the remaining[…………………………….] is exported overseas to places like
Europe, North America, south Africa, and even to Asia, where it originated in
the first place.

So now let’s move on to look at ways of using ginger in the kitchen…

SECTION 3
You will hear an interview about global warming.

I = Interviewer; P = Dr Parkinson

I:’ Dr Parkinson, global warming was the threat of the [……………………….]


but it seems to have […………………………….]out of people’s minds – why do
you think that is?

P: Yes, in a way you’re right. I think […………………………….]have become


occupied with the task of trying to find out whether it really is happening and,
if so, whether it’s caused by human[…………………………….].

I: A greenhouse effect is, after all, a natural […………………………….]…

P: Yes, as we know, naturally occurring gases float above us, acting


as[…………………………….]that prevent heat being radiated into space.

I: And the fear is that the insulation might get thicker…

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P: Yes…and because of this, the Earth might get warmer.

I: The latest […………………………….]we’ve heard is that the [……………….]


will increase by about a third of a degree every ten years. What are your
feelings?

P: Well…this prediction is difficult to make. You see the global [……………….]


is the result of a web of influences. Who is to say that a simple action such as
adding[…………………………….]to the atmosphere will not have
several[…………………………….]which might even cancel each other out?

I: And I understand that the […………………………….]is hard to verify


whatever…

P: Precisely.

I: Why is that?

P: Because the Earth’s temperature surges and […………………………….]


naturally. In fact the best way of detecting global […………………………….]
change is to measure the temperature of the oceans as accurately as possible.

I: And this avoids the sort of seasonal […………………………….]of the


temperature of land mass.

P: Yes – in fact an understanding of the oceans is crucial to understanding how


the global climate works. The ocean […………………………….]heat around the
globe, it’s like a great[…………………………….]of heat – a tiny change in sea
surface temperature[…………………………….]a huge change in the amount of
heat it is storing.

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I: And now, I understand you are looking at ways of refining
this […………………….]of ocean temperature.

P: Yes. For a long time, we’ve measured it by placing […………………….] in


buoys bobbing in the oceans and also when ships draw water through their
engines.

I: It’s also been done by satellite, hasn’t it?

P: Yes. But now data from a more […………………………….]system is being


collected. This is the European along-track scanning […………………….]or
ATSR, a much simpler name. The ATSR orbits the Earth above us.

I: And what stage are you at with this?

P: Well, it’s been up there two and a half years now. Its an infra-
red[……………….] that senses the Earth’s temperature with great[………….]
and this is what we need. We have to be able to[…………………………….]out
random changes in temperature.

I: I believe there are other advantages as well.

P: There are several… Every few days it covers the entire Earth. So it produces
large[…………………………….]of data. It measures the temperature from two
angles, which allows[…………………………….]for any effects that the
intervening […………………………….]may be having on its readings. Its field
of view has a width of […………………………….]and it measures the
temperature to 0.3 degrees […………………………….].

I: And it should go on for years?

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P: Yes.

I: Thank you, Dr Parkinson, for talking to us today… And now over to…

SECTION 4
You will hear an extract from a talk about preventive medicine, especially,
how students can look after their own health.

Good morning. I’m Dr Pat Plant, and I’m here to talk to you
about[……………….] medicine in its widest and most personal […………….].
In other words, I’m here to tell you how the patients should wrest control of
their health away from the [……………….] of medicine and take charge of
their own medical[…………………………….]. I want to talk about staying out
of the hands of the doctor.

When a patient takes […………………………….]for her or his own health – and


let’s decide the patient is male for now – men are in fact more at risk
than […………………………….]anyway. When the patient takes over his own
health […………………………….]he must decide what he wants to do. The first
thing, of course, is to give up the demon […………………………….]. Smoking is
the worst threat to health, and it’s […………………………….]damage. I have
colleagues who are […………………………….]to treat smokers. If you want to
stay well, stay off[……………….] and smoking in all its […………………….].
Our department has recently completed a survey of men’s health. We looked at
men in different age groups and[…………………………….], and we came up
with a […………………….] insight. Young men, particularly working class
men, are at considerable risk of premature death because of
their[…………………………….]. As a group, they have high risk factors: they
drink too much alcohol, they smoke more heavily than any other group, their

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diet is […………………………….]heavy in[…………………………….]fats, and
they don’t get enough exercise.

We did a smaller survey in which we looked at […………………………….]


factors which affect health. I had privately expected to find air or water
pollution to be the biggest[………………….], and they must not
be […………………………….]. However, the effects of the sun emerged as a
threat which people simply do not take sufficiently[…………….]. Please
remember that too much sunlight can cause[…………………………….]
damage.

Given this information, and the self-destructive things which people,


particularly young men, are doing to themselves, one could be […………….]
for feeling very depressed. However, I believe that a […………………….]
education campaign will help us improve public health standards and will be
particularly [………………….] for young men. I’m an[……………………….]. I
see things improving, but only if things that you as students can do to improve
your [……………………….].

So now I’d like to issue a qualification to everything I say. People will still get
sick, and they will still need doctors. This advice is just to reduce
the […………………………….]of sickness – it would be great if disease
was […………………………….], but it’s not. However, we have power.

In the late 1980s the Surgeon-General of the United States said


that […………….] of our illnesses could be avoided by healthy [……………….]
choices. I now want to discuss these choices with you.

You should try to make keeping fit fun! It’s very hard to go out and
do[…………………………….] by yourself, so it’s wise to find a sport that you

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like and do it with other people. If you swim, you can
consider […………………………….]diving or snorkelling. If you jog, try to find
a friend to go with. If you walk, choose pretty places to walk or have a reason
for walking. Your exercise […………………………….]should be a pleasure, not
a[…………………………….]. The university is an excellent place to find other
people who share sporting […………………………….]with you, and there are
many sports teams you can join. This[…………………………….]raises the issue
of sports injuries, and different sports have[…………………………….]injuries.
As well as accidental injuries, we find[…………………………….]strain injuries
occurring in sports where the same motion is frequently[…………………….],
like rowing and squash. The parallel in working life is[……………………….]
strain injury which may be […………………………….]by typists or other people
who perform the same action hour after hour, day after day.

In this context, therefore, the most important thing to […………………….]


before any sport is to warm up […………………………….]. Do stretching
exercises, and aim at all times to increase your […………………………….]. Be
gentle with yourself, and allow time to prepare for the game you have chosen
to play. Don’t be fooled by the term ‘warm up’, by the way. It’s every bit as
important to do your warm-up […………………………….]on a hot day as on a
cool one.

I think one of the […………………………….]is that all sports can borrow from
each other. Many sports programmes are now encouraging players to
use […………………………….]techniques, that is to borrow training techniques
from other sports. Boxers have been using cross training for years: building
up […………………………….]by doing road work and weight training, while
honing their skills and […………………………….]. Other sports which require
a high level of eye – hand […………………………….]are following this trend, so
you see table tennis players running and jogging to improve

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their […………………………….], and[…………………………….]doing flexibility
exercises which can help them[…………………………….]the ball better. All of
these results are good, but the general sense of[…………………………….]is
best, and is accessible to us all, from trained[…………………………….]to
people who will never run […………………………….]in less than 15 seconds.
Good health is not only for those who will achieve athletic [………………….]!

IELTS Listening Practice Test 15


SECTION 1
Questions 1-7

Complete the following notes by using A NUMBER or NO MORE THAN


THREE WORDSfor each answer.

University Geography Field Trip

Time: next week (a two-day trip)


(Example)

Destination: the Warrangamba Dam and


1_______________

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Matching course:
Environmental Science

Departing time of coach: at 2_next Monday

Length of journey there: 3 _____ roughly and three hours back

First day’s activity: 4 _________________

Spending the night: in 5 ______________

Meals provided: in the form of 6 ___________

Sydney’s daily water consumption: equal to the water to fill 7_____


full-size.

Olympic swimming pools

Second day’s activity: go to the water plant to see how to purify

the water for drinking

Questions 8-10

Choose THREE letters, A-F

Which THREE things does Cesar recommend bringing?

A. binoculars

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B. camera

C. penknife

D. map

E. raincoat

F. mobile phone

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

11. The last programme in the present series is _______________.

12. ___________________ has been rewarded as ‘Consumer of the Month’


for her persistent effort to see through a result of a complaint.

13. She took ___________________ of photographs on her tour in Europe.

14. What happened to her photos after she gave them to Top-Class Photo
Services for developing ?

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15. The photo services compensated her ______________ for the loss in the
end.

Questions 16-20

Choose the correct letter, A-D.

16. What is the problem that many listeners write about?

A. Sale prices.

B. Bad quality stuff.

C. Faulty goods.

D. Bad assistant.

17. How much was the sale price of the belt that Mr Alvin liked?

A. $200.

B. $100.

C. $150.

D. $300.

18. Why should the consumer make a complaint about bad articles or service?

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A. To cause a fuss.

B. It won’t do what is claimed for.

C. Ask the shopkeeper for a favour.

D. The shopkeeper should be responsible for it.

19. What should a consumer do when complaining in person?

A. Get a receipt for what you buy.

B. Speak to someone in authority.

C. Talk directly to the assistant.

D. Ask to see the seller.

20. What should a customer do when complaining on the phone?

A. Speak directly to the owner.

B. Ask for the manager.

C. Write a complaining letter.

D. Find out with whom you discuss the matter.

SECTION 3

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Questions 21-22

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Student Record Card

Name: David Simons

Address: 15 Market Ave., Hornsby

Student Number: 21 _______________

Prerequisites completed

YES NO

Screen Studies Course: √

18 credit points: √

If no, reasons:
22______________

Question 23

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Complete the notes below.

Write TWO DATES for the answer,

23. The final date of the examination should be _______ or __________

Questions 24-25

Choose the correct letters, A-D.

24. Dr Richardson explains that the set exercises

A. require reference to a wide range of resources.

B. should be at least 250 words in length.

C. focus on key terms and concepts in media studies.

D. do not have answers.

25. Dr Richardson explains that essays 1 and 2

A. are to be the same length.

B. should both be analytical.

C. both emphasize studies of audiences.

D. should be especially easy for David.

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Questions 26-28

Complete the table by writing ONE or TWO appropriate letters (M, T, A or


J) as explained below.

mechanical M

theoretical T

analytical A

journalistic J

How does Dr Richardson describe each of the assignments ?

Assignments Description

Set exercises 26____________

Assignment 1 27____________

Assignment 2 A (Example)

Assignment 3 28____________

Question 29

Choose the correct answer.

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29. Which two time slots does Dr Richardson suggest David use for his essay?

A. The six o’clock and the midmorning.

B. The breakfast and the six o’clock.

C. The midmorning and midnight.

D. The midday and the ten o’clock.

Question 30

Answer the question below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for the answer.

30. What will David do before he decides which part of the programmes to
use?

SECTION 4
Question 31

Choose the correct letter, A – C.

31. What does John Upton compare a computer virus to?

A. A biological organism.

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B. A corrupt programme.

C. An irritating person.

Questions 32-35

Complete the flow chart. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for
each answer.

Question 36

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Choose the correct letter, A-C.

1. What does the speaker find surprising?


A. The rise in the number of software infections.
B. The determination of those who develop viruses.
C. The fact that people blame their own computers.

Questions 37-40

List FOUR ways of combating viruses. Write NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

37 _____________________________

38 _____________________________

39 _____________________________

40 _____________________________

Answer keys:
1. (the) Water Treatment Plant

2. 8 o’clock/ 8 am

3. 2.5 hours

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4. visit (the) dam / see dam functioning

5. (a) youth hostel

6. breakfast (and) supper / evening meal ‘ .

7. 600

8-10. B; E; F (in any order)

11. Consumer’s Choice

12. Patty Ching

13. 10 roll of films/ 360 photos

14. vanished / disappeared

15. $2,000 /2,000 dollars

16. A

17. B

18. D

19. B

20. D

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21. C97H85

22. has / got an exemption /(has) practical experience

23. June 20(th); June 25{th) (in either order)

24. C

25. B

26. M

27. T ; A (in either order)

28. J

29. A

30. collect a sample / collect sample programmes

31. A

32. (the) first model

33. Core Wars

34. entertainment

35. pastime

36. 6
37-40. be (very) careful; avoid trouble; understand them / viruses; be (well)
prepared (in any order).

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BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
In this section you will hear a conversation between Rachel and Cesar. They
are discussing a field trip for the following week.

You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. On this
occasion only the conversation relating to this will be played first.

R = Rachel; C = Cesar

R: Hi, Cesar. How are you?

C: Good, thanks, Rachel. I’m fine. I was going to ring you tonight so it’s a good
thing I’ve run into you. I wanted to […………………………….]vou about the
field trip – the two day field trip next week.

R: What field trip?

C: The […………………………….]field trip to the Warragamba Dam and the


Water[…………………………….]Plant. It’s a […………………………….]part of
the first year[…………………………….]Science course. Didn’t you know about
it?

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R: Nol I must have missed that piece of information; this is news to mel But
give me the details, please!

C: Sure! Well, we have to meet outside the Library next Monday at 7 in the
morning or vou can meet us at 7:45 at the bus station in time to catch
the […………………………….]which departs at 8 o’clock.

R: Oh, alright. And how long does it take to get to this place?

C: Well, once we’re on the […………………………….], it will take


about[…………………………….]. Er…, no! Actually more like two and a half
hours at that time of day. And it could take as long as three hours to come back
the next day because of the evening traffic.

R: And what’s the […………………………….]of the trip?

C: Didn’t you get the course outline? You don’t seem to know anything about
this course!

R: Well, remember, I only started at the university a month ago, so I joined the
course two weeks late and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since!

C: Oh, of course! Well, we spend the first day visiting the dam. I believe we
actually go inside the wall of the dam, which is really quite [……………….]– to
see the dam[………………….], you know, how much they […………………….]
the water supply each day, depending on how much water is
needed […………………………….]in Sydney.

R: Oh. OK. And um, so, if this is a two-day trip, where are we staying? Not
camping by the dam, I hope!

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C: No, no. Not camping. They do actually have some […………………………….]
cabins near the dam for visiting groups, but we’re spending the night in a
youth hostel, in a town nearby. That’s all been […………………………….]by the
university.

R: And what about meals? Should we take our own food along?

C: No, you won’t need to do that. The […………………………….]provides two


meals, breakfast and an evening meal and we can find a cheap place to buy
lunch.

R: Greatl So, is this the only dam that […………………………….]water for


Sydney?

C: There are a couple of others too, but this is the main one.

R: Well, with a population of over four and a half million people, I suppose we
douse thousands of litres each day.

C: Absolutelyl In fact, […………………………….]to my notes here, they pump


the water through something like […………………………….]of pipes and
canals and store the water in 262 service[…………………………….]. And each
day we use enough water to fill[…………………………….]Olympic swimming
pools.

R: And what’s happening on the second day?

C: Urn…well, we’re coming back to town and going to the Water Treatment
Plant to see how they[…………………………….]the water for drinking.

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R: Oh, that should actually be quite interesting. I’ll bring my [……………….].

C: Yes, that’s a good idea because we’re […………………………….]to include


original photos for the final piece of work at the end of the course. And make
sure you bring a notebook and pen or pencil.

R: OK. I’ll do that.

C: You’ll probably need some good walking shoes and spare clothes, too. And I
would[…………………………….] that vou bring a […………………………….]
coat of some sort because the chances of it raining are pretty good next week.
And a hat, perhaps?

R: Sorry, nol I draw the line at a hat!

C: Fair enough. And by the way, do vou have a […………………………….]?

R: I do actually.

C: Well, bring that along because that way we can [………………….] more
easily.

R: Provided that mobiles work up there, of coursel

C: That’s a pointl

R: Do I need a map?

C: No, I wouldn’t bother. We won’t need to do any map reading.

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R: OK, then. See you on Monday, and thanks very much for letting me know.

SECTION 2
You will hear an extract from a radio programme called ‘Consumer’s Choice’
which gives advice to consumers on how to make complaints.

D = Denis; W – Wendy

D: Hello, everyone. Welcome again to ‘Consumer’s Choice1, which is the last in


our present series. Isn’t that right, Wendy?

W: Yes, that’s right. But we’ll be back again after summer break with
a[…………………………….]. We’ll tell you more about that later. But, first, in
today’s[…………….], we start off with the missing […………………………….].
We’ll tell you a story of Miss Patty Ching, one of our [……………………….].
We’ll tell you how she has[…………………………….]for our ‘Consumer of the
Month’ award with her[…………………………….]. Denis?

D: Thank you, Wendy. Well, Miss Patty Ching went on a holiday to Europe last
month. This was her first ever trip abroad and one for which she’d been saving
for […………………………….]. Her tour took her around 12 countries in 21
days. And being a keen […………………………….], she took lots of
photographs; 10 rolls of film, to be exact. About […………………………….].
When Patty got back home, she gave all her photos to Top-Class Photo Services
for developing. And they […………………….]. She never saw them again. Of
course, she was furious with the company and […………………………….]. They
apologised and offered her[…………………………….]: 10 free rolls of film. This
made her even more angry. And she[…………………………….]this
completely […………………………….]offer and asked

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for[…………………………….]. The company refused her request. So Patty
wrote them a letter, telling them to pay up in 10 days or she would take them
to court. She received no reply. So she did take them to court.
But […………………………….]before the case was due to be heard, she
received a cheque for […………………………….]. Top- Class had obviously
made their minds up on how the judge would decide. Patty’s case provides a
lesson to all of us. If we want our rights as[…………………………….], we’ve got
to fight for them. So for her […………………………….]and spirit we name
Patty our ‘Consumer of the Month.’

W: Thank you, Denis. And now I’d like to deal with the problem that many of
our[……………………….] write about – sale prices. When we go to a sale and
see a sign on something saying …………….] off or [……………….]reduced to
100, how do we know the prices really have been reduced? One of our
listeners, Mr Alvin Lok tells his story: ‘In a department store where I
sometimes shopped, I saw a leather belt priced at[…………………………….],
too expensive to me. But I liked it and thought I might buy it next time the
store had a sale. The store did have a sale. And I went back to look for the belt.
It was there all right, but the […………………………….]on it now read 200
dollars reduced to 150. The sale price was actually higher than
the […………………………….]/ What can we, as consumers, do in a case like
this? The answer to Alvin’s question is that at the moment all we can do is
to[…………………………….]to the store’s […………………………….]and bring
these cases to the attention of the public. Bad […………………………….]might
help to put a stop to this[…………………………….]practice. Of course making a
fuss about[…………………………….]goods or bad service is never easy. Most
people dislike making a fuss. But if something you have bought is faulty or
does not do what was claimed for it, you are not asking for a favour to get it
right. It is the shopkeeper’s […………………………….]to take the complaint
seriously and to replace or repair a faulty […………………………….]or put

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right poor service, because he is the person with whom you have entered into
an agreement. The[…………………………….]may have a part to play but that
comes later. So it’s quite proper and reasonable to make a complaint about
faulty goods or bad service.

D: Well, Wendy, what do you think is the right way to do that?

W: Well, the most important thing about making […………………………….], I


think, is that they should be made to a […………………………….]person in
authority. Go back to the shop where you bought the goods, taking with you
any [……………….] you may have. Ask to see the shop [……………………….]
in a large store. In a small store the assistant may also be the owner or you
can […………………………….]directly. In a chain store ask to see the manager.
If you telephone, ask the name of the person who […………………………….]
your enquiry, otherwise vou may never find out who dealt with the complaint
later.

Even the […………………………….]person finds it difficult to stand up in a


group of people to complain, so if you do not want to do it in person, write a
letter. Stick to the facts and keep a copy of what you write. At this stage you
should give any […………………………….], but you should not need to give
receipts or other papers to prove you bought the […………………………….]. If
you are not […………………………….]with the answer you get, or if you do not
get a reply, write to the managing director of the firm, shop,
or […………………………….]. Be sure to keep copies of your own letters and
any you receive.

D: Well, thank you for your good advice. It’s nice for every [………………….] to
take an action when he or she gets bad goods or service. And of course, the
Consumer’s Choice will continue to press for the government to bring in laws

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similar to those in other countries to[…………………………….]consumers by
making it […………………………….]to cheat them in this way. And now I’d like
to tell you about our new consumer […………………………….]which came into
operation last month. So far we have received…

SECTION 3
You will hear Dr Richardson discussing the requirements of a course and the
writing of an essay with a student.

R = Dr Richardson; D = David Simons

[doorbell rings]

R: Enter, please.

D: Good afternoon, Dr Richardson.

R: Good afternoon. You’re David Simons, is that right? .

D: Yes. I’ve an appointment to talk about the course […………………….]with


you.

R: Fine. Now why don’t you take a seat over there and I’ll just get some details
from you. First, can I have your home address and your student number?

D: That’s 15 Market Avenue, Hornsby and my student number


is […………………….].

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R: OK. Now I see here that you’ve already completed 18 […………………….],
but that you haven’t done the Screen Studies course which is normally
a […………………………….]for this course. Why is that, David?

D: Oh, the course coordinator gave me an […………………………….]because


I’ve worked for a couple of years in the movie and television business and
they […………………………….]mv practical experience fulfilled the same
requirements.

R: Fine. Shall we go over the course requirements first, and then you can bring
up any queries or problems you might have. It might be most useful to start
with a few dates. The final examination will be in the last week of lune, that’s
the week of the […………………………….]. But the final date hasn’t been set It
should be the 25th or the 20th.But you don’t have to worry about that yet.
Before that, as you can see in your study guide, there are[…………………….]
assignments and some set exercises. I’ll deal with these first. These set
exercises are […………………………….]with defining concepts and key terms.
They do have fixed answers not in the wording but in the content. To that
extent they are quite[…………………………….], and provide
an […………………………….]for you to do very well as long as your answers
are very specific and clear.

D: Yes, I see there are about twenty terms here. How long should the answers
be?

R: You shouldn’t exceed […………………………….]for each term.

D: Right, that looks easy enough. And the third assignment seems
fairly[…………………………….]too. lust a […………………………….]type

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review of a recent development in television. It’s not so different from what
I’ve done in my work.

R: Yes, it should be fairly easy for you, but don’t exceed […………………….] on
that one. Essays 1 and 2 are the long ones. The first essay should be about
2,000 words and the second 2,500 to 3,000, and
the […………………………….]for both should be […………………………….]. In
the first one, your focus should be on TV and the audience, and you
should[………………….] consider the theoretical issues, […………………….] in
relation to trying to understand […………………………….]studies. In the
second, I’ll want you to focus on analysing television programmes.

D: Should I concentrate on one particular type of programme for that?

R: Not necessarily. But you must be careful not to […………………………….]


yourself here. A[…………………………….]between two programmes or even
between two channels is fine, or a focus on one type of programme, such as a
particular series, works well here.

S: So if I wanted to look at […………………………….]news programmes, that


would be OK? ‘

R: Yes, there would be no problem with that. In fact it’s quite a popular choice,
and most students […………………………….]it very well.

S: Good. I’ll probably do that, because it’s the area I want to work in later.

Later during the course, Dr Richardson gives David some advice and warnings
about his essay.

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[doorbell rings]

R: Ah, come in and sit down, David. You wanted to talk to me about your
second essay, is that right?

D: Yes, Dr Richardson. I just want your comments on what I’m planning to do.
I’m doing the essay on the differences between TV news […………………….] at
different hours of the day.

R: How many time slots are you planning to consider?

D: Well, I think I’d look at all of them. That’d be five slots. The breakfast news,
the[…………………………….]news and the midday news, that’s three. Then
there’s the[…………………………….]news, then ten o’clock and midnight
programmes, so thats six, not five.

R: Mm, that’s rather a lot. And you’d have a lot of different [………………….]
to consider. Why don’t you just do two. Say the midmorning and then six
o’clock? That should give you two fairly contrasting […………………………….]
with two main audience […………………………….].

D: Oh, just two then?

R: Yes, I think that’d be much better. Now how many actual programmes do
you plan to work with?

D: I suppose you think analysing a whole week of news programmes would be


too many.

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R: Well, that depends on how much of each programme, if you […………….]
on one particular type of news item, say the sports news or local items, it might
be alright.

D: Yes, I can see that would be a good idea. I won’t make a decision now,
before I collect a sample of programmes over a whole week. I’ll look at them
and see what items appear[…………………………….]the week.

R: Yes, that’s a sound approach. Now we’re getting close to the deadline. Can
you finish it in time?

D: Yes, I think so. I’ve […………………………….]the reading and I know what


my basic approaches, so it’s really just a […………………………….]of pulling it
all together now.

R: Fine, David. I’ll look forward to reading it.

SECTION 4

You will hear an extract from a students presentation about computer


viruses.

T = Tutor; J = John Upton

T: Well, good afternoon. Last week we were looking at the [………………….]


effects that computers have had on our […………………………….]. This week
we’ll talk about one of the negatives – computer […………………………….]. In
today’s session John Upton will be sharing some of the findings of
his […………………………….]project. So, over to you, John…

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J: Thanks. Mr Yardley asked me to talk to you about the project I did from last
term. Actually, it’s really very […………………………….]to do this research
project about computer viruses. OK. So what is a computer virus? Well, it is a
software […………………………….]that has been designed, tested
and […………………………….]by a human programmer with the
single[…………………………….]of corrupting and destroying useful
programmes. Put in simple terms, it’s away of causing lots of trouble
for […………………………….]people, just to be a[…………………………….]!
It’s known as a virus because, although it’s not
a[…………………………….]organism, it functions in a similar wav, in that it
seeks out a host; that is, a body, in which to live and multiply – your computer
– with the end result of[…………………………….]that host.

Let’s go back 50 years. In […………………………….]in the early days of


computer technology, John Van Neumann […………………………….]the first
model of a computer virus programme in his paper Theory
and […………………………….]of Complicated Automata. Soon after this paper
was […………………………….], we find reference to a game known as ‘Core
Wars’. Core Wars was initially created for intellectual entertainment by three
Americans working on large[…………………………….]computers. Remember,
in those days computers were the size of a couple of rooms. By
the [……………….] for the small sum of $2[…………………………….]anyone
could get details on how to play ‘Core Wars’ and very soon after, we see
the […………………………….]of a new pastime, one where people spent time
creating […………………………….]that could […………………………….]the
game and destroy other programmes. In this way, the first computer viruses
were born.

Like their […………………………….]counterparts, computer viruses are picked


up through[…………………………….]habits. Virus programmes are

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often […………………………….]placed within useful programmes in the public
domain, or they’re included in software which is not official – that is software
you might have […………………………….]on the black market, which, of
course you don’t do!

It seems quite hard to […………………………….]that anyone would go to this


level of deceit to[…………………………….]corrupt the data of others, but the
rise in the number of computer software […………………………….], and the
amount of lost data that we are seeing these days, is proof that these virus
programmers are going to […………………………….]to do just that. They are
going out of their wav to create programmesthat hide
inside[…………………………….]software applications and cause all sorts of
errors that the[…………………………….]end – user will then mistake
for […………………………….]failure – in other words they will think that the
problem lies with their own computer.

So, what can we do to combat these people? Well, the first thing is
to[…………………………….]that virus
programmers […………………………….]because people are not always careful
about where they get their programmes from. So, number one, be very careful.
And I don’t just mean that you should be careful about the source of
your[…………………………….], you also need to take care with e-mails and
avoid any messages which are […………………………….]looking. For instance
a message that says ‘I love you1 or ‘win $50’. So the second golden rule is
‘[…………………………….]. Now there are other things we can do to protect
ourselves. We can try to find out exactly how the viruses work, how
they[…………………………….]their aims. In other words, we need to
understand them. And, of course, there is a good selection of anti-virus
software available on the market now as well as on the Internet
to […………………………….]the virus [………………….], so another way of

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protecting ourselves and our computers is to be well [………………….]. And
before I leave you, let me just say that if you ever run into one of
those […………………………….], tell them what you think of them!

IELTS Listening Practice Test 16


SECTION 1
Questions 1-10

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

ORDER FORM

Example Answer

Reason for calf: problems with WEBSITE

Name: 1________________ Freeman

Title of book: 2________________

Author: Richard 3_______________

Type of book: 4________________

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Price: 5 £_______________

Payment method: 6 _______________

Delivery address: 7_______________ , London N22

Delivery type: 8 _______________

Delivery date: 9 _______________

Delivery instructions: If out leave with a 10 ___________

SECTION 2
Questions 11-16

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. What will wake people up in the home of the future?

A. Body temperature.

B. The sound of an alarm clock.

C. The movement of the bed.

12. What will shoes be able to do by themselves?

A. Walk faster.

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B. Play music.

C. Float on air.

13. What kind of clothes will people be wearing?

A. Clothes that make us more intelligent.

B. Clothes that can interpret how we are feeling.

C. Clothes that are powered by electricity.

14. What can the house do?

A. Control the shower temperature.

B. Turn off the taps.

C. Wash your back.

15. What will the Internet be able to do?

A. Understand when you are worried

B. Project what’s in your fridge.

C. Help find something youVe lost.

16. What will the fridge do when people are low on milk?

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A. Deliver the milk.

B. Send an email to the shop.

C. Defrost some in the freezer.

Questions 17-20

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter, A-F, next to questions 17-20.

The living room of the future

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Choose FIVE letters, A-H.

Which FIVE things has Sally already done?

A. emailed four businesses E. read A Starting Success

B. written up results F. skimmed a document

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C. contacted three businesses G. borrowed a book

D. started writing the assignment H. researched data

Questions 26-30

Complete the flow-chart below.

Choose FIVE answers from the box and choose the correct letter, A-G, for
questions 26-30.

A. beginning

B. choices

C. document

D. language

E. opening

F. questions

G. scales

How to write a questionnaire

Keep your 26______________ simple

Try to make the 27_____________ of the document interesting.

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Make sure that the 28________________ uses standard terms that aren’t
too formal or informal

Limit or avoid open questions.

Use simple 29_______________ to make it quicker for the recipient.

Put your 30_______________ in a logical order.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Impact of Urbanization

The effects of urbanization:

Example: in the U.S.

only 31______________ of land built on

loss of 32_____________ far larger

Could impact on world 33_____________ in future


Research methods:

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a weather 34______________ for clouds was used

land use divided into 35__________________.

data used to calculate the 36_______________ of all areas


Results:

urban areas often built on the 37__________________.

a second study confirmed that prime land is being converted

38__________________ of vegetation is lost per annum


The future:

countries such as 39_______________and need to do investigations

stop investing in infrastructure in areas of fertile land

encourage people to move by giving them 40__________________.

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION1
(H=helpdesk worker,’ C=customer)

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H: Good morning. How can I help?

C- I’d like some help with […………………………….]a book. I’ve tried your
website, but it says it’s offline at the moment and to call this number.

H:’ Oh yes. I do […………………………….]. We’ve been having


some[…………………………….]with it, but I can take the order over the phone
if you like.

C: That would be great. It’s a gift you see.

H: Can I take your name please?

C: Yes, of course. It’s […………………………….].

H: Is that Zara with an ‘s’ or a ‘z’?

C: With a ‘Z’. Z-A-R-A.

H: Just writing that down. Right. What was the title of the book you’d like me
to order?

C: I think it’s called Future Words… no hang on, sorry that’s Future Worlds.

H: OK, just typing that in … I can’t seem to find it. Do you know the name of
the[…………………………….]? I’ll do a search.

C: Yes, it’s by a man called Richard Watson.

H: Watson as in W-A-T-S-O-N?

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C: Yes, that’s right.

H: Oh yes, here it is. It’s only just been […………………………….]. It’s a self-
help book. Is that right?

C: Yes.

H: Now, it costs £12.99.

C: Yep, that’s fine.

H: OK. How would you like to pay?

C: Is a […………………………….]OK?

H: No, sorry. We only accept […………………………….].

C: Oh dear … Em, Just let me check to see if I have it with me … Oh yes, here it
is.

H: Can you read me the…[…………………………….]H: Right almost done.


Now, I just need the[…………………………….]details.

C: Right. I’ve got my friend’s address here. It’s62 Green Gardens, London
N22.

H: Just typing that in … […………………………….].

C: No, it’s number 62.

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H: Now what kind of delivery would you like?

C: What are the options?

H- There are two. The free delivery option takes five days or you can pay an
extra[…………………………….]to have it sent out first class tomorrow. That
would come to a total of[…………………………….].

C: Umm … Well my friend’s birthday is next week, so it should get there in


time with the free delivery so I think I’ll take that.

H: Right. That means that it will be […………………………….]on the 21st


February anytime from 8 am to 6 pm. Is that OK?

C-‘ Well, I know my friend leaves early for work, so would it be possible for
him to pick it up from the local post office […………………………….]?

H: I’m afraid that won’t be possible but I could add some


special […………………………….]for it to be left with someone else, a
neighbour perhaps?

C: Actually, yes. I have met the old lady who lives next door and she’s bound to
be home. Could you leave it with her?

H: Fine. I’ll add that if he’s not home then the [……………………….]should be
left with the neighbour.

C’ That’s great! Thanks very much for your help.

H- My pleasure. Thank you for …

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SECTION 2
Welcome to the Homes of the Future online […………………………….]. I will
be your virtual guide around the homes you could soon be living in. Let’s begin
our tour in the bedroom. Firstly, the bed is […………………………….]to gently
rock you awake in the mornings. There’ll be no more rude […………………….]
by an alarm clock, and it will also know what time you need to wake up as it
will get that information directly from your Personal Digital[………………….],
that is, your PDA, which will be inserted into you.

Let’s move to the […………………………….]. Those are vour musical shoes that
generate music while you walk. The music will change according to how fast
you’re walking; calm music for a[…………………………….]stroll
and [………………….] beats for when you’re in a hurry. You’ll feel like you’re
walking on air. What’s more, vour clothes are also[…………………………….].
They sense how you’re feeling and then change colour.
The[…………………………….]that they’re made of also converts your body
heat into a[…………………………….]electricity generator for some of
the […………………………….]that are now inside you, like your PDA, for
example.

Moving on to the bathroom … So. after waking up. you need a shower. There’s
no need to turn on any taps as the house will know exactly
what […………………………….]you like the water in the mornings, though
you’ll still have to wash yourself!

From the bathroom, we move into the kitchen. Now, we’ve all had
that[…………………………….]feeling when you can’t find your keys just as
you’re about to go out. Well, in the home of the future you wouldn’t need
to […………………………….], all vou need to do is an Internet search. All items

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are now […………………………….]with a tracking device so that they will light
up and […………………………….]to vou where they are. Just in case the object
is […………………………….], the house will project its position on your fridge.

Speaking of your fridge, this is now as […………………………….]as your


clothes. Not only does it keep a record of when you’re running low on
everyday […………………………….] like milk, but it emails vour
local [……………………….] store, which will […………………………….]them
for you. It can also help with planning meals if you have friends over for dinner
by moving the chicken from the […………………………….]so that it’ll thaw in
time.

Lastly, here we are in the living area, which, you’ll be pleased to hear, is still
the heart of the family home. Let’s enter the room. Now, to the left of
the […………………………….]is the main seating area with a sofa, and
directly […………………………….]the entrance is an[…………………………….].
The sofa backs onto the wall and the armchair faces to the left, across
the […………………………….]table to a blank wall. So. ‘where is the TV?’ I hear
vou ask. Well, this entire wall is the television. The whole thing is
a […………………………….]screen designed to show your TV, surf the Internet
or, when it’s not in use, it displays anything you want it to from family pictures
to […………………………….]works of art.

On the opposite wall to the sofa is a […………………………….], which still has


a real fire nothing beats that now, does it? But the rug in front of the fire now
also […………………………….]the temperature, and either opens or closes
the […………………………….], so as not to overheat the room. It still has its
normal uses though, as you can see, the cat likes it very much and
is[…………………………….]up on it, happy as can be.

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What else is on offer? Well, for entertainment the family still reads books, so
there is a[…………………………….]on the wall to the right of the entrance. But
what about the computer? Well, it’s inside your head and [………………….] by
those intelligent clothes you’re wearing. Imagine this: as you’re sitting relaxing
on the armchair, you’ll be able to reach out and put your hot drink on the
coffee table in front of the armchair. You[…………………………….]remember
that you need to send work an email. That same coffee table holding vour cup
is also a touch […………………………….]keyboard for you to type your email
and then click ‘send’. All you need to do to […………………………….]it is say
’email’ and the image of a keyboard will appear.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour around the home of the future and that
you’ll come visit again soon. Bye-bye.

SECTION 3
(S = Sally! P = Professor James)

S: Hi Professor James, have yougot a minute? You see I’m having a bit of
trouble getting started on my graduate […………………………….] assignment.

P: Well, ok, as long as it doesn’t take longer than […………………………….]as I


have ameeting to get to at […………………………….].

S: Yep fine. It shouldn’t take long atall.

P: OK, Sally. Tell me what you’ve done so far and we’ll go from there.

S: Well, as you suggested I chose three local businesses and [……………….]


them via telephone to introduce myself.

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P: That’s good.

S: Well, the thing is, I couldn’t get past the […………………………….]of two of
them .Do you have any suggestions?

P: What about following up with a letter stating what time you’ll be calling
again?

S- Oh, that’s a good idea. I hadn’t thought of that.

P: So, tell me about the one you have contacted.

S” Right, well, he was very […………………………….]actually. He received the


survey I[…………………………….]him and has already sent it back. I’ve had a
very quick look at it. but haven’t had a […………………………….]to write it up
vet.

P: So far so good. Carry on …

S: Well, apart from that, I’ve also found a lot of […………………………….]that


exist on the starting […………………………….]graduates begin on once they
finish studying. There’s some really interesting stuff out there. Did you know,
for example, that your[…………………………….]engineer earns nearly as much
as a[…………………………….]graduate?

P: Yes, I did.

S: Gosh, I had no idea.

P: Having second thoughts about a career in human resources are we?

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S: No, but I was […………………………….]. Anyway, getting back to where I
was. I’ve gone to the library, but the books you […………………………….]have
already been taken out, apart from one that is, it’s called … A Starting Success.
I haven’t read it vet, but I’ve taken it out and it’s on mv list of things to Hn

P- Have you come up with a plan yet?

S: Yes, and I’ve written mv […………………………….]as well as my


introduction, but that’s where I’ve got […………………………….]. I don’t really
know how I’m going to be able to present all of the information as there’s so
much of it…

P: Well firstly, I’d recommend you start with […………………………….]what


the employer said. Now can I have a look at the […………………………….]you
wrote?

S: Yes, here it is.

P: Thanks … Oh dear. Well it’s no wonder you’re […………………………….]


with information. You’ve […………………………….]a lot of information, which
can be overwhelming.

S: Oh dear! That took me ages… and does that mean I can’t use it?

P: Afraid so … but don’t worry if you’ve got a pen and paper, I’ll quickly give
you some[…………………………….], and then you can re-jig it to get the
information you’re looking for.

S: OK, just a minute … I know there’s a pen in here somewhere. OK, got it.

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P: Right, well, first and foremost you need to be clear. There’s no point having
a[…………………………….]worded document […………………………….]that
no one understands. Use language that is simple.

S: Right, got that. What next?

P: You need to catch the reader’s attention at the start of the document.

And vou need to find the right […………………………….]between formal and


informal language. Your […………………………….]isn’t an official document,
but more of a living one that serves a[…………………………….], so neutral
language is best.

S: OK, just writing that down … OK.

P: The next one’s what your […………………………….]was this time – try not
to use open- ended questions, or you’ll find it impossible to [………………….]
your results.

S: Yep, I think I’ve learned my lesson there. What else?

P: Scales really do make the job of completing the […………………………….]


easier for , the[…………………………….]by saving them lots of time
and […………………………….]writing. ‘[…………………………….]

S: I take your point. Anything else?

P: Ah ha. One last thing, make sure you’ve thought about the logic of your
questions. There’s nothing worse than trying to make choices about things that
seem to have.no order.

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S: Right… got it. I see where I went wrong now and will try to do better next
time.

P: Don’t worry. It’s a very easy […………………………….]to make, and one that
many people come […………………………….]the first time they do this kind
of […………………………….]. OK, Sally, I really must rush. I’m late for
my […………………………….].

S: Of course, thanks for your help. I’ll see you in class tomorrow. Bye!

SECTION4

Hi, good morning everyone. I’m here today to present my findings on the
process of[………………….] and its impact on the […………………………….].
As you know, urbanization […………………………….]the movement of people
from the countryside to the cities. As this […………………………….]continues,
the cities of the world continue to grow. I will[…………………………….]how
this growth is eating away at the planet’s most[…………………………….]land.

My research has focused on two studies that looked at land use in


the […………………………….]. These have shown that since
its […………………………….], only three per cent of all land in the United
States has been built on. However, the same studies have also shown that
the[………………….] loss of productive land is […………………………….]
much, much greater. This isn’t so much of a problem in America as it has a
relatively low ratio of people to land. However, most other countries are not so
blessed, the impact of which could have dire[…………………………….]for the
future. The real […………………………….]here is if this pattern were to
be […………………………….]by developing countries, it could have a major
effect on the world’s food supplies in the next […………………………….].

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In order to reach this conclusion, several research methods
were [……………….]. A group of scientists in the United States used a
weather […………………………….] that normally maps […………………….]
cloud cover at night. However, on nights when there were no clouds, they used
the satellite to map the generation of heat from city lights. They then took the
data and […………………………….] land use into three […………………….]
urban,[…………………………….]and non-urban land use. Next,
they […………………………….]how active the vegetation is in each region by
using different satellites. When they combined this information
with […………………………….]statistics and weather conditions, they came up
with a number for total […………………………….]for all areas.

So what did the results of this process of land […………………………….]show?


Well, firstly, they proved that although only a tiny […………………………….]of
the land in the United States is urbanized, and […………………………….]of
land is used for agricultural[…………………………….], the land which has
been built on actually has the best soils. These were
independently […………………………….]by a second team of scientists in San
Francisco, whose results show that this process is happening even faster in
the[…………………………….]corner of the United States. This means that land
that is extremely productive from an […………………………….]point of view, is
being taken over by lawns, golf courses and a few scattered trees. As a direct
result of urbanization, the researchers in[…………………………….]calculated
that every year £1 million tonnes of plants are ‘lost’ in the U.S.

So what does this mean for the future? Well, I have come up with some of my
own ideas for[…………………………….]. Countries should calculate whether
urbanization is happening on their […………………………….]lands too;
especially if they have large populations[…………………………….]to the
amount of land available, like India and China, for example. If it is, then every

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effort should be made to stop the process from happening. This can be done in
many ways. One of them is to stop investing in the […………………………….]of
those areas. If people don’t have the facilities they need, they won’t want to live
there. But in my[…………………………….], the main solution here is to offer
people financial[…………………………….]to move away from fertile land to
areas that are less valuable in agricultural terms.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my […………………………….]this morning. Thanks for


your kind attention. I will now take any questions…

IELTS Listening Practice Test 17


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR A FIGURE for each answer.

1. On which day and date does the woman want to fly to Toronto?

2. What class does the woman want to fly in?

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3. What is the lowest price for a ticket on the days the customer has chosen?

4. What do the ticket prices include?

Questions 5-8

Complete the following information about the flight times using NO MORE
THAN ONE WORD OR A TIME for each gap.

Outward flight Return flight


Airline Stopover
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival

Air Canada 10:00 10:00 16:00 18:00 Vancouver

Qantas 5 _______ 10:15 9:00 11:00 6 ______

Pacific 7 _______ 11:15 8 _______ 06:10 Los Angeles

Questions 9-10

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer

9. What is the customer’s full name?

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10. Which company does she work for?

SECTION 2
Questions 11-14

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

11. A tenancy agreement is a ______________ between the tenant and the


landlord.

12. An assured short-hold tenancy means that your landlord cannot ask you to
leave without a good reason during the ____________________.

13. Tenants should keep a __________________ of the tenancy agreement.

14. ____________________ is a list of all the items in the property.

Questions 15-17

Decide which THREE of the following statements about deposits are correct
and write the appropriate letters on your answer sheet in any order.

A. They are special to England. ‘

B. They are generally equal to one months’rent.-. ,

C. They can be used instead of one months’rent.

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D. They can cover unpaid bills when you leave accommodation.

E. They can cover the cost of damage to furniture.

F. They are not payable when you use an accommodation agency.

G. They can cover the legal costs of tenancy disputes.

Questions 18-20

Decide which are THREE ways a landlord can legally evict a tenant (other
than an excluded tenant) and write the appropriate letters on your answer
sheet in any order.

A. By moving into the property.

B. By moving a member of his /her family Into the property.

C. By applying to your educational institution for your eviction.

D. By waiting until the tenancy agreement expires.

E. By giving you notice that you have to leave.

F. By giving you at least 4 weeks’ notice that you have to leave.

C. By getting a court to issue an order for you to leave.

H. By contacting a law centre or the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

21. What did Klara originally want to do her project on?

22. Where can Klara read about housing prices every day?

23. Which facilities might influence housing prices?

24. What did Klara’s friend suggest including information on?

25. Where could Klara get such information from?

Questions 26-30

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each gap.

26. In the middle part, Klara needs to use a ____________________.

27. The professor suggests ___________________ of the bibliography.

28. The professor suggests that headings are _____________________.

29. How much longer does Klara have to finish the project?

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30. What’s the last thing Klara needs to do before giving the professor her
project?

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer

9. What is the customer’s full name?

10. Which company does she work for?

SECTION 2
Questions 11-14

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

11. A tenancy agreement is a _________________ between the tenant and


the landlord.

12. An assured short-hold tenancy means that your landlord cannot ask you to
leave without a good reason during the ____________________.

13. Tenants should keep a ______________________ of the tenancy


agreement.

14. _______________________ is a list of all the items in the property.

Questions 15-17

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Decide which THREE of the following statements about deposits are correct
and write the appropriate letters on your answer sheet in any order.

A. They are special to England. ‘

B. They are generally equal to one months’rent.-. ,

C. They can be used instead of one months’rent.

D. They can cover unpaid bills when you leave accommodation.

E. They can cover the cost of damage to furniture.

F. They are not payable when you use an accommodation agency.

G. They can cover the legal costs of tenancy disputes.

Questions 18-20

Decide which are THREE ways a landlord can legally evict a tenant (other
than an excluded tenant) and write the appropriate letters on your answer
sheet in any order.

A. By moving into the property.

B. By moving a member of his /her family Into the property.

C. By applying to your educational institution for your eviction.

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D. By waiting until the tenancy agreement expires.

E. By giving you notice that you have to leave.

F. By giving you at least 4 weeks’ notice that you have to leave.

C. By getting a court to issue an order for you to leave.

H. By contacting a law centre or the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

21. What did Klara originally want to do her project on?

22. Where can Klara read about housing prices every day?

23. Which facilities might influence housing prices?

24. What did Klara’s friend suggest including information on?

25. Where could Klara get such information from?

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Questions 26-30

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each gap.

26. In the middle part, Klara needs to use a ____________________.

27. The professor suggests ___________________ of the bibliography.

28. The professor suggests that headings are _____________________.

29. How much longer does Klara have to finish the project?

30. What’s the last thing Klara needs to do before giving the professor her
project?

SECTION 4
Questions 37-33

Answer the following information about British Education Scholarships


using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each
gap.

British Education Scholarships

available to all overseas students

for students at 31______________ level

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2000 awarded each year

full award, 32_______________award or partial award

worth up to 33______________
Questions 34-35

Answer the following questions about Commonwealth Scholarships using NO


MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each gap.

34. Where should you apply for this scholarship?

35. How much is each scholarship worth?

Questions 36-35

Complete the following information about Foreign Office Scholarships


using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

Foreign Office Scholarships

awarded jointly by the Foreign Office and HE institutions

usually awarded for 36___________________

not employed by government or 37________________

course must be in field of 38_________________


Questions 39-40

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Answer the following questions about Overseas Students Research Awards
using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

39. Which cost is covered by these awards?____________________

40. Which organization provides these awards?_________________

Answer keys:
1. Thursday 16th
2. business

3. $3200

4. taxes (and) surcharges

5. 13:45 {or 1:45 p.m.)

6. Vancouver

7. 18:15 (or 6:15 p.m.)

8. 22:25 (or 10:25 p.m.)

9. Mary-Anne Reece

10.ABC Stocks

11. written legal agreement

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12. first six months

13. copy

14. An inventory

15-17. IN ANY ORDER

B, D, E

18-20 IN ANY ORDER D, F,G

21. voting patterns

22. (in) newspapers.

23. schools

24. crime rates/ statistics

25. (the) police

26. uniform approach

27. changing the format

28. short

29. a/1 month

30. (final) proofreading

31. postgraduate

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32. fees-only

33. £20000

34. office

35. £5000 to £15000

36. taught postgraduate courses

37. (an) international organisation

38. development

39. fees

40. Ministry of Education

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

Customer: Good morning. I’d like to book a flight to [……………………….],


please.

Travel Agent: Certainly. Flying from Sydney?

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Customer: Yes. On Thursday, please.

Travel Agent: […………………………….]? Right. … There are three flights that


day. Do you prefer flying with any particular […………………………….]?

Customer: I’ve heard that Air Canada is good, but expensive. Is there a
big[…………………………….]in prices between the airlines? I’ll be flying
business class.

Travel Agent: Yes, there is. Air Canada is the most expensive airline
at[…………………………….]for business class depending on the date of return.
Qantas is[…………………………….]and Pacific, the budget airline, charges
between[…………………………….].

Customer: Wow! That’s quite a difference in prices! I’m returning on from


Wednesday 22nd, so could you check the return prices for me?

Travel Agent: Sure. Let me just enter the return date into the computer. … OK.
… Air Canada has tickets for [……………………….]. Qantas has them for
$4200. Pacific has tickets for $3200. Those prices all include taxes
and […………………….].

Customer: OK. Before I make a decision, I would like to know the [………….]
and arrival times – in both directions.

Travel Agent: Of course. Let’s look at Air Canada first. … Leaves Sydney at 10
a.m. and arrives in Toronto at 10 a.m. […………………………….]. There s a
stopover in Vancouver. The Qantas flight leaves Sydney at 13:45 and arrives at
10:15 a.m. There’s also a […………………………….]in Vancouver, but it’s

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shorter than the Air Canada one. Pacific flies via Los Angeles and leaves at
18:15. arriving at 11:55 p.m.

Customer: Oh, that doesn’t sound very […………………………….]– flying by


Pacific, I mean.

Travel Agent: Well, budget airlines do offer cheaper tickets, but they are often
not so[…………………………….]in other ways.

Customer: How about the return flights?

Travel Agent: Let me check. … The Air Canada flight leaves Toronto at 16:00
and arrives at 18:00 local time. The Qantas flight leaves at 9 a.m. and arrives at
11 a.m. local time in Sydney. Pacific … The Pacific flight leaves Toronto at
22:25 and arrives at 06:10 local time in Sydney. Again, not
very […………………………….]timing.

Customer: No, it isn’t. Are the stopovers the same as on the [……………….]
journey?

Travel Agent: Yes, they are.

Customer: Well, I have a business […………………………….]on Wednesday


22nd in the morning, so unfortunately, I can’t take the Qantas flight. The
Pacific flight times are too[…………………………….], so I’ll take the Air
Canada flight, even though it’s more expensive.

Travel Agent: Right. I’ll book that for you, shall I? Do you have your[………….]
with you?

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Customer: Yes, I do. … Here you are.

Travel Agent: Thank you. I’ll just enter your details. … OK, could you just
check this[…………………………….]? Make sure that I’ve spelt your name
correctly and have written your passport number correctly too…. Will you be
paying by […………………………….]?

Customer: Yes, I have a company credit card…. Here you are. … Oh, my name
is Reece with a ‘c’ not an ‘s’.

Travel Agent: Oh, I’m sorry! I’ll correct that. R, double E, C, E.

Customer: And my given names are […………………………….]. Mary hyphen


Anne – with an ‘e’ – oh, you’ve got that. Sorry.

Travel Agent: OK. Mary-Anne, joined together with a hyphen. Is the passport
number OK?

Customer: Yes. Could you give me an […………………………….]invoice,


please? I need it for my company.

Travel Agent: Certainly. Shall I use the company name as it appears on thp
credit card –[…………………………….]?

Customer: Yes.

Travel Agent: OK. Thank you. Could you sign here? … And here? … Thank you.
I’ll just[…………………………….]your ticket.

Customer: Thank you.

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SECTION 2
Presenter: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m here to give you a talk
on[………………….] agreements and other […………………………….]. If you
rent a flat or a house, or bedsit, you will have a ‘tenancy agreement’ or ’lease’.
This is a written legal[…………………………….]between you, the tenant, and
the […………………………….]owner, the[…………………………….]. Tenancy
agreements should normally contain information about the amount of rent,
the length of the tenancy and what rights you and your landlord will have
under the law. In most cases, you will have an ‘[……………………….] short-
hold tenancy’ which means that your landlord cannot ask you to leave without
a […………………………….]during the first six months. Although these rights
offer you some protection, it is still your responsibility to check the tenancy
agreement thoroughly and make sure you agree with the terms. Do not sign
the tenancy agreement if you do not know what all of it means. If you do not
fully understand your rights, show your tenancy agreement to
an […………………………….]in the accommodation office or student welfare
office at your […………………………….]or college and ask for help. You can
also get help from a housing advice centre, law centre or […………………….]
Bureau. When you do sign the tenancy agreement, make sure you get a copy to
keep for yourself, in case you need to check any […………………………….]later
on. The landlord may also, ask you to sign an […………………………….]: a list
of all the items in the property – pieces of[…………………………….], kitchen
items, etc. If so, make sure you get a copy of this as well. Check that it is correct
and that any […………………………….]damage to these items is included
before signing it. If your landlord does not […………………………….]an
inventory, you should make one yourself and send a copy to the landlord.

Let’s take a look at [……………….]. Before you move into private[………….],


you will probably be asked to cay, a deposit[………………….] to one month’s

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rent. Make sure you get a receipt for any deposit or fees you have paid. When
you leave the accommodation, if you have paid all your bills
and[…………………………….] no damage to the […………………………….],
your full deposit will be paid back to you. If you are renting through an
accommodation […………………………….], you may also be asked to pay fees
for preparing tenancy agreements and […………………………….]. You should
also keep a written record of all the rent payments that you make, as you make
them. If you have a […………………………….]with your landlord, or you get
behind with your rent, you should get advice as soon as possible. Remember
that if you live in the same building as your landlord, or you have a room in a
student or […………………………….], or university/college accommodation,
then this will affect how secure your tenancy will be. If you do not share any
living space with the landlord or a member of their family, apart from means
of[……………………….] like an entrance hall or a […………………………….],
or are a student living in halls of […………………………….], or any other type
of accommodation where an educational […………………………….]is the
landlord, you will have basic[…………………………….]from eviction. Your
landlord will have to end your tenancy first, either by waiting for the end of
the […………………………….]term you agreed for the tenancy or by giving you
at least four weeks’ written notice in writing ta.Quit or through getting a court
order, before you have to leave. If you share living space – for example, a
kitchen, living room or bathroom – with your landlord or are in a student or
youth hostel, you will be what is[…………………………….]an excluded tenant’,
which means that you are outside the[…………………………….]of the UK law
which regulates […………………………….]and will not have security of tenure.
All the landlord has to do to evict you is to give you notice, although they must
give you a […………………………….]amount of time in which to leave.

If you have problems with accommodation, contact the accommodation office


or students’ union at your university or college. If you need specialist

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or […………………………….]help, contact a law centre in your local Citizens
Advice Bureau who will be able to tell you your rights as a tenant and the rights
of your landlord.

SECTION 3
Professor: Good morning, Klara. Take a seat. Right, I’ve read your first draft of
your[…………………………….]on housing. Well done.

Klara: Thank you. I know it’s only a first draft though, so I’m sure you have
some[…………….] on how it can be improved. I was very [………………….] at
first, because it wasn’t my first choice of topic. I had wanted to do something
on[…………………………….]patterns, but getting information … well, it didn’t
look[…………………………….]within the time frame.

Professor: Don’t worry. I think that you have made a good choice. Yes,
a[…………………………….]of the factors influencing housing prices. Very
topical!

Klara: Definitely! There seems to be something about [……………………….] in


the newspapers every day. I just wanted to compare the
different [……………….] you know, location, the proximity of [……………….]
such as schools

Professor: As I said, a good choice of topic. Now, the first part is very well
done. You clearly[…………………………….]what you are going to look at, why
and how.

Klara: Do you think that I have covered enough points there?

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Professor: I think so. Did you have anything else in mind – you know,
something else you’d like to cover?

Klara: Well, a friend [……………………….]that I might include crime rates.

Professor: Actually, that’s a very good idea. You might consider it. It is
something that many people take into account – […………………………….]or
otherwise, when choosing a place to live. Nowadays the police
are […………………….] to keep quite detailed[…………………………….]on
crime and you can get them fairly easily. I mean, it’s easy enough to ask for
them, but it might take a while for the police to get them to you.

Klara: OK. I’ll make a note of that – contact police for crime statistics.

Professor: Now, I have to say that I found the […………………………….]part


more difficult to get through.

Klara: Oh! I thought I had done that rather well.

Professor: Don’t worry – it’s not […………………………….]. It’s just that…


well, try to take a uniform […………………………….]. Use one for
each […………………………….]people use when choosing housing. That way,
you’re […………………………….]like with like, rather than different things.

Klara: Ah, I see. So, I should stick with one as far as possible. Yes, that does
seem[…………………………….]. So, I don’t really need to get more data or
write much more? Instead, I need to change … I’ve got it.

Professor: It just makes it a lot easier to read – that’s the main thing.

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Klara: Yes, of course. How about the […………………………….]?

Professor: Based on the information you’ve […………………………….], I think


that you’ve done very well. You’ll have to see if the new information you
include changes your[…………………………….]at all. It probably won’t make a
big difference, but you might see[…………………………….]in some areas.

Klara: OK. Do you think that I used appropriate headings? And is


the[…………………………….]OK? I know that a lot of professors look long and
hard at that, whilst most students think it unimportant.

Professor: Yes, professors find the bibliography very useful – it tells us where
you are getting your information from and whether those sources
are […………………………….]. Your bibliography is fine, but you might
consider changing the format. Here’s a printout of the most
widely […………….] format. You can keep that.

Klara: Thank you. And the headings?

Professor: I made a few notes. Here are some suggestions. Don’t feel that you
have to use them – I won’t be […………………………….]! But some of vour
headings are[…………………………….]whereas others are relatively short – as
they should be.

Klara: Thank you. I’ll take a look at these later.

Professor: How long did you work on the whole thing?

Klara: Well, two months. Perhaps an average of three hours a day – not more
than that. Probably, oh, […………………………….].

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Professor: That’s about what I would recommend. Anything less
than[…………………………….]is going to be […………………………….]to the
project. You’ll probably need another 50 hours’ work on it in total, you’ve still
got a month, so you should manage it easily.

Klara: Yes, a couple of hours a day. Easy!

Professor: I’d suggest that you come back to see me in … oh, about, let’s say,
three weeks’ time? Then you should be […………………………….]finished and
I can have another look before you do your firm proofreading before handing it
in.

Klara: OK. I’ll see you after one of the […………………………….]to make an
appointment. Is that OK?

Professor: Certainly. Thanks, Klara.

Klara: Thank you, professor.

SECTION 4

Presenter: Welcome to this presentation on […………………………….]and


funding. If you are hoping for help with funding your studies in the UK, you
need to get working on this as soon as you can – it is almost impossible to
make […………………………….]for financial support once you have left your
own country. Start by […………………………….]with your own Ministry of
Education or [……………………….] of Education. Your local British Council
office can[…………………………….] details of awards available including those
offered by UK[…………………………….]themselves. You’ll also find
information and a scholarships[…………………………….]on their website. The

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main scholarship schemes available for[…………………………….]students
include British Education Scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarships, Foreign
Office Scholarships and Overseas Students Research Awards.

British Education S-Cholarships are […………………………….]awards


enabling talented international students to study in the UK at […………….]
level. Only students studying for at least one [……………….] year
are […………………………….]. About[…………………………….]new
scholarships are currently awarded each year and there are plans to expand
the programme further. There are […………………….] of scholarship. The first
is a full award, where all the fees, a living […………………………….]and travel
to and from the UK are paid for. Then there is a fees-only award, where all or
part of the fees are paid. Finally, there is a […………………………….]award,
where a […………………………….]of the fees and the allowances are paid. The
value of the scholarship will vary, depending on the type of the award, the
length of the course and the country from which the student comes, but it is up
to a maximum of […………………………….]. Contact the British Council or the
British[…………………………….]in your own country for details. You must
be[…………………………….]in your home country when you apply.

Commonwealth Scholarships are awards mainly for postgraduate study,


although funding for[…………………………….]study may be possible if there
are no suitable undergraduate courses in your home country. You must be
a […………………………….]of a Commonwealth country, including the UK. A
university degree, or […………………………….], is usually required. Apply to
the British Council office in your country. You must be [………………….] in
your own country when you apply. About […………………………….]of these
scholarships are awarded each year and their value ranges from [………….]
to [………….].

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Foreign Office Scholarships are a joint […………………………….]by the
Foreign Office and certain UK higher education […………………………….].
The awards are normally given for taught postgraduate courses. In rare cases,
an award may be made for undergraduate study if the course is not available at
an institution in your home country. They are[…………………………….]by the
Foreign Office and participating UK higher education institutions. You must
normally be under […………………………….]of age. You must be resident in a
developing country, and you must not be currently employed by
your[…………………….] or by aiLinternational […………………………….]–
You should be planning to study a subject related to development and
be […………………………….]in English. Apply directly to one of
the […………………………….]institutions. You can ask for a list of
participating institutions from the British [……………….] in your country or
your local British Council office. Only about […………………………….] of these
awards are made each year and their value ranges from […………………….]
to […………………………….]

Overseas Students Research Awards are awards for full-time [……………….]


study, for a period of one year. They make up the difference between home
and.overseas students’ fees. They are funded by the […………………………….]
of Education. You must be a postgraduate research student at a publicly
funded higher education institution in the UK. You will need
to[…………………….] academic [………………….]and research[…………….].
Application forms are available from UK higher education institutions, so
contact the one where you want to study. For further information, contact the
OSRA office via their website- www.osra.org. Actually, you can email them
at[…………………………….]. On average, 1000 of these scholarships are
awarded each year and the maximum amount is […………………………….]per
scholarship.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 18
SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Complete the following information

Surname 1____________________

Given name Garba

Local address 2____________________

Home address Lagos, Nigeria

Date of birth 3____________________

Course 4____________________

Questions 5-7

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS/NUMBERS for each answer.

5. How many other UK universities have libraries open 24 hours?

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6. What size photocopies are available at the library?

7. How many entries are there on the library database?

Questions 8-10

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

8. It is not necessary to be _______________ on the lower floor of the


library.

9. What is on the upper floor of the library?

10. It is not always necessary to make an appointment to use the


________________ room.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-13

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each gap.

11. Students on courses lasting over a year are usually given until
_________________ to leave the country.

12. You should send your application ______________________ before


your permission expires.

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13. Your application must only include _____________________
documents.

Questions 14-16

Decide which three things ALL applicants MUST send when extending their
leave to remain. Write the appropriate letters in boxes 14, 15 and 16 in any
order.

A. Your passport.

B. Your children’s passports.

C. Your Police Registration Certificate.

D. A letter from your college or university saying that you are on a full-time
course of study, or that you will be beginning one.

E. Bank statements covering the past three months.

F. A recent passport-sized photograph of yourself.

G. Recent passport-sized photos of your children.

Questions 17-20

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR NUMBERS for each answer.

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17. Where can you download the FLRS application form?

________________________

18. Which postal service should you use when sending your application?

________________________

19. Which organization has a 24-hour emergency line?

________________________

20. How long do people have to appeal a decision?

________________________

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO


WORDS for each gap.

21. The professor already knows something about Clare from her
________________.

22. The professor wants to ask Clare about her experience and
___________________.

23. Clare studied ___________________ at University.

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24. Clare felt she would be more _______________________ if she was
further from her family.

25. Clare chose Infrastructure as one of her _____________________


optional courses.

Questions 26-30

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

26. What did Clare want to concentrate on in her studies?

_________________________

27. During which time of the year did she work abroad?

_________________________

28. What didn’t she like in India?

_________________________

29. What did the workers have to remove to make the roads in Sierra Leone?

_________________________

30. What Masters’ course does Clare plan to take?

_________________________

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SECTION 4
Questions 31-35

Complete the information in the table using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

Parts Geography Industries

Manufacturing
mostly lowland upland
England farming services
in 32__________

mountains lochs oil electronics


(33___________) biotechnology
Scotland
31______
UK glens (valleys) fishing forestry

Electronics auto parts


35___________
34___________
Wales healthcare
mountains lakes
professional services

Northern Ireland beautiful countryside tourism

Questions 36-40

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR NUMBERS for each answer.

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36. What kind of weather do many foreigners think Britain has?

________________________

37. Which is the driest month in London?

________________________

38. Which part of Britain tends to be drier?

________________________

39. Where is snow usual in winter?

________________________

40. When is the weather generally most variable?

________________________

Answer keys:
1. Buwal

2. 16 Bridgeway. Road

3. 25th May 1983

4. M.Sc. Engineering

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5. one/1

6. A4

7. (about) half a million/ 500000

8. silent

9. books (and) reports

10. video and DVD

11. 31st October

12. one/1 month

13. (the) original

14-16. IN ANY ORDER A, D,F

17. Home Office website

18. recorded delivery

19. Immigration Advisory Service

20. (a) few days

21. application form

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22. academic background

23. geography

24. independent

25. third year

26. human geography

27. (the) summer

28. (the) climate

29. vegetation

30. Development Studies

31. Great Britain

32. north and west

33. lakes

34. coastline

35. food processing

36. rain (and) fog

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37. April

38. (the) east

39. (parts of) Scotland

40. early spring

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

Student: Good morning. I’d like to join the library, please.

Librarian: Of course. Can I just see your […………………………..]?

Student: Here you are.

Librarian: Thank you. Let me just check – your first name is Garba – G A R B
A – and your surname is Buwal – B U W A L.

Student: That’s right.

Librarian: Can I just get some […………………………..]information from you


for our database? It won’t take long.

Student: Sure.

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Librarian: Could I have your address, please?

Student: Here? In Newtown?

Librarian: Yes.

Student: […………………………..].

Librarian: Is Bridgeway written as one word?

Student: Yes, it is.

Librarian: Thank you. Which city are you from? Just the city – I don’t need
the full address.

Student: I’m from Lagos in Nigeria.

Librarian: And your date of birth?

Student: […………………………..].

Librarian: Which course are you on?

Student: M.Sc. Engineering.

Librarian: Thank you. That’s all the […………………………..]I need. Your


library card will be ready tomorrow. Would you like to pick it up here or shall I
send it to your[…………………………..]?

Student: I’ll pick it up here. Could I just ask you a few questions?

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Librarian: Of course. What would you like to know?

Student: I heard that the library is open 24 hours a day – is that correct?

Librarian: It will be from […………………………..], but now we’re only open


from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. because this week is only for […………………………..]–
there are no formal classes at the university.

Student: I see. It’s very unusual to have a library that’s open 24 hours.

Librarian: We are only the second university in the UK to offer this service. It
was[……………………..] popular when we introduced it on […………………..]
last academic year.

Student: What […………………………..]are available here? I missed the


orientation, I’m afraid.

Librarian: Well, you can see the three […………………………..]over there by


the large desk. The one nearest us is a colour copier.

Student: How much does it cost to make copies?

Librarian: Five pence for black and white and […………………………..]for


colour. Only A4 sized copies are available. On the other side of the room, by
the windows, you can see the computers. They have a database of all books,
newspapers, magazines and […………………………..]in the library – about half
a million […………………………..]in all.

Student: Are they connected to the Internet?

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Librarian: No. We found that too many students wanted to use them.

Besides, it’s cheap and easy for students to get an Internet connection in
their[…………………………..].

Student: Those stairs lead to the rest of the library?

Librarian: Yes. On this floor, we have newspapers and magazines.

Users are not required to be […………………………..]in this part of the library,


but we do ask that noise be kept to a […………………………..]. Upstairs, there
are all the books and reports.

Student: What’s that room at the end there?

Librarian: You mean at the […………………………..]end of the room to my


desk? That’s the video and […………………………..]. We have a small selection
of videos and DVDs that students can view, but usually
an […………………………..]needs to be made in advance. However, this is not
necessary if the room is not in use.

Student: Well, thank you very much.

Librarian: My pleasure.

SECTION 2

Presenter: Hello everyone. I’m here to talk to you about [……………………..]


your leave to remain in the UK. Let me just check that you are all from outside

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the[…………………………..]Economic Area. If you are from the EEA,
this[…………………………..]does not apply to you. OK. Let’s begin.

The very first thing to do is to take note of the date that your
entry […………………………..]is valid until, or the date that your ‘leave to
remain’ in the UK will run out. This is the date when your
current […………………………..]to be in the UK will expire. By this date you
should either leave the UK or […………………………..]your permission to be
here. As a part of the[…………………………..]to attract more international
students to the UK, many international students are now given permission to
be in the UK for the full […………………………..]of study. Students
on […………………………..]of 12 months or more that end during
the[…………………………..]will usually be given permission to be in the UK
until[…………………………..]. Students on courses that do not follow the usual
autumn to summer[…………………………..]will usually be given a period that
includes two months at the end of the course, for packing up and
making […………………………..]to leave.

However, some students are not given permission to be here for the whole of
their course at the very beginning. If this has […………………………..]to you,
you will have to apply for an[…………………………..]of your permission to be
here. Start preparing for the[…………………………..]about two months before
your permission […………………………..]. Howeverr you should not normally
make the application until one month before vonr permission runs out. To
apply to stay longer in the UK, you must take or send certain documents to the
Home Office. The Home Office is the name we give to what people in most
other countries call the […………………………..]Ministry. They must be the
originals and not[…………………………..].

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Which documents do you need to send? Your completed […………………..]
form – form FLRS. Your passport and passports for
each […………………………..], if they are applying to extend their stay in the
UK with you. If your […………………………..]shows that you are required to
register with the police, you must also send your Police Registration Certificate
and[…………………………..]for each dependant, if they are applying
to[…………………………..]their stay in the UK with you. You also need to send
a letter from your college or university stating that you are still enrolled on a
full-time course of study, or that vou will be beginning another one.
Bank […………..] covering the past three months, or other [………………..]
that you have enough money to continue to pay your fees
and[…………………………..]yourself and any dependants. A recent passport-
sized[…………………………..]of yourself and similar photos of any of your
dependants aged 16 or over, if they are applying to extend their stay in the UK
with you.

FLRS stands for Further Leave to Remain Student. To get this form, you
can[…………………………..]it from the Home Office website or ask at your
college or[…………………………..]. When you are preparing to fill out the
form, it is a good idea to read the […………………………..]Notes. You could
also ask a student adviser or[…………………………..]officer at your institution
for help. Now, where should you send your[…………………………..]? You can
only send your application by post. Send your documents to: FLRS,
Immigration and Nationality […………………………..], Sunshine House, 28
Wellington Road, London, W1A 2BY. Send your documents by
recorded […………………………..]and keep the receipt, as well as photocopies
of everything you send. You can expect to wait at least four weeks and
sometimes […………………………..]longer before a decision on the application
is made.

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I have some good news about the application […………………………..].
According to new regulations, even if you do not have all these documents
available, you must still make sure that you apply before your current
permission to be in the UK […………………………..]. Enclose as many of the
documents as you have and include a letter […………………………..]what is
missing, why it is missing and when you will be able to send it to the Home
Office. You will then be[…………………………..]to have made your application
in time. If your permission to be in the UK has already
expired, […………………………..]either a student adviser or welfare officer at
your college or university or the […………………………..]Advisory Service on
their 24-hour[…………………………..]line Oil 7378 9191 or via their website –
www.iasuk.org. Please note that if you do make a late application, and the
application is […………………………..], you cannot appeal against that
decision.

If your application was made in time and if your application is refused, you
will[…………………………..]a letter from the Home Office telling you why. The
letter will also tell you whether or not you have the right
to […………………………..]against the decision. If you made your original
application in […………………………..]– before your current leave to ‘remain
had expired – then you should automatically be given the right to appeal. If
you have the right to[…………………………..], you will only have a few days in
which to exercise this right. You should therefore ask for […………………..]
advice about the appeal process as soon as possible from a lawyer, a student
adviser or welfare officer at your college or university or the Immigration
Advisory Service.

SECTION 3
Professor: Good morning. Your name is Clare Sanders, isn’t it?

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Student: That’s right.

Professor: Well, Clare, as we […………………………..]in the letter, in this


interview I’d like to talk about some of the things that you mentioned in
your […………………………..]form, such as your experience and academic
background.

Clare: I see.

Professor: Now, for your […………………………..]degree, you studied


geography, right?

Clare: That’s correct. At the Scottish National University.

Professor: SNU is a very prestigious university. Apart from that, were there
any other[…………………………..]that you chose to study there?

Clare: Well, your correct in suggesting that the main reason I went there was
due to the[…………………………..]quality of the university, but there were two
other reasons. The first was that it is reasonably far from my home. I wanted to
be as [……………..] as possible from my family […………………………..]I was
studying and felt that that was one way of[…………………………..]that aim.
The other reason was that the university offered an[…………………………..]of
summer work in developing countries and that’s something I was very keen on.

Professor: That would be the Livingstone Project?

Clare: That’s right.

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Professor: I’d like to return to that in a minute. Let me just check
the[………………………….. ]courses you took in your third year.

Clare: The two […………………………..]courses were Methodology in


Geography and Statistical[…………………………..]and I chose Infrastructure,
Development Issues and Geology in addition to those.

Professor: I see. You clearly decided to focus more on the human geography
side of things.

Clare: Yes. I Had worked on […………………………..]projects abroad for two


summers as part of the […………………………..]Project. The first project was
in India and the second was in Sierra Leone.

Professor: Could you tell me the main aims of the projects and how
you[…………………………..]?

Clare: The Indian project was to ensure that a village had […………………..]
supplies of fresh water and adequate […………………………..]. On that project,
my role was to help lay pipes and put together […………………………..]pieces
of equipment. The project in Sierra Leone involved improving
the […………………..]. The aim was to create[…………………………..]roads
between villages so that they could receive aid and so that they could
get […………………………..]products, particularly fruit and vegetables, to
the[…………………………..]and larger towns. My job was to help choose the
best route for the roads, […………………………..]any impact on the
environment whilst[…………………………..]efficiency.

Professor: How did you find the experiences?

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Clare: The Indian […………………………..]was helpful in that it was my first
experience abroad and I got to see how small development projects can really
make a […………………………..]. However, I found
the […………………………..]… well, it was extremely hot and humid and we
were doing a lot of physical work, so it was well, it made you appreciate
air[…………………………..], for a start! The second project … well, I enjoyed
that a lot more. There was some […………………………..]work, but we had
some machinery to help us clear paths through […………………………..]. I
really enjoyed being able to put what I had learned into[……………………..].
For example, we had to choose a route on a map first of all, according to
the […………………………..] of hills and valleys. Then we had to explore the
ground and check that it was really a suitable route.

Professor: And now you’ve decided to take a Masters’ Degree in Dpyplnpment


Studies as a result. Great. Well, I just have a few more questions regarding…

SECTION 4
Presenter: Welcome to this […………………………..]lecture on the geography
of the United Kingdom. The UK, with a total population of
over […………………………..], consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Great Britain comprises England. Scotland and Wales. England is the largest
country of the UK, with some […………………………..]people. It is mainly a
lowland country, with some […………………………..]areas in the north and
west. The capital is London with about […………………………..]people. There
are many manufacturing industries and farming is […………………………..],
but the economy is increasingly service-based, and London is one of the
world’s leading centres for banking, […………………………..]and other
financial[………………..]. High-tech industries have […………………………..]
many of the more traditional ones. In Scotland, 5 million people live in an area

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not much smaller than England. The country […………………………..]vast
open spaces and is one of the last areas of[…………………………..]natural
beauty in Europe, […………………………..], lochs – that is ‘lakes’ – and glens
– that is ‘valleys’. Modern industries including oil, electronics and
biotechnology, as well as more traditional industries such as fishing
and[…………………………..], drive the economy. The largest city is Glasgow,
but the capital is Edinburgh. Wales is home to 3 million people, and
its […………………………..]is characterised by […………………………..],
mountains and lakes. Cardiff is the capital and largest city. Key industries
include electronics, auto components, food processing, health care, and
professional services. More Japanese [………………………..] have set up shop
in Wales than anywhere else in Europe. About […………………………..]people
live in Northern Ireland, the capital of which is Belfast, the largest city.
Residents enjoy beautiful countryside. Many new hotels are[………………..] to
cater for increasing numbers of tourists and business[…………………………..].

The climate in the UK is […………………………..]: summers are fairly cool and


winters are quite mild. And […………………………..]what many foreigners
believe, British weather is not rain and fog – it is actually more comfortable,
more varied and more interesting than that. What you can
look […………………..] in the way of rain, sun, […………………………..]and
even daylight depends on where you will be living. Here are some
typical […………………………..]for London. January is the coldest month
at […………………………..]whilst July is the hottest at 17°C. Rainfall varies
from 56mm in April to 81mm in December. Although the UK is quite
small[…………………………..], the climate varies from one area to another. In
general, the west is wetter and milder than the east, and northern areas
are […………………………..]cooler than southern ones. For example, compare
the following […………………………..]with the London figures: Edinburgh
14’C in July and […………………………..]15°C in the same month. Edinburgh:

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4°C in January and Manchester: 5°C in the same month. Barts of Scotland
usually get snow in winter, whereas you might live in London for several years
without seeing a[…………………………..]snowfall.

International students who are used to tropical or […………………………..]


climates are often intrigued by the sheer […………………………..]of the
weather in the UK. Weather in the early spring tends to be
especially […………………..]. You could be treated to rain, snow, thunder and
lightning, hail, and […………………………..]spring sunshine – all in the course
of a single day.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 19


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Choose the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

1. How did the student get the university prospectus?

A. From the woman.

B. From the Internet.

C. From a friend.

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D. During a visit to the university.

2. What is the A-level requirement for the course?

A. BBB.

B. BBC

C. BCC.

D. There is no clear requirement.

3. What A-levels is the student taking?

A. He doesn’t say.

B. He hasn’t started his A-levels yet.

C. Politics, a language and another subject.

D. Economics, geography and history.

4. Who can use the language lab?

A. Only students who have chosen to study a language.

B. Only students who are preparing for work abroad.

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C. Students who have chosen one of the five languages offered on the course.
D. Any student.

Questions 5-7

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS/NUMBERS for each answer.

5. Who decides the country in which the student will work in year three?

6. How many students went to work in either Singapore or Brunei this year?

7. What is the advantage of translating or checking translations?

Questions 8-10

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

8. The women points out that the student can teach English and __________
together.

9. First year students can study a language or do a project, but are


_____________ on one.

10. There are no department ______________________ for first-year


students.

SECTION 2

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Questions 11-15

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for
each answer.

11. According to Mr Singh, on which thing do many people make superficial


observations?

__________________________________________________

12. According to Mr Singh, how quickly do cultures change?

__________________________________________________

13. How many children does Mr Singh have?

__________________________________________________

14. According to Mr Singh, what are young Indians not concerned about?

__________________________________________________

15. According to Mr Singh, what great advantage do young Indians have?

__________________________________________________

Questions 16-20

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Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS for each gap.

16. According to Mr Singh, the biggest problem for young Indians is that their
parents them ___________________ too much at school.

17. What is becoming more widely available to people in India?

18. Mr Singh believes that the best way to be successful is to be


__________________________ .

19. Mr Singh believes that Western methods plus the


_____________________________ are an excellent mix.

20. Mr Singh says his generation could only dream, but the new one can
____________________________ too.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-25

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR NUMBERS for each answer.

21. When is the deadline for handing in dissertations?

22. What should the word count exclude?

23. Who must approve the dissertation topic?

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24. How long should the research take?

25. What will the students probably spend the second half of April doing?

Questions 26-30

Complete the following statements using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

26. The professor recommends referring to _________________


dissertations.

27. The students already have a printed ___________________ to help


them with their dissertations.

28. Helen Trailforth’s book is named _______________________

29. The library has a ______________________ for getting books back


from other students if you need them.

30. The professor says that questionnaires may not get interviewees real
________________________.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-34

Complete the notes using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

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Lack of preparation can lead to contamination, e.g. forgetting to remove 31
_______________ or including the 32_______________of material.
The 33______________ at the processing facility removes contaminants,
but processors may refuse 34___________________ materials.

Questions 35-37

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

35. MRF is short for _____________.

36. At the MRF, trucks are______________.

37. Trucks leave the materials on the_________________.

Questions 38-40

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

38. What are the two types of sorting? ________________

39. What closes the recycling loop? ________________

40. What is the current recycling rate? ________________

Answer keys:

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1B
2C
3D
4D
5 (the) student
6 none/ 0
7 (quite) well paid/ (the) pay
8 do aid work
9 (only) assessed
10 scholarships
11 rock music
12 very slowly
13 two/ 2
14 politics
15 mobility
16 push/are pushing
17 education
18 creative
19 Indian value system
20 achieve
21 28th May
22 contents, references, bibliography
23 (your) personal tutor
24 8-10 weeks
25 (extra) research
26 other/ previous students
27 research guide
28 Dissertation Research Techniques
29 recall system
30 feelings and opinions

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31 container lids
32 wrong type
33 sorting process
34 heavily contaminated
35 material recovery facility
36 weighed
37 tipping floor
38 manual (and) automatic
39 buying recycled products
40 . 33.9%

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
Student: Good afternoon. I’m […………………………..]applying to your
university and would like to ask you some questions.

Woman: Of course. Take a seat. Which course were you thinking of applying
for?

Student: South-east Asian Studies.

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Woman: I see. Po you have a copy of the university […………………………..]?

Student: Yes. I do. I […………………………..]it.

Woman: So, you know that it’s a four-year course, including one year living
and working in the region.

Student: Yes. The A-level […………………………..]requirement is BCC, right?

Woman: Yea, but on […………………………..]our students have 3 Bs.

Student: Are there any […………………………..]on the subjects that I take at


A- level?

Woman: No, but we find that students studying politics, economics


history,[……………………..] or languages tend to find their first year easier. A
background in at least two or three of those subjects is [……………………..].

Student: I see. I’m not studying […………………………..]or languages, but I


am taking the other three at A-level. Are languages an important part of the
course? You see, I’m not very good at them.

Woman: Languages are not a […………………………..]part of the course-they


are optional each year. However, because students spend a year abroad, we
strongly […………………………..]that students take one for at least a
year […………………………..]. Howeyer, there is a language lab that students
are free to use during the day […………………………..]of the subjects they are
taking.

Student: Which languages are offered?

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Woman: We have five on offer – Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, Indonesian
and Tagalog. They can be taken in the first, second and fourth years. During
the third year, students are[…………………..] to learn the basics of the
language spoken wherever they are spending their year [……………………..].

Student: I see. Can I spend my year abroad in any conntry in


the […………………………..]I choose?

Woman: Yes, as long as you can […………………………..]your tutors that it


will benefit your studies. This year most students have gone to Vietnam,
Thailand, or the Philippines. Fewer have gone to […………………………..],
Burma, Malaysia, Laos or Cambodia. None went to[…………………………..]
or […………………..].

Student: What do students generally do during their year abroad?

Woman: The vast majority help on aid projects, […………………………..]


helping with water supply and […………………………..]in rural areas. Others
get involved in teaching English or in business – particularly
the […………………..] side of things. A small minority get jobs translating or
checking […………………………..]. That’s quite well paid, but your language
skills have to be up to scratch.

Student: Good. I was […………………………..]by the idea of teaching English


or doing aid work.

Woman: Very often, it’s possible to do both. That way you can also develop a
wider range of skills.

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Student: Thank you for your help. Can I just check the [……………………..]
courses for year one?

Woman: The only choice in year one is a language or a project where the
student creates a[…………………………..]of background information on the
countries of the region. Actually, many students do both, since they find the
project […………………………..]to their general understanding of the region
and the languages are obviously useful […………………………..]for going
abroad. However, students are only […………………………..]on either the
language or the project and are free to choose which one.

Student: Got it. And could you tell me about the […………………………..]that
are available from the department? It says in the […………………………..]that
there are some in addition to the ones offered by the university.

Woman: Sure. Actually, I’ve printed out a list. … Here you are.

Nothing is available for first year students, but thereafter scholarships are
awarded for high overall grades and also for linguistic skills. There is a
smaller […………………………..]award for non-academic contributions.

Student: Well, thank you very much for your help.

SECTION 2
Presenter: Welcome to our […………………………..]on Indian Youth. Are
young Indians different from their elders? Smarter? Lazier? Less obedient? We
have invited an Indian[…………………………..], Mr Singh, to share his views
with us. Mr Singh, many Indians[…………………………..]that the new

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generation of Indians is too […………………………..]and has lost touch with its
culture. What’s your opinion on that?

Mr. Singh: Whenever a country […………………………..]there


is […………………..] that the new generation will be dramatically different
from those that […………………………..]it, in particular more Westernised.
Much of that speculation is based on[…………………………..]observations
regarding rock music and the like. However most studies show that new
generations […………………………..]much, though not all, of the core values
of their culture. Cultures change very slowly. What is changing quickly is the
environment in which they live, their […………………………..], opportunities
for advancement, and[…………………………..]. Young Indians certainly have
more opportunities today.

Presenter: Where does your information come from?

Mr Singh: I have two., children in their early twenties. I see their […………..]
at close quarters. I often travel to both […………………………..]
and […………………………..]places in India, and I see the young people there.
The current generation has, by and large,[…………………………..]politics as a
primary concern. They have grown up with a TV and a[…………………………..]
either at home or in the vicinity. They have watched MTV but they still go the
temple, and most of them seriously believe that God exists. Regarding
the[…………………………..] that Mr Singh mentioned, for the first time, it
is[…………………………..] in India for a kid to say that he or she wants to be
an actor, a singer, a fashion designer, a writer, a cricket player as
a […………………………..] without parents losing sleep. It also means that
they have many choices of role model. When I look at young people around
me, I see more hope than […………………………..].

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Presenter: Mr Singh, what is the main […………………………..]that young
people in India have?

Mr Singh: The biggest advantage_the youth of India have


is […………………………..]. It is very easy for them to move about the country
and follow opportunities – an edge the Chinese youth, for example, do not
currently have. Also, young Indians are quickly […………………………..]to
new technologies, and English is now being more widely […………………..]
and spoken than ever, before. India’s youth have a very unique advantage,
a [………………..] of mobility, language and knowledge of [………………..].
Add to that a country that has an[…………………………..]spirit and a very
clear intent to adapt to Western culture.

Presenter: Are there any problems, as far as you can see?

Mr Singh: I think that the biggest overall problem is with […………………..],


but as far as things that directly affect the younger generation are concerned, I
think that the main problem is that parents from the growing middle class are
pushing their children ever harder at[…………………………..]activities. They
believe this is the only way to stand out and[…………………………..]in a
system which is cutthroat because of the exploding[…………………………..]
and as education becomes more and more […………………………..]to the
masses. However, many parents are granting their children more choice,
particularly in the area of choosing their own careers. The youth of today
are […………………………..]more aware of the choices available to them.

Presenter: Do you think that competition is a problem?

Mr Singh: Not at all. It leads to […………………………..]. The younger


generation is more creative. Competition […………………………..]that

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creativity is likely to be the best way to get ahead. Though it is
largely […………………..] that the culture-and-value-system-torch-bearing
youth are losing their way, I still believe that relates to a small [……………..].
The combination of the Indian value system and the Western [……………..] is
a winning one and if the Indian youth can […………………………..]to achieve
the right balance, global organisations will want their skills.

Presenter: Mr Singh, you sound very confident?

Mr Singh: I am. Every generation will experience change. This will be


more[…………………………..]especially in the context of development. Simply
put, young Indians are more aware about the world they live in. They are
more […………………………..]. They are consumers in the true sense. They are
exposed to […………………………..]TV, the Internet, freer access to
social […………………………..], and mobility. They are global citizens.
Adoption of styles and fashion from anywhere, particularly America, is quick.
But as several[…………………………..]have shown, this openness
and […………………………..]does come with some sense of humility and
purpose. Uesl confident that they can dream and[…………………………..]. My
generation could only dream.

SECTION 3
Professor: Welcome back to the new term, Martin and Amanda. I hope you’ve
had a good break and that you’re looking forward to writing
your […………………………..]. In this tutorial, I’d like to give you
the […………………………..]to ask questions on writing the dissertation, such
as[…………………………..], dates and who to see when you need help. I know
that it’s all available on the […………………………..]website, but sometimes

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students just like to check or confirm information… or sometimes they need a
little more detail. So, is there anything you’d like to ask?

Martin: Is there a […………………………..]hand-in date yet? On the


website it said that one hadn’t been […………………………..]on yet.

Professor: I’m glad you asked that question. I just heard this morning that
the[…………………………..] has been decided and it is [……………………..].
That’s a week later than we had originally planned.

Amanda: What about the word limit? The website gave a very broad range.
What was it, Martin? 10,000 to 20,000 words?

Martin: I believe so, Amanda.

Professor: Well, I believe that was a typing error. It should be [………………..]


words, but feel free to write a little more if you need to. However, make sure
that your dissertation is at least 10,000 words long, not [……………………..]
the contents, references and[…………………………..].

Amanda: Right. Thank you. And we can choose any topics we like, can’t we?

Professor: Any from year 3. And do remember to get your topic approved by
vour[…………………………..] tutor – oh, that’s me, isn’t it? – before you start
writing. I’d hate to have to tell you your topic was […………………………..]
after you’d spent a lot of time on it!

Amanda: What would you like us to show you […………………………..], apart


from the title?

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Professor: Well, I’d like to see a basic bibliography first, along with an outline
of your[…………………………..]. You should get that done by the end of
January – this month in other words.

Martin: According to the website, the research should


take […………………………..], so that takes us from, well, until mid-April,
basically.

Professor: Yes, you should have the […………………………..]pretty much done


by the time you return from the Easter break.

Martin: It seems like a reasonable amount of time, but I bet


it[…………………………..]fast.

Professor: It certainly does. You’ll probably find that you need to do some
extra research during the, second half of April. Ideally, you’d be writing then,
but very few students get all the information they need and
the […………………………..]tutors almost always need to make some
farther […………………………..]. That’s why it’s really important to get the
bulk of your research done by mid-April.

Martin: I see. If we get into trouble or can see that we re going to get
into[…………………….] with our research, we should […………………………..]
contact you ASAP.

Professor: Absolutely.

Amanda: Do you think that we should look at what other students have done
in the past, in order to get a better idea of what to do and what to write?

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Professor: It can be helpful, but what often happens is that students rely too
much on what they read, so I would only use other students’ – [……………..]
students’ work as a reference.

Amanda: Got it.

Martin: I know that we have the research guide to help us- But are there any
other books or sources that you would […………………………..], I mean, to
help us with planning a dissertation and the organisation and so on?

Amanda: Yes. I wanted to ask you that too.

Professor: There are several available from the library. I wouldn’t bother
buying any. My personal […………………………..]is “Dissertations and You”
by Roger Kline. Another good one is “Mastering Your Dissertation” by Helen
Blondel. There’s a book about research[…………………………..]… Oh, what’s it
called? It’s something simple like “Research Techniques for Dissertations”.
The author is Helen Trailforth. Oh, I know! It’s called “PisBertatiQn Research
Techniques”. Very good book. There’s more than one copy of each of those in
the library. One is for […………………………..]only and yon.know about the
recall system if a book is being[…………………………..]by someone else and
vou want it. don’t you?

Amanda and Martin: Yes.

Professor: Good. Very good. Anything else?

Amanda: Well, now that you’ve mentioned research […………………………..],


I’ve got a question. Questionnaires. A good idea, professor?

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Professor: The general […………………………..]is that they are not very
helpful, though some[…………………………..]researchers beg to differ. Clear
them with me first, if you decide to go ahead and use them. You see, you need
to be very […………………………..]about the questions that you ask and order
of the questions. Questionnaires very often lead people towards giving certain
answers rather than getting at their true feelings and opinions.

Amanda: Martin? Anything else?

Martin: No. I’m happy. Thank you, professor.

Amanda: Yes, thank you so much.

Professor: My pleasure.

SECTION 4
Presenter: Have you ever wondered where your […………………………..]end
up after they get picked up from the curb, after you’ve left them at a recycling
drop-off centre or when your[…………………………..]has come to empty your
recycling […………………………..]? Well, this presentation will tell you.

The story begins when a resident places their […………………………..]out for


recycling in a special bin, brings their […………………………..]to one of the
recycling drop-off centres or when a business puts their used materials in their
recycling dumpster. It is very important that[…………………………..]and
employees properly prepare their recyclables for collection.
Improper […………………..]of materials, for example not removing container
lids or [………………….] the wrong type of material causes […………………..].
Although some contamination is to be expected – and is removed during the

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sorting process at the processing […………………………..]– processors may
not accept materials that are heavily[…………………………..]and these will be
disposed of.

After materials are put out for recycling, the recycling truck comes to pick
them up. Recyclables brought to the drop-off centres should be placed in
the [………………….] bins. The large containers are […………………………..]
periodically or whenever they are full. Businesses and multi-family residences
collect on the days decided by the […………………………..].

The trucks that collect recyclables from the curb and drop – off centres then
drive the[…………………………..]to a material recovery facility –
or […………………………..]. When the trucks arrive at the MRF, they are first
weighed at the station to […………………………..]the weight of materials
delivered to the facility. Next, the trucks […………………………..]to the tipping
floor where they dump their materials. Items are […………………………..]in
specific areas to facilitate the sorting process.

After the different materials are dumped on the […………………………..]at the


MRF, they are fed onto different […………………………..]belts according to
the type of material. The materials then proceed up the different conveyor
belts and are subject to both […………………………..]and […………………..]
sorting. Individuals manually remove any large objects such as a lawn chair
or […………………………..]can, along with any […………………………..]. After
the initial manual sort, the materials pass by a magnet that [………………..]
the metal cans, and then through an air sorter to […………………………..]the
remaining materials. Once the materials are sorted, they are compressed into
bales that are shipped to[…………………………..], who will then use these
materials to create […………………………..]. Plastics can be recycled into
items such as clothing, lumber, park benches, and playground[……………..].

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Metal and glass containers are often recycled into new containers, and paper is
recycled into new paper products, such as copy paper, toilet
paper,[……………..], and newspaper.

Remember to close the recycling loop: buy recycled both at home and at work,
as this is the only way that recycling truly […………………………..]. Find out
more about buying recycled products. Remember: if you’re not buying
recycled, you’re not really recycling!

So, how are we doing? Let’s take a brief look at our recycling rate information.
All[…………………………..]are required to maintain a minimum recycling rate
of 25% of the total[…………………………..]solid waste generated annually. We
are required to annually report on recycling activities and file a report with the
Department of […………………………..]Quality or DEQ. These reports are due
to the DEQ on April 30th of each year for the[…………………………..]calendar
year. Based on information received to date, last year
we[…………………………..]a recycling rate of […………………………..]%, 2.8%
higher than the previous year. Paper recycling was up 36% as was the recycling
of [……………..]and […………………..]. Our target is a recycling rate of over
50% by […………………………..].

IELTS Listening Practice Test 20


SECTION 1
Questions 1 and 2

abel the map below.

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Write the correct letter A-H next to questions 1 and 2.

1. Elderly woman: _________________


2. Thieves’ car: ___________________
Questions 3-5

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

3. When Mrs Reynolds saw the thieves, she

A. ran after them.

B. telephoned the police.

C. went to help the elderly woman.

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4. The elderly woman was

A. badly hurt.

B. unhurt.

C. very upset.

5. Which woman had once had her bag stolen in the past?

A. the elderly woman

B. Mrs Reynolds

C. Mrs Reynolds’ friend

Question 6

Choose TWO letters, A-F.

6. The bag contained

A. a purse.

B. £50.

C. a cheque book.

D. a cheque card.

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E. a bus pass.

F. a door key.

Questions 7-10

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

Distinguishing
Age Build Hair colour
marks

younger
about 17 7 _____ 8 _____ None
man

older man About 9 ___ medium brown a 10 ___ on chin

SECTION 2
Questions 11-13

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. The Bridge Hotel is located in

A. the city centre.

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B. the country.

C. the suburbs.

12. The newest sports facility in the hotel is

A. a swimming pool.

B. a fitness centre.

C. a tennis court.

13. The hotel restaurant specialises in

A. healthy food.

B. local food.

C. international food.

Questions 14 and 15

Choose TWO letters, A~E.

Which TWO business facilities are mentioned?

A. internet access

B. mobile phone hire

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C. audio-visual facilities

D. airport transport

E. translation services

Questions 16-20

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

SHORT BREAK PACKAGES


Cost (per
Length of stay person per Special features
night)
16 £ Full cooked breakfast
2 days
___________ Entertainment in the 17

As above, plus:
3 days £60
▪ a 18 _____________

As above, plus:

19 £ ▪ 2 days’ free beauty therapy


5 days
__________
▪ full-day membership of a
20___________.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21 and 22

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

21. Last year, Dina got a grade __________________ for the Theory and
Practice option.

22. Dina has some free time because her ___________________ has been
cancelled.

Question 23

Choose ONE letter, A-E.

Which book does Dina advise against?

A. Brown: Observing Theory in Practice

B. Jespersen: Theory’s Crucible

C. Piresi: On Giants’Shoulders’

D. Willard: Practical Theories in the Social Sciences

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E. Williams: Knowledge Theory

Questions 24-30

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each


answer.

How to use the Recall System

Take a 24_______________ from librarian’s desk.

Complete the details of the book. Write your 25______________ address


on back. Hand it in at the 26_________________.

Check mail in your department twice a day to see if book is ready to collect. It
normally takes 3 days.

Cost: 27_______________per book.


Dina’s advice on organising a study group to work on an
assignment

Find two or three people on the course who live near you.

Divide up the reading load.

Take it in turns to 28_______________ what you have read for the others.

Explain your 29________________to each other.

Write first draft of essay.

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Exchange drafts and 30_________________.

Write final version of essay.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-33

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

PEREGRINE FALCONS

31. The Peregrine falcons found in_are not migratory birds.

32. There is disagreement about their maximum_.

33. When the female is guarding the nest, the male spends most of his time

Questions 34-37

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Age of falcons What occurs

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20 days old The falcons 34__________

28 days old The falcons are 35________

2 months old The falcons 36________permanently

1-12 months old More than half of falcons 37_______

Questions 38-40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Procedures used for field research on Peregrine falcon chicks

First: catch chicks

Second: 38________________ to legs

Third: 39________________ of chicks

Fourth: take blood sample to assess level of pesticide

Fifth: check the 40 _______________ of the birds

Answer keys:
1. C

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2. C

3. C

4. B

5. A

6. A (and) E (in either order, both required for 1 mark)

7. slim

8. black

9. 35

10. (small) scar

11. C

12. B

13. C

14&15. A D (in either order)

16. 75

17. evening(s)

18. (four-course) dinner

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19. 52

20. golf club

21. A +/plus

22. lecture

23. 8

24. pink slip

25. department {al)

26. information Desk 29 25p/pence

27. summarise/summarize

28. essay plan(s)

29. (give) feedback

30.

31. Australia

32 (flight/flying) speed / speed of flight

33. looking/searching for food

34. start/begin to fly / start/begin flying

35. (full/adult) size / full adult size / full(y) grown

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36. leave (the/their) nest(s)

37. die

38. attach (identification/ID/aluminium/ aluminum) rings

39. note (the) sex

40. (general) health

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

You will hear a woman called Mrs Reynolds being interviewed by a police
officer about an incident she saw the previous evening.

M: Well, if you can just tell me everything you remember. It doesn’t matter
how[…………………………..] it seems. What may seem [……………………..] to
you may not be unimportant to us.

F: OK, I’ll do what I can, officer. Well, as I said, I’d iust come out of the cinema
on the High Street, so it was about […………………………..]. Just before 8 in
fact. I’d been to see a film with a friend and she’d just gone off home. So I was
just [……………..] there wondering what to do, whether to go and have a cup
of coffee somewhere or not. I was just standing there[…………………………..]

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my own business when I […………………………..]heard someone
shouting […………………………..]opposite me outside the library.
Not […………………………..], just shouting. It sounded like the voice of an
elderly woman. “They’ve got my bag! They’ve got my bag!”, she
was […………………..]. Then these two men raced past me, going like the
wind, straight down the street and round the corner into […………………..]. It
all happened so quickly I think they must have had a car waiting for them
there because I heard one[…………………………..]at top speed. Well, I didn’t
know what on earth to do; whether to try and[…………………………..]them,
whether to ring the police or whether to go and see if she was all right. Another
woman was running up behind me so I […………………………..]back at her to
go and call the […………………………..]. Anyway, when I got to the woman,
she seemed to be all right, thank […………………………..]. A bit shaken, but
OK. I think I was much more upset than she was.

All in all, she was pretty […………………………..]. I don’t think I would have
been, but[…………………………..]it had happened to her once before so maybe
that’s why you know, I’ve got a friend who […………………………..]to go out
alone anywhere after[…………………………..]now. What’s this town coming
to?

Well, anyway, she just kept saying, “I didn’t see a thing, I didn’t see a thing.”
One of them had just […………………………..]her from behind and as she put
out her hand to steady herself, the other one had just taken the bag from under
her arm. And then he[…………………………..]across the road. I asked her
what she’d had in it, and she said she’d had her […………………………..]with
about £15 in it, but no cheque book or cards or things like that. And luckily she
had her front door key in her pocket. Oh. and she’d had her bus pass taken too.

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M: Let’s get back to the two men, if we can. Just tell me everything you
can[…………………………..]about them.

F: Well, there was a younger one and an older one.

M: Well, let’s start with the younger one, shall we?

F: Well, age first then. He only […………………………..]about 17-not more.


Something like that. Neither very tall nor small. Sort of slim build. Not
anybody you’d […………………………..]. Nothing particularly special about
him. An […………………………..]looking sort of bloke. He had curlv black hair
which was quite long. But apart from that, as I say, not someone you’d notice
in a crowd. Nothing really […………………………..]about him at all. But the
other one, the older one, he was different.

M: Different?

F: Yes, different, I feel as if I’d know him anywhere again. I got more of a look
at him because he ran across the road more slowly than
the […………………………..]. I remember being surprised because he was
quite a bit older than the other one. I’d say about 35. Funny, because you don’t
think of people of that age […………………………..]handbags in broad daylight
like that, do you? He was quite a bit smaller than the other man.
And […………………………..]build.

M: What did he look like? You didn’t give the officer much [………………..]
last night.

F: Well, I did get quite a good look at his face. No beard or [………………..]–
clean shaven and quite smart-looking really. He had light brown hair cut very

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short. A sort of army[…………………………..]. And there was another thing.
Thinking about it all last night over and over again, Pm almost sure he had a
small scar on his chin. I didn’t tell the other[…………………………..]that last
night, but in my mind each time I see his face, I can see one.

M; A scar on his chin? That could be important. Thank you, Mrs Reynolds.
You’ve been really helpful. If you really think you’d […………………………..]
him again, then what we’d like you to do later this morning, if you can, is to
come down to the police station and look at a few[…………………………..]for
us…(Fade out)

SECTION 2
You will hear a recorded message giving information about an English hotel.

Welcome to the Bridge Hotel Information Line. The Bridge Hotel is part of the
Compact Group, which is a large […………………………..]of family-owned
hotels offering a warm friendly atmosphere and high quality service
at […………………..] prices. All of them cater for a[…………………………..]of
people-from business to leisure clients.

Set in a quiet […………………………..]area on the attractive outskirts of


Belford. about 3 miles from the city centre, the Bridge Hotel is a popular
choice for […………………………..]. After recent […………………………..]and
expansion, it now has 25 double rooms and[…………………………..]. All 45 are
en suite with TV and coffee-and tea-making[…………………………..].

The Bridge Hotel is set in three and a half […………………………..]of grounds


with an open-air swimming pool and four […………………………..]. There is
also a newly opened gym with[…………………………..]suite, which is

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considered one of the best equipped in the area. Non-resident membership is
available. We have a fully […………………………..]restaurant for residents
and […………………………..], which provides a wide range of dishes with a
particular focus on dishes from around the world.

For the [……………….] business customer, we have [………………..]business


rooms with phone links allowing full Internet access. Our […………………..]
facilities cater for up to […………………………..]and we are able to offer
transport to guests to and from Birmingham Airport at a small extra cost.

There now follows information about short break packages.

Welcome to the Bridge Hotel Short Breaks Information Line. We offer three
packages: 2-day, 3-day and 5-day.

The 2-day costs £75 per person per night and includes full cooked breakfast
and evening entertainment. Very popular for weekend [……………………..].

The 3-day break costs […………………………..]per person per night and in


addition to offers for the 2-day break, includes one four-course dinner. This
allows guests to enjoy the full range of hotel facilities.

The 5-day break costs [………………..] par person per night and, in addition to
offers from the 2-and 3-day breaks, includes free [………………..]on two days
and a full-day pass to a golf club. This […………………………..]is particularly
popular with couples who want a completely […………………………..].

If you would like more information about these special packages, call
Extension[…………………………..]to speak to our Customer Service Manager,
John Martin. Thank you for calling the Bridge Hotel Information Line.

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SECTION 3
You will hear three students talking about their study programmes.

M: Hi, Elaine, I was hoping I’d see you here. How’re things?

F1: All right. You?

M: Not bad, but I’m beginning to worry about that […………………………..].

F1: What, the one on Theory and Practice?

M; Yes.

Fl: When’s it got to be in by?

M: Next Thursday, and I just can’t get to grips with it.

Fl: Yes, it’s a […………………………..]one. I’m hoping to get down to it over


the weekend. I tell you what, there’s Dina. Let’s see if she has any pearls
of […………………………..]on the subject. She took the Theory and Practice
option last year, didn’t she? And got an A+for it. I think.

M: How does she do it?

Fl: Let’s ask her. Hi, Dina. Hard at work?

F2: Not exactly. The lecture’s iust been […………………………..], so I’ve


suddenly got a free morning on my hands.

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Fl: That’s lucky. You’ve met Neil, haven’t you?

F2: Yes.

Fl: We were just talking about the theory and […………………………..]


assignment we’ve got to hand in next. Can we just pick your [………………..] a
moment?

F2: How far have you got with it?

Fl: Well, still at the reading stage really.

F2: Are you? Well, one bit of advice I’d […………………………..] give is not to
spend hours wading through that […………………………..]volume by
Jespersen: it really isn’t very helpful-I think the only […………………………..]
they keep it on the reading list is that the library has got so many copies of it.
Personally, I found the […………………………..]source was Piresi; have you
read her yet?

FI: Piresi? I don’t think so.

F2: That’s a great book, it must be on your reading list.

M: Right.

F2: Another one I found very useful was the […………………………..]called


something like ‘Practical theories’ , by, was it Williams? Or Willard. Yes, Wil-
lard. Also, if you want to look at case studies, that small book of Ron Brown’s
has got some interesting[…………………………..]in-you know the one I mean?

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M: Ron Brown, yes. I looked for it in the library but it was out on loan.

F2: Yes it’s a very […………………………..]book. Did you try the recall system?

M: The what?

F2: Don’t you use the […………………………..]? You should, you know. You
iust have to take a[…………………………..]slip from any of the librarians1
desks, fill the details of the book in, put your […………………………..]address
on the back- your departmental address not your home address-and hand the
slip in at the Information Desk. Then check the mail in your department twice
a day, say at 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, for a slip telling you the
book is ready to […………………………..]. Last week I recalled a book
at […………………………..]and got the slip telling me it was ready just 4 hours
later. That was […………………………..]; it usually takes about 3 days.

M: I didn’t know you could do that. Is it expensive?

F2: No, there’s a […………………………..]charge – 25 pence a book. I think.


It’s well worth it if you’re preparing for an assignment. Are you going to be
working together on it?

M: Erm, I’m not sure.

F2: I would, if I were you. You get so much more out of the assignment that
way.

M: But surely the […………………………..]would notice that our essays were


the same?

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F2: No, no. I’m certainly not suggesting you should actually write the thing
together. I’m talking about when you first start on a big assignment. T think
it’s a good idea to find two or three others on the course who live near you,
and […………………………..]up the reading-load between you. Then you can
meet up again a few days later and take it in turns to […………………………..]
your reading for each other. At the next stage we go round the
group […………………………..]our essay-plans. which makes it easier
for […………………..] then to go off and write the first draft of their essay on
their own. Later on we usually exchange drafts and give[…………………..] in
the group, before finally writing our essays individually.

M: Do you really do all that?

F2: Usually, yes. It makes the whole thing much easier and
more [………………..].

M: Right. Well, I think I need another coffee before getting started. Can I get
you one?

F2: Yes, why not.

SECTION 4
You will hear a talk by a university lecturer in Australia on a type of bird
called a peregrine falcon.

I’m Professor Sam Richards, and I’ve come as the third […………………..]on
this course in Australian birds of prey. My job is to keep a […………………..]
scientific eye on the state of Tasmanian [………………..], so I’ll start by giving

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you some background to these[…………………………..]birds of prey before I
speak briefly on my own project.

Peregrine […………………………..]are found on all continents with the


exception of Antarctica. So don’t go looking for them at the […………………..].
They are found almost everywhere in Australia and it’s interesting to note that
the name, peregrine, […………………………..]that they are wanderers-that
they move from place to place following the […………………………..]-and
indeed, in most parts of the world they are […………………………..]birds. But
not in Australia, however, where they prefer to stay in one place.

They are known to be the world’s fastest […………………………..]and they


have been tracked by radar diving down towards the ground
at […………………..] an hour.

However, a number of text books claim that their flight speed can go as high
as[…………………..] an hour, so there is still some […………………………..]
about iust how fast they can actually fly.

Female peregrine falcons, like all other Australian falcons, are larger than their
male[…………………………..]; in fact the female is almost a third larger than
the male in the case of peregrines. While she stays close to the nest
to […………………………..]the eggs and the young chicks, the male is
mostly […………………………..]looking for food.

Peregrines typically lay two or three eggs per nest and, after the eggs
have[…………………………..], when the chicks are about 20 days old, they
start to flv. So they fly at a very young age. By the time they are
just […………………………..], they have already reached full adult size: in
other words, they are fully grown. Soon after this, at about 2 months

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after[…………………………..]from the egg, they leave the nest for good. From
this point on they are on their own. Unlike their parents, which have learned
how to […………………………..], the young falcons are not good
at […………………………..]themselves and so during the first year
about [……………………..] of them die. Once the birds have [………………..]
to live to breeding age, at two years old, they generally go on to live for another
six or seven years.

When we come across […………………………..]with young chicks, the first


thing we do is catch the chicks before they are able to fly. We have to catch
them at an early age. We then attach[…………………………..]rings to their
legs. These rings are made of colour- coded[…………………………..]and they
allow us to identify the birds through[…………………………..]later in their
lives. Thirdly, because we need to know how many[…………………………..]and
how many female chicks are being bom, we note the sex of the chicks. Noting
the sex of the birds is a […………………………..]part of our research, as I
will[…………………………..]later. The next thing to do is to take a blood
sample from the chicks. We take the blood sample so that we can check the
level of […………………………..]in their bodies. Peregrine falcons can
build […………………………..]quantities of pesticides in their blood stream by
feeding on smaller […………………………..]which in turn feed on crops, grown
on farms where pesticides are used. Finally we check the birds [……………..],
really checking the birds for their general health. This whole [……………..]
only takes a few minutes; in fact, most of our time in the field is actually spent
trying to find the nests, not on the data […………………………..]itself.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. If you’d like to do some farther reading…

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 21
SECTION 1
Questions 1-5
Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each


answer.

APPLICATION FOR RAILCARD

Example

Type of Card Required: Young Person’s Railcard

First Name: 1_______________

Surname: 2_______________

Date of Birth: 3_______________

Permanent Address: 158 Kingwood Close,


Norwich

Postcode: 4 _______________

Telephone Number: 5 _______________

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Term-time Address: Housewalk Terrace,
London Postcode: WF1 4NN

Questions 6-9

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each,


answer.

Types of Ticket Restrictions Cost


London Day Out outside peak hours 6£
Super Advance Return must hook seat 7 in advance £23
Saver outside peak hours 8£
9____________ no restrictions £60
Question 10

Circle the correct letters A-C.

10. How much does the student actually pay for his ticket to London?

A. £7.66

B. £15.34

C. £33.34

SECTION 2
Questions 11-13
Circle the correct letters A-C.

11. Who are mentors?

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A. New students.

B. Second or third-year students.

C. University teachers.

12. How often should mentor groups meet?

A. Once a week.

B. Once a fortnight.

C. Once a month.

13. What is it essential to do at the first meeting?

A. Explain your problems.

B. Make new friends.

C. Agree when to meet again.

Questions 14-17

List FOUR things which students may be given information about. Write NO
MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

14 ____________________

15 ____________________

16 ____________________

17 ____________________

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Questions 18-20

omplete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

18. Your mentor will show you how to obtain a free_____________

19. Mentoring is useful for people who are_______________for the first


time.

20. Your mentor may give you advice on how to_____________________.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-24
What did each person say was the principal cause of stress for them?
Choose from the list of possible causes in the box.

Example Answer

Ramon team work

21. Kikuko

22. Boris

23. Etienne

24. Nagwa

Questions 25-27

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List THREE parts of one’s daily routine that can help reduce stress.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

List of Possible Causes of Stress

A. bad management

B. dual-career family

C. fear of unemployment

D. new technologies

E. working surroundings

F. powerlessness

G. too much work

25 ________________

26 ________________

27 ________________

Questions 28-30

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS in each space.

Cause of stress Strategy for reducing stress


Overwork 28_______________

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fear of job 29_______________
new technologies 30_______________

SECTION 4
Questions 31-36
Circle the correct letters A-C.

31. The speaker compares a solar eclipse today to a

A. religious experience.

B. scientific event.

C. popular spectacle.

32. The speaker says that the dark spot of an eclipse is A simple to predict.

A. simple to predict.

B. easy to explain.

C. randomly occurring.

33. Concerning an eclipse, the ancient Chinese were

A. fascinated.

B. rational.

C. disturbed.

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34. For the speaker, the most impressive aspect of an eclipse is the A
exceptional beauty of the sky.

A. exceptional beauty of the sky.

B. chance for scientific study.

C. effect of the moon on the sun.

35. Eclipses occur rarely because of the size of the

A. moon.

B. sun.

C. earth.

36. In predicting eclipses, the Babylonians were restricted by their

A. religious attitudes.

B. inaccurate observations.

C. limited ability to calculate.

Questions 37-40
Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

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Date of
Scientists Observation
Eclipse

37 ________ who accurately predicted an


1735 Halley
eclipse

Janssen and
1868 discovered 38
Lockyer

1878 Watson believed he had found 39__________

realized astronomers had misunderstood


1919 Einstein
40____________

Answer keys:
1, Stephen

2. Krockers

3. 3rd February 1979/February 3 1979

4. NR4 6JF

5. 456 321

6. 18

7. one day

8. 29.30

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9. Open (ticket)

10. B

11. B

12. B

13. C

14. academic systems

15. study techniques/techniques for studying

16. university facilities

17. social activities

18. e-mail account

19. away from home

20. pass (your) exams

21. C

22. G

23. D

24. E

25. a balanced diet/vary your diet

26. drink less coffee

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27. take regular exercise

28. manage time better/manage your time

29. make plans/set money aside/ update your CV

30. do training courses

31. C

32. B

33. C

34. B

35. A

36. C

37. (the) first person

38. (a) new element/helium

39. (the) lost planet/ (the) planet/Vulcan

40. gravity

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

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SECTION 1
(C = Clerk; S = Stephen)

C: Central station, Norwich, Sue Brown speaking. Can I help you?

S: Is that the […………………………..]?

C: Yes.

S: Er…is there a card that you can buy railway tickets and allows you to
get […………………………..]on it?

C: You mean a […………………………..]? Yes, there are various types. There’s


the Young Person’s Railcard and the Senior Citizen’s Railcard, for example.

S: Well, I’d like a Yong Person’s Railcard, but I’m over 21. Is that OK? Do I
still […………………………..]?

C: Yes, you’re eligible from 18 to 25.

S: Great. And how much does it cost?

C: […………………………..].

S: OK…and can I get it over the phone?

C: Well, I can take your details and process it now over the phone, but you’ll
need to come in to collect the card.

S: Yeah, that’s fine.

C: OK, so I just need to take down some details. First of all, can I have your
name?

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S: Stephen Krockers.

C: OK, so first name Steven…Is that Steven with a “v”?

S: No, with “ph”.

C: Right…and can you give me your […………………………..]again?

S: That’s Krockers.

C: Crocker with a “c”?

S: No, I’ll have to spell it for you, K-R-O-C-K-E-R-S.

C: Right, thank you. Now, you said you were over 21-can I ask for your exact
date of birth, please?

S: Yes, sure. It’s the third of February.

C: Yes.

S: And the year’s […………………………..].

C: 1979. OK, lovely. So the next thing I need to know is your [………………..].

S: Right, I’d better give you my parents’ address then. I’m […………………..]
moving soon.

C: Yes, that’ll be fine.

S: It’s 158, Kingwood Close…

C: Is Kingwood one word or two?

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S: One.

C: Right.

S: Norwich.

C: And can you tell me the […………………………..], please?

S: It’s […………………………..].

C: NR4 6JS?

S: No, F for Freddie.

C: Right, and the next thing I need is your telephone number.

S: Do you mean my parents’ number?

C: Yes, the number at your permanent address.

S: OK, it’s Norwich […………………………..].

C: And are you living at that address now?

S: No, in term-time I’m in lodgings. But like I said, I might be moving soon.

C: Never mind, just give me the address where you’re staying now.

S: Right, it’s 62, Housewalk Terrace, Wakefield.

C: And the postcode?

S: […………………………..].

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C: Right,that’s fine.

S: And I want to get a ticket…can I do that now, and get the discount, or do I
have to wait until the card’s ready?

C: No, you can book the ticket now, and […………………………..]it at the same
time as you get the card.

S: OK. So I want a return ticket to London next week…how much will that
cost?

C: Well, it […………………………..]on what sort of ticket you get. There are


four different kinds… I’ll go through them for you. Right,
the […………………………..]one’s the London Day Out. That’s good if you’re
just going away for the day…it includes some bus and tube travel in London,
but you have to travel outside peak hours. That costs £18.00.

S: OK…

C: Now, the next one’s called the Super […………………………..]Return. You


can travel on any train with that, but you have to book vour seat one dav
ahead. Actually it’s better to book earlier if you can, because there’s only a
limited number of tickets.

S: OK..and how much is that?

C: It’s £23.

S: That doesn’t sound too bad. What about the other types of tickets?

C: They’re more […………………………..]. There’s one called the Saver which


again you can use on most trains outside peak hours,
that’s […………………………..]. But you don’t need to buy it in advance, you
can get it on the day you travel.

S: Mmm, that’s a bit expensive.

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C: And finally, there’s the Open ticket, and with that you can travel on any
train on any day of the week, and you don’t need to book ahead, but that
costs […………………………..].

S: £60! Right, I’ll have a Super Advance. Now, I’d like to leave next Friday
morning on the 8:30 train and come back on Sunday at 10 p.m. And… you said
that usually costs £23?

C: That’s right.

S: So how much do I save with the […………………………..]?

C: You get a third off…a third off £23 is £7.66. so you’ll pav £15.34 . But then
this time you have to pay for the railcard too…that’s […………………………..]
plus 18.00…so altogether you’ll have to pay […………………………..].

S: And when can I collect them?

C: They’ll be ready by […………………………..], they should be at the bookings


office after about 10:00 a.m.

S: Oh…I don’t know if I can make it on Wednesday. You can’t post them, can
you?

C: No, you have to collect your railcard in person and sign it, and I nearly
forgot to tell you, you need a […………………………..]photograph for it. If you
don’t have one, there’s a machine on the station.

S: No, I think I’ve got one somewhere. I needed some for my


college […………………………..]. I think I had one left over.

C: Good. So is there anything else?

S: No, that’s great. Thanks a lot. Bye!

C: Goodbye.

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SECTION 2

Hi! It’s good to see you all here today and what a pity the weather is so bad for
your first day at university! It could at least have stayed [………………………..]
today! Now, my name is Pat Baker, I work for student […………………………..]
and I’m going to tell you all about our […………………………..]scheme for new
students. We’ve had it in place for a few years now and people starting at
university for the first time in general find it a
very […………………………..]experience at these meetings. What happens is
this: each of you, if you want to join the […………………………..], will be
assigned a mentor-that is, someone who’s been studying here for a year or two
and who can show you the ropes, in other words, show you how things work,
give you advice if you need it and just generally be […………………………..]
contact for you in the university. Of course you’ll have your […………………..]
and lecturers who will also help you with […………………………..] problems,
but this is someone at 37our own age who has been through the same
experience quite recently.

What the […………………………..]does is to have a group of usually two or


three students and he or she […………………………..]meetings preferably
about once every two weeks-we generally find that more than that is just too
often-where you chat about your problems, […………………………..]life or just
about things in general and your mentor will give you the benefit of his or her
experience.

If you’re joining this scheme, you’ll be meeting your mentor today just
after […………………………..]. If you haven’t signed up by the way, it’s not too
late. Come and see me after the talk. Don’t be […………………………..]about
this first meeting: It’s going to be quite short so you won’t have time to tell
your mentor all your […………………………..]-you’ll just get to know each
other a little bit and, most importantly, fix a time and a place for your next
meeting, which you can have when you’re feeling more [……………………..]
and not so […………………………..]by the newness of it all.

Mentors, as I’ve said, have been through the same […………………………..]as


you quite recently, so they can understand your problems. They’ll be able to
tell you about […………………………..]systems, which are so different at
university from what you were used to at school. Also, because at university
you are much more independent and you have to spend so much time studying

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on your own, they can suggest […………………………..]for studying which will
help you to keep Q15 up-to-date with your work.

This university is an […………………………..]place, so another thing which


they’ll be able to help with is university […………………………..]– you know,
anything from sports halls to libraries to medical services and they can
probably help you get […………………………..]in all sorts of social activities,
too -parties, clubs, sports, whatever.

So, as you can see, this is a pretty useful scheme, but it does rely on
people […………………………..]. The telephone’s pretty useful if you have one,
but students are busy people and often out doing things, so [………………..] is
probably better. Your mentor will be able to show you how to get an e-mail
account.. .they don’t cost anything to students. They’re free. For people who
have never been away from home before, a mentor is a useful contact
and […………………………..]-somewhere between a friend and a parent. And
no doubt as the year […………..] and you start getting [……………………..]
around exam time, your mentor will be ready with usefal tips on the best wav
to pass your exams- after all, they did the same ones either last year or the year
before and they […………………………..] them!

SECTION 3

Disc Jockey: And now, after that old favourite from “The
Corrs” […………………..] ”1 never loved you anyway”, we have Dr. Greenhill to
talk to us today about stress in the […………………………..]. Is it getting
worse, Dr. Greenhill?

Dr. Greenhill: I’m not sure whether it’s getting worse or just that more people
are talking about it. Certainly lots more people are […………………………..]
about it. I’ve just completed a study of […………………………..]workers from
20 different countries. And I’ve taken a multi¬cultural [……………………..] to
the subject.

Disc Jockey: And what have you found?

Dr. Greenhill: That broadly speaking the cause of stress are […………………..]
all over the world. For example, Ramon from Mexico City says that
society […………………………..]people by individual success. But, he says,

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increasingly work is […………………………..]in teams. This means there’s
a [……………….] between personal goals and the need to […………………..]
with one’s colleagues. He finds this an acute source of stress, actually.

Then there’s Kikuko, from Osaka, Japan, who says she’s under a lot of stress
because the company she’s worked for 30 years is in […………………………..].
She says it’s because her […………………………..]made a number of
bad […………………………..], but really what worries her most is that she
might lose her job. You know, she’s in her 50s and at that age it’s not easy to
find another one. She says that she also feels […………………………..]and
that’s getting her […………………………..]too.

Well, then there’s Boris, from Odessa in the Ukraine. He puts overwork at the
top of his list of […………………………..]. Then there

are other factors. Both he and his wife have full-time jobs so that when they get
home they don’t get to relax much either.

I guess that’s a problem most of us can relate to!

Disc Jockey: We always hear about computers, e-mail and cell phones as
things which get people tearing their hair out. Is this true?

Dr. Greenhill: Mmm. In many cases, yes, but not so much as you might think-
only […………………………..] of […………………………..]give this as the main
cause- Etienne from Quebec. Canada, is one-though he also mentions change
and the feeling of being a victim of […………………………..]beyond his
control. Other people talk about the amount of work which comes with
continual change as being more stressing than new […………………………..]
themselves. People feel they lack […………………………..]in their working life.

But we must remember that in many places it’s really lack of new technology
that puts people under most […………………………..]. Take Nagwa from
Sohag in Egypt, for example. She says that for her the main source of stress
was working in noisy, hot, […………………………..]conditions day out and
with no end in sight. So it seems, we can’t win either way!

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Disc Jockey: So, what can we as individuals do to make things easier for
ourselves?

Dr. Greenhill: Well, I’ve talked to a number of […………………………..]about


this- doctors and […………………………..]– and here are a few suggestions for
reducing stress without you having to change your job! First, vary vour diet:
fish, pasta, vegetables, fruit and so on. Try not to live off sandwiches and fast
food-a […………………………..]diet in other words. Also, we tend to drink too
much coffee. […………………………..], the drug in coffee, gets us
more [………………..]. So, if you want to feel less […………………………..],
drink less coffee. It’s tough at first but you’ll notice the difference [………..]
just a few days. Finally, take regular exercise. It’s a great way of relaxing and of
course it makes you more healthy too!

For particular cause of stress there are various things you can do. If your
problem is that you think you’ve got too much work on your [……………..],
what you probably need to do is […………………………..]time better. You have
to learn to deal with the things which are really vital. Don’t waste time
on […………………………..]. There are courses to help you with this. If you are
worried about […………………………..], make plans so that if it happens you
are ready for it. Do things like set money aside and update vour cv so
it’s […………………………..]to new employers. As for new technologies, do
training courses so that you feel at home with them and so that you don’t
feel […………………………..]of them. So in the end the best way to deal with
stress is for you to take control of your life and not allow yourself to be a victim
of […………………………..].

Disc Jockey: Thank you, Dr. Greenhill on fighting stress, and, just when you
thought you could relax, here’s Dolly Parton working 9 to 5…

SECTION 4
Good evening and welcome to this month’s […………………………..]Club
lecture. I’m Donald Mackie and I’m here to talk to you about the [……………..]
in history.

A thousand years ago a total eclipse of the sun was a […………………………..]


religious experience, but these days an eclipse is more likely to be viewed as a

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tourist [……………………..] than as a scientific or […………………………..]
event. People will […………………………..]travel miles to be in the right place
at the right time to get the best view of their eclipse.

Well. What exacdy causes a solar eclipse-when the world goes dark for a few
minutes in the middle of the day? […………………………..]speaking, the dark
spot itself is easy to explain: it is the […………………………..]of the
moon […………………………..]a different and, to all intents and purposes, a
seemingly […………………………..]part of the globe.

In the past people often […………………………..]an eclipse as a danger


signal […………………………..]disaster and in fact, the Chinese were
so […………………………..]bv these events that they included among their
gods whose job was to […………………………..]eclipses. But whether or not
you are […………………………..]or take a purely scientific view, our earthly
eclipses are special in three different ways.

Firstly, there can be no doubt that they are very beautiful. It’s as if a deep
blue […………………………..]has fallen over the […………………………..]sky
as the sun becomes a black void […………………………..]by the glow of its
outer atmosphere.

But beyond this, total eclipses […………………………..]a second more


compelling beauty in the eves of us scientists…for they offer a
unique [……………………..] for research. Only during an eclipse can we study
the […………………………..]and other dim things that are normally lost in the
sun’s glare.

And thirdly, they are rare. Even though an eclipse of the sun [………………..]
somewhere on earth, if you sit in your garden and wait, it will
take […………………………..]on average for one to come to you. If the moon
werp any larger eclipses would become a monthly […………………………..]: if
it were smaller, they simply would not be possible.

The ancient […………………………..]priests, who spent a fair bit of time


staring at the sky, had already noted that there was
an […………………………..]pattern in their recurrence but they didn’t have
the […………………………..]to predict an eclipse […………………………..]. It
was Edmund Hailey, the English […………………………..], who knew his

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maths well enough to […………………………..]the return of the comet
which, […………………………..]bears his name.

In 1735, Edmund Hallev became the first person to make an accurate


prediction of an eclipse.

This brought eclipses firmly into the scientific […………………………..]and


they have since allowed a number of important scientific […………………..] to
be made. For instance, in the eclipse of 1868, two scientists-Janssen and
Lockyer, were observing the sun’s atmosphere and it was
these […………………………..]that ultimately led to the discovery of a
new […………………………..]. They named the element helium after the Greek
god of the sun. This was a major find, because [……………………..] turned out
to be the most [……………………..] element in the universe after hydrogen.
Another great […………………………..]involved Mercury…IH just put that up
on the board for you now. See – there’s Mercury – the planet closest to the
Sun-then Venus, Earth, etc. For centuries, scientists had been unable to
understand why Mercury […………………………..]to rotate faster than it
should. Some […………………………..]suggested that there might be an
undiscovered planet causing this unusual […………………………..]and even
gave it the name ‘Vulcan”. During the eclipse of […………………………..], an
American astronomer, James Watson, thought he
had […………………………..]this so-called “lost” planet. But, alas for him, he
was later […………………………..]to admit that he had been wrong about
Vulcan and […………………………..]his claim.

Then Albert Einstein came on the scene. Einstein suggested that rather than
being wrong about the number of planets, astronomers were actually wrong
about […………………………..]. Einstein’s theory of relativity-for which he is
so famous-[…………………………..]with Newton’s law of gravity in just the
right way to explain […………………………..]odd orbit. He also realized that
a […………………………..]test would be possible during the total eclipse
of […………………………..]and this is indeed when the theory was finally
proved correct.

So there you have several examples of how eclipses have helped


to […………………………..]our understanding of the universe, and now let’s
move on to the […………………………..]…

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 22
SECTION 1
Questions 1-4
Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

Example

When Julie phones, Mike is

A. on his lunch break.

B. on his tea break.

C. C. in a meeting

1. Which type of policy do they choose?

A. bronze

B. silver

C. gold

2. How much does the policy cost for group cover?

A. £50

B. £20

C. £40

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3. How will they pay?

A. credit card

B. debit card

C. cash

4. How much did the camera cost?

A. $1000

B. £1000

C. $600

Questions 5-10
Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

TRAVEL INSURANCE DETAILS

Name(s) Mike Wood

Address 5 ________________

D.O.B. 6 ________________

Emergency contact number 7 ________________

Main policy holder 8 JULIE ___________

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Date of departure 9 ________________

Date of return 10 _______________

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15
Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. Humans have long been using the stars to

A. navigate rivers.

B. draw sea maps.

C. sail long distances.

12. The building constructed by the first Europeans at the observatory was

A. a village.

B. a windmill.

C. a fort.

13. In the cloakroom, people are advised not to leave

A. coats.

B. expensive items.

C. bags.

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14. The museum does not allow visitors to stay after

A. 5.30.

B. 5.15.

C. 4.30.

15. The family ticket allows entrance to

A. four adults only.

B. three adults and three children.

C. two adults and two children.

Questions 16-20

Which attraction matches the questions?

Choose FIVE answers from the box and write the correct letter, A-F, next to
questions 16-20.

ATTRACTIONS

A. Powerhouse

B. Sound house

C. Discovery Centre

D. Lace Study Centre

E. Vector lab

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F. Observatory

16 Which of the tickets gives people a discount?

17 Which of the venues is located near the recreation area for children?

18 Which part should people visit if they are interested in clothes?

19 Which part offers an unusual service for a museum?

20 Which place houses all of the attractions mentioned?

SECTION 3
Questions 21-22
Choose the correct letter A,B or C.

21. What is Simon worried about?

A. Professor Francisco

B. a headache

C. an essay

22. What does Therese not like about Simon’s notes?

A. They’re in a list.

B. They’re in a spidergram.

C. They’re in a spidergraph.

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Questions 23-26
Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each
answer.

Motivation for participating in extreme sports

External influences:

23 _____________ attention

24 modern ______________.

Internal influences:

adrenalin rush

wanting to push themselves – 25 _ need

element of 26

Questions 27-30
Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for


each answer.

Sources for essay

Author Title Content

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research project on about
Hans German 27 __________ 28 ___________ in
extreme sports

Richard Bell 29 _________ overview of thrill seeking


Unknown 30 _________ theories and principles

SECTION 4
Questions 31 -40
Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each
answer.

Answers to world problems

Problem Cause Solution

pollution of air,
new alternatives to 33_________ and
31 ________
32______ practice respect for nature
and _______

alternatives to fossil fuels


34_____________ previous bad
such as hydrogen
depletion 35___________
36___________ in cars

unequal wealth 37________ and


solidarity among nations
distribution _______of leaders

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Questions 38-40
Choose THREE letters A-F.

Which THREE of the following are mentioned a$ potential obstacles to the


solutions?

A. new technologies

B. unpopular changes

C. research and development

D. the cost involved

E. how laws are made

F. financial inequality

Answer keys:
1. B

2. C

3. A

4. A

5. 17 HANLEY CARDENS

6. 230770

7. 0793245098

8. BENNETT

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9. 17TH JULY

10. 1ST AUGUST

11. C

12. B

13. B

14. A

15. C

16. F

17. B

18. D

19. C

20. A

21. C

22. A

23. MEDIA

24. CULTURE

25. PSYCHOLOGICAL

26. Competition

27. CROSSING BORDERS

28. 200 PARTICIPANTS

29. MOTIVATION THEORIES

30. THE MIND FILES

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31. WATER, SOIL

32. TRADITIONAL FARMING

33. ORGANIC FARMING

34. NATURAL RESOURCE

35. MANAGEMENT

36. TECHNOLOGY

37. CREED, CORRUPTION

38-40 B,D,F

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

(J – Julie; M = Mike)

J: Hi Mike! It’s Julie. Listen, I know you’re really […………………………..], but


we need to book our […………………………..]. We’re leaving in a couple of
days after all.

M: Yeah sure. I’m on my lunch break, so go ahead!

J: OK, well my first question is what type of insurance do we need? I wasn’t


sure which to choose. Do we want the […………………………..], silver, gold
or […………………………..]type of policy?

M: What’s the difference?

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J: Well the first only covers medical […………………………..], the second
covers medical and our […………………..], and the gold all of that
plus [………………..], and the platinum covers everything, including [……..]
expenses.

M: OK, well if we’re travelling in two days’ time, we don’t really need the
cancellation […………………………..], do we? What do you think?

J: Well, personally, the only thing that’s really necessary is the […………..].

M: Yeah, but would you think that if you had everything stolen?

J: Yeah, maybe you’re right. Let’s get the gold.

M: Sorry, don’t you mean the silver? I thought we agreed that we don’t need
the cancellation cover.

J: Oh veah. You’re right. Silver it is.

M: So, how much is that going to cost us?

J: Well, there are two of us so let’s see … it’s … […………………………..]for


single cover and […………………………..]for a group of up to three people.

M: But there are only two of us.

J: I know, but it’s still cheaper than doing two […………………………..]


policies. That would cost £50.

M: OK. Group cover it is.

J: Right, now, how are we going to pay? If we pay by debit card, there’ll be a
five per cent [……………………..] but I only have a […………………………..]
and there’s a two and a half per cent charge for that. They don’t have an office
in central London so we can’t pay by […………………………..].

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M: Oh really? What a pain!

J: OK. well. I’ll iust have to use mv credit card then.

M: Great. That’s […………………………..] then. What else is there?

J: Well, you know that new expensive […………………………..]you bought and


you were hoping to take some great pictures with?

M: Yes…

J: Well, the policy only covers […………………………..]up to the value of £200


and didn’t you say it cost […………………………..]?

M: No. I bought it for $1000.

J: Yeah, but that’s still more than […………………………..]isn’t it?

M: Well at the time that was around […………………………..]but it’s worth less
than that now, maybe only £300.

J: So … to cover it you’d need to pay extra.

M: Mmm …

J: I just need to check your personal details to complete this online form and
then we’ll be sorted.

M: OK. What do you need to know?

J: Firstly, I need to make sure I’ve got your full name. It’s Mike Wood, right?

M: Yep.

J: Right…, next I need your address.

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M: It’s 17 Hanley Gardens. Hanley spelt H-A-N-L-E-Y.

J: Just writing that down … 17 Hanley Street…

M: No, Gardens!

J: Oops! My mistake! OK, what’s your date of birth?

M: That’s […………………………..].

J: Right, so now I need an emergency contact number. It’s your mobile right?

M: Yes, it’s […………………………..].

J: Was that 0-8-9?

M: No, 0-9-8. Anything else?

J: Well, they need the main […………………………..]. Who would that be?

M: I think that would be you, since you’re paying for it with your card.

J: Of course! So I just type in Julie Bennett… Hang on just typing B-E- N-N-E-
T-T. OK, we’re just about done. All I need to do is enter the dates of departure
and return.

M: Well, we leave on Friday, which is the 16th.

J: No it isn’t. It’ll be the 17th.

M: Are you sure? Let me check my calendar … Oh yes, the 17th.

J: Right, so Friday the […………………………..]and returning on Friday the


31st.

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M: Hang on; if we fly out on Friday the 31st in the evening, it’ll be the morning
of Saturday the 1st by the time we get back with the
time […………………………..]. We don’t want our policy to run out before we
land now, do we?

J: No, we don’t! OK, so return date is Saturday the lst of August. OK, my
goodness that certainly took longer than I […………………………..]it to. I hope
our trip is worth it!

M: Trust me Julie, you’ll love it there, especially as you’ll have your


own […………………………..].

J: Yes, OK. See you in a couple of days then. Bye!

M: See ya!

SECTION 2

Could I have your […………………………..]please … gather round, gather


round. My name is Patricia and I’ll be your guide around The
Sydney […………………………..]. Now, as you all will know, man has been
interested in the night sky for a very long time. Indeed, before
the […………………..] of the compass, it was used by […………………………..]
to navigate their wav across the world’s oceans, a kind of’star’ map you could
say.

Now the site of the […………………………..]on Observatory Hill has its own
interesting story. Before the […………………………..]arrived, it belonged to
the Cadigal people, who may have even […………………………..]the arrival of
the new visitors from here, as this is the highest natural point in Sydney
Harbour. The early Europeans then built a […………………………..]on the site
though it didn’t last for long due to its […………………………..]position. A
little while after that, the land was used to build a fort, which was to finally
become the […………………………..]that you see before you today.

Now, let’s take a look inside. To the left of the main entrance is
the […………………………..]where you can leave your coats and bags, but
please make sure you don’t leave any […………………………..]or valuables as

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staff cannot be held […………………………..]. The museum is open during the
day until 5 pm, so please collect belongings no later than 5.15 and
please […………….] the building by 5.30. No new […………………………..]
will be allowed after 4.30 pm. After you’ve left your […………………………..],
you’ll need to buy your tickets from the ticket desk […………………………..]
behind you, before continuing on the rest of the […………………………..]. The
normal price is $8 for an adult and $6 for a child, though groups of up to four
people can save money bv buying a […………………………..]. This must
contain at least one adult and one child but no more than two children per
adult. I’ll wait for you on the other side of the ticket […………………………..]
by the coffee shop, while you all get your ticket.

So, I hope you enjoyed the tour but before I leave you I just want to draw
your […………………………..]to one more thing. Your Observatory ticket
also […………………………..]you to visit another of Sydney’s famous sights at
a […………………………..]. You’ll find lots on to keep the children [………..].
For example, they’ve got sound […………………………..] where you can have a
go at being a DJ. This is called the […………………………..], and you’ll find it
up on the second floor, just after the kid’s playground. Look for signs for the
Vectorlab […………………………..]if you get lost. For those of you interested in
fashion and design, the Lace Study Centre should not be [………………..].
You’ll get the chance to look at one of the country’s best [……………………..]
all in one place. However, like most […………………………..], only a fraction of
their collections are actually on display, but in the museum’s nniqno Discovery
Centre, you can take the […………………………..]to go behind the scenes and
see parts of the collection that are not on […………………………..]. All of these
attractions can be found under one roof at Sydney’s famous [………………..]
museum. 1 do hope you are able to go and enjoy the experience. You won’t
be […………………………..]!

SECTION 3

(T = Therese; S = Simon)

T: Hey Simon. You look down. How are you getting on with
your […………………………..]for Professor Jones?

S: Not very well I’m afraid. I can’t seem to get mv head around it. T mean, it’s
such a […………………………..]that I really haven’t got a clue where to start.

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T: Oh poor you! I’m actually free now so I can give you a hand if you like? You
have until the end of this week, don’t you?

S: Yeah, I have to hand the essay in on Friday afternoon, but the Professor
wants to see my […………………………..]on Wednesday morning!

T: Today is Tuesday so that’s tomorrow! You had better get a move on! Let’s
have a look.

S: Thanks. I’m just trying to […………………………..]some ideas, but I haven’t


got very far.

T: Let me see… Well firstly I think that writing your ideas in a list like that
really isn’t going to help. Remember how we were taught to
do […………………………..]at the beginning of the year?

S: Diagrams?

T: No, not […………………………..], SPIDERgrams! It’s supposed to mimic the


way our […………………………..]process information rather than
simply [………..] them to come out in some kind of […………………………..]
order. They’re also sometimes called Spidergraphs because of how they look,
like a spider!

S: OK, I’ll start over again.

T: Right, now our essay is on people’s […………………………..]for


participating in extreme sports. There are two sides to this really; the external
and internal […………………………..].

S: Right, so let’s look at the […………………………..]influences first of all.

T: So what kind of things make people want to do […………………………..]?

S: Well, the first thing that comes to mind is the amount of media attention on
the topic. There are always stories about people taking part in the
latest […………………………..].

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1. Exactly. Now let’s think about this more carefully. Why does so
much […………………………..]in the media?
S: I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it.

T: Well, according to the […………………………..]materials out there, it’s a


reflection of […………………………..].

S: Of course. Yes, you’re right.

T: Now, what about the […………………………..]that come from within the


person?

S: I suppose the most obvious thing to say is the […………………………..]rush.

T: Right, but what else?

S: People would want to test their limits, which is a […………………………..]


need that all humans have.

T: And there’s one more thing that we haven’t added yet.

S: What’s that?

T: What all animals do naturally: compete of course!

S: Right! It’s the element of competition that dnves all things to be the best!
Now why didn’t I think of that before?

T: How much […………………………..]reading have you done on the topic?

S: Actually, none at all – it’s really bad isn’t it, but I just haven’t had the time
with my part-time job.

T: I know what you mean, but, honestly, it’s so much easier once you’ve read
around the topic a bit. Did you get a copy of the […………………………..]
sources, because if not I’ve got one here?

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S: No, I didn’t. Thanks, that’s a great help.

T: I tell you what. You write down the main points and I’ll read it out.

S: OK, go for it!

T: The first one’s by a guy called Hans German and it’s called Crossing
Borders. It’s a […………………………..]project that was carried out on
around […………………………..]of extreme sports. It’s a really interesting
read.

S: OK, wdiat next?

T: The next book was written by a man called Richard Bell and is called
Motivation […………………………..]. It gives an overview’ of thrill seeking and
why people choose to put their lives in danger.

S: Is it long?

T: Yeah, it’s quite weighty, why?

S: It’s just I really don’t have very long before the essay needs to be in, so is
there anything on there that would help me more quickly?

T: Well, I did find a podcast on the topic. I didn’t write down the author’s
name, but they are called The Mind Files and it’s also about the theories
and […………………………..]but obviously doesn’t go into as much detail as in
a book.

S: That’s absolutely […………………………..]Therese! How can I ever repay


you?

T: Oh, I don’t know … a coffee maybe?

S: Of course, my treat!

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SECTION 4

Shall we start? Right, now … where did we get to last week? Ah, that’s right, we
were going to begin with a look at three of the world’s most [………………..]
problems; what has caused them as well as looking at some of the
many […………………………..]. Top of the list is air, water and
soil […………………………..]. With an ever increasing demand for food, came
the increased use of chemical […………………………..]during the
late […………………………..]. Now, some of you may say that this isn’t the
ultimate root of the problem, […………………………..]is, but you would be
missing out a very important step. The increase in population didn’t in itself
lead to the pollution of the air, water and soil. What caused the problem in the
first place was a move away from traditional farming […………………………..],
thanks to advances in technology. […………………………..], the answer comes
from past farming practices. Well, thankfully, the […………………………..]has
already begun. Organic, farming, and a […………………………..]for nature’s
cycles, is the key to solving the problem.

In second place, though […………………………..]linked to the first issue, is the


problem of the natural resource […………………………..]. By that I mean, not
only fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, but things we all too often take
for […………………………..], like fresh water and essential trace […………..]
in good quality soil. The main […………………………..], or guilty party, here
is […………………………..]past management practices from those in power.
Even though we knew that there were only finite supplies of traditional
energy […………..], we behaved like we didn’t. The […………………………..]
that springs to mind is ‘ignorance is bliss’. But what about a solution? Again,
the […………………………..]has already begun. We need to invest in
new, […………………………..]technologies in our vehicles – which will also
help with the first problem – and use more […………………………..]
technology: that is, produce car engines that rim on water. That’s the way
forward here. Not good drinking water, of course, but saline water, which is
in […………………………..].

Finally, we come to the last problem, that of […………………………..]wealth


distribution. Every year, more and more land on the planet is owned by fewer
and fewer people, which is in direct […………………………..]to the world’s
growing population. And the reason for this? Quite simply, the greed
and […………………………..]of those in power, I’m afraid. The only way to

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solve this one, and it’s a biggie, is for the countries of the world to work
together in [……………..] rather than against each other in [………………..].

Now, although the solutions I have presented are viable, it doesn’t mean that
they’re without their own […………………………..]. Firstly, making these kinds
of changes is going to be expensive in the […………………………..], as we
invest in the research and development of new technologies. Secondly, there’s
also the issue of […………………………..]. It’s the politicians of the world who
need to make these changes, but they also need to keep their voters happy and
may be […………………………..]to bring in new practices that may
prove […………………………..]among voters at election time. But the biggest,
and most important, […………………………..]is making the world’s monetary
system fairer, by making things more equal and balanced for all. This
includes […………………………..]ecological practices that benefit all, not just a
company’s […………………………..]. We need to begin an age of Corporate
Social Responsibility, only then can we truly move forward.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 23


SECTION 1
Questions 7-5
Complete the following information using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS OR NUMBERS

Surname 1 _____________

Given name Sharon

Address 2 ___ Tipton. TP3 4MB

Date of birth 3 ___________

Type of membership annual

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Amount due 4 £_________

Credit card number 4673 9702 0361

Expiry date 5 ___________

Questions 6-9

Label the diagram of the gym using FOUR of the following six labels. Write
the appropriate letter in the correct space on your answer sheet.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-12
Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO
WORDS for each answer.

11. The university has produced a __________ to inform students about the
different accommodation options available.

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12. All catered and self-catered accommodation is close to the ___________

Questions 13-16

On your answer sheet, write

A. if the statement applies to catered accommodation

B. if the statement applies to self-catered accommodation

C. if the statement applies to private accommodation

D. if the statement is not mentioned at all by the accommodation officer

13. Meals are included in the rent.

14. This is the best accommodation for people who want to choose when they
eat.

15. Most students live in this kind of accommodation.

16. This is the most expensive type of accommodation.

Questions 17-20
Decide which letter on the map shows the location of each of the following
university halls of residence.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-24
Answer the questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each
answer.

21. When did Jenny arrive at the university?

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22. What is Tom going to study?

23. What is jenny going to study?

24. What two items have the students been given?

Questions 25-27

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each gap.

25. Tom’s Hall of Residence is named _________________________

26. Tom’s accommodation is a _____________________ from the


campus.

27. Jenny’s accommodation is near the campus, close to the____________

Questions 28-30

Decide which three items Jenny needs to buy and write the appropriate
letters on your answer sheet in any order.

A. binders E. pencils

B. notebooks F. pens

C. notepaper G. printer

D. paperclips H. printer paper

SECTION 4
Questions 31-33

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31. Which pie chart shows the ages of the Asian students surveyed ?

32. Which pie chart shows the main reasons Asian students wanted to study
abroad?

33. Which bar chart shows the percentage of Asian students who made
Australia their first choice destination?

Questions 34-35

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Answer the following questions using A NUMBER for each answer.

34. Approximately how many foreign students enrolled in Australia in the year
2000?

35. How much did Australia’s education exports rise by last year?

Questions 36-40
Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO
WORDS/NUMBERS for each gap.

36. It became harder to get a ______________ for the USA after September
11.

37. _____________of Asian students gave lower study fees as a reason for
choosing Australia.

38. Asian students rank Australia number ________________ in terms of


educational quality

39. ________________ programmers are unlikely to reduce the number of


students going abroad in the near future.

40. Asian students are increasingly using _______________ to help


arrange their studies abroad.

Answer keys:

1. Pierce
2. 70 Welcome Lane

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3. 13th July 1980

4. 180

5. September 2009

6. D

7. E

8. 8 .A

9. B

10.C

11. Guide

12. city centre

13. A

14. B

15. D

16. D

17. B

18. D

19. H

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20. F

21. Thursday

22. European History

23.Geography

24. timetable, reading/book list

25. Wish Lane

26. 30 minute walk

27. north gate

28-30 IN ANY ORDER A, B, H

31. D
32. B

33. A

34. 100000

35. 17.8%

36. visa

37. 20%

38. three/3

39. Trans-national (education)

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40. education agents

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

Woman: Hello. I’d like to become a member of the [……………………………..].

Man: Certainly. Have you filled out an [……………………………..]form?

Woman: Not yet. Do you have one?

Man: Yes. I’ve got one right here. Or I could just enter your
details [……………………………..]into the computer. It would be quicker.

Woman: OK. Go ahead.

Man: Could you tell me your name, please?

Woman: My surname is Pierce-P I E R C E-and my given name is Sharon- S


HARO N.

Man: Thank you. And your address?

Woman: [……………………………..]. Tipton, TP3 4MB.

Man: Could I just note your date of birth?

Woman: [……………………………..].

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Man: Are you just applying for membership of the gym or would you like to
join the [……………………………..]as well? There’s a special price of £50 a
month or [……………………………..]for three months.

Woman: I’d just like to join the gym, thanks.

Man: OK. That’s £20 a month, £50 every three months or [………………..] a
year.

Woman: I’ll pay for the year.

Man: Will you be paying by [……………………………..]?

Woman: Yes. Here you are.

Man: Thank you. Card number … [……………………………..]… expiry date


… [……………………………..]. OK. I’ll just print out a form for you to sign and
you’re a member. … There you are. Sign here, please.

Woman: Great. Thank you. Could you just show me around very quickly?

Man: Certainly. Mike? Could you take over here for a few minutes? … Come
this way. Right by [……………………………..], we have a [………………..] area,
serving healthy food and drinks-no coffee or chocolate!

Woman: What a good idea!

Man: Beyond that, as you can see, there’s the main gym area.
The [………………..] are by the window, so you get a great view across the
river. Opposite them are various machines and at the far end you can see the
free weights area. If you look at the far end, you’ll see two doors. The one on
the left is the ladies’ [……………………………..]area and the one on the right is
the men’s.

Woman: And the swimming pool?

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Man: There’s a door in each changing area that leads to the [………………..].

Woman: The health spa is upstairs isn’t it?

Man: Yes, there’s a flight of stairs leading from each changing room to the
spa area. Oh, I forgot to [……………………………..]that there’s
a [………………..] beside each changing area. Our members love using those
after a workout.

Woman: How many members are there?

Man: About 300 people, of which [……………………………..]are members of


both the gym and health spa. Only about half of those people come regularly.

Woman: Does it ever get [……………………………..]?

Man: It can get a little cramped at the weekends and [……………………..] in


the evenings during the week. A lot of people like to use
the [……………………………..]. There are no rules about how long you can use
a particular machine, but we ask people to be [……………………………..]. The
swimming pool rarely gets crowded.

Woman: Are most of the members men or women?

Man: I’d sav that there are a few more women than men. [………………..] are
more likely to join the gym and spa, whilst men usually iust join the gvm.

Woman: Well, thank you very much. I’ll be along tomorrow for my
first [……………………………..]. You open at 7, right?

Man: Yes, we’re open from 7 in the morning to 10 in the evening. See you
tomorrow!

SECTION 2

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Accommodation officer: We understand the importance […………………..]
plays in student life. Which is why we aim to provide you with not only the best
possible range and standard of housing, but also advice and […………………..]
on the whole accommodation [……………………………..]. With our help you
should find yourself somewhere you want to live and
get [……………………………..]in with as little hassle as possible. Throughout
the guide that I have iust [……………………………..], you will find details of
the wide range of accommodation available at the university and how you can
apply for it.

We hope that the information we provide will [……………………………..]you


to make your choices, but please contact us at any time if you have any
questions. Our accommodation [……………………………..]from the catered to
the self-catered, the modern to the [……………………………..], and is based
over [……………………………..]across the city, all of which are located within a
short walk or bus ride of the city centre.

First, let’s look at [……………………………..]accommodation. Moving away


from home for the first time can be as scary as it is exciting. Our traditional
catered accommodation makes things easier for you, with meals included in
the rent and a [……………………………..]support network to help you adjust.
And with around [……………………………..] students in catered
accommodation you’ll have ample [……………………………..]to make new
friends.

If you like choosing what and when to eat, [……………………………..]will be


ideal. More than half of our new students live in self-catered accommodation,
which offers a taste of real [……………………………..]plus the benefits of a
sociable and [……………………………..]environment. You can choose from
either self-catering fiats, larger occupancy [……………………………..]or
university managed accommodation for one person flats, couples or families.

Then there’s private accommodation. University accommodation isn’t for


everyone. If for some reason you don’t get a place or would prefer to
rent [……………………..], we also have a register of University [……………..]
accommodation and can offer advice and support if you want to
rent [……………………………..]flats or lodgings in the city.

Now, here you can see a map of the university accommodation nearest to
the [……………………………..]. Malvern Halls are located on Humber Road,

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between Severn Road and Thames Road. This is the tallest Halls of Residence,
being a [……………………………..]block of student flats. You can get a good
view of the campus from here. Grampian Halls are
also [……………………………..] between Severn Road and Thames Road,
where Liverpool Road, sorrv. Lane, joins the two. Don’t get Liverpool
Road [……………………………..]with Liverpool Lane as I just did! It’s on the
south side of the street. Brecon Halls are between the South Gate and the West
Gate. They’re very [……………………………..]nearer the West Gate, actually.
These Halls are popular because they are newer and the rooms
are [……………………………..]larger than in older Halls. Sperrin Halls are
nearest to the North Gate … er … South Gate, on Avon Road, but
not [……………………………..]it.

Well, whichever type of accommodation you go for, I hope it suits you. Now,
I’d like to mention…

SECTION 3
Jenny: Hi Tom! How are you? Have you been here long?

Tom: Hi Jenny! I’m fine. I arrived yesterday, on Sunday. How about you?

Jenny: I got here last week, on [……………………………..]. No, sorry-just a


minute, what day is it today? Thursday, not Wednesday.

Tom: Why did you come so early? We don’t have to be here until tomorrow.
Couldn’t wait to be free from your parents, I bet.

Jenny: Very funny! I know I came a bit earlier than most people, but I wanted
to move my things into my flat and take a look around the [……………………..]
and the town. So, did you [……………………………..] to take
English [………………..]in the end?

Tom: No, I changed my mind and decided on [……………………………..]


History instead. At school, you said vou were going to
take [……………………………..], right?

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Jenny: Yes, although I was also considering geology.

Tom: Sounds the same to me!

Jenny: Well, I guess there are [……………………………..], but they’re not quite
the same. What kind of information have you been given about your courses?

Tom: Well, not much. I’ve got my [……………………………..]and a basic


reading list.

Jenny: Yeah, me too. I’ve been given a list of books to start reading. I think
there are 5 or 6 of them.

Tom: Yeah, I’ve got a similar list. They’re just books that [………………….]
the basics for the courses during the first year.

Jenny: So, what’s your timetable like? I get Wednesday and Friday afternoons
off, but the rest of the days are fairly full.

Tom: Me too. Do your lectures and [……………………………..]start next


week too?

Jenny: Yes. I think everyone’s do. This week is just [……………………………..],


isn’t it?

Tom: That’s what I gathered. My first class on Monday morning is …wait for
it… oh, Modern British History-I’m looking forward to that! How about you?

Jenny: Erm … Human Geography-also on Monday morning.

Tom: It says here that the title of the first [……………………………..]is “The
Victorian

Legacy” – sounds good! How about you?

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Jenny: I’ve got “Global Population [……………………………..]“. Intriguing! …
Where are you living?

Tom: I got a place in the Halls of Residence at Wish Lane Hall.

Jenny: Wish? As in ‘make a wish’.

Tom: Funny name, eh?

Jenny: I’m at Bridge Road Halls of [……………………………..].

Tom: That’s very close to the university campus, isn’t it? My place is

a bit further away.

Jenny: Can you walk or do you need to take a bus?

Tom: Erm … I can walk, but it takes about [……………………………..].


There’s a bus.

I guess I’ll walk if it’s not a bad day and take the bus if it’s raining.

Jenny: I’ll t.hink of you when I am taking the five minute walk from my hall to
the [……………………………..]!

Tom: I’m sure you will! At least I’ve got somewhere to stay if I don’t want to
walk home!

Jenny: Cheeky!

Tom: Is your hall near the main gate or the north gate?

Jenny: The north gate. Hey, I’m on my way to the shops. Coming?

Tom: Sure. What are you going to buy? Food?

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Jenny: Well, I might pick up a few things, but I was really going to buy
some [……………………………..]for taking lecture notes seminar notes and
some printer paper.

Tom: That’s a good idea. 1 need a few [……………………………..]to put my


notes in.

Jenny: That’s a good idea. I’ll get a couple too. Pencils? No, I’ve got a few.

Tom: Oh, some pens-I always seem to lose them! Well, you’ve been here the
longest. Where do we go?

Jenny: There’s a shop here on campus, near the main gate. There’s a café next
door, so we can stop there too, if you like.

Tom: Great idea – I could do with a coffee and a cake!

SECTION 4

Presenter: Welcome to this presentation on the [……………………………..]of


our survey of Asian students in Australia, the UK and the US. Australia is
growing in [……………………………..]among Asian students, while the UK and
the US are losing ground as the place to study for a degree, according to our
international [……………………………..]. Our research is based on the views
of [……………………………..]from 10 Asian countries studying in Britain, the
USA and Australia. [……………………………..]of the students were aged
between 18 and 21. and 30% were between 22 and 25. Four in 10 students cited
a better quality of [……………………………..]as their main reason for studying
away from their home country. About [……………………………..] said they
were doing it to [……………………………..]their experience and because they
were attracted by the [……………………………..]experience of living in a
foreign country. Business, commerce and marketing are still by far the
most [……………………………..]field of study, attracting
almost [……………………………..]of students. Three quarters of Asian
students [……………………………..]in Australia said it was their first choice,
compared to less than half when we [……………………..] the same survey in
the year […………………..]. From an Australian [……………………………..],
it’s very positive because more and more students are [………………………..]
choosing Australia rather than it being a second choice. The UK and American

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parts of the survey show that they are no longer the preferred [……………..]
they were, despite still being seen as offering the best education in the world.
Australian universities have done a really good job of [………………………..]
Australia as well as their own universities. Australia is seen as good value for
money and is attracting the more price- [……………………………..] students.

Australia’s overseas student [……………………………..]have doubled since the


year 2000 to 200000 in 2006 at a time when they have declined in the US and
the UK’s share of the global market is declining. Reflecting this increase,
Australia’s education exports rose [……………………………..]last year and
were valued at more than [……………………………..]for the first nine months
of 2006. In the United States, a [……………………………..]on foreign students
following the terrorist attacks on September 11 has made many Asian students
feel unwelcome. As a result, [……………………………..]to American
universities have declined. This could happen in the UK. If students find it
hard to get visas they could question whether the country really wanted them.
Another factor in Australia’s growing [……………………………..]was the wish
of some members of the growing Asian [……………………………..]class to
settle in the country after studying there.

The cost of study and value for money also [……………………………..]highly


on the list of reasons students gave for choosing Australia as a
study [……………………………..]: much higher than in Britain. 34% said they
selected Australia because they thought living [……………………………..]were
relatively less expensive and [……………………………..] made their decision
because tuition fees were cheaper. Quality remained the biggest draw-card for
students wanting to study in Australia, [……………………………..]the critical
importance of its [……………………………..]overseas, according to new
research. Asian students still [……………………………..]the US and Britain as
having the highest quality universities but Australia rated third, but ahead of
other [……………………………..]like Canada, New Zealand and Germany.
Despite the emergence of trans-national education programmes. [………..] of
students did not consider [……………………………..]a foreign degree in their
home country. It seems that the concern that these programmes are going
to [……………….] the number of foreign students is a bit […………………..].

Only 4% of those [……………………………..]in Australia had studied overseas


before, a [……………………………..] we attribute to an emerging middle class
of Asian students wanting to study [……………………………..]. In the past,
many Asian students had come from their home country’s

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elite, [………………..] families whose parents had studied abroad. What we’ve
got now is an [……………………………..]middle class who maybe haven’t
travelled before and whose parents were not [……………………………..]
overseas. Our study also shows that students rely more on
education [………………..] than in the past with [……………………………..] for
universities that plug direct enrolments online. Whilst our findings are good
for Australia, which is increasing in popularity as a study […………………..],
they do not mean that Australia can rest on its laurels as competition is
increasing from a growing number of [……………………………..]and study
destinations.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 24


SECTION 1
Questions 1-2
Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D.

1. Thieves often target students’ homes because students

A. are often at classes.

B. often have high-value, portable items.

C. are wealthier than other young people.

D. don’t usually lock campus accommodation.

2. If personal items are lost, destroyed or damaged, the insurance company


will usually

A. allow the student to buy a similar replacement item at the current cost

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B. give the student the sum of money the item originally cost.

C. give the student a fixed amount.

D. get the money from the thief.

Questions 3-6

Decide whether the following are insured for up to.

A. £150

B. £250

C. £600

D. £2000

E. £3000

3. a computer

4. two musical instruments

5. ten computer games

6. three suits

Questions 7-10

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

7. Academic _________are insured up to £5000.

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8. The ________________ is valid until the end of June.

9. The insurance company has a 24 ___________

10. The insurance company’s office is usually open until __________

SECTION 2
Questions 11-14
Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS
OR NUMBERSfor each.

11. What percentage of the students are mature?

12. What percentage of the students are from abroad?

13. How are the suburbs described?

14. How many students does the university have?

Questions 15-17

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each gap.

15. Newtown is England’s _____________ city.

16. The ______________ is at Salt Lane.

17. A relatively high proportion of students decide to _____________ in


Newtown after graduating.

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Questions 18-20

Complete the notes on using the university accommodation services


using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

18. The university accommodation services office is in the _________

19. The university accommodation services have a _______________ that


students can look through online.

20. The website also has responses to _______________

SECTION 3

Questions 21-25
Complete the notes about what makes a good teacher using NO MORE
THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

good communicator with interesting 21 ________________________.

knows students doesn’t 22________________ at primary/secondary levels

knows subject at both 23 ______________ level

takes students step by step honest and 24______________________

honest and 24 ______________________

clothes- 25 __________________

Questions 26-30

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Complete the notes about what makes a good student using NO MORE
THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

active-e.g. asks questions to aid understanding or for 26______________


motivated – has goals

disciplined-good behavior and maintains 27________reviews and previews

finds reasons to do things rather than reasons not to do things realizes


learning is not always linear and/or immediate

doesn’t 28________with more experience of life/education

doesn’t 29____.teachers for his/her own faults-accepts suggestions

make sutdying 30 _____________________

SECTION 4
Questions 31-32
Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS.

31. The lecturer says that an essay is like_to a specific question.

32. A key thing for lecturers to consider when they mark an essay is whether it
is

Questions 33-36
Complete the notes on the words used in the essay title using NO MORE
THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

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ideas following on from the 33_______________
Implications
for rising divorce

Phenomenon refers to rising divorce

suggests that various 34 _______________ have


different explanations
thought of different reasons for the phenomenon.
35 _______________ of a theorv, a policy,
critically analyze
research, an argument

36 ______________ a term which limits the subject to a place

the last 20 years a term which limits the subject to a time


Questions 37-40

Decide which student or students (A, B or C) would do or write the following.

37. Look at divorce statistics.

38. Assess the views of sociologists.

39. Use interviews to gather information.

40. Consider the effects of divorce on children.

Answer keys:

1. B

2. A

3. D

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4. C

5. C

6. B

7. (course) fees

8. special introductory rate

9. hour help line

10. 5 (o’clock)

11. 13%

12. 9%

13. leafy

14. 28000

15. greenest

16. third campus

17. live and work

18. Student Union Building

19. private housing database

20. frequently asked questions

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21. voice

22. make friends

23. current and previous

24. patient

25. dress(es) tidily

26. confirmation

27. study routine

28. criticise teachers

29. blame

30. enjoyable

31. an extended answer

32. relevant

33. explanations

34. analysts

35. assess the value

36. Western countries

37. A, C

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38. C

39. B

40. A

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

Student: Good morning. Is that Copewell [……………………………..]? I’d like


to ask you a few questions about getting insurance.

Salesman: Certainly. What kind of insurance are you looking for?

Student: Well, I’m a student and I need [……………………………..]cover-you


know, against theft, damage, legal problems …

Salesman: I see. Students are unfortunately [……………………………..]targets


for thieves. Student accommodation is a
particular [……………………………..]because it often contains several highly
portable and [……………………………..]items such as laptops. We offer cover
specially [………………………..] for the needs of students, covering students in
several key areas.

Student: Oh, that sounds like it’s exactly what I need. Please tell me more.

Salesman: Well, the first area we cover is room [……………………………..]. We


provide insurance cover for your belongings on a ‘new for old’ basis, including
desktop computers, against theft, burst pipes, fire, [……………………………..],
storm and flood.

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Student: Does that also cover me if I live in university accommodation?

Salesman: Yes, it does. It also covers any shared areas in your accommodation
and anything you leave in locked [……………………………..]on campus at any
time.

Student: Is there a limit on claims of this nature?

Salesman: Yes, there is. Individual items are limited


to [……………………………..] per claim and the following items are limited
to [……………………………..] per group per claim: valuables,
musical [………………..] and any data storage devices apart from computers,
such as CDs. DVDs, [……………………………..]and computer games. Clothes
are limited to a maximum of [……………………………..]. However, cover for
items above these amounts is available for an additional […………………..].

Student: I see. And how about accidental damage?

Salesman: We cover contents against [……………………………..]damage


occurring while they are in your rooms and we cover [………………………..]
keys and locks, up to £150, if you lose your keys.

Student: Does this cover items that I leave in my accommodation during


holidays?

Salesman: Yes, it does, but the limit is lower-up to [……………………………..]


in total-and there is only cover for up to 35 days. That is if the rooms
are [……………………………..]continuously for 35 days.

Student: I understand. Am I also covered against theft [……………………..]


travelling?

Salesman: Yes, you are. I should also point out that your mobile phone is
fully [……………………………..]and the insurance covers any airtime abuse by
the thief up to [……………………………..].

Student: Great. What about legal and health problems?

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Salesman: Your legal [……………………………..] are covered up
to [……………………………..] for defending claims against you, for claiming
against other people for [……………………………..]or injuiy they cause you,
and tenancy [……………………………..]. The last one is particularly useful for
students. Course fees you have paid or are [……………………………..]to pay in
the academic year up to [……………………………..]in total are also covered, if
as a result of your [……………………………..], death or accident you have to
leave your course early, or if a parent on whom you rely for financial support
suffers illness or [……………………………..].

Student: That’s sounds very comprehensive indeed. Does the [……………..]


introductory rate still apply? It savs here that it’s valid until the end of June.

Salesman: Yes, it’s still valid. There have been no changes in the terms of the
offer. Can I just mention that the following [……………………………..]cover is
automatically included free of charge in all our [……………………………..]-our
24 hour help line, providing advice and [……………………………..]on health,
drugs, debt, housing, legal and [……………………………..]matters; cover for
your personal legal [……………………………..]of up
to [……………………………..]; loss or damage to property on loan to you, up
to [……………………………..]; loss or damage to your landlord’s property, up
to [……………………………..]; credit card theft, up to £500; injury and
damage to [……………………………..]by mugging or assault, up to £5000; and
accidental death of a parent or [……………………………..], £5000.

Student: That’s exactly what I’m looking for-a fully comprehensive [………..].
I’ll come to your office this afternoon. Should I come to see you personally,
or…?

Salesman: You can ask for me. My name is [……………………………..].

Student: Right. My name is Shipton, Annie Shipton.

Salesman: OK I’ll see you this afternoon. We normally close the office at 5 but
I’ll be here until 6 today.

Student: Thank you. I should make it before then. Goodbye.

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Salesman: Goodbye.

SECTION 2

Professor: Welcome to the university. We [……………………………..]ourselves


to be one of the IJK’s most progressive and [……………………………..]
universities. We pride ourselves on making a difference-to our students, our
staff and to the businesses we work with. Our research and business ideas,
alongside our highly sought after [……………………………..], contribute to the
economic and social [……………………………..]of both our region and to the
UK as a whole. Our teaching methods and [……………………………..]are first-
rate and are supported by our world-class [……………………………..]research.
Our students are a diverse group and benefit from a [………………………..]
approach that helps them to get the most from their studies.
Currently, [………………..] of all of our students are [………………………..]
and 9% are from outside the UK. Both of these figures are significantly higher
for [……………………………..]students. We offer top quality teaching and
learning [……………………………..]and the ability to learn flexibly in a way
that best suits their needs. For example, we are one of the UK’s leading
universities in [……………………………..]and offer a range of distance learning
and part time courses as well as the more traditional full time courses.

Our partners in industry choose to [……………………………..]with because of


our [……………………………..], business led approach and our high quality
research, facilities and students. Our partners include Sony, BP, the NHS,
Network Rail, Cisco, SAP and Microsoft. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and
we have [……………………………..]heavily in new technology over the last 15
years in order to ensure that our technological [……………………………..]
matches the [……………………………..]approach of our teaching. We are
recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, eleaming
and [……………………………..]. Our university plays a key role in the city and
region in which it operates. We are located in both heart of Newtown and in its
leafy [……………………………..]and our [……………………………..] students
add to the vibrancy and [……………………………..]of the city.

Let. me tell you a little about our campuses. Right in the heart of Newtown’s
busy city centre is the university’s City Campus, a welcoming
modem [……………………………..]with some of the finest learning and
teaching facilities in Europe. Around this hub revolves a flourishing,
diverse [……………………………..]community. Our second campus, only a

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couple of miles away, is a complete contrast. The [……………………………..]
Academia Campus is set among lawns and trees in one of
Newtown’s [……………………………..]suburbs-just as typical of this city,
England’s [……………………………..], as the bustling city centre. In May 2005
we opened the [……………………………..]Health and Wellbeing Building at
Academia Campus. The [……………………………..]“beacon for health and
social care education” was officially opened by our University Chancellor,
Professor Hall, and provides world-class [……………………………..]for our
health and social care students. Plans for further development of both
campuses are already well advanced with the university planning to replace its
third campus at Salt Lane with a new home for the [……………………………..]
of Computing, Engineering and Sciences at City Campus.

It’s not only the University environment that’s popular with students- the city
of Newtown is a big [……………………………..]too. Home to two universities
with more than [……………………………..]students, plus Europe’s largest
further education college and the headquarters of Learn Direct, Newtown is
very much a learning city. It’s one of the country’s most in-demand
student [……………………………..], and once they arrive students enjoy the
Newtown experience so much that a higher [……………………………..]stay on
to live and work here than in any other city outside London.

Now, with regard to accommodation, our accommodation […………………..]


offer a friendly free service to help you find the right place to live in Newtown.

They have an office in the Student Union Building, but they also have a
website, which provides details of all our [……………………………..]and self-
catered [……………………..] and a searchable private housing […………….].
The University guarantees to offer all first year students accommodation of a
reasonable standard in university owned [……………………………..], or in the
private sector. On the website, we have also tried to answer some of the
most [……………………………..]asked questions and provide some useful help,
advice and information on how to apply for accommodation. If you can’t find
the information you are looking for on our website, go into the office where our
staff are happy to answer any questions you may have-or you can contact them
by phone, fax or e-mail. The university is [……………………………..]to the
accommodation needs of [……………………………..] and provides both single
sex accommodation and accommodation that is suitable for students with
disabilities and [……………………………..]requirements. We also cater to the
needs of mature and international students.

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SECTION 3

Cindy: OK, everyone. We’ve been asked to think of the [……………………..] of


good teachers and those of good learners. Mike and
myself [……………………………..] to look at the former [………………………..]
Janet and Tim took on the latter. Mike, you’ve got our list.

Mike: OK everyone. This is what Cindy and I came up with. First, the teacher
needs to be a good [……………………………..]. The teacher needs to be able to
speak clearly and to explain what things mean. Taking this idea a bit further,
the teacher should have an interesting voice. [……………………………..]is
often boring enough, without having a teacher with a boring voice.

Cindy: Yes. The teacher should sound [……………………………..]the subject.


This might help the students to be a bit more lively and interested.

Mike: We also thought that a good teacher should get to know his or her
students. We don’t mean that he or she should try to make friends with the
students-that’s generally [……………………………..]a bad idea at primary and
secondary schools. We mean that the teacher needs to know something of
their [……………………………..]and their interests.

Cindy: The third thing is that a good teacher must know his or
her [……………………………..]inside out at the required level. It would be
a [……………………………..]if the students knew more than the teacher! This
means that the teacher must be well [……………………………..]and fully
familiar with the [……………………………..]not only at the current level he or
she is teaching but also at the [……………………………..], so that he or she
knows what the students already know.

Janet: Or at least should know! You could say that a good teacher is aware that
what is taught is not always the same as what is learnt.

Mike: Good point, Janet. Our next point is that a good teacher [……………..]
you up one step at a time. They see that the gap between where you are and
where you need to go is small enough to [……………………………..], so you
can move up [……………………………..], one step at a time, but large enough
to [……………………………..]true, real progress. Another thing is that teachers
are [……………………………..], sometimes even role models, for students.

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Much of one’s character is shaped by teachers. So, as a good teacher, you must
be honest and be patient. In addition, a good teacher must dress tidily, so as to
set an example and to look [……………………………..].

Cindy: So, Janet and Tim-over to you.

Janet: Well, we came up with a [……………………………..]list of things. First,


a good student is active. This [……………………………..]a wide range of
things-not only getting on with the work assigned to them. For example, a
good student will ask questions, [……………………………..]when they don’t
understand something or for [……………………………..]. He or she is
motivated to learn and has study goals – either general goals such as getting
into university or [……………………………..]for things that he or she wishes to
learn in the next month. A good student is [……………………………..]. Now,
we don’t just mean good [……………………………..]-we mainly mean that he
or she has the discipline to stick to a good study [……………………………..].
This includes reviewing and previewing work Tim will tell you what else we
thought of.

Tim: We also thought that a good learner focuses on finding reasons why to do
something not on reasons not to do something. Poor students usually tend to
offer the [……………………………..]response “But…”

Mike: Yes, I’ve seen that a lot.

Tim: Haven’t we all? A good student is aware that learning often happens days
or months later. It is not always linear and it is not always immediate. He or
she sees learning as a long-term ’project’ rather than ’[………………………..]’ it
if you like into clusters of’to do’s’, e.g. [………………….] for an exam. Many
students will not do anything until about two weeks before a test and then
cram.

Mike: Then I wonder why they didn’t do well!

Tim: Exactly! Any other ideas?

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Cindy: I think that a good student doesn’t [……………………………..]teachers
who have seen it all and done it all and actually have a better idea of what
students need.

Janet: Nor do good students [……………………………..]a teacher for his or her


own lack of [……………………………..]. He or she accepts suggestions and
tries to [……………………………..]them into their learning.

Tim: I think that the key point is that a good student sets up his or her learning
to be [……………………………..].

SECTION 4

Presenter: Welcome to this first presentation on writing


an [……………………………..]. A university essay can be thought of as
an [………………………….] answer to a quite [……………………………..]
question that has been posed by your lecturer. A key consideration for
lecturers when they mark students’ work is whether the essay before them
is [……………………………..]that is whether it does in fact provide an answer
to the question being posed. For this [……………………………..]it is important
when you prepare to work on an essay that you spend a reasonable amount of
time reading and [……………………………..]over the essay topic so that you
understand [……………………………..]what is being asked. This
involves [……………………………..]and thinking about key words in the topic,
among other things. This tutorial on essay writing is based on the following
topic:

“In the last 20 years, rates of [……………………………..]have risen


significantly in Western countries. Critically [……………………………..]some
of the different explanations given for this [……………………………..]. In your
discussion you should consider what [……………………………..]these
explanations might have for social policy.”

‘Implication’ is a common term. Implications can be thought of as a set of


ideas that follow on in some [……………………………..]sense from a preceding
set of ideas. In the case of this essay, the [……………………………..]set of ideas
are the [……………………………..]for rising divorce. What is required then is
that students consider what social policies might follow on from each of the
different explanations [……………………………..]. Note that the word

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‘phenomenon’ refers here to ‘rising divorce’. This means that the essay will
need to be [……………………………..]with explaining why divorce rates
have [……………………………..]. ‘Different explanations’ suggests that
different [……………………………..]have come up with a variety of reasons for
this happening. To ‘critically analyse’ means to assess the value of some entity
with [……………………………..]to its strengths
and [……………………………..]. This [……………………………..]may be a
theory, a policy, an [……………………………..], a piece of research etc. In the
case of this essay topic, what needs to be [……………………………..]are the
different explanations given for rising [……………………………..]. This
proposition is central to the essay topic. Clearly the essay will need to
be [……………………………..]in a general sense with the subject of rising
divorce. It is also important to note those terms which limit the subject in
some way, in this case to a [……………………………..]place – Western
countries-and to a particular time-the last [……………………………..].

I asked three different students spent some time analysing the divorce essay
topic. On the following three slides, you can read each of
their [……………………………..]of the topic. After reading each, decide
whether you think it is a reasonable interpretation of the topic.

This slide shows Student As analysis – “This essay topic is about divorce in
Western countries. I would look in detail at [……………………………..]for
divorce in various countries. I would then turn to the [………………………..] of
divorce, as discussed by various [……………………………..]. I would describe
the effects divorce is thought to have on parents and on children. Then I would
consider what social [……………………………..]solutions there are for the
problems arising from divorce.”

Student B wrote-“For this essay I would focus on why rates of divorce have
increased in [……………………………..]. To answer this question, I would give
my own critical explanation, [……………………………..]on what I know from
experience are the reasons why [……………………………..]choose to divorce. I
would then interview a number of divorced people I know asking them what
the reasons were for the [……………………………..]of
their [……………………………..]. I would then consider current social policies
relating to divorce and find out how well the people I interview have coped
since they were divorced.”

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And this slide tells us what Student C wrote-“This topic states that divorce has
risen in Western countries. First I would want to find out if this is the case by
looking at statistics from a number of countries. Assuming that
the [……………………………..]is true, I would then look at a variety
of [……………………………..]given by sociologists for this increase. For each of
these, I would consider how [……………………………..]an explanation it is.
The topic seems to imply that rising divorce is a [……………………………..]
that needs to be addressed by policy makers. I would then think about what
sort of social policy [……………………………..] might follow on from each
explanation.”

Having read the three interpretations, in your opinion, which seems the most
reasonable [……………………………..]? … Ah, yes, I think you’ve got the
answer. Of the three [……………………………..], Student 3’s would be closest
to what is required. The student is proposing to comment on the adequacy of a
range of [……………………………..]explanations for divorce, i.e. critical
analysis, and then to consider what types of social policy would follow on from
her explanations, i.e. [……………………………..].

IELTS Listening Practice Test 25


SECTION 1
Questions 1-7
Complete the form below.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each answer.

BELLINGHAM REAL-ESTATE AGENTS

Property to rent

Type of property: 1 __________________

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Architectural type: 2 storey

Address: 3281 2________________ , Richmond, British


Columbia.

Monthly rent: $700 3___________ plus $ 30 for 4 _________

View of: 5 _____________________

The landlord’s information

Name: 6_________________

Addre as above

Telephone: 7 _________________

Cell phone: 903 2773987

Questions 5 – 10

Circle TWO letters A-E.

8. Which of the following does the kitchen contain?

A. dishwasher

B. washing machine

C. dryer

D. gas stove

E. microwave

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9. Which of the following does the house have?

A. a swimming pool

B. air conditioning

C. central heating

D. a games room

E. a fireplace

10. Which amenities are nearby?

A. the university

B. a shopping mall

C. a park

D. a sport centre

E. a movie theatre

SECTION 2
Question 11
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for your answer.

11. What does WSP aim to promote?

_____________________________________

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Questions 12-17

Complete the table showing details of the projects.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each


answer.

Period:

S = Short-term

M = Medium-term

L = Long-term

LIST OF PROJECTS

Special
Country Period Project
information
basic knowledge
Japan S village 12_________ of Japanese
required

renovating a children’s
Poland 13_______
holiday centre

accommodation in
Mexico S sea turtle conservation school with
14_______

architecture; planning US $16____ on


China 15 ______
and design arrival

provide medical care for


India M
17______ children
Questions 18-20

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Complete the flowchart.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer

You complete an application form and send it with 18____________

We send a “Welcome Pack” with:

general information

formal 19______________

a questionnaire.
We use the questionnaire to match you to your job.

20______________before departure we send full detail of your placement.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-30

Complete the table below as you listen.

Write A NUMBER or NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS to fill each


space.

Name What is it? Need people to

▪ write features
▪ 22________
Grapevine 21 _________
▪ profread
▪ 23 ________

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▪ 25 _________
Concrete 24 _________
▪ organise

work in all areas of radio


Livewire 26 _________
broadcasting
▪ act
▪ direct programmes
Nexus UTV student TV station
▪ 27 __________
▪ be comedians
▪ 29 __________
Notice Board 28 ________
▪ produce the magazine
▪ 30 _________
Student Web website ▪ do graphics
▪ write articles

SECTION 4
Questions 31 -40
Complete the summary below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Both social factors and the development of 31_have been important in the
growth of tourism. It would appear that how much 32_ a country possesses is
the main factor in whether its people will travel widely. Most tourists today are
from the 33_world, but their populations are levelling off. Soon there will be
an increase in the number of older tourists, who will be less likely to want to go
34_and will probably prefer alternatives such as trips to 35_.

Questions 36-40
Complete the tables below.

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Types of Tourism Technological Breakthrough

modern tourism jet plane

first package tour 36________________

new booking method 37________________

Destination Attraction

Ireland in the past countryside

Ireland today 38 ________________

Crystal City, USA brocoli ( a vegetable)

Gilroy, USA 39 ________________

Stratford, Canada 40 ________________

Answer keys:
Section 1, Questions 1-10

1. (modern) (family) house

2. Number One/No. 1 Road

3. per room

4. (the) cleaner/cleaning

5. (over) (the) ocean

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6. Peter Truboise

7. 6047 4106

8. AE

9. CD

10. BC

11. international understanding

12. improvement

13. M

14 (very)basic conditions

15. L

16. 250

17. disabled

18. (a) passport photo

19. terms and conditions

20. 1/A/One month

21. (a) student magazine

22. sell advertising

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23. take photographs

24. (a)newspaper

25. edit

26. student radio station

27. read the news

28. (a) magazine

29. write articles

30. write websites

31. technology

32. wealth

33. developed

34. skiing

35. art galleries

36. (the) railway

37. (the) Internet

38. literature/writers

39. garlic

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40 .drama (festival)

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
Woman: Hi. Bellingham Real-Estate Agents. Could you hold, please?

Man: OK.

Woman: Sorry about that. What can I do for you?

Man: Yeah. I’m looking for some tenants for my house and I was hoping you
could [……………………………..]it for me.

Woman: Sure. No problem. Is it here in [……………………………..]?

Man: No, it’s just outside in [……………………………..].

Woman: Very nice. It’s a house, you say?

Man: Yes. It’s a family house. It’s two-storey, quite modem.

Woman: Right. And you’re wanting to rent out the whole place, is that right?

Man: No, no, just two rooms are for rent-that’s two [……………………………..]
plus the use of the rest of the house-it would really suit a couple of students.

Woman: OK. Can you just tell me the [……………………………..], please?

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Man: Yeah sure, it’s [……………………..] Number One Road. Richmond.

Woman: OK, that’s quite a way out. And how much were you thinking of for
these rooms?

Man: I thought [……………………………..]per room would be a pretty fair


price.

Woman: Is that per month?

Man: Sure.

Woman: OK. You’d get at least a thousand if you were in Vancouver.

Man: Yeah, I know.

Woman: Hum. Any other costs?

Man: Er, just the [……………………………..]who comes once a week.

Woman: Cleaner, OK. And how much would your tenant have to pay her?

Man: Hm, actually. It’s a guy and…er…that would be another [……………..] a


month for the cleaning.

Woman: OK, and is it nice? I mean is it got a view and things?

Man: Sure, it looks out over the ocean. No [……………………………..], but


there’s lots to look at from the [……………………………..].

Woman: OK, and your name is?

Man: Peter Truboise.

Woman: Truboise-is that B-O-Y-S?

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Man: No, it’s T-R-U-B-O-I-S-E.

Woman: Truboise. Nice name. And your address?

Man: It’s the same one as I just gave you.

Woman: Fine, as above. Got a phone number you can give me?

Man: Sure. I’m calling vou from it. It’s [……………………………..].

Woman: And a cell?

Man: Yes. That’s [……………………………..].

Woman: Now let’s get down to the serious stuff. What have you got in the
kitchen? A fridge, of course.

Man: Yes. a fridge. and there’s a [……………………………..].

Woman: Got facilities for washing clothes?

Man: Yeah. A washing machine in the [……………………………..], and a


dryer too.

Woman: OK. Gas or electric stove?

Man: Electric, and in the kitchen there’s a microwave as well.

Woman: Fine. Now what about the house? Anything worth [……………..]?

Man: Sure-there’s a room for nlaving ping pong and pool.

Woman: Great and how’s it heated?

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Man: It’s got central heating but no fireplace.

Woman: That’s too bad. I like an open fire in winter. [………………..]?

Man: No.

Woman: No conditioning. I suppose you’ve got a TV?

Man: Sure.

Woman: Cable?

Man: Er, afraid not. I’ve never gotten around to putting it in.

Woman: Fine. What sort of tenant are you looking for-students, you said?

Man: That’s right. Although it’s quite away from the university, though-I guess
they’d need a car.

Woman: That’s true. Still, there’s a [……………………………..] iust a block


awav-I’m looking at a map right now.

Man: Yup, just a small one-no movie theaters or anything like that. We’re
right by the [……………………………..]though and that’s something.

Woman: Sure, [……………………………..]in this weather. I wish I was there


myself! Any other [……………………………..]in the area?

Man: There’s a [……………………………..]lounge on the comer and a couple


of

hamburger joins. You’d have to go [……………………………..]for a movie


though. Oh, and Boyd Park is only a couple of hundred yards away.

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Woman: OK. Mr. Tmboise, I’ll post this up for you and I hope you have some
luck.

Man: Thanks, bye.

Woman: Bye, and take care.

Man: Sure, thanks.

SECTION 2

Hi, everyone. My name’s Sam Thomas, and I’m here to give you some
information about [……………………………..]Student Projects, or WSP for
short. The talk takes about [……………………………..], and after that I’ll be
happy to answer questions, OK? Right, well, WSP is a voluntary
service [……………………..], which was set UP to [……………………………..]
international understanding. Right now, we’ve got people from 30 different
countries working in local [……………………………..] around the world. So, if
you’re interested in joining them, I’d like to tell you about some of
the [……………………………..] that are available.

Now, depending on how long you want to be away, there are three sorts
of [……………………………..]to choose from: short-term projects lasting two
to three weeks, [……………………………..]projects lasting between one and six
months and long-term projects which can be anything up to a year. One of the
short-term ones we’ve got on offer at the moment is in Japan.
It’s […………………..] improvement project, and the work [………………..]
clearing the river banks and planting flowers, things like that. You’d be
working alongside local people, so you need a basic [……………………………..]
of Japanese for that.

The next one to tell you about is a children’s holiday center in Poland.
What’s [……………………………..]here is basically manual work. You’ll be
painting rooms, gardening and generally preparing for the
children’s [……………………………..]. It’s a medium-term project lasting six
weeks, and there’s comfortable accommodation on site.

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And now something for the animal lovers amongst you. It’s
a [……………………………..]project for sea turtles in Mexico. Sea turtles are
under threat from [……………………………..]in that part of the world, so your
main job would be collecting and moving the eggs to a safe site. It’s a short-
term project, and you’d be staying in a local school, but
be [……………………………..]that it has very basic conditions. Don’t expect
any [……………………………..] of satellite TV! [……………………………..]
Now, here’s an exciting opportunity in China for any budding [………………..].
This is a long-term project, and […………………..] are for nine months, you’d
be working in an office in Shanghai, involved in planning and design,
under [……………………………..] of a local architect. Oh, and I should
mention that you have to pay an additional fee of [……………………………..]
US dollars when you arrive.

Finally, do we have any medical students here? Because there’s


a [……………………………..]available in a center for disabled children in India.
You’d be providing general medical care and also [……………………………..]in
the [……………………………..]of department. It’s for six months, so you can
get plenty of experience and also do something worthwhile for [……………..]
children.

Well, that’s just a taste of the [……………………………..]range of projects we


have to offer, but I hope it’s […………………..] your […………………..]. And in
case you do decide to apply, let me tell you what happens next.

First of all, you need to fill in an application form and send it to us. Oh, and
you should also include a [……………………………..]photo, by the way. Once
we’ve [……………………………..]the form and photo, we process them
and’then we send you a “Welcome Pack” containing general information about
the programme, together with the formal terms and conditions. These terms
and conditions are basically a list of [……………………………..]on both sides,
yours and ours-what happens if you want to leave early, ect. And you also get a
detailed [……………………………..], which helps us identify a suitable job for
you.

Then, about one month before you leave, you’ll receive all the details about
your particular [……………………………..]. And I think that’s about it. Oh, I
never forgot to mention, we’ve also got a website. The address is in our
brochure. Now, are there any questions?

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SECTION 3
David: [……………………………..]what you’re going to join yet, Sarah?

Sarah: Well, I want to do something [……………………………..]with media


and [……………………………..], but there’s such a lot to choose from.

David: Isn’t there? Let’s look at all the information we’ve got and we can
decide what we want to do later.

Sarah: Right, let’s see. There’s something here called [………………………..].

David: What is it?

Sarah: It’s a student magazine. Apparently it won Magazine of the Year at


the [……………………………..]and NUS-I guess that’s the National Union of
Students-media awards in [……………………………..].

David: That sounds good. Do they want people to work on it?

Sarah: Oh yes, they want lots of people. It says here they need people to
write [……………………………..], sell advertising, and to proofread articles.
Oh, and to take [……………………………..].

David: That’s a possibility. I like the idea of taking photographs.

Sarah: Do you? I think I’d like to write [……………………………..]but I’m not


sure. What have you got there?

David: Concrete. It’s a newspaper. It sounds very [……………………………..].

Sarah: What makes you say that?

David: Well, it’s [……………………………..]long, for a start. That’s bigger than


some national newspapers.

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Sarah: I suppose it is. What else does it say?

David: Let’s see. It did well at last year’s media [……………………………..]too.


And it says it has lots of different sections as well as news… like features, sport
and [……………………………..].

Sarah: That might be good experience. What do they need people for?

David: They want people to edit and organise. I wonder what they mean
by [……………………………..].

Sarah: Yes, it does sound a bit vague.

David: Well, it’s obviously well-organised. It started


in [……………………………..]and it’s still going strong!

Sarah: (not sure) Mmmm…sounds possible.

David: Yeah, but let’s go on, shall we?

Sarah: Here’s something a bit different. Livewire-it’s a student […………..]


station.

David: Now that does sound interesting. What type of programmes do-
they [……………………………..]?

Sarah: It just says good [……………………………..]and entertaining


progammes.

David: What are they looking for?

Sarah: Again there aren’t a lot of details. It says they want people to work in all
areas of radio [……………………………..]. I think I’d like to find out more
about that one.

David: Mmm so would I. We’ll come back to it later.

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Sarah: Oh look at this. Do you fancy being on television?

David: Don’t tell me there’s a student TV station as well?

Sarah: Yes, there is. It’s called Nexus UTV. They produce a wide range
of [………………..] and they have a production deal with the [………………..]!

David: That sounds really interesting. Is it difficult to get into?

Sarah: I don’t know, I don’t think so. They want a lot of people. Actors…

David: I used to act in school plays-when I was about [………………………..]


old.

Sarah: Well, maybe acting isn’t for you. But they also need people to direct,
programmes, to read the pews and to be comedian. I could see you as
a [……………………………..].

David: Ha ha! Shall we go for that then?

Sarah: Maybe, let’s look at what else there is.

David: I think there are two more, yeah something called Notice Board-
whatever that is-and Student Web.

Sarah: What’s Notice Board about?

David: Well, it’s a magazine with lots of local information.

Sarah: Mmm… doesn’t sound all that [……………………………..].

David: Well, if you change your mind. They want people to write articles and to
produce the magazine.

Sarah: I don’t think so. Let’s look at Student Web.

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David: OK. Well, we’ve had the radio station and the television station, so
I [……………………………..]we had to have the [……………………………..].

Sarah: It’s quite a big website. Look, there are a thousand pages.

David: What sort of things are on it?

Sarah: Well, there’s information about shops and entertainment but there are
also [……………………………..]and a news [……………………………..]. They
want people to write websites.

David: Writing websites sounds a bit too [……………………………..]for me.

Sarah: Ah, but they also need people to do some graphics and to
write [……………………………..].

David: I still don’t think that’s for me. What about you?

Sarah: No, it doesn’t really interest me either. I like the sound of Grapevine,
Livewire and Nexus UTV.

David: Yeah, those are the three I’d choose. But we’re only going to have
enough time to join one club so let’s go back and look at the information on
those three again.

Sarah: OK, first…

SECTION 4
Travel and tourism is the largest [……………………………..]in the world, but
calculating its economic [……………………………..]is quite difficult. The one
thing everybody can agree on, though, is that it’s huge. There are two things
which have [……………………………..]the growth of tourism. There are firstly-
social [……………………………..], and secondly- technology and the way
it’s [……………………………..]. Let’s consider the social factors first of all.
Demand for tourism is [……………………………..] mainly by the amount

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of [……………………………..]a country has, which is why countries such as
Japan, Australia, the USA and western European countries
have [……………………………..]most in terms of [……………………………..]
numbers in the past. However, growing wealth in developing countries will
mean that [……………………………..]for holidays abroad will take off there in
the near future, [……………………………..]tourism enormously.

That said, the majority of tourists are still from what are called
the [……………………………..]nations. However, studies show that their
number will not rise much further in the next few [……………………………..]
because their populations are fairly [……………………………..]. As a result
there’ll be a growth in the number of [……………………………..]people who’ll
have more time on their hands. This will influence the kind of tourism wanted:
fewer skiing [……………………………..]will be required, but there’ll be an
increase in.

Let’s turn now to the second [……………………………..]in the growth of


tourism. The technology that [……………………………..]mass tourism today is
the jet plane. Air travel has opened up the world.
In [……………………………..], scheduled planes carried [………………….]
million passengers. Today there are four times as many. In fact, Cheaper and
more [……………………………..]transport has been behind
the [……………………………..]of mass tourism from its beginnings in Britain
in the [……………………..] century. The first package tours were arranged
in [……………………..] by Thomas Cook, an [……………………………..]whose
company [……………………………..]became one of the world’s largest tour
operators. In his day, it was the railway that [……………………………..]his
business to flourish.

Today, technology is proving important in other ways as well as


in [……………………………..]. In the past people went to a travel agent to find
and book their holiday. Now many of these people are bypassing the High
Street [……………………………..]and booking their holidays themselves on the
Internet. Airlines have been keen to [……………………………..]this direct
approach as it keeps down their costs, and [……………………………..]High
Street travel agents are finding their business is [……………………………..].
These days there may be more tourists to go around, but there is also more
competition among [……………………………..], as cities, countries and
continents all compete for tourist revenue. But becoming a tourist destination
is not quite as [……………………………..]as it may. seem. For example, Ireland

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used to sell itself as a place to enjoy the beautiful countryside. However it
soon […………………….] that it was attracting young student [………………..]
without any money. So how did Ireland set about increasing [………………..]
from tourism? Well, the Irish Tourist Board came up with the idea of
promoting the country’s […………………….], using the names of writers such
as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce to [……………………………..]to older, richer
tourists who would spend their money in the hotels and [……………………..]
of the country. However, there are other ways of appealing to tourists. The US
is [……………………………..]with places that claim to be the capital of
something or other-sometimes things which may seem
rather [……………………………..]: Crystal City, for example, is the world
capital of the vegetable [……………………………..], and then there’s Gilroy-
famous for its garlic. These towns are trading on a single […………………..] to
attract the tourists.

Festivals are another way to bring them in-literary, food, art they’re all staged
for one reason only: to attract tourist revenue. Many a town has sought to copy
the success of Stratford, Ontario, which was [……………………………..]from a
small run-down blue-collar town to a busding [……………………………..]
centre by the [……………………………..]of Tom Patterson, who managed
to [……………………………..] a British director to stage their first drama
festival in [……………………………..].

But then boosting a city through tourism is nothing new. In 18th Century
England, Bath Spa became [……………………………..]after the owners of the
hot baths [……………………………..]Beau Nash, the trend-setter of his day,
to [……………………………..]the city. I want Zto end the lecture there for
today. Now, Thank you.

IELTS listening practice test 87


SECTION 1
Questions 1-3

Complete the form below.

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Write A NUMBER for each answer.

Example: Answer

Name: Lester Mackie

Membership No.: 1 ____________

Mailing address: 17 Westmead Road, Annandale

Fax No.: 2 __________

Phone No.: 02 579 6363

After 5:00 p.m. 3______

Questions 4-6
Circle the correct answer for each question.

4. Why does the caller need the literature?

A. For a student paper.

B. For a newspaper article.

C. For research.

D. For general interest.

5. How long can the caller have the books after the date of posting?

A. 3 weeks.

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B. 6 weeks.

C. 5 weeks.

D. 2 weeks.

6. How will the caller pay the fees?

A. Credit card.

B. Cheque.

C. Money order.

D. Cash.

Questions 7-10

Look at the booklist below.

Write in the boxes the appropriate letters (A, OL or R) as explained below.

available in the library A

out on loan OL

request from other library R

ITEMS REQUESTED
Example Answer
Hallsworth, E.G. (1978) Land and Water Resources Of Australia [A]
7. Government publication (1984) Land Degradation in
[]
Australia
8. Government publication (1998) Coastal Zone Inquiry Report [ ]

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9. Fisher, D. E, (1980) Environmental Law []
10. Raiswell, R. W. (1980) Environmental Chemistry []

SECTION 2
Questions 17-16
What is Dr. Pendleton’s opinion of the following developments?

Write A if he thinks they have been generally beneficial for workers

Write B if he thinks they have been generally harmful for workers

Write C if he has no strong opinions either way

Example Answer

The shift from manufacturing to services C

11. goal-oriented careers

12. flatter management structures

13. contracting out specialist activities

14. Internet recruitment

15. mobile phones and beepers

16. continual re-education

Questions 17-20
Complete the notes below.

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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Generally in industry the 17________________ of products is becoming


shorter so companies require 18_____________from the workforce. This
means that there are fewer 19_____________________jobs. Another
major change is that new technologies have enabled people to 20
________________

Questions 21-27
Who gave these explanations for rises in intelligence?

Write A if it was James Flynn

Write B if it was John Rust

Write C if it was Robert Howard

21. television and computers

22. better nutrition

23. smaller families

24. car-driving

25. more complex societies

26. wider access to education

27. more sophisticated concepts

Questions 28-30

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Circle the correct letters A-C.

28. Which graph best illustrates changes in intelligence in Western


industrialized countries over the last 40 years?

29. Which graph best illustrates changes in intelligence in some East Asian
countries over the last 40 years?

30. What explanation is given for improvements in British exam results?

A Better Teaching

B Higher Intelligence.

C Lower Standards

SECTION 4

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Questions 31-32
Complete the diagram below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and/or A NUMBER for each


answer.

Questions 33-35
Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and/or A NUMBER for each


answer.

33. Taylor wrote his theory in the_____________century.

34. Taylor’s theory was that people only worked for_____________.

35. Later research concluded that some people preferred to work________.

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Questions 36-37
Complete the diagram below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and/or A NUMBER for each


answer.

Questions 38-39
Complete the table below.

Look at the table and notice that in this section you need to listen for
percentages.

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Source of job satisfaction % of employees
Insprirational leader 72%
Type of work 38 ______________
Good pay 50%
Flexible working hours 39 ______________
Questions 40

Choose the correct letters A-D.

40 What does the speaker say about workers in the UK?

A They want to have a good lifestyle.

B Socialising at work is not a priority for them.

C They want to earn a lot of money.

D Having a job title is a priority for them.

Answer keys:
1. M 9301274
2. 863 5923
3. 5791857
4. B
5. B
6. D
7. R
8. A
9. A
10. OL
11. A
12. B
13. A

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14. A
15. B
16. C
17. life cycle/lifecycle
18. (much/far) greater/more/ increased flexibility
19. permanent (or) tenured
20. work from home/telecommute
21. A
22. C
23. C
24. A
25. B
26. C
27. B
28. A
29. B
30. C
31. behaviour
32. job satisfaction
33. 19th/nineteenth
34. money
35. in teams
36. basic
37. status
38. 55%
39. 40%
40. B
BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
L = Librarian M = Mackie

(Phone rings.)

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L: Good morning, City Central [………………………………]. May I help you?

M: Yes. I want to order some books and copies of [………………………………]


please. You can send them to me through the post or courier, can’t you?

L: Yes, certainly. I’ll just get the form and take down some […………………].
First your name please, sir.

M: Lester Mackie. That’s M-A-C-K-I-E.

L: Mackie, Lester. And your [………………………………]number. .

M: That’s M [………………………………].

L: M 930…

M: [………………………………].

L: Thank you. Now your address please. That’s the address you want us to
send the items to.

M: It’s 17 Westmead Road, Annandale.

L: And could I have your phone number and your [………………………………]


please?

M: Yes. The fax number is [………………………………].

L: 863 5923.

M: That’s correct. The daytime phone number is [………………………………]


and after 5:00 p.m. it’s [………………………………].

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L: Now may I ask why you’ll be needing the books? I’m sorry about this, but we
have to have this information whenever we send books out from a
telephone [………………………………].

M: No problem. I’m preparing a short article for the […………………………]


watch section of the local newspaper. We’re quite [………………………………]
about the prob¬lems we’re facing here now, [………………………………] since
we’ve been getting so many tourists in the [………………………………].

L: Oh I know. I’m so glad someone is doing something about publicizing the


problem.

M: Now how long can I keep the books for?

L: Well, as you know our normal loan period is three weeks with a two
week [………………………………]over the phone. However, in cases where we
send books out by post we allow a longer [………………………………]loan
period to allow for the [………………………………]time. So you may have the
books for six weeks from the date of [………………………………]. But I’m
afraid the two-week […………………………] won’t apply then. However, you
would be able to renew them by bringing them in for [………………………],
provided no one else has a […………………………] on them.

M: I should think the normal period will be enough. Now how do you prefer
the [………………………………]and [………………………………]fees to be paid?

L: We accept both cash and [………………………………], but it will be such a


small sum it might be more [………………………………]to send us a money
order.

M: Hm. Would it be alright if I left it until I come in next time and mat pay
cash then?

L: Of course. There’s no problem with that at all.

M: Shall I tell you the articles I want copied first?

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L: Good. I’ve got all that down. Now [………………………………]we could go
on to the books. You tell me the books you need and I’ll tell you whether we
have them [………………………………]available or whether you’ll have to wait
a bit for them, alright? The details I’ll need are the author,
the [………………………………]date and the title of the book. Is that
OK?[………………………………]M: Yes, no problem at all. Um, the first one is
by [………………………………], published in 1978. It’s called Land and Water
Resources of [………………………………].

L: Hm. Yes. We have that available on the shelves.

M: Good. Now the next two are both [………………………………]publications.


The first one is rather old, published in [………………………………]. That’s
Land Degradation in Aus¬tralia , but the second one is more recent. That’s
Coastal Zone Inquiry Report from [………………………………].

L: I’m afraid we don’t have the first one. We’d have to get that from the
government [………………………………]for you, but the second one, the later
one, has hist, come in so I’ll put that aside for you.

M: Wonderful. Now there are three more. Two rather old books, but
they’re [………………………………] works so you probably have
them. [………………………………] Law by Fisher, and Environmental
Chemistry by Raiswell. They were both published in […………………………].

L: Yes, we do have both those texts. Environmental Law should be on the shelf,
but Environmental [………………………………]is out on loan at the moment.
I’ll put that on reserve for you.

M: Right. And the last one is The Environment [………………………………]of


Travel and Tourism by M. Bums and Associates, [………………………………].

L: (slowly) Burns, Environment Impact… No I’m sorry we don’t have that, I’ll
have to use the inter-library loan [………………………………]and get it in for
you.

M: Oh. How long is that likely to take?

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L: Well, it really depends where we can get it. If it’s available […………………]
it shouldn’t take more than a few days, but if we have to
send [………………………………]for it, it could be rather a while. We’ll do our
best to hurry it up.

SECTION 2
Hello. This afternoon I’m going to begin by [………………………………]some of
the main changes that have [………………………………]in the labour market
and in working practices over the last [………………………………]. One of the
most significant changes has been the vast move, especially in [……………]
countries, from […………………] to service industries. Although this has freed
many people from heavy and […………………] work in factories, many people
find their work in [……………] industries equally boring and just
as […………………………].

Another important change has been that people no longer expect to spend
most of their working lives with the same company or [………………………]. As
a result people set themselves [………………………………]which they work
towards, and they use the various jobs they do and the different companies
they work for as steps towards these objectives. For […………………………]
workers I think this has helped them become more [………………………………]
and given them more control over their lives.

In most companies the [………………………………]team has become


less [………………………………]. This is often called […………………………] or
delayering. In other words, there are fewer [………………………………]and
fewer levels of management. As a result, there are not so
many [……………………] for promotion and people often feel frustrated
because they find themselves at the same level for many years without the
chance to rise in the company.

Competition from new products and from different parts of the world means
that [………………………………]companies have to adapt very fast to changing
markets and this [………………………………] them to be
very [……………………]. Increasingly this means they don’t employ workers
directly, but employ other small [………………………………]companies
or [………………] to do the job when they need them. This means they don’t
have the expense of employing workers when they don’t need them.

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I believe that for workers who are [………………………………]there are various
gains: they’re often better paid for the work they do, they work in smaller,
more human organizations and they’re able to organize their working lives in
ways which suit them, instead of having to fit into the [………………………] of
a large company.

Of course, the biggest areas of change have come with the


technological [………………………………]. Workers now have the chance to go
job [………………………………]on the World Wide Web, so they have
more [………………………………] to find better or more suitable jobs.

Statistics show that generally people work much harder than in the past with
much longer hours. New technologies are largely responsible for
this, [………………………………]mobile phones and beepers or pagers, These
things force [………………………………]to stay in contact with their offices
even in their free time and at weekends. I think this is a pity as people need to
be able to relax and have time for themselves.

Another effect of [………………………………]change is that jobs evolve


very [………………………………], and workers have to be continually going on
training courses in order to remain employable. As a university teacher, I can
hardly complain about this, but it can place [………………………………]strain
on workers if they’re obliged to retrain for jobs well into their late 50s when
they’re getting close to [………………………………], so I’m not sure if it’s a
good thing or a bad thing.

New technology and global [………………………………]have, between them,


meant that the life cycle of products isn’t nearly as long as it used to be. This
has had a [………………………………]effect on companies and on the way we
work. In order to cope with sudden changes in the market, companies need
much greater [………………………………]from their staff. As a result large
numbers of tenured or [………………………………]iobs have disappeared.
Apart from university lecturers like myself, few people can expect nowadays to
have a job for life, and [………………………………]short-term employment has
become the norm for many people. However, we have to be positive. One
wonderful change which has come out of the technological […………………] is
the opportunity for the office worker to [………………………………], that is. for
them to work from home, with their computer and modem. This enables them
to organize their working lives around their families and cut out the

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long [………………………………]to and from work which are the bane of most
office workers’ lives.

SECTION 3
Farouk: Hi, Martin. Hi, Maria. How are you getting on with
your […………………] ? You’ve got to give the [………………………………]on
Friday, haven’t you?

Maria: Hi, Farouk. We’re getting on fine. It’s just so interesting! Do you want
to hear about it?

Farouk: Well, I’ve got ten minutes before my next [………………………………],


so why not? Let’s hear it?

Maria: Great. And it’ll help us to sort out who said what, won’t it, Martin?

Martin: That’s right. You know, what we’ve been looking at


is [………………………………] done by a number of […………………………]
from different parts of the world on [………………………] quotients-how
they’ve been rising over the last 50 years.

Farouk: Really?

Maria: Yes! Some psychologists have [………………………………]increases in


intelligence of up to [………………………………]in one generation.

Farouk: Amazing. What’s causing us all to get [………………………………]?

Martin: There’s a political scientist from New Zealand called James Flynn.
Well, he’s a [………………………………]in this field, and he’s found that people
perform the [………………………………]tasks in intelligence tests much better
than they did 50 years ago. Partly he puts this down to people playing with
their PCs and watching TV- things like that.

Farouk: What about diet? Does that have anything to do with it?

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Maria: Perhaps. Robert Howard, a Sydney [………………………………], thinks
that it does. Just as eating better has made children taller,
their [………………………………]intelligence has also risen. He also says that
parents are having fewer children, so they’re able to pav
more [………………………] to their children, which has a [……………………]
effect on kids! intelligence.

Farouk: IQ tests have verbal and [………………………………]elements too.


Have these also been improving?

Martin: Yes, but only moderately. It’s the [………………………………]element


which has made the big difference and Flvnn also [………………………………]
that modern activities like driving may play.a part in this.

Maria: There’s a British researcher, John Rust: who has made


the [………………………………] point that modem life is much more
complicated than it was fifty years ago. Our intelligence has had to develop in
order to [………………………………] it all.

Martin: Remember also that far more children have the [……………………] to
go to school nowadays. Howard thinks that must be a leading factor in
improved IQ test [………………………………].

Farouk: Well, yes, that would seem fairly obvious.

Maria: To come back to John Rust: he suggests that as science


and [………………………………] develop, ideas become more complex. Well,
the people who produce these ideas, the Einsteins and Hawkings
are [………………………………] highly intelligent people, but, he says, ordinary
people’s [………………………………] has also had to develop to cope with these
sew [………………………………].

Farouk: Are there any limits to intelligence or will the human race just
continue to get [………………………………]and cleverer?

Martin: Er, actually, research in some Western [………………………………]


countries such as Australia and some European countries […………………]
that intelligence rose quite steeply for 2 to 3 [………………………………]and

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then levelled off a few years ago. Some [………………………………]think that
quite soon we may see it beginning to dip-in some countries students seem to
be less [………………………………]than before. In that sense there may well be
a limit to intelligence.

Maria: On the other hand, this rise in intelligence started to happen some
years later in East Asian [………………………………]-the so-called Asian
tigers-and it still hasn’t leveled off.

Farouk: Is higher intelligence what has caused exam results


to [………………………………]here in Britain, do you think?

Maria: Well, that’s rather a [………………………………]question, so it depends


who you ask, but you must remember that [………………………………]ago only
about 5% of school-leavers here went on to university. But there’s been a
vast [………………………………]of the university system, and nowadays
about [………………………………] of young people get a higher education. So I
guess exams must have been getting easier for all those people to get in.

SECTION 4
My lecture today is on [………………………………] at work.
If [……………………] are to improve the running of their organization, it’s
important for them to understand what motivates the [………………………]-to
know how to satisfy both the high flyers and those who have
lower [………………] or ability.

First of all, let’s look at the model of how motivation works. You will see that
every member of the workforce has needs or [………………………………], and
these needs and expectations will [………………………………]each person’s
behaviour- For example, they will work harder if they know that they will
be [………………………………]– that is, if they can achieve their goals of higher
pay or promotion. The achievement of these goals will, in turn, lead to
iob [………………………………]. This then feeds back into the worker’s needs
or expectations.

Over the years the development of different [………………………………]of


management and different approaches to organization has affected the way we

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view motivation. In the [………………………………]century, the writer
Frederick Taylor put forward the [………………………………]that workers were
only interested in making money. In contrast, in the early twentieth century,
researchers found that people went to work to [………………………………]a
range of different needs, and not simply for financial reward. One need, in
particular, was [………………………………]the social need. An early study done
on a [………………………………]company, for instance, showed that people
generally were happier and worked more productively if they were able to work
in teams.

One important [………………………………]theoiy of motivation was put


forward by Maslow in [………………………………]. Maslow identified five
important needs which he placed in a [………………………………]: at the
bottom of the triangle he put what he called “basic needs”: good pay and
pleasant working [………………………………]. Then, above the basic needs, he
put “[………………………………]needs”-safe working conditions and job
security. His third need he called “social”-the need to have friends at work and
get on with the boss. Fourth werft ” status needs”-a job title and
social […………………]. Finally, at the top of the [………………………………],
Maslow [………………………………]the need for [………………………………]-
to have a challenging job with opportunities for [………………………………].
His theory isn’t perfect, but it’s a convenient framework for viewing the
different needs and [………………………………]of work that people have, and,
what’s more, I believe it s still valid today.

During an early twenty-first century survey of full-time [……………………],


when asked what gave them job [………………………………], 72% said having
an inspirational leader. […………………] of those Questioned found
satisfaction in the [………………………………]of their work. 50%-by being paid
well, and 40% said [………………………………]working hnnro Consequently,
we can see that this indicates that today, an employee’s opinion of the quality
of the [………………………………]in their workplace is an important
factor [………………………………]belief in the company as a good place to
work.

Motivation varies over a person’s working life and also [………………………] to


where they live. Studies show that people have different goals in different
countries. For example, a good […………………] would appear to be
more [………………………………] in Spain than it is in Sweden. Financial
security is more important in the US than in the UK. Social [……………………]

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at work is important to workers in both Germany and Australia, but not of
top [………………………………]in Britain and Italy. As to
high [………………………………]-this is more important in the USA than to
Europeans. These results [………………………………] clear differences
between countries, but I don’t think they should be taken too [………………].

There have been many theories which have [………………………………]to


explain the nature of motivation. These theories are […………………………]
true, and by and large all help to explain the behaviour of certain people at
certain times. However, none really [……………………] all the answers. The
best a company can do is to provide people with the right environment to
be [……………………]. If they are self-motivated, they will […………………]
well.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 27


SECTION 1
Questions 1-6
Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS for each, gap.

1. One walk includes a break at the oldest pub so that the walkers can get some
___________________
2. The castle walk allows more time to see the castle wall. and walk on the
_____________
3. You have to _______________ if you want to go on the Ghost Walk.
4. The Ghost Walk goes to the castle and the ____________.
5. The walks are suitable for adults and __________.
6. The fourth walk shows people the ___________ of the writer Robert
Jones.

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Complete Questions 7-10
the following table of information about the walks.

Walk Price Start – Finish

City sights tour £10 7 _____________

Castle tour £7 8 ____________

Ghost Walk £7 8 p.m – 10 p.m

Robert Jones Walk £8 2 p.m – 5 p.m

▪ Discounts available for groups of five or more people


▪ Walks take place every day except 9 ____________________
▪ Visit our website – 10 __________________

SECTION 2
Questions 11-15
Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO
WORDS for each gap.

11. You can have__________________paid direct from your account.

12. Ask your_________________________to tell you when and how


much money will arrive.

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13. Having a Cirrus or Maestro card may allow you to spend money from your
_____________________

14. Debt and not paying ______________________are key things to


avoid.

15. The___________________________at your educational institution


will be able to give you advice.

Questions 16-20

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

16. What should you go to different companies for?

17. Where can you find a list of insurance companies?

18. Which policies pay the full price of replacing possessions?

19. What medical conditions are not always covered by medical insurance?

20. What activity might be an exemption?

SECTION 3
Questions 21-26
Complete the sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each
gap.

21. The professor wants the students to pretend that they are____________.

22. Sandra points out that recruiters need to know if people have the right
________________- not just qualifications and experience.

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23. Sandra also points out that a new person can change the___________.

24. The professor says that ________________________doesn’t usually


have an effect on a persons character.

25. Mike says that in a_____________________employees have to trust


each people to do their job.

26. Mike thinks that asking people about their_______________ can tell
you something about them.

Questions 27-28

Which two people are most in favour of personality questionnaires?

A. The professor.

B. Sandra.

C. Mike.

Questions 29-30

Which two people are most in favour of setting applicants problems?

A. The professor.

B. Sandra.

C. Mike.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-32

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Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS
AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

31. In which year did the SPI introduce the recycling symbol?

32. What is the minimum size of the symbol?

Questions 33-40

Complete the following table of information using NO MORE THAN


THREE WORDS for each gap.

Easily recycled?
Number Used for
(yes/no)

bottles, containers, fibre-fill, bean


1 yes bags, rope, car bumpers, tennis ball
felt. 33_______ . cassette tapes, sails

containers. 34_______ . piping.


2 yes
plastic lumber, rope

35 _____ . shower curtains, medical


3 no tubing, vinyl dashboards, baby bottle
nipples

wrapping films, 37________ .


4 36 _______
sandwich bags. containers

5 no containers, e.g. Tupperware

coffee cups. 39 ____ . meat trays.


6 38 _______ packing “peanuts”. 40________ .
cassette tapes

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7 no special products

Answer keys:
1. refreshments

2. exhibits

3. book ahead

4. cathedral

5. older children

6. life and times

7. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

8. 9a.m.-midday

9. Monday(s)

10. www.walknewtown.com

11. (regular) bills

12. (financial) sponsor

13. home account

14. (your) rent

15. (student) counsellor

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16. (an) insurance policy/-ies

17. (local) telephone directory

18. “new-for-old” or “new for old”

19. pre-existing

20. (playing a) dangerous sport

21. managers

22. character

23. (whole) group dynamic

24. company training

25. team situation

26. hobbies

27. A

28. C (27 + 28 in either order)

29. A

30. B (29 + 30 in either order)

31. 1988

32. half-inch / half inch / half an inch

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33. combs

34. toys

35. plastic pipes

36. no

37. grocery bags

38. yes

39. disposable cutlery

40. insulation

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
Customer: Good morning. I’ve heard that you offer [………………………………]
of the city.

Tour Guide: Yes, we do. We have four walks. Did you have any [………………]
one in mind?

Customer: Not really. Actually, I don’t know anything about your tours. Could
you…?

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Tour Guide: Of course. Here’s our leaflet. Let me take you through it. Our main
walk is a [………………………………]one of the city centre, lasting a whole
afternoon. It is quite long, but takes you to all the main sights and a
few [………………………………]-known ones. As you can see, we take in the
castle, the [………………………………], the historic houses along
the [………………………………]and the city gate. Halfway through, we stop at
the oldest pub in the citv-the Cat and Dog-for [………………………………].

Customer: That looks very interesting. I see you have a walk that just takes in
the castle.

Tour Guide: Yes, it spends more time examining the castle and its history. The
first tour I [………………………………]visits the castle briefly, but this one
includes visits to all the [………………………………]there and a longer walk
along the castle wall.

Customer: I heard something about … Ah, yes-there it is. The Ghost Walk in
the evening.

Tour Guide: Ah, yes. This is a very popular tour. You’ll need to book ahead for
this one. The tour starts here at 8 p.m. every evening […………………………]
Mondays and finishes here at about… well, about two hours later.

Customer: Which places are visited on the walk?

Tour Guide: Well, again, we take people to the castle and to the cathedral, but
we don’t go [………………………………]. At the cathedral, we see a
few […………………] and tell people some pretty [………………………………].

Customer: Is the walk suitable for children?

Tour Guide: Not really. Actually, all four of our walks are really
for [………………………………]or at least older children.

Customer: And the fourth walk is…

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Tour Guide: Well, it follows the life and times of Robert Jones, the
famous [………………………………]writer, who was bom here and lived here
most of his life. We take people to see where he was
bom, [………………………………]and lived. This tour is popular with people
interested in Victorian [………………………………]as much as with people
interested in literature.

Customer: I see. Now, prices … they’re not listed here in the [………………].

Tour Guide: Prices depend on the [………………………………]and the number


of people you make a booking for.

Customer: We’d be interested in taking a tour sometime next week-mid- week-


and we are a small group of [………………………………].

Tour Guide: OK. There’s a small discount or groups of 5 to 10 people. The full
price for the City Sights tour is [………………………………]per person. The
Castle tour is £7. The Ghost Walk is also £7 and the Robert Jones Walk is £8.
The [………………………………]is 5% of the total fee.

Customer: Thank you. And what time do the tours start? You said the Ghost
Walk starts at 8 p.m.

Tour Guide: Yes, the City Sights one starts at [………………………………]. and
finishes at 6 p.m. The Castle tour starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at midday. The
Robert Jones Walk starts at 2 p.m. and finishes at 5 p.m.

Customer: The Ghost Walk is not on Mondays. How about the other walks?

Tour Guide: The same. Our office is open on Mondays for booking walks, but
there are no tours that day.

Customer: I see. Thank you very much. I see you have a website.

Tour Guide: Yes-www.walknewtown.com-“[………………………………]” is


written as one word. It has up-to-date information and you can also see the
exact routes we take and the timings.

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Customer: Sorry?

Tour Guide: The timings. How long we spend at each [………………………].

Customer: Oh, I see. Thank you.

SECTION 2
Presenter: Welcome everyone. My name is Derek Palmer and I’m here to give
you some tips about [………………………………]your money. It is worth
making a little effort to keep your [………………………………]affairs in good
shape. Keep your money under [………………………………], and you
can [………………………………]on the real business of studying and living
here. Here are two basic tips for [………………………………]your finances.

First, make full use of banking [………………………………]. Once you have


opened a bank account, you can ask the bank’s financial [……………………] to
help you decide how to manage your money. You can use vour bank account to
pav vour regular bills such as [………………………………], gas and telephone
by direct debit or by standing order, on a regular basis. The financial advisers
can help you to organise a [………………………………]account to
pay [……………………] bills or help you to deal with any [……………………]
when you might need an [………………………………]facility. If you have a
financial [………………………………], make sure you find out from them
exactly when the money will become available to vou and how much there will
be. You can also use [………………………………]to pay for goods and services.
With banking becoming [………………………………]more and more on an
international basis, vou mav also find that vou can use the cash card you have
in your own country to draw money from your home […………………………]
while you are here. Cards carrying signs such as Cirrus or Maestro may have
this [………………………………]. Ask your home bank about this before you
leave, to [………………………………]that you bring the right cards with you.

Second, deal with financial problems [………………………………]. Monitor


your account in the UK carefully and make sure you do
not [………………………………]-or, if you have arranged an overdraft, make
sure you do not go over the amount you agreed with the bank. If you do run
into any money problems, take the [………………………………]and sort them

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out quickly-do not risk going into debt or falling behind with your rent.
Problems may arise, for example, if there is a sudden change in
the […………………] situation in your country, if there are […………………]
delays in transferring your money, or if your personal [………………………]
change—for example, your accommodation [………………………………], your
marital status. In these situations, do not be tempted to borrow money.
Instead, get advice from a [………………………………]source. Start by meeting
wifo the student [………………………………]at your college or university. He or
she can tell you what to do about paying your [………………………………]fees,
and whether there are any [………………………………]funds
or [………………………………]trusts that might be able to help you. If you are
building up debts on credit cards or rent arrears, debt counselling may be
available at your [………………………………]. If the problems are caused by
political situations or changes in foreign [………………………………], ask your
Embassy for advice.

Let’s turn to insurance. During your stay, there are three types of insurance
that you might need. The first is personal [………………………………]
insurance-to cover your possessions against [………………………………]or
theft. If possible, try to arrange this in your own country before you come to
the UK. The second is medical insurance-to cover
your [………………………………]. You may prefer to arrange this in advance.
The third is motor insurance. You must have this if you want to drive a car or
ride a motorcycle here.

For each type, there are many different insurance policies available, so look
around until you find one that meets your needs – including your budget. You
will find a [………………………………]of
insurance [………………………………]listed in vour local telephone directory,
and your bank or building [………………………………]may also be able to offer
you an insurance [………………………………]. Many insurance companies
have special policies for students. Ask the [………………………………]adviser
at your college or university for advice. Make sure that you understand all the
conditions before you agree to a [………………………………].

When you are considering a particular policy, ask yourself some questions.
What will be [………………………………]to me when I make a claim? Some
personal property insurance policies, for example, only pay you the second-
hand value of your lost [………………………………]. “New-for-old” policies will
pay you the lull cost of replacing the item, but they tend to be more expensive.

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Are there any conditions [………………………………]to the policy? Some
medical insurance policies will not cover vou for [………………………………]
medical conditions-that is. conditions vou already have when vou take out the
policy. Some personal […………………] policies may not cover
your [………………………………]if they are taken away from the place where
they are normally kept-for example, if you take your CD-player to a friend’s
house. Are there any [………………………………] to the policy? For example, a
medical insurance policy mav not cover vou if vou plav
a [………………………………]sport. Now, let’s look at…

SECTION 3

Professor: Good morning. Now, this term, we’ve looked at


various [………………………………] of recruitment and you can now see how
much more there is to it than just putting [………………………………]through
a short interview or reading CVs. Now, today’s tutorial is just to recap some of
the main points regarding [………………………………]. I’d like vou to imagine
that you are [………………………………]and we will discuss how
different [………………………………]would fit into the team or group they have
to work with. We’ll look at some examples later. You can select someone-even
a friend-who has all the right [………………………………]. Then, you can also
check that they have a lot of [………………………………]– that they’ve done the
sort of tasks that you want them to do in your company.

Sandra: But vou need to know if they have the right […………………………] ,
don’t you?

Professor: Precisely, Sandra. If they start work and you realise that they just
don’t get along with everybody else…

Mike: You’ve got a problem.

Professor: Exactly, Mike. Exactly. They might have [………………………………]


views on how to do something. They might not be able to get on with other
members of your team.

Sandra: Even adding one person to a team can change the whole?
group [………………………………], can’t it?

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Mike: Absolutely. This could be particularly true with someone who is
particularly outgoing or [………………………………].

Sandra: Could company training reduce the [………………………………]of this


happening?

Professor: Possibly, but company training tends to show new people how you
do something at a particular company rather than changing a person’s
character to suit vour company.

Mike: There’s also the question of [………………………………]. Particularly in


a team situation, people have to believe in each other’s ability to do the tasks
the boss has given. They have to trust that everyone will do their part of the
job.

Sandra: Right. But trying to find out what someone’s […………………………] is


in a job interview is … well, is it possible? I mean, you won’t find out what
they’re really like until they actually start work.

Professor: Well, is there any value in asking [………………………………]


questions about their hobbies, for example?

Sandra: I doubt it. What could that tell you?

Mike: I don’t know. It could tell you something about their personality-
whether they’re outgoing, for example.

Professor: Most people [………………………………]recruitment would argue


that it does tell you something. More and more [………………………………]
around the world are making use of “personality [………………………………]”
to help them select new staff.

Mike: Yes. You mentioned those in the last lecture. Do they work?

Professor: Well, most employers use them, but there is concern that they do
not reveal the applicants’ true [………………………………].

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Sandra: Yes. Some people might just write the answers that they think
the [………………………………]wants.

Professor: That’s true. Very often, employers can weed out the applicants who
do that by asking more detailed questions during the [………………………],

Mike: The fact that they have been used for so lone and that they are so
widely used makes me think that there must be something in them.

Professor: Well…

Sandra: I’m not so sure. Just because they’re used a lot, that
doesn’t [……………………] mean that they are useful or [……………………].

Professor: True. But these tests have been created


by [………………………………]and they believe that the answers can
provide [………………………………]as to roughly the type of person that the
applicant is.

Sandra: How about the idea of setting problems for applicants and
seeing how they [………………………………]them?

Professor: I like that idea, but the problems need to be simple, since Q29/30
there’s not much time to [………………………………]a full answer. In addition,
the applicant doesn’t have much [………………………………]knowledge of the
way that the company does things.

Sandra: It’s a good idea, but may not always be practical. Usually it is though.

Mike: I’ll need [………………………………].

Professor: Let’s move on to take a look at…

SECTION 4

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Lecturer: Today, we’re going to look at recycling programmes.
The [………………………………]over what we can and cannot recycle continues
to [………………………………]consumers. Let’s look at plastics first, as they are
especially [………………………………], since different types of plastic require
different [………………………………]to be [………………………………]and re-
used as raw material. Some [………………………………]accept all types of
plastic for recycling, while others only [………………………………]jugs,
containers and bottles with certain numbers stamped on their bottoms.

The symbol code we’re familiar with-a single digit ranging from 1 to 7
and [………………………………]by a triangle of arrows-was designed bv The
Society of the [……………………] Industry, or SPI. in [………………………] to
allow consumers and recyclers to differentiate types of plastics while providing
a uniform coding system for [………………………………]. The numbers, which
many countries now require to be [………………………………]or imprinted on
all-or at least most-containers that can [………………………………]the hajfjnch
minimum-size symbol, identify the type of plastic. The [………………………]
also help recyclers do their jobs more effectively.

The easiest and most common plastics to recycle are made


of [………………………………]terephthalate, or PETE, and are assigned the
number 1. Examples include soda and water bottles, medicine containers, and
many other common consumer product [………………………………]. Once it
has been processed by a recycling [………………………………], PETE can
become fibre-fill for winter coats, sleeping bags and
life [………………………………]. It can also be used to make bean bags,
rope, [………………………………], tennis ball felt, combs, cassette tapes, sails
for boats, [………………………………]and, of course, other plastic bottles.

Number 2 is [………………………………]for high-density polyethylene plastics.


These include heavier containers that hold laundry [………………………………]
and bleaches as well as milk, [………………………………] and motor oil. Plastic
labelled with the number 2 is often [………………………………]into toys,
piping, plastic lumber and rope. Like plastic [………………………………]Q34
number 1, it is widely accepted at recycling centres.

Plastics that are less commonly recycled include [………………………………],


commonly used in plastic pipes, shower curtains, [………………………………],
vinyl dashboards, and even some baby bottle [………………………………].
These get the number 3. Like number 4, which include wrapping

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films, [………………………………]and sandwich bags, and other containers
made of low-density polyethylene, and 5, which are polypropylene containers
used in [………………………………], among other products, few municipal
xecvcling centres will accept it due to its very low rata nf [……………………].

Another useful plastic to recycle is number 6, which is used


in [……………………], or Styrofoam, items such as [………………………],
disposable cutlery, meat trays, Q39 packing “peanuts” and insulation. It is
widely [………………………………]because it can be re- Q38/40 processed into
many items, including cassette tapes and rigid foam insulation.

Last, but far from least, the [………………………………]plastics to recycle are


items [………………………………]from various combinations of
the [………………………………]plastics or from unique plastic formulations
not commonly used. Usually imprinted with a number 7 or nothing at all, these
plastics are the most difficult to recycle and, as such, are
seldom [………………………] or recycled. More [………………………………]
consumers should feel free to return such items to the
product [……………………] to avoid contributing to the local waste stream,
and instead put the burden on the makers to recycle or [………………………] of
the items properly.

Practice every day to improve your IELTS listening

IELTS Listening Practice Test 28


SECTION 1
Questions 1-4
Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

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1. Martina Bila’s appointment with the accommodation officer is
at__________.
2. Martina’s current accommodation is________________ from the
university than she expected.

3. The landlady is a _______________ .

4. The ____________________ to the university isn’t good.

Questions 5-7

Choose the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

5. Martina is looking for


A. catered accommodation.
B. Self-catering accommodation.
C. A place with a landlady.
D. Catered or self-catered university accommodation.

6. The accommodation officer received details of some accommodation


A. the day before Martina made the appointment.
B. The day Martina made the appointment.
C. The day after Martina made the appointment.
D. The day before he met Martina.

7. When does the accommodation officer think other accommodation will be


available?
A. In the next few days.
B. In the next few weeks.
C. Not for a long while.
D. He doesn’t know.

Questions 8-10
Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS
AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

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23. How much do students pay for catered accommodation during term time?
24. What nationality are Martina’s new flatmates?
25. What will Martina lose?

SECTION 2
Questions 11-12
Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS for each answer.

1. What is the title of the series of presentations that David Price will
make?
2. What item has David Price given each student?

Questions 13-14
Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 1 year before
going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from the
following list:

A. apply for scholarships


B. consult tutor about current course
C. make a precise budget for your studies abroad
D. think about how you will pay your fees
E. book accommodation
F. pay your fees to the foreign universityQuestions 75-76

Questions 15-16
Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 6 months before
going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from the
following list:

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A. get a new passport
B. revalidate your passport
C. ensure your passport is valid for at least six months
D. get a visa for the country you are going to
E. ensure your passport is full
F. make sure your passport has some empty pages

Questions 17-18
Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 2 or 3 months
before going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from
the following list:

A. transfer money abroad


B. get a plane ticket if costs are reasonable or low
C. check how much luggage you can take
D. check if flights arrive on time
E. book accommodation
F. make sure you have a conditional university offer

Questions 19-20
Complete the following summary of what students should do about health
issues using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

One month before leaving find out if you can get


19_________________where you are going to. Two weeks before you leave
ask your doctor to 20_______________ giving reasons for any medicines
you are taking with you.

Questions 15-16

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Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 6 months before
going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from the
following list:

A. get a new passport


B. revalidate your passport
C. ensure your passport is valid for at least six months
D. get a visa for the country you are going to
E. ensure your passport is full
F. make sure your passport has some empty pages

Questions 17-18
Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 2 or 3 months
before going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from
the following list:

A. transfer money abroad


B. get a plane ticket if costs are reasonable or low
C. check how much luggage you can take
D. check if flights arrive on time
E. book accommodation
F. make sure you have a conditional university offer

Questions 19-20
Complete the following summary of what students should do about health
issues using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

One month before leaving find out if you can get


19_________________where you are going to. Two weeks before you leave
ask your doctor to 20_______________ giving reasons for any medicines
you are taking with you.

SECTION 3

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Questions 21-23
Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS for each answer.

21. What was the student surprised to discover he had a lot of ?

22. What does the student need to learn the fundamentals of ?

23. On what basis should the student prepare his schedules ?

Questions 24-26
Complete the following notes using only ONE word for each gap.

Professor s suggestions:

• make a plan for your studies

• make a plan for your free time

24___________________ plans if necessary see how much time you need


for activities as you 25______________ with you studies keep schedules
balanced and 26___________________

Questions 27-30
Choose the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

27. The professor points out that the university language centre

A. would certainly be useful for the student.

B. is likely to be useful for the student

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C. is available for students.

D. has a wide range of materials.

28. The professor suggests that the student-


A. join the support group for students on his course.

B. Join the support group for students from his country.

C. Identify problems that people from his country have in Britain.

D. Create a support group.

29. The student says that


A. he doesn’t know anyone on his course.

B. He doesn’t know the overseas students on his course.

C. There are no people from his country on his course.

D. There are few overseas students on his course.

30. The International Student Advisor recommended a book


A. but didn’t say the title clearly.

B. but couldn’t remember the title.

C. for all students.

D. for overseas students.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-34

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Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS for each answer.

31. Students whose previous educational experience was_often find It hard to


become independent learners.

32. A student or staff member might become a_to a student working independently.

33. Study trips provide opportunities for independent students to learn off_

34. The ELC is used by students on a_basis.

Questions 35-37
Complete the notes concerning the example of Mary and Jim using NO
MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

talk to the English tutor at the ELC

35 ______ materials

decide which materials to use first and how

discuss problems, 36__________ and evaluate each other

review using notes

decide if 37 __________ has been achieved

continue with topic or move to another

Question 38
Decide which of the following can be used by independent learners. Write all
the correct letters in any order.

A. tapes

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B. computer programmes

C. letters

D. discussions with native speakers

E. newspapers and magazines

Questions 39-40
Decide which of the following places independent learners can learn at. Write
both the correct letters in either order.

A. libraries

B. the International Student Affairs Office

C. museums

D. shops

E. cafes

Answer keys

1. ten/10 o’clock

2. further

3. heavy smoker

4. bus connection

5D

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6. C

7. D

9. British (and) Indian

10. (her) deposit

11. Countdown to Departure

12. (a) guide

13.14 IN EITHER ORDER A, D

15.16 IN EITHER ORDER D, F

17.18 IN EITHER ORDER B, C

19. free health treatment

20. write a letter

21. free time

22. time management

23. weekly or monthly

24. revise

25. progress

26. realistic

27. C

28. D

29 D

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30. C

31. teacher focussed

32. (personal) mentor

33. (the) campus

34. self-access

35. identify suitable

36. compare notes

37. initial aim

38. IN ANY ORDER B, C,E

39-40 IN EITHER ORDER


A,C

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
(A-Accommodation Officer S-Student)

A: Hello. How may I help you?

S: Hello. My name is Martina Bila. I made an [………………………………]to see


you at 10 o’clock. I’m a little early. Is that OK?

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A: No problem. We’re not very busy at the moment. You said on the phone that
you weren’t happy with your [………………………………]and were thinking of
changing.

S: That’s right.

A: May I ask what the problem is exactly?

S: To be honest, there’s more than one [………………………………]. The main


problem is that the accommodation is farther than I imagined from
the [………………………………].

A: I see. And the other problem or problems?

S: The other problem is that the landlady is quite a [………………………]. I’m a


non-smoker, and I’m afraid that I find it quite [………………………………].

A: I’m sorry about that. Weren’t you given the option of accommodation with
smokers or non-smokers?

S: I’m afraid that’s really my fault. I don’t mind light smokers, but I didn’t get
my accommodation [………………………………]very much in advance, so most
of the accommodation had gone by the time I [………………………………].
However, a friend told me that there is sometimes accommodation … er … you
know … er … accommodation becomes available [………………………………]
because some people leave the university or change their place … er … the
place where they live, so I thought maybe …

A: I see. Yes, it is important to [………………………………]accommodation well


in advance, though it isn’t always [………………………………]. However, your
friend was correct. We do get some accommodation available mid-term. Just
give me a minute to find your [………………………………]on the computer….

S: Yes, of course.

A: Now, your current address is [………………………………], isn’t it?

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S: Yes.

A: Yes, that’s a fair way away. The bus connection isn’t too good either, is it? I
think that it would be better to focus on that as the reason for moving, rather
than the smoking [………………………………]. However, I will change the
information in the computer to say that this accommodation is
only [………………………………]for smokers or people who don’t mind heavy
smokers. That way we can [………………………………]similar problems in the
future.

S: That sounds like a good idea.

A: Now, the good news is that there is plenty of accommodation available


nearer the university. The bad news is that it is more expensive.

S: That’s OK. I expected that. Is there anv catered or [……………………]


university accommodation available? That would be ideal.

A: I thought you might be [………………………………]in that. The day after you


phoned, a place became available. It’s [………………………………], so it’s the
most expensive type of accommodation, but it’s yours if you want it.

S: There’s no self-catering accommodation available?

A: Not at the moment. Something could become available at any time. Vmt
then again, vou might have to wait weeks.

S: I understand. Can I just check the cost?

A: It’s [………………………] per week. You also have to pay […………………]


during the Christmas and Easter holidays, [………………] of whether you are
there or not. That sum doesn’t include [………………………………]during
those periods.

S: But summer holidays are not included?

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A: That’s right. Students are permitted to stay in [………………………………]
accommodation during holidays but they usually have to move to a different
flat.

S: I see. And do I pay monthly?

A: Yes, but don’t worry if you’re a few days late. It [………………………………]


quite often and we don’t mind too much.

S: Can I see a picture of the accommodation?

A: Sure,.., It looks like this, You can see that there is a [………………………] for
each student and a common living room and bathroom. There are no

cooking facilities, but many students buy a [………………………………].

S: Can you tell me anything about the people I’d be living with?

A: There are two girls there, One is British and one is Indian. They are
studying law and marketing [………………………………]. They’re the same age
as you, 20. And they’re not smokers!

S: That sounds perfect. If I don’t give mv [………………………………]a month’s


notice, she gets to keep the [………………………………], doesn’t she?

A: That’s normally stated in the rental [………………………………], yes. I’d like


to be able to keep this university accommodation available, but I’m afraid I
can’t. If someone else wants it and takes it…

S: I understand. I’ll take it. Can I move in on the first day of next month?

A; What day is it today? 22nd. Yes. That should be fine. Give me a minute to
print out the standard rental [………………………………]…

SECTION 2

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Presenter: Welcome everybody. Are you all sitting […………………………]? My
name is David Price and this is our first meeting in a series
of [………………………………]called “Countdown to Departure”. I know that
you have just [………………………………]here for your year-long course prior
to [………………………………], but it is certainly worth taking the time
to [………………………………]… to think about events that will take place a
year, or almost a year, from now. I have […………………………] this useful
guide to planning your time abroad. Please follow the suggested […………]
closely. It is vital that you get each thing done on time. If you can get things
done earlier than we suggest in the [………………………………], that’s great,
but certainly don’t leave them later than we [………………………………]. If you
do not get these things done on time, it could [………………………………]your
study abroad or at least delay it by a year.

Now, we are currently one year from [………………………………], so you


should start applying for [………………………………]programmes
and [………………………………]immediately-if you haven’t already. Consult
your tutors for further advice on these points. You should also [………………] a
rough estimate of your study and living [………………………………]and
consider how to pay for them. We’ll be looking at that in more detail during the
next meeting. You should start [………………………………]accommodation
abroad as soon as you have [………………………] a place on a course.
Arranging accommodation can be a rather [………………………………]
procedure and can take a while. At the same time, ask the university about
your options for paying your fees.

The next point on your [………………………………]is six months before you


leave. At that point, you need to check your [………………………………]and, if
you are going to need a new one, deal with that [………………………………].
Remember that your passport might need to be valid for the whole of the
period you intend to be abroad, but that you can often renew your passport at
your [………………………………]in the country where you are studying. In any
case, your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after you enter the
country where you intend to study. It might seem [………………………………]
to get your passport in order so early before you go, but [……………………]
that you have to get your visa as well. You should do that around six months
before leaving too. Bear in mind one final, simple, point. Make sure that your
passport has a few […………………] left for visas and stamps.

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Two or three months before, departure, you should ask your bank about the
options for [………………………………]money to the country you’ll be studying
in and setting up a [………………………………]there. You should also start
looking at booking your flight to the country you’ll be studying in. in order to
get the best rates. The cost of flights [………………………………]considerably
from carrier to carrier, and even between different […………………………],
and depend a lot upon the time of year you are flying. Booking in advance can
save you a [………………………………] sum of money. When vou book your
flight, vou should check with the […………………] or travel agent to find out
what vour […………………] allowance is. At the same time look into booking
your other travel within the country you’re going to from the airport where you
will arrive. Don’t forget to buy travel [………………………………] when you
book any flights. Finally, still two or three months before […………………],
make sure that you have an [………………] etter of [………………………………]
from the university you’re going to attend. This is vital as it facilitates entry
clearance if into the country.

Next, about one month before leaving, find out whether you will be entitled
to [………………………………]free health [………………………………]in the
country you are going to and find out how much you will have to pay if not.
Look into arranging health insurance if [………………………………]. Also buy
currency and travellers’ [………………………………]to cover your first few
weeks in the country. Watch the exchange rates and pick a good time, but do
not leave it too late. If you are buying travellers’ cheques or a
large [………………………………]of money or currency, your bank may need a
while to [………………………………]this. Another thing to do is to find out
what you can take into the country and what items are [………………………].
Finally, find out whether your home [……………………] will cover your
belongings while they are abroad. If not, arrange suitable insurance or look
into the [………………………] of arranging a policy in the foreign country.

The last point on this timetable is two weeks before you leave. At this time, you
need to do two things. One is to ask your [………………………………]to write a
letter explaining any [………………………………]medicines-what they are and
why you are taking them. The second is to request a […………………………]
letter from your bank in your own country as this will help you to open a bank
account [………………………………]. Now, let’s take a closer look at…

SECTION 3

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Professor: Hello, Dinesh. Come in. You said on the phone that you had a few
problems to [………………………………]with me. Tell me what they are and I’ll
see what I can do to help.

Dinesh: Thank you very much, professor. I’ve been having some
problems [……………] to the style of learning at a British [……………………]
and was hoping you could give me some advice.

Professor: I’ll do my best. You won’t be the first [………………………………]


student to have problems. What’s your first problem?

Dinesh: Well, my first problem is [………………………………]my time. I mean,


after I worked out my [………………………………]for lectures, seminars and
tutorials, I was [………………………………]to find that I had quite a lot of free
time. However, that’s how it looked on paper and not as it has turned out in
reality.

Professor: I see. Take control of this time and organise it carefully. Time that is
not organised can [………………………………]very quickly, leaving
you [………………………………]to catch up on your work or even running out
of time altogether. Learn the [……………………] of time management. First,
make weekly or monthly plans that set out your study [………………………] for
the week or month ahead. [……………………] time for reading, and work out
roughly how much you want to read in each [………………………………]. Plan
time to research and write your essays or prepare [………………………………],
so that you do not have to stay up late doing them at the last minute. Have you
made such a plan?

Dinesh: No, I haven’t. That’s obviously something I should do. I can easily fill
that free time with extra studies.

Professor: No, no, That’s not what I mean. Don’t plan to spend all your extra
time studying. Remember to leave some time free for [……………………],
sports, seeing friends or simply relaxing. If you do not take time to enjoy
yourself, your work will suffer and you will miss out on many other
worthwhile [………………………………]. Make a timetable for your free time, if
you like. Plan when to see your friends, play your favourite sport, or just hang
out. Don’t [………………………………]to revise your plans if you need to. As
you [………………………………]through your course, you will get a better idea

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of how much time you need for different [………………………………]. Adjust
your schedules and keep them [………………………………].

Dinesh: So, you’re saying that I need to keep a [………………………………]


between work and play and keep an eye on things to make sure that I’m not
doing too much or too little.

Professor: That’s right. Feel free to show me your plan when you’ve made one.

Dinesh: Thank you. My next problem is coping with my course. Living abroad
in a new [………………………………]makes studying
more [………………………………]than usual. I’m worried about my progress
and about how I will cope with [………………………………].

Professor: These concerns are natural, but do not let


them [………………………] you. Here are two simple ways you can stay in
control of your studies. First, ask for regular meetings with your tutor-in your
case, that’s me-to review your progress and [………………………………]any
problems. You’re doing that now, so you’ve taken the first step. Let me know if
you are having any language difficulties, though in your case that
seems [………………………………]. As you are probably ^ aware, there .is
aJanguage centre here where all students can use language-
learning [………………………………], but it’s probably not of much use to you.
Second, why not try to form a mutual support group with other [………………]
students to discuss common challenges and to share useful ideas? This can
be [………………………………]helpful if you find the teaching methods very
different from those you have experienced before. Another type of support
group could be other students in your subject area-get together with students
on similar courses to discuss the [……………………], swap ideas and give each
other support.

Dinesh: Yes. The second idea is particularly good. As you know, there are not
so many overseas students on this course, but I know some other students
from my country on other [………………………………]here. I think that I feel
overwhelmed because I have set myself [………………………………]goals. Just
talking to you has made me realise that I need to take a more
realistic [………………………………]and put my problems into perspective.

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Professor: Just remember that whatever [………………………………]you may
have-about new learning methods, [………………………………]your time, or
handling your [………………………………]-there is someone here who can
help. I’m happy to be that person. All you have to do is ask. [………………], I
can offer you a practical solution.

Dinesh: Thank you very much. There is one other thing. When we had
the [………………………], the International Student Advisor [………………] a
book that’s available from the campus [………………………………]. It’s not
specifically for overseas students, but she said it was useful. I didn’t write it
down. You wouldn’t happen to know the book I mean, would you?

Professor: I know it. I [………………………………]it. It’s called Learn How to


Learn, by David Warner. I’m popping over to the bookshop myself now.
Perhaps we could go together?

SECTION 4
Lecturer: Part of the role of university [………………………………]is to prepare
students for their [………………………………]life and career. Part of
this […………………] is to introduce and train students in [……………………]
learning-preparing them to [……………………] their career as a continuous
learning experience, rather than […………………] that the end of their
university education [………………………………]an end goal beyond which
there is no need for further learning. Therefore students are […………] to
develop as independent learners. An [………………………] learner is one who
takes […………………]for his or her own learning and is not always dependent
on teacher being available to [………………………………] and correct. Such a
student sets their own learning goals, makes their own [………………………] as
to when and how to study for these goals, and also [………………………………]
their own [………………………………] and develops further goals. This is not
always easy for students, particularly those whose [………………………………]
education has been very teacher focussed with teaching [……………………]
mainly in lecture format and with little [………………………………]for the
students to take any control of the learning process. At university, while much
teaching is conducted via lectures, students are expected to
become […………………] independent in their learning. Departments
approach this issue in a number of ways. For example, they might provide
personal [………………………………]. This could be a student or a member

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of [………………………………]who is available to discuss problems that the
student might have and who will support the student in the process of
becoming an independent learner. The second one [………………………………]
the student to make certain choices about their course, either in
the [………………………………they choose to learn or in the way in which they
choose to learn them. Thirdly, there is the provision of learning [………………]
outside the confines of the campus, including study trips and student
exchanges.

In the English Language Centre, we try to help the [………………………………]


of learner independence. This English Language Centre is a self-access one.
A […………………] centre is a place where learners come [……………………]
to improve the subject that they are studying. In the case of the English
Language Centre we focus on English language. In a self-access centre it is the
student who [………………………………]what to study, when to study, how
long to study, what materials to use, how to use the materials, and how to
assess [………………………………]. The learner is not, however, left totally
alone. Learners are encouraged to come to the centre in groups, so that they
can help each other in the learning process and there is also always an English
teacher [………………………………]to answer any questions that students
might have, to discuss their […………………………], and to help the learner
assess their work.

Let’s take an example. Mary and her friend Jim have decided they need
to [………………………………]their report writing skills. They decide to go to
the ELC twice in the next week, for two hours each time, from five o’clock to
seven o’clock. The first thing they do is to talk to the English teacher there, to
help them [………………………………]what
particular [………………………………]of writing a report they find especially
difficult. Having done this, they identify [………………………………]books,
videos, or computer programs from the index, with help from the teacher if
needed. Looking at the [………………………………], they decide which to use
first, and how to best to use it. Working through the materials,
they […………………] problems with each other, [………………………………]
notes and evaluate each other’s work and progress. This process of working
together is important, as the students are able to [………………………………]
each other in the learning process. Of course, sometimes they need more help
and so they ask the English teacher at the centre. When they have finished
their studies, they review what they have studied, with help from their notes,
and [………………………………]the extent to which they have, or have
not, [………………………………]their initial aim In the light of this, they will

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decide to either do more work on the same topic, or move to another topic,
either related to this one or something […………………] different.

There are many ways students can improve their English [……………………] of
a teacher. Firstly, they can use English language videos in […………………]
with learning activities such as exercises to practise [……………………]
listening skills, questions to lead [………………………………]on the topic
introduced by the video. They can do [………………………………]tasks that use
the content of the video to focus on other [………………………………], such as
learning vocabulary or understanding the [………………………………]used by
the characters in the video. Secondly, they can use a computer programme to
improve their [………………………………], by identifying, and
then [……………………], the individual sounds used in English. Thirdly, they
can use a book to find a model business letter, for example, writing one of the
same type, but with different information, and then discussing it with the ELC
teacher before [………………………………]re-writing it. Finally, they can use
newspapers or [………………………………]as stimuli for […………………]
activities with a brief report written at the end, [………………………………]the
discussion.

However, the development of an independent learner is not dependent on


a [………………………………]like the ELC. Within the university, as well as
within [………………………………] departments, the library, the Student
Affairs Office and the Student Union all provide a range of [……………………]
for the student to develop as an independent learner. Outside
the [……………………] the opportunities are both physical and [……………].
The physical ones include [………………………], museums and other centres,
as well as various special interest groups. In the virtual world of the Internet
the opportunities are both [……………………] and vast. To conclude, in a
world in which change is central to our continued [………………………………],
the professional must have the [……………………] and flexibility of a lifelong
learner. A lifelong learner must be an independent learner, able to
take [………………………………]for all stages of the learning process. It is the
student’s responsibility to take advantage of the various opportunities on offer.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 29
SECTION 1
Questions 1-4

Complete the following information about the cars available for rental
using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR NUMBERS for each
answer.

Name Size Miles per gallon Price*

IOTA Small 20 £23

COMBI medium 17 £28.75

ROADSTER 1______ 2_________ 3________

*Prices include tax and 4_____

Questions 5-7
Complete the following information using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS OR NUMBERS for each answer.

Name David 5

Company 6___________

Address 7_______ Arlington Close, Beddleton, Yorkshire.

Telephone 0676934888

Questions 8-10

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Complete the following sentences.

8. In the car, there is a_____________and a torch.

9. The registration number of the car is_______________

10. The car uses a______________ locking system.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-14
Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE
WORDS for each answer.

11. How did the traveller hear about New York?

12. How many times had the traveller flown by plane?

13. What surprised the traveller about New York’s airport?

14. What happened in London?

Questions 15-17

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE


WORDS for each answer.

15. The traveller liked the different kinds of_________________

16. Things that the traveller didn’t like in New York were the___________

17. From the flat, the traveller could see the_______________

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Questions 18-20
Choose the correct answer or answers from A-D.

18. The traveller found New Yorkers to be

A. kind.

B. rude.

C. pushy.

D. helpful.

19. Which people showed the traveller around New York?

A. Her friend.

B. Her friends.

C. Her friends’ neighbours.

D. Strangers.

20. What events did the traveller see?

A. A chess tournament.

B. The Feast of San Gennaro.

C. The Annual African American Day Parade.

D. Richmond County Fair.

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SECTION 3
Questions 21-24
Complete the notes on how to teach kina esthetic learners using only ONE
word for each gap.

21. Cestures-especially_____________ones.

22. Spell out words in the_____________.

23. Put_______________on board and students label it.

24. Students______________out words and others guess them.

Questions 25-27

Complete the following sentences about visual learners using NO MORE


THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

25. Flash cards can be different colours according to the______________.

26. Students can____________________words In texts and ask their


partners for meanings.

27. Lastly, Tina points out that____________________can be used.

Questions 28-30
Complete the summary on auditory learners using NO MORE THAN
THREE WORDS for each gap.

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Students listen to a 28_________________and draw what they hear or the
teacher could describe a picture and the teacher and students can see whose
picture was closest to the original.

Each student gets a flash card and holds up their card when the 29_______ is
used in a song, poem or story. Students add a sentence to a story, including the
word on their flash card.

The teacher gives the students lyrics with some words replaced by
30____________ words. Students listen to the song and make corrections.

SECTION 4
Questions 37-33
Complete the following sentences according to the information given by the
tutor. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

31. Note taking improves your ability to________________on what the


speaker says.

32. Note taking allows you to get a_________________of the material


being presented.

33. There are many ways of taking notes, but they must allow you
to________________ contained in them and connect them together.

Questions 34-38
Complete the following notes according to the information given by the tutor.
Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Title of lecture: Write it down 34______________________

Direct signal : For example 35___________you get this down.”

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Indirect signal: Pausing. Speaking slowly, loudly. Using stress.

Repetition: 30____________and add new information.

Book recommendation: Tutor usually 37_______reading whole book.

General advice: Avoid repetition 38_____________obvious points.


Summarize important ideas.

Questions 39-40
Complete the following notes on recommended books. Use NO MORE
THAN THREE WORDS.

Title Author Suggested unit


39__________ Tony Lynch 6 and 12
Learning to Study in Brian Heaton and Don
40___________
English Dunmore

Answer keys:
1. medium

2. 17

3. 31.05

4. insurance

5. Browne

6. Hectrix Electronics

7. Unit2/Two

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8. first aid kit

9. K758 SMD

10. central

11. (from) friends

12. none/never/0

13. lot of foreigners

14. (they) changed planes

15. buildings and monuments

16. crowds (and) (bad) weather

17. Ocean

18. IN EITHER ORDER

A, D

19. C

20. IN EITHER ORDER

B, D

21. finger

22. air

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23. poster

24. act

25. part(s) of speech

26. highlight

27. spider diagrams

28. Dictation

29. word or phrase

30. rhyming

31. concentrate

32. deeper understanding

33. reproduce the ideas

34. in full

35. Make sure

36. Go back

37. doesn’t suggest

38. Omit

39. Study Listening

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40. IN EITHER ORDER 5,10

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
Saleswoman: Good morning, sir. How can I help you?

Man: I’d like to rent a car, please.

Saleswoman: Certainly. What kind of car were you thinking of?

Man: Oh, a small or [………………………………]sized one. Could you show


me a [………………………………]or leaflet with the different available types?

Saleswoman: Of course. We have one type of small car and two types of
medium sized ones. As you can see, the small type is called the Iota and the
medium ones are called the Combi and the Roadster.

Man: Thank you. I see the Iota offers [………………………………]to the


gallon in urban areas.

Saleswoman: Yes. It’s certainly very [………………………………]. The Combi is


almost as good at 18 miles to the gallon. The Roadster offers 17-is that right?

Man: You’re right.

Saleswoman: Of course, those mileages go up [………………………………]


when driving on motorways.

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Man: Of course. I’ll be driving around town. The only time I’ll be using
a [………………………………]is from here, the airport, to the centre.

Saleswoman: I see. Well, I’d recommend the small Iota. Parking can be
difficult in town and it’s a touch easier with a small […………………………].

Man: Yes, of course. Let me just look at prices before making a


final [………………………………]. I’m here on business and will need the car
for four days. The daily rate for the Iota is …

Saleswoman: £20 plus tax. The Combi is [………………………………]and the


Roadster is £27. Again, those prices are before tax.

Man: The tax is [………………………………], right?

Saleswoman: Yes. So the total costs are £23, £28.75 and £31.05 per day
respectively.

Man: Do those prices include [………………………………]?

Saleswoman: Yes, they do. However, the insurance only covers one driver –
the one who signs the [………………………………]. We can cover other drivers
for an additional fee.

Man: That’s OK. I’m here alone. OK, I’ll take the Iota. Oh, what
about [………………] costs?

Saleswoman: All of our cars have a full tank when customers take them. If the
car is [………………………………]with a full tank, there’s no additional fee.
Otherwise, we have to charge for the tank to be [………………………………].

Man: I see. There’s a filling station here at the [………………………………], so


I’ll take care of that there when I return the car.

Saleswoman: That’s what most of our customers do. Could I take a


few [………………………………]? Then I’ll print out two copies of the

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rental [………………………………]for you to sign. I’ll need your name and the
name of your company first of all.

Man: My name is David Browne-that’s Browne with an ‘e’. My company


name is [………………………………]Electronics-that’s spelt H E C T R LX.

Saleswoman: And what is the company’s address, please?

Man: It’s Unit 2. Arlington Close, Baddleton, Yorkshire.

Saleswoman: And the telephone number?

Man: [………………………………].

Saleswoman: Will you be using a company credit card or your own one?

Man: I have a company [………………………………]. … There you are.

Saleswoman: Thank you. I’ll just run this through the machine. Could you
enter your PIN, please? … Thanks. … OK I’ve [………………………………]the
details of the rental, but I’ve left the rest blank in case there are any extra
charges, such as fuel.

Man: Right. I should sign here, shouldn’t I?

Saleswoman: Yes, please. Now, let me tell you a few things about the car.
There’s a first aid kit in the boot. That has to be there by law. There’s also a
torch in the glove [………………………………], just in case. Do you have a map
of the town?

Man: No, I don’t. I was hoping you could provide one.

Saleswoman: That’s no problem. Here you are. You won’t need one for
the [………………………………]area, will you?

Man: No, I won’t. Thank you. Is that everything?

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Saleswoman: Yes. The car is parked over there. It’s the blue one. The
registration number is [………………………………].

Man: Ah, yes. I see it.

Saleswoman: Here are the keys. The car has an alarm that you can switch on
and off using this [………………………………]here.

Man: Does the car have central locking?

Saleswoman: Yes. it does.

Man: Well, thank you very much. Goodbye.

Saleswoman: Goodbye, sir.

SECTION 2
Interviewer: What was your holiday [………………………………]and how did
you hear about it?

Interviewee: My holiday location was New York, I heard about visiting New
York from some friends who were there and who were [……………………] of
the beauty of the city and who even [………………………………]to stay there
and start a new life. My friend and I [………………………………]an invitation
last summer from these friends so I spent
my [………………………………]there. It was the best holiday I’ve ever been on.

Interviewer: So, you just went there with one friend, right?

Interviewee: Yes. I travelled with my best friend and it was very [……………]
because it was the first time either of us had [………………………………]by
plane- Our excitement grew higher and higher as we got close
to [………………………………]. At the airport I saw a lot of […………………]
who had come there to work or to visit this [………………………………]city and

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I must say I was amazed by the number of these foreigners, I don’t think I have
ever seen so many foreign people in one place.

Interviewer: How much time did you spend finding out information about
New York and what [………………………………]did you use?

Interviewee: I [………………………………the information I needed from my


friends who live there, from the Internet, from the [………………………] that I
took from the American […………………] and of course from the
travel [………………………………]where I got an idea of the cost of the trip and
the [………………………………]. We got cheaper tickets by not taking a direct
flight. We [………………………………]planes in London.

Interviewer: Can you tell us the thing you like most in this place?

Interviewee: The thing that I liked most in New York was [……………………]
the variety of buildings and [………………………………]. I also enjoyed the
parks. They were great. New York is a [………………………………]city. It’s like
you are in the middle of the world. It’s [………………………………]by many to
be the economic centre of the world. I also liked the people. Some people told
me that New Yorkers have a [………………………………]for
being [………………………………], but I didn’t notice this.

Interviewer: Were there any things that you didn’t like?

Interviewee: I think that the downside of my [………………………………]was


that there are [………………………………]on the streets every day, almost all
day long. Also, sometimes the bad weather that kept us in the house.

Interviewer: How was your accommodation?

Interviewee: My friends live in a big flat. My friend and I shared


a [………………………………], which was very big and [………………………]
and most of all we had the perfect view-[………………………………]the ocean.
So I must say that we had all the comfort we needed. They even gave
us [………………………………]to a computer for us to check our email or to
play on when we were in the mood and when the weather was bad.

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Interviewer: You said that the people there were fine.

Interviewee: Yes. The people from New York are very kind and now I will tell
everybody I know this. Whenever we [………………………………]help on the
street, because we didn’t know where to go or because we found the
map [………………………………], they always gave us a hand and […………] us
find our way.

Interviewer: Did you make any new friends? Have you kept in touch?

Interviewee: Yes I made some new friends there. I made friends with mv
friend’s [………………………………]. We spent much of our time together and
sometimes they were our guides around the city.

Interviewer: How did you spend your time? Did you participate in
any [………………………………]activities?

Interviewee: During the day we went visiting and walking on the streets for
hours. And when the weather was bad we played a lot of chess. We had the
chance to [………………………………]in the 78th Annual Feast of San
Gennaro. but we missed the [………………………………] Annual African
American Day Parade through the whole of [………………………………]. And
we went to the Richmond Countv Fair on Staten Island, which amazed us in
every possible way.

SECTION 3

Tutor: Come in, everyone. The office might be a bit [………………………………]


with four of us and all these [………………………………]! There’s coffee over
there-help yourselves. … Now, we’re here to discuss three types of learners-
[………………………………], visual and auditory-and how we can teach each
type. I gave each of you one of them to consider. Jack, can we look at yours
first, please. You were [………………………………]kinaesthetic learners,
weren’t you?

Jack: Yes, I was. The first idea I had was using [………………………………],
particularly finger gestures. Teachers can use them to [………………………]
stress on certain [………………………………]. They can also use

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their [………………………………]to write words in the air-spelling out the
letters. The second thing is that the teacher can use the board. The teacher can
ask students to spell words by going to the board and writing them up. The
teacher could also ask students to write a letter each, in order. The teacher
could put a [………………………………]on the board and students could go to
the board with [………………………………]and label it as directed by the
teacher. Another [………………………………]is to ask students to organise
words into [………………………………]on the board.

Tutor: Good. The important thing is to keep kinaesthetic learners active-


moving.

Helen: Games are good for them. Jack, did you think of any?

Jack: Yes, Helen. I thought of a couple. One is like [………………………………].


Divide the students into two or three teams. Give the students on one team
some words and ask them to them out. For example, if the word is ‘cold’, a
student might shiver. The other teams have to guess the words.

Tutor: Good idea. Simple, but effective. Well done. Tina?

Tina: Well, I was asked to think about teaching [………………………………]


learners. Flash cards are good in my [………………………………]. The students
can guess words from seeing part of the [………………………………]-which can
be a word or a picture-or the teacher can show students the flash cards very
quickly. Maybe that’s how flash cards got their name! Flash cards can also have
different [………………………………]colours depending on which part of
speech they are- noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc. Students could also learn
from their peers by [………………………………] words they don’t know, in a
text for example, then asking,., helping each other with [………………………]
words.

Jack: I know a good game for visual learners. Make a set of cards-half with
words on and half with [………………………………]. The cards are face down
and students can turn over two at a time. If the word and picture match, they
keep the cards. If they don’t, they turn them face down again and the next
student tries.

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Tutor: Great idea. Visual learners are often good at [………………………………]
words.

Each page in the student’s notebook refers to a category of words. Students


write new words on the correct page in their [………………………………]for
faster recall. For example, page one might be food and page two could be
telephone [………………………………].

Tina: Spider diagrams are good too.

Tutor: Yes, they are. Helen, you were assigned [………………………………]


learners.

Helen: OK. I had these ideas for teaching auditory learners. First, they could
listen to a [………………………………]and draw what they hear. For example,
students listen to the teacher [………………………………]items of furniture
and then draw them in the [………………………………]rooms of the house. Or
the teacher could describe a picture. After the [………………………………], the
teacher and students can see whose picture was [………………………………]to
the original. Flash cards can also be used. Each student gets
a [………………………………]and they hold up their card when they hear that
word or phrase in a song, poem or story. Another way of using them is to go
around the class, with each student adding a [………………………………]to a
story, including the word on their flash card.

Tutor: Auditory learners can also learn using songs and music.
Any [………………………………]?

Tina: The teacher could give the students a text of a song, you know, the lyrics,
with some words [………………………………]by a rhyming word. Students
then listen to the song and make [………………………………].

Tutor: That’s a really good idea. Perfect for auditory learners. Well, thank you
for your suggestions. I have a few other ideas you might consider…

SECTION 4

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Tutor: Welcome to this class on note taking. Let’s take a look at
the [………………………………]first of all. The first question we need to look at
is ‘Why take notes?1 The [………………………………]of taking notes during
a [………………………………]is to help you to [………………………………]on
what the speaker is saying and to provide you with a summary in note form so
that you can write up your notes in full later. Also, it may be that the
notes […………………] by the lecturer are not [………………………………]-the
lecturer may add new information during the lecture and your own notes will
be needed to provide you with a complete [………………………………]of the
lecture. Taking your own notes will [………………………………]a deeper
understanding of the content of the lecture.

So, how do you take notes? The general [………………………………]in note


taking is to reduce the [………………………………]by shortening words and
sentences. The following advice will help you to take
notes [………………………………], leaving you free to listen to your lecturer.
Remember that these notes are for you and as such you can use
any [………………………………]you like, so long as it enables you
to [………………………………]the ideas contained in the notes and show how
these ideas connect to each other later. However, there are
certain [………………………………]you should bear in mind and
certain [………………………………]that are commonly used which you may
find useful, First of all, you must be able to determine what you need to write
down, what is [………………………………]to you.

How do you know what is important and what is not? This is not an easy
question to answer, but there are things you can look out for, The first piece of
information you [………………………………]is the title of the lecture. This is
perhaps the most important single piece of information of the
whole [………………………………], so you should make sure that you write it
down in full. Even better-find out what it is [………………………………]so that
you can have time to think about what the lecture will be about.

Secondly, listen for direct or [………………………………]signals from the


lecturer that tell you what is [………………………………]. As a direct signal, for
example, he/she may say, “This is important, write it down,” or “Make sure
you get this down.” Or, he/she may make indirect signals such
as [………………………………]before saying something important, or saying it
slowly, [………………………………]or with greater stress. Listen

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for [………………………………]. When the lecturer repeats a point, go back to
your first notes and add in any new details or information.

When a teacher or lecturer [………………………………]a student to read a book


it’s usually for a particular [………………………………]. The book may contain
useful information about the topic being [………………………………]or it may
be [………………………………]for the ideas or views that it puts forward, and
so on. In many cases, the teacher doesn’t suggest that the whole book should
be read. In fact, he may just refer to a [………………………………]which have a
direct bearing on the matter being discussed.

Now, how should you write your notes? As [………………………………]above,


you can make notes in any way that you like, but the
following [………………………………]will help you to develop a style that is
both quick and [………………………………]. Concentrate on the important
ideas-avoid [………………………………]and omit things that do not need to be
stated [………………………………]because only you yourself will be reading the
notes and you will know what they are [………………………………]to.
Summarise important ideas- you can use words that are not used by
the [………………………………]to restate in a shorter form what he/she is
saying. Write in short phrases rather than in complete [………………………].

Many students ask me when they should write up their notes. You might not
have time to note down everything you want during the [……………………]
itself so you must rewrite them as soon as possible so that you minimise the
risk of [………………………………] something. Finally, you
should [………………………………]on a personal note-taking style and be
willing to [………………………………]according to whom you are listening.

For more practice in note taking, take a look at these books which can be found
in the [………………………………]Room: “Study Listening” by Tony
Lynch, [………………………………] units 6 and 12. Then there’s “Learning to
Study in English” by Brian Heaton and Don Dunmore, [………………………]
units 5 and 10. The first one is [………………………………]by Cambridge
University Press and the second one is published by Oxford University Press.

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IELTS Listening Practice
Test 30
SECTION 1
Questions 1 – 4

Select the correct answer from the choices given. Write A, B, Cor D on your
answer sheet.

1. Where is Mr. Garcia living?

A. Private accommodation.

B. With friends.

C. Self-catering university accommodation.

D. Catered university accommodation.

2. Why doesn’t he like his accommodation?

A. The food is not good.

B. The meals are at inconvenient times.

C. He doesn’t like his cohabitants.

D. Its on the university campus.

3. Where are Mr. Garcia and his friends from?

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A. Costa Rica, Spain, Bolivia.

B. Ecuador, Spain, Mexico

C. Mexico, Columbia, Spain.

D. Spain, Brazil, Argentina.

4. What kind of place are they hoping to find?

A. A house with a garden next to the un iversity.

B. A flat or a house next to the university.

C A house not too near to the university.

D. A flat or a house not too near to the university.Questions 5-7

Questions 5-7

Complete the details below using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS


AND/OR NUMBERS.

Name Manuel Garcia

Current address 5 _______________

Telephone number 0453672348

Email addrees 6 _______________

Age 19

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Gender Male

Smoker? No

Budgeted monthly rent 7£

Questions 8-70
Select the correct answer from the choices given. Write A, B, C or D on your
answer sheet.

8. Why can Mr Garcia expect a small reduction in rent?

A. The salesman like him.

B. There is no contract

C. July is a good month to move in.

D. He and his friends will stay all year.

9. How much is the accommodation agency’s fee for Mr Garcia?

A. 1/2 month’s rent.

B. 1 month’s rent.

C. 11/2 month’s rent.

D. There’s no fee.

10. Which items does Mr Garcia consider necessary?

A. Kitchen utensils, washing machine, Internet connection.

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B. Washing machine, Internet connection, TV.

C. DVD player, TV, Internet connection.

D. Shower, TV, washing machine.

SECTION 2
Questions 11-13

Choose the correct answers to the following questions. Only ONE answer is
possible for each question.

11. Which member or members of the speaker’s family have health problems?

A. The speaker.

B. The speaker’s parents.

C. The speaker’s father and younger sister.

D. None of the speaker’s family does.

12. Why didn’t the family go to Rotorua?

A. They couldn’t afford it.

B. They wanted to go somewhere with friends.

C. Because of health problems.

D. Because they wanted to go somewhere new.

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13. How did the speaker’s family first find out about the Waiwera spa?

A. From people they met in their hometown.

B. From the Internet.

C. From people they met in Rotorua.

D. From a travel agent.

Questions 14-16

Complete the sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR


NUMBERS.

14. Altogether, the number of people in the speaker’s holiday group


was______________

15. One of the children from the other family was a ______________than
the speaker.

16. Before leaving, the speaker and his family got information from the
Internet and a______________.

Questions 17-20

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

17. What did the speaker especially like about the holiday?

18. Where were the children most of the time?

19. How does the speaker describe the people at the resort?

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20. Which activities didn’t the speaker participate in, even though those
activities were available?

SECTION 3
Questions 21-23
Complete the notes on what Mika says at the beginning of the discussion.

Mika says that if you miss what other people in a seminar say, it makes it hard
to 21__________ the discussion. She might have a 22_______________
if she didn’t understand what, a tutor was asking her, but if she was wrong it
was 23_______________.

Questions 24-27
Complete the sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

24. Martina says that native speaker students often continue talking even if
non-native speaker students like her,_____________.

25. However, she points out that native speaker students will usually stop
talking if you___________.

26. She says that non-native speaker students need to anticipate


and_________ in order to get involved in seminar discussions.

27. Michal points out that non-native speaker students can use__________
and body language to indicate when they are ready to add to a discussion.

Questions 28-30
Choose the correct answer or answers to complete each sentence.

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28. Martina thinks that non-native speaker students can improve the situation
by being

A. aggressive.

B. argumentative.

C. well-prepared.

D. polite.

29. Mika thinks that non-native speakers can improve

A. both their English and their subject knowledge quickly.

B. their English knowledge quickly, but not their subject knowledge.

C. their subject knowledge quickly, but not their English.

D. neither their English nor their subject knowledge quickly.

30. Mika says that

A. English students know a lot of technical terminology.

B. English students like making friends with her outside seminars.

C English students are interested in learning about situations in foreign


countries.
D. non-native speaker students shouldn’t take much time to state their views.

SECTION 4
Questions 31-32

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Complete the following summary of the lecturer’s introduction by using NO
MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

The lecturer says that he will first look at how some cultural values influence
31 ______________and that then he will 32________________
demonstrating that approaches to learning in one culture may not be
considered suitable in others.

Questions 33-36

Complete the notes on the way students learn in different cultures. Use
only ONE word for each answer.

34_________ of the
Arab culture Koran influences how
other subjects are learnt.
33__________ Little or no talking or
35_________ with
Chinese culture
other students or culture
teachers.
Focus on developing
36___________ skills
Extending American culture
through questioning, for
example.

Questions 37-40
Complete the notes on three Asian students and their experiences. Use NO
MORE THAN THREE WORDS

Experience of own education


Country of origin Level of study
system

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Students contribute little to
discussions.
China 37________ Students 38_________ to ask
lectures questions.

Less focus on Constructing


Japan Master
39__________

40__________ are responsible


India research for providing information about
facilities and requirements.

Answer keys:
1. D
2. B

3. C

4. C

5. 35c Campus Lane

6. garciainuk@email.uk

7. 200-250/200 to 250

8. D

9. A

10. B

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11. C

12. D

13. C

14. 9/nine

15. year older

16. travel agency

17. (the) accommodation/hotel

18. (i n/the/some) play areas

19. gentle, warm, helpful

20. basketball (and) volleyball

21. catch up with

22. guess

23. (quite) embarrassing

24.raise a hand

25. (just) interrupt (someone)

26. think quickly

27. eye contact

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28. IN EITHER ORDER C, D

29. C

30. IN EITHER ORDER C, D

31. teaching and learning

32. present evidence

33. conserving

34. Memorisation

35. interacting/interaction

36. argumentation

37. undergraduate

38. hesitate

39. logical arguments

40. Lecturers) or (and) supervisors)

IELTS Listening Practice Test 31


SECTION 1

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Questions 1-6
Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each


answer.

STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE MEDICAL RECORD

Example Answer

Patients name: Martin Hansen

Faculty of 1______________

Address: 13 2____________ Street, Perth

Telephone: 3______________

Date of Birth: 15th June, 1986

Serious illness/ accident: 4_______________

Operations: 5_______________

Allergies: 6_______________

Questions 7-9
Circle the correct letters A-C.

7. Why is Martin visiting the doctor?

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A. He suffers from headaches.

B. He suffers from nausea.

C. He has an infection.

8. How many hours does Martin usually sleep each night?

A. Less than eight.

B. Between eight and nine.

C. More than nine.

8. Which of these describes Martin’s problem?

A. It’s continuous and constant.

B. It’s worse during the daytime.

C. It’s worse in the evening and at night.

Question 10
Circle TWO letters A-E.

10. Which of these things does the doctor suggest Martin should do?

A. change his diet

B. have his eyes tested

C. sleep more

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D. take more exercise

E. take some medicine

SECTION 2
Questions 11 -20
Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

ARTISTS EXHIBITION

General details

▪ Place: 11_
▪ Address: 1,12_
▪ Dates: 6th October to 13_

Display details

▪ jewellery
▪ furniture
▪ ceramics
▪ 14
▪ sculpture

Expect to see:

crockery in the shape of 15___________

silver jewellery, e.g. large rings with 16_____________

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a shoe sculpture made out of 17_____________

Go to demonstrations called 18 “______________“

ARTISTS CONSERVATORY

Course include: Chinese brush painting

19____________

silk painting

Fees include: studio use

access to the shop

supply of 20___________

SECTION 3
Questions 21-23
Circle the appropriate answer.

21. Dave thinks the last tutorial

A. was exciting and Sarah disagrees.

B. was not exciting and Sarah disagrees.

C. wasn’t very interesting and Sarah agrees.

D. was good and Sarah feels she has to agree.

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22. Sarah states that she understood

A. a very small part of the tutorial.

B. all of the tutorial.

C. most of the tutorial, but parts of it were incomprehensible.

D. none of the tutorial.

23. Sarah and Dave have just attended a tutorial on

A. study skills for English Literature.

B. reading in literature.

C. writing in literature.

D. general studies.

Questions 24-2?
Listen and complete the table below with the appropriate numbers.

Sarah Dave Terry Arnold

pages per hour 25-30 24_______ 120 25________

books per week 1 26_______ 27_______ 20

Questions 28-30

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Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each blank space, complete
the sentences below.

28. Terry thinks it is important to develop one’s reading speed


to____________.

29. Terry felt _____________after his first tutorial with Dr. Pratt.

30. When Terry first arrived at university, his reading speed


was_________________pages per hour.

SECTION 4
Complete the summary.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answers.

COASTAL ZONE INQUIRY

Sneaker: Kevin Ackrovd from the 31___________

Background:

Problem: The recant. 32 put extreme pressure on 33_______________

Contributing factors:

economic development

34___________________

industrial expansion

35_______________
Two particularly important factors:

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36________________ is likelv to continue.

Industry, especially tourism which competes with 37_________________


farming industries.
Conclusions:

Need to

raise profile of coastal zone

exercise greater vision

38____________________
Recommendations:

Need for

long-term view

broad view

modem 39_______________

consultation with 40__________________

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1
Doctor: Good morning.

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Martin: Morning.

Doctor: Come in. Sit down. Now, you’re a new [………………………], aren’t
you?

Martin: Yes, that’s right.

Doctor: Ok, so I’d better get some basic [………………………………]down first.


Right, we’ start with your name.

Martin: Martin Hansen. Example

Doctor: Do you spell that S-O-N or S-E-N?

Martin: H-A-N-S-E-N.

Doctor: OK. And you are a first-year student?

Martin: Yes, I am.

Doctor: Studying?

Martin: [………………………………], actually.

Doctor: Ah! Good choice. I hope you enjoy it.

Martin: Thanks.

Doctor: And your address?

Martin: Yes. it’s [………………………………].

Doctor: That’s C-H-A-T-H-A-M, isn’t it?

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Martin: That’s right.

Doctor: And your phone number?

Martin: [………………………………]

Doctor: 01734 26455.

Martin: No, you got the 6 and the 4 the wrong way round. It’s 24655.

Doctor: Huh! Sorry, right. And when were you bom?

Martin: On the [………………………………].

Doctor: Here in New Zealand?

Martin: Yes.

Doctor: Now, let’s get some of your medical [………………………………].


Have you ever had any serious [………………………………]or accident?

Martin: A broken lee I got plaving football when I was 17. I was in the school
team.

Doctor: What [………………………………]did you play in?

Martin: I was the [………………………………].

Doctor: A lot of standing around then!

Martin: Yes, when we were winning.

Doctor: Right. Anything else?

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Martin: No, apart from that, nothing.

Doctor: And, have you had any [………………………………]of any kind?

Martin: No, the only time I’ve been to hospital was when I broke my leg.

Doctor: Fine. Any [………………………………]?

Martin: Yes. to dust and cats.

Doctor: What form does that take? How do you react?

Martin: They both make me [………………………………]a bit. Nothing else.

Doctor: So you’re not allergic to antibiotics like [………………………] as far


as you know?

Martin: I don’t think so.

Doctor: Good. So what’s your problem?

Martin: Well, recently I’ve been getting this Dain here, iust behind my eves
and in my [………………………………].

Doctor: I see. Have you felt sick or dizzy at all, or [………………………]?

Martin: No, not at all, though the pain is pretty intense sometimes.

Doctor: And how’s your health [………………………………]? Have you had


any colds or flu [………………………………]?

Martin: I had a cold a couple of weeks ago, but that’s gone. It was only
a [………………] really.

Doctor: Good. Are you studying a lot? Are you getting enough sleep?

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Martin: Yes, I’m studying quite a lot-I’ve got some exams coming up
in […………………………], but I’m [……………………] sure to sleep plenty.

Doctor: What time do you go to bed?

Martin: Usually around 11. I sleep about [………………………………], and I’m


up about 7:30 so I have time to go jogging for half an hour before going to the
university at 9.

Doctor: Very healthy. And has this pain kept you awake or stopped you
jogging?

Martin: Yes, it makes getting to sleep harder. It’s much worse at the end of the
day. I hardly notice it in the morning.

Doctor: What about food? Are you eating [………………………………]?

Martin: I think so. My [………………………………]cooks my meals.

Doctor: Right. And do you wear glasses?

Martin: No.

Doctor: Aha. When did you last visit an [………………………………]?

Martin: I don’t remember. When I was a child, I suppose.

Doctor: OK. Well I think first you should get that done again, just to make sure
it’s not the cause. In the [………………………………], take an aspirin or two
when you’re in pain, and come and see me again in a week. Ask the
receptionist to give you an [………………………………]with the optician. He’s
here on Tuesday and Thursday mornings…

SECTION 2

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And now for some information about the local events
and [………………………………]. A couple of [………………………………]for
art […………………] and budding artists alike. First, a new [……………………]
of artwork is going on show to the public next month in the form of an
artists [………………………………]. The exhibition
will [……………………………… ] many different types of art…over 100
different pieces, by 58 [………………………………] from the local area. It’s
being held at the Roval [………………………………]which-for those of you who
are [………………………………] with the area-is located [……………………] the
library in West Street, right on the comer… the actual address is 1. Queen’s
Park Road-it isn’t difficult to find. The [………………………………]will run for
9 weeks and will begin on the [………………………………]and continue until
the [………………………………]. So there’s plenty of time for you to go along
and have a look. I’m sure that it will be well worth doing.

What will you see there? Well, [………………………………]the items on display


will be some exciting pieces of modern [………………………………], furniture,
ceramics, metalwork and [………………………………]. To give you some
examples. Local artist Kate Maine will be there
to [………………………………]her collection of pots and bowls that she has
made to [………………………………]garden vegetables. They are the sort of
thing that would [………………………………]up any dining table, and range
from things like yellow [………………………………]bowls to round tomato-
shaped teapots. Prize-winner Cynthia Course, will also be there to talk about
her silver jewellery, all of which she produced using ideas from
the [………………………………]setting of her country home. Some of her rings
are quite [………………………………]and have beautiful coloured stones on
them. Or if you prefer [………………………………], there’s plenty of that, too.
Take, for example, Susan Cup’s white paper sculpture
of [………………………………]of shoes. It sounds easy, but believe me it
looks [………………………………]! All of these items along with many others
will be on sale throughout the [………………………………]period.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a series


of [………………………………]called “Face to Face” which will take place every
Sunday afternoon during the exhibition and these
will [………………………………]an [………………………………]for you to meet
the artists.

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The second set of activities are for those who would prefer
to [………………………………]in some artwork themselves…the
Artists [………………………………]are holding a series of course over
the [………………………………]period. The courses cover all media and include
subjects such as Chinese [………………………………], pencil drawing and silk
painting. All the tutors are [………………………………]artists, course sizes are
kept to a [………………………………]of 15 and there will be plenty of
individual [………………………………].

All the sessions offer excellent value for money and the opportunity to relax in
a [………………………………]rural setting. Fees are
very [………………………………]and include the use of an excellent studio
and [………………………………]to the art shop, which you will find sells
eveiything from paper to CD’s, and they also include
the [………………………………]of all materials. For more information on dates,
costs and [………………………………]you should get in touch with the
programme [………………………………]on 0459 2839584 or go direct to the
website…

SECTION 3

D = Dave S = Sarah T = Terry

D: Hi Sarah. That was actually quite [………………………………], wasn’t it?

S: You really think so, Dave? I’m completely worn out. If I have to take in
another piece of [………………………………], my head’s going to explode.

D: It was good, though.

S: I have to admit it was, mmm.

D: And it was [………………………………].

S: Challenging? The last tutorial? It makes me think I


learned [………………………………]nothing at school. I understood nearly all
of it. but a few bits I’m not sure I got at all. Reading is reading and that’s that.

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D: Well, it is and it isn’t, you know.

S: We all read in the same way.

D: No, we don’t![………………………………]T: What are you


two [………………………………]about?

S: Oh, it’s Terry. Hi.

D: Reading!

T: Reading?

D: Yes, reading.

T: It’s not exactly a [………………………………]to be arguing about. Is it,


Dave?

D: I don’t know; I find it quite exciting, really.

S: You would’

D: We’ve iust been to this [………………………………]on study skills as


part of the English Literature course and Sarah’s found it difficult to follow.

S: No, Dave. That’s not true. It’s just there were some things that I’m not so
sure about or more [………………………………]sure whether they’re important
or not.

T: Well, what was the problem?

S: Well, when I read I just read and Dr Pratt was going on about all these
different [………………………………]that we need to develop and hone.

T: Mmm. How do you read then, Sarah?

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S: I just read as I said; like everyone else. I read each word as it comes.

T: How many pages do you read in an hour?

S: About [………………………………]to thirty.

T: And what about you, Dave?

D: Sixty, maybe [………………………………].

S: Sixty to seventy!

T: That’s not a lot.

S: How many do you read, then, Terry?

T: It [………………………………]. About 120…

S/D: What?

S: Oh, come on, Terry.

T: Yeah and I’m not unusual. One of my friends, doing Medieval European
History, Arnold, he reads about [………………………………] an hour.

D: But does he remember it all?

T: Yeah, I think so, Dave.

S: I get through only one book a week!

D: Me too. What about you, Terry?

T: At the moment, 3.

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S: And your friend Arnold?

T: Twenty. 1

S: Twenty!

T: In fact, what matters, is that you develop your reading speed to suit
the [………………………………]. You could still stick to your reading speed
of [………………………………]an hour
for [………………………………]purposes, but double your reading speed for
reading journals or [………………………………]texts. If I’m scanning a text
for [………………………………]information, I can
just [………………………………]through. Then when I find what I want, I’ll
read through that [………………………………]part very slowly.

S: Mm.

T: With forty to fifty or more books to get through in a term you


can’t [………………………………]to read every word.

D: Have you always read like that?

T: No, it’s only since I’ve been here.

S: I find this all very [………………………………]. How did you do it then?

T: In the first week of term, in the first year, we had


a [………………………………]on reading.

D: From Dr. Pratt.

T: Yes, and I felt so inadequate after the class.

S: Well, what did he tell you?

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T: He just gave us a few basic [………………………………]on reading and then
over the last two years he’s been [………………………………]us, so that we all
now work very [………………………………].

S: So he’s your tutor too. You can tell us then what he means when he talks
about learning to read the content words only.

T: Well, this is [………………………………]just the first step. If you read every


a, the, to, from, was etc. it really slows you down.

S: Yeah?

T: But if you train your eyes to look at the nouns, verbs, adverbs and
adjectives.

S: Assuming you know what they are’

T: Well, then the big words. Then you [………………………………]increase


your speed.

D: Yeah, that makes sense.

S: Mmmm Right. I think I’m going off to the library to start. Thanks for
the [………………………………]!

T: Anytime. I’m off to the sports centre.

D: By the way, what was your reading [………………………………]per hour


when you first came here?

T: Twenty-five.

SECTION 4

Presenter: Good afternoon everyone. Today we have with us Mr. Kevin


Ackrovd, a [………………………………]from the Department of Environment

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to outline the [………………………………]of last year’s inquiry
into [………………………………]problems along
the [………………………………]. Mr. Aqkrqyd, please.

Mr. Ackroyd: Thank you Ms. Cranston. Good afternoon everyone. Perhaps it
would be best if I first [………………………………]for you what I plan to talk
about. I’ll begin with some [………………………………]to the inquiry looking at
the new [………………………………]we are making on our
old [………………………………], so to speak, and go on to give some idea of
the [………………………………]we came to in our inquiry.

OK, first the background. The inquiry was [………………………………]off


because vaxious concerned [………………………………]in
the [………………………………]region realized that the recent population shift,
which really got going in the [………………………………], was
putting [………………………………]pressure on our
coastal [………………………………]. Over the past two decades half of the
country’s population growth has been in the [………………………………]areas.
Today, nine out of ten people live in the [………………………………]. The
reasons for this shift are not yet fully understood, but there is a range of factors
which probably [………………………………], including economic development,
an aging population, and growth in [………………………………], particularly
tourism and its [………………………………]industries. We would have to admit
that government [………………………………]have also contributed to this
trend. A trend which is likely to continue so that
it’s [………………………………]that by the
year [………………………………]there will be millions of additional people
living in the non-metropolitan coastal zone. This
population [………………………………]puts considerable pressure on the
natural [………………………………]of the zone, and there are
two [………………………………]likely to impose particular strains. These are
firstly that those areas of greatest growth in the past are likely to continue to
grow as strongly as before-in other words, urban [………………………………]or
extension will continue for at least another [………………………………]. The
second factor contributing to the [………………………………]is industry,
particularly the newer industries like [………………………………]. These newer
industries will compete for [………………………………]with other users such as
the [………………………………]fish and shellfish farming industry. All of this
will take place in an environment that is already
under [………………………………]stress, and in particular the water resources
will be [………………………………]. It is the view of the inquiry that

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water [………………………………], whether of seas, rivers, or lakes, is the
greatest resoi’-ie problem in the coastal zone as a whole.

Now the [………………………………]of the inquiry can be stated quite plainly


and simply. First we must raise the [………………………………]of the coastal
zone in our thinking, especially in our [………………………………]to
conservation and economic development.

Second, we must [………………………………]much greater vision. We must be


prepared to think in the long term rather than the short term, and to
pay [………………………………]to details; so
better [………………………………]and better planning.

And thirdly, we must adopt a national approach. We can no longer afford to


leave the [………………………………]-making to
individual [………………………………], to local government bodies or even to
the central government. We are looking here at the need
for [………………………………]on a nationwide level. To
achieve [………………………………], effective
results [………………………………]all levels of government as well as the
various non-government organizations in this country will be no easy task, but
it is [………………………………]we try. Well, I see time is running out, so
perhaps if I just [………………………………]the recommendations made by the
inquiry for you:

▪ the long view prevails over the short;


▪ broad considerations [………………………………]over narrow;
▪ the techniques of modern management, and the tools of modem economic are
brought into [………………………………];
▪ people being [………………………………]by decisions (including indigenous
people) are [………………………………]consulted before decisions are made.
With that I’ll stop and give the [………………………………]to ask questions.
But perhaps first I should tell you that the full report of
the [………………………………]… [Fade out]

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IELTS Listening Practice
Test 32
SECTION 1
Questions 1-7

Listen to a conversation and complete the market list below. Write NO


MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each ansiver.

MARKET LIST

Address Open Hours Days Tube Station

Example
8 a.m. -5 p.m. Sat & Tue. Castle
East Street SE17

Leather Lane WC1 lunch times 1__________ Chancery Lane

2______ Lane El 9 a.m – 12 noon Sunday mornings 3__________

Mon. – Sat.
Walthamstow E17 4__________ 5__________
Except Web & Sun.

Mon. – Sun. Half


Brixton SW9 9 a.m – 6 p.m 6__________
day on Wed.

Chalk Farm,
Camden High St. NW1 8 a.m – 5 p.m 7 _________
Camden Town

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Questions 8-10

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

8. Who is Barbara going to shop wiih?

9. How is Barbara traveling to the shops tomorrow?

10. What time are they going to meet?

SECTION 2
Questions 11-16

Complete the table below as you listen.

Write either A NUMBER or NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS to fill


each space.

Radio
Radio South new Wake-up 15______
Soap
approval rating 11_____% 17% 87% 15%

disapproval rating 12_____% 64% 13____% 25%


don’t knows not mentioned 19% not mentioned 60%

listeners’ vulgar and


excellent 14_____. 16______
comments puerile
Number of participants in the survey: 4373

Questions 17-20

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Circle the correct answer.

17. Regarding the message Voice box, the number of complaints

A has gone up and down in recent weeks.

B has gone down.

C has remained static.

D has risen in the recent week.

18. The praise for the music on the Wake-up show has come

A only from Australia.

B only from New Zealand.

C from all over South-east Asia.

D from all over Asia.

19. Regarding English Worldwide, the number of listeners

A has increased ten times.

B has remained fairly static.

C has decreased tenfold.

D will increase in the future.

20. The radio station broadcasts

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A 14 hours per day.

B 19 hours per day.

C 24 hours per day.

D 22 hours per day.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-30

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

OUTLINE OF BOOK REVIEW

Introduction

• Title 21___________________

• Author Robert Winston

• Category 22___________________

• Subject area brain

• Intended readers 23___________________

Overview

• Author’s purpose to inform and advise


on maximising use of the brain

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• Main topics history of
24_____________ about brain
what enables brain to 25____________________
brain’s contribution to development of 26_____________________
how to increase intelligence

Analysis and evaluation

▪ Writer’s qualifications professor at the


University of London who carries out 27_________________research
▪ Strengths readable, particularly through use of
28_______________contains a useful 29_____________________
▪ Weaknesses none
Conclusion

Overall response a very interesting book that


aims high and achieves its 30___________________

SECTION 4
Questions 31-33

Complete the following table.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each answer.

EARLY BRIDGES
Bridge type Material(s) used First examples date from
Arch tone or brick 31 B. C. Middl
32___________ and
Suspension A.D. 550 33___
____________
iron suspension iron 1826 Wales
Questions 34-37

Complete tfie notes on the time line below.


Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

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THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

1831 Design for bridge chosen by 34_______________.


Work begun, but soon halted by political events. 1836 Work resumed.

1843 Work stopped when 35_______________.

1851 Ironwork sold to pay 36_______________.

1860 Second-hand 37___________________ became available.

1862 Work resumed.

1864 Bridge completed.

Questions 38-40

Complete the table.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each answer.

BRIDGE PROPOSALS

Location Distance Main difficulty Effect


Alaska and Siberia 80km 38_______ construction time limited

new type of bridge


Europe and Africa 28 km 39_______
structure required

Sicily and mainland


40 ____ km funding
Italy
Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

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1. Mon. – Fri./Monday to Friday

2. Petticoat/Peticote

3. Aldgate

4. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

5. Central Line

6. Brixton

7. Sun./Sundays

8. Tom & Mary

9. by/take underground/tube/subway

10. 9:30 a.m.

Section 2, Questions 11-20

11. 83/eighty-three

12. 7/seven

13. 3/three

14. a real hit

15. Wine Show

16. downright boring

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17. D

18. C

19. A

20. B

Section 3, Questions 21-30

21. The Human Mind

22. popular science

23. non-specialists

24. theories

25. function

26. personality

27. medical

28. stories

29. word list

30. goal

Section 4, Questions 31-40

31. 3200

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32. rope (and) wood

33. China

34. competition

35. money ran out/finished

36. (back) (the) creditors (crediters is an acceptable misspelling]

37. chains

38. extreme cold/ (very/extremely) cold location

39. depth of water/ (very) deep water

40. 2.5

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

T = Tom B = Barbara

T: Hi, Barbara. What will you do this weekend?

B: Well, I’d like to do some shopping, but I have no idea where to go. I’ve only
been here a few days. I was told London is an [………………………………]place
to live.

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T: Yes, but that’s not completely true. London can be an expensive place to
live, but if you shop in the right places, you can
live [………………………………]cheaply.

B: Is that true? Could you tell me something about the shops?

T: All right. You know food tends to be [………………………………]in the


big [………………………………]like Sainsburys and Tescos. Most of them have
quite a good [………………………………]of food and household items. You can
buy your fruit and [………………………………]on the street. You will find these
street markets in almost every part of London. You can also buy clothes, shoes
and [………………………………]items in these markets for a
real [………………………………]. Have you got a market list provided by the
Student Union?

B: Yes. Here you are.

T: This might give you some ideas. Let me see. East Street SE17. This market
sells cheap food, clothes and [………………………………]. It’s open from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.

B: Yes, but how can I get there?

T: You can take the [………………………………]. We call it tube. You see, there
is a tube station on the list.

B: Let me see. Yes, it’s Castle Station.

T: Right. You can get off at the Castle.

B: Good. Look at Leather Lane WC1.

T: Yes, that’s a good central London market for clothes, food


and [………………………………]. It’s open at lunch times from Monday to
Friday. It’s near Chancery Lane Station.

B: Well, what about the one in Petticoat Lane?

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T: Oh, Petticoat Lane El. It sells clothes, shoes and household goods. It opens
only on [………………………………]mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

B: Yes. We can get off at Aldgate Station. What about the one in Walthamstow
El7?

T: Oh, that’s a big market for clothes and food. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Mondays to Saturdays, [………………………………]Wednesdays and
Sundays.

B: Let me see, yes, we can get there on the Central Line. What about Brixton?

T: That’s Brixton SW9. It’s an indoor and outdoor market with a


lively [………………………………]. It sells vegetables from all over the world. It
opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays to Sundays and half day on
Wednesdays.

B: Oh, it’s close to Brixton [………………………………]. Very near my place.


Great, it’s very [………………………………]. Tell me more details about
Camden Lock.

T: Yes. There are several markets on Camden High Street and plenty of shops.
They sell [………………………………]clothes, [………………………………],
recorders and pottery. The most famous one is Camden Hight St.NWl. It’s
good for buying [………………………………], very close to Chalk Farm and
Camden Town Station.

B: I see. It says it opens on Sundays only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Well, I think
these markets might help to keep my costs down.

T: Well, if you need to buy new [………………………………]goods or large


household items, you can wait until the January sales when all shops sells
goods at [………………………………]prices.

B: Thank you so much for your help. Tom, shall we go to Brixton together this
weekend?

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T: I’d love to.

B: Oh, I’m afraid I’ve got to go to a [………………………………]. I’ll ring


you tonight.

T: [………………………………]?

B: Hello, is that you, Tom?

T: Hi Barbara. Have you decided where to go tomorrow?

B: Yes, I’d like to go to Camden Town to shop. Would you like to go there with
me?

T: Yes, I’d love to. That’s a good market. Mary is here with me now. She wants
to go there too. Shall we meet at Camden Town Station?

B: OK. How are you going there?

T: We will go there by bus. It’s only three stops from my place. Well, we might
walk there if the weather is fine. How will you get there?

B: I think I’ll have to take the [………………………………]. I’m at Bond Street


and I’ll take the Central Line first and get off at Tottenham Court Road.

T: OK. Take the Central Line and get off at Tottenham Court Road. Then you
want the Northern Line to Camden Town. It’s only
about [………………………………] stops. Make sure you get
a [………………………………]train though. You want northbound Camden
Town. OK?

B: OK I think I can find the way. I have an underground map with me now.
What time shall we meet tomorrow?

T: How about one hour earlier, say [………………………………]?

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B: Fine, That will be all right. See you tomorrow.

T: Bye.

SECTION 2

Welcome and [………………………………]welcome every Friday afternoon at


2:15 to Post-bag, your chance as listeners to let us know what you think about
our [………………………………]and current issues.

This week our Post-bag has been [………………………………]overflowing-not


that we are complaining, mind you Many of you, in fact, a
staggering [………………………………]of you to
be [………………………………], have completed Radio South’s listener phone-
in [………………………………]. Some general points-83% of you think that the
radio station has [………………………………]over the nast year: and only 7%
that it has got worse. Most of you think’ that the radio station provides
an [………………………………]service! That’s a big thumbs up for Radio South.
Some more statistics-a rather [………………………………]64% of you did not
like the start of the new [………………………………]Radio Soap that began on
Wednesday evenings last month. Many of you said that it was
too [………………………………]and [………………………………], with no plot,
no excitement’ And only 17% said they liked it.

We passed on your messages to the [………………………………]and he said


that he had received a number of letters and [………………………………]phone
calls, saying how [………………………………]and modem the plot was. In fact,
those figures for those listening had more than doubled for the
second [………………………………]! We’ll have to wait and see how this one
develops!

And for [………………………………] of you, the new starting time of 5 a.m. for
the Wake-up show went down really well! Only a
small [………………………………]rating for this one: in fact, only 3%. Many of
you said the earlier time is a real hit.

Unfortunately, the Wine Show has not gone down well at all. It had
a [………………………………]approval rating and 25% who did not like it
and [………………………………]didn’t know! Sadly, the

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main [………………………………]was that the programme is downright boring.
Maybe, wine’s going out of fashion.

The full survey will be [………………………………]next month and it is free on


request! And now to our weekly letters slot.

Sharon from Tasmania has written in to say that she has tried to get through
on the [………………………………]to our new Message Line to leave
a [………………………………]on the Voicebox, but she finds it
too [………………………………]. She says, and I quote: Every time I press a
number after the main menu the line won’t [………………………………]my
message. It is so frustrating. Maybe your [………………………………]should
come with a health warning! Well, I can tell you that you’re not the first person
to have [………………………………]about this; in feet, we had 67 letters this
past week alone and complaints have been going up at the rate of 10% a week
recently. And we’re now looking into the problem.

On a more [………………………………]note, Mary from Sydney, Australia,


wrote in to say how refreshing and cheerful she found our station was. She
says the music and the morning Wake-up show she finds
really [………………………………]. We’ve had lots
of [………………………………]letters from all around South-east Asia saving
the same thing: from Terry in Auckland, New Zealand, Yuko in Japan and
Ahmed in Indonesia. Robyn in Australia says it’s really an excellent
new [………………………………]to the radio scene in the area
and [………………………………]us to keep going. Thank you Robyn for your
support.

Pangapom from Thailand wants to know if there are any plans to repeat the
English [………………………………], English Worldwide, on Sunday morning
at 9 a.m. or whether we are going to [………………………………]the
programme. We’ve had so many letters over the past weeks ago, the number of
people tuning in has grown [………………………………]. There are no plans at
the moment to increase the 2-hour slot on Friday morning, but if numbers
keep increasing at the rate they are we may have to.

Many of you have asked when we are becoming


a [………………………………]service. The answer is as soon as we can. We
now [………………………………]19 hours a day and hope to be on air 24 hours
a day within the next six months.

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And now it’s over to Marco, who’s going to look at the latest cinema and
video [………………………………].

SECTION 3

Rachel: Oh, hello, can you [………………………………]me a few minutes,


please?

Tutor: Yes, of course, Rachel, what can I do for you?

Rachel: It’s about the book [………………………………]you’ve asked us to write


as part of the [………………………………]Writing course. You said we should
ask if we didn’t know how to set about it.

Tutor: OK. Well, sit down, and let’s talk about it. I presume you’ve chosen the
book you want to write about.

Rachel: Yes.

Tutor: Good. Then have a look at this outline. If we talk it through and you
make notes on it, it’ll help you to [………………………………]your review.
Right, first of all, what’s the name of the book?

Rachel: The Human Mind.

Tutor: Ah yes, by Robert Winston. It was tied in with a very


good [………………………………]series, wasn’t it? So you should start your
review with the title and author. The next question is,
what [………………………………]would you put it in? For example, fiction,
history, math…

Rachel: Well, I [………………………………]it’s science.

Tutor: Cân you limit the field a little?

Rachel: How about popular science?

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Tutor: Yes, I think that’s more [………………………………].

Rachel: Then I suppose the subject area is


the [………………………………].

Tutor: OK. And it’s important to mention the intended [………………………],


because you can’t [………………………………] how effective a book is
without [………………………………]who it’s meant for.

Rachel: Well, it doesn’t [………………………………]you know a lot about the


subject, so I’d say it’s for non-specialists. It was [………………………………]in
general bookshops.

Tutor: Right. Now the overview. What would vou say Winston is trying to do?

Rachel: Er…it’s very informative, but I think he’s also telling us how to make
the most of our brains.

Tutor: Then you should briefly [………………………………]the main topics. I’d


recommend [………………………………] the ones that you found the
most [………………………………] and interesting.

Rachel: Well, it starts by looking back at the last few thousand years, and looks
briefly at some of the [………………………………]that have been developed
about the brain, and about its [………………………………]. It wasn’t always
considered as important as we now believe.

Tutor: True. And the next topic?

Rachel: I think it should be the [………………………………]and activities of the


brain that make it [………………………………]. I found that chapter very
interesting, but it was [………………………………]the hardest to understand.

Tutor: Mm, I’d probably agree with you. Any more topics you want to
mention?

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Rachel: Oh, it covers so much, like the emotions, memory…but I think the role
of the brain in creating [………………………………]should be mentioned,
because I think that’s an important [………………………………]of the book.
And then there’s the [………………………………]on how we can use our brains
to boost our [………………………………]. I’ve already started acting on some of
the [………………………………]!

Tutor: Good luck! Now let’s look at the next [………………………………]of your
review, where you
should [………………………………]and [………………………………]the book.
This is the main section where you give your own [………………………………].
This first point is really a question of whether we should take the writer
seriously. A [………………………………]may be [………………………………]to
write about music, but not [………………………………]to write about the brain,
for instance.

Rachel: Mm. Winston is a professor at the University of London, and he’s done
a lot of research in various [………………………………]fields. So he’s very well
qualified to write about this subject.

Tutor: What would you say are the [………………………………]of the book?

Rachel: Mm…it’s a complex subject, but he makes it


as [………………………………]as it can be for the general reader. That’s partly
because he [………………………………]his points with a lot of stories, both
about [………………………………]people, like Einstein, and from his own life.

Tutor: OK. Are there any other strengths you want to add?

Rachel: I was glad he included a word list to explain the meanings of


medical [………………………………]. And I didn’t find
any [………………………………].

Tutor: Mm. Right. Then that brings us to the [………………………………]. How


would you sum up your overall [………………………………]to the book?

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Rachel: Well, I found it [………………………………]. I think Winston is
quite [………………………………]in the goal he’s set, himself, but he’s
succeeded in reaching it.

Tutor: Well, there you are-you’ve got the [………………………………]of your


review. Keep that in front of you while you’re reading it up, and it should be
fine.

Rachel: Thank you very much.

Tutor: You’re welcome.

SECTION 4

This is the first of a series of lectures


on [………………………………]engineering structures. Today, we’re looking at
the Clifton [………………………………]Bridge in Bristol, which we hope to visit
later this term, and I’d like to begin with a brief word about
the [………………………………]and about bridge building in general.

Now, people have been building bridges


since [………………………………]times. Over the centuries, bridge design
has [………………………………]using a variety of engineering techniques, but
the [………………………………]has always been the same: to get to the other
side.

One of the most basic types of bridge is the arch, and


there’s [………………………………]from the Middle East that people knew how
to [………………………………]arches using stone or brick as earlv
as [………………………………]. The stone arch had
the [………………………………]of being quite simple to build, and it remained
the main type of bridge design from Roman times until the
early [………………………………].

Another type of bridge with a long history is


the [………………………………]bridge, where the road is suspended
from [………………………………]hanging between towers. The first suspension
bridges were simple [………………………………], made of rope and wood, and

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the earliest recorded examples were [………………………………]around A.D.
550 in China. But rope has [………………………………]strength, and it only
became possible to build longer [………………………………]when iron became
available. The first major iron suspension bridge
in [………………………………], completed in [………………………………], was
the Menai Strait Bridge in Wales.

The story of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol began just three years
later, in [………………………………]. At that time, the
city [………………………………]wanted to build a bridge over the River Avon.
In order to choose the best design, they organized
a [………………………………], and the winner, [………………………………]in
1831, was an engineer by the name of Isambard Kingdom Brunei. Work began
the same year, but was almost [………………………………]interrupted when
serious riots [………………………………]in the city. As a result, investors
lost [………………………………], and work stopped until 1836. The two
supporting piers had been completed by [………………………………], but
unfortunately, at this point the money ran out, and work on
the [………………………………]came to a halt for a second time. Then, in 1851,
all the [………………………………]for the bridge was sold off in order to pay
back the [………………………………], and the project seemed to have reached
an end. However, in [………………………………]there was a stroke of luck
when a suspension bridge in London was [………………………………]. That
bridge had chains which were almost the same as the ones designed for
Clifton, and these chains were available to buy. Events moved quickly after
that. Money was raised, and work went ahead again
in [………………………………]. The bridge was finally completed amid
great [………………………………]two years later, in 1864.

We’ll be examining some of the design [………………………………]in more


details in the second half of this talk. But just as
a [………………………………]to this section, it’s worth looking ahead to the
fixture, and a couple of [………………………………]for “super bridges” linking
not only river banks or even countries, but [………………………………].

One of these is for a bridge between Alaska and [………………………………],


which would be six lanes wide and [………………………………]s long. The
water of the Bering Sea beneath is only about [………………………………]deep,
but the biggest challenge is the [………………………………]cold of the location.

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This would restrict [………………………………]to five months a year and also
close the road during winter.

There’s a different [………………………………]facing a second proposal, a


bridge linking Europe and Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar, and that’s the
depth of water. Although it’s only [………………………………]across, the water
is as deep as [………………………………]in places. In such deep water, a bridge
may not be able to [………………………………]its own weight, so engineers
are [………………………………]using bridge structures which have never
been [………………………………]before.

A third seaway that engineers hope to cross in the


near [………………………………]is the Straits of Messina, between the island of
Sicily and [………………………………]Italy. Unlike the other
two [………………………………], the Messina Bridge
only [………………………………]one national government, and the distance is
relatively short at two and a half kilometres, so there’s a good chance it will be
built. In this case, it’s just a matter of who will [………………………………]the
cash!

OK, let’s take a break at this point and then…

IELTS Listening Practice


Test 33
SECTION 1
Questions 1-5

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AND/OR
A NUMBER for each answer.

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Details of the car

Age / mileage: about (1)_________years old and has done approx.


40,000 miles.

History: had (2)_____________previous owners.

Reason for sale: selling it because has a (3)_______________in


London – no car needed.

Final price: agreed (4) £__________________

Appointment: offered to meet on Saturday, at


(5)_______________a.m. in the cafe.

Questions 6-10

Complete the form below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBERfor each answer.

Wayne’s wheels insurance

APPLICATION FORM

Name: Mohammed (6)________

Date of birth: 21st (7)______________

Car make: Peugeot (8)___________

Registration number: (9)__________

Address: 78 Acacia Avenue, Stourbridge,


Wolverhampton, BM56 YLM.

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Total annual Insurance (incl. admin charge): (10) £______

SECTION 2
Questions 11 and 12

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. All the students on the course

A. are native English speakers.

B. are from Asian countries.

C. have jobs in law.

12. The blended learning course is

A. taught face-to-face fur half of the year.

B. taught online with two face-to-face meetings.

C. taught completely online with virtual exams.

Questions 13-17

Complete the now chart. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR
A NUMBER for each answer.

How to use the virtual learning platform (VLP)

Log-on to the platform. Download the first (13)_________and_________

Buy books on (14)________________or download them from VLP

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If you need help, contact tutor by (15)______________ or phone.

If you prefer, ask students for help via the (16)______________

Get (17)_____________from tutor on VLP a week later.

Questions 18-20

Choose THREE letters A-F.

What THREE things can you do on the blended learning course?

A. participate in seminars at any time

B. meet with your tutor at regular times

C. listen to lectures at a time of your choice

D. study on a full-time basis at a distance

E. have more time to finish an assignment

F. have another year to complete your degree

SECTION 3
Questions 21-26

Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for
each answer.

21. The tutor is pleased that lane is ahvavs well for seminars.

22. Jane enjoys the psychology seminars and is good at .

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23. The lecture on critical thinking was about asking particular tvpes of

24. lane should think about the supporting other students’theories.

25. The tutor is that jane makes claims which are not proved.

26. lane needs to use more as evidence for claims she makes.

Questions 27-30

What are the disadvantages of each type of research?

Choose your answers from A-F below and write the letters next to questions
27-30.

27. Case studies

28. Research papers

29. Interviews

30. Questionnaires

A. dont give very detailed information.

B. can encourage a particular answer.

C. don’t provide enough information.

D. may make a theory or argument weaker.

E. can produce very unscientific results.

F. can be out-of-date.

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SECTION 4
Questions 31-35

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS


AND/OR A NUMBERfor each answer

The Great Pyramid of Khufu


Reason for interest Because of the (32)_________ and size of the pyramid
(32)_________ 5.9 million tons
Height (33)___________ metres tall
Material (34) _________ stone blocks
Date 2550 BC: took (35) ________ to complete
Number of workers 20,000 – 30,000
Mystery How could workers move a stone block weighing two tons?

Questions 36-40

Complete the diagrams. Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AND/OR A


NUMBER for each answer.

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Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

1. nine/9

2. one/1

3. job / work

4. £500 / five hundred pounds

5. 11.30/half past eleven

6. Al-Shariff

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7. October 1994

8. 205 Diesel

9. YL34GGB

10. £1,250 / one thousand, two hundred and fifty pounds

Section 2, Questions 11-20

11. C

12. B

13. assignment / reading list or reading list/assignment

14. (the) Internet/internet

15. email

16. student forum

17 grade

18-20. C, E and F

Section 3, Questions 21-30

21. prepared

22. listening.

23. questions

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24. evidence

25. concerned

26. data

27. C

28. F

29. D

30. B

Section 4, Questions 31-40

31. weight

32. mass

33. 146 /one hundred and forty

34. 2.3 million / 2,300,000

35. 80 years / eighty years

36. straight

37 stone

38. buildings

39. 60/sixty

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40. internal

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To
make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts
and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word
by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test.

SECTION 1

[Ma = Magda, Mo = Mohammed]

Ma: Hello.

Mo: Oh, hello, can I speak to Magda please?

Ma: Yes, this is Magda here.

Mo: Hi, Magda, my name’s Mohammed. I’m phoning about the


car [………………………………]on the college [………………………………]. Is it
still available?

Ma: Yes, it is. A few people have come to see it, but they all want newer, faster
cars.

Mo: That was my first question actually. How old is the car?

Ma: It’s nine years old … but it doesn’t look it.

Mo: Mmm, that’s good. And how many miles has it done?

Ma: Well the mileometer says [………………………………].

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Mo: That seems quite low for a car of that age. I think maybe
the […………………