IELTS Listening Practice 45

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SECTION 1

Questions 1-3

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

1. What total discount is Jonathon’s school being offered?

A. 25%

B. 50%

C. 65%

2.Where did Jonathon first want to take his students?

A. Madrid

B. Barcelona

C. Sainsbury

3. What is the normal price of this tour?

A. £679

B. £1261

C. £1940

Questions 4 -10

Complete the notes below.

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

Mcfadden’s Travel

Two main things the all-inclusive price covers:

4…………………………………..

5…………………………………..

Extras also covered by the all-inclusive offer:

airport taxis, 6……………………………..

a city tour, 7…………………………………

CLIENT DETAILS:

E-mail address of contact person: 8……………………..@…………………………… .com

Number of travellers: 49

Date of travel: 7th of April

Departure time: 7:00 a.m

Arrival time: 10:30 a.m (local time)

Credit Card Number: 9………………………………..

Expiry Date: 01-Jan-2015

Total cost of booking: 10 £………………………………

SECTION 2:

Question 11 – 12

Choose the correct letter A, B, or C.

11. What does the word ‘formula’ stand for?

A. the rules drivers must respect

B. the type of roads used for the races

C. the way they drive

Questions 13 – 20

Complete the table below.

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

Driver First Title  Last Title  Notable Record’s Interesting Fact
Juan Manuel Fangio 1951 13…………. won 5 world championships, a record which remained for 14……………. years was the first 15………………….winner
Ayrton Senna 1988 1991 won the most races ever at the 16 …………………… Grand Prix is regarded as the most 17…………………………
Alain Prost 1985 1993 won the third 18…………………. number of championships driver ever was a 19………………….. of Senna
Michael Schumacher 1994 2004 holds many records including most drivers’ championships, pole positions, race victories and fastest laps is the 20 ………………… on paper

SECTION 3

Question 21 – 27

Complete the table below

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

Bizz – Educators Inc.
Upsides Downsides
has a proven track record
is an industry 21 …………………………. is well-respected and has a great name
has generated a lot of goodwill
consistently has an annual gross profit of 22…………………..  has a clear and ambitious 23………………………. has very high 24………………………… and 2013 for 2012
wants to remain an independent entity, so this would be a hostile 25……………………………
is a production-based company is a 26……………………………. venture is in a different market so there will be no synergy, and no cost savings

The official decision on whether to buy Bizz-Educators will be taken at tomorrow’s 27………………………………….

Questions 28 – 30

Choose THREE letters, A – G.

What THREE requirements are there for the takeover of Bizz-Educators to go ahead?

A. Assurances that the management of Bizz – Educators won’t oppose the deal.
B. An independent mediator be used to broker the deal.
C. An adult of the company’s books.
D. That a study of the company’s projected profit margin be conducted.
E. That the deal be kept secret until it is finalised.
F. That an analysis of the company’s goodwill assets be carried out.
G. That the asking price be lowered.

SECTION 4:

Question 31 – 40.

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer

Conserving Energy at Home

  • Carbon footprint is:                                                                                                                                                                   the 31………………………………….. of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere by an individual as a result of his day-to-day activities.
  • More than 32……………………………………… of all homes are not insulated.

Reasons to better insulate your home:

  • Fitting adequate insulation in the 33…………………………… and outer walls of your home can reduce heating costs by as much as 25%.
  • The government offers 34…………………………………… to people who want to reinsulate their homes.
  • You will recoup your investment over a short period of time.

Painting 35…………………….. walls in dark colours is a bad idea because dark colours 36………………………….. heat.

Replacing a normal light bulb with an energy-saving one could save you 37……………. over the lifetime of the bulb.

If you have large windows in your home, you should close the 38……………………………………………………………………..

Erect 39………………….. to heat your water supply.

People should continue recycling and composting their 40………………………………. to help protect the environment.

Answer key: 

  1. C
  2. A
  3. C
  4. Flights
  5. (hotel) accommodation
  6. Breakfast (every morning)
  7. Theatre tickets
  8. presley@ sainsbury.com
  9. 6676 6654 9743 1251
  10. £ 31,234
  11. A
  12. C
  13. 1957
  14. 46
  15. Multiple championship
  16. Monaco
  17. Naturally gifted
  18. Hightest
  19. Great rival
  20. Greatest driver
  21. Leader
  22. £ 500,000
  23. Strategy
  24. Projected profits
  25. Takeover (bid)
  26. High-risk
  27. Board meeting
  28. A
  29. B
  30. E
  31. amount/volume
  32. 65%
  33. attic
  34. grants/financial aid
  35. (the/your) interior
  36. absorb
  37. 25
  38. curtains/blinds
  39. solar panels
  40. waste.

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 has to fill each space with the missing word by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test. 

SECTION 1

James: Hello. McFadden’s Travet James speaking; how may I help you?

Jonathon: Hi there; my name’s Jonathon Presley, principal of […………………………..]Secondary School. I am calling to ask about your early […………………………..]offer. I saw it advertised in the Evening Herald yesterday.

James: Certainly, Mr. Presley; what would you like to know?

Jonathon: Oh, please, Jonathon will be fine.

James: Of course, Jonathon. How can I help you?

Jonathon: Well, the first thing I’d like to know is how long is your offer […………………………..]for? My […………………………..]students are planning a holiday in early April; will they qualify for the […………………………..]?

James: The good news is our special offer runs until the end of May.

Jonathon: Oh dear, oh dear, March! That’s […………………………..], we’ve just […………………………..]

James: On the contrary, Jonathon. Ifs May not March; you Will qual¬ify for the discount.

Jonathon: Oh, […………………………..].

James: And I’m only just getting started; the best news is yet to come.

Jonathon: What do you mean?

James: Well, tell me now how many students are you planning to take on this tour?

Jonathon: I expect there’ll be about […………………………..]and 3 teachers accompanying them. Why? Are there any further discounts?

James: There are indeed We do a […………………………..]on groups of up to 40 people. For you, we can offer an even better rate; a […………………………..]

Jonathon: Wow, is that on top of the 15% early bird discount?

James: It most certainly is, which makes your total tour discount hmmmmm, fifty plus fifteen, […………………………..].

Jonathon: Surely there’s a catch, this is too good to be true.

James: Well, there is a condition that you must choose your […………………………..]from a list we have […………………………..]. You can’t book a tour to just anywhere in the world with this discount rate.

Jonathon: I see, and would Madrid be on that list by any […………………………..]?

James: I am sorry to […………………………..]you but we do not offer this rate on tours to Madrid. However, we have an excellent all-[…………………………..]7-day Barcelona tour which is available. How does that sound?

Jonathon: Sounds interesting. What is the […………………………..]per student?

James: Let’s see – It works out at […………………………..]per person with the discount. The normal price is […………………………..]so you are saving £1261 per person.

Jonathon: Hold on a moment, let me get a pen to write some of this down; it’s getting […………………………..]. Okay, how much will it cost per student?

James: £679

Jonathon: And how much of a saving is that?

James: […………………………..]

Jonathon: Barcelona sounds very good indeed Tell me, what do you mean by all-inclusive? What does £679 get us?

James: Well, that price covers flights. 3-star hotel accommodation and […………………………..].

Jonathon: James, I must say, I’m very glad I called you this morning. This is a […………………………..]deal. It covers flights, accommodation and what else?

James: Plus airport taxis, breakfast every morning, a city tour and […………………………..].

Jonathon: Great!      and what about the teachers?

James: The teachers can travel free of charge with the students. Jonathon: Well I might just go on this tour myself, I’ve always […………………………..]a trip to Barcelona — ehhhh, ehh but for the children’s sake, of course.

James: Of course. Now, let’s get to work on the booking. Exactly when were you planning to leave?

Jonathon: The […………………………..], if possible.

James: Yes, that’s available. And, can you […………………………..]the exact number of students please?

Jonathon: It’s either […………………………..], let me see_ Yes, 45, exactly 45 students. No, sorry, in fact that’s 46.1 forgot about Jenny McCarthy, she sent her application in late so it’s not in the same pile as the rest

James: So that’s the 7th of April and 46 students, correct?

Jonathon: Yes, perfect, and three teachers. Is there a morning flight?

James: Yes. your flight is at 7 am on Monday the 7th of April. Arrive at the airport […………………………..] before departure. The flight will take about two and a half hours and you’ll land at 10:30 am local time. How does that sound?

Jonathon: Sounds great. Can I give you my e-mail address to confirm the rest of the details?

James: Of course.

Jonathon: It’s […………………………..]. That’s j-o-n-a-t-h- o-n dot p-r-e-s-l-e-y at s-a-i-n-s-b-u-r-y dot com. And we’ll pay by cred¬it card if possible.

James: That’ll be perfect. What’s your card number?

Jonathon: It’s […………………………..]. expiry date 01 Jan 2015.

James: And the name on the credit card?

Jonathon: That’s my own, Jonathon Presley

James: So, £679 times 46 students, I’m going to charge

(101£31.234 to your credit card, that’s the total cost.

Jonathon: Sounds fine.

James: Great! Well, I think that’s all we need for now, Jonathon. It’s been a […………………………..]doing business with you. If you have any questions please don’t […………………………..]to give me a call. We’ll be in touch next week to confirm the […………………………..]details.

Jonathon: Okay, and thank you very much for your help, James. Bye for now.

James: Bye bye Jonathon! Speak soon.

SECTION 2

Presenter: Good morning and welcome to the programme. This week we’re continuing our series of features on […………………………..]and I am delighted to welcome to the show, David McWilliams, widely […………………………..]as the most knowledgeable motor racing […………………………..]in England. We’ve invited David in to talk to us about what is probably the most […………………………..]and […………………………..]motor racing championship in […………………………..]today, that is, of course, Formula One. David, Formula One is now a […………………………..]racing franchise, but how did it all begin?

David: Well, Formula One has its roots in the […………………………..]Grand Prix Motor Racing championship which began in the […………………………..]. After World War Two, the Grand Prix was […………………………..]into a new championship format, the one we are familiar with today, Formula One. The “Formula1 stands for the rules which all the drivers and […………………………..]must […………………………..]. The ‘One’ signifies that this racing championship is regarded as the best in the world. The first world championship race was held in […………………………..]at Silverstone in England. It was won by Italian Guiseppe Farina, in his Alfa Romeo. Farina narrowly beat his […………………………..]Juan Manuel Fangio of […………………………..]to the title, yet it was Fangio who would go on to […………………………..]the sport for the rest of the decade winning five world […………………………..]. As the years went by, the sport became a global […………………………..]and grew from strength to strength, becoming the biggest […………………………..]sport on the planet.

Presenter: There’s no doubt that Formula One is big business today David, but what about the real […………………………..], the great drivers of Formula One, past and present? Who […………………………..]as the best, in your opinion? David: That’s an almost […………………………..]question to answer, but I could narrow it down to three or four amazing drivers; take your pick from any one of them. I’ll start with the […………………………..]of Formula One, the great Fangio who I’ve already […………………………..]– He […………………………..]the sport throughout the […………………………..], winning 5 titles in all, his first in 1951. his last in ’57. a record that stood for […………………………..]. Indeed, he was the first multiple championship winner. Fangio was a […………………………..]and […………………………..]Argentinian who never gave up. His greatest moment came in winning the 1957 championship when he came back from a […………………………..]pit stop to recover a 30-second deficit and take the championship on the last lap of the last race of the season. That was, of course, to be the last time he’d win the title.

Another […………………………..]great is Brazilian, Ayrton Senna Senna won the world title three times, the first being in […………………………..], the last in 1991. Tragically, he died in a race […………………………..]the year after to the […………………………..]of millions of fans watching the race […………………………..]live on T.V. Senna was best known for his skills driving in the wet and he won the Monaco Grand Prix. on what is […………………………..]as the most difficult race course in Formula One, more times than any other driver. Perhaps because of this, he is regarded as the most […………………………..]gifted driver to have ever sat behind the […………………………..].

Another very […………………………..]driver was Frenchman, Alain Prost Prost won the drivers’ title four times during his career. His first title victory came in […………………………..]and his last arrived in […………………………..]. Of course, Prost will always be remembered as the driver with the third highest number of championship […………………………..], and, perhaps, even more for the fact that he was a great […………………………..]of Ayrton Senna. Those two had many great […………………………..].

Last but not, by any means, least, Michael Schumacher is the most recent of these driving greats who […………………………..]a mention. His first title was won in 1994, and he continued to […………………………..]Formula One until he won his last title in 2004. […………………………..]holds many driving records including most drivers’ championships, race victories, fastest laps, […………………………..]positions, points scored and most races won in a single season.

He is also regarded as the greatest driver on paper having won seven world titles.

Presenter: It sounds like Schumacher is in a league of his own; is he not clearly the best then, David, based on his record?

David: It’s not that simple unfortunately. These drivers all raced in different eras with different cars and under different […………………………..]. I don’t believe we can say one was the out and out best but rather that each was the best of his time. That’s […………………………..]enough.

SECTION 3

Mary: So _ let’s go over this again. We dont want to make any […………………………..]and we all need to agree we’re making the right […………………………..].

John: Absolutely, we’d have to spend a lot of money to buy Bizz- Educators Inc; almost […………………………..]. So let’s get this right, otherwise it’ll be our necks on the line.

Dave: Well, I for one think this is an excellent opportunity for our company to […………………………..]and break into a new market. I say we should go ahead with the […………………………..]. At £10 million, Bizz-Educators is good value for money.

Mary: Ok Dave, I know you’re very much in favour of the […………………………..]. How about you summarise the plus points of this venture for us. Mark, you’re less certain and you’ve […………………………..]some issues already. Will you summarise the […………………………..]?

Mark: I’d be only too happy to.

John: Right then, Dave, let’s start with you. Why is this […………………………..]so attractive? What are the upsides?

Dave: It’s simple economics. Bizz-Educators has a proven track record and is an industry leader. It is a […………………………..]company with a great name, has generated excellent goodwill, and has consistently made a gross profit of more than […………………………..]per annum with a great […………………………..]return.

Mark: Yeah, but what about the net profit? That’s not nearly as high. In fact, last year it made a net loss of […………………………..]Dave: Mark, that’s only because it invested in a new manufacturing plant. That’s a long-term investment to secure the company’s future.

In fact, it’s a good thing, not a bad thing. It shows that the company has a clear and […………………………..]strategy going forward. Besides, a £100,000 loss is very small in real terms. It’s hardly worth being concerned about. That loss will be […………………………..]back within two years if the projected profits for 2012 and 2013 […………………………..]. The forecast is for a net profit of £500.000 in 2012 and £1,000.000 in 2013. The […………………………..]speak for themselves. This is a sound investment.

John: I have to agree with Dave. Why are you so sceptical Mark? Mark: I see where Dave is coming from, but we’re […………………………..]some vital facts. First of all, this company wants to remain an independent entity. […………………………..]takeover bids are […………………………..]with danger. We know from experience; remember Davidsville Inc.? We spent a fortune researching that company and creating a […………………………..]business plan only for the merger to fall through.

Mary: Mark’s right, it is always difficult to buy a company that doesn’t want to be sold. Davidsville was a […………………………..]. Continue Mark.

Mark: That’s not my only concern. I am also worried that Bizz- Educators is a production-based company. We have no experience running […………………………..]like that. Our market is […………………………..]banking and trading. We would have to hire outside […………………………..]to run Bizz- Educators for us. That’s going to cost more money. Look, I’m not saying it cant be done; I’m just saving this is a high-risk […………………………..]. Plus there’s no synergy. Our business is totally different, so we can’t save costs by […………………………..]departments.

John: Well, we can certainly see that this decision is not […………………………..], by any means.

Mary: Maybe, but we have to come to a […………………………..]soon; it’s almost five o’clock.

Mark: What’s the hurry? Can’t we postpone our decision and discuss the takeover […………………………..]again tomorrow?

Mary: Mark, have you forgotten that we have to have our […………………………..]ready for tomorrow’s board meeting? That’s when the official decision will be made.

Dave: Goodness, it almost slipped my mind. Well, we’d best move oa Mary, John, you were […………………………..]before. Now that you’ve listened to the pros and cons of the proposal, what do you think?

John: I think it’s a great opportunity for our business. Bizz-Educators is […………………………..]profitable and it is a business on the up, ifs growing and is a very […………………………..]takeover proposition for that reason.

Mary: No-one doubts that it’s a very successful business, but the question is should we invest? I say we should, provided we can […………………………..]the following: First of all, I would like […………………………..]that the management of Bizz-Educators won’t oppose us […………………………..]. That would make the bid too difficult. Secondly, I think we need to ask an […………………………..]mediator to broker the deal on our behalf. Last time we tried to […………………………..]our own takeover it was a […………………………..], as Mark said. John: I agree Mary. I’d also like us to […………………………..]another audit of the company’s books.

Mark: In […………………………..]John, I dont think that’s necessary. We’ve done a thorough audit already. It’ll just cost more money. We must keep the deal […………………………..]until it goes through though: if this gets […………………………..]to the press, Bizz-Educators won’t be happy. That will make the […………………………..]even more hostile towards us.

Dave: Good point, agreed I dont think we need to be concerned about […………………………..]profit margins, goodwill or […………………………..]issues. Bizz- Educators has kept very up-to-date account books.

Mary: Great, then we’re all agreed the takeover should go ahead provided we proceed […………………………..].

SECTION 4

Tutor: I’d like you to give a warm welcome to our guest speaker today, Dr. Sophia Martin from the […………………………..]of Science. Dr. Martin is an expert in energy […………………………..]and she’s going to talk to us about ways we can conserve energy in the home. This is a very important subject as the world we live in is facing […………………………..]and potentially […………………………..]climate change as a result of our excessive […………………………..]and aggressive exploitation of natural resources.

Dr. Martin: Thank you for the kind words Alice. You are quite right we face an […………………………..]climate crisis and it is up to each and every one of us to do our bit to help stop global warming. Believe it or not, if we all took some simple steps, we could dramatically reduce our […………………………..]footprint and help protect the […………………………..]. It is not a […………………………..], it is not silly […………………………..]talk, one person really can make a difference and I hope that after my speech today, you will understand how.

But first, what exactly is your carbon […………………………..]? Basically, it’s how much you pollute the environment as an individual, or rather what volume of […………………………..]gas is emitted into the atmosphere because of your day-to-day […………………………..]. The key to stopping global warming is for each of us to […………………………..]our carbon footprint, and if we […………………………..]energy in the home, we can achieve some truly dramatic results.

Our homes are actually very […………………………..]from an energy conservation […………………………..]. Indeed, more than […………………………..] of all homes arent insulated enough. This means that they lose heat and that […………………………..]waste a lot of energy, not to mention money, on heating during winter. So the first step is to fit […………………………..]insulation in the attic and outer walls of your home. This can reduce your heating bills by as much as […………………………..]. What’s more, the government offers grants to people who want to have their homes […………………………..]so it isn’t a very expensive […………………………..], and you will probably recoup your investment within a couple of years. I would encourage everyone to consider this course of […………………………..]; both your wallet and the environment will thank you.

Believe it or not, there are even simpler things we can do. For a start, never paint your […………………………..]walls in dark colours. Dark colours […………………………..]heat therefore, you will waste more energy trying to keep you home warm. Always use light colours on interior walls.

Did you know, a […………………………..]that is 50% full uses almost the same energy as one that is […………………………..]full? The moral of the story is to wait until your dishwasher is packed before switching it on; it’ll save you and the environment. The same is true of most household […………………………..], so try to use them only when necessary. Another startling fact is that replacing just one normal light bulb with an energy-[…………………………..]light bulb will save you […………………………..]over the lifetime of the […………………………..]. Now just imagine the savings if you replaced all the bulbs in your house.

Having large windows seems to be in […………………………..]right now, yet it makes no sense whatsoever from an energy saving […………………………..]. Windows are one of the biggest causes of heat loss. If you have large windows at home, my advice would be to close the curtains and blinds as often as possible. This will help your rooms retain heat Another simple way to retain heat is to close all inside doors, especially ones which lead into […………………………..]parts of the house. Carpets and rugs are great floor […………………………..]. It’s a good idea to have these fitted in rooms where heat […………………………..]is an issue.

I would strongly advise people to consider […………………………..]solar pan¬els on their roofs. You don’t need to live in a […………………………..]sunny place to reap the benefits of these; even our English weather will suffice. […………………………..]can generate enough energy to heat your entire hot water supply, which is fantastic when you think how much you pay for this […………………………..]at the moment. And, of course, I would encourage people to continue […………………………..]and […………………………..]waste. The next generation will thank us if we act now and rightfully condemn us for failing to.

Well, I can only hope you have found this speech […………………………..]and that I have highlighted the importance of the individual to the cause of […………………………..]protectioa Thank you for your attention, I’ll hand you back to Alice now.

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