IELTS Listening Practice Test 100

ielts-listening-practice-test-100

SECTION 1

Questions 1-10

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

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_________________

E-mail address:                                                                           [email protected]

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
Cause Effect
High rainfall in Queensland 15 _________________
High 16 ____________________ Australian ginger was not price 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.

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 26___________ of ships in the sea
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

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;

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.

 

 

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

Section 2, Questions 11-20

  1. medicine /medical purposes
  2. China; India (in either order)
  3. a good price / (a) lot of money
  4. (early) 20th
  5. Perfect / Ideal (conditions)
  6. production cost(s) / cost of production
  7. The Second World War/ World War II
  8. 25
  9. 14 tons
  10. Australia

Section 3, Questions 21-30

  1. human activities
  2. get warmer
  3. influences
  4. Earth’s temperature
  5. (the) oceans
  6. engines
  7. (in) space/(in) orbit/ above us / on the Earth
    28- 30. B; C; E (in any order)

Section 4, Questions 31-40

  1. Patients
  2. smoking
  3. young men
  4. heavy diet
  5. (the) sun
    36 .public health (standards)
    37 .healthy lifestyle (choices)
  6. fun / a pleasure
  7. warm-up
  8. cross-training

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

xSECTION 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.

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.

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…

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.

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?

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 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 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 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 […………………………….]!

 

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