IELTS Listening Practice Test 101

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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 ________________

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:

      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.

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

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                                  ___________

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.

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_______________________.

Answer keys:

Section 1

  1. Aaron
  2. 18

  3. 316C

  4. improve English

  5. 7586 3344

  6. bathroom and balcony

  7. campus

  8. rent

  9. water

  10. 6th October

Section 2

  1. City Centre
  • pudding

  • fountains and maze

  • National Park

  • Blue John Cavern

  • Children

  • (wonderful) souvenirs

  • 4,000

  • plague village.

  • cafe and craft

  • Section 3

    1. B
  • A

  • A

  • B

  • A

  • C

  • email

  • laser printer

  • proof-reading

  • references

  • Section 4

    1. The Times
  • Advertising Codes

  • 1,500

  • quality press

  • The Guardian

  • Page 3

  • Manchester

  • quality

  • commercial breaks

  • license

  • 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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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?

    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.

    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 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 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 because during […………………………….]breaks , a surge of demand for electricity 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.

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