IELTS Listening Practice Test 110

ielts-listening-practice-test-110

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__________________

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

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.

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
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
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

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 patient  Type of art/music Effect on patients  Other improvements
Unborn babies 36 _____________ heart rate increased mother felt relaxed
Cancer patient 37 _____________ 38 _____________ improvements in well-being
Hip replacement
(elderly)
39 _____________ eased anxiety 40 staff _____________

Answer keys:

Section 1

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)
10. INFO

Section 2

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

Section 3

  1. B
  2. C
  3. A
  4. A
  5. B
  6. E
  7. B
  8. C
  9. G
  10. D

Section 4

  1. SOCIAL
  2. 1860
  3. STRICTLY CONTROLLED
  4. RECOVERY TIME
  5. NICE VIEW
    36 .LIVE MUSIC
  6. ARTISTIC PICTURES
  7. (FELT) LESS PAIN
  8. (SOOTHING) CLASSICAL (MUSIC)
  9. 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 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?

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.

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.

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

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 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 […………………………….]!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

(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 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 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.

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