IELTS Listening Practice Test 119

SECTION 1

Questions 1-2

Circle the appropriate letter.

Example: What type of accommodation does Bahtt want?

A. A house.
B. The Student Hostel.
C. Home stay.
D. A flat.

1. How does she want to travel to the university?

A. By car.
B. On foot.
C. By bus.
D. By tube.

2. How did she feel about living at the Student Hostel?

A. Very pleasant.
B. Rather disappointed.
C. A bit homesick.
D. Rather bad.

Questions 3-6

Complete the table below using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

Property Available Advantage Disadvantage
two-bedroom house near the university 3 _____________
three-bedroom flat near the university 4 _____________
three-bedroom house 5 ________________ far from the university

Address: 6 ________________, Botany

Questions 7-8

Choose TWO letters, A-F.

Which TWO of the following the agent says are included?

A. kitchen cupboards
B. garden table
C double bed
D. dishwasher
E. washing machine
F. refrigerator

Questions 9-70

Choose TWO letters, A-F.

What TWO things does the student request before moving in?

A. new kitchen cooker
B. garden cleared
C. back door painted
D. carpets cleaned
E. windows repaired
F. new refrigerator

SECTION 2

Questions 11-13

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. The Bridge Hotel is located in

A. the city centre.
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 specializes in

A. healthy food.
B. local food.
C. international food.

Questions 14-15

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Which TWO business facilities are mentioned?

A. Internet access
B. mobile phone hire
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
Length of stay Cost (per person per night) Special features
2 days 16 £___________ Full cooked breakfast Entertainment in the 17

Entertainment in the 17_____________

3 days £60 As above, plus:

  • a 18_____________
5 days 19 £___________ As above, plus:

  • 2 days’ free beauty therapy
  • full-day membership of a 20_______________

SECTION 3

Questions 21-22

Complete the sentences below.

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

21. Last year, Fiona got a grade________________ for the Theory and Practice option.

22. Fiona has some free time because her_________________ has been cancelled.

Question 23

Choose ONE letter, A-E.

Which book does Fiona 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

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.

Fiona’s advice on organizing 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.

Exchange drafts and 30_______________.

Write final version of essay.

SECTION 4

Question 31

Choose ONE letter, A- D

Who are most likely to be the offenders of information-technology crime?

A. hackers and crackers
B. outsider users
C. employees
D. professional criminals

Questions 32-39

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

COMPUTER CRIMES
Computer Crime Offender Types  Crimes Committed Reasons or Purposes
employees
  • intercept company communication
  • steal company’s 32__________
  • use IT for personal profit
  • steal 33 to sell
  • seek revenge for real or imaginary wrongs
  • show off their 34 over others
outsider users or 35__________ electronic connection get Electronic Data Interchange System
hackers& crackers
  • gain illegal access to company computer system for 36______________
  • gain illegal access to the system for evil purposes

 

  • get information for financial gain
  • shut down hardware
  • pirate software
  • destroy 37_____________
professional criminals use stolen information as a business 38________________ for illegal purposes
  • use 39 to trace illegal gambling debts
  • dealers use pagers as a link to drug buyers
  • forge checks, passports, etc.

Question 40

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

40. Computer Emergency Response Team can offer international information and computer security service to_____________________.

Answer keys:

Section 1

1. B

2. A

3. not big enough/too small

4. too expensive / $400 a week

5. reasonably priced / $250 a week / cheap

6. 14a Station Road

7-8. C; E (in either order)

9-10. B; D (in either order)

Section 2

11. C

12. B

13. C

14-15. A; D (in either order)

16. 75

17. evening(s)

18. (four-course) dinner

19. 52

20. golf club

Section 3

21. A+/Aplus

22. lecture

23. B

24. pink slip

25. departmental)

26. Information Desk

27. 25p / 25 pence

28. summarise / summarize

29. essay plan(s)

30. (give) feedback

Section 4

31. C

32. trade secrets

33. hardware or information

34 power

35. suppliers and clients

36. (a / the) challenge

37. data

38. tool

39. databases

40. Internet users

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 a house agent and Bahtt, an overseas student studying in Australia. Bahtt is enquiring about renting a place to live.

A = House Agent; B = Bahtt (female)

A: Good morning.

B: Good morning. Um.-.I’m looking for a place to rent near the university.

A: What are you after? A house, a flat…a room?

B: Well, [……………………….]a house, if that’s possible. There are three of us looking for [……………………….]altogether. We thought we might share if we could find something suitable.(Example)

A: So something near the university?

B: Yes, if that’s at all possible. We’re all students so it’d be good if we could find something within walking distance of the [……………………….].

None of us has a car and we don’t want to have to take [……………………….].

A: Yeah. Well, everybody wants that of course.

B: Yeah, I [……………………….]they do.

A: Are you in your first year?

B: No, I’ve been here a year already. Last year we all lived in a hall of [……………………….]. That was really great, even the food wasn’t too bad. We had a lot of fun there. But in the second year they kick you out into the real world!

A: OK, so let me have a look and see what we’ve got… Well, there’s a [……………………….]house in Newtown which is quite cheap.

B: That’d be good because it’s very near the university, but if we all want our own rooms it isn’t really big enough.

 A: Too small. Give that one a miss?

B: Yeah, 1 think so. Got anything else?

A: What about, this? A three-bedroom flat, close to the university… It’s [……………………….]a week.

B: Oh, that’s too [……………………….].

A: Alright, well… here’s something that might interest you. It’s a three-bedroom house with [……………………….].

B:        Not bothered about the garden, but where is it?

A         Near the airport.

B:        That’s miles from the university.

A         Yes. it is auite far. but it’s [……………………….]priced at [……………………….]a week. Why don’t you go and have a look?

B:        Oh…alright. We will. Can I have the address?

A:        Right, w’ell it’s at [……………………….]. Botany.

B:        Is anyone living there at the moment?

A:        No, it’s vacant.

B: Does it have any furniture?

A: Well, it says here that it’s well [……………………….].

B: What does that mean exactly?

A: Well, there’s a kitchen table and chairs, two single beds, a  double bed, two [……………………….], a kitchen cooker and a washing & machine. Not bad really for the money.

B: Is there a fridge?

A: It doesn’t mention it here. I can let you have the key and you can pop round and see for yourself.

B: Right…thanks. We’ll do that.

A: Hello…you’re back. How did you find the house?

B: Well… not bad. It’s certainly large enough and there’s quite a big garden. But it’s completely [……………………….]. You can hardly get out the back door because the [……………………….]is so high. We’d have to have it. [……………………….]a bit before we moved in.

A: OK.

B: The kitchen is fine, but there’s an awful smell [……………………….]the house.

A: The place hasn’t been [……………………….]for a couple of months, so that’s probably why it’s a bit [……………………….]. It’ll be fine when you open up the windows for a bit.

B: Yeah. Well, I think the [……………………….]ought to pay to clean the  &[……………………….]at least.

A: I can put that to him, though I’m not sure whether he’ll agree.

We can but ask.

B: OK. Well, if he does, we’d probably be interested…

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 [……………………….]and high quality service at [……………………….]prices. All of them cater for a wade range of people-from business to [……………………….]clients.

Set in a quiet [……………………….]area on the attractive outskirts of  Belford. About [……………………….]from the city centre, the Bridge Hotel is a – popular choice for [……………………….]. After recent refurbishment and expansion, it now has 25 [……………………….]and 20 singles. All 45 are en suite with TV and coffee-and-tea-making facilities.

The Bridge Hotel is set in three and a half [……………………….]of grounds with an open-air swimming pool and four tennis courts. Here is also a newly opened [……………………….]with fitness suit, which is considered one of the best [……………………….]in the area. Non-resident membership is available.

We have a fully licenced restaurant for residents and [……………………….], which provides a wide range of dishes with a particular focus on dishes from around the world.

For the [……………………….]business customers, we have designated business rooms with phone links allowing full [……………………….]. Our & conference facilities cater for up to [……………………….]and we are able to offer transport to guests to and from [……………………….]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 break costs [……………………….]per person per night and includes full cooked breakfast and evening entertainment. Very popular for weekend get aways.

The 3-day break costs £60 per person per night and in addition to offers for the 2-day break, includes one four-course dinner. This allowrs guests to enjoy the full range of hotel [……………………….].

The 5-dav break costs £52 per person per night and, in [……………………….]to  offers from the 2- and 3-day breaks, includes free beauty [……………………….]on two days and a full-dav pass to the golf dub. This package is [……………………….]popular for couples wiio want a completely relaxing break.

If you would like more information about these special [……………………….], call Extension 3469 to speak to our Customer Service Manager, John Martin.

Thank you for calling the Bridge Hotel Information Line.

SECTION 3

You will hear three students talking about their study programmes.

E = Elaine; N = Neil; F = Fiona

N: Hi, Elaine, I was hoping I’d see you here. How’re things?

E: All right. You?

N: Not bad, but I’m beginning to worry about that [……………………….].

E: What, the one on Theory and Practice?

N: Yes.

E: When’s it got to be in by?

N: Next Thursday, and I just can’t get to grip with it.

E: Yes, it’s a [……………………….]one. I’m hoping to get down to it over the weekend. I tell you what, there’s [……………………….]. 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.

N: How does she do it?

E: Let’s ask her. Hi, Fiona. Hard at work?

F: Not exactly. The lecture’s just been cancelled, so I’ve [……………………….] got a free morning on my hands.

E: That’s lucky. You’ve met Neil, haven’t you?

F: Yes.

E: We were just talking about the Theory and Practice assignment we’ve got to hand in next Thursday. Can we just pick your [……………………….]a moment?

F: How far have you got with it?

E: Well, still at the early [……………………….]really.

F: Are you? Well, one bit of advice I’d definitely give is not to spend hours [……………………….]through the [……………………….]– Theory’s Crucible bv Jespersen: it really isn’t very helpful. I think the only reason they keep it on the reading list is that the library has got so many copies of it. Personally, I found the [……………………….]source – On Giants’ Shoulders written by Piresi. Have you read it yet?

E: Piresi? I don’t think so.

F: That’s a great book. It must be on your reading list.

N: Right.

F: Another one I found very useful was the [……………………….]called something like Practical Theories by, was it Williams, or Willard? Yes, Willard. Also, if you want to look at case studies, that small book of Ron Brown’s has got some interesting stuff in – you know the one I mean?

N: Ron Brown, yes. I looked for it in the library but it was out on loan.       ,

F: Yes, it’s a very popular book. Did you try the recall [……………………….]?

N: The what?

F: Don’t you use the recall system? You should, you know. You iust, have to take a pink slip from any of the [……………………….], fill the details of the book in, out vour departmental address on the back- vour departmental address, not vour home address-and hand the & slip in at the Information Desk. Then check the mail in your department [……………………….]. Say 10:00 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon, for a slip telling you the book is ready to collect. Last week I [……………………….]a book at lunch time and got the slip telling me it was ready just [……………………….]later. That wras [……………………….]: it usually takes 3 days.

N: T didn’t know’ you could do that. Is it expensive?

F: No. There’s a normal charge – [……………………….]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?

N: Erm…I’m not sure.

E: I would, if I wrere you. You get so much more out of the assignment that way.

N: But surely the [……………………….]would notice that our [……………………….]were the same?

F: No, no. I’m certainly not [……………………….]you should actually write the thing together. I’m talking about when you first start on a big [……………………….]. I think it’s a good idea to find two or three others on the course who live near you, and divide up the reading load between you. Then you can meet up again a few days later and take it in turns to [……………………….]vour reading for each other. At the next stage you go round the group [……………………….]vour essav plan, which makes it easier for [……………………….]then to go off and write the first draft of their [……………………….]on their own. Later on you usually exchange drafts and give [……………………….]in the group, before finally writing your essays individually.

N: Did you really do all that?

F: Usually, yes. It makes the whole thing much easier and more [……………………….].’

N: Right. Well, I think I need another [……………………….]before getting started. Can I get you one?

F: Yes, why not.

SECTION 4

In this section, you will hear a talk given by Donn Parker, an expert on computer security, about the computer criminals.

Hi there.

As an expert on computer [……………………….], my job is to oversee and analyse the [……………………….]in computer users. Computers have been common place in our daily life, making our life and work [……………………….]and lively. However, with the development of computer [……………………….], computer crime has started to attract more people’s [……………………….]. NOWT in respect of this topic I will present some of my view’s and studies.

What kinds of people are [……………………….]most of the information- technology crimes?

According to my research, over [……………………….] may be employees, the rest are outside users, [……………………….]and [……………………….], and professional criminals. It is amazing that the [……………………….]account for this large proportion. Let us see them in detail.

Employees: Employees are those with the skills, the [……………………….], and the access to do bad things. [……………………….]or disgruntled employees pose a far greater problem than most people have [……………………….]. To most supervisors and some experts, they worry that dishonest employees or outsiders can more easily [……………………….] communications or steal company’s trade secrets. Workers may use information technology for personal profit or steal [……………………….]or information to sell. They may also use it to seek [……………………….]for real or imagined wrongs, such as being passed over for [……………………….]. Sometimes they mav use the technology simply to [……………………….]to themselves that they have power over people. This may have been the case with a Georgia [……………………….]employee [……………………….]of sabotaging the firm’s computer system. As files [……………………….]disappeared and the system randomly [……………………….], other workers became so [……………………….]and enraged that they quit.

Outside users: Outside users are company’s suppliers and clients. They may also gain access to a company’s information technology and use it to commit, crimes. With both, this becomes more a [……………………….]as electronic connections such as Electronic Data Interchange Systems become commonplace.

Hackers and crackers: What are hackers? Hackers are people who gain [……………………….]access to computer or [……………………….]systems for the challenge or even the principle of it. Crackers also gain unauthorised access to information technology but do so for [……………………….]purposes. Crackers [……………………….]to break into computers and [……………………….]obtain information for financial gain, to shut down hardware, pirate [……………………….], or destroy data. The [……………………….]for hackers as the benign explorer has [……………………….]. Most communications systems [……………………….]view any kind of unauthorised access as a [……………………….], and they pursue the offenders [……………………….]. And educators also try to point out to students that universities cannot provide an education for everybody if [……………………….]

Professional [……………………….]: Members of organised crime rings don’t just steal information technology. They use it in a legal wav as a [……………………….]tool, but for illegal purposes. For instance, [……………………….]can be used to keep track of illegal gambling debts and [……………………….].

Drug dealers have used pagers as a link to [……………………….]. Microcomputers, scanners, and printers can be used to forge checks, [……………………….]papers, passports, and drivers’ [……………………….]. Telecommunications can be used to transfer funds [……………………….].

As information-technology crime has become more [……………………….], in 1988, after the last [……………………….]Internet break-in, the U.S. Department created the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), although it has no power to arrest or [……………………….]. CERT provides round-the-clock international information and security- related support services to users of the Internet. Whenever it gets a report of an electronic [……………………….], whether on the Internet or on a corporate E-mail system, CERT stands ready to lend [……………………….]. It counsels the party under attack, helps them [……………………….]the intruder, and evaluates the system [……………………….]to protect against future break-ins.

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