IELTS Listening Practice Test 41

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SECTION 1

Questions 1 – 10

Complete the form below.

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

Tom’s Computer Maintenance

Customer Information Form

Date: Sunday, 12th May

Example:                                                                                   Answer.

Reason for call:                                                                   computer problem

What happened:                            the screen 1…………………………

Troubleshooting checklist:

Restarted computer

The computer is 2………………. – not running on battery

Activity when the problem occurred:           3………………………………………..

Possible diagnosis: a virus

Anti-virus programme: 4……………………………………….

Appointment

Location: 5………………………………..

Time scheduled for visit: 6……………………………………

Street address: 14 7…………………………………. Crescent, 2F3

Customer name: Sandra 8……………………………………

Name on buzzer: the same as above

Fee: 9………………………………….for the first hour’s work, then £40 per hour

Estimated time for job: less than 10……………………………………..

SECTION 2

Questions 11 – 17

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11 The speaker’s job requires

A. a great deal of walking. B extensive travel.

B. extensive travel.

C. clean water.

12 Why is this story being told?

A. to promote Charity-Water B for entertainment purposes C to encourage Helen

B. for entertainment purposes C to encourage Helen

C. to encourage Helen

13. Why do the charity workers usually surprise communities?

A. It makes people happy.

B. It is difficult to spread news.

C. It makes their work easier.

14 When villagers heard of the charity workers’ arrival, they

A. had a party.

B. were suspicious.

C. took no notice.

15 Helen is feeling

A. ecstatic about her new life.

B. curious about the charity workers.

C. nostalgic about her old life.

16 What did the speaker notice about Helen?

A. that she had bathed recently

B. the care she took with her appearance C that she was wearing a green uniform

C. that she was wearing a green uniform

17 Making someone feel beautiful was

A. part of the speaker’s job description.

B. an unexpected bonus for the speaker.

C. of little importance to the speaker.

Questions 18 – 20

In what THREE ways did the new well improve Helen’s life?

Choose THREE letters A – G.

18……………………………                       19…………………………….                           20……………………………..

A. Her children enjoyed better health E. She had more choices and options
B. It increased her household income F. She made new friends in her village
C. It gave her more free time G. It allowed her to go to school
D. She got a leadership position

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 25

Complete the sentences below.

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

21 Jessica is interviewing Dr Kitching for ……………………………….. for the school newspaper.

22 Everyone Jessica knows is rather …………………………………. about how to ask for references.

23 Dr Kitching gives Jessica permission …………………………….. to their conversation.

24 Dr Kitching writes more than ………………………………. a year.

25 The majority of ……………………………….. are in the spring or early summer when students start thinking about their future.

Questions 26 – 30

Complete the flow-chart below.

Choose FIVE answers from the box and write the correct letter A – G next to questions 26 – 30.

STEPS TO TAKE WHEN ASKING FOR A REFERENCE AFTER GRADUATION

Start with a(n) 26…………………..

Say what 27…………………………. you took and when you took it.

Give any 28 ……………………….. to identify yourself.

Follow up with a(n) 29…………………..

Ask for a(n) 30…………………………

A. message
B. meeting
C. information
D. exam
E. telephone call
F. course
G. email

SECTION 4

Question 31 – 40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Date: 6th November

Lecture Topic Primate Behaviour

Review – Last lecture we talked about how physical features apply to:

  • living primates
  • classification
  • 31………………………
  • Human  evolution is not just about how people have 32…………………….. but also about how our behaviour evolved.

• The most notable thing about humans is not just that they walk on two legs but that they can 33……………………….

Primate Cognitive Abilities

Cognition = the amount of 34……………………… that goes into a behaviour.

It’s difficult to come up with 35……………………. to measure cognition.

How sentient are the 36…………………………….

Sentient = there is 37………………………… conscious thought

Behaviours that support the presence ef conscious thought in primates:

  • Various sorts of 38………………………….. (helping others without benefit)
  • “Machiavellian Intelligence” or deliberate 39………………………………..
  • Chimps can be language-trained – highly intelligent
  • Cognition and intelligence in primates has deep 40…………………………….. ramifications.

Answer key:

  1. Went blank
  2. Plugged in
  3. On the/ using the Internet
  4. Not sure
  5. Morningside (area)
  6. 7:45
  7. Branston
  8. Sarrencen
  9. 60
  10. Half an hour
  11. B
  12. A
  13. C
  14. A
  15. A
  16. B
  17. B
  18. C
  19. D
  20. E
  21. an article
  22. puzzled
  23. record
  24. 50 references
  25. (the) requests
  26. E
  27. F
  28. C
  29. G
  30. B
  31. the sossil record
  32. changed physically
  33. reason and/or imagine
  34. thought
  35. experiments
  36. great apes
  37. presence of
  38. altruism
  39. social deception
  40. moral and political

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. 

TASK II: GAP-FILLING

SECTION 1

M = computer technician

F = woman whose computer has crashed.

M Hello. Tom’s computer […………………………….]; how may I help you?

F: Hello. Lum„ seem to have a problem with my computer.

It’s really […………………………….]too, because I’ve a deadline tomorrow I’m […………………………….]to meet

F: Suddenly the screen went blank. Blue. A blank, […………………………….].

I don’t know If you can do something about it?

Nt Ah, the dreaded blue screen. I think I can do something about it – it’s my job after all. There are a few different […………………………….], though, that could be going on with your computer. You’ve tried […………………………….]it, right?

F: Oh, yes. Nothing.

Nt And it’s plugged in. not running on battery?

F: Yes.

Nt Are you sure? Can you check again?

F: Ok. Yes, it’s plugged in.

Nt Ok. Can you give me a bit more […………………………….]about what happened?

F: The screen went […………………………….].

M: No, I mean, what activity were you doing when the problem […………………………….]? Your computer was on, I presume; you were working, right? What did you do immediately before the blank screen […………………………….]? Were you using the internet?

F: Yes. I was. Is it a virus?

M: That seems likely. What […………………………….]software are you using?

F: Uh. I’m not sure. How […………………………….]!

Nt Never mind I’ll have to come and have a look at your computer.

F: Ok, that’s great.

M: Alright, let’s see. What about tomorrow morning about 10?

F: Oh, no. That wont do I’m […………………………….]. I’ve got a very important […………………………….]on the computer that absolutely must be finished and […………………………….]by 9 a.m. tomorrow. By ten it’s too late, I’m afraid. Can’t you come now?

M: Well, I’m at a job at the moment, and my wife and kids are expecting me home by 8 for dinner.

F: Can you at least […………………………….]someone else who can work? I know it’s Sunday evening, but surely there’s somebody, I mean, people have […………………………….]! (beginning to sound stressed) I’ve been calling numbers in the phone book, and you’re the only one out of about twelve that even […………………………….]

M: Just a moment, don’t panic. Where are you located?

F: I’m in the Morningside area

M: Well, you’re in luck. I have to pass your area on my way home anyway. Now I should be […………………………….]here by half past seven, so what about around […………………………….]? Is that ok?

F: That’s great, thank you.

Hit What’s your address?

F: […………………………….]

M: That’s b-r-a-n-i-s-t

F: No. sorry, b r a n s t o n crescent

M: Oh, alright, and your name?

F: […………………………….]. That’s [s a double r e n c e n].

M: And the name on the […………………………….]?

F: The same.

M: Alright, I’ll be there shortly.

F: Thanks. Ah, can I ask you how much it’s going to cost?

M: Certainly. My call-out fee is […………………………….], and that covers the first hour’s work, and after that the fee is […………………………….]an hour.

F: Oh, gosh. That’s rather expensive. How long do you think it will take?

M: If we’re lucky it will be […………………………….]quick. Honestly, though, if it takes much more than half an hour I’ll have to finish it tomorrow morning. But I doubt that will happen.

F: I hope not! Will you take a […………………………….], or do you prefer cash?

M: A cheque is fine.

F: OK, so, I’ll be waiting…

M: OK. bye.

 SECTION 2

As Charity-Water’s Water […………………………….]Manager, I travel to some of the most […………………………….]places on earth in search of clean water. And while the […………………………….]changes, there’s always one thing that […………………………….]the same: the women are always walking. Whether I’m in the mountains of Haiti, in […………………………….]Liberia, or the […………………………….]of the Central African Republic, the women are always carrying water. To give you an idea of the work that Charity-Water does, I’ll tell you the story of one of these women.

Driving down a […………………………….]road in the middle of Northern Uganda, our truck suddenly […………………………….]off the road and up over an […………………………….]. We usually prefer to surprise communities by otr […………………………….]because it makes it easier to […………………………….]how our water points are […………………………….]without hundreds of people watching. But once you visit a few communities in the neighbourhood, […………………………….]of your […………………………….]spread like wildfire.

We […………………………….]of the truck and walk into a party.

This is when I met Helen Apis. She told me about the new […………………………….]well in her village. “I am happy now,” Helen […………………………….]. “I have time to eat, my children can go to school. And I can even work in my garden, take a shower and then come back for more water if I want! I am bathing so well”

A few of the men […………………………….]to hear a woman talk about bathing.

But all I noticed was Helen’s […………………………….]face, the fresh flowers in her hair, and the lovely green dress she wore for special […………………………….]. Touching her […………………………….], I replied, “Well, you look great” “Yes,” she paused. Placing both hands on my shoulders and smiling, she said, “Now, I am beautiful.” That really hit me. My job is to focus on […………………………….]development, health, […………………………….]and […………………………….]; to make sure Charity-Wateris projects are work¬ing in 20 years. But nowhere on any of my surveys or […………………………….]was a place to write. Today we made someone feel beautiful.”

Before she had clean water, Helen would wake up before dawn, take her only two […………………………….] Jerry Cans, and walk almost a mile and a half to the nearest water point, which happens to be at a school. Because there simply wasn’t enough water for the area’s population, she’d wait in line with […………………………….]of other women who also […………………………….]clean water. Helen’s only other option was to skip the wait and collect […………………………….]water from a pond.

Helen spent most of her day […………………………….]and waiting. She told me each day she’d say to herself, “How should I use this water today? Should I water my garden so we can grow food? Should I wash my children’s […………………………….]? Should I use it to cook a meal? Should we drink this water?” With two children, […………………………….]and […………………………….], Helen had to make choices. I saw the shame in her eyes when she […………………………….]how she would return from her long trek to find her two young chil¬dren waiting for her. They were often sent home from school because their […………………………….]were dirty.

With the new well in her village, her life was […………………………….].

She now had choices: free time: options. Also, Helen had been chosen to be the Water Committee […………………………….], collecting nominal fees from […………………………….]to use for the maintenance of their well. Water Committees are often the first time women ever get elected to […………………………….]positions in villages. Last month, Helen was standing in line waiting for water. This month, she’s standing up for her […………………………….]. And now, she is beautiful.

 SECTION 3

J = Jessica K = Dr. Kitching

J: Hello Dr. Kitching, my name’s Jessica. I work for the student […………………………….]. I called you last week to ask if I could […………………………….]you for an article about how to ask for […………………………….].

K: Oh, yes; I remember! Come in. Have a seat.

J: Thank you. Do you have a few minutes now to do the interview?

K: Yes, that’s fine.

J: Great! I got the idea to do this […………………………….]because, well, everyone I know is rather […………………………….]about how to get references from […………………………….]when they need them for […………………………….]for jobs or […………………………….]studies. And I thought, since you’re a professor, and you’ve been working as a student […………………………….]for many years also, what better person to ask.

It Yes, I have got some advice I can share on this topic. Where shall we begin?

J: First of all, do you mind if j record our […………………………….]?

K: No. I dont mind.

J: Thanks. Do you write many references yourself?

K: Oh yes, I certainly do! Let’s see, it’s […………………………….]of course, but I’d say I average at least […………………………….].

J: My goodness! That’s nearly five per month! It’s more than one per week!

K: Yes, it’s a lot. And of course, most of the […………………………….]are made in the spring or early summer, when students are starting to think seriously about where they will be heading after they […………………………….]in June.

J: Do most professors do so many?

K: Yes, it’s part of the job. Of course, because I’m an advisor, students probably feel like I know them rather better than some pro¬fessors, so I probably get a few more than I would […………………………….].

J: Alright, so what do we students need to know in terms of asking for references or letters of […………………………….]? It’s incredibly daunting, actually, […………………………….]since we have such large classes. I’m not sure if my professors even know who I am!

It Yes, that’s probably the biggest issue students face in getting references. You will […………………………….]have to contact former Professors even if you have never spoken to them outside of class. Following on this, if I were giving a […………………………….]student advice, I would say to make sure you’ve had […………………………….]with several Professors outside of class so you won’t be a […………………………….]. All it takes is visiting during office hours, even if it’s just to say “Hello, I’m enjoying your […………………………….]“.

J: But what if we didn’t do that?

K: Then you’ll just have to contact your professor anyway. Make a […………………………….]call; tell him or her who you are, and what classes you […………………………….], this sort of thing. Remember, for your professor, recalling an […………………………….]student out of hundreds and hundreds isn’t easy. So tell him or her what course you took, and what […………………………….]and year it was. Include what grade you got and anything […………………………….]. Perhaps you spilled your […………………………….]. Though at the time it wasn’t funny it might be enough for Professor Brown to remember you and it won’t shed any […………………………….]light on you; it was an […………………………….]. Or perhaps, although you never spoke outside of class, you went up and asked a question that was a great one. Any information you can give to […………………………….]yourself is going to help you out

J: Should I visit Professor Brown in person?

K: Yes, that would be ideal. I would suggest giving the information first over the phone, then follow up by […………………………….]it to your professor. During the phone conversation, ask if you could meet […………………………….]. This will be both a physical reminder of who you are and also another chance to make a good […………………………….].

J: Isnt it very difficult to write […………………………….]for all these students you’ve never spoken to or really even met?

K: Yes; for example, I was recently called by a student from […………………………….] ago! He lived in another country. I really didn’t recall him.

He told me a little about himself and I looked back at his records. I told him that all I could do was […………………………….]that he was in my class, that he […………………………….]for all the classes and that he received a […………………………….] in my class. Sometimes Pm very surprised that students who did very poorly in my class ask me for a […………………………….].

J: What do you do in that case? Give a poor reference?

It I, like most Professors I know, never say anything negative about the student; however it is what is […………………………….]that can say it all. So you really want to make sure you’re remembered in a […………………………….]way and have left a good […………………………….].

J: Ok, thanks very much for all this information. The story should come out in our next printing, so if you’re interested I’ll drop one copy over to you.

K: I’ll be looking forward to seeing it.

 Section 4

Good morning; today’s lecture will be about […………………………….] behaviour. Up until now I’ve talked mostly about […………………………….]features: how they apply to living primates; how we use them for […………………………….]; how they apply to the fossil record. But human […………………………….]isn’t simply about how we’ve changed […………………………….]over the last […………………………….]years; it’s also about how our behaviour has changed.

Now, if I asked you to define what is meant by the term “human”, you could probably, hopefully, give me a list of […………………………….]that physically define us. But at a […………………………….]level, I would hope that what you’d be really proud of is not that we normally walk on two legs, but that we can reason and […………………………….]. Descartes put it […………………………….]: “I think, therefore I am” although, […………………………….], not quite in this context.

This lecture isn’t about human […………………………….]per se, but about primate behaviour in general, and animal behaviour too, since just as we can use the physical characteristics of living primates to give us clues and […………………………….]into the physical characteristics of human […………………………….], so we hope that the behaviours of non-human primates will be similarly […………………………….]for the behaviour of our ancestors.

To begin, let’s talk a bit about primate […………………………….]abilities. I don’t want to mention a lot of different behaviours without first mentioning cognition. Cognition is the amount of thought that goes into a behaviour. There is a world of difference between an […………………………….]hitting a nut with a rock and cracking it by […………………………….], and an animal thinking to itself: “I can’t […………………………….]into this nut. I know, I need something to use as a […………………………….]to crack it.” However, it can be very difficult coming up with experiments to […………………………….]these two.

We can easily test […………………………….]skills, such as recall and discrimination, using methods such as the Wisconsin general test apparatus and vari¬ous training experiments. But it’s much harder to work out the degree of thought […………………………….]. This is still a big problem in evaluating the status of great apes. Just how nearly “sentient” are they? […………………………….], for those of you who don’t remember, means there is the presence of conscious thought

There are various behaviours that could be seen to […………………………….]the presence of […………………………….]thought in primates. Various sorts of […………………………….], or helping others without directly benefiting, can be found in certain great […………………………….]. The animals team up to […………………………….]various goals: for example, hunting, in chimps. This would seem to […………………………….]a degree of cognition. Another feature that has come to light recently is “Machiavellian […………………………….]“. Work, especially with […………………………….], seems to indicate that there is a lot of […………………………….]social deception going one sneaky mating: passing the blame onto others; using infants for […………………………….]. At first glance, this seems very complicated […………………………….], but again, it can, just about, be explained in a fairly […………………………….]cogni-tive way. Highly trained chimps, such as the signing chimp, Washoe, and the computer-aided communication of Kanzi also indicate a high level of […………………………….]. An interesting fact is that these language-trained chimps do much better in the […………………………….]intelligence tests too, indicating that we probably […………………………….]primate intelligence in our traditional experiments. It seems that primates are not all that interest¬ed in the colour of pencils; they want to know the latest gossip about their friends – sound familiar?

And of course, cognition and intelligence in primates is a thorny problem, with deep moral and political […………………………….].

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