IELTS Listening Practice Test 42

IELTS Listening Practice Test 42
IELTS Listening Practice Test 42

SECTION 1

Questions 1-4

Choose the correct letter A, B, C or D.

Example:

Where did Julie leave her car?

[A] in the underground parking lot

B  in the outdoor parking lot

C opposite the university building

D near the Student Services office

1 What arc the regulations for the underground parking area, level 1?

A Undergraduate parking is allowed.

B Postgraduate parking only is allowed.

C Staff parking only is allowed.

2 If you don’t have a parking permit, what action will be taken?

A Your car will have a wheel clamped.

B You will pay a fine only.

C Your car will be towed away and you will pay a fine.

3 How does Julie usually travel to university?

A by car

B by rail

C by bus

4 Where is Student Services located?

A in the Science Department

B next to the football field

C between the cafeteria and the Science Department

Questions 5-10

Complete the release form below.

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

Application for the release of a vehicle in compound.

Name: 5………………………………………

Address: 6……………………………………

District: 7…………………………………….

Faculty: 8…………………………………….

Registration number: 9………………………………….

Make of car: 10……………………………………………..

SECTION 2

Questions 11 – 14

What facilities are available at each campsite?

Write the correct letter A, B or C next to questions 11-14.

11. Biddlecombe Cascades                             …………..

12. Crystal Falls                                                  …………..

13. 17 Mile Falls                                                  …………..

14. Edith River Crossing                                ……………

A. a checkpoint but no toilets

B. toilets but no checkpoint

C. a checkpoint and toilets

Questions 15 – 20

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter, A – H, next to the questions 15 – 20.

15. Biddlecombe Cascades

16. Crystal Fall viewpoint

17. The Amphitheatre

18. 17 Mile Falls Creek

19. Sandy Camp Pool

20. Sweetwater Pool

IELTS Listening Practice Test 42

SECTION 3

Question 21 – 25

Which person has the following opinion about the incident in 2008?

Write the correct letter, A, B, or C next to questions 21 – 25

21. It was very funny.

22. Some people must have faced serious consequences.

23. It caused embarrassment.

24. It was a very immature thing to do.

25. We arc being punished for it.

A. Laura

B. Jamie

C. Denise

Questions 26 – 30

Complete the flow-chart below.

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

IELTS Listening Practice Test 42

SECTION 4

Questions 31-56

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter, A-H, next to questions 31-36.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 42

Questions 37 – 40

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

ANIMAL PRODUCTION (in millions) in the Biomes of Brazil
AREA Cattle  Goats  Sheep
Cerrado  37……………….. none none
Caatinga  23.9 8.8 38……………………
Pantanal  39……………….. none none
Pampas 26 40…………………. 6

Answer key:

  1. B
  2. C
  3. B
  4. C
  5. Julie Karas
  6. 15 Fremont Avenue
  7. Hawkesly
  8. Science
  9. IKE 614T
  10. Fiat Panda
  11. B
  12. C
  13. C
  14. A
  15. C
  16. E
  17. H
  18. I
  19. D
  20. F
  21. C
  22. B
  23. A
  24. A
  25. B
  26. G
  27. B
  28. F
  29. C
  30. D
  31. B
  32. A
  33. H
  34. G
  35. E
  36. D
  37. 723
  38. 1
  39. 3
  40. none

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. 

SECTION 1

V =Vicky J =Julie C =Clerk

V: Hi, Juiie. You look […………………………….]. What’s wrong?

J: I left my car parked in the […………………………….]parkins (lot) and now it’s gone.

V: Gone? What do you mean? Do you think it’s been […………………………….]?

J: I think so. I’m just so flustered. It’s such a big place and I’m not sure. I just can’t remember where I left it, or if someone took it.

V: Was it locked?

J: Well, I think I locked it. You know, I was thinking of my class at the time because I was running late, so I’m not […………………………….]sure.

V: Where did you leave it?

J: Underground It was Level 1.

V: Don’t you know that area is for […………………………….]students and not for undergraduate students? Did you get a parking […………………………….]from Student Services?

J: No, I didn’t. So what does that mean?

V: It means that it’s […………………………….]been towed away.

J: Oh, no. It’s the first time I’ve brought my car. I usually […………………………….]the train in.

V: How long has it been parked for?

J: Probably around four hours. Is there anything I can do?

V: Yes. Go to the […………………………….]at Student Services and ask what you have to do to get your car back. You’ll probably have to get your car out of the […………………………….], and also pay a fine.

J: I don’t believe it!

V: I know it’s […………………………….], but it’s the only way the […………………………….]can control how many people park on the grounds. There’s just not enough parking to […………………………….]all the students.

J: They could at least have […………………………….]the wheel. Oh, well. How do I get to Student Services?

V: You go towards the Science Department, which is opposite the […………………………….]field and next to the […………………………….]. It’s in the building in between.

J: Okay, so it’s in the building in between the Science Department and cafeteria, which is opposite the football field.

V: Thafs right. Good luck.

C: Good morning. Can I help you?

J: Yes, I was told to come here because I seem to have lost my car C: What do you mean?

J: Well, it’s the first time I’ve brought my car and I didn’t realise there were […………………………….], and I think it might have been towed.

C: I see. Are you a postgraduate student?

J: No, undergraduate.

C: Did you get a parking permit?

J: No. I didn’t know about the permit.

C: Okay, we’ll have to fill out a release form for the compound com¬pany where your car has been taken. I’ll just need to get some […………………………….]. Your name?

J: […………………………….]– that’s spelt K-A-R-A-S.

C: Julie K-A-R-A-S. And your address?

J: […………………………….]

C: How do you spell Fremont?

J: F-R-E-M-O-N-T, and the district is Hawkeslev.

C: How do you spell that?

J: H-A-W-K-E-S-L-E-Y.

C: […………………………….]?

J: Pm in Political Science.

C: So that’s the Science faculty?

J: Yes.

C: What’s the car registration number?

J: It’s KIE 6… No, sorry, I always get that wrong. It’s […………………………….]

C: IKE 614T. What make is the car?

J: It’s a Fiat Panda.

C: Do you know the model?

J: The model?

C: Yes, what year was it made?

J: Oh, um, […………………………….],1 think, and it’s white. Well, actually it’s cream.

C: A cream […………………………….].

J: No, 1998.

C: 1998. What I’ll do is give the car compound a call, and see if they have it in their […………………………….].

J: Okay, so what should I do?

C: Take a seat in the green room. I won’t be long.

SECTION 2

The Jatbula Trail, […………………………….]within Nitmiluk National Park, is a four-to- five day […………………………….]in Australia’s Northern Territory. It follows an […………………………….]An original song line, and the […………………………….]along the way are […………………………….]with rock paintings. There are five […………………………….]along the trail, first, Biddlecombe Cascade, then Crystal Falls, 17 Mile Falls, Edith River Crossing, and finally Sandy Camp Pool. Only ten people at a time are allowed in each campsite, so you must book in […………………………….], although usually you will not see another person on the trail. Every campsite has a source of […………………………….]water, but otherwise, […………………………….]at each campsite vary. Your first stop, Biddlecombe Cascades, has toilets and an […………………………….]call device. The next two stops. Crystal Falls and 17 Mile Falls are the most developed campsites: both offer toi¬lets. an emergency call device, and a […………………………….]where you must sign in to help rangers locate you in case of an emergency. Edith River Crossing also has a checkpoint and an emergency call device, but no […………………………….]toilets are provided Sandy Camp Pool is the most […………………………….]site of all; there is nothing there other than a beautiful sandy beach where you can pitch your tent

The trail begins at Nitmiluk Centre, where you must […………………………….]and pay a deposit of […………………………….]. After registering, you may begin your trek. You’ll follow the trail overlooking 17 Mile Creek on your left for […………………………….] until you reach the first campsite. Biddlecombe […………………………….], where you’ll stop for the night.

On the second day, the track leads north from camp. After you have walked for about 5 hours and […………………………….], you’ll reach Crystal Falls campsite located at a sharp bend in the trail.

There’s a marked trail from the campsite to the Crystal Fall viewpoint. Crystal Falls is […………………………….] high, and it’s breathtaking, so be sure to have a look.

The next day you’ll change direction and head west across a valley and then north-west again for about 95 kilometres. The track is quite even and flat for the first part of the day, which is a welcome […………………………….]from the rocky ground of […………………………….]days. Before you reach the next campsite, you will pass. The Amphitheatre’ – a butterfly and frog filled […………………………….]that’s important to the […………………………….]people who have left intricate rock paintings on the rock walls. A few kilometres further you’ll come to […………………………….]campsite beside a series of rock pools and small cascades above 17 Mile Falls Creek. There is a […………………………….]over the falls that shouldn’t be missed, and is particularly beauti¬ful at […………………………….].

On day four you’ll take your longest hike, 15 and a half kilometres, going to the west. You’ll cross a boggy area as you […………………………….]the Edith River. If you’re tired you may camp here, where you first cross Edith River, or instead follow the river south, crossing it several more times before you reach the campsite at Sandy Camp Pool, where you can spend the last night of your […………………………….]camping on a sandy beach beside a […………………………….]waterhole.

Leaving Sandy Camp Pool, the track continues through […………………………….]until you pass a checkpoint at Edith River South. From here the trail is lined with the river on the left-hand side and high rocks on the right. One last stop is a must at […………………………….]Pool. This is a large waterhole […………………………….]by rocky […………………………….]that is perfect for a pic nic before you return to […………………………….]. Day trippers can access this point from Edith Falls so it may be your first […………………………….]with another person since leaving Nitmiluk. After a swim make your way to Edith Falls, where your […………………………….]ends. Make sure you deregister at the Edith Kiosk, and then take a hot shower.

 

SECTION 3

L= Laura, laboratory technician J=Jamie, student D= Denise, student

L Hi there, I’m Laura. I’m the […………………………….]technician for these chemistry labs, and Professor Mills has asked me to explain the […………………………….]that you’ll all have to go through to get your final year projects […………………………….]. Most of the procedure involves safety […………………………….], which we take very […………………………….]. We don’t want any uncontrolled […………………………….], no fires, and definitely no incidents with toxic gases.

D: You mean like what happened in […………………………….] when the whole science block had to be […………………………….]?

L Yes, exactly! So you’ve heard about that already, Denise?

D: Professor Mills told us about it on the first day of class. It was […………………………….]!

J: Yeah, but I reckon some people must have gotten into a lot of trouble.

L To be honest it was […………………………….]embarrassing for the chem¬istry department, because, not only could no one identify what the toxic […………………………….]was, but also at the time of the incident, no one was actually […………………………….]to be carrying out experiments with any toxic sub¬stances […………………………….]. It turned out a student had got a bit bored and had decided to do some […………………………….]experimentation by mixing up some random […………………………….]that were lying around. This is actually […………………………….]foolish, because there are some extremely dangerous […………………………….]in the laboratory stores, and everyone was […………………………….]shocked that someone of college age would do something so childish and […………………………….]. And, in effect, this incident was the reason we developed the safety procedure that each of you must now go through before we let you loose in the […………………………….]to do your final year project. The procedure will force you to really be aware of safety issues, so just in case, at the moment, any of you think it would be a laugh to mix up some […………………………….]substances or light things on fire for no reason, by the time you’ve worked your way through the procedure, you’ll at least pause for a second thought at least, we would hope so!

J: So, uh, can I ask something?

L Yes, Jamie?

J: So, we’re basically being punished because some other stu¬dent was […………………………….]?

L Actually, the approval process isn’t as bad as that. We can’t really call it a punishment! It seems really very long and […………………………….]at first, because you’ll have to get a lot of different tasks […………………………….]for approval by a lot of different staff members, and I’m sure most of them will have various concerns and […………………………….]. But my aim today is to break down the process, and explain all the different steps to you, so that it doesn’t seem quite so bad.

L All right, let’s get started. As I said before, a number of different staff members will be giving you […………………………….], and they may not always agree, so just to keep things clear, you should remember that the […………………………….]supervisor has the final say about whether or not an […………………………….]may be done here, in our laboratory. Your professor has the final say on whether you can do a […………………………….]experiment for your project, provided it’s […………………………….]by the laboratory, and I’ve got the final say on how it may be done.

So, the first step is that you will fill out this safety […………………………….]form. You will have to have a fairly clear idea of your experiment, because you’ll need to list all the […………………………….]you’ll be using, the […………………………….]you’ll be using for each one, and the nature of the reactions that you’ll carry out. You’ll also be required to […………………………….]a week-by-week […………………………….]so that we can be sure that whatever […………………………….]you’re working with won’t prove to be […………………………….]if they get mixed up with whatever the person next to you on the […………………………….]is getting up to. Really, for most of you this assessment form will be quite […………………………….]because you’re simply not going to be working with anything very dangerous. But for some of you, particularly if you are working with any […………………………….]substances, it could be a bit more […………………………….]. You might have to justify the use of certain substances, or only be allowed to use them on particular days.

Now then, after you’ve filled out your safety […………………………….]form, and given a copy to your professor, you will submit it to the laboratory […………………………….], and he’ll review it. This could take a couple of weeks so do it early, dont leave it to the last minute; he’s a busy man.

The laboratory supervisor will […………………………….]make a recommendation to your professor about whether the experiment can go ahead, requires […………………………….], or may not be done. Next your professor will either […………………………….]the project, or not If your professor does not approve the project due to safety […………………………….], then you, the stu¬dent. will be […………………………….]and you’ll begin the process over again by sub¬mitting a new safety assessment form that takes into account those […………………………….]safety issues. Is everyone with me so far?

J: Uh   I have a question

L Yes, Jamie?

J: Er, so if we have to wait weeks for the laboratory supervisor to give his approval, and then we have to […………………………….]the form, uh, we’re going to be quite behind our […………………………….]who got approval on their first go. That’s a bit unfair, isn’t it? I mean, some people are going to have an […………………………….]of several weeks over other people.

L Well, you needn’t really worry about getting behind at this […………………………….]; after all, you’ll have six months to work on your final project. And you’ll only get a two-week block of laboratory time, anyway, so there’s time to wait for the laboratory supervisor, provided you get started […………………………….]and don’t leave it all to the last […………………………….]! Also, don’t forget that this is only one step; there are plenty of other steps for other students to get […………………………….]on farther down the line It will all […………………………….]

D: But, urn, Laura, what if our projects aren’t approved?

L Then you’ll come up with another one. Don’t get too […………………………….]to your project in the beginning. Projects get turned down. Let’s see, last year I think only […………………………….]got approval on their first go.

J: Out of how many?

L Out of…. about      45,1 think; there are less of you this year.

But still, be prepared to come up with an […………………………….]project. There are plenty of people to help you if you need ideas; your professor, his RAs, even your fellow students. And don’t forget that in the first months of your project the library will be your second home, and the librarians will be your […………………………….] friends.

D: Laura, what’s an RA?

L RA stands for research […………………………….], like Jess, over there, in the lab coat. Hi, Jess! Now, once your professor has approved your project, you will need to write up a set of experiment safety […………………………….]guidelines. This will include all the […………………………….]steps you’ll take to keep safe, and exactly what you’ll do if you have a […………………………….]or some such thing.

D: How will we know all this? We’ve got no experience in the laboratory. L Well, after your professor […………………………….]your project, he’ll […………………………….]an RA to help you write the experimental safety procedure […………………………….].

You won’t be on your own Finally, once that’s written, you’ll give it to the laboratory […………………………….], that’s me. for approval. If I approve it then you can begin your experiment If there are problems, we’ll sit down together and talk about it, then you and your assigned RA will come up with a way of making your experiment completely safe to […………………………….], you’ll re-do the guidelines, and give it to me again, until it’s approved. But the RAs know what they’re doing so I don’t expect there will be too many problems. Ok? Any questions?

 

SECTION 4

To begin our topic on […………………………….]development in South America, I would like to briefly […………………………….]you with the […………………………….]present in the country. Each of these biomes has its own geographic and environ¬mental […………………………….], has unique resources that people may […………………………….], and indeed, each is facing different threats from human development.

Biomes, if you recall, are regions that are […………………………….]and geo¬graphically defined and contain […………………………….]communities of plants and ani¬mals. They are sometimes named for the plant communities that occur such as forest, […………………………….], and grassland; whether these plants are […………………………….]or deciduous; and climatic factors as well, for example, […………………………….], temperate, etc.

All right, let’s take a look at this map of Brazil. The largest biome in Brazil is the Amazonian Rainforest Biofne. which you can see […………………………….]in the north of the country. It’s one of two rainforest […………………………….]in Brazil; the second being the Atlantic rainforest Biome. which is located in a […………………………….]narrow strip running up the eastern Atlantic […………………………….]In the very southernmost part of Brazil, bordered by the Atlantic […………………………….], lies the very small and relatively […………………………….]Pampas biome. which is grassland. Finally, stretching like a belt across the middle of the country, between the two rainforest […………………………….], lie the Pantanal, the Cerrado, and the Caatinga. Starting at the left of the map, you can see the […………………………….]of the three, which is the Pantanal Biome a unique […………………………….]flooded wetland area. In the centre of the country is the Cerrado. the second largest biome in Brazil. Cerrado is tropical savannah – a […………………………….]of grassland and […………………………….]forest that experiences a short dry season. Finally, the last biome. called […………………………….]. is located between the Cerrado and the Atlantic forest in the north east of the country. The Caatinga has a very long dry season, lasting […………………………….], and is covered in deciduous scrub.

So, let’s begin with the Amazonian Rainforest Biome. As I men¬tioned previously, it’s rainforest, and it’s incredibly […………………………….]. It contains the largest single reserve of […………………………….]organisms in the world. No one really knows how many species occur in the Amazon forest, but scientists […………………………….]that there could be as many as […………………………….]. Recently this biome has been under a great deal of pressure from […………………………….], with large swathes being cleared and burned to create […………………………….]for the 19 million cattle that the area supports. However, the soils are […………………………….]with very low levels of certain important […………………………….], and are quickly degraded when heavily […………………………….], which necessitates more clearing and burning of forest. The rainforest is further […………………………….]by selective logging of valuable tree species.

The second largest biome in Brazil is the Cerrado, which is a tropical savannah environment made up of […………………………….]trees and drought-resistant grasses. The Cerrado also contains a huge […………………………….]; it’s estimated that one third of Brazil’s plant and animal species are located in this region. But since […………………………….], the […………………………….]pasture area in the Cerrado has increased by almost […………………………….]. It is a common practice to use newly cleared land for the cultivation of crops for a few years, and then when it starts to […………………………….], to use it for pasture for […………………………….]. The Cerrado now supports […………………………….]cattle, which amounts to […………………………….] of the cattle in Brazil.

Next, we have the biome called the Caatinga, which is a tropical dryland with a dry season that lasts 8 or 9 months of the year. Vegetation is deciduous, sparse and […………………………….], and contains a high num¬ber of species […………………………….]to Brazil. Agriculture is limited by the lack of water but this biome supports […………………………….]goats and 8.1 million sheep, besides 23.9 million cattle.

The Pantanal Biome, a wetland formed by the flooding of the rivers of the Paraguay basin, is the world’s biggest flooded plain. Vegetation is […………………………….]and variable; it consists of tall grasses, bushes, and widely […………………………….]trees similar to those of the Cerrado, except that in the Pantanal they are partially […………………………….]for a portion of the year. Three million cattle are raised in this biome. however the available grazing area is […………………………….]by flooding so large areas can sus¬tain only low numbers of animals. UNESCO recognizes it as a “World Biosphere Reserve* and also as a “World Natural […………………………….]Site.” Eco¬tourism is becoming important in this region, which […………………………….]the economic activity.

The Atlantic Rain Forest is the most […………………………….]biome in Brazil and also its most […………………………….]region. It’s the most important agricultiral and industrial area of the country. It supports […………………………….]cattle, and most of the country’s dairy production takes place there. More than […………………………….] of the Brazilian population, the largest Brazilian cities and the production of about […………………………….] of Brazil’s gross […………………………….]product are all located in what used to be the Atlantic Forest. Today, as a result, less than […………………………….]of the Atlantic forest is left. The Biome is also beginning to be recognised as […………………………….]very important; in the state of Bahia, for example, international researchers have […………………………….]a world record of 458 tree species in a single […………………………….]of Atlantic Forest. That is even more diverse than the Amazon rain forest. At the moment, less than 2% of the remaining Atlantic forest is under pro-[…………………………….]status, and the scientific community is […………………………….]to secure what little undisturbed forest still remains.

Finally, the Brazilian Pampas Biome has a temperate climate – it’s the only biome in Brazil that is not tropical. Grasslands […………………………….]with […………………………….]and trees are the dominant vegetatioa. The shallow soil, origi¬nating from sedimentary rocks, often has an extremely sandy texture that makes it fragile and highly […………………………….]to water and wind […………………………….].

The Pampas supports […………………………….]cattle and […………………………….]sheep, in mostly natural unmodified pastures; however this biome is being threatened with rapid conversion to the agriculture of […………………………….].

All right, so, next week we will go into more detail about the economic […………………………….]of the Brazilian [……………………..]in relation to the development of each of these biomes.

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