IELTS Listening Practice Test 49

IELTS LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 49
IELTS LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 49

SECTION 1

Questions 1 – 6

Circle the correct letters A – C.

1. Mr. Griffin has been to the Sunrise Hotel…..

A. once previously.

B. twice previously.

C. three times previously.

2. Mr. Griffin is from…

A. Melbourne.

B. Sydney.

C. Perth.

3. Mr. Griffin’s passport number is…

A. 87647489.

B. 87637289.

C. 87637489.

4. Mr. Griffin wants to book…

A. a single room for 2 nights.

B. a double room for 2 nights.

C. a single room for 1 night.

5. Mr. Griffin will arrive at the Sunrise Hotel at..

A. 9.15 pm.

B. 10.00 pm.

C. 9.35 pm.

6. When he gets to the Sunrise Hotel. The food Mr. Griffin will find in his room will be…

A. a cheese sandwich with fries.

6. a cheese sandwich.

C. a burger.

Questions 7-10

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

7. What number room will Mr. Griffin be in at the Sunrise Hotel?

___________________________________________

8. How much will Mr. Griffin pay per night at the Sunrise Hotel?

$__________________________________________

9. Who will take Mr. Griffin’s food to his room?

___________________________________________

10 How much will Mr. Griffin pay for his food?

$__________________________________________

SECTION 2

Question 11 – 15

Complete the descriptions below.

Below are descriptions that Police have released for the two men wanted in connection with the robbery at the local jewellery store, Nicholls.

Man 1

Height              (11)…………………
Build                 Slight
Hair                  Dark
Face                  Small moustache
Age                   Early 20s
Clothing          Blue jeans
White t-shirt
(12)…………………
Motorbike helmet

Man 2

Height              5 foot 8
Build                 (13)………………….
Hair                  Red
Face                  (14)………………….
Age                    (15)
Clothing           Dark blue sweater
Black jeans
Motorbike helmet

Questions 16 – 20

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

  • CompTec blamed the job losses on reduced sales and (16)………………………………………
  • The airport route expansion will result in a (17)………………………………………of new jobs.
  • The Oakley Woods development project was opposed by local residents and local (18)………………………. George Finchly, the Westley (19)…………………………………, gave the news to the media.
  • East Moors CC will play their final on Sunday (20)…………………………………………..August.

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 26

Complete the admission tutor’s notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

ADMISSION TUTOR’S NOTES

Student’s Name                                                     Robert Johnson

Subject to study                                                      (21)………………………………………….

Why this subject                                                     Always interested
Father’s field
At school, good at mathematics and (22)…………………………………….

Gap year                                                                  Worked and travelled in Australia and New Zealand

Jobs during Gap Year                                           (23)…………………………………………….
Pub work
(24)……………………………………………
Building site

Why Westley University                                       Department has (25)…………………………………….
Graduates from Westley get jobs in industry quickly
Near Snowdonia for (26)……………………………….
Likes football – Westley has lots of teams

Questions 27 – 30

Complete Robert’s notes below

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

ROBERT JOHNSON’S NOTES

Type of Course (27)…………………………………………… (3rd year in industry)

Assessment                       Year 1                      5 exams

                                            Year 2                      (28)………………………………………

                                            Year 3                      No assessment

                                            Year 4                      Dissertation of (29)………………………………

                                                                              8 final exams during (30)……………………………..

SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 33

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN 3 WORDS for each answer.

31. The lecture will be useful for any students who are writing ____________________________

32. Modernised countries are described by the speaker as now being __________________________

33. The size of a sample depends on the _________________________ required.

Questions 34 – 40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Survey Size                                     Depends on statistical quality needed and total population size
A 1000 individual survey can reflect the total population

Types of Survey:

Advantages Disadvantages
Mail (34)………………………………
Good for particular groups
Not good for decent response rate
Telephone Good for when time and survey length are limited (35)…………………………………..
In-Person Good for collecting complex information Can mean lots of (36)………………………………
Street Interview (37)……………………………… Not scientific sampling

Survey Content                

Questions can ask about: opinions and attitudes
factual characteristics or behaviour

Questions can be open-ended or (38)………………………………….

Questions can be from 5 mins long to 1 hours +

Survey can be (39)……………………………………. – interviewees can be questioned on 2 or more occasions

Ethics

Results must not be used commercially

Individuals should not be mentioned

Results should be in (40)…………………………………
ie. statistical tables or charts

Answer key:

  1. B
  2. B
  3. C
  4. A
  5. B
  6. B
  7. 34
  8. $100
  9. Room service
  10. $9
  11. (About) 6 foot
  12. (A) black leather jacket
  13. Fat
  14. Clean shaven
  15. Early 20s
  16. Increased competition
  17. Significant number
  18. Environmental groups
  19. Mayor
  20. 30th
  21. Civil engineering
  22. Physics
  23. Delivered furniture/ furniture delivery
  24. Hotel work
  25. (A very) good reputation
  26. Hiking/mountaineering
  27. Sandwich
  28. 5 exams
  29. 15,000 words minimum
  30. June
  31. Dissertaitons and theses
  32. Information societies
  33. Statistical quality
  34. Low in cost/cheap
  35. Expensive/ the cost
  36. Travelling (around)
  37. Easy
  38. Closed
  39. Panel design
  40. (Completely) anoymous summaries

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. You will hear a telephone conversation between a man and a woman discussing a hotel reservation.

Barbara Sunrise Hotel. Good Morning. Barbara speaking.

Man    Hello. My name is John Griffin. I’d like to make a [………………………………]for tonight please. Are there any rooms still [………………………………]?

Barbara Yes, there are a few left. What were you wanting?

John    Well, I’m on a business trip so I only need a [………………………………].

Barbara I don’t think that will be a problem. Let’s look. Yes…. There’s 1 single room left. Shall I [………………………………]it for you?

John    Yes please. That would be great.

Barbara Right then. Let me get a pen. So, what’s your name again please?

John    [………………………………]. That’s J-O-H-N G-R-I-F-F-I-N.

Barbara OK. I’ve got that down. Wait a minute. You’ve been here before, haven’t you?

John    Yes, that’s right. I’ve stayed with you twice before.

Barbara Well, we should have your [………………………………]already. Let’s look at the cards. Here we are. So, John Griffin… from Sydney, right?

John    Yes, that’s right.

Barbara So, tell me if I’m wrong. John Griffin, passport number [………………………………]. Age 30.

John    Yes, that’s right.

Barbara So, it’s a single room for 2 nights. Is your [………………………………]number the same to confirm the booking?

John    Yes, it’s the same, but I’ll want you to forward the bill to my company again, if that’s OK?

Barbara Oh yes, Mr. Griffin. That’s no problem at all. Your company have always [………………………………]very [………………………………]in the past. And, what time can we expect you tonight Mr. Griffin?

John    Well, the plane lands at [………………………………]so by the time I get through the formalities. That should take about [………………………………]I should be at your place at 10.00. Will the restaurant still be open at that time as I’ll be hungry – I hate plane food!

Barbara I’m afraid it’ll be closed by then Mr. Griffin. Can I [………………………………]some snacks to be left in your room? A [………………………………]? Fries? Sandwiches?

John    Yes, that would be great. How about a cheese sandwich with fries?

Barbara No problem sir. I’ll see to that. Oh the fries might be cold when you get in.

John    Ah yes. Just the [………………………………]then.

Barbara No problem. Anything else Mr. Griffin.

John    No, that’s all. Thank you. See you tonight.

Barbara See you tonight Mr. Griffin. Goodbye.

John    Goodbye.

Barbara          Oh, Mark, That was Mr. Griffin. You know that nice man from [………………………………]who’s been here a couple of times before. He’s booked a single room for 2 nights from tonight.

Mark   Ah good. Wait a moment which room have you put him in?

Barbara Err. I put him in number [………………………………]. Is that OK?

Mark   I think so. Let me just [………………………………]. Oh blast. There was a booking earlier this morning. All the singles are now gone.

Barbara Oh dear. I’m so sorry. I didn’t [………………………………].

Mark   Don’t worry it’s not a problem. We’ll stick him in number 34. It’s a double room but it shouldn’t matter.

Barbara What about the price? The double is [………………………………]a night and he’s going to be expecting $100 a night for the single.

Mark   Well, we don’t want to upset him. We want him to come back. Make a note that we’ll give him the single rate and he’s got a free [………………………………].

Barbara I’m so sorry Mark. I should have let him know that there weren’t any singles left.

Mark   No, it’s not your [………………………………]. I took the booking earlier but the computers were down. I

should have made a note of the booking so that everyone knew. It’s my fault.

Barbara Mr. Griffin has ordered a cheese sandwich to be left I his room too as the [………………………………]will be closed when he gets in.

Mark   That’s no problem. Just leave a [………………………………]for my wife in the order book there. She’ll make sure that it’s [………………………………]by the kitchen staff and then room service can take it to his room just before he [………………………………].

Barbara How much shall I [………………………………]him for the sandwich?

Mark   What is it again. Ah yes cheese. Erm… well beef and chicken are both [………………………………]and salad is $8. Just make it $9. That should be OK.

Barbara OK. Thanks Mark.

 

Section 2. You will hear a news broadcast on a radio station.

Good morning and welcome to [………………………………], your local radio news [………………………………]for the Westley area. And here are your [………………………………]for this morning.

More news from the police into the [………………………………]robbery that occurred last Tuesday in the centre of town.

CompTec, the local computer hardware [………………………………]has announced that it must cut 40 jobs.

New routes open up at the Westley International Airport.

Plans for the [………………………………]of the Oakley Woods have been [………………………………].

A local cricket team make it to the regional finals.

And, get set for a heat wave.

First of all, police have released 2 [………………………………]for the two men wanted in connection with the [………………………………]at the local jewellery store, Nicholls, in the centre of town last Tuesday. At 9am, just when the store was opening, 2 men [………………………………]through the door and demanded bags to be filled up with jewellery. Although the 2 men were armed with [………………………………]bats, the [………………………………]bravely attacked them and beat them off. Although the 2 men had motorcycle [………………………………]on, these were knocked off during the scuffle and the shopkeepers were able to get a good look at them.

The first man is said to be about [………………………………]in height, slight build, dark hair and a small [………………………………]. He was wearing blue jeans, a white [………………………………]and a black leather jacket. The 2nd man is much shorter – around [………………………………]– with a fat build and red hair and clean-[………………………………]. He was wearing a dark blue sweater and black jeans. They are both probably in their early 20s. The police hope to [………………………………]photo fit pictures later today. The public are urged to call Westley police if they think they [………………………………]either of the 2 men.

CompTec last night [………………………………]that they must release 40 workers. This was [………………………………]on a downturn in sales and increased [………………………………]. The jobs to be lost will be a mixture of early [………………………………]offerings and a spread from all departments in the company.

Westley International Airport has been [………………………………]by CheapAir, the new low cost carrier, 4 new routes into Europe. The new routes will be into 4 European countries though the details have not yet been [………………………………]. When the deals have been finalised, this will lead to a [………………………………]number of jobs.

Environmentalists were delighted this morning by the news that plans by the local council to develop the Oakley Woods area have been shelved. The Woods were to have been developed into a shopping area but opposition from local [………………………………]and local environmental groups has led to a turn around by the local [………………………………]and they will now look for an [………………………………]site. Westley Green, a local [………………………………]group, says they are [………………………………]that the council has bowed to the wishes of people in the area. Mr. George Finchly, mayor of Westley, made the [………………………………]and said that the committee responsible took all available information into account before taking the [………………………………]and he hopes that Westley residents are happy that the local council are [………………………………]to their wishes when making decisions.

East Moors CC, a local league [………………………………]has made it to the finals of the Sunday league knockout cricket competition. They will play the final at home on [………………………………]against Newbury CC. Go along and support if you’re around that day, as you’ll be assured a great Sunday afternoon’s sport.

And finally, get set for a heat wave for the [………………………………]of the month of August. Weather [………………………………]have assured us that we will have 3 weeks of unbroken [………………………………]till the end of the month. Great news, but those of us who are experienced with the British weather will most likely greet this news with, “let’s wait and see!”

Section 3. You will hear an admissions tutor at a university interviewing a prospective student.

Interviewer Hello there. It’s Robert Johnson, isn’t it?

Robert Yes, that’s right.

Interviewer First of all, thanks for coming to this [………………………………]and thanks for applying to the engineering [………………………………]of Westley University. This is a fairly informal interview where I just get to know you and find out what kind of person you are. There won’t be any [………………………………]questions as we’ve got all your education [………………………………]from your application form.

Robert Oh that’s good. (laughs)

Interviewer Now I know you have [………………………………]to us to study Civil Engineering so can you tell me why you chose this field?

Robert It’s a mixture of reasons really. First of all I’ve always been [………………………………]by building things. Whenever the family was on holiday, I would always be interested in the [………………………………]and all that. My father is a civil engineer too so he’d always be able to explain things, and it was he,

I suppose, who really [………………………………]my interest in these things. I’m lucky as well because my best subjects at school were maths and physics, which are the ones that are of [………………………………]use for engineering.

Interviewer So, you’ll be keeping it in the family then?

Robert Yes. My brother wants to do the same thing as well so you’ll probably get an [………………………………]from him in another two years!

Interviewer Great! Now then. I notice from your application form that you took a year off between school and [………………………………]. What did you do during this year?

Robert Well, I’d like to say that I got plenty of work [………………………………]but what I did was travel. I went over to Australia for the year and spent the time travelling and working all around the country. At the end I went to New Zealand and travelled around there for a couple of months.

Interviewer What kind of work did you do out there?

Robert It was fairly [………………………………]stuff. I delivered furniture, worked in a pub, worked in a hotel and worked on a building site for a couple of months too.

Interviewer Working on a building site must have been some good experience for engineering?

Robert I suppose so. I mean it was interesting to see the [………………………………]side of things and a good engineer has to get his hands dirty my father says.

Interviewer He’s absolutely right as well. Now, why did you choose Westley University to study Civil Engineering?

Robert Well, first of all I know that the department has a very good [………………………………]in this field and, before applying, I [………………………………]the stats and saw that the percentage of graduates going straight into industry was very good.

Interviewer Yes, we’re very proud of that.

Robert I’m also very interested in [………………………………]and your campus here in the Midlands is within reasonable [………………………………]of Snowdonia so I’ll be able to go hiking at weekends when work allows it.

Interviewer That’s good. It’s very important for students to have interests [………………………………]of their studies. It helps deal with the stress.

Robert I also play a lot of football and the University runs quite a few teams in the local

leagues so I’d like to get into that.

Interviewer Is there anything you’d like to ask me about the course?

Robert Yes. The information in the prospectus wasn’t very clear about [………………………………]. How will I be assessed over the four years of the course?

Interviewer Well, as it’s a [………………………………]you will be working in industry for the third year and there won’t be any exams for that year. In the first year you will have exams at the end of May. You’ll probably have 5 papers to sit then. The second year is [………………………………]to the first year. You have to pass the exams in these years but they won’t actually be part of your degree. In the fourth year you will have to write a [………………………………]of a minimum of [………………………………]and most people use their time in the 3rd year when they’re working to use as a basis for their dissertation. So, the 3rd year can be spent doing the hard work for the dissertation, leaving the fourth year to polish it, and study for your finals.

Robert What will I have to do for the finals?

Interviewer There will be eight papers in all during June and these will be based on work done throughout the [………………………………]course. It’s hard and a [………………………………]time but students usually cope with it. Anything else?

Robert Yes, I’d like to ask about …

 

Section 4. You will hear part of a research methods lecture.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this [………………………………]lecture on research methods. This lecture is not aimed [………………………………]at one particular course but is a general lecture that will be relevant to any student who must [………………………………]research into a topic for his or her course. For most of you, this will be the research that you need to do in order to write your [………………………………]and theses.

It has been said that first world [………………………………]are no longer industrial societies but information societies. That is, our major problems and tasks no longer mainly centre on the production of goods and services necessary for [………………………………]and comfort, but rather [………………………………]a prompt and [………………………………]flow of information on [………………………………], needs and behaviour. This is why surveys today are [………………………………]with so much importance.

What, then, is a survey? Today the word survey is used most often to [………………………………]a method of gathering information from a sample of [………………………………]. This way, the results can be projected from the sample to the larger population.

An important consideration to take at the start is to decide how large a survey to [………………………………]. The sample size required for a survey partly depends on the [………………………………]quality needed and the size of the total population of the area in question. Even so, there is no simple rule for sample size that can be used for all [………………………………]. Analysts, though, often find that a [………………………………]sample size is sufficient statistically and [………………………………]. A properly selected sample of only [………………………………]can reflect various characteristics of the total population but it is not always needed to sample the entire population for your needs.

I’d like now to look at some of the types of survey available to us and the [………………………………]here will be on methods for [………………………………]individuals and companies. Mail, telephone interview, and in-person interview surveys are the most [………………………………]ways for doing this. The latter can be in offices, homes or on the street.

Mail surveys can be [………………………………]low in cost. A [………………………………]response rate though is the major problem. Mail surveys can be most effective when directed at particular groups, such as subscribers to a [………………………………]magazine or members of a professional association.

Telephone interviews are an [………………………………]method of collecting some types of data and are being used [………………………………]. They lend themselves particularly well to [………………………………]where [………………………………]is a factor and the length of the survey is limited. For students such as you though, cost will be an issue.

In-person interviews in a [………………………………]home or office are good when [………………………………]information is to be collected. It could involve a great deal of travelling around though. Street interviews could also be useful as they are easy but the sampling is not very scientific.

We also need to the look at the content of our surveys. Surveys can focus on opinions and [………………………………]or on factual characteristics or [………………………………]. Many surveys combine types of question. Questions may be open-ended such as: “Why do you feel that way?” or closed such as:

“Do you [………………………………]or [………………………………]?” The questionnaire may be very brief — a few questions, taking five minutes or fewer — or it can be quite long — requiring an hour or more of the respondent’s time. Also because changes in attitudes or behaviour cannot be reliably [………………………………]from a single interview, some surveys employ a “panel design,” in which the same respondents are interviewed on two or more [………………………………].

There are also certain [………………………………]to be looked at in conducting surveys. Some of you will see that the information that you will compile is of value to companies operating in that [………………………………]. Therefore you must always bear in mind a few [………………………………].

Surveys should be carried out [………………………………]to develop statistical information about a subject. They should not be designed to produce [………………………………]results or as a ruse for marketing and similar activities. The industry standard for all [………………………………]survey organizations is that individual respondents should never be [………………………………]in reporting survey findings. All of the survey’s results should be presented in completely [………………………………]summaries, such as statistical tables and [………………………………].

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