IELTS Listening Practice Test 54

ielts-listening-practice-test-54

SECTION 1

Questions 1 – 5

Complete the form below.

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

CHEAPIES CAR HIRE
RENTAL FORM

Example                                                                                                  Answer
Date Car Needed                                                                           7th August

Customer’s Name                                                                                  Mr. John Wilson

Customer’s Address                                                                              (1)……………………………………..
Manchester

Postcode                                                                                                   MW7 4DF

Home Tel.                                                                                                020 6834 6387

Mobile Tel.                                                                                              (2)……………………………………

Driving Licence No.                                                                              (3)……………………………………

Number of Drivers                                                                                 1

Length of Rental                                                                                    (4)…………………………………days

Car Make Chosen                                                                                  (5)…………………………………….

Questions 6 – 8

Complete the Cheapies Customer Information Leaflet below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR SOME NUMBERS for each answer.

Cheapies Customer Information Leaflet

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for hiring a car from Cheapies. We value your custom and we will endeavour to provide you with the sen/ice that you expect.

Total Price                                                                       (6)…………………………………

Pick up point                                                                  The International Hotel

Drop off point                                                                 (7)………………………………….

We provide some things in the car to help you. Your sales representative will go through all the things that you will find in your glove compartment and boot. Different cars have different things provided.

In case of (8)……………………………………… or ……………………………………, call our emergency number 06387 638 972 to order a replacement car.

Questions 9 and 10

Which TWO items are NOT provided in Mr. Wilson’s hire car? Choose and circle TWO letters A – J.

A. insurance documents

B. Westley town map

C. the car manual

D. a larger area map of the local district

E. a map of London

F. a spare wheel

G. a set of tools

H. RAC membership card

I. a small fire extinguisher

J. spare keys for the car

SECTION 2

Questions 11 -15

Answer the questions below.

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

11 When is breakfast served in Chelston Hall on Sundays?

12 What method of food service is provided at Chelston Hall dining hall?

13 Where is coffee and tea served after dinner at Chelston Hall?

14 How much does it cost to do 1 wash in a washing machine at Chelston Hall?

15 From where can students buy washing powder inside Chelston Hall?

Questions 16-20

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

16. It is not the job of the cleaners at Chelston Hall to clear up ………………………………….

17. Students at Chelston Hall are asked to be careful going to and from the bathroom as the Hall is ……………………

18. If there is a fire at Chelston Hall, leave the building and meet your block leader in ………………………….where the block leader will take a roll call.

19. Chelston Hall has to perform at least …………………………………emergency fire practices yearly.

20. If a student is asked to leave for disciplinary reasons, he or she will not get a ……………………………………

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 26

Complete Judith’s notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

NORTH SEA OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY BACKGROUND

  • North Sea oil and gas exploration was initially rejected but has now really expanded during (21)……………………………….years.
  • First significant quantities of gas first discovered in Groningen area off The Netherlands in 1959.
  • First British discovery of same in West Sole field, off the coast of East Anglia, by (22)……………………………in 1965.
  • British oil and gas industry experienced rapid growth in the early years.
  • An (23)………………………………………….in the UK led to enormous pressure to increase production of North Sea gas and oil.
  • Oil field discoveries increased with British, European and American firms buying North Sea exploration (24)……………………………………….
  • In 1990s the oil business suffered due to (25)…………………………………………..of oil.
  • Production grew and peaked around 2000/1.
  • North Sea is currently looked upon as a (26)……………………………………………on a slow decline.

Questions 27 – 30

Complete the summary of Fred’s talk below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

NORTH SEA OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY SAFETY INFORMATION

Although the Sea Gem was the first North Sea oil exploration accident, the most well known  accident was aboard the Piper Alpha platform in 1988 when 13 people died. Because of  these and other accidents, platforms now have rigorous safety procedures, for example:

  • Installation Safety Tour showing all safety aspects eg:    – (27)………………………………………
    emergency muster stations
    (28)……………………………………..
    emergency procedures
  • Rig Safety Programme Introduction
  • Weekly Safety Meetings
  • Daily Pre “Tour” Meetings
  • Inter Company Safety Information Scheme
  • Fire and Boat Practice with (29)………………………………………………..
  • Mock Abandon the Rig Exercise

Statistics now show that these measures have succeeded and that workers are more likely to  be killed on (30)……………………………………..

SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 34

Complete the lecture notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Billboard Advertising

  • Johannes Gutenberg invented (31)…………………………………………in 1450.
  • The lithographic process perfected in 1796.
  • In (32)……………………………..Jared Bell’s office in New York made the first large US outdoor poster when he printed circus posters.
  • In 1900 a boom in national billboard campaigns was created in America with the advent of a (33)……………………………of billboard.
  • Last year US expenditure on outdoor advertising reached $5.5 billion.
  • Over the next few years there is expectation of a (34)……………………………………..in outdoor advertising.

Question 35 – 40

Choose a letter (A – D) that correctly completes the following statements (questions 35-40).

35. Allan Odell decided to use roadside advertising because…

A …no one else had tried it.

B …other people were beginning to use it.

C …it was the cheapest form of advertising.

D …other people were improving their sales through it.

36. Allan Odell’s first advertisements were…

A …successful.

B …boring.

C …hard to understand.

D …too far apart.

37. Allan Odell’s second type of advertising…

A …criticised people.

B …amused people.

C …made fun of people.

D …irritated people.

38. Allan Odell’s company eventually decided to stop this form of advertising because.

A …it was no longer effective.

B …people were in a hurry.

C …it was old fashioned.

D …people criticised the rhymes.

39. The main purpose of Lyndon Johnson’s bill was to…

A …improve the condition of the roads.

B …stop roadside advertising.

C …reduce federal grants.

D …make the roads and countryside more attractive.

40. Roadside advertising continued because…

A …it was good for business.

B …some states did not get federal aid.

C …federal laws did not apply to some roads.

D …some states ignored the law.

Answer keys:

  1. 95 Green Lane
  2. 07779 724 868
  3. WIL 94857 8269
  4. four/ 4
  5. Toyota
  6. £170
  7. The International Hotel
  8. breakdown + an accident
  9. E
  10. J
  11. 8.00 am (to 9.30 am)
  12. cafeteria style
  13. the common room
  14. £1/ 1 pound
  15. (a) vending machine
  16. kitchens
  17. co-ed
  18. (the) car park
  19. 2/ two
  20. refund (of fees)
  21. the last 40
  22. BP drilling rig/ Sea Gem
  23. economic crisis
  24. leases
  25. global price fluctuations
  26. mature province
  27. fire extinguishers
  28. lifeboat stations
  29. a mock fire
  30. a building site
  31. moveable type printing
  32. 1835
  33. standardised structure
  34. healthy increase
  35. D
  36. A
  37. B
  38. A
  39. D
  40. C

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 conversation between a man and a woman discussing the rental of a car.

Receptionist: Good morning Sir. Welcome to Cheapies car hire. Can I help you?

Customer: Yes please. I need to [………………………………]a car.

Recep: That’s no problem Sir. When would you like it?

Customer: Tomorrow morning.

Recep: Let’s look then. Today’s the 6th August so you’ll need it on the [………………………………].

Customer: That’s right.

Recep: Now, I’ll just need to take some details from you Sir. Can I take your name please?

Customer: John Wilson.

Recep:            And your home address?

Customer:      [………………………………], Manchester.

Recep:            Green like the colour?

Customer:      Yes, that’s right. And the postcode is [………………………………].

Recep:            OK. Got that. Can I have your telephone numbers please?

Customer:      My home number is [………………………………]and my mobile is 07779 724 868.

Recep:            Sorry, I missed the mobile.

Customer:      It’s [………………………………].

Recep:            Thanks. Now, are you the holder of a full, current driver’s licence?

Customer:      Yes I am.

Recep:            Could I take the number of the licence please?

Customer:      Sure. Let’s have a look now. It’s [………………………………].

Recep:            And will there be any other drivers or just you?

Customer:      Only me please.

Recep:            OK. You said that you wanted the car tomorrow but how long will you want it for?

Customer:      Well, tomorrow’s [………………………………]and I want it for the whole weekend. So, I’ll bring it back on Monday morning.

Recep:            I’ll have to charge you for all Friday and Monday sir.

Customer       That’s OK.

Good. Now, what kind of car were you looking for sir?

Customer: I’d like a fairly small car as I’ll be driving a lot [………………………………]town and a smaller car will be easier to get around and to park.

Recep: Yes, that’s true. Well, I’ve got small sizes in the following types of car: a Ford, A Renault and a Toyota. They’re pretty much the same though the Toyota is in a cheaper price [………………………………].

Customer: I’ll take the cheapest one please.

Recep: And we can offer you a petrol or a [………………………………]model with that car.

Customer: Oh. In that case I’ll take the diesel as that will be more [………………………………].

Customer: Now, how much will this cost me?

Recep: Well the daily rate is [………………………………]but it’s only £40 if you take the car for four days or more. Let’s see. There’s also an additional £10 for [………………………………]. That’s not [………………………………]but we do recommend that you take the insurance.

Customer: Yes, definitely.

Recep: So that’ll be [………………………………]for the four days then.

Customer: Fine. Where can I pick it up?

Recep: You can pick it up here, at the airport or at your hotel. Which hotel are you in?

Customer: I’m staying at a friend’s house next to the International Hotel. So, can you leave it at the International Hotel and then I can walk around to pick it up? I’ll [………………………………]at the same place if that’s OK?

Recep: Yes, that’s fine. By the way, if you have a [………………………………]or an accident, we’ll supply you with a new hire car ASAP. Our [………………………………]number is on this customer information leaflet which also has other information. Here you are and here is a [………………………………]set of keys for the car. Now, let me tell you about some things in the car that will be there to help you. First of all your [………………………………]documents will be in the glove compartment along with a Westley city map and the car [………………………………]. On the back seat there will be a larger area map of the local [………………………………]. If you need a map of any other place like London then give us a call and we’ll make sure it’s there.

Customer: No, I won’t need that.

Recep: In the boot you’ll find a spare wheel and a set of tools in case you have a problem. We have [………………………………]with the RAC so you can call them if you’re really in trouble. The membership card and phone number is in the glove [………………………………]too. There will be a small fire [………………………………]under the pasenger seat but I hope you won’t have to use that!

Customer: Great. So where do I pay?

Recep: If you go over there to Mr. Walker, then he’ll sort you out.

Section 2. You will hear the master of a university Hall of Residence giving a short introductory talk to new students at the university Hall of Residence.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Chelston Hall of Residence. My name is Dr. Frank Jones and I am the [………………………………]of Chelston Hall. As you will know, you are all attending Westley University to study different [………………………………]and Chelston Hall of [………………………………]will be your home for the first year of your studies. You are all first year students as Chelston offers [………………………………]only to first year students at the University. In this short talk I am going to go through some of the things you ought to know about life in the Hall. I will also go through some rules so that we can all live together in a [………………………………]way for the whole year.

First of all I would like to go through the eating [………………………………]. Chelston Hall offers full board accommodation so there will be breakfast and dinner every day with lunch also [………………………………]at weekends. You are not [………………………………]to go to the meals but they will be there if you wish to take [………………………………]of them. In fact it would be a waste of money not to, as you are paying for the food in your hall fees. The times of the meals are as [………………………………]. Breakfast is served from [………………………………]to 8.30am every day though these times are an hour later at weekends. Dinner is served at 6.30pm to 7.45pm, 7 days a week. On Saturday and Sunday lunch is [………………………………]at 12.30pm to 1.45pm. If you are late then you will not get any food. Once the [………………………………]are closed in the dining hall, they stay closed. The dining hall is [………………………………]style service and there is always a selection of food for [………………………………]. If there are a lot of people at the dining hall then please [………………………………]up in an orderly manner and wait your turn. Please do not [………………………………]into the queue. At the end of your meal, please take your tray over to the side tables and put your dirty plates and [………………………………]in the appropriate places. We do have kitchen staff but they are not your [………………………………]and we expect you to take your own dishes and cutlery off the table. Rudeness and [………………………………]to the staff will also not be [………………………………]. Each evening after dinner there will be coffee and tea available in the common room until 9.30. Again please do not leave cups lying around but put the dirty ones back on the trays [………………………………]. The coffee service will be [………………………………]if the common room becomes an untidy tip.

Other facilities that we have here on site are a TV room and a [………………………………]laundry. The TV room has one set which can receive the regular channels but no [………………………………]channels. The [………………………………]room has 8 washing machines and 8 dryers. These are all coin operated. You will need one pound in 2 fifty [………………………………]pieces for one wash. The dryers take twenty pence pieces and will run for [………………………………]on one twenty pence piece. We recommend that you buy a box of washing [………………………………]at the local supermarket but you can buy individual packets of washing [………………………………]from a vending machine providing it has not [………………………………]. One individual box from the machine is good for one wash.

As you will know by now, the Hall is divided up into [………………………………]with 6 rooms attached to each corridor. Each corridor has shower [………………………………], one bath and a kitchen. We have cleaners who clean up the corridors and bathrooms but the cleaners are not [………………………………]for cleaning the [………………………………]. So, if you want to cook something in addition to the food we provide, then please clean up your dirty pans and plates yourself. If any kitchen gets into too bad a state, then it will be closed and locked up for the [………………………………]of the term. Any [………………………………]or pans that are in the kitchen will just be thrown out. By the way, as you will also know, the corridors are co-ed so you will need a reasonable amount of [………………………………]and modesty moving around to the bathrooms and back.

Another important issue is our fire [………………………………]. Please make sure that you have read the notice which is in every corridor about what to do if there is a fire. It is very important that you know where your [………………………………]fire exit is and where to go when you get out of the building. For example, if you are in Block A, there are 2 exits and not everyone should exit from just one of these. The [………………………………]point for both blocks is the car park where your block leader will take a roll call to make sure no-one is left inside. We are obliged by the fire service to perform two [………………………………]practices every year. Please take them seriously as if they are not done well then we shall have 3 or 4 or 5 practices, or however many it takes to get it right.

Finally we have the issue of noise. For a lot of you this will be the first time not living at home with your family and you will have [………………………………]to lots of friends your own age and [………………………………]. I must urge you at all times to try and behave with [………………………………]to your fellow Hall [………………………………]at all times. Don’t play your music too loudly or make too much noise at any time and especially at night. People around you all the time will be trying to work, sleep or just [………………………………]. Have fun but think of others. We take quite a strict [………………………………]to those who end up annoying everyone else. If you are found to be [………………………………]others in the Hall to an [………………………………]amount, you will be warned and if the problem persists, you will be asked to leave. You will not receive any refund of the funds you have paid.

I hope that I have not [………………………………]worried anyone…

Section 3. You will hear 2 students discussing their project.

Judith Well Fred. Thanks for coming over to my room.

Fred That’s OK. I had a lecture near here this morning so it was easy to come over. We’ve got to get on with this North Sea oil [………………………………]anyway.

Jud So, did you [………………………………]to do any of the things that we decided last week?

Fred Most of the things. I got all the books from the library and saw Mr. Peters about the [………………………………]. He told me the names of some good sites on the internet where I could find lots of information about the North Sea oil industry safety [………………………………].

Jud He’s a great tutor, isn’t he?

Fred Yes he is. So, I [………………………………] the sites and made some notes. What about you? Did you get the information on the background and history of the North Sea oil industry?

Jud Yeah. There was loads of information and I’ve made notes too. I think I’ve got it all [………………………………]. So, let me tell you what I’ve found out. I’ll run the ideas past you and you can tell me if it’s OK.

Fred Good idea.

Jud So, as you know, the North Sea lies to the east and north east of England and Scotland. [………………………………]the North Sea was long dismissed as a [………………………………]source of oil or gas, but, over the last four [………………………………], it has become the centre of one of the world’s most productive energy industries. Gas was actually first found in [………………………………]in the Groningen area off The Netherlands in 1959. This was followed by the first British discovery of gas in the West Sole field, off the coast of East Anglia, by the BP drilling rig Sea Gem, late in 1965.

Fred Actually the first accident was on that rig too. Anyway, sorry. Go on Judith.

Jud The British oil and gas industry in the southern North Sea grew [………………………………]in the early years. The deepening economic [………………………………]in the UK meant that there was enormous [………………………………]on the industry to get gas, and later, oil flowing. As exploration and [………………………………]moved further north, it became clear that there was oil to be found in great [………………………………]. Discoveries of oil grew in number as more [………………………………], British, European and American, took out leases on [………………………………]of the North Sea.

During the [………………………………], like the rest of the world, the North Sea industry was badly [………………………………]by the global price [………………………………]. Nevertheless production grew and peaked around 2000/1. Now, the North Sea is [………………………………]as a mature province on a slow decline. That’s about it for now. I’ll put more detail into it when we do the [………………………………]. You know statistics and all that.

Fred Yes. You’ve done a good job. Shall I do the same then? It’s not as long as yours.

Jud Go ahead.

Fred OK then. As I said earlier, the first industrial [………………………………]related to the industry in the North Sea happened only days after they [………………………………]the first gas. The Sea Gem [………………………………]with the loss of [………………………………]lives. There are regular accidents on all oil rigs around the world but the North Sea is just such a harsh environment that there always seems to be more there. The most famous accident and the worst [………………………………]in the North Sea was the Piper Alpha disaster of [………………………………].

Jud Yes, I remember that one on the news when it happened.

Fred Today the industry is very safety [………………………………]. When you first arrive you are given a safety tour of the [………………………………], detailing all safety [………………………………]including fire [………………………………], emergency muster stations, [………………………………]stations and emergency procedures. You will be introduced to the rig safety programme. Everyone attends weekly safety meetings and daily [………………………………]meetings. The weekly meeting is an in-depth look at industry-wide safety news and other safety related [………………………………]on the rig. Companies share safety information with other companies throughout the industry. This helps to avoid repeated [………………………………]. A fire and boat drill is often held on the same day which [………………………………]a mock fire and a mock “[………………………………]the rig” exercise. The pre-tour meeting is usually a [………………………………]of the work carried out when you are off shift, the work you will be doing, the work others are currently doing that may affect you and any other [………………………………]issues of the day. Accidents do still happen as in every industry. However, [………………………………]show that with the [………………………………]improvements in offshore safety [………………………………], you now have a higher chance of having fatal accidents if you work on a building site than you do when on an oil rig. Well, that’s all from me. I’ll add lots of [………………………………]too.

Jud OK. Well, let’s plan what we have to do next

Section 4. You will hear part of an advertising lecture.

Good morning everyone. Today’s [………………………………]lecture is on the history and development of highway [………………………………]and their [………………………………]. Later on we will look at their design and different uses.

The roots of billboard advertising can be [………………………………]to the invention of movable type printing by Johannes Gutenberg as far back as [………………………………]and advertising in the modern [………………………………] was launched in the form of the [………………………………]. When the lithographic process was perfected in 1796, the [………………………………]poster became a reality. Gradually, measures were taken to ensure exposure of a message for a fixed [………………………………]of time. In order to offer more [………………………………]locations where traffic was heavy, bill posters began to [………………………………]their own structures. In [………………………………]the large American outdoor poster, more than 50 square feet, [………………………………]in New York in Jared Bell’s office where he printed posters for the circus. In 1900 a [………………………………]billboard structure was created in America and [………………………………]in a boom in national billboard campaigns.

There are a number of reasons for the recent surge in billboard [………………………………], not the least of which is cost [………………………………]. Compared to other forms of advertising, billboards are a relatively [………………………………]way to get your point across to the general public.

Consider this. A newspaper ad is only good for a day and a television commercial only lasts about thirty seconds. But a billboard ad is working for you [………………………………]hours a day, seven days a week. The cost of billboard advertising [………………………………]from about [………………………………]to [………………………………]a month. At that rate, ten billboards could run for as much as $25,000 per month. That sounds like a lot of money until you realize that a [………………………………]ad running for one day in a major newspaper costs about the same.

So billboard advertising can be an effective and cost-efficient way for [………………………………]to spread the word about their products and services. The Outdoor Advertising Association of America [………………………………]that U.S. businesses spent more than [………………………………]on outdoor advertising last year and the Association is [………………………………]a healthy increase over the next few years.

Advances in technology have also [………………………………]to billboard advertising’s cost efficiency. In the past, billboards had to be hand-painted – a time-consuming and costly venture. But with today’s computer technology, billboards are designed on a computer screen, [………………………………]to vinyl or poster paper, and glued to the billboard [………………………………]. The result is higher quality ads in less time for less money.

Let’s look now at a famous example. In [………………………………]Alan Odell, who owned a small company that made a [………………………………]shaving cream, noticed that gas stations and other local businesses were increasing trade by putting up advertising signs along the nation’s highways. He [………………………………]that he could increase his sales by putting up sets of signs. Five in a set. They would not have to be big and a short line on each one would do. At first Odell tried the hard sell [………………………………]. Sales began to increase at once but that did not [………………………………]him. Motorists see these signs, he told himself, at remote places on the highway. Perhaps after hours of [………………………………]driving they would [………………………………]a touch of rhyme and humour. They would indeed! It was not long before the catchy Burma-Shave signs – some ironic, some [………………………………], some [………………………………], but all of them funny – caught the fancy of nearly everyone, including those people usually critical of advertising.

These signs continued as the advertising medium of the company [………………………………]. And then, when cars [………………………………]too fast to take in these messages – more than a dozen words painted in rather small letters – the company phased out its [………………………………]advertising. Perhaps a growing [………………………………]of this sort of advertising, which interfered with highway [………………………………], also influenced the company’s decision.

By late 1965 this criticism resulted in President Lyndon Johnson’s highway [………………………………]bill.

This bill authorised a federal-state campaign to improve the scenery on either side of major highways to conceal or remove [………………………………]and to put billboards [………………………………]far back from the highway so that they would not interfere with the view. States that did not comply with the bill could lose [………………………………] of their [………………………………]highway grant.

But this was not the end of the billboard industry. Many roads were not part of the highway system which was supported by [………………………………]grants and these roads were not [………………………………]by the law and nor were signs in commercial and [………………………………]areas.

Now let’s look at the some of the advertising [………………………………]in Europe.

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