IELTS Listening Practice Test 56

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SECTION 1

Questions 1-5

Circle the correct letters A – C.

1. What is John’s job?

A. Doctor

B. Teacher

C. Chemist

2. Which of the following continents did John not visit on his travels?

A. Europe

B. Africa

C. North America

3. What’s Frank’s job?

A. Journalist

B. Travel writer

C. College lecturer

4. How many children do Frank and Liz have?

A. 0

B. 2

C. 3

5. When did John and Kate get married?
A. the last year of college

B. the year after graduation

C. 2 years after graduation

Questions 6-10

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

6. What time should Frank and Liz go to dinner?

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7. What’s Frank’s mobile phone number?

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8. What’s on the other side of the road from John and Kate’s flat?

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9. What does Liz NOT like to eat?

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Questions 10

Circle the correct letter A – C.

10. Which bell button is the one for John and Kate’s flat?

ielts listening practice test 56

SECTION 2

Questions 11 – 14

What FOUR sports facilities are currently NOT available at the Westley University Sports Centre.

football                                               hockey                            basketball                                   badminton
martial arts                                        netball                            trampolines                               aerobics
modern dance                                   weight training             spinning                                     yoga
aerobic training                                running machines        football                                       squash
swimming pool                                 rugby                               cricket                                         hockey

Questions 15-20

Complete the student’s notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Joining the Sports Centre

To be student member of Sports Centre you must be full time/part time at uni. + Students’ Union member. Come with NUS card to Sports Centre reception between 9.00am and 3.30pm from (15 )…………………………..to Saturday.

Present NUS card, fill out application form and pay subscription. Student subscription is (16 )……………………… Pay by cash or cheque; not credit cards.

No photos necessary; (17)…………………………….. at reception.

Members can use the facilities at any time. Because of (18)……………………………. members must show membership card every time they come in.

Replacement cards cost (19)……………………………………..

Members can book courts, not by phone, with membership cards.

Opening Times (7 days a week)

Monday to Saturday             (20)………………………….

Sunday                                     9.00am to 6.00pm

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 25

Answer questions 21 – 25 below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer

21 What subject does Professor Cameron teach?

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22 What time will next week’s seminar be?

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23 To what problem of Maggie’s does Professor Cameron refer?

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24 Who has the students’ extended essays from the last semester?

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25 How many students did badly in last semester’s extended essay?

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Questions 26 – 30

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

26. The students will have a choice of………………………………… titles for this semester’s extended essay.

27. Professor Cameron says that he will look at……………………………. until the end of April.

28. This semester’s extended essay word limit range is between ……………………………………….

29. The students extended essay for this semester will be based on ……………………..at the university’s facilities.

30. Rob will be able to help students at ……………………………………..

SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 36

Complete the Megalodon description below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

THE MEGALODON (Carcharadon Megalodon) – the largest predator that ever lived on Earth

Size

  • 12 m + (possibly up to 15m or 31m)
  • About 3 X length of Great White Shark (estimates from fossilized teeth + vertebrae)

Teeth

  • Size of (31)……………………………..
  • Very hard and fossilised well unlike all other parts of sharks’ cartilage skeletons
  • Bone-like material coated with (32)………………………………..
  • Like Great White Shark teeth but bigger, thicker + more finely serrated

Appearance

  • Possibly like a huge, streamlined Great White Shark

Jaws

  • Open (33)…………………………………… wide and 7 feet high; could swallow enormous objects
  • Loosely attached by ligaments and muscles to the skull
  • Teeth probably located in rotating rows
  • First two rows of teeth for (34) …………………………………, others rotate into place as needed
  • Lost, broken or worn teeth replaced by new ones
  • Did not chew food; gulped whole large chunks

Diet

  • Mainly whales.
  • Sharks eat approx. (35)…………………………….. of body weight daily
  • Remains of whales with (36)…………………………….indicate predator – prey relationship

Questions 37 – 40

Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE.

37. The speaker gives another example of a fish that everyone mistakenly thought was extinct.

38. In 1918, a giant shark attacked some Port Stephens fishermen killing one of them.

39. The Port Stephens fishermen all agreed with each other on their description of the shark that they saw.

40. The Megalodon sighting near Broughton Island happened again the next day.

Answer keys:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. A
  4. A
  5. C
  6. (about) 7.30
  7. 07623 963 957
  8. a postbox
  9. red meat
  10. C
  11. trampolines
  12. yoga
  13. running machines
  14. swimming pool
  15. Tuesday
  16. £15
  17. (digital) camera
  18. insurance agreement
  19. £5
  20. 8.00 am to 10 pm
  21. agriculture
  22. 4 o’ clock
  23. attendance (record)
  24. the external examiner
  25. 1
  26. 10
  27. drafts
  28. 3000 and 3500
  29. research
  30. the greenhouse complex
  31. a man’s hand
  32. (hard) enamel
  33. 6 feet
  34. obtaining prey
  35. 2 percent
  36. (large) bite marks
  37. TRUE
  38. FALSE
  39. TRUE
  40. FALSE

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 2 old friends who meet each other by accident.

John:  Hello Frank. How are you?

Frank: Wow John. Yeah I’m fine. How are you?

J: I’m great thanks. I haven’t seen you since we left school. How long ago is that now? It must be [………………………………], or is it 11?

F: It’s 9 years now. What are you doing with yourself? You were going to be a doctor, weren’t you, or something medical, like a [………………………………]?

J: Well, I was going to be but that’s not what I did. I started [………………………………]school but I didn’t really enjoy it and the idea of doing it for [………………………………]and then continuing to study for years after that didn’t really appeal. So I left medical school and went into teacher training [………………………………]to be a science teacher.

F: And I thought for all these years that you were earning mega [………………………………]as a doctor or working in a [………………………………]company!

J: No. Just a teacher! I love it though. I’m so glad I did it instead of medicine. And what are you doing Frank?

F: After school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I [………………………………]for a couple of years round the world.

J: Great. Where did you go?

F: Lots of places but nowhere in Europe. I wanted to travel long [………………………………]! First of all I travelled through India and Nepal. Then I moved into south east Asia for a few months. Then I went through Australia and New Zealand. After that I went to Africa and went around [………………………………]countries there. After that it was south America, central America and north America.

J: How on earth did you [………………………………]all that?

F: I just settled down and worked for a few months in places where I could get a job and save money. Then, when I had enough, I moved on. I wasn’t exactly staying in [………………………………]places though!

J: And now what? You always wanted to work with computers, didn’t you?

F: Yes. I remember that. However, when I finished all the travelling I thought of going into travel writing but it’s so [………………………………]. I always fancied [………………………………]as well so I got into that and right now I’m working for the local paper.

J: Did you have to study for that?

F: Well some people don’t, but I went to college for a year to do a journalism course and I’m glad I did as it gave me a bit of a head start and certainly [………………………………]me get my first job.

J: And are you married and kids or what?

F: I married a girl called Liz that I met whilst I was in Australia. We haven’t had kids yet, though we’re planning on having at least 2 or 3. What about you?

J: Do you remember Kate who I dated whilst at school?

F: Of course. The [………………………………]girl in the school! You didn’t marry her, did you?

J: Yes. We managed to stay together all through college. She did teaching too so we were at the same place for 3 years at college. We thought about getting [………………………………]in our last year at college but it was all too much and then we were too busy the year after [………………………………]. So we did it 2 years after we graduated.

F: Wow. I’m so happy that you guys stayed together. That’s great!

J: Where are you living now?

F: Oh, in Westley. In the high street actually. What about you?

J: In Westley too. We’ve got a flat near the [………………………………]school. Obviously then it’s easier to get into work.

F: Listen, why don’t you and Kate come over for dinner some time?

J: That’s a great idea. When?

F: How about next Friday?

J: Can’t do Friday I’m afraid. Both Kate and I have a parent teacher afternoon on Friday after school and then we’ll have to do the [………………………………]in the evening.

F: What about Saturday then?

J: That would normally be fine but our [………………………………]is away that night and we won’t be able to find one at such short notice. Why don’t you and Liz come over for dinner at ours and then we’ll be able to look after the kids? You’ll be able to meet them too.

F: OK. Let’s do that then. Liz will be happy. She won’t have to cook!

J: I’ll be doing the cooking when you come round. I love cooking.

F: So, what time shall we come round? 8 o’clock?

J: Well we’ll be home around [………………………………]that night as we’re going out for the afternoon with the kids. I’d say come at about [………………………………].

F:         Are you sure that’s long enough to get things ready?

J:         Well, that’ll be an hour. I don’t need more than that.

F:         And what’s your phone number just in case?

J:         [………………………………]. That’s the home number. And the mobile is 07978 290 512. What about you?

F:         I’ve only got a mobile. It’s [………………………………].

J:         What was the last bit again?

F:         I’ll say it all again. 07623 963 957.

J:         And I’d better give you the address.

F:         Oh yes, that would help.

J: We live at Flat 3, Evergreen Terrace. It’s just past the [………………………………]on the right. We’ve got a [………………………………]opposite us and a doctor’s surgery next door.

F: I should be able to find that.

J: Anything you don’t like to eat?

F: Well, I hate fish and sea food and Liz doesn’t care much for red meat. She likes white meat though.

J: How about chicken?

F: That should be fine

J: Oh yes. When you arrive none of the bells are marked for [………………………………]and there are four buttons. You need to press the bell second from the bottom.

F: Second from the bottom. OK. Got that.

J: I’ll be able to buzz you in and then come up to the [………………………………]and the door will be open.

F: Great. Well it’s so good to see you again John. I’ll really look forward to seeing you on [………………………………]and meeting Kate again. And the kids of course.

J: Yes, and I’m looking forward to meeting Liz.

F: See you Saturday then. Goodbye.

J: Goodbye

Section 2. You will hear a man giving a short talk to new students about their university Sports Centre.

Good morning to all you new students here at Westley University and thank you for coming to this talk on the Sports Centre. My name is Mr. Mike Finn. Later I’ll take you around the Centre on a tour but right now I’ll just let you know what we have to offer and how you can become a member.

We are at present in the main [………………………………]of the Sport Centre. Behind me we have the main sports hall where a myriad of different sports take place. We have football, [………………………………], basketball, badminton, [………………………………]and netball to name but a few. We are also planning cricket nets and [………………………………]in the very near future. [………………………………], modern dance and spinning are also held in the main sports hall and yoga classes are coming soon. There is a large [………………………………]up on the wall behind me detailing when each sport is on. It also gives details of which sports you have to pay [………………………………] for in order to join in.

Above us and overlooking the main sports hall we have our [………………………………]room which has all the modern weight training [………………………………]and aerobic training machines that you could wish for. At present there are no running [………………………………]as there have been a few [………………………………]with these and we are waiting for the university to work out its [………………………………]as regards these before we get them back again.

Round the back of the main sports hall are our [………………………………]courts. These can be reserved at the reception. The one important thing with the squash courts is that you must not wear outdoor or black marking soles on them. You will be fined and [………………………………]from the Centre if you do!

Next to that we have the [………………………………]site of the swimming pool. Details of that are posted on the Sports Centre newsletter which is always available on the notice board. We hope that it won’t be too long in coming!

Outside the hall we have playing fields where you can play football, [………………………………], cricket and hockey. You don’t need to be a member of the Sports Centre to enjoy these playing [………………………………]but you might need to join the [………………………………]sports clubs. Membership dues for these clubs are not usually very high and it always includes [………………………………]cover so don’t worry. You won’t need to take out a [………………………………]to join them all.

Now let me tell you how to become a student member of the Sports Centre. First of all any student who [………………………………]to be a student member of the [………………………………]University Sports Centre must be studying a course at the university, part time or full time, and be a member of the Students’ Union. So if you wish to join you must bring your NUS card with you before we can process your [………………………………]. You must come to the Sports Hall [………………………………]between 9.00am and 3.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday. The membership [………………………………]does not come in on Sundays and Mondays. You must present your NUS card, fill out the application form and pay the [………………………………]. The student subscription for this year is [………………………………]. There is usually a joining fee of £5 to join the Sports Centre but this does not apply to student members. You can pay by cash or [………………………………]but we don’t take credit cards. You used to have to bring two [………………………………]photos of yourself but we’ve gone digital now so we can take your photo ourselves with our camera at [………………………………]. Once you have your Sports Centre [………………………………], you have the right to use the [………………………………]at any time that we are open. You will need to bring your membership card every time you wish to use the facilities or you will not be [………………………………]to enter. This is part of our insurance [………………………………]. If you need a replacement card at any time you will be charged a replacement fee of £5 but you will not need to pay the subscription of [………………………………]again. You may book [………………………………] for sports such as squash and [………………………………]but you may only do this in person, not on the phone and you will need the membership card number on your membership card so don’t forget that card! We are open 7 days a week though opening times vary. Monday through to Saturday we are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm and Sunday we are open from 9.00am to 6.00pm.

Now, any questions so far?

Section 3. You will hear a university tutor and his seminar group of 3 students discussing their extended essays.

Professor Cameron  Hello everyone. Welcome back from your winter holidays. I hope you had a good time and didn’t work too hard! Well, this [………………………………]we will continue our seminars on [………………………………]. Today, like last semester, we are in the McCloud Room but this will change.

Next week we are going to the Hardy Room on the [………………………………]and we will remain there for the [………………………………]of the semester. Also we will have to change the time as the Hardy Room is not available at our usual time of three o’clock. So we’ll need to start one hour later. Is that OK with everyone?

Maggie I’ve got a problem with that. I have a part time job in a restaurant in town and finishing an hour later will stop me being on time.

Prof. Cameron Well Maggie, there are other seminar times for this particular subject but you’ll need to get someone to swop with you as they’re all full. Come by my office tomorrow [………………………………]and I’ll show you the list. We should find someone [………………………………]to change.

Maggie What if we can’t though?

Prof. Cameron You’ll have to decide what’s more [………………………………]for you! The degree or the job. You know that attendance is [………………………………]at the seminars and you haven’t got a very good [………………………………]record anyway.

Maggie I’ll sort something out I suppose.

Guy     Professor Cameron. When do we find out about the extended essay for this semester?

Prof. Cameron Today actually Guy. We’ll look at everything in a minute.

Guy     Thanks.

What about last semester’s [………………………………]essay?

Prof. Cameron Well Monica. All your extended essays are now with the [………………………………]examiner getting their second [………………………………]. I completed the marking in early January and the external examiner should get them back to me by mid February.

Maggie Mid February! For three essays!

Prof. Cameron It’s not just your [………………………………]Maggie. There are three of you in this seminar group but I have 5 other seminar groups on this subject in your year and they have four students in each. That makes 19 [………………………………]that I and the external examiner have to mark.

Monica How did we do Prof.?

Prof. Cameron With one notable [………………………………], the essays were of a pretty good standard. I

can’t say more than that at this stage but I was very happy.

Prof. Cameron So, moving on to talk about the extended essay. What do you want to know about?

Monica First of all, what do we have to write about?

Prof. Cameron Next week I’ll bring in a list of titles which will relate to the first ten seminars that we have this semester. You have to choose one title from [………………………………]on offer but you might want to think about choosing from the first five so that you’ll have more post seminar time to prepare.

Guy     What about the deadline?

Prof. Cameron I’m afraid it’s not the [………………………………]as we advertised at the start of the academic year as that’s a bank holiday. It’s now the next day, the 27th. No [………………………………]! We won’t accept the [………………………………].

Guy     Can we let you see our work before we hand it in?

Prof. Cameron Yes, though we have a [………………………………]for that too in order to [………………………………]you to get organised and started early. So, we will continue to look at drafts until the last day of April and then after that you’re on your own to produce your final product.

Maggie What’s the word limit Professor?

Prof. Cameron We want to have an upper and lower limit so we’ve set the lower limit of [………………………………]and an upper one of [………………………………]. You’ll have to be in that range.

Monica Will we need to do any research for the essay?

Prof. Cameron I’m not really supposed to give you any details of the questions yet but, yes, there is a research [………………………………]for all the questions.

Monica Will the research be survey based or done on the farm or in [………………………………]?

Prof. Cameron The research that we want you to do will be practical work with plants so it will be down at the university [………………………………], either at the university farm or the greenhouses as you said.

Maggie What type of plants will we be studying?

Prof. Cameron The type of plant that you do your research on will [………………………………]on the question you choose and I can’t tell you any more about the questions yet.

Monica Will we have any help with the growing [………………………………]?

Prof. Cameron A little. The farm staff and Dr. Johns will be on hand to help you at the farm and Rob down at the [………………………………]complex can assist you with everything down there. Well, that’ll do for now. You can hang on until next week to get started. Today we’re going to look at…

Section 4. You will hear part of a further education lecture on marine biology.

Good morning everyone and welcome to another further education lecture on [………………………………]. Recently we looked at the [………………………………]which people thought had become extinct millions of years ago. Today we are looking at another [………………………………]of the deep which we’re pretty sure is extinct though some people still think it exists. I think most people would hope it’s extinct as we are talking about the largest [………………………………]that ever lived on earth. It is called Carcharadon Megalodon or just the Megalodon.

Megalodon was an [………………………………]shark that may have been [………………………………] long or even more. There are a few scientists who [………………………………]that it could have been up to 50 or 100 feet which is 15 or 31m long! This is about three times as long as the Great White Shark but this is only an estimate made from many [………………………………]teeth and a few fossilized [………………………………]that have been found. These giant teeth are the size of a man’s hand! No other parts of this ancient shark are found as shark fossils are [………………………………]rare because sharks have no bones, only [………………………………], which does not fossilize well. Their teeth, however, are very hard. They are made of a bone-like material [………………………………]with hard enamel and they fossilize very well. So we can only guess at what it looked like. Since Megalodon’s teeth are very similar to the teeth of the Great White Shark, it is thought that [………………………………]may have looked like a huge, [………………………………]version of the Great White Shark. Megalodon teeth are similar to those of the Great White Shark but are much bigger, thicker, and with finer [………………………………]. Megalodon’s jaws could open 6 feet wide and 7 feet high. The jaws were loosely [………………………………]by [………………………………]and muscles to the skull, opening extremely wide in order to swallow enormous objects. It could easily [………………………………]a large Great White Shark whole! Unlike most sharks, Megalodon’s teeth were probably located in rows which [………………………………]into use as they were needed. Most sharks have about three to five rows of teeth at any time. The front set does most of the work. The first two rows are used for [………………………………]prey, the other rows rotate into place as they are needed. As teeth are lost, broken, or worn down, they are replaced by new teeth. [………………………………]may have had hundreds of teeth at one time. It did not chew its food like we do, but [………………………………]it down whole in very large [………………………………].

Megalodon’s diet probably consisted mostly of whales. Sharks eat about 2 percent of their body [………………………………]each day which is a bit less than a human being eats. Since most sharks are [………………………………], they don’t have to eat as much [………………………………]as we eat. It was during the Miocene Era that the [………………………………]order Cetacea, whales, reached its highest [………………………………]and abundance. Almost every known family of toothed and baleen whale is known from the end of the Miocene. Large whale [………………………………]and flipper bones have been found with large bite marks made by [………………………………]teeth that match the teeth of Megalodon. From such evidence, [………………………………]have surmised a predator-prey relationship of the Megalodon with large whales.

Megalodon lived from roughly 25 to [………………………………]years ago, during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs. It is now extinct, but the exact time of its extinction is hotly [………………………………]as some people believe that this [………………………………]shark could still exist today. So, can Megalodon still exist? Almost everyone who has investigated the possible [………………………………]of the great Megalodon realises that if it is extinct, it has only recently occurred in the [………………………………]record; as close as 10,000 years ago. Zoological history has proved that very large animals can remain hidden from modern science, especially in our planet’s under-explored ocean depths. So, if the famous [………………………………], the fish thought to be extinct for [………………………………] years, can be found alive and well as it was last century, why not push our giant white shark up a mere [………………………………]?

Has Megalodon died out or has one already [………………………………]? There is a well known sighting report from Australia. In the year 1918 [………………………………]men at Port Stephens refused to go to sea to their regular fishing grounds in the vicinity of [………………………………]Island for several days. The men had been at work on the deep water fishing grounds when an [………………………………]shark of almost [………………………………]proportions put in an appearance, attacking pot after pot containing many crayfish, and taking pots, mooring lines and all. On returning [………………………………], the men were all [………………………………]that this shark was something the like of which they had never dreamed of. And bear in mind that these were men who were used to the sea and all sorts of weather, and all sorts of sharks as well. They all said the shark was as long as the wharf of their [………………………………], about [………………………………]! They were all familiar with whales, which they had often seen passing at sea, but this was a vast shark. They had seen its [………………………………]head which was at least as long as the roof on the wharf shed at Nelson’s Bay. The sighting was never repeated and it is [………………………………]to say whether it was a [………………………………]or not.

Putting child-like dreaming aside however, leaves us with the fact that whether or not the huge Megalodon is alive today is [………………………………]only on theoretical grounds. Despite thousands of giant, [………………………………]teeth, no matter how fresh they might be, and this [………………………………], there is not much to go on. However, if some shark experts can agree not to completely write off “Meg” into [………………………………], and it does turn up then we will never go deep-sea fishing in anything smaller than an [………………………………]carrier ever again.

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