IELTS Listening Practice Test 62

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SECTION 1

Questions 1-4

Complete the form below.

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

DVD Customer Profile

Occupation: student (For example)

Have you owned a DVD player before? No

What is the maximum you want to spend on a DVD player? 1…………………

How often do you watch DVDs? 2…………………..

What type of films do you enjoy? 3……………………

What other DVDs (non-film) do you watch? 4………………………

Questions 5 -10

Complete the table below.

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

Player Features Cost After-sales service
DB 30 basic £69 5……………… only
XL 643 Can also 6…………… 7…………………… 8……………… at reduced cost
TriX 24 Will also play 9………………. £94 including 10……….. Guaranteed for 3 years

SECTION 2

Questions 11 – 20

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Your home:

11. A quarter of break-ins are through the ……………………

12. The ……………………. of the house should also be protected.

13. You should warn burglars your house is alarmed by putting a ………………….. in the window

The alarms:

14. The alarms show a constant ………………………

15. The alarms can be set off by a …………………….

16. The alarms arc connected to the ……………………..

Installation:

17. The alarms arc usually installed in …………………………

18. The security code should be kept ………………………

19. The alarms can be installed ……………………… at an additional cost.

20. Customers can pay ………………………… for their alarm system.

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 27

Complete the summary below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.

Essay Writing

Essay writing is simply the process of 21……………… information and presenting your 22……………….. . You will need to use skills of analysis, 23…………………… and expression. The more essays you write, the more you will develop these skills. The key to producing a good essay is in the 24………………….. . Allow plenty of time to work out what you need to do. You will find several books in the library to help you with the particular 25…………………….. of academic writing. When you have completed your essay you must remember to 26………………….. it carefully and take out anything irrelevant. Also, once you have received your mark, you should check your essay through as, by doing this, you can 27……………………. from it.

Questions 28 – 30

Choose THREE letters A-G.

Which THREE pieces of advice does the tutor give the student?

A.    break the question down into smaller questions
B.    check the vocabulary in the question
C.    limit how much you read
D.    make sure you have good notes
E.    use only a few quotations
F.    ask a friend to read your essay
G.    try to be objective

SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 36

Complete the flow chart below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.

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Questions 37 – 40 

Answer the questions below.

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

37. How many main trading partners does the UK have?

38. Which sector does the tutor want students to study?

39. What does the tutor want students to look at changes in?

40. When does the tutor want the project completed by?

Answer keys:

1. £85
2. 3/three a month
3. thrillers
4. comedy (programmes)
5. parts
6. record
7. £71.99
8. labour
9. CDs
10. insurance
11. back door
12. top floor
13. sign
14. blue light
15. spicier
16. company office
17. hall(ways)
18. with a neighbour
19. in the evening(s)
20. monthly
21. organising
22. argument
23. interpretation
24. preparation
25. style
26. edit
27. learn
28, 29, 30. B, C, E (in any order)
31. select
32. invest
33. research
34. sell
35. buy
36. calculate
37. 29/twenty nine
38. manufacturing
39. import prices
40. February 5th/fifth

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING 

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Liste. ning Practice Test. To make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts and replaced with spaces. You have to fill each space with the missing word by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test. 

TASK II: GAP-FILLING

SECTION 1

You will hear a woman asking a shop assistant about DVD players.

Customer: Hello. I’m interested in buying a [………………………………..]. Can you help me as I don’t know very much about them.

Shop assistant: Of course. We sell quite a [………………………………..]. Actually, we’re doing a customer [………………………………..]at the moment. So I wonder if 1 could fill in this form about you and that will actually help me to [………………………………..]you on the best DVD player for you.

Customer: OK …

Shop assistant: First of all. your [………………………………..]?

Customer: Um – student.

Shop assistant: OK. Then, have you already got a DVD player?

Customer: No. I’ve never had one hefore.

Shop assistant: And how much do you think you want to spend on a player?

Customer: I’m not sure really – but I have got a [………………………………..]. My friend said I should allow about £[………………………………..]but I can’t afford over £85, so that’s what I’m working on.

Shop assistant: And do you watch DVDs very often?

Customer Um – depends what you mean by often. I don’t know w hat the norm is – is it about two a week?

I suppose I watch [………………………………..]. That’s enough for me!

Shop assistant: Yes (laughs). What sort of films do you like watching then? Action movies?

Customer: (laughs) Not really. My [………………………………..]always insists we watch [………………………………..]movies but I prefer [………………………………..]. Somethin? to get your teeth into!

Shop assistant: OK. Just one more. Do you watch other DVDs – ones that are not films – like music or something?

Customer: Not much because I don’t want to spend the money on something I can watch on TV but I [………………………………..]rent out comedy programmes. And I fight with my boyfriend over all the sports DVDs he watches.

Shop assistant: OK. Let me explain a bit to you about the DVD players that are in your [………………………………..]. First there’s the DB 30 which has only got [………………………………..]but it is a [………………………………..]at £69. Now all the DVDs come with an after-sales service that starts when the [………………………………..]runs out. As it’s so cheap the [………………………………..] comes with a limited after-sales service as it unlv includes parts. You would have to pay for most of the repair.

Customer: Seems OK.

Shop assistant: Then a slight grade up from that is the [………………………………..]. This comes w ith an [………………………………..]feature in that it has extra button allowing you to reword. That’s quite useful.

Customer: Oh yes. That would mean [………………………………..]less on DVDs to watch.

Shop assistant: Yes, so you’d make the extra money back on it that it costs. Let me see how much it is … ah. yes. that one’s actually [………………………………..]at the moment from [………………………………..]. I think it’s worth the extra myself.

Customer: And is that the same level of after-sales service as the other one?

Shop assistant: Well, you get a bit more for your money because what we are offering is a [………………………………..]on labour. So you don’t pay the full price if you have to call an [………………………………..]out.

Customer: I see.

Shop assistant: Then the last one is this [………………………………..]. It’s a very good player and you can use it to listen to your CDs as well as watch DVDs.

Customer: It looks nice – but I bet it’s [………………………………..].

Shop assistant: No, it’s not top of the range. I jet’s see – yes it’s [………………………………..]– but. what von hnvc in remember is that, that includes [………………………………..], so you don’t have to pay extra for that. And it comes with a [………………………………..]that’s valid for three years as [………………………………..]to the usual one. What do you think?

Customer: Hm, maybe … (fade) …

SECTION 2

You will hear a salesman giving information to house owners about an alarm system.

Salesman: Thank you for inviting me to your [………………………………..]meeting. My name is Martin Pugh from Safe Sell Alarms. I’m going to explain a little bit about home [………………………………..]and I hope you’ll all feel a bit better [………………………………..]and perhaps that you will even [………………………………..]one of the alarms we sell. It is all too easy these days for people to break in to our homes. Did you know that 25% of all [………………………………..]are committed by burglars breaking and [………………………………..]via the back door? Even though it is locked, it is still [………………………………..]easy for someone to gain entry. And there are parts of our house that we think arc not [………………………………..]because they look [………………………………..]– but they’re not. So, if you’re trying to protect your home, you should make the sure top floor is [………………………………..] by that protection, not just the [………………………………..]. We believe that the only way to secure your [………………………………..]is by having an alarm fitted. Just having the alarm on the outside can pul [………………………………..]off and we also recommend that you warn them about the alarm. To do this, we suggest von stick a sign in the front window of the house so it can be seen [………………………………..]. This alone should be enough to [………………………………..]a burglar before they start.

Now, our company has a range of alarms on offer and I’ve brought several along for you to see tonight. But let me just explain a few things about them. First of all, all of our alarms arc highly [………………………………..]. They’re [………………………………..]red and. on the [………………………………..], there is a blue light. which you can see whether they are [………………………………..]on or not. This acts as a [………………………………..]to burglars who can see it is an active alarm system. Like most systems, our alarms arc very [………………………………..]so you do need to look after them. You may be [………………………………..]to hear that a cat can often slink around [………………………………..]under the [………………………………..]beams but a spider crawling across them will set them off. Also, our system is a little different from some. Most companies offer an option that connects their alarms to the [………………………………..]. All our alarms have an automatic link to our company office. This means we can deal with the situation [………………………………..]and can sort out any alarms that have gone off by mistake.

OK, let me tell you about the [………………………………..]of our alarms. Later on I’ll show you some house plans and [………………………………..]of how the alarms operate but you don’t have to worry about them being [………………………………..], as we normally put them in hallways rather than [………………………………..]rooms. The diagrams show you how the beams work to cover the whole house in this way. Oh, one small thing while I remember, is don’t leave your [………………………………..]in your house – a lot of people keep it in the kitchen or their study but we suggest you leave it with a [………………………………..]so that if there is a break in, the burglars can’t switch the system off. Now, [………………………………..] the practical [………………………………..] of installation – I know that many of you are out all day and I’m afraid we don’t install the alarms at weekends, but wc do offer a service where we can fit the alarm system in the evenings for you but we do [………………………………..]a little bit extra for that. Finally, wc do offer a range of [………………………………..], so I suggest you look at the [………………………………..]on our prices. And please don’t be put off from investing in a more [………………………………..]system to protect your home as we do allow you to set up a monthly [………………………………..]if it’s too much in one go. OK. now. if you’d like to … (fade)…

SECTION 3

You will hear a student, Alex, asking his tutor Tor advice about essay writing.

Tutor: Hi. Alex, comc in. I gather you wanted some help with writing essays.

Alex: Yes. I’m finding this first term difficult and I’m worried about the [………………………………..]we have to do for January.

Tutor: Well, let me see if I can help. You shouldn’t panic about it because essay writing is a very [………………………………..] process really. Whal il involves is [………………………………..]the information that you want to include. You shouldn’t have more than you can easily [………………………………..]within the word count. Make sure you haven’t got too much or anything [………………………………..]. You need to look at that and work out what you need and what you don’t need before you start. And then you just have to think about how you’re going to pul forward your [………………………………..]

Alex: Oh, that sounds very straightforward when you put it like that. But I’m [………………………………..]I haven’t got the [………………………………..]skills for writing an [………………………………..]essay because English is my second language.

Tutor: Well, perhaps you [………………………………..]the skills you need. You need to be able to [………………………………..]your data and then 1 would say the skills of [………………………………..]and expressing yourself are important. Perhaps it’s this last one that bothers you, but the more essays you write, the more you will develop these skills.

Alex: Yes and I don’t quite know how to improve at that though as you say. I know practice will help. And I need to make sure I’ve got everything ready before I start.

Tutor: Yes. What is vital to good essay writing is [………………………………..]so make sure you build in enough time to do the research you need.

Alex: Arc there any other sources I can use to help me with essays?

Tutor Yes. You should go to the library and look through the [………………………………..]section because there are hooks that focus on the style we use in [………………………………..]writing and those will help you a lot, The other thing that you should think about is, what happens when you’ve [………………………………..]written your essay. Too many students just [………………………………..]their work and hand it in. whereas what you should be doing is making sure that you edit it as [………………………………..]as possible.

Alex: Oh. yes. That’s a good idea. Then I’d pick up any mistakes and also see if it reads [………………………………..].

Tutor: Exactly. The other thing is. again, what a lot of students do is get their essays back, look at the marks, then just file it away. They don’t seem to [………………………………..]that if they checkcd it through and looked at what the tutor had written, then they can learn from their old essays.

Alex: Yeah. I can see that’s a good idea.

Tutor So, is that OK? You can always come back to me.

Alex: Actually, there were a couple of other things I wanted to ask you about essay writing. 1 had had a few thoughts of my own about what 1 should do such as really taking [………………………………..]when I’m reading because that helps, doesn’t it?

Tutor I think il improves your [………………………………..]rather than your actual writing. But one lip I can give you is to try and not read too much, otherwise you end up including [………………………………..]in your essay. Remember to stay on task.

Alex: Yes, sometimes I have problems [………………………………..]the questions correctly, or the whole question seems

overwhelming to me. What I try to do is highlight the key parts and divide it into [………………………………..], so I can manage it.

Tutor: Well, you might find it useful to break it down even further by making sure you, understand all the words [………………………………..]before you start. Things like ‘assess’ or ‘comment’ and such like.

Alex: Yes, I see.

Tutor: Sometimes, after an objective [………………………………..], the question actually asks you for a subjective opinion, but you must remember to support your [………………………………..], if that’s the case. One final comment I can make is about using your own words – you must try to do this as far as possible. You’re expected to [………………………………..]what you’ve read nol just siring together a list of [………………………………..]. In fact, you shouldn’t have too many – just use them where it’s really important.

Alex:  OK. thanks.

Tutor: Do you read other student’s essays when you’ve finished?

Alex:  No. Why? Is that a good idea?

Tutor: Well, you can confuse each other so I’d advise [………………………………..]it – but it’s up to you.

Alex:  OK. Thanks very much … (fade) …

SECTION 4

You will hear a tutor giving some Business students instructions about a finance project.

Tutor. OK, can you [………………………………..]down please? Now. today. I’m going to talk to you about your [………………………………..].

We’ve been studying the effects of the [………………………………..]rate so I’m going to give you a project to do on this. Right, can you make some notes while I’m talking. The first thing that I’d like you to do in order to [………………………………..]this is to select where you’re interested in. I mean, which country, and therefore which [………………………………..]you’re going to he operating in. OK. now the purpose of the project is to make money and I’m hoping some of you will make a [………………………………..]amount! So I want you to suppose that vou have [………………………………..]that you will have to invest [………………………………..] in the rises and falls of the exchange system. In other words, you’ll be trying to [………………………………..]rates. This is a project that you’ll be doing together but, before you work together, you’ll have to go off and [………………………………..]what you need to know about the [………………………………..]of that country and how well it’s doing or is [………………………………..]to do in the near future. You could all make up a little information sheet with your notes on. clearly [………………………………..], because then I want you to get together – we can do that next week – and to go round and read about each other’s [………………………………..]. When you see how well or badly each country is doing, I want you to decide what your [………………………………..]is going to be against all the other [………………………………..]. After that is all sorted, what you’re going to do is to go round the otlter students and [………………………………..]to sell vour money to the others – remember this will depend on the success of your country’s economy anti the rate you’ve fixed for your currency. Now, you’re not allowed to just [………………………………..]currencies with each other but you may wish to buy from the other countries – but you must do a proper [………………………………..]. All the way through this you must keep your accounts [………………………………..]for each transaction. I’ll give you one week to do this and then we will set a time for the deals to finish – a bit like the [………………………………..]– and. at that point. I will ask you to [………………………………..]how much you have made. Is that clear?

Now before you begin that, there are a few things 1 want you to read up on to prepare. You need to look at the [………………………………..]of the UK’s main trading partners. I don’t mean all of them because that would be over 80, but just the [………………………………..]ones. There are [………………………………..]in the last three books on the booklist I’ve given you. And so that you can practise applying the criteria on [………………………………..]I gave you. I’d then like you to focus just on one [………………………………..]across all the countries. The most common one across every country is farming but. as much [………………………………..]produce is for domestic [………………………………..], I’d like you to look at manufacturing. Then, I would like you to do a detailed [………………………………..]of one [………………………………..]. I was going to give you a choice but I think, as we’ve just started the course, it’s better if we all look at the same thing and then we can [………………………………..]it in the seminars. So the thing I’d like vou all to look at is [………………………………..]in import prices. Now you need to do all that before you start the project as it will help you [………………………………..]the economies of the countries you’ll be [………………………………..]in the project. Don’t worry – you’ve got plenty of time. Exam week is December 8th, then it’s the holidays until January 6th so I don’t need the [………………………………..]in till February 5th. Is that OK? Now, any questions … (fade)…

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