IELTS Listening Practice Test 68

SECTION 1

Questions 1-5

Complete the information below.

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

City Library

Head Librarian                           Example: Mrs. Phillips

Hours                                            1____________ to 4: 30

Books

Ground floor                               2_________________

Second floor                                Adult collection

Third floor                                   3__________________

Book carts

Brown cart                                   books to re-shelve

Black cart                                     books to 4_________________

White cart                                    books to 5_________________

Questions 6-10

Complete the library schedule below.

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

Activity Location Day and Time
Story Time Children’s Room 6____________ at 11:00
7_____________ Reference Room Saturday at 8 ___________
Lecture Series 9_____________ Room Friday at 10____________

SECTION 2

Questions 11-15 

Choose FIVE letters, A—I.

Which FIVE activities are available at Golden Lake Resort?

A. swimming
B. boating
C. waterskiing
D. fishing
E. tennis
F. golf
G. horseback riding
H. hiking
I. arts and crafts

Questions 16-20

Complete the schedule below.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.

Night Activity
Sunday 16___________________
Monday Dessert Night
Tuesday 17___________________ Night
Wednesday 18___________________
Thursday 19___________________
Friday Talent Show
Saturday 20___________________

SECTION 3

Questions 21-23

Choose THREE letters, A-E

Which THREE thing are the students required to submit to their professor?

A. a written summary
B. maps
C. a case study
D. charts and graphs
E. a list of resources used
F. a video

Questions 24 and 25

Answer the questions below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

24. What two sources of information will the students use when preparing their presentation?
____________________________________
25. What will the students show during their presentation?
____________________________________

Questions 26-30

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

26. Only rescue birds that are

A. all alone.
B. obviously hurt.
C. sitting on the ground.

27. Protect yourself by wearing

A. gloves.
B. a hat.
C. protective glasses.

28. Put the bird in a

A. cage.
B. box.
C. bag.

29. Keep the bird calm by

A. petting it.
B. talking to it.
C. leaving it alone.

30. When transporting the bird,

A. speak quietly.
B. play music.
C. drive very slowly.

SECTION 4

Questions 31—33

Complete the information about the Great Barrier Reef.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

The Great Barrier Reef is made up of 3.000 31 ______________and 600 32__________. Over 400 kinds of 33___________ can be found there.

Questions 34—38 

Choose FIVE letters, A—I.

Which FIVE of these kinds of animals inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef are mentioned?

A. sharks
B. starfish
C. seahorses
D. clams
E. whales
F. dolphins
G. sea turtles
H. crocodiles
I. frogs

Questions 39 and 40 

Answer the questions below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

39 What causes coral bleaching?
___________________________________

40 What has been one response to this problem?
___________________________________

Answer keys:

1. 8:30                                    11. A                          21. A                                                      31. individual reefs/coral reefs
2. reference books               12. B                         22. C                                                      32. islands
3. children’s books              13. D                         23. E                                                      33. coral(s)
4. be repaired/repair          14. G                         24. interviews, journal articles        34. A
5. be sold/sell                       15.I                           25. photos (of birds)                          35. D
6. Thursday                           16. film/movie      26. B                                                       36. E
7. (family) movies                17. discussion        27. A                                                       37. H
8. 2:30                                    18. lectures            28. B                                                       38.I
9. meeting                              19. games               29. C                                                       39. rising sea temperatures
10. 6:30                                  20. dance               30. A                                                       40. shading the reef/shading

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. 

Section 1. You will hear a woman and a man talking about their work at a library.

Woman: Hello. I’m Mrs. Phillips, the head [………………………………..]. You’re the new library [………………………………..], aren’t you?

Man:   Yes, I’m Robert Haskell, but please call me Bob.

Woman: All right, Bob. Let me take a few minutes to [………………………………..]how the library works and what your [………………………………..]will be. First, the library opens at [………………………………..]in the morning, so, naturally, we expect you to be here and ready to work by then.

Man:   Of course.

Woman: And you can go home at 4:30 when the library closes. Now, let me explain where everything’s kept.

Man:   It looks like here on the [………………………………..]is where the [………………………………..]books are.

Woman: Yes, that’s right. Up on the second floor is where the Adult Collection is, both fiction and [………………………………..].

Man:   And the children’s books are there, too, aren’t they? 1 thought I saw them in the room by the stairway.

Woman: No, those are magazines and newspapers for [………………………………..]. Children’s books are up one more flight on the third floor. We’ll take a look at them later. Let me show you how we [………………………………..]our work. Do you see that brown book cart over there?

Man:   The one by the door?

Woman: Yes, that one. Those books have been [………………………………..]in and need to go back on the [………………………………..].

Man:   OK, so the brown book cart has books to re-shelve. What about this black cart by the desk?

Woman: Those books have torn pages or [………………………………..]covers. They’re all books that need to be repaired.

Man:   OK, I know how to do a lot of that. I’m pretty good at mending [………………………………..] and covers.

Woman: That’s great because we really need help with that.

Man:   And that white cart in the corner? What are those books for?

Woman: Those are old books that we’ve taken off the shelves to make room for new ones. We sell them as used books to [………………………………..]money for the library.

Man:   So they’re all ready to sell?

Woman: Yes, that’s right. So, now you know what to do with the books in the carts. Lets talk about our [………………………………..]schedule.

Man:   I understand this library has a number of interesting [………………………………..]every week.

Woman: Yes, our activities are quite popular. The most popular one is Story Time for the children.

Man:   Do a lot of children show up for that?

Woman: Yes, a good many. It takes place in the Children’s Room on Thursday mornings at [………………………………..].

Man:   Isn’t there a family movie night, too?

Woman: Yes, but it’s not at night anymore. We used to have Family Movies on Fridays when the library is open until nine, but now we have a different activity at that time, so we had to [………………………………..]Family Movies to the weekend—Saturday afternoon.

Man:   How much do you charge for the movies?

Woman: They’re all free. The movie always starts at 2:30 in the [………………………………..]Room. But you don’t have to worry about that since you don’t work on weekends.

Man:   And what takes place on [………………………………..]evenings?

Woman: We’ve just started a weekly [………………………………..]. We have a different [………………………………..]every week, and the lectures cover all different kinds of topics.

Man:   That sounds like something I’d be interested in [………………………………..].

Woman: Good, because we’ll need your help with that. You’ll be working Friday evenings, and one of your duties will be to set up the Meeting Room on the [………………………………..]for the lecture.

Man:   What time will you need that done?

Woman: Let’s say by 6:15. The lecture starts at [………………………………..], and the room needs to be ready well ahead of time. A lot of people [………………………………..]early.

Man:   Maybe I should have the room ready by six?

Woman: That wouldn’t be a bad idea. OK, why don’t I take you [………………………………..]and show you the rest of the [………………………………..]            (voice fades out.)

Section 2: you will hear a radio interview about a lakeside resort.

Woman:         Good afternoon, and welcome to today’s show. The warm months are with us, and many of you are getting ready to plan [………………………………..]trips. To help you with that, we have a special [………………………………..]today, Robert Sampson, director of the Golden Lake Resort. Robert, I understand Golden Lake is a popular place for families to spend their vacations.

Man:   Yes, families enjoy [………………………………..]time at Golden Lake. Many come back year after year. We have a [………………………………..]location and fun activities for both children and [………………………………..].

Woman: Could you describe for us some of the activities available at Golden Lake?

Man:   We have a lot of water activities, of course, since we’re right on the lake. We have a [………………………………..]sandy beach for swimming. We also have [………………………………..]and [………………………………..]available, and many of our guests enjoy boating on the lake.

Woman: I imagine water skiing would be popular among your guests.

Man:   Actually, we don’t permit [………………………………..]in the resort area. It can be dangerous for swimmers and for the [………………………………..], too. We do have a great location for fishing, though, and you’ll often see guests fishing from our dock or from the canoes.

Woman: That sounds very relaxing. What about activities on land? Do you have [………………………………..]for tennis?

Man:   We had tennis in the past, but the courts fell out of repair and since we found that most of our guests weren’t interested in the game, we closed the [………………………………..]. So that’s no longer an option. And, naturally, because of our location in the woods, we don’t have an [………………………………..]area for a golf course. Rut I’d like to let your listeners know that we’ll be adding a new activity this year. We’ve made an [………………………………..]with a local stable, so now we’re going to have [………………………………..]riding available for our guests. We’ve created [………………………………..]riding trails around the lake.

Woman: That sounds lovely. Now, what about rainy days? WTiat can your guests do when the weather’s bad?

Man:   We have a games room and a [………………………………..]room. When the weather’s rainy, some of our very [………………………………..]staff members offer arts and crafts classes, for all ages.

Woman: What fun. Do you offer any other classes or activities?

Man:   We have a weekly [………………………………..]of evening activities, which anyone can [………………………………..]if they choose. Every Sunday we show a film, always something that’s suitable for the whole family. Monday’s my [………………………………..]night because that’s dessert night. Our cook [………………………………..]a variety of desserts, and we get to taste them all.

Woman: Mmmmm. I’d like to be there for that.

Man:   Yes, it’s great. We get more [………………………………..]toward the middle of the week. Our [………………………………..]night is on Tuesday.

Woman: Discussion night?

Man:   Yes, we discuss different current events, depending on what’s happening that week in the news. Then on Wednesdays we have lectures. We invite different [………………………………..]to talk about local history or [………………………………..]. This is actually one of our most popular evening activities. We’ve found that our guests are really interested in learning about the local area.

Woman: It sounds quite interesting.

Man:   Yes, we’ve had some [………………………………..]speakers. Thursday nights are totally different because that’s when we play games. That’s especially fun for the children. The children love Fridays, too, because that’s talent show night. Everyone gets in on that, staff, guests, everyone.

Woman: It looks like you have a lot of fun at Golden Lake Resort.

Man:   We do. And we end every week with big fun, with a dance on Saturday night.

Woman: Now I understand a little more why Golden Lake is such a popular place for family [………………………………..]. With such a variety of activities, there’s something for every member of the family there.

Man:   There is, and I hope your listeners will [………………………………..]spending their next vacation with us.

Section 3: you will hear two students talking about a class assignment about wild bird rescue and rehabilitation.

Student 1: OK, let’s go over the [………………………………..]and see what we have left to do. Let’s see…We have to give the professor a written summary of the information we’ve [………………………………..]on our topic: wild bird rescue and [………………………………..].

Student 2: The other written thing we have to turn in is a case study of the rehabilitation of one bird. We’ve have the information on that already. Right. All we have to do is write it up. What about [………………………………..]and [………………………………..]? Do we need to include something like that?

Student 1: I don’t think so. They aren’t really [………………………………..]. Rut we do have to turn in a list of the resources we used.

Student 2: Naturally. What about videos? 1 heard some of the other students were doing that.

Student 1: Well, I guess that must be optional, because I don’t see it on the [………………………………..]list. OK. We should start planning our class [………………………………..]since that counts for half the grade.

Student 2: We’ve looked at lots of [………………………………..]of information, but I think our best source was the interviews we did with the wildlife [………………………………..]. Agreed. That and the journal articles. I think we have enough information from those two [………………………………..], for the presentation anyhow. The books we looked at weren’t all that helpful.

Student 2: I wonder if we should try to bring in some live birds for the [………………………………..]?

Student 1: That would be too difficult, don’t you think? Rut we have lots of photos of rehabilitated birds. We can show those.

Student 2: Right. OK, 1 think we should start by talking about how to [………………………………..]a bird. Probably first we should help people understand which birds need rescuing.

Student 1: Yeah, that’s really important because a lot of times people see a baby bird that’s all alone, or they find a bird sitting on the ground, and they think it needs to be rescued.

Student 2: And usually those are just baby birds learning to fly, so we should [………………………………..]that people should only [………………………………..]to rescue a bird that’s clearly [………………………………..].

Student 1: For certain kinds of birds, the rescuer needs to wear [………………………………..]gloves, because some of those birds have [………………………………..]and can tear your shirt or, worse, injure your face or some other part of your body.

Student 2: Yes. that’s an important point. OK, next, let’s tell people to put the [………………………………..]in a box, a box with good air [………………………………..]. We should let them know that a cage isn’t necessary and a bag, [………………………………..]a plastic one, could hurt the bird more.

Student 1: Another thing we need to say is that the best way to help the bird stay calm is not by petting it or talking to it, but by leaving it completely alone. Then people should take the bird to the bird rescue center as soon as possible.

Student 2: Right, and we should also point out that when they’re driving the bird to the rescue center, it’s better not to play music on the radio or talk [………………………………..]because those things just [………………………………..]the bird.

Student 1: Yes, it’s better just to speak quietly while you have the bird in the car. OK, we’ve got that part [………………………………..]. Next, we should talk about what happens at the rescue center

Section 4. You will hear a lecture about the Great Barrier Reef.

Lecturer: Despite its name, the Great Barrier Reef isn’t just one large coral reef.

Rather, it’s a system of coral reefs that [………………………………..]along the east coast of Australia, covering an area of around [………………………………..]square kilometers. The Great Barrier Reef is composed of [………………………………..]three thousand individual reefs, which range in size from [………………………………..]to more than ten thousand hectares each. In addition, around [………………………………..]are scattered throughout the area, particularly at the northern and southern ends. The [………………………………..]themselves are composed of over [………………………………..] different kinds of coral, the largest variety of [………………………………..]found anywhere in the world.

Lecturer: Thousands of species of sea animals live in and around the reefs. All together, approximately [………………………………..]species of fish inhabit the reef area, including a number of different kinds of [………………………………..]. One of the more interesting [………………………………..]to be found in the reefs is the giant clam. This huge [………………………………..]can live for more than [………………………………..]and can weigh as much as two hundred kilos. Sea [………………………………..]abound in the area, which serves as the breeding ground for certain types of [………………………………..], many of which are [………………………………..]. Over 200 species of sea and shore birds feed, roost, or nest among the reefs and islands. Many types of [………………………………..]can also be found living among and near the reefs. [………………………………..], for example, inhabit the marshes along coastal areas. Amphibians include at least seven species of frogs [………………………………..]the islands of the reef.

Unfortunately, this wondrous area of the world is [………………………………..]by climate change. Rising sea temperatures have led to an effect called coral [………………………………..], that is, large numbers of [………………………………..]dying off, especially in the [………………………………..]areas of the reef. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is [………………………………..]to find effective ways to deal with this issue that threatens the reef. One [………………………………..]solution involves shading the reef in certain areas to help keep the surrounding water [………………………………..]down.

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