IELTS Listening Practice Test 72

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SECTION 1

Questions 1-8

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

TOUR OF EUROPEAN CAPITALS 

Leader: Jenny Allen

Driver: Ray ……………………………..(1)

Duration: ………………………………… (2) days

DAY ONE

Wolverhampton => London                                     arrive      1:00                                                Lunch
3:00                                                ………………………..(3)
5:00                                                book into hotel
………………….(4)                           theatre trip
11:00                                               back at hotel
[can have something to……………………………(5)]

DAY TWO

London => ……………………………(6)                                         7:00                                                   breakfast
9:30                                                   Eurostar
1:00                                                   book into Hotel …………(7)
5:00 – ………………(8)                      free time
8:30                                                   dinner

Questions 9 and 10

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

9. Why is there no tour of Brussels?
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10. What will the group be visiting in Amsterdam?
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SECTION 2

Questions 11-14

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

BUSINESS PLANNING EXERCISE

FORM: PRESENTATION WITH …………………………………………. (11)

STUDENT                                          TASK                                                                              WHY

Mark                                                        financial……………………………(12)                                good at figures

Andrew                                                   helping Mark                                                                   ……………………(13) with figures

Jessica                                                    helping Debbie                                                                 good research skills

Debbie                                                   research ……………………………(14)                                 good research skills

Questions 15 – 18

Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

15. The presentation will be in…………………………………………………………………… weeks.

16. Jessica cannot work on the presentation next week because she’ll be………………………………………

17. Most of the basic work on the project will be done by……………………………………………………………..

18. The meeting to discuss the progress of the project will take place on………………………………………

Questions 19 and 20

Choose the best answer A – D.

19. What time will the final meeting take place?

A. 11:00
B. 12:00
C. 1:00
D. 2:00

20. Who will present the final talk?

A. a Japanese student
B. Mark
C. Jessica
D. no one chosen yet

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 27

Complete the interviewer’s notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

INTERVIEW NOTES

Position:                          Assistant in languages department

Interviewer:                   Mrs Davis

Applicant:                        ……………………………….(21) Barracco

Appointment:                [changed day – has to meet…………. ………………….(22)] now…………………………..(23)

Application form already received and checked:                                              Yes []               No [] (24)

English Level:                Fair                                Good                           Excellent

Work Experience:       Worked in a bank……………………………….(25)

To teach:                           ENGLISH / ITALIAN/ RUSSIAN

Commitments:               Applied for place on……………………………….(26)

Details of teaching position:                    Teach course on……………………………….(27)

Questions 28 – 30

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

28. What is the interviewee particularly concerned about?
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29 Where will the interviewee live?
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30 When will the interviewee find out if she will be employed as a teaching assistant?
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SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 32

Circle the correct answer A – D.

31 Tonight’s ceremony is mainly

A to celebrate the centenary of the college.
B to celebrate the achievements of the college over 100 years.
C to present a prize to the college.
D to present prizes to the students.

32 Government figures show that the college’s main strengths are

A teaching, research and care for students.
B research and engineering.
C teaching and engineering.
D engineering research and care for students.

Questions 33 – 36

Complete each sentence in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

33. In 1900, the area’s traditional industries were…………………………………………… and agriculture.

34. The college originally wanted to help ………………………………………………………….. from the town and local area.

35. Dr Bart Halliday is………………………………………………………………………. for winning the Nobel Prize.

36. By 1917 it was producing………………………………..a year.

Questions 37 – 40

Write a short answer to these questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

37. Why didn’t Lucian Dewdley finish his studies?                                …………………………………………………………

38. What invention brought fame to the college?                                   …………………………………………………………

39. In which other areas has the college become renowned?               …………………………………………………………

40. How long has the speaker been Principal of the College?              …………………………………………………………

Answer keys:

  1. Smith
  2. Six/6
  3. tour of London/sites
  4. 6.30 (pm)
  5. cat/drink/eat and drink
  6. Paris
  7. King George
  8. 8 (pm)
  9. because of elections/blocked off roads
  10. Van Gogh (accept Goph/Goff) exhibition
  11. handouts
  12. costing
  13. experience
  14. smaller companies
  15. two
  16. having (minor) surgery/in hospital
  17. Debbie and Andrew
  18. Thursday
  19. B
  20. D
  21. Gina
  22. father (in London)
  23. Thursday aftemoon/2 o’clock
  24. Yes
  25. for two summers
  26. Master’s (course)
  27. Italian media
  28. money
  29. (her) college (accommodation)
  30. couple of weeks/two weeks
  31. D
  32. A
  33. weaving and cutlery/agriculture and cutlery/ weaving and agriculture
  34. the poorest boys/the brightest boys
  35. famous/known
  36. 300 graduates/graduate engineers
  37. because of illness
  38. (Bell) racing engine
  39. bridge building (technology)
  40. 12 years/a dozen years

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 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 talk given by a guide to a group of tourists going on a coach tour of the capital cities of Europe.

(fade in, person counting to themselves)

Forty-one, forty~two, forty-three. That’s everyone.

(raised voice speaking to a whole bus)

Okay, if you can just bear with me for a moment or two. Hello everyone. Thanks for getting here on time. Well get [……………………………..]directly and make the first leg of our trip. But first let me [……………………………..]myself to you. I’m Jenny Allen and Fm going to be your tour leader on this trip of [……………………………..]. If you have any problems or [……………………………..], or if you want to know more about something, then ask me and I’ll do my very best to help you. And this is Ray, Ray Smith, who is our driver for this tour. And welcome especially to [……………………………..]and [……………………………..]. They’ve just finished their university exams and are [……………………………..]with a tour before going home to India.

Now, Eurobus’s European Capitals Tour. Five capitals in six days. I gave you our [……………………………..]as you were coming aboard so let me take you through it. It hasn’t changed from the time you [……………………………..], I promise, but [……………………………..]things we couldn’t put in the [……………………………..]have been confirmed now and I can tell you about them. This is day 1 and we’re going to drive from here, down the Ml to London which will be the first of our [……………………………..]. We expect to arrive in London, at about 1.00 in the afternoon. There will be a break for coffee on the way, probably around [……………………………..], at Northampton. After lunch at 3.00, there’s a tour of the the sites of London: Buckingham Palace, the Houses of [……………………………..], Trafalgar Square and so on. At 5.00 we’ll book you into your hotel for the night. We have [……………………………..]some tea but we need to leave at [……………………………..]promptly please, to get you into the show on time. As we hoped, we’re all going to see Abba the Musical (muted cheers), so you can all sing along. We’ll be back at the hotel by 11.00 and, if you want, you can have a drink or something else to eat then.

Day 2. Breakfast is arranged for [……………………………..]. We’ve booked a full breakfast and the bus will leave at 8.30. We must be on time for this because weve got to book into the [……………………………..]by 9.30 at the latest and we can never be sure of the [……………………………..], so we need to give ourselves plenty of time. There’re a [……………………………..]bar on board Eurostar all the way to Paris, so you can get coffee or snacks or anything during the time it takes to go to Paris, which is our second capital. We should arrive at ten to one. We’ll go [……………………………..]to the hotel. By the way, it will be the King George Hotel, not the Victor Hugo Hotel as [……………………………..]listed. Don’t worry, it is actually a much better hotel. The rest of the [……………………………..]in Paris remains the same. Lunch followed by a tour of the city – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame. You’re free for_3 hours after 5 to go wherever you want and we’re booked at 8.30 for dinner at L’ Escargot. It has four Michelin Stars and will be a meal, I [……………………………..]you, you won t forget.

Now I [……………………………..]this is a lot to take in, so I won’t go through the rest of it in any detail – although you can ask me later if you want. Ill just point to some of the [……………………………..]changes so they don’t [……………………………..]you later. Day three well drive to Brussels. The trip round the chocolate factory is now [……………………………..]. It will be the Leonidas [……………………………..]. I’m looking forward to that. There won’t be a bus tour of Brussels because there are [……………………………..]on day three and large parts of the city will be [……………………………..]off, so we’ve arranged a walking tour instead. If any of you feel that doesn’t [……………………………..], then see me and my [……………………………..]in head office will iry to arrange something else instead. Day four is Luxembourg and there’s no change there. Day five is Berlin. Day six is Amsterdam, not exactly a capital city but the biggest Dutch town. We have been successful at getting you into the Van Gogh art [……………………………..]there. I know some of you will enjoy that. Then it is back on the ferry and we hope to be in Wolverhampton by [……………………………..].

Section 2

You will hear two students, Debbie and Andrew, talking about a university assignment.

Debbie: Hi Andrew. I told Dr Ball that you were under the weather and he gave me the details of the next [……………………………..]so you can get on with it when you’re feeling better.

Andrew: Oh, thanks, Debbie. Another essay?

Debbie: Actually, it’s not an essay. We’ve got to givea [……………………………..]to the rest of the group and prepare [……………………………..]for them.

Andrew: We? Is it group work?

Debbie: It’s you, me, Jessica and Mark. It’s a business planning exercise. We’ll take a [……………………………..]new business and we’ll prepare a business plan for it and then explain it to Dr Ball. We’ve got six weeks to do it.

Andrew: So how do we [……………………………..]the task?

Debbie: Dr Ball suggested we took the idea of running a [……………………………..]training company in the Middle East.

Andrew: Okay, so who’s doing what?

Debbie: Well, we had a chat and we thought you could help Mark. There’s quite a bit of [……………………………..]training in the Middle East, so we can get quite [……………………………..]financial costing into this. Mark will do that. He’s good at [……………………………..].

Andrew: That’s good. I can help. 1 had a job last summer in an [……………………………..]office and I’ve got experience with figures. Anyway, what are you and Jessica going to do?

Debbie: We can do some more research on the smaller companies in the area who do medical training while you and Mark can [……………………………..]on the bigger firms. Both Jessica and I have good research skills.

Andrew: Seems you’ve been busy planning the whole project!

Debbie: Well, six weeks seems like a long time but we’ve got some [……………………………..]tests in a fortnight so I think we’d better get on with this [……………………………..]as soon as possible.

Andrew: You’re right. What about [……………………………..]when we can meet to check on each others progress.

Debbie: That’s going to be a bit [……………………………..]. Jessica won’t be here from next Monday to Saturday as she’s got to have some minor [……………………………..].

Andrew: Nothing to worry about, I hope.

Debbie: No, it’s just something routine. But Mark will be away at the weekend and won’t be back until Tuesday or even Wednesday. His brother’s getting [……………………………..]and he’s going to be besl man.

Andrew: That means neither of them will have much time to be working on our [……………………………..]in the next couple of weeks then.

Debbie: No, and as we’ll all have to be studying for our mid-term tests as well, I think you and I will be bearing the brunt of the work in the [……………………………..]stages, Andrew.

Andrew: That’s fair enough Debbie but I hope they’ll pull their weight later. I don’t want you and I to have to do all the work. We’ve got to pass these tests too!

Debbie: You’re right but I don’t think Jessica and Mark are the type of people to shirk their [……………………………..]. Anyway, when are we going to have this meeting?

Andrew: What about next Wednesday?

Debbie: Well, Jessica will be fine by then but Mark isn’t sure if he’ll be back or not so what about the following day to be certain?

Andrew: Agreed. But where? We all live in different parts of the town so how about the Student Union bar?

Debbie: Don’t you think it would be rather noisy?

Andrew: Not if we meet in the morning. I haven’t got any [……………………………..]until 2o clock.

Debbie: None of us has. No. wait, Mark has one at 11 but maybe he could miss that this time and copy up the notes. Let’s say well meet at the bar but a bit later, at noon.

Andrew: Good, that’s sorted out. Now, who’s actually going to give the presentation? Jessica has such a quiet voice and Mark’s Scottish [……………………………..]is diff icult to understand.

Debbie: It’s not that strong! Sometimes I can’t work out what you are saying, Andrew!

Andrew: OK. I admit my accent is not that clear. But remember we have a [……………………………..]of Japanese students in the group. It wouldn’t be fair on them to have to listen to any of us.

Debbie: We can [……………………………..]that later. We don’t have to woriy about that yet. I’ll have to [……………………………..]. I’ve got a lecture in 10 minutes. So, get well soon.

Andrew: Thanks, Debbie. We’ll be in touch. Bye.

Section 3

You will hear a conversation between Mrs Davis and a lady she is interviewing called Gina.

Gina: Mrs Davis, Hello. Can I see you for a moment?

Mrs Davis: Ah, Gina, hello.

Gina: Hello, Mrs Davis. It’s about the job as [……………………………..]in the language department. I hope I’m not [……………………………..]you.

Mrs Davis: No … er, no, no. Of course not. I was rather thinking you were coming to see me with the others tomorrow. Didn’t I make an [……………………………..]for you?

Gina: Yes, but I’ve got a bit of a problem. I have to go to London tomorrow to meet my father. He’s coming over here for a [……………………………..]meeting. I wondered if we could [……………………………..]it?

Mrs Davis: Yes of course. Right … Now, I got your application form, haven’t I? Yes, here we are, Gina Barraco. So, tomorrow’s out. How about Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock?

Gina: That would be fine.

Mrs Davis: That’s perfect. Actually, I’m glad you came in because there were one or two things our Personnel Department wasn’t sure about when they [……………………………..]your application and I can ask you about them now. How do you think you’d [……………………………..]-1 mean, your spoken English is pretty good – how do you think you’d manage the [……………………………..]side of things in English? I need to comment on the level of your English.

Gina: Well, actually, I’m not too [……………………………..]about that kind of thing. Before I came here 1 worked as a clerk in a bank for two summers. I’m not a [……………………………..]secretary or anything, but I’m fairly [……………………………..]and I’m good at getting things done. I’m not so sure exactly how good my English is, but then I’ll be teaching in Italian, won’t I?

Mrs Davis: Yes… I think your English will be fine and the [……………………………..]would always welcome a good [……………………………..]. Now, tell me about your [……………………………..]commitments next year. You’ve [……………………………..]for a place on the Master’s scheme, haven’t you? How would you fit that in with your work for us?

Gina: Well, it’s part-time over two years, so apart from the reading, which I can do at the weekend and in the evenings, it’s about four class hours a week. Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll be [……………………………..]on it, although I feel quite excited. I had the [……………………………..]last Monday with Dr Marplot, and it went really well. He asked me exactly the questions I wanted.

Mrs Davis: That’s good. Now, the post we’re looking to fill is to teach [……………………………..]media – in Italian, of course. That involves reading and [……………………………..]classes mainly, although you’d be expected to help the [……………………………..]with their language as well. You can speak to the other assistants about how it works, exactly – there is one in each language department. They’re mainly [……………………………..], although I think we’ve got one [……………………………..], too.

Gina: Can I ask something?

Mrs Davis: Of course.

Gina: Well, I think one of the biggest problems for me is going to be money. I get a [……………………………..], as you know, and my parents are not rich, so I need to know how much I’d be paid.

Mrs Davis: Of course. Well, the pay is not great – it works out at [……………………………..]a week. But the good thing is, you wouldn’t have to pay tax. Oh, and you’d be able to keep your college [……………………………..]if you wanted to. That would be cheaper than living out.

Gina: Yes. Oh, that sounds fine.

Mrs Davis: Well, as you know, I’ve got to see the other two applicants tomorrow. Then it’ll take a week or so to discuss everything with Dr Santini, the head of Italian … I [……………………………..]we’ll know in a couple of weeks. OK? We’ll let you all know then.

Gina: Thank you very much, Mrs Davis.

Mrs Davis: Not at all, Gina. Thank you.

Section 4

You will hear a talk by a College Principal.

Well, perhaps I can start this evening by welcoming you all to the [……………………………..]this evening. Some of you, of course, I know well already, but the parents are mostly [……………………………..]to me. We are very proud to have you here tonight to present the awards for this year’s students, but also to [……………………………..]our centenary, and to celebrate the [……………………………..]of the college over that time.

Before we go on to the main business of tonight, the achievement [……………………………..], I should like to say a few words to remind you why this College has such a unique [……………………………..]in this country. Because it is well-known for what it is, which is quite simply the best engineering [……………………………..]in the United Kingdom. This is not just my opinion, which might well be biased. It is based on government [……………………………..]which consistently show that year after year, we provide the highest levels of education, engineering research and [……………………………..]care in the UK.

As most of you know, this is the college’s [……………………………..]year, and it is important I feel to [……………………………..]on the origins of the college. A hundred years ago, the traditional [……………………………..]of this area – weaving, cutlery making and [……………………………..]– were in sharp decline, and when they went, in came that [……………………………..]of the past, unemployment and [……………………………..]. Our College was founded in order to provide for the some of the poorest but brightest boys of the town and surrounding area a way out of the poverty of the time. It was an [……………………………..]success, thanks in no small part to the first [……………………………..]of teaching staff, including Frank Harris, a future president of the Aeronautic Society, and Dr Bart Halliday, whose name is surely known to you all as a Nobel Prize [……………………………..]and major [……………………………..]to the creation of the first [……………………………..]. By 1917 the college was turning out [……………………………..] highly skilled, highly qualified graduate engineers a year. Former students at this time include Frederick Cantor, who became a researcher at the atomic research station in Minnesota in America, and the painter Lucian Dewdley, RA, who famously didn’t [……………………………..]his studies because of [……………………………..].

After the end of [……………………………..]in 1918, the college was formally [……………………………..]to the Northern University in Colton, and has remained a part of that institution ever since. The achievements of the graduates and staff of the college in the years since then are too numerous to list here, but I must mention the [……………………………..]of the Bell racing engine, which has been such a [……………………………..]force in automotive engineering. These days, the focus of our research has changed to keep pace with the changes in modern technology and while many of you will know that we are [……………………………..]well known for our [……………………………..]in bridge building technology, you may be [……………………………..]to hear that none of us has ever actually built a bridge in our lives. These days, it is all done by computer models. So when we worked on the changes ot the Millennium Bridge over the Thames, which [……………………………..]so badly, the first we saw of the bridge was when we walked on it after the completion of the changes. In the [……………………………..]or so years that I’ve been Principal, that is probably one of my most [……………………………..]moments. To be able to undertake this work through [……………………………..]modeling rather than trial and error is surely the goal of [……………………………..]research.

 

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