IELTS Listening Practice Test 74

ielts-listening-practice-test-74

SECTION 1

Questions 7-5

Complete the notes below.

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

CHILDREN’S ART AND CRAFT WORKSHOPS

Example                                                                                  Answer
Workshops organised every:                                                 Saturday

• Adults must accompany children under 1…………………………..

• Cost: £2.50

• Workshops held in: Winter House, 2………………………………..Street

• Security device: must push the 3…………………………….to open door

• Should leave car behind the 4…………………………………………………..

• Book workshops by phoning the 5……………………………(on 200765)

Questions 6 – 10

Complete the table below

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer

Next two workshops

Date Workshop title Children advised to wear Please bring (if possible)
16/11 “Building 6…………………” 7 ……………………………. 8…………………………….
23/11 9 “………………………….” (Nothing special) 10…………………………..

SECTION 2

Questions 11-14

Complete the sentences below.

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

TRAIN INFORMATION

11. Local services depart from……………………railway station.

12. National services depart from the……………………railway station.

13. Trains for London depart every…………………….each day during the week.

14. The price of a first class ticket includes…………………….

Questions 15-17

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS ANDIOR A NUMBER for each answer.

Type of ticket Details
Standard open no restrictions
Supersave travel after 8.45
Special travel after 15…………………………. and at weekends
16…………………………… buy at least six days ahead
limited numbers
17…………………………. essential

Questions 18-20

Choose THREE letters, A-G.

Which THREE attractions can you visit at present by train from Trebirch?

A. a science museum
B. a theme park
C. a climbing wall
D. a mining museum
E. an aquarium
F. a castle
G. a zoo

SECTION 3

Complete the tables below.

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

Dissertation Tutorial Record (Education)

Name: Sandy Gibbons

Targets previously agreed Work completed Further action suggested
Investigate suitable data analysis software – Read IT 21…………………….
– Spoken to Jane Prince, Head of the 22…………………….
Sign up for some software practice sessions
Prepare a 23…………….. for survey – Completed and sent for review Add questions in section three on 24……………………………..
Further reading about discipline – Read Banerjee
– N.B. Couldn’t find Ericsson’s essays on managing the 25…………………………
Obtain from library through special loans service
New Targets Specific suggestions Timing
Do further work on Chapter 1
(Give the title:
Context 26…………………………… )
– Add statistics on the 27……………….. in various zones
–  Include more references to works dated after 28……………………..
By the 29……………………………
Prepare list of main sections for Chapter 2 – Use index cards to help in organisation Before starting the 30……………………….

SECTION 4

Questions 31-37

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C

The history of moving pictures

31. Some photographs of a horse running showed

A. all feet off the ground.
B. at least one foot on the ground.
C. two feet off the ground.

32. The Scotsman employed by Edison

A. designed a system to use the technology Edison had invented.
B. used available technology to make a new system.
C. was already an expert in motion picture technology.

33. One major problem with the first system was that

A. only one person could be filmed.
B. people could only see very short films.
C. the camera was very heavy.

34. Rival systems started to appear in Europe after people had

A. been told about the American system.
B. seen the American system.
C. used the American system.

35. In 1895, a famous new system was developed by

A. a French team working alone.
B. a French and German team working together.
C. a German team who invented the word ‘cinema’.

36. Longer films were not made at the time because of problems involving

A. the subject matter.
B. the camera.
C. the film projector.

37. The ‘Lantham Loop1 invention relied on

A. removing tension between the film reels.
B. adding three more film reels to the system.
C. making one of the film reels more effective.

Questions 38 – 40

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

38. The first motion picture was called The……………………………..

39. ……………………………were used for the first time on film in 1926.

40. Subtitles were added to The Lights of New York because of its …………………………………

Answer keys:

1. 8
2. (in/on) Tamer
3. green button
4. library
5. education department
6. castles
7. old clothes
8. bottle tops
9. Undersea Worlds
10. silver paper
11. King Street
12. central
13. half hour/30 minutes
14. refreshments
15. 10.15
16. Advance
17. (seat) reservations
18-20 IN ANY ORDER
C
D
G
21. catalog(ue)s
22. computer centre/center
23. checklist
24. teaching experience
25. classroom
26. review
27. schools
28. ((the) year) 2000
29. end of term
30. research
31. A
32. B
33. C
34. A
35. A
36. C
37. A
38. Great Train Robbery
39. Sound effects
40. poor sound quality

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. 

SECTION 1

MAN: Good morning, Synmouth [………………………….]. Can I help you?

WOMAN: Oh yes. Good morning. I’m interested in the children’s [………………………….]and I’d like a little more information, please.

MAN: Do you mean the Art and Craft workshops?

WOMAN: Yes. A friend of a friend [………………………….]them – the children do painting and make models and so [………………………….].

MAN: Yes, of course. Um, where to begin? First of all, as you probably know, they run every Saturday.

WOMAN: Fine. And what about ages?

MAN: Well, all ages from five [………………………….]are welcome, though we do ask that children below eight years of age are [………………………….]by an adult.

WOMAN: Fine. That wouldn’t be a problem. What about cost?

MAN: Well, I think you’ll find them very reasonable. It’s [………………………….]a child, with [………………………….]off for two or more children from the same family.

WOMAN: Oh yes, very [………………………….]. And are they held in the main museum?

MAN: Not exactly. They’re nearby.

WOMAN: Could you give me the full address? I don’t know the area very well.

MAN: Yes, it’s Winter House.

WOMAN: Right.

MAN: And that’s in Tamer Street.

WOMAN: Could you spell that please?

MAN: Yes, T-A-M-E-R Street.

WOMAN: Lovely.

MAN: And I do need to tell you that there’s a security [………………………….], so you need to press the [………………………….] for someone to let you in. Don’t press the red button please, but don’t worry, it’s all clearly [………………………….].

WOMAN: OK. And one more question – is parking available nearby? We’re driving in from out of town.

MAN: Your best bet is to leave your car at the back of the library – on a Saturday morning there are plenty of [………………………….]there. It’s right next door to the museum.

WOMAN: And can I ask about booking places?

MAN: Yes, and I must tell you, you really should book by calling the education [………………………….]here.

WOMAN: Oh, I’m sorry, should I have rung them instead of the main museum number?

MAN: No, that’s fine this time, please don’t worry, But for future reference, I’ll give you the direct number. It’s [………………………….].

WOMAN: Great, I’ve got that.

MAN:  But I’m very happy to give you information about the next two workshops. On [………………………….] there’s Building Castles.

WOMAN:       Oh, sounds great!

MAN:  This involves quite a bit of glue, so just make sure the kids are in old clothes.

WOMAN:       I know, ones I don’t mind getting mucky.

MAN:  Exactly. And if possible, could you bring along bottle tops which the children might be able to use in the models, you know, as [………………………….]?

WOMAN:       We’ll certainly try to find some for you.

MAN:  Then the following week …

WOMAN :      That’ll be the [………………………….], won’t it?

MAN:  Yes, that’s right. On that day, it’s what we call Undersea Worlds. This is where they make scenes with fishes, [………………………….]caverns and so on.

WOMAN :      Is that likely to get very dirty? Lots of paint [………………………….]?

MAN:  Not really, so we don’t recommend any special clothes for that one. But if you could search out some [………………………….]to bring along to use in the sessions, you know, it’s shiny – it looks like water, that’d be great,

WOMAN :      Yes, of course. We’ll see what we can come up with. Well, thank you ever so much for all your help. The sessions sound really good and I’ll certainly book up for the next two.

MAN:  Lovely. Thanks very much for ringing.

WOMAN:       Bye.

MAN:  Bye-bye.

SECTION 2

CUSTOMER: Hello. Um my family and I are staying here in Trebirch for a week or two and we wanted to know about the [………………………….]. We’re hoping to do a few local trips.

RAILPERSON: OK. Well, I can give you lots of [………………………….]about all the trains going from [………………………….]in the South West. This leaflet will be very helpful but I can tell you some of the main things. We’ve got two main train stations in the town. King Street is for local [………………………….]lines and regional services.

CUSTOMER: What about trains to London? I’ll need to go there on [………………………….]for one day

RAILPERSON: Then you need to go to Central Station – that’s for all the national  services. There are regular trains to London. They leave Trebirch every half hour on weekdays and every hour at weekends. It takes about [………………………….], a bit longer on Sundays. You’ve got a choice of first and second class and there’s a buffet car – though [………………………….]are included in the  cost of a first class ticket.

CUSTOMER: Ah right. Um, and have you got any information on different ticket types?

RAILPERSON: Yes. There’s a range of ticket prices depending on when you travel and when you buy your ticket. There’s a [………………………….]open ticket which doesn’t have any [………………………….]. This can be bought [………………………….]or on the day. You can also get various [………………………….]tickets. A popular one is called the [………………………….]and, er, this is OK for travel after 8.45. Then there is the Special ticket, which is valid for travel after 10.15. The Special tickets are also valid for travel at weekends. The [………………………….]are called Advance and you have to buy them at least six days ahead. Only a certain number are available and you have to make seat [………………………….]for these.

CUSTOMER: Thanks. And are there lots of places to go to around here?

RAILPERSON: Oh yes. You can enjoy many days out. Um there’s the Merthyr Mining Museum, which is only half an hour from Trebirch by train. Your children will find it just as [………………………….]as any theme park and ‘they can ride in the original miners’ lifts and on the [………………………….]. There are special [………………………….]tickets which include entrance fees. Mainline trains also offer direct services to [………………………….], where you can visit the docks or spend a .       great day out with the children in the zoo, which is set in the [………………………….]that used to surround the old castle. Er, special family awayday fares are available for this service now during the school holidays. Er, [………………………….], you can be in Birmingham in only an hour and a half, where there’s lots to see and do including the new and [………………………….]– acclaimed climbing wall built on the site of the old [………………………….]. We will also be running a special service to Newport when the new science museum opens next year, as we [………………………….]a lot of visitors in the opening weeks. I’d [………………………….]you to call early to book your tickets. Is that OK?

CUSTOMER: Yes, thanks.

SECTION 3

TUTOR:          Hello, Sandy. How have you been getting on with your [………………………….]?

SANDY:         Fine, and I’ve been working hard on the [………………………….]action points we agreec on our last tutorial.

TUTOR:          Do you want to talk me through what you’ve done?

SANDY:         Yeah, sure. Well, we agreed on three main [………………………….]for me to aim for. The first one was to find out about suitable data [………………………….]software.

TUTOR:          Yes.

SANDY:         And what I decided to do was to look through catalogues [………………………….]in IT.

TUTOR:          That’s a good idea. What did you come up with?

SANDY:         I found the names of two [………………………….]ones.

TUTOR:          Right.

SANDY:         But I also thought it’d be worthwhile talking to a lecturer.

TUTOR:          Oh right. Who did you see?

SANDY:         Jane Prince. Do you know her? She’s in the Computer Centre.

TUTOR:          Yes, of course, she’s the new Head.

SANDY:         Yes. Well, she was very helpful.

TUTOR:          Oh, that’s good. Did she [………………………….]anything in particular?

SANDY:         Yeah. She [………………………….]software called Vivat and said I should book up for a couple of practice [………………………….]using Vivat.

TUTOR:          Great. I’m sure you’ll find them useful.

SANDY:         And, of course, the second target was to draw up a survey [………………………….]which I. ..

TUTOR:          Yes, you emailed me it last week.

SANDY:         Have you had a chance to look .. .?

TUTOR:          Of course, um I think it’s good. Very much on the right lines. I’d say your first two sections are spot on. I wouldn’t suggest that you change anything there, but in section three you really do need to have questions on teaching experience.

SANDY:         Yeah. I was thinking that section looked a bit short.

TUTOR:          Right.

SANDY:         And my third target was, do further reading on [………………………….].

TUTOR:          Oh yes. I mentioned a couple of writers, didn’t I?

SANDY:         Yes, well I got hold of the Banerjee and I thought that was [………………………….]. But I’m afraid I didn’t [………………………….]to get hold of the essays about classroom [………………………….]– you know, the ones by Simon Ericsson. The [………………………….]said it was out of print and the library doesn’t have a copy.

TUTOR:          Oh right, and I’m afraid I’ve lent my copy to another student. What I suggest you do is try the library again – this time apply for it through the service called [………………………….]. Have you done that before? You’re [………………………….]to six books a year.

SANDY:         Yes. No problem. That’s what I’ll do.

TUTOR:          So, lots of useful work done,

………………………………………………..

TUTOR:          So, let’s look at some new targets. We’ll start by having a chat about your Chapter One. I very much enjoyed reading it. Your written style is very clear and you’ve included lots of interesting [………………………….]of education in your target area. I’ve just got a couple of suggestions for some additional work.

SANDY:         Of course. Could I just ask – what do you think I should call it?

TUTOR:          Well, I’d go for something like Context Review. What do you think?

SANDY:         Well, short and to the point.

TUTOR:          Exactly. Now, as regards [………………………….]areas to work on, I’d be quite interested to have a few more [………………………….]about the schools in the different zones.

SANDY:         Oh, that wouldn’t be a problem. I can get them from the Internet.

TUTOR:          Great, and although you did make a [………………………….]to quite a few different writers, I think you should aim to cite more works written later than [………………………….].        .

SANDY:         OK. That’s more difficult, but I can try. When do you want that done by?

TUTOR:          Oh, it’s not urgent. Um I should aim for the end of term. But in the [………………………….], I think you should also be thinking about Chapter Two.

SANDY:         Should I be drafting it already?

TUTOR:          No, but I think you should note down its main sections.

SANDY:         Yes. You know, I always find that the [………………………….]part.

TUTOR:          I always find it helpful to put some ideas on index cards.

SANDY:         Yeah.

TUTOR:          Um.. . and then you can sort them, and even lay them out on the floor. It’s a real help.

SANDY:         Well, I’ll certainly try it! When would the deadline be for that?

TUTOR:          My advice would be to get it done before you [………………………….]upon the research. You can always change it later if you need to.

SANDY:         OK. I’ll get going on that then.

SECTION 4

Many believe that the story first began in America in [………………………….], when two friends were [………………………….]over whether a horse ever had all four feet or [………………………….]off the ground when it [………………………….]. To settle the bet, a photographer was asked to photograph a horse [………………………….]and the bet was settled because you could see that all the hooves were off the ground in some of the [………………………….]What was even more interesting was that if the photos were shown in quick [………………………….]the horse looked like it was running – in other words ‘moving pictures’.

The person who became interested in taking the moving pictures to its next step was the famous American [………………………….]Thomas Edison. Actually, he didn’t do the work himself but rather asked a young [………………………….]in his employ to design a system, which he did. Now this young fellow was [………………………….]because the first thing he did was study other systems – [………………………….]as they were – of moving pictures and then, put all the existing [………………………….]together to make the first entire motion picture system. He designed a camera, a [………………………….] device and the filn. The system was first shown in New York in [………………………….]and was really very popular. [………………………….]people lined up around the block to see the wonderful new [………………………….]. There were, however, a couple of problems with the system. The camera weighed over [………………………….]and only one person at a time could see the film.

Well now, news of the new system in America travelled fast and a number of [………………………….]European systems Started to appear once people had heard about it. The single problem with all the systems was they couldn’t really [………………………….]the film onto a screen – you know, so more than one person could see it. Then in [………………………….]. three systems were all [………………………….], more or less at the same time and [………………………….]of each other. I guess the most famous of these was by the Lumière Brothers from Francei and they called their system the cinématographe which of course is where the word [………………………….]comes from. There were also two brothers in Germany who [………………………….]a successful system and they called it a [………………………….].

Well now, once the problem of projection had been solved, the next [………………………….]for the inventors was to make the films longer and more interesting. A continuing problem at the time was that the films had a [………………………….]to break when they were being nlaved – a problem which was caused by the [………………………….]between the two wheels, or ‘reels’ as they are called, which hold the film. Now this problem was [………………………….]by two American brothers. They [………………………….]the ‘Lantham Loop’, which was the simple addition of a third reel between the two [………………………….], and this took all the tension away with the result that the film stopped [………………………….].

So now there was a real [………………………….]of having films of more than two or three minutes, and this led to the making of The Great Train Robbery – the very first movie made. It only lasted [………………………….]but was an absolute [………………………….], and there were cases of people watching the movie and actually [………………………….]when the character fired a gun at the [………………………….]! Almost overnight movies became a [………………………….], and by [………………………….] people in America were lining up to see movies in ‘store [………………………….], as they were called then.

I guess the next big step in terms of [………………………….]of technology was to have people actually talking on the film, and the first step [………………………….]this was in [………………………….]when sound effects were first used on a film. It wasn’t until the following year however that the first ‘talkie’, as they were called then, was made. This film [………………………….]actors speaking only during parts of the film and was called The Jazz Singer, and it wasn’t until [………………………….]that the first all-talking film was [………………………….], and this was called The Lights of New York. Unfortunately, the sound on this early film was not very good and I believe they put [………………………….]on the film – that is, they printed the [………………………….]along the bottom of the film to [………………………….]for this poor sound quality. Now, with the addition of sound, moving pictures became far more difficult to make . ..

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