IELTS Listening Practice Test 85

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IELTS Listening Practice Test for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training Test takers

SECTION 1

Questions 1-4

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

  1. Martina Bila’s appointment with the accommodation officer is at ______________________.
  2. Martina’s current accommodation is__________________ from the university than she expected.

  3. The landlady is a _____________________ .

  4. The ____________________ to the university isn’t good.

Questions 5-7

Choose the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

  1. Martina is looking for

A. catered accommodation.
B. self-catering accommodation.
C. a place with a landlady.
D. catered or self-catered university accommodation.

  1. The accommodation officer received details of some accommodation

A. the day before Martina made the appointment.
B. the day Martina made the appointment.
C. the day after Martina made the appointment.
D. the day before he met Martina.

  1. When does the accommodation officer think other accommodation will be available?

A. In the next few days.
B. In the next few weeks.
C. Not for a long while.
D. He doesn’t know.

Questions 8-10

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

  1. How much do students pay for catered accommodation during term time?
  • What nationality are Martina’s new flatmates?

  • What will Martina lose?

  • SECTION 2

    Questions 11-12

    Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

    1. What is the title of the series of presentations that David Price will make?
  • What item has David Price given each student?

  • Questions 13-14

    Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 1 year before going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from the following list:

    A. apply for scholarships
    B. consult tutor about current course
    C. make a precise budget for your studies abroad
    D. think about how you will pay your fees
    E. book accommodation
    F. pay your fees to the foreign universityQuestions 75-76

    Questions 15-16

    Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 6 months before going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from the following list:

    A. get a new passport
    B. revalidate your passport
    C. ensure your passport is valid for at least six months
    D. get a visa for the country you are going to
    E. ensure your passport is full
    F. make sure your passport has some empty pages

    Questions 17-18

    Decide which TWO things David Price recommends doing 2 or 3 months before going abroad. You may write your answers in any order. Choose from the following list:

    A. transfer money abroad
    B. get a plane ticket if costs are reasonable or low
    C. check how much luggage you can take
    D. check if flights arrive on time
    E. book accommodation
    F. make sure you have a conditional university offer

    Questions 19-20

    Complete the following summary of what students should do about health issues using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

    One month before leaving find out if you can get 19_________________where you are going to. Two weeks before you leave ask your doctor to 20_______________ giving reasons for any medicines you are taking with you.

    SECTION 3

    Questions 21-23

    Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

    1. What was the student surprised to discover he had a lot of ?
  • What does the student need to learn the fundamentals of ?

  • On what basis should the student prepare his schedules ?

  • Questions 24-26

    Complete the following notes using only ONE word for each gap.

    Professor s suggestions:             • make a plan for your studies

    • make a plan for your free time

    24___________________ plans if necessary see how much time you need for activities as you 25______________ with you studies keep schedules balanced and 26___________________

    Questions 27-30

    Choose the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

    1. The professor points out that the university language centre

    A. would certainly be useful for the student.
    B. is likely to be useful for the student
    C. is available for students.
    D. has a wide range of materials.

    1. The professor suggests that the student-

    A. join the support group for students on his course.
    B. join the support group for students from his country.
    C. identify problems that people from his country have in Britain.
    D. create a support group.

    1. The student says that

    A. he doesn’t know anyone on his course.
    B. he doesn’t know the overseas students on his course.
    C. there are no people from his country on his course.
    D. there are few overseas students on his course.

    1. The International Student Advisor recommended a book

    A. but didn’t say the title clearly.
    B. but couldn’t remember the title.
    C. for all students.
    D. for overseas students.

    SECTION 4

    Questions 31-34

    Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

    1. Students whose previous educational experience was_often find It hard to become independent learners.
  • A student or staff member might become a_to a student working independently.

  • Study trips provide opportunities for independent students to learn off_

  • The ELC is used by students on a_basis.

  • Questions 35-37

    Complete the notes concerning the example of Mary and Jim using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

    talk to the English tutor at the ELC

    35 _______________ materials

    decide which materials to use first and how

    discuss problems, 36______________ and evaluate each other

    review using notes

    decide if 37 ______________ has been achieved

    continue with topic or move to another

    Question 38

    Decide which of the following can be used by independent learners. Write all the correct letters in any order.

    A. tapes

    B. computer programmes

    C. letters

    D. discussions with native speakers

    E. newspapers and magazines

    Questions 39-40

    Decide which of the following places independent learners can learn at. Write both the correct letters in either order.

    A. libraries

    B. the International Student Affairs Office

    C. museums

    D. shops

    E. cafes

     

    Answer keys 

    Section 1, Questions 1-10

    1 ten/10 o’clock
    2 further
    3 heavy smoker
    4 bus connection
    5 D
    6 C
    7 D
    S £37.50
    9 British (and) Indian
    10 (her) deposit

    Section 2, Questions 11-20

    11 Countdown to Departure
    12 (a) guide
    13-14 IN EITHER ORDER
    A, D
    15-16 IN EITHER ORDER
    D, F
    17-18 IN EITHER ORDER
    B, C
    19 free health treatment
    20 write a letter

    Section 3, Questions 21-30

    21 free time
    22 time management
    23 weekly or monthly
    24 revise
    25 progress
    26 realistic
    27 C
    28 D
    29 D
    30 C

    Section 4, Questions 31-40

    31 teacher focussed
    32 (personal) mentor
    33 (the) campus
    34 self-access
    35 identify suitable
    36 compare notes
    37 initial aim
    38 IN ANY ORDER
    B, C,E
    39-40 IN EITHER ORDER
    A,C

     

    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

    (A-Accommodation Officer S-Student)

    A: Hello. How may I help you?

    S: Hello. My name is Martina Bila. I made an [………………………………]to see you at 10 o’clock. I’m a little early. Is that OK?

    A: No problem. We’re not very busy at the moment. You said on the phone that you weren’t happy with your [………………………………]and were thinking of changing.

    S: That’s right.

    A: May I ask what the problem is exactly?

    S: To be honest, there’s more than one [………………………………]. The main problem is that the accommodation is farther than I imagined from the [………………………………].

    A: I see. And the other problem or problems?

    S: The other problem is that the landlady is quite a [………………………………]. I’m a non-smoker, and I’m afraid that I find it quite [………………………………].

    A: I’m sorry about that. Weren’t you given the option of accommodation with smokers or non-smokers?

    S: I’m afraid that’s really my fault. I don’t mind light smokers, but I didn’t get my accommodation [………………………………]very much in advance, so most of the accommodation had gone by the time I [………………………………]. However, a friend told me that there is sometimes accommodation … er … you know … er … accommodation becomes available [………………………………]because some people leave the university or change their place … er … the place where they live, so I thought maybe …

    A: I see. Yes, it is important to [………………………………]accommodation well in advance, though it isn’t always [………………………………]. However, your friend was correct. We do get some accommodation available mid-term. Just give me a minute to find your [………………………………]on the computer….

    S: Yes, of course.

    A: Now, your current address is [………………………………], isn’t it?

    S: Yes.

    A: Yes, that’s a fair way away. The bus connection isn’t too good either, is it? I think that it would be better to focus on that as the reason for moving, rather than the smoking [………………………………]. However, I will change the information in the computer to say that this accommodation is only [………………………………]for smokers or people who don’t mind heavy smokers. That way we can [………………………………]similar problems in the future.

    S: That sounds like a good idea.

    A: Now, the good news is that there is plenty of accommodation available nearer the university. The bad news is that it is more expensive.

    S: That’s OK. I expected that. Is there anv catered or [………………………………]university accommodation available? That would be ideal.

    A: I thought you might be [………………………………]in that. The day after you phoned, a place became available. It’s [………………………………], so it’s the most expensive type of accommodation, but it’s yours if you want it.

    S: There’s no self-catering accommodation available?

    A: Not at the moment. Something could become available at any time. Vmt then again, vou might have to wait weeks.

    S: I understand. Can I just check the cost?

    A: It’s [………………………………]per week. You also have to pay [………………………………]during the Christmas and Easter holidays, [………………………………]of whether you are there or not. That sum doesn’t include [………………………………]during those periods.

    S: But summer holidays are not included?

    A: That’s right. Students are permitted to stay in [………………………………]accommodation during holidays but they usually have to move to a different flat.

    S: I see. And do I pay monthly?

    A: Yes, but don’t worry if you’re a few days late. It [………………………………]quite often and we don’t mind too much.

    S: Can I see a picture of the accommodation?

    A: Sure,.., It looks like this, You can see that there is a [………………………………]for each student and a common living room and bathroom. There are no

    cooking facilities, but many students buy a [………………………………].

    S: Can you tell me anything about the people I’d be living with?

    A: There are two girls there, One is British and one is Indian. They are studying law and marketing [………………………………]. They’re the same age as you, 20. And they’re not smokers!

    S: That sounds perfect. If I don’t give mv [………………………………]a month’s notice, she gets to keep the [………………………………], doesn’t she?

    A: That’s normally stated in the rental [………………………………], yes. I’d like to be able to keep this university accommodation available, but I’m afraid I can’t. If someone else wants it and takes it…

    S: I understand. I’ll take it. Can I move in on the first day of next month?

    A; What day is it today? 22nd. Yes. That should be fine. Give me a minute to print out the standard rental [………………………………]

    SECTION 2

    Presenter: Welcome everybody. Are you all sitting [………………………………]? My name is David Price and this is our first meeting in a series of [………………………………]called “Countdown to Departure”. I know that you have just [………………………………]here for your year-long course prior to [………………………………], but it is certainly worth taking the time to [………………………………]… to think about events that will take place a year, or almost a year, from now. I have [………………………………]this useful guide to planning your time abroad. Please follow the suggested [………………………………]closely. It is vital that you get each thing done on time. If you can get things done earlier than we suggest in the [………………………………], that’s great, but certainly don’t leave them later than we [………………………………]. If you do not get these things done on time, it could [………………………………]your study abroad or at least delay it by a year.

    Now, we are currently one year from [………………………………], so you should start applying for [………………………………]programmes and [………………………………]immediately-if you haven’t already. Consult your tutors for further advice on these points. You should also [………………………………]a rough estimate of your study and living [………………………………]and consider how to pay for them. We’ll be looking at that in more detail during the next meeting. You should start [………………………………]accommodation abroad as soon as you have [………………………………]a place on a course. Arranging accommodation can be a rather [………………………………]procedure and can take a while. At the same time, ask the university about your options for paying your fees.

    The next point on your [………………………………]is six months before you leave. At that point, you need to check your [………………………………]and, if you are going to need a new one, deal with that [………………………………]. Remember that your passport might need to be valid for the whole of the period you intend to be abroad, but that you can often renew your passport at your [………………………………]in the country where you are studying. In any case, your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after you enter the country where you intend to study. It might seem [………………………………]to get your passport in order so early before you go, but [………………………………]that you have to get your visa as well. You should do that around six months before leaving too. Bear in mind one final, simple, point. Make sure that your passport has a few [………………………………]left for visas and stamps.

    Two or three months before, departure, you should ask your bank about the options for [………………………………]money to the country you’ll be studying in and setting up a [………………………………]there. You should also start looking at booking your flight to the country you’ll be studying in. in order to get the best rates. The cost of flights [………………………………]considerably from carrier to carrier, and even between different [………………………………], and depend a lot upon the time of year you are flying. Booking in advance can save you a [………………………………]sum of money. When vou book your flight, vou should check with the [………………………………]or travel agent to find out what vour [………………………………]allowance is. At the same time look into booking your other travel within the country you’re going to from the airport where you will arrive. Don’t forget to buy travel [………………………………]when you book any flights. Finally, still two or three months before [………………………………], make sure that you have an [………………………………]letter of [………………………………]from the university you’re going to attend. This is vital as it facilitates entry clearance if into the country.

    Next, about one month before leaving, find out whether you will be entitled to [………………………………]free health [………………………………]in the country you are going to and find out how much you will have to pay if not. Look into arranging health insurance if [………………………………]. Also buy currency and travellers’ [………………………………]to cover your first few weeks in the country. Watch the exchange rates and pick a good time, but do not leave it too late. If you are buying travellers’ cheques or a large [………………………………]of money or currency, your bank may need a while to [………………………………]this. Another thing to do is to find out what you can take into the country and what items are [………………………………]. Finally, find out whether your home [………………………………]will cover your belongings while they are abroad. If not, arrange suitable insurance or look into the [………………………………]of arranging a policy in the foreign country.

    The last point on this timetable is two weeks before you leave. At this time, you need to do two things. One is to ask your [………………………………]to write a letter explaining any [………………………………]medicines-what they are and why you are taking them. The second is to request a [………………………………]letter from your bank in your own country as this will help you to open a bank account [………………………………]. Now, let’s take a closer look at…

    SECTION 3

    Professor: Hello, Dinesh. Come in. You said on the phone that you had a few problems to [………………………………]with me. Tell me what they are and I’ll see what I can do to help.

    Dinesh: Thank you very much, professor. I’ve been having some problems [………………………………]to the style of learning at a British [………………………………]and was hoping you could give me some advice.

    Professor: I’ll do my best. You won’t be the first [………………………………]student to have problems. What’s your first problem?

    Dinesh: Well, my first problem is [………………………………]my time. I mean, after I worked out my [………………………………]for lectures, seminars and tutorials, I was [………………………………]to find that I had quite a lot of free time. However, that’s how it looked on paper and not as it has turned out in reality.

    Professor: I see. Take control of this time and organise it carefully. Time that is not organised can [………………………………]very quickly, leaving you [………………………………]to catch up on your work or even running out of time altogether. Learn the [………………………………]of time management. First, make weekly or monthly plans that set out your study [………………………………]for the week or month ahead. [………………………………]time for reading, and work out roughly how much you want to read in each [………………………………]. Plan time to research and write your essays or prepare [………………………………], so that you do not have to stay up late doing them at the last minute. Have you made such a plan?

    Dinesh: No, I haven’t. That’s obviously something I should do. I can easily fill that free time with extra studies.

    Professor: No, no, That’s not what I mean. Don’t plan to spend all your extra time studying. Remember to leave some time free for [………………………………], sports, seeing friends or simply relaxing. If you do not take time to enjoy yourself, your work will suffer and you will miss out on many other worthwhile [………………………………]. Make a timetable for your free time, if you like. Plan when to see your friends, play your favourite sport, or just hang out. Don’t [………………………………]to revise your plans if you need to. As you [………………………………]through your course, you will get a better idea of how much time you need for different [………………………………]. Adjust your schedules and keep them [………………………………].

    Dinesh: So, you’re saying that I need to keep a [………………………………]between work and play and keep an eye on things to make sure that I’m not doing too much or too little.

    Professor: That’s right. Feel free to show me your plan when you’ve made one.

    Dinesh: Thank you. My next problem is coping with my course. Living abroad in a new [………………………………]makes studying more [………………………………]than usual. I’m worried about my progress and about how I will cope with [………………………………].

    Professor: These concerns are natural, but do not let them [………………………………]you. Here are two simple ways you can stay in control of your studies. First, ask for regular meetings with your tutor-in your case, that’s me-to review your progress and [………………………………]any problems. You’re doing that now, so you’ve taken the first step. Let me know if you are having any language difficulties, though in your case that seems [………………………………]. As you are probably ^ aware, there .is aJanguage centre here where all students can  use language-learning [………………………………], but it’s probably not of much use to you. Second, why not try to form a mutual support group with other [………………………………]students to discuss common challenges and to share useful ideas? This can be [………………………………]helpful if you find the teaching methods very different from those you have experienced before. Another type of support group could be other students in your subject area-get together with students on similar courses to discuss the [………………………………], swap ideas and give each other support.

    Dinesh: Yes. The second idea is particularly good. As you know, there are not so many overseas students on this course, but I know some other students from my country on other [………………………………]here. I think that I feel overwhelmed because I have set myself [………………………………]goals. Just talking to you has made me realise that I need to take a more realistic [………………………………]and put my problems into perspective.

    Professor: Just remember that whatever [………………………………]you may have-about new learning methods, [………………………………]your time, or handling your [………………………………]-there is someone here who can help. I’m happy to be that person. All you have to do is ask. [………………………………], I can offer you a practical solution.

    Dinesh: Thank you very much. There is one other thing. When we had the [………………………………], the International Student Advisor [………………………………]a book that’s available from the campus [………………………………]. It’s not specifically for overseas students, but she said it was useful. I didn’t write it down. You wouldn’t happen to know the book I mean, would you?

    Professor: I know it. I [………………………………]it. It’s called Learn How to Learn, by David Warner. I’m popping over to the bookshop myself now. Perhaps we could go together?

    SECTION 4

    Lecturer: Part of the role of university [………………………………]is to prepare students for their [………………………………]life and career. Part of this [………………………………]is to introduce and train students in [………………………………]learning-preparing them to [………………………………]their career as a continuous learning experience, rather than [………………………………]that the end of their university education [………………………………]an end goal beyond which there is no need for further learning. Therefore students are [………………………………]to develop as independent learners. An [………………………………]learner is one who takes [………………………………]for his or her own learning and is not always dependent on teacher being available to [………………………………]and correct. Such a student sets their own learning goals, makes their own [………………………………]as to when and how to study for these goals, and also [………………………………]their own [………………………………]and develops further goals. This is not always easy for students, particularly those whose [………………………………]education has been very teacher focussed with teaching [………………………………]mainly in lecture format and with little [………………………………]for the students to take any control of the learning process. At university, while much teaching is conducted via lectures, students are expected to become [………………………………]independent in their learning. Departments approach this issue in a number of ways. For example, they might provide personal [………………………………]. This could be a student or a member of [………………………………]who is available to discuss problems that the student might have and who will support the student in the process of becoming an independent learner. The second one [………………………………]the student to make certain choices about their course, either in the [………………………………]they choose to learn or in the way in which they choose to learn them. Thirdly, there is the provision of learning [………………………………]outside the confines of the campus, including study trips and student exchanges.

    In the English Language Centre, we try to help the [………………………………]of learner independence. This English Language Centre is a self-access one. A [………………………………]centre is a place where learners come [………………………………]to improve the subject that they are studying. In the case of the English Language Centre we focus on English language. In a self-access centre it is the student who [………………………………]what to study, when to study, how long to study, what materials to use, how to use the materials, and how to assess [………………………………]. The learner is not, however, left totally alone. Learners are encouraged to come to the centre in groups, so that they can help each other in the learning process and there is also always an English teacher [………………………………]to answer any questions that students might have, to discuss their [………………………………], and to help the learner assess their work.

    Let’s take an example. Mary and her friend Jim have decided they need to [………………………………]their report writing skills. They decide to go to the ELC twice in the next week, for two hours each time, from five o’clock to seven o’clock. The first thing they do is to talk to the English teacher there, to help them [………………………………]what particular [………………………………]of writing a report they find especially difficult. Having done this, they identify [………………………………]books, videos, or computer programs from the index, with help from the teacher if needed. Looking at the [………………………………], they decide which to use first, and how to best to use it. Working through the materials, they [………………………………]problems with each other, [………………………………]notes and evaluate each other’s work and progress. This process of working together is important, as the students are able to [………………………………]each other in the learning process. Of course, sometimes they need more help and so they ask the English teacher at the centre. When they have finished their studies, they review what they have studied, with help from their notes, and [………………………………]the extent to which they have, or have not, [………………………………]their initial aim In the light of this, they will decide to either do more work on the same topic, or move to another topic, either related to this one or something [………………………………]different.

    There are many ways students can improve their English [………………………………]of a teacher. Firstly, they can use English language videos in [………………………………]with learning activities such as exercises to practise [………………………………]listening skills, questions to lead [………………………………]on the topic introduced by the video. They can do [………………………………]tasks that use the content of the video to focus on other [………………………………], such as learning vocabulary or understanding the [………………………………]used by the characters in the video. Secondly, they can use a computer programme to improve their [………………………………], by identifying, and then [………………………………], the individual sounds used in English. Thirdly, they can use a book to find a model business letter, for example, writing one of the same type, but with different information, and then discussing it with the ELC teacher before [………………………………]re-writing it. Finally, they can use newspapers or [………………………………]as stimuli for [………………………………]activities with a brief report written at the end, [………………………………]the discussion.

    However, the development of an independent learner is not dependent on a [………………………………]like the ELC. Within the university, as well as within [………………………………]departments, the library, the Student Affairs Office and the Student Union all provide a range of [………………………………]for the student to develop as an independent learner. Outside the [………………………………]the opportunities are both physical and [………………………………]. The physical ones include [………………………………], museums and other centres, as well as various special interest groups. In the virtual world of the Internet the opportunities are both [………………………………]and vast. To conclude, in a world in which change is central to our continued [………………………………], the professional must have the [………………………………]and flexibility of a lifelong learner. A lifelong learner must be an independent learner, able to take [………………………………]for all stages of the learning process. It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of the various opportunities on offer.

     

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