IELTS Listening Practice Test 86

ielts listening practice test 86

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

SECTION 1

Questions 1-6

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

1. One walk includes a break at the oldest pub so that the walkers can get some ___________________
2. The castle walk allows more time to see the castle wall. and walk on the ___________________
3. You have to ____________________ if you want to go on the Ghost Walk.
4. The Ghost Walk goes to the castle and the _____________________.
5. The walks are suitable for adults and ______________________.
6. The fourth walk shows people the _________________ of the writer Robert Jones.

Questions 7-10

Complete the following table of information about the walks.

 
Walk Price Start – Finish
City sights tour £10 7 ________________
Castle tour £7 8 ________________
Ghost Walk £7 8 p.m – 10 p.m
Robert Jones Walk £8 2 p.m – 5 p.m
  • Discounts available for groups of five or more people
  • Walks take place every day except 9 ____________________
  • Visit our website – 10 __________________

SECTION 2

Questions 11-15

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each gap.

11. You can have__________________paid direct from your account.

12. Ask your_________________________to tell you when and how much money will arrive.

13. Having a Cirrus or Maestro card may allow you to spend money from your _____________________

14. Debt and not paying ______________________are key things to avoid.

15. The___________________________at your educational institution will be able to give you advice.

Questions 16-20

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

16. What should you go to different companies for?

17. Where can you find a list of insurance companies?

18. Which policies pay the full price of replacing possessions?

19. What medical conditions are not always covered by medical insurance?

20. What activity might be an exemption?

SECTION 3

Questions 21-26

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

21. The professor wants the students to pretend that they are________________.

22. Sandra points out that recruiters need to know if people have the right ____________________- not just qualifications and experience.

23. Sandra also points out that a new person can change the_____________________________.

24. The professor says that ________________________doesn’t usually have an effect on a persons character.

25. Mike says that in a_____________________employees have to trust each people to do their job.

26. Mike thinks that asking people about their_________________________can tell you something about them.

Questions 27-28

Which two people are most in favour of personality questionnaires?

A. The professor.
B. Sandra.
C. Mike.

Questions 29-30

Which two people are most in favour of setting applicants problems?

A. The professor.
B. Sandra.
C. Mike.

SECTION 4

Questions 31-32

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

31. In which year did the SPI introduce the recycling symbol?

32. What is the minimum size of the symbol?

Questions 33-40

Complete the following table of information using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

Number  Easily recycled?

(yes/no)

Used for
1 yes bottles, containers, fibre-fill, bean bags, rope, car bumpers, tennis ball felt. 33____________ . cassette tapes, sails
2 yes containers. 34 _______________ . piping. plastic lumber, rope
3 no 35 _________________ . shower curtains, medical tubing, vinyl dashboards, baby bottle nipples
4 36 _________________ wrapping films, 37____________ . sandwich bags. containers
5 no containers, e.g. Tupperware
6 38 _________________ coffee cups. 39 ________________ . meat trays. packing “peanuts”. 40_____________ . cassette tapes
7 no special products

Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

1. refreshments
2. exhibits
3. book ahead
4. cathedral
5. older children
6. life and times
7. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
8. 9a.m.-midday
9. Monday(s)
10. www.walknewtown.com

Section 2, Questions 11-20

11. (regular) bills
12. (financial) sponsor
13. home account
14. (your) rent
15. (student) counsellor
16. (an) insurance policy/-ies
17. (local) telephone directory
18. “new-for-old” or “new for old”
19. pre-existing
20. (playing a) dangerous sport

Section 3, Questions 21 – 30

21. managers
22. character
23. (whole) group dynamic
24. company training
25. team situation
26. hobbies
27. A
28. C (27 + 28 in either order)
29. A
30. B (29 + 30 in either order)

Section 4, Questions 31-40

31. 1988
32. half-inch / half inch / half an inch
33. combs
34. toys
35. plastic pipes
36. no
37. grocery bags
38. yes
39. disposable cutlery
40. insulation

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

Customer: Good morning. I’ve heard that you offer [………………………………]of the city.

Tour Guide: Yes, we do. We have four walks. Did you have any [………………………………]one in mind?

Customer: Not really. Actually, I don’t know anything about your tours. Could you…?

Tour Guide: Of course. Here’s our leaflet. Let me take you through it. Our main walk is a [………………………………]one of the city centre, lasting a whole afternoon. It is quite long, but takes you to all the main sights and a few [………………………………]-known ones. As you can see, we take in the castle, the [………………………………], the historic houses along the [………………………………]and the city gate. Halfway through, we stop at the oldest pub in the citv-the Cat and Dog-for [………………………………].

Customer: That looks very interesting. I see you have a walk that just takes in the castle.

Tour Guide: Yes, it spends more time examining the castle and its history. The first tour I [………………………………]visits the castle briefly, but this one includes visits to all the [………………………………]there and a longer walk along the castle wall.

Customer: I heard something about … Ah, yes-there it is. The Ghost Walk in the evening.

Tour Guide: Ah, yes. This is a very popular tour. You’ll need to book ahead for this one. The tour starts here at 8 p.m. every evening [………………………………]Mondays and finishes here at about… well, about two hours later.

Customer: Which places are visited on the walk?

Tour Guide: Well, again, we take people to the castle and to the cathedral, but we don’t go [………………………………]. At the cathedral, we see a few [………………………………]and tell people some pretty [………………………………].

Customer: Is the walk suitable for children?

Tour Guide: Not really. Actually, all four of our walks are really for [………………………………]or at least older children.

Customer: And the fourth walk is…

Tour Guide: Well, it follows the life and times of Robert Jones, the famous [………………………………]writer, who was bom here and lived here most of his life. We take people to see where he was bom, [………………………………]and lived. This tour is popular with people interested in Victorian [………………………………]as much as with people interested in literature.

Customer: I see. Now, prices … they’re not listed here in the [………………………………].

Tour Guide: Prices depend on the [………………………………]and the number of people you make a booking for.

Customer: We’d be interested in taking a tour sometime next week-mid- week-and we are a small group of [………………………………].

Tour Guide: OK. There’s a small discount or groups of 5 to 10 people. The full price for the City Sights tour is [………………………………]per person. The Castle tour is £7. The Ghost Walk is also £7 and the Robert Jones Walk is £8. The [………………………………]is 5% of the total fee.

Customer: Thank you. And what time do the tours start? You said the Ghost Walk starts at 8 p.m.

Tour Guide: Yes, the City Sights one starts at [………………………………]. and finishes at 6 p.m. The Castle tour starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at midday. The Robert Jones Walk starts at 2 p.m. and finishes at 5 p.m.

Customer: The Ghost Walk is not on Mondays. How about the other walks?

Tour Guide: The same. Our office is open on Mondays for booking walks, but there are no tours that day.

Customer: I see. Thank you very much. I see you have a website.

Tour Guide: Yes-www.walknewtown.com-“[………………………………]” is written as one word. It has up-to-date information and you can also see the exact routes we take and the timings.

Customer: Sorry?

Tour Guide: The timings. How long we spend at each [………………………………].

Customer: Oh, I see. Thank you.

SECTION 2

Presenter: Welcome everyone. My name is Derek Palmer and I’m here to give you some tips about [………………………………]your money. It is worth making a little effort to keep your [………………………………]affairs in good shape. Keep your money under [………………………………], and you can [………………………………]on the real business of studying and living here. Here are two basic tips for [………………………………]your finances.

First, make full use of banking [………………………………]. Once you have opened a bank account, you can ask the bank’s financial [………………………………]to help you decide how to manage your money. You can use vour bank account to pav vour regular bills such as [………………………………], gas and telephone by direct debit or by standing order, on a regular basis. The financial advisers can help you to organise a [………………………………]account to pay [………………………………]bills or help you to deal with any [………………………………]when you might need an [………………………………]facility. If you have a financial [………………………………], make sure you find out from them exactly when the money will become available to vou and how much there will be. You can also use [………………………………]to pay for goods and services. With banking becoming [………………………………]more and more on an international basis, vou mav also find that vou can use the cash card you have in your own country to draw money from your home [………………………………]while you are here. Cards carrying signs such as Cirrus or Maestro may have this [………………………………]. Ask your home bank about this before you leave, to [………………………………]that you bring the right cards with you.

Second, deal with financial problems [………………………………]. Monitor your account in the UK carefully and make sure you do not [………………………………]-or, if you have arranged an overdraft, make sure you do not go over the amount you agreed with the bank. If you do run into any money problems, take the [………………………………]and sort them out quickly-do not risk going into debt or falling behind with your rent. Problems may arise, for example, if there is a sudden change in the [………………………………]situation in your country, if there are [………………………………]delays in transferring your money, or if your personal [………………………………]change—for example, your accommodation [………………………………], your marital status. In these situations, do not be tempted to borrow money. Instead, get advice from a [………………………………]source. Start by meeting wifo the student [………………………………]at your college or university. He or she can tell you what to do about paying your [………………………………]fees, and whether there are any [………………………………]funds or [………………………………]trusts that might be able to help you. If you are building up debts on credit cards or rent arrears, debt counselling may be available at your [………………………………]. If the problems are caused by political situations or changes in foreign [………………………………], ask your Embassy for advice.

Let’s turn to insurance. During your stay, there are three types of insurance that you might need. The first is personal [………………………………]insurance-to cover your possessions against [………………………………]or theft. If possible, try to arrange this in your own country before you come to the UK. The second is medical insurance-to cover your [………………………………]. You may prefer to arrange this in advance. The third is motor insurance. You must have this if you want to drive a car or ride a motorcycle here.

For each type, there are many different insurance policies available, so look around until you find one that meets your needs – including your budget. You will find a [………………………………]of insurance [………………………………]listed in vour local telephone directory, and your bank or building [………………………………]may also be able to offer you an insurance [………………………………]. Many insurance companies have special policies for students. Ask the [………………………………]adviser at your college or university for advice. Make sure that you understand all the conditions before you agree to a [………………………………].

When you are considering a particular policy, ask yourself some questions. What will be [………………………………]to me when I make a claim? Some personal property insurance policies, for example, only pay you the second-hand value of your lost [………………………………]. “New-for-old” policies will pay you the lull cost of replacing the item, but they tend to be more expensive. Are there any conditions [………………………………]to the policy? Some medical insurance policies will not cover vou for [………………………………]medical conditions-that is. conditions vou already have when vou take out the policy. Some personal [………………………………]policies may not cover your [………………………………]if they are taken away from the place where they are normally kept-for example, if you take your CD-player to a friend’s house. Are there any [………………………………]to the policy? For example, a medical insurance policy mav not cover vou if vou plav a [………………………………]sport. Now, let’s look at…

SECTION 3

Professor: Good morning. Now, this term, we’ve looked at various [………………………………]of recruitment and you can now see how much more there is to it than just putting [………………………………]through a short interview or reading CVs. Now, today’s tutorial is just to recap some of the main points regarding [………………………………]. I’d like vou to imagine that you are [………………………………]and we will discuss how different [………………………………]would fit into the team or group they have to work with. We’ll look at some examples later. You can select someone-even a friend-who has all the right [………………………………]. Then, you can also check that they have a lot of [………………………………]– that they’ve done the sort of tasks that you want them to do in your company.

Sandra: But vou need to know if they have the right [………………………………], don’t you?

Professor: Precisely, Sandra. If they start work and you realise that they just don’t get along with everybody else…

Mike: You’ve got a problem.

Professor: Exactly, Mike. Exactly. They might have [………………………………]views on how to do something. They might not be able to get on with other members of your team.

Sandra: Even adding one person to a team can change the whole? group [………………………………], can’t it?

Mike: Absolutely. This could be particularly true with someone who is particularly outgoing or [………………………………].

Sandra: Could company training reduce the [………………………………]of this happening?

Professor: Possibly, but company training tends to show new people how you do something at a particular company rather than changing a person’s character to suit vour company.

Mike: There’s also the question of [………………………………]. Particularly in a team situation, people have to believe in each other’s ability to do the tasks the boss has given. They have to trust that everyone will do their part of the job.

Sandra: Right. But trying to find out what someone’s [………………………………]is in a job interview is … well, is it possible? I mean, you won’t find out what they’re really like until they actually start work.

Professor: Well, is there any value in asking [………………………………]questions about their hobbies, for example?

Sandra:  I doubt it. What could that tell you?

Mike: I don’t know. It could tell you something about their personality-whether they’re outgoing, for example.

Professor: Most people [………………………………]recruitment would argue that it does tell you something. More and more [………………………………]around the world are making use of “personality [………………………………]” to help them select new staff.

Mike: Yes. You mentioned those in the last lecture. Do they work?

Professor: Well, most employers use them, but there is concern that they do not reveal the applicants’ true [………………………………].

Sandra: Yes. Some people might just write the answers that they think the [………………………………]wants.

Professor: That’s true. Very often, employers can weed out the applicants who do that by asking more detailed questions during the [………………………………],

Mike:   The fact that they have been used for so lone and that they are so widely used makes me think that there must be something in them.

Professor: Well…

Sandra:            I’m not so sure. Just because they’re used a lot, that doesn’t [………………………………]mean that they are useful or [………………………………].

Professor: True. But these tests have been created by [………………………………]and they believe that the answers can provide [………………………………]as to roughly the type of person that the applicant is.

Sandra:            How about the idea of setting problems for applicants and seeing how they [………………………………]them?

Professor: I like that idea, but the problems need to be simple, since Q29/30 there’s not much time to [………………………………]a full answer. In addition, the applicant doesn’t have much [………………………………]knowledge of the way that the company does things.

Sandra: It’s a good idea, but may not always be practical. Usually it is though.

Mike:   I’ll need [………………………………].

Professor: Let’s move on to take a look at…

SECTION 4

Lecturer: Today, we’re going to look at recycling programmes. The [………………………………]over what we can and cannot recycle continues to [………………………………]consumers. Let’s look at plastics first, as they are especially [………………………………], since different types of plastic require different [………………………………]to be [………………………………]and re-used as raw material. Some [………………………………]accept all types of plastic for recycling, while others only [………………………………]jugs, containers and bottles with certain numbers stamped on their bottoms.

The symbol code we’re familiar with-a single digit ranging from 1 to 7 and [………………………………]by a triangle of arrows-was designed bv The Society of the [………………………………]Industry, or SPI. in [………………………………]to allow consumers and recyclers to differentiate types of plastics while providing a uniform coding system for [………………………………]. The numbers, which many countries now require to be [………………………………]or imprinted on all-or at least most-containers that can [………………………………]the hajfjnch minimum-size symbol, identify the type of plastic. The [………………………………]also help recyclers do their jobs more effectively.

The easiest and most common plastics to recycle are made of [………………………………]terephthalate, or PETE, and are assigned the number 1. Examples include soda and water bottles, medicine containers, and many other common consumer product [………………………………]. Once it has been processed by a recycling [………………………………], PETE can become fibre-fill for winter coats, sleeping bags and life [………………………………]. It can also be used to make bean bags, rope, [………………………………], tennis ball felt, combs, cassette tapes, sails for boats, [………………………………]and, of course, other plastic bottles.

Number 2 is [………………………………]for high-density polyethylene plastics. These include heavier containers that hold laundry [………………………………]and bleaches as well as milk, [………………………………]and motor oil. Plastic labelled with the number 2 is often [………………………………]into toys, piping, plastic lumber and rope. Like plastic [………………………………]Q34 number 1, it is widely accepted at recycling centres.

Plastics that are less commonly recycled include [………………………………], commonly used in plastic pipes, shower curtains, [………………………………], vinyl dashboards, and even some baby bottle [………………………………]. These get the number 3. Like number 4, which include wrapping films, [………………………………]and sandwich bags, and other containers made of low-density polyethylene, and 5, which are polypropylene containers used in [………………………………], among other products, few municipal xecvcling centres will accept it due to its very low rata nf [………………………………].

Another useful plastic to recycle is number 6, which is used in [………………………………], or Styrofoam, items such as [………………………………], disposable cutlery, meat trays, Q39 packing “peanuts” and insulation. It is widely [………………………………]because it can be re- Q38/40 processed into many items, including cassette tapes and rigid foam insulation.

Last, but far from least, the [………………………………]plastics to recycle are items [………………………………]from various combinations of the [………………………………]plastics or from unique plastic formulations not commonly used. Usually imprinted with a number 7 or nothing at all, these plastics are the most difficult to recycle and, as such, are seldom [………………………………]or recycled. More [………………………………]consumers should feel free to return such items to the product [………………………………]to avoid contributing to the local waste stream, and instead put the burden on the makers to recycle or [………………………………]of the items properly.

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