IELTS Listening Practice Test 93

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ielts-listening-practice-test-93

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

SECTION 1

Questions 1-5

Complete the form below.

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

APPLICATION FOR RAILCARD

Example

Type of Card Required:                                                         Young Person’s Railcard

First Name:                                                                              1_______________

Surname:                                                                                  2_______________

Date of Birth:                                                                           3_______________

Permanent Address:                                                               158 Kingwood Close, Norwich

Postcode:                                                                                   4 _______________

Telephone Number:                                                                5 _______________

Term-time Address:                                                               Housewalk Terrace,
London Postcode: WF1 4NN

Questions 6-9

Complete the table below.

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

Types of Ticket Restrictions Cost
London Day Out outside peak hours 6 £
Super Advance Return must hook seat  7 in advance £23
Saver outside peak hours 8 £
9_________________ no restrictions £60

Question 10

Circle the correct letters A-C.

10. How much does the student actually pay for his ticket to London?

A. £7.66
B. £15.34
C. £33.34

SECTION 2

Questions 11-13

Circle the correct letters A-C.

11. Who are mentors?

A. New students.
B. Second or third-year students.
C. University teachers.

12. How often should mentor groups meet?

A. Once a week.
B. Once a fortnight.
C. Once a month.

13. What is it essential to do at the first meeting?

A. Explain your problems.
B. Make new friends.
C. Agree when to meet again.

Questions 14-17

List FOUR things which students may be given information about. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

14 ____________________

15 ____________________

16 ____________________

17 ____________________

Questions 18-20

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

18. Your mentor will show you how to obtain a free____________________.

19. Mentoring is useful for people who are_______________for the first time.

20. Your mentor may give you advice on how to_____________________.

SECTION 3

Questions 21-24

What did each person say was the principal cause of stress for them?
Choose from the list of possible causes in the box.

Example                                                                                Answer
Ramon                                                                                 team work

21. Kikuko

22. Boris

23. Etienne

24. Nagwa

Questions 25-27

List THREE parts of one’s daily routine that can help reduce stress.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

List of Possible Causes of Stress

A. bad management
B. dual-career family
C. fear of unemployment
D. new technologies
E. working surroundings
F. powerlessness
G. too much work

25 ________________

26 ________________

27 ________________

Questions 28-30

Complete the table below.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS in each space.

Cause of stress                      Strategy for reducing stress
overwork 28_______________
fear of job 29_______________
new technologies 30_______________

SECTION 4

Questions 31-36

Circle the correct letters A-C.

31. The speaker compares a solar eclipse today to a

A. religious experience.
B. scientific event.
C. popular spectacle.

32. The speaker says that the dark spot of an eclipse is A simple to predict.

A. simple to predict.
B. easy to explain.
C. randomly occurring.

33. Concerning an eclipse, the ancient Chinese were

A. fascinated.
B. rational.
C. disturbed.

34. For the speaker, the most impressive aspect of an eclipse is the A exceptional beauty of the sky.

A. exceptional beauty of the sky.
B. chance for scientific study.
C. effect of the moon on the sun.

35. Eclipses occur rarely because of the size of the

A. moon.
B. sun.
C. earth.

36. In predicting eclipses, the Babylonians were restricted by their

A. religious attitudes.
B. inaccurate observations.
C. limited ability to calculate.

Questions 37-40

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Date of Eclipse Scientists Observation
1735 Halley 37 _____________ who accurately predicted an eclipse
1868 Janssen and Lockyer discovered 38
1878 Watson believed he had found 39_______________
1919 Einstein realized astronomers had misunderstood 40_______________

Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

  1. Stephen

2. Krockers

  1. 3rd February 1979/February 3 1979
  2. NR4 6JF

  3. 456 321

  4. 18

  5. one day

  6. 29.30

  7. Open (ticket)

  8. B

Section 2, Questions 11-20

  1. B
  • B

  • C

  • academic systems

  • study techniques/techniques for studying

  • university facilities

  • social activities

  • e-mail account

  • away from home

  • pass (your) exams

  • Section 3, Questions 21-30

    1. C
  • G

  • D

  • E

  • a balanced diet/vary your diet

  • drink less coffee

  • take regular exercise

  • manage time better/manage your time

  • make plans/set money aside/ update your CV

  • do training courses

  • Section 4, Questions 31-40

    1. C
  • B

  • C

  • B

  • A

  • C

  • (the) first person

  • (a) new element/helium

  • (the) lost planet/ (the) planet/Vulcan

  • gravity

  • 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

    (C = Clerk; S = Stephen)

    C: Central station, Norwich, Sue Brown speaking. Can I help you?

    S: Is that the […………………………..]?

    C: Yes.

    S: Er…is there a card that you can buy railway tickets and allows you to get […………………………..]on it?

    C: You mean a […………………………..]? Yes, there are various types. There’s the Young Person’s Railcard and the Senior Citizen’s Railcard, for example.

    S: Well, I’d like a Yong Person’s Railcard, but I’m over 21. Is that OK? Do I still […………………………..]?

    C: Yes, you’re eligible from 18 to 25.

    S: Great. And how much does it cost?

    C: […………………………..].

    S: OK…and can I get it over the phone?

    C: Well, I can take your details and process it now over the phone, but you’ll need to come in to collect the card.

    S: Yeah, that’s fine.

    C: OK, so I just need to take down some details. First of all, can I have your name?

    S:         Stephen Krockers.

    C:        OK, so first name Steven…Is that Steven with a “v”?

    S:         No, with “ph”.

    C:        Right…and can you give me your […………………………..]again?

    S:         That’s Krockers.

    C:        Crocker with a “c”?

    S:         No, I’ll have to spell it for you, K-R-O-C-K-E-R-S.

    C: Right, thank you. Now, you said you were over 21-can I ask for your exact date of birth, please?

    S: Yes, sure. It’s the third of February.

    C: Yes.

    S: And the year’s […………………………..].

    C: 1979. OK, lovely. So the next thing I need to know is your […………………………..].

    S: Right, I’d better give you my parents’ address then. I’m […………………………..]moving soon.

    C: Yes, that’ll be fine.

    S: It’s 158, Kingwood Close…

    C: Is Kingwood one word or two?

    S: One.

    C: Right.

    S: Norwich.

    C: And can you tell me the […………………………..], please?

    S: It’s […………………………..].

    C: NR4 6JS?

    S: No, F for Freddie.

    C: Right, and the next thing I need is your telephone number.

    S: Do you mean my parents’ number?

    C: Yes, the number at your permanent address.

    S: OK, it’s Norwich […………………………..].

    C: And are you living at that address now?

    S: No, in term-time I’m in lodgings. But like I said, I might be moving soon.

    C: Never mind, just give me the address where you’re staying now.

    S: Right, it’s 62, Housewalk Terrace, Wakefield.

    C: And the postcode?

    S: […………………………..].

    C: Right,that’s fine.

    S: And I want to get a ticket…can I do that now, and get the discount, or do I have to wait until the card’s ready?

    C: No, you can book the ticket now, and […………………………..]it at the same time as you get the card.

    S: OK. So I want a return ticket to London next week…how much will that cost?

    C: Well, it […………………………..]on what sort of ticket you get. There are four different kinds… I’ll go through them for you. Right, the […………………………..]one’s the London Day Out. That’s good if you’re just going away for the day…it includes some bus and tube travel in London, but you have to travel outside peak hours. That costs £18.00.

    S: OK…

    C: Now, the next one’s called the Super […………………………..]Return. You can travel on any train with that, but you have to book vour seat one dav ahead. Actually it’s better to book earlier if you can, because there’s only a limited number of tickets.

    S: OK..and how much is that?

    C: It’s £23.

    S: That doesn’t sound too bad. What about the other types of tickets?

    C: They’re more […………………………..]. There’s one called the Saver which again you can use on most trains outside peak hours, that’s […………………………..]. But you don’t need to buy it in advance, you can get it on the day you travel.

    S: Mmm, that’s a bit expensive.

    C: And finally, there’s the Open ticket, and with that you can travel on any train on any day of the week, and you don’t need to book ahead, but that costs […………………………..].

    S: £60! Right, I’ll have a Super Advance. Now, I’d like to leave next Friday morning on the 8:30 train and come back on Sunday at 10 p.m. And… you said that usually costs £23?

    C: That’s right.

    S: So how much do I save with the […………………………..]?

    C: You get a third off…a third off £23 is £7.66. so you’ll pav £15.34 . But then this time you have to pay for the railcard too…that’s […………………………..]plus 18.00…so altogether you’ll have to pay […………………………..].

    S: And when can I collect them?

    C: They’ll be ready by […………………………..], they should be at the bookings office after about 10:00 a.m.

    S: Oh…I don’t know if I can make it on Wednesday. You can’t post them, can you?

    C: No, you have to collect your railcard in person and sign it, and I nearly forgot to tell you, you need a […………………………..]photograph for it. If you don’t have one, there’s a machine on the station.

    S: No, I think I’ve got one somewhere. I needed some for my college […………………………..]. I think I had one left over.

    C: Good. So is there anything else?

    S: No, that’s great. Thanks a lot. Bye!

    C: Goodbye.

    SECTION 2

    Hi! It’s good to see you all here today and what a pity the weather is so bad for your first day at university! It could at least have stayed […………………………..]today! Now, my name is Pat Baker, I work for student […………………………..]and I’m going to tell you all about our […………………………..]scheme for new students. We’ve had it in place for a few years now and people starting at university for the first time in general find it a very […………………………..]experience at these meetings. What happens is this: each of you, if you want to join the […………………………..], will be assigned a mentor-that is, someone who’s been studying here for a year or two and who can show you the ropes, in other words, show you how things work, give you advice if you need it and just generally be […………………………..]contact for you in the university. Of course you’ll have your […………………………..]and lecturers who will also help you with […………………………..]problems, but this is someone at 37our own age who has been through the same experience quite recently.

    What the […………………………..]does is to have a group of usually two or three students and he or she […………………………..]meetings preferably about once every two weeks-we generally find that more than that is just too often-where you chat about your problems, […………………………..]life or just about things in general and your mentor will give you the benefit of his or her experience.

    If you’re joining this scheme, you’ll be meeting your mentor today just after […………………………..]. If you haven’t signed up by the way, it’s not too late. Come and see me after the talk. Don’t be […………………………..]about this first meeting: It’s going to be quite short so you won’t have time to tell your mentor all your […………………………..]-you’ll just get to know each other a little bit and, most importantly, fix a time and a place for your next meeting, which you can have when you’re feeling more […………………………..]and not so […………………………..]by the newness of it all.

    Mentors, as I’ve said, have been through the same […………………………..]as you quite recently, so they can understand your problems. They’ll be able to tell you about […………………………..]systems, which are so different at university from what you were used to at school. Also, because at university you are much more independent and you have to spend so much time studying on your own, they can suggest […………………………..]for studying which will help you to keep Q15 up-to-date with your work.

    This university is an […………………………..]place, so another thing which they’ll be able to help with is university […………………………..]– you know, anything from sports halls to libraries to medical services and they can probably help you get […………………………..]in all sorts of social activities, too -parties, clubs, sports, whatever.

    So, as you can see, this is a pretty useful scheme, but it does rely on people […………………………..]. The telephone’s pretty useful if you have one, but students are busy people and often out doing things, so […………………………..]is probably better. Your mentor will be able to show you how to get an e-mail account.. .they don’t cost anything to students. They’re free. For people who have never been away from home before, a mentor is a useful contact and […………………………..]-somewhere between a friend and a parent. And no doubt as the year […………………………..]and you start getting […………………………..]around exam time, your mentor will be ready with usefal tips on the best wav to pass your exams- after all, they did the same ones either last year or the year before and they […………………………..]them!

    SECTION 3

    Disc Jockey: And now, after that old favourite from “The Corrs” […………………………..]”1 never loved you anyway”, we have Dr. Greenhill to talk to us today about stress in the […………………………..]. Is it getting worse, Dr. Greenhill?

    Dr. Greenhill: I’m not sure whether it’s getting worse or just that more people are talking about it. Certainly lots more people are […………………………..]about it. I’ve just completed a study of […………………………..]workers from 20 different countries. And I’ve taken a multi¬cultural […………………………..]to the subject.

    Disc Jockey: And what have you found?

    Dr. Greenhill: That broadly speaking the cause of stress are […………………………..]all over the world. For example, Ramon from Mexico City says that society […………………………..]people by individual success. But, he says, increasingly work is […………………………..]in teams. This means there’s a […………………………..]between personal goals and the need to […………………………..]with one’s colleagues. He finds this an acute source of stress, actually.

    Then there’s Kikuko, from Osaka, Japan, who says she’s under a lot of stress because the company she’s worked for 30 years is in […………………………..]. She says it’s because her […………………………..]made a number of bad […………………………..], but really what worries her most is that she might lose her job. You know, she’s in her 50s and at that age it’s not easy to find another one. She says that she also feels […………………………..]and that’s getting her […………………………..]too.

    Well, then there’s Boris, from Odessa in the Ukraine. He puts overwork at the top of his list of […………………………..]. Then there

    are other factors. Both he and his wife have full-time jobs so that when they get home they don’t get to relax much either.

    I guess that’s a problem most of us can relate to!

    Disc Jockey: We always hear about computers, e-mail and cell phones as things which get people tearing their hair out. Is this true?

    Dr. Greenhill: Mmm. In many cases, yes, but not so much as you might think-only […………………………..] of […………………………..]give this as the main cause- Etienne from Quebec. Canada, is one-though he also mentions change and the feeling of being a victim of […………………………..]beyond his control. Other people talk about the amount of work which comes with continual change as being more stressing than new […………………………..]themselves. People feel they lack […………………………..]in their working life.

    But we must remember that in many places it’s really lack of new technology that puts people under most […………………………..]. Take Nagwa from Sohag in Egypt, for example. She says that for her the main source of stress was working in noisy, hot, […………………………..]conditions day out and with no end in sight. So it seems, we can’t win either way!

    Disc Jockey: So, what can we as individuals do to make things easier for ourselves?

    Dr. Greenhill: Well, I’ve talked to a number of […………………………..]about this- doctors and […………………………..]– and here are a few suggestions for reducing stress without you having to change your job! First, vary vour diet: fish, pasta, vegetables, fruit and so on. Try not to live off sandwiches and fast food-a […………………………..]diet in other words. Also, we tend to drink too much coffee. […………………………..], the drug in coffee, gets us more […………………………..]. So, if you want to feel less […………………………..], drink less coffee. It’s tough at first but you’ll notice the difference […………………………..]just a few days. Finally, take regular exercise. It’s a great way of relaxing and of course it makes you more healthy too!

    For particular cause of stress there are various things you can do. If your problem is that you think you’ve got too much work on your […………………………..], what you probably need to do is […………………………..]time better. You have to learn to deal with the things which are really vital. Don’t waste time on […………………………..]. There are courses to help you with this. If you are worried about […………………………..], make plans so that if it happens you are ready for it. Do things like set money aside and update vour cv so it’s […………………………..]to new employers. As for new technologies, do training courses so that you feel at home with them and so that you don’t feel […………………………..]of them. So in the end the best way to deal with stress is for you to take control of your life and not allow yourself to be a victim of […………………………..].

    Disc Jockey: Thank you, Dr. Greenhill on fighting stress, and, just when you thought you could relax, here’s Dolly Parton working 9 to 5…

    SECTION 4

    Good evening and welcome to this month’s […………………………..]Club lecture. I’m Donald Mackie and I’m here to talk to you about the […………………………..]in history.

    A thousand years ago a total eclipse of the sun was a […………………………..]religious experience, but these days an eclipse is more likely to be viewed as a tourist […………………………..]than as a scientific or […………………………..]event. People will […………………………..]travel miles to be in the right place at the right time to get the best view of their eclipse.

    Well. What exacdy causes a solar eclipse-when the world goes dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day? […………………………..]speaking, the dark spot itself is easy to explain: it is the […………………………..]of the moon […………………………..]a different and, to all intents and purposes, a seemingly […………………………..]part of the globe.

    In the past people often […………………………..]an eclipse as a danger signal […………………………..]disaster and in fact, the Chinese were so […………………………..]bv these events that they included among their gods whose job was to […………………………..]eclipses. But whether or not you are […………………………..]or take a purely scientific view, our earthly eclipses are special in three different ways.

    Firstly, there can be no doubt that they are very beautiful. It’s as if a deep blue […………………………..]has fallen over the […………………………..]sky as the sun becomes a black void […………………………..]by the glow of its outer atmosphere.

    But beyond this, total eclipses […………………………..]a second more compelling beauty in the eves of us scientists…for they offer a unique […………………………..]for research. Only during an eclipse can we study the […………………………..]and other dim things that are normally lost in the sun’s glare.

    And thirdly, they are rare. Even though an eclipse of the sun […………………………..]somewhere on earth, if you sit in your garden and wait, it will take […………………………..]on average for one to come to you. If the moon werp any larger eclipses would become a monthly […………………………..]: if it were smaller, they simply would not be possible.

    The ancient […………………………..]priests, who spent a fair bit of time staring at the sky, had already noted that there was an […………………………..]pattern in their recurrence but they didn’t have the […………………………..]to predict an eclipse […………………………..]. It was Edmund Hailey, the English […………………………..], who knew his maths well enough to […………………………..]the return of the comet which, […………………………..]bears his name.

    In 1735, Edmund Hallev became the first person to make an accurate prediction of an eclipse.

    This brought eclipses firmly into the scientific […………………………..]and they have since allowed a number of important scientific […………………………..]to be made. For instance, in the eclipse of 1868, two scientists-Janssen and Lockyer, were observing the sun’s atmosphere and it was these […………………………..]that ultimately led to the discovery of a new […………………………..]. They named the element helium after the Greek god of the sun. This was a major find, because […………………………..]turned out to be the most […………………………..]element in the universe after hydrogen. Another great […………………………..]involved Mercury…IH just put that up on the board for you now. See – there’s Mercury – the planet closest to the Sun-then Venus, Earth, etc. For centuries, scientists had been unable to understand why Mercury […………………………..]to rotate faster than it should. Some […………………………..]suggested that there might be an undiscovered planet causing this unusual […………………………..]and even gave it the name ‘Vulcan”. During the eclipse of […………………………..], an American astronomer, James Watson, thought he had […………………………..]this so-called “lost” planet. But, alas for him, he was later […………………………..]to admit that he had been wrong about Vulcan and […………………………..]his claim.

    Then Albert Einstein came on the scene. Einstein suggested that rather than being wrong about the number of planets, astronomers were actually wrong about […………………………..]. Einstein’s theory of relativity-for which he is so famous-[…………………………..]with Newton’s law of gravity in just the right way to explain […………………………..]odd orbit. He also realized that a […………………………..]test would be possible during the total eclipse of […………………………..]and this is indeed when the theory was finally proved correct.

    So there you have several examples of how eclipses have helped to […………………………..]our understanding of the universe, and now let’s move on to the […………………………..]

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