IELTS Listening Practice Test 98

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ielts-listening-practice-test-98

SECTION 1

Questions 1-10

Complete the form below.

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

ORDER FORM

Example:                                                                                                Answer
Reason for calf:                                                                                   problems with WEBSITE

Name:                                                                                                     1________________ Freeman

Title of book:                                                                                          2________________

Author:                                                                                                   Richard 3_________________

Type of book:                                                                                          4________________

Price:                                                                                                       5 £_______________

Payment method:                                                                                  6 _______________

Delivery address:                                                                                   7_______________  , London N22

Delivery type:                                                                                         8 _______________

Delivery date:                                                                                         9 _______________

Delivery instructions:                                                                            If out leave with a 10 _________________

SECTION 2

Questions 11-16

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11. What will wake people up in the home of the future?

A. Body temperature.
B. The sound of an alarm clock.
C. The movement of the bed.

12. What will shoes be able to do by themselves?

A. Walk faster.
B. Play music.
C. Float on air.

13. What kind of clothes will people be wearing?

A. Clothes that make us more intelligent.
B. Clothes that can interpret how we are feeling.
C. Clothes that are powered by electricity.

14. What can the house do?

A. Control the shower temperature.
B. Turn off the taps.
C. Wash your back.

15. What will the Internet be able to do?

A. Understand when you are worried
B. Project what’s in your fridge.
C. Help find something youVe lost.

16. What will the fridge do when people are low on milk?

A. Deliver the milk.
B. Send an email to the shop.
C. Defrost some in the freezer.

Questions 17-20

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter, A-F, next to questions 17-20.

The living room of the future

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SECTION 3

Questions 21-25

Choose FIVE letters, A-H.

Which FIVE things has Sally already done?

A. emailed four businesses                                                                               E. read A Starting Success

B. written up results                                                                                          F. skimmed a document

C. contacted three businesses                                                                          G. borrowed a book

D. started writing the assignment                                                                  H. researched data

Questions 26-30

Complete the flow-chart below.

Choose FIVE answers from the box and choose the correct letter, A-G, for questions 26-30.

A beginning                                                    D language                                                  G scales

B choices                                                         E opening

C document                                                    F questions

How to write a questionnaire

  • Keep your 26______________ simple
  • Try to make the 27_____________ of the document interesting.
  • Make sure that the 28________________ uses standard terms that aren’t too formal or informal
  • Limit or avoid open questions.
  • Use simple 29_______________ to make it quicker for the recipient.
  • Put your 30_______________ in a logical order.

SECTION 4

Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below.

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

Impact of Urbanization

The effects of urbanization:

Example: in the U.S.

  • only 31______________ of land built on
  • loss of 32_____________ far larger
  • Could impact on world 33_____________ in future

Research methods:

  • a weather 34______________ for clouds was used
  • land use divided into 35__________________.
  • data used to calculate the 36_______________ of all areas

Results:

  • urban areas often built on the 37__________________.
  • a second study confirmed that prime land is being converted
  • 38__________________ of vegetation is lost per annum

The future:

  • countries such as 39_______________and need to do investigations
  • stop investing in infrastructure in areas of fertile land
  • encourage people to move by giving them 40__________________.

Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 1-10

  1. ZARA
  2. FUTUREWORLDS

  3. WATSON

  4. SELF-HELP

  5. 12.99

  6. CREDIT CARD

  7. 62 GREEN GARDENS

  8. FREE (DELIVERY)

  9. 21st FEBRUARY

  10. NEIGHBOUR

Section 2, Questions 11-20

  1. C
  • B

  • B

  • A

  • C

  • B

  • A

  • C

  • F

  • D

  • Section 3, Questions 21-30

    21 – 25. C, D, F, G, H (in any order}

    1. D
  • A

  • C

  • G

  • F

  • Section 4, Questions 31-40

    1. 3%
  • PRODUCTIVE LAND

  • FOOD SUPPLIES

  • SATELLITE

  • 3 CATEGORIES

  • TOTAL PRODUCTIVITY

  • BEST SOIL(S)

  • 91 MILLION TONNES

  • INDIA, CHINA

  • FINANCIAL INCENTIVES

  • 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.

    SECTION1

    (H=helpdesk worker,’ C=customer)

    H: Good morning. How can I help?

    C- I’d like some help with […………………………….]a book. I’ve tried your website, but it says it’s offline at the moment and to call this number.

    H:’ Oh yes. I do […………………………….]. We’ve been having some […………………………….]with it, but I can take the order over the phone if you like.

    C’-       That would be great. It’s a gift you see.

    H:        Can I take your name please?

    C-        Yes, of course. It’s […………………………….].

    H-        Is that Zara with an ‘s’ or a ‘z’?

    C:        With a ‘Z’. Z-A-R-A.

    H:        Just writing that down. Right. What was the title of the book you’d like me to order?

    C:        I think it’s called Future Words… no hang on, sorry that’s Future Worlds.

    H:  OK, just typing that in … I can’t seem to find it. Do you know the name of the […………………………….]? I’ll do a search.

    C- Yes, it’s by a man called Richard Watson.

    H: Watson as in W-A-T-S-O-N?

    C- Yes, that’s right.

    H- Oh yes, here it is. It’s only just been […………………………….]. It’s a self-help book. Is that right?

    C: Yes.

    H:        Now, it costs £12.99.

    C:        Yep, that’s fine.

    H:        OK. How would you like to pay?

    C:        Is a […………………………….]OK?

    H:        No, sorry. We only accept […………………………….].

    C-        Oh dear … Em, Just let me check to see if I have it with me … Oh yes, here it is.

    H- Can you read me the…[…………………………….]H: Right almost done. Now, I just need the […………………………….]details.

    C- Right. I’ve got my friend’s address here. It’s62 Green Gardens, London N22.

    H• Just typing that in … […………………………….].

    C- No, it’s number 62.

    H: Now what kind of delivery would you like?

    C:’ What are the options?

    H- There are two. The free delivery option takes five days or you can pay an extra […………………………….]to have it sent out first class tomorrow. That would come to a total of […………………………….].

    C: Umm … Well my friend’s birthday is next week, so it should get there in time with the free delivery so I think I’ll take that.

    H: Right. That means that it will be […………………………….]on the 21st February anytime from 8 am to 6 pm. Is that OK?

    C-‘ Well, I know my friend leaves early for work, so would it be possible for him to pick it up from the local post office […………………………….]?

    H: I’m afraid that won’t be possible but I could add some special […………………………….]for it to be left with someone else, a neighbour perhaps?

    C: Actually, yes. I have met the old lady who lives next door and she’s bound to be home. Could you leave it with her?

    H’ Fine. I’ll add that if he’s not home then the […………………………….]should be left with the neighbour.

    C’ That’s great! Thanks very much for your help.

    H- My pleasure. Thank you for …

     SECTION 2

    Welcome to the Homes of the Future online […………………………….]. I will be your virtual guide around the homes you could soon be living in. Let’s begin our tour in the bedroom. Firstly, the bed is […………………………….]to gently rock you awake in the mornings. There’ll be no more rude […………………………….]by an alarm clock, and it will also know what time you need to wake up as it will get that information directly from your Personal Digital […………………………….], that is, your PDA, which will be inserted into you.

    Let’s move to the […………………………….]. Those are vour musical shoes that generate music while you walk. The music will change according to how fast you’re walking; calm music for a […………………………….]stroll and […………………………….]beats for when you’re in a hurry. You’ll feel like you’re walking on air. What’s more, vour clothes are also […………………………….]. They sense how you’re feeling and then change colour. The […………………………….]that they’re made of also converts your body heat into a […………………………….]electricity generator for some of the […………………………….]that are now inside you, like your PDA, for example.

    Moving on to the bathroom … So. after waking up. you need a shower. There’s no need to turn on any taps as the house will know exactly what […………………………….]you like the water in the mornings, though you’ll still have to wash yourself!

    From the bathroom, we move into the kitchen. Now, we’ve all had that […………………………….]feeling when you can’t find your keys just as you’re about to go out. Well, in the home of the future you wouldn’t need to […………………………….], all vou need to do is an Internet search. All items are now […………………………….]with a tracking device so that they will light up and […………………………….]to vou where they are. Just in case the object is […………………………….], the house will project its position on your fridge.

    Speaking of your fridge, this is now as […………………………….]as your clothes. Not only does it keep a record of when you’re running low on everyday […………………………….]like milk, but it emails vour local […………………………….]store, which will […………………………….]them for you. It can also help with planning meals if you have friends over for dinner by moving the chicken from the […………………………….]so that it’ll thaw in time.

    Lastly, here we are in the living area, which, you’ll be pleased to hear, is still the heart of the family home. Let’s enter the room. Now, to the left of the […………………………….]is the main seating area with a sofa, and directly […………………………….]the entrance is an […………………………….]. The sofa backs onto the wall and the armchair faces to the left, across the […………………………….]table to a blank wall. So. ‘where is the TV?’ I hear vou ask. Well, this entire wall is the television. The whole thing is a […………………………….]screen designed to show your TV, surf the Internet or, when it’s not in use, it displays anything you want it to from family pictures to […………………………….]works of art.

    On the opposite wall to the sofa is a […………………………….], which still has a real fire  nothing beats that now, does it? But the rug in front of the fire now also […………………………….]the temperature, and either opens or closes the […………………………….], so as not to overheat the room. It still has its normal uses though, as you can see, the cat likes it very much and is […………………………….]up on it, happy as can be.

    What else is on offer? Well, for entertainment the family still reads books, so there is a […………………………….]on the wall to the right of the entrance. But what about the computer? Well, it’s inside your head and […………………………….]by those intelligent clothes you’re wearing. Imagine this: as you’re sitting relaxing on the armchair, you’ll be able to reach out and put your hot drink on the coffee table in front of the armchair. You […………………………….]remember that you need to send work an email. That same coffee table holding vour cup is also a touch […………………………….]keyboard for you to type your email and then click ‘send’. All you need to do to […………………………….]it is say ’email’ and the image of a keyboard will appear.

    Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour around the home of the future and that you’ll come visit again soon. Bye-bye.

    SECTION 3

    (S = Sally! P = Professor James)

    S: Hi Professor James, have yougot a minute? You see I’m having a bit of trouble getting started on my graduate […………………………….] assignment.

    P: Well, ok, as long as it doesn’t take longer than […………………………….]as I have ameeting to get to at […………………………….].

    S: Yep fine. It shouldn’t take long atall.

    P: OK, Sally. Tell me what you’ve done so far and we’ll go from there.

    S: Well, as you suggested I chose three local businesses and […………………………….]them via telephone to introduce myself.

    P: That’s good.

    S: Well, the thing is, I couldn’t get past the […………………………….]of two of them .Do you have any suggestions?

    P: What about following up with a letter stating what time you’ll be calling again?

    S- Oh, that’s a good idea. I hadn’t thought of that.

    P: So, tell me about the one you have contacted.

    S” Right, well, he was very […………………………….]actually. He received the survey I […………………………….]him and has already sent it back. I’ve had a very quick look at it. but haven’t had a […………………………….]to write it up vet.

    P: So far so good. Carry on …

    S: Well, apart from that, I’ve also found a lot of […………………………….]that exist on the starting […………………………….]graduates begin on once they finish studying. There’s some really interesting stuff out there. Did you know, for example, that your […………………………….]engineer earns nearly as much as a […………………………….]graduate?

    P: Yes, I did.

    S: Gosh, I had no idea.

    P: Having second thoughts about a career in human resources are we?

    S: No, but I was […………………………….]. Anyway, getting back to where I was. I’ve gone to the library, but the books you […………………………….]have already been taken out, apart from one that is, it’s called … A Starting Success. I haven’t read it vet, but I’ve taken it out and it’s on mv list of things to Hn

    P- Have you come up with a plan yet?

    S: Yes, and I’ve written mv […………………………….]as well as my introduction, but that’s where I’ve got […………………………….]. I don’t really know how I’m going to be able to present all of the information as there’s so much of it…

    P: Well firstly, I’d recommend you start with […………………………….]what the employer said. Now can I have a look at the […………………………….]you wrote?

    S: Yes, here it is.

    P: Thanks … Oh dear. Well it’s no wonder you’re […………………………….]with information. You’ve […………………………….]a lot of information, which can be overwhelming.

    S: Oh dear! That took me ages… and does that mean I can’t use it?

    P: Afraid so … but don’t worry if you’ve got a pen and paper, I’ll quickly give you some […………………………….], and then you can re-jig it to get the information you’re looking for.

    S: OK, just a minute … I know there’s a pen in here somewhere. OK, got it.

    P: Right, well, first and foremost you need to be clear. There’s no point having a […………………………….]worded document […………………………….]that no one understands. Use language that is simple.

    S: Right, got that. What next?

    P: You need to catch the reader’s attention at the start of the document.

    And vou need to find the right […………………………….]between formal and informal language. Your […………………………….]isn’t an official document, but more of a living one that serves a […………………………….], so neutral language is best.

    S: OK, just writing that down … OK.

    P: The next one’s what your […………………………….]was this time – try not to use open- ended questions, or you’ll find it impossible to […………………………….]your results.

    S: Yep, I think I’ve learned my lesson there. What else?

    P: Scales really do make the job of completing the […………………………….]easier for , the […………………………….]by saving them lots of time and […………………………….]writing. ‘[…………………………….]S: I take your point. Anything else?

    P: Ah ha. One last thing, make sure you’ve thought about the logic of your questions. There’s nothing worse than trying to make choices about things that seem to have.no order.

    S: Right… got it. I see where I went wrong now and will try to do better next time.

    P: Don’t worry. It’s a very easy […………………………….]to make, and one that many people come […………………………….]the first time they do this kind of […………………………….]. OK, Sally, I really must rush. I’m late for my […………………………….].

    S: Of course, thanks for your help. I’ll see you in class tomorrow. Bye!

    SECTION4

    Hi, good morning everyone. I’m here today to present my findings on the process of […………………………….]and its impact on the […………………………….]. As you know, urbanization […………………………….]the movement of people from the countryside to the cities. As this […………………………….]continues, the cities of the world continue to grow. I will […………………………….]how this growth is eating away at the planet’s most […………………………….]land.

    My research has focused on two studies that looked at land use in the […………………………….]. These have shown that since its […………………………….], only three per cent of all land in the United States has been built on. However, the same studies have also shown that the […………………………….]loss of productive land is […………………………….]much, much greater. This isn’t so much of a problem in America as it has a relatively low ratio of people to land. However, most other countries are not so blessed, the impact of which could have dire […………………………….]for the future. The real […………………………….]here is if this pattern were to be […………………………….]by developing countries, it could have a major effect on the world’s food supplies in the next […………………………….].

    In order to reach this conclusion, several research methods were […………………………….]. A group of scientists in the United States used a weather […………………………….]that normally maps […………………………….]cloud cover at night. However, on nights when there were no clouds, they used the satellite to map the generation of heat from city lights. They then took the data and […………………………….]land use into three […………………………….]urban, […………………………….]and non-urban land use. Next, they […………………………….]how active the vegetation is in each region by using different satellites. When they combined this information with […………………………….]statistics and weather conditions, they came up with a number for total […………………………….]for all areas.

    So what did the results of this process of land […………………………….]show? Well, firstly, they proved that although only a tiny […………………………….]of the land in the United States is urbanized, and […………………………….]of land is used for agricultural […………………………….], the land which has been built on actually has the best soils. These were independently […………………………….]by a second team of scientists in San Francisco, whose results show that this process is happening even faster in the […………………………….]corner of the United States. This means that land that is extremely productive from an […………………………….]point of view, is being taken over by lawns, golf courses and a few scattered trees. As a direct result of urbanization, the researchers in […………………………….]calculated that every year £1 million tonnes of plants are ‘lost’ in the U.S.

    So what does this mean for the future? Well, I have come up with some of my own ideas for […………………………….]. Countries should calculate whether urbanization is happening on their […………………………….]lands too; especially if they have large populations […………………………….]to the amount of land available, like India and China, for example. If it is, then every effort should be made to stop the process from happening. This can be done in many ways. One of them is to stop investing in the […………………………….]of those areas. If people don’t have the facilities they need, they won’t want to live there. But in my […………………………….], the main solution here is to offer people financial […………………………….]to move away from fertile land to areas that are less valuable in agricultural terms.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed my […………………………….]this morning. Thanks for your kind attention. I will now take any questions…

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