IELTS Listening Practice Test 99

ielts-listening-practice-test-99

SECTION 1

Questions 1-7

Complete the following notes by using A NUMBER or NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

University Geography Field Trip

Time:                                                                                                            next week (a two-day trip) (Example)

Destination:                                                                                              the Warrangamba Dam and 1_______________

Matching course:                                                                                    Environmental Science

Departing time of coach:                                                                     at 2_next Monday

Length of journey there:                                                                     3 ___________________ roughly and three hours back

First day’s activity:                                                                                4 _________________

Spending the night:                                                                               in 5 ___________________

Meals provided:                                                                                      in the form of 6 ___________________

Sydney’s daily water consumption: 

                                                                                                                      equal to the water to fill 7_______________ full-size

                                                                                                                      Olympic swimming pools

Second day’s activity:                                                                           go to the water plant to see how to purify

                                                                                                                      the water for drinking

Questions 8-10

Choose THREE letters, A-F

Which THREE things does Cesar recommend bringing?

A. binoculars
B. camera
C. penknife
D. map
E. raincoat
F. mobile phone

SECTION 2

Questions 11-15

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

11. The last programme in the present series is _______________.

12. ___________________ has been rewarded as ‘Consumer of the Month’ for her persistent effort to see through a result of a complaint.

13. She took ___________________ of photographs on her tour in Europe.

14. What happened to her photos after she gave them to Top-Class Photo Services for developing ?

15. The photo services compensated her ______________ for the loss in the end.

Questions 16-20

Choose the correct letter, A-D.

16. What is the problem that many listeners write about?

A. Sale prices.
B. Bad quality stuff.
C. Faulty goods.
D. Bad assistant.

17. How much was the sale price of the belt that Mr Alvin liked?

A. $200.
B. $100.
C. $150.
D. $300.

18. Why should the consumer make a complaint about bad articles or service?

A. To cause a fuss.
B. It won’t do what is claimed for.
C. Ask the shopkeeper for a favour.
D. The shopkeeper should be responsible for it.

19. What should a consumer do when complaining in person?

A. Get a receipt for what you buy.
B. Speak to someone in authority.
C. Talk directly to the assistant.
D. Ask to see the seller.

20. What should a customer do when complaining on the phone?

A. Speak directly to the owner.
B. Ask for the manager.
C. Write a complaining letter.
D. Find out with whom you discuss the matter.

SECTION 3

Questions 21-22

Complete the notes below.

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

Student Record Card

Name:                                                                                          David Simons

Address:                                                                                       15 Market Ave., Hornsby

Student Number:                                                                       21 _______________

Prerequisites completed

                                                                                                      YES                                            NO

Screen Studies Course:                                                               √

18 credit points:                                                                            √

If no, reasons:                                                                                22___________________

Question 23

Complete the notes below.

Write TWO DATES for the answer,

23. The final date of the examination should be ______________ or __________________

Questions 24-25

Choose the correct letters, A-D.

24. Dr Richardson explains that the set exercises

A. require reference to a wide range of resources.
B. should be at least 250 words in length.
C. focus on key terms and concepts in media studies.
D. do not have answers.

25. Dr Richardson explains that essays 1 and 2

A. are to be the same length.
B. should both be analytical.
C. both emphasize studies of audiences.
D. should be especially easy for David.

Questions 26-28

Complete the table by writing ONE or TWO appropriate letters (M, T, A or J) as explained below.

mechanical                                                                    M

theoretical                                                                      T

analytical                                                                        A

journalistic                                                                     J

How does Dr Richardson describe each of the assignments ?

Assignments                                                                                  Description

Set exercises                                                                                             26____________

Assignment 1                                                                                            27____________

Assignment 2                                                                                           A (Example)

Assignment 3                                                                                           28____________

Question 29

Choose the correct answer.

29. Which two time slots does Dr Richardson suggest David use for his essay?

A. The six o’clock and the midmorning.
B. The breakfast and the six o’clock.
C. The midmorning and midnight.
D. The midday and the ten o’clock.

Question 30

Answer the question below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for the answer.

30. What will David do before he decides which part of the programmes to use?

SECTION 4

Question 31

Choose the correct letter, A – C.

31. What does John Upton compare a computer virus to?

A. A biological organism.
B. A corrupt programme.
C. An irritating person.

Questions 32-35

Complete the flow chart. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

8-1Question 36

Choose the correct letter, A-C.

  1. What does the speaker find surprising?

A. The rise in the number of software infections.
B. The determination of those who develop viruses.
C. The fact that people blame their own computers.

Questions 37-40

List FOUR ways of combating viruses. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

37 _____________________________

38 _____________________________

39 _____________________________

40 _____________________________

 

Answer keys:

Section 1, Questions 7-70

1. (the) Water Treatment Plant
2. 8 o’clock/ 8 am
3. 2.5 hours
4. visit (the) dam / see dam functioning
5. (a) youth hostel
6. breakfast (and) supper / evening meal ‘ .
7. 600
8-10. B; E; F (in any order)

Section 2, Questions 11-20

11. Consumer’s Choice
12. Patty Ching
13. 10 roll of films/ 360 photos
14. vanished / disappeared
15. $2,000 /2,000 dollars
16. A
17. B
18. D
19. B
20. D

Section 3, Questions 21-30

  1. C97H85
  2. has / got an exemption /(has) practical experience
  3. June 20(th); June 25{th) (in either order)
  4. C
  5. B
  6. M
  7. T ; A (in either order)
  8. J
  9. A
  10. collect a sample / collect sample programmes

Section 4, Questions 31-40

  1. A
  2. (the) first model
  3. Core Wars
  4. entertainment
  5. pastime
  6. 6
    37-40. be (very) careful; avoid trouble; understand them / viruses; be (well) prepared (in any order).

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

In this section you will hear a conversation between Rachel and Cesar. They are discussing a field trip for the following week.

You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. On this occasion only the conversation relating to this will be played first.

R = Rachel; C = Cesar

R: Hi, Cesar. How are you?

C: Good, thanks, Rachel. I’m fine. I was going to ring you tonight so it’s a good thing I’ve run into you. I wanted to […………………………….]vou about the field trip – the two day field trip next week.

R: What field trip?

C: The […………………………….]field trip to the Warragamba Dam and the Water […………………………….]Plant. It’s a […………………………….]part of the first year […………………………….]Science course. Didn’t you know about it?

R: Nol I must have missed that piece of information; this is news to mel But give me the details, please!

C: Sure! Well, we have to meet outside the Library next Monday at 7 in the morning or vou can meet us at 7:45 at the bus station in time to catch the […………………………….]which departs at 8 o’clock.

R: Oh, alright. And how long does it take to get to this place?

C: Well, once we’re on the […………………………….], it will take about […………………………….]. Er…, no! Actually more like two and a half hours at that time of day. And it could take as long as three hours to come back the next day because of the evening traffic.

R: And what’s the […………………………….]of the trip?

C: Didn’t you get the course outline? You don’t seem to know anything about this course!

R: Well, remember, I only started at the university a month ago, so I joined the course two weeks late and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since!

C: Oh, of course! Well, we spend the first day visiting the dam. I believe we actually go inside the wall of the dam, which is really quite […………………………….]– to see the dam […………………………….], you know, how much they […………………………….]the water supply each day, depending on how much water is needed […………………………….]in Sydney.

R: Oh. OK. And um, so, if this is a two-day trip, where are we staying? Not camping by the dam, I hope!

C: No, no. Not camping. They do actually have some […………………………….]cabins near the dam for visiting groups, but we’re spending the night in a youth hostel, in a town nearby. That’s all been […………………………….]by the university.

R: And what about meals? Should we take our own food along?

C: No, you won’t need to do that. The […………………………….]provides two meals, breakfast and an evening meal and we can find a cheap place to buy lunch.

R: Greatl So, is this the only dam that […………………………….]water for Sydney?

C: There are a couple of others too, but this is the main one.

R: Well, with a population of over four and a half million people, I suppose we douse thousands of litres each day.

C: Absolutelyl In fact, […………………………….]to my notes here, they pump the water through something like […………………………….]of pipes and canals and store the water in 262 service […………………………….]. And each day we use enough water to fill […………………………….]Olympic swimming pools.

R: And what’s happening on the second day?

C: Urn…well, we’re coming back to town and going to the Water Treatment Plant to see how they […………………………….]the water for drinking.

R: Oh, that should actually be quite interesting. I’ll bring my […………………………….].

C: Yes, that’s a good idea because we’re […………………………….]to include original photos for the final piece of work at the end of the course. And make sure you bring a notebook and pen or pencil.

R: OK. I’ll do that.

C: You’ll probably need some good walking shoes and spare clothes, too. And I would […………………………….]that vou bring a […………………………….]coat of some sort because the chances of it raining are pretty good next week. And a hat, perhaps?

R:        Sorry, nol I draw the line at a hat!

C:        Fair enough. And by the way, do vou have a […………………………….]?

R:        I do actually.

C:        Well, bring that along because that way we can […………………………….] more easily.

R:        Provided that mobiles work up there, of coursel

C:        That’s a pointl

R:        Do I need a map?

C:        No, I wouldn’t bother. We won’t need to do any map reading.

R:        OK, then. See you on Monday, and thanks very much for letting me know.

SECTION 2

You will hear an extract from a radio programme called ‘Consumer’s Choice’ which gives advice to consumers on how to make complaints.

D = Denis; W – Wendy

D: Hello, everyone. Welcome again to ‘Consumer’s Choice1, which is the last in our present series. Isn’t that right, Wendy?

W: Yes, that’s right. But we’ll be back again after summer break with a […………………………….]. We’ll tell you more about that later. But, first, in today’s […………………………….], we start off with the missing […………………………….]. We’ll tell you a story of Miss Patty Ching, one of our […………………………….]. We’ll tell you how she has […………………………….]for our ‘Consumer of the Month’ award with her […………………………….]. Denis?

D: Thank you, Wendy. Well, Miss Patty Ching went on a holiday to Europe last month. This was her first ever trip abroad and one for which she’d been saving for […………………………….]. Her tour took her around 12 countries in 21 days. And being a keen […………………………….], she took lots of photographs; 10 rolls of film, to be exact. About […………………………….]. When Patty got back home, she gave all her photos to Top-Class Photo Services for developing. And they […………………………….]. She never saw them again. Of course, she was furious with the company and […………………………….]. They apologised and offered her […………………………….]: 10 free rolls of film. This made her even more angry. And she […………………………….]this completely […………………………….]offer and asked for […………………………….]. The company refused her request. So Patty wrote them a letter, telling them to pay up in 10 days or she would take them to court. She received no reply. So she did take them to court. But […………………………….]before the case was due to be heard, she received a cheque for […………………………….]. Top- Class had obviously made their minds up on how the judge would decide. Patty’s case provides a lesson to all of us. If we want our rights as […………………………….], we’ve got to fight for them. So for her […………………………….]and spirit we name Patty our ‘Consumer of the Month.’

W: Thank you, Denis. And now I’d like to deal with the problem that many of our […………………………….]write about – sale prices. When we go to a sale and see a sign on something saying […………………………….]off or […………………………….]reduced to 100, how do we know the prices really have been reduced? One of our listeners, Mr Alvin Lok tells his story: ‘In a department store where I sometimes shopped, I saw a leather belt priced at […………………………….], too expensive to me. But I liked it and thought I might buy it next time the store had a sale. The store did have a sale. And I went back to look for the belt. It was there all right, but the […………………………….]on it now read 200 dollars reduced to 150. The sale price was actually higher than the […………………………….]/ What can we, as consumers, do in a case like this? The answer to Alvin’s question is that at the moment all we can do is to […………………………….]to the store’s […………………………….]and bring these cases to the attention of the public. Bad […………………………….]might help to put a stop to this […………………………….]practice. Of course making a fuss about […………………………….]goods or bad service is never easy. Most people dislike making a fuss. But if something you have bought is faulty or does not do what was claimed for it, you are not asking for a favour to get it right. It is the shopkeeper’s […………………………….]to take the complaint seriously and to replace or repair a faulty […………………………….]or put right poor service, because he is the person with whom you have entered into an agreement. The […………………………….]may have a part to play but that comes later. So it’s quite proper and reasonable to make a complaint about faulty goods or bad service.

D: Well, Wendy, what do you think is the right way to do that?

W: Well, the most important thing about making […………………………….], I think, is that they should be made to a […………………………….]person in authority. Go back to the shop where you bought the goods, taking with you any […………………………….]you may have. Ask to see the shop […………………………….]in a large store. In a small store the assistant may also be the owner or you can […………………………….]directly. In a chain store ask to see the manager. If you telephone, ask the name of the person who […………………………….]your enquiry, otherwise vou may never find out who dealt with the complaint later.

Even the […………………………….]person finds it difficult to stand up in a group of people to complain, so if you do not want to do it in person, write a letter. Stick to the facts and keep a copy of what you write. At this stage you should give any […………………………….], but you should not need to give receipts or other papers to prove you bought the […………………………….]. If you are not […………………………….]with the answer you get, or if you do not get a reply, write to the managing director of the firm, shop, or […………………………….]. Be sure to keep copies of your own letters and any you receive.

D: Well, thank you for your good advice. It’s nice for every […………………………….]to take an action when he or she gets bad goods or service. And of course, the Consumer’s Choice will continue to press for the government to bring in laws similar to those in other countries to […………………………….]consumers by making it […………………………….]to cheat them in this way. And now I’d like to tell you about our new consumer […………………………….]which came into operation last month. So far we have received…

SECTION 3

You will hear Dr Richardson discussing the requirements of a course and the writing of an essay with a student.

R = Dr Richardson; D = David Simons

[doorbell rings]

R: Enter, please.

D: Good afternoon, Dr Richardson.

R: Good afternoon. You’re David Simons, is that right? .

D: Yes. I’ve an appointment to talk about the course […………………………….]with you.

R: Fine. Now why don’t you take a seat over there and I’ll just get some details from you. First, can I have your home address and your student number?

D: That’s 15 Market Avenue, Hornsby and my student number is […………………………….].

R: OK. Now I see here that you’ve already completed 18 […………………………….], but that you haven’t done the Screen Studies course which is normally a […………………………….]for this course. Why is that, David?

D: Oh, the course coordinator gave me an […………………………….]because I’ve worked for a couple of years in the movie and television business and they […………………………….]mv practical experience fulfilled the same requirements.

R: Fine. Shall we go over the course requirements first, and then you can bring up any queries or problems you might have. It might be most useful to start with a few dates. The final examination will be in the last week of lune, that’s the week of the […………………………….]. But the final date hasn’t been set It should be the 25th or the 20th.But you don’t have to worry about that yet. Before that, as you can see in your study guide, there are […………………………….]assignments and some set exercises. I’ll deal with these first. These set exercises are […………………………….]with defining concepts and key terms. They do have fixed answers not in the wording but in the content. To that extent they are quite […………………………….], and provide an […………………………….]for you to do very well as long as your answers are very specific and clear.

D: Yes, I see there are about twenty terms here. How long should the answers be?

R: You shouldn’t exceed […………………………….]for each term.

D: Right, that looks easy enough. And the third assignment seems fairly […………………………….]too. lust a […………………………….]type review of a recent development in television. It’s not so different from what I’ve done in my work.

R: Yes, it should be fairly easy for you, but don’t exceed […………………………….]on that one. Essays 1 and 2 are the long ones. The first essay should be about 2,000 words and the second 2,500 to 3,000, and the […………………………….]for both should be […………………………….]. In the first one, your focus should be on TV and the audience, and you should […………………………….]consider the theoretical issues, […………………………….]in relation to trying to understand […………………………….]studies. In the second, I’ll want you to focus on analysing television programmes.

D: Should I concentrate on one particular type of programme for that?

R: Not necessarily. But you must be careful not to […………………………….]yourself here. A […………………………….]between two programmes or even between two channels is fine, or a focus on one type of programme, such as a particular series, works well here.

S: So if I wanted to look at […………………………….]news programmes, that would be OK? ‘

R: Yes, there would be no problem with that. In fact it’s quite a popular choice, and most students […………………………….]it very well.

S: Good. I’ll probably do that, because it’s the area I want to work in later.

Later during the course, Dr Richardson gives David some advice and warnings about his essay.

[doorbell rings]

R: Ah, come in and sit down, David. You wanted to talk to me about your second essay, is that right?

D: Yes, Dr Richardson. I just want your comments on what I’m planning to do. I’m doing the essay on the differences between TV news […………………………….]at different hours of the day.

R: How many time slots are you planning to consider?

D: Well, I think I’d look at all of them. That’d be five slots. The breakfast news, the […………………………….]news and the midday news, that’s three. Then there’s the […………………………….]news, then ten o’clock and midnight programmes, so thats six, not five.

R: Mm, that’s rather a lot. And you’d have a lot of different […………………………….]to consider. Why don’t you just do two. Say the midmorning and then six o’clock? That should give you two fairly contrasting […………………………….]with two main audience […………………………….].

D: Oh, just two then?

R: Yes, I think that’d be much better. Now how many actual programmes do you plan to work with?

D: I suppose you think analysing a whole week of news programmes would be too many.

R: Well, that depends on how much of each programme, if you […………………………….]on one particular type of news item, say the sports news or local items, it might be alright.

D: Yes, I can see that would be a good idea. I won’t make a decision now, before I collect a sample of programmes over a whole week. I’ll look at them and see what items appear […………………………….]the week.

R: Yes, that’s a sound approach. Now we’re getting close to the deadline. Can you finish it in time?

D: Yes, I think so. I’ve […………………………….]the reading and I know what my basic approaches, so it’s really just a […………………………….]of pulling it all together now.

R: Fine, David. I’ll look forward to reading it.

SECTION 4

You will hear an extract from a students presentation about computer viruses.

T = Tutor; J = John Upton

T: Well, good afternoon. Last week we were looking at the […………………………….]effects that computers have had on our […………………………….]. This week we’ll talk about one of the negatives – computer […………………………….]. In today’s session John Upton will be sharing some of the findings of his […………………………….]project. So, over to you, John…

J: Thanks. Mr Yardley asked me to talk to you about the project I did from last term. Actually, it’s really very […………………………….]to do this research project about computer viruses. OK. So what is a computer virus? Well, it is a software […………………………….]that has been designed, tested and […………………………….]by a human programmer with the single […………………………….]of corrupting and destroying useful programmes. Put in simple terms, it’s away of causing lots of trouble for […………………………….]people, just to be a […………………………….]! It’s known as a virus because, although it’s not a […………………………….]organism, it functions in a similar wav, in that it seeks out a host; that is, a body, in which to live and multiply – your computer – with the end result of […………………………….]that host.

Let’s go back 50 years. In […………………………….]in the early days of computer technology, John Van Neumann […………………………….]the first model of a computer virus programme in his paper Theory and […………………………….]of Complicated Automata. Soon after this paper was […………………………….], we find reference to a game known as ‘Core Wars’. Core Wars was initially created for intellectual entertainment by three Americans working on large […………………………….]computers. Remember, in those days computers were the size of a couple of rooms. By the […………………………….]for the small sum of $2 […………………………….]anyone could get details on how to play ‘Core Wars’ and very soon after, we see the […………………………….]of a new pastime, one where people spent time creating […………………………….]that could […………………………….]the game and destroy other programmes. In this way, the first computer viruses were born.

Like their […………………………….]counterparts, computer viruses are picked up through […………………………….]habits. Virus programmes are often […………………………….]placed within useful programmes in the public domain, or they’re included in software which is not official – that is software you might have […………………………….]on the black market, which, of course you don’t do!

It seems quite hard to […………………………….]that anyone would go to this level of deceit to […………………………….]corrupt the data of others, but the rise in the number of computer software […………………………….], and the amount of lost data that we are seeing these days, is proof that these virus programmers are going to […………………………….]to do just that. They are going out of their wav to create programmesthat hide inside […………………………….]software applications and cause all sorts of errors that the […………………………….]end – user will then mistake for […………………………….]failure – in other words they will think that the problem lies with their own computer.

So, what can we do to combat these people? Well, the first thing is to […………………………….]that virus programmers […………………………….]because people are not always careful about where they get their programmes from. So, number one, be very careful. And I don’t just mean that you should be careful about the source of your […………………………….], you also need to take care with e-mails and avoid any messages which are […………………………….]looking. For instance a message that says ‘I love you1 or ‘win $50’. So the second golden rule is ‘[…………………………….]. Now there are other things we can do to protect ourselves. We can try to find out exactly how the viruses work, how they […………………………….]their aims. In other words, we need to understand them. And, of course, there is a good selection of anti-virus software available on the market now as well as on the Internet to […………………………….]the virus […………………………….], so another way of protecting ourselves and our computers is to be well […………………………….]. And before I leave you, let me just say that if you ever run into one of those […………………………….], tell them what you think of them! ,  .

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