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IELTS Listening Practice Test 55
IELTS Listening Practice Test 55 – Answers

IELTS Listening Practice Test 55 – Answers

In the Listening Test 55, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40 based on them.

Section 1 is a conversation between a travel agent and a customer discussing a holiday. 

Section 2 is a man giving an orientation talk to new holidaymakers at the Solaris Hotel and Holiday Village. 

Section 3 is a presentation by 2 students giving a seminar to a group at their university.

Section 4 is a lecture on Mad Cow Disease.

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Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Complete the Travel agent’s notes below.

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

SUN TOURS TRAVEL AGENTS

Example                                                                                                                    Answer
Number of people                                                                                              4

Customer’s Name: Mr. George Collins

Other travelers: Mrs. Jane Collins

(+ ages of children)                                                                                                

1……………         7 years old

Jennifer            2……………………..

Require:  4-star quality hotel + breakfast; safe, warm, quiet, beach; pref. pool; lots of restaurants near the hotel                  no 3……………………. needed

Dates of Holiday: Friday, July 8th TO 4…………….. Sunday

Pref. Flight Time: Less than 5………………………………

Questions 6-10

Complete George’s notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer

Possible Holiday Ideas

Top End Prices                                          Italy and France

Bottom End Prices                                   6………………………………., Greece and Turkey (Turkey + Cyprus too far)

Crete                                                           

Hotel Tropicana

1-mile safe walk on 7………………………to beach.

Nice pool; only a few beach bars and restaurants.

Really quiet; not near other tourist destinations.

Palm Hotel

2 miles from the beach but has 8………………………………. service.

Hotel is quite a busy tourist town: lots of bars, restaurants and discos.

Rhodes                                                     

Ocean Hotel

Right on the beach; less than 9…………………………….. from the rooms.

4-star hotel quite far from the main town; eat-in hotel; good meals.

Hotel Spiros

10……………………………. hotel quite a dose to the beach (5/10 mins walk) in a small village with a small swimming pool.

A few restaurants in a small, quiet village; not much to do.

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Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-15

Complete the food options information sheet below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Solaris Hotel and Holiday Village-Food Options

Meal Times

Breakfast:                                             6.30 am and 9.30 am every day (Only in Harvest restaurant; English, American an                                                                              11…………………………….breakfasts on offer

Lunch                                                   12.00 noon to 2.30 pm

Dinner                                                  7.00 pm to 10.30 pm

Menus same for lunch + dinner:  see 12…………………………………. for specials

Food Styles

The Harvest Restaurant                 Traditional English + popular UK foreign dishes (eg: curry and spaghetti)

The Dene Restaurant                       13………………………………………

The Mekong Restaurant                 Far Eastern Cuisine

Payment

All restaurants free; 14………………………………..needed for some specials

All soft drinks free; pay for alcoholic drinks

Pay any bill at the end of meals or put on the main bill – pay at end of holiday

Extras

Bar menu available in 15…………………………..for pub food

Fast Food available until 2.30 am at the takeaway

Questions 16-20

Complete the activities information sheet below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Solaris Hotel and Holiday Village – Activities

Beaches:                                                                    

main beach

adult beach (17s or over)

16…………………………………………..on duty from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on the main beach (none on adult beach)

Decked area with sun loungers in front of Harvest Restaurant with our 25-metre swimming pool

Steps from the pool area to beach – wash feet in foot pool to remove sand

17………………………………………on beach + in the pool area.

Sports

8 tennis courts + 3 squash courts

Fully equipped gym (No under 18s)

6 full-sized snooker tables + 5 pool tables in the games room adjoining the bar.

(the only charge for hiring any equipment)

Water Sports

water skiing + jet skis available (extra charge)

snorkeling, inflatables and pedals (free)

(details from 18……………………………………….)

Library & Cinemas

The library contains books, magazines + newspapers. See 19……………………………………..for terms + conditions

2 cinemas show 3 different films every day.

Shows at 2.00 pm, 5.30 pm + 8.30 pm (First 2 shows always have a film for kids)

20………………………………….not allowed attending 8.30 shows

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Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-26

Complete the three tables below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

World’s Most Spoken Languages by Number of Individual Speakers

Rank Language No. of Speakers
1 Mandarin Chinese 836 million
2 21………………… 333 million
3 Spanish 332 million
4 English 22……………………

World’s Most Spoken Languages by Number of User Countries

Rank Language No. of Countries
1 English 115
2 French 35
3 23………………. 24
4 Spanish 24……………………

World’s Most Influential Languages – 6 weighing factors

1. Number of primary speakers

2. The number of 25……………………………..

3. Number and population of countries where languages are used

4. Number of major fields using the language internationally

5. 26…………………………………of countries using the language

6. Socio-literary prestige of the language

Questions 27-30

Complete the notes below of the second half of Jamie and Rebecca’s presentation.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Jamie and Rebecca’s Presentation

Large countries currently shifting the world’s economic balance of power:

China

Russia

India

27…………………………….

Reasons for the shift                         size of the populations

cheap labour

prices of 28…………………………..

Big growing demand for people knowing languages of above countries + for teachers and English language training

China could be less important than possibly India or 29………………………………due to their population increase. English will probably remain important though

The number of spoken languages between approx. 30…………………………. Hardly any of these studied by non-native speakers.

English taught in most countries with a structured education program. This trend is getting stronger.

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Section 4

Questions 31-40

Questions 31-35

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

31.  Mad cow disease attacks the ………………………… of the affected cows’ brains.

32. BSE is thought to be caused by infectious forms of ………………………………… known as prions.

33. Abnormal prions in BSE infected cattle are found in the small intestines, …………………….. and the central nervous tissues.

34. Humans can take in the abnormal prions when they eat infected beef as the prions are resistant to the usual………………………………….. such as heat.

35. The one American case of CJD was a woman who caught it in……………………………before going to the US.

Questions 36-40

Complete the summary below of the second half of the humanities lecture on BSE.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

SUMMARY

CJD causes gradual loss of mental function and movement due to brain damage from abnormal prions or it can be possible 36…………………………….. CJD usually affects younger people (between ages 20 to 70) usually showing symptoms In patients’ 37………………………………… Symptoms include personality changes and problems with 38…………………………… Once symptoms appear, the disorder progresses quickly to disability and death.

The exact causes of 8SE are unknown but the first UK cases have indicated that it could come from a prion disease in 39………………………………. called scrapie that was fed to cattle. Dead cattle with scrapie were then fed to 40………………………………… making them cannibals. So, we are in turn infected by the disease that we created when we eat infected beef.

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Section 1

1. Mike

2. four/ 4

3. creche facilities

4. 24th July

5. 4 hours

6. Spain

7. path (through fields)

8. minibus (NOT “bus”)

9. 5 minutes

10. family-run

Section 2

11. continental (style)

12. blackboards

13. fish + seafood

14. extra supplement

15. main bar

16. 2 lifeguards

17. freshwater showers

18. water sports office

19. notice board

20. children/ under 16s

Section 3

21. Hindi

22. 322 million

23. Arabic

24. 20

25. secondary speakers

26. economic power

27. Brazil

28. Raw materials

29. Bangladesh

30. 2500 and 7000

Section 4

31. nervous functions

32. protein

33. tonsils

34. (food) disinfection treatments

35. the UK

36. genetically inherited

37. the late 50s

38. coordination

39. sheep

40. calves/ young cattle

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