IELTS Listening Practice Test 55

ielts-listening-practice-test-55

SECTION 1

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 travellers                                                                                                       Mrs. Jane Collins
(+ ages of children)                                                                                                (1)……………………..                   7 years old
Jennifer                                     (2)………………

Require:              4 star quality hotel + breakfast; safe, warm, quietish, beach; pref. pool; lots of restaurants near 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 beach but has (8)……………………………….service.
  • Hotel in quite a busy tourist town: lots of bars, restaurants and discos.

Rhodes                                                     Ocean Hotel

  • Right on beach; less than (9)……………………………..from the rooms.
  • 4 star hotel quite far from main town; eat in hotel; good meals.

                                                                    Hotel Spiros

  • (10)…………………………….hotel quite dose to beach (5/10 mins walk) in small village with small swimming pool.
  • A few restaurants in small, quiet village; not much to do.

SECTION 2

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

Lunch                                                   12.00 noon to 2.30pm

Dinner                                                  7.00pm to 10.30pm

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

Extras

  • Bar menu available in (15)…………………………..for pub food
  • Fast Food available until 2.30am at take away

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 9.00am to 6.00pm on main beach (none on adult beach)

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

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

* (17)………………………………………on beach + in pool area.

Sports

8 tennis courts + 3 squash courts

Fully equipped gym (No under 18s)

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

(only charge for hiring any equipment)

Water Sports

water skiing + jet skis available (extra charge)

snorkelling, infiatables and pedallos (free)

(details from (18)……………………………………….)

Library & Cinemas

Library contains books, magazines + newspapers. See (19)……………………………………..for terms + conditions

2 cinemas show 3 different films each every day.

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

                             (20)………………………………….not allowed to attend 8.30 shows

SECTION 3

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 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 wortd economic balance of power:

China
Russia
India
(27)…………………………….

Reasons for 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
  • Number of spoken languages between approx. (30)………………………… .Hardly any of these studied by non native speakers.
  • English taught in most countries with structured education program. This trend is getting stronger.

SECTION 4

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 possibly (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 disorderprogresses 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.

Answer keys:

  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
  11. continental (style)
  12. blackboards
  13. fish + seafood
  14. extra supplement
  15. main bar
  16. (2) lifeguards
  17. freshwater showers
  18. water spors office
  19. notice board
  20. children/ under 16s
  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
  31. nervous functions
  32. protein
  33. tonsils
  34. (food) disinfection treatments
  35. the UK
  36. genetically inherited
  37. late 50s
  38. coordination
  39. sheep
  40. calves/ young cattle

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