IELTS Listening Practice Test 86 for Academic and General Training

IELTS Listening Practice Test 86 for Academic and General Training

In the Listening Test 86, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40 based on them.

Section 1 is a conversation between a customer and a tour guide. 

Section 2 is a presentation on tips about managing your money.

Section 3 is a conversation between 2 professors discussing the various aspects of recruiting.

Section 4 is a monologue on the subject of the recycling programs.


Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-6

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

1. One walk includes a break at the oldest pub so that the walkers can get some ___________________.

2. The castle walk allows more time to see the castle wall and walk on the ___________________.

3. You have to ____________________ if you want to go on the Ghost Walk.

4. The Ghost Walk goes to the castle and the _____________________.

5. The walks are suitable for adults and ______________________.

6. The fourth walk shows people the _________________ of the writer Robert Jones.

Questions 7-10

Complete the following table of information about the walks.

Walk Price Start – Finish
City sights tour £10  7________________
Castle tour £7  8________________
Ghost Walk £7 8 p.m – 10 p.m
Robert Jones Walk £8 2 p.m – 5 p.m

Discounts available for groups of five or more people

Walks take place every day except 9____________________

Visit our website – 10__________________

Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-15

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each gap.

11. You can have __________________paid direct from your account.

12. Ask your  Cirrus or Maestro card may allow you to spend money from your _____________________

14. Debt and not paying ______________________are key things to avoid.

15. The ___________________________at your educational institution will be able to give you advice.

Questions 16-20

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

16. What should you go to different companies?

17. Where can you find a list of insurance companies?

18. Which policies pay the full price of replacing possessions?

19. What medical conditions are not always covered by medical insurance?

20. What activity might be an exemption?

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Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-26

Complete the sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

21. The professor wants the students to pretend that they are ________________.

22. Sandra points out that recruiters need to know if people have the right ____________________ not just qualifications and experience.

23. Sandra also points out that a new person can change the _______________________.

24. The professor says that ___________________ doesn’t usually have an effect on a person’s character.

25. Mike says that in a __________________ employees have to trust each people to do their job.

26. Mike thinks that asking people about their ___________________ can tell you something about them.

Questions 27-28

Which two people are most in favor of personality questionnaires?

A. The professor

B. Sandra

C. Mike

Questions 29-30

Which two people are most in favor of setting the applicant’s problems?

A. The professor

B. Sandra

C. Mike

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Section 4

Questions 31-32

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

31. In which year did the SPI introduce the recycling symbol?

32. What is the minimum size of the symbol?

Questions 33-40

Complete the following table of information using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

Number  Easily recycled?


Used for
1 yes bottles, containers, fiber-fill, bean bags, rope, car bumpers, tennis ball felt. 33____________ , cassette tapes, sails
2 yes containers, 34_______________ . piping. plastic lumber, rope
3 no  35_________________ , shower curtains, medical tubing, vinyl dashboards, baby bottle nipples.
4 36_________________ wrapping films, 37____________ , sandwich bags, containers
5 no containers, e.g. Tupperware
6 38_________________ coffee cups, 39________________ , meat trays. packing “peanuts”, 40_____________ , cassette tapes
7 no special products


Section 1

1. refreshments

2. exhibits

3. book ahead

4. cathedral

5. older children

6. life and times

7. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

8. 9 a.m.-midday

9. Monday(s)


Section 2

11. (regular) bills

12. (financial) sponsor

13. home account

14. (your) rent

15. (student) counselor

16. (an) insurance policy/-ies

17. (local) telephone directory

18. “new-for-old” or “new for old.”

19. pre-existing

20. (playing a) dangerous sport


Section 3

21. managers

22. character

23. (whole) group dynamic

24. company training

25. team situation

26. hobbies

27. A

28. C (27 + 28 in either order)

29. A

30. B (29 + 30 in either order)

Section 4

31. 1988

32. half-inch/half an inch 

33. combs

34. toys

35. plastic pipes

36. no

37. grocery bags

38. yes

39. disposable cutlery

40. insulation

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  • The professor and Mike in section 3 have same voice sound! This is so unfair and confusing. What do you think?
    Anyway, thanks for your material

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    I have a question whether the READING section for General and Academic module is the same or it will be different? If different then please send me the GENERAL MODULE READING TESTS MATERIAL.
    Thanks you so much!

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