IELTS Listening Practice Test 87

IELTS Listening Practice Test 87
IELTS Listening Practice Test 87

In the Listening Test 87, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40.

Section 1 is a telephone conversation of a man ordering items from a library.

Section 2 is a lecture about the changes in the labour market. 

Section 3 is a conversation among 3 psychology students discussing the project they are working on for the seminar. 

Section 4 is a lecture on the subject of motivation at work.


Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-3

Complete the form below.

Write A NUMBER for each answer.

Name:  Example: Lester Mackie
Membership No.: M 1…………………………..
Mailing address: 17 Westmead Road, Annandale
Fax No.:  2…………………………..
Phone No.: 02 579 6363
After 5:00 p.m.3…………………………..

Questions 4-6

Circle the correct answer for each question.

4. Why does the caller need the literature?

A. For a student paper

B. For a newspaper article

C. For research

D. For general interest

5. How long can the caller have the books after the date of posting?

A. 3 weeks

B. 6 weeks

C. 5 weeks

D. 2 weeks

6. How will the caller pay the fees?

A. Credit card

B. Cheque

C. Money order

D. Cash

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Questions 7-10

Look at the booklist below.

Write in the boxes the appropriate letters (A, OL, or R) as explained below.

Available in the library                           A

Out on loan                                               OL

Request from other library                    R

Hallsworth, E.G. (1978) Land and Water Resources Of Australia    A
Government publication (1984) Land Degradation in Australia    7…………………….
Government publication (1998) Coastal Zone Inquiry Report    8…………………….
Fisher, D. E, (1980) Environmental Law    9…………………….
Raiswell, R. W. (1980) Environmental Chemistry    10…………………….

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Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-16

What is Dr Pendleton’s opinion of the following developments?

Write A               if he thinks they have been generally beneficial for workers

Write B               if he thinks they have been generally harmful to workers

Write C               if he has no strong opinions either way

Example                                                                                                                  Answer
The shift from manufacturing to services                                                                   C

11. goal-oriented careers

12. flatter management structures

13. contracting out specialist activities

14. Internet recruitment

15. mobile phones and beepers

16. continual re-education

Questions 17-20

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Generally in industry the 17__________________ of products is becoming shorter so companies require 18________________ from the workforce. This means that there are fewer 19___________________ jobs. Another major change is that new technologies have enabled people to 20____________________

Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-27

Who gave these explanations for rises in intelligence?

Write A                         if it was James Flynn

Write B                         if it was John Rust

Write C                         if it was Robert Howard

21. television and computers

22. better nutrition

23. smaller families

24. car-driving

25. more complex societies

26. wider access to education

27. more sophisticated concepts

Questions 28-30

Circle the correct letters A-C

28. Which graph best illustrates changes in intelligence in Western industrialized countries over the last 40 years?


29. Which graph best illustrates changes in intelligence in some East Asian countries over the last 40 years?


30. What explanation is given for improvements in British exam results?

A. Better Teaching

B. Higher Intelligence.

C. Lower Standards


Section 4

Questions 31-40

Questions 31-32

Complete the diagram below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and/or A NUMBER for each answer.


Questions 33-35

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and/or A NUMBER for each answer.

33. Taylor wrote his theory in the ________________ century.

34. Taylor’s theory was that people only worked for ______________________.

35. Later research concluded that some people preferred to work _____________________.

Questions 36-37

Complete the diagram below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and/or A NUMBER for each answer.


Questions 38-39

Complete the table below.

Look at the table and notice that in this section you need to listen for percentages.

Source of job satisfaction % of employees
Inspirational leader72%
Type of work  38______________
Good pay50%
Flexible working hours 39______________

Questions 40

Choose the correct letters A-D

40. What does the speaker say about workers in the UK?

A. They want to have a good lifestyle.

B. Socializing at work is not a priority for them.

C. They want to earn a lot of money.

D. Having a job title is a priority for them.


Section 1

1. M 9301274

2. 863 5923

3. 5791857

4. B

5. B

6. D

7. R

8. A

9. A

10. OL

Section 2

11. A

12. B

13. A

14. A

15. B

16. C

17. life cycle/lifecycle

18. (much/far) greater/more/ increased flexibility

19. permanent (or) tenured

20. work from home/telecommute

Section 3

21. A

22. C

23. C

24. A

25. B

26. C

27. B

28. A

29. B

30. C

Section 4

31. behaviour

32. job satisfaction

33. 19th/nineteenth

34. money

35. in teams

36. basic

37. status

38. 55%

39. 40%

40. B

Continue with…Test 88

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