IELTS Listening Practice Test 87


IELTS Listening Practice Test for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training Test takers


Questions 1-3

Complete the form below.

Write A NUMBER for each answer.


Example:                                                                                    Answer

Name:                                                                                         Lester Mackie

Membership No.:                                                                       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.

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

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


Questions 17-16

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 for 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 __________________

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


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
Insprirational leader 72%
Type of work 38 ______________
Good pay 50%
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 Socialising 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.

Answer keys:

Section 7, Questions 7-70

  1. M 9301274
  2. 863 5923
  3. 5791857
  4. B
  5. B
  6. D
  7. R
  8. A
  9. A
  10. OL

Section 2, Questions 11-20

  1. A
  2. B
  3. A
  4. A
  5. B
  6. C
  7. life cycle/lifecycle
  8. (much/far) greater/more/ increased flexibility
  9. permanent (or) tenured
  10. work from home/telecommute

Section 3, Questions 21-30

  1. A
  2. C
  3. C
  4. A
  5. B
  6. C
  7. B
  8. A
  9. B
  10. C

Section 4, Questions 31-40

  1. behaviour
  2. job satisfaction
  3. 19th/nineteenth
  4. money
  5. in teams
  6. basic
  7. status
  8. 55%
  9. 40%
  10. B


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