IELTS Listening Practice Test


    Part 1: Questions 1-3
    Complete the form below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER.


    Course Level – 3/ lower intermediate

    Customer’s name: (1) 
    Maximum class size: (2) 
    Hours of study per day (weekdays): (3) 
    Most expensive accommodation: (4) 
    First Berlin course begins: (5) 

    Questions 6 and 7
    Choose TWO letters A-E.

    Which TWO things does he need to buy for the course?

     A computer
     B computer disks
     C dictionary
     D translation exercises
     E textbooks

    Questions 8-10
    Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/ OR A NUMBER for each answer.

    8. Without the student discount, the course costs  Euros.

    9. Payment can be made by credit card or by 

    10. To get a free course you need to find  other people.


    Part 2: Questions 11-15
    Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/ OR A NUMBER for each answer.

    11. Ministers and officials put the  of the agriculture business first.

    12. Hormones make cattle  thus making meat production more profitable.

    13. The use of hormones was banned over  ago in Europe.

    14. The USA and Canada asked the WTO to declare the ban 

    15. A Danish study shows that hormones are over more dangerous than was previously thought.

    Questions 16-20
    Complete the summary below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/ OR A NUMBER for each answer.

    Lack of testing

    The government has not been testing beef which is (16)  much to the anger of Mr. Verral. About (17)  of the beef which British people eat comes from abroad, some of it from Brazil, a country which on paper does not allow the use of (18)  However, when some EU inspectors visited a Brazilian farm, they found a (19)  of the banned substance. This is not the first food scandal we have had in this country. Several months ago, a well-known chocolate company found out its sweets were contaminated with (20)  of salmonella.

    Part 3: Questions 21-25
    Complete the summary below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/ OR A NUMBER for each answer.

    High achievers

    Although it is thought that people who bring work home every night would be top achievers, they tend to peak early and then go into (21)  High achievers work hard, but within (22)  It is also important to choose (23)  you enjoy. Top achievers spend over (24)  of their working hours doing work they prefer. They want (25)  not just external rewards.

    Questions 26-30
    Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

    26. Top achievers take risks
     A without worrying about the consequences
     B only if they are assured of success
     C even if they face possible failure

    27. Very often perfectionists
     A turn out to be top achievers
     B don’t get many results
     C are not hard working

    28. When top achievers make mistakes
     A they ignore the fact
     B they get angry with themselves
     C they learn from the experience

    29. Top achievers tend to be people who
     A work well with others
     B prefer to work alone
     C complicate matters

    30. Loners
     A want to do everything themselves
     B are free of the compulsion to be perfect
     C take no notice of rivals

    Part 4: Questions 31-34
    Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

    31. Exposure to bright light
     A stopped production of melatonin in patients
     B increased the production of melatonin in many patients
     C caused people to crave sweet things

    32. Melatonin’s role in SAD is
     A not considered that important
     B now fully understood
     C not fully understood

    33. Subsyndromal SAD
     A is more common than SAD
     B has approximately the same number of sufferers as SAD
     C is far less common than SAD

    34. You would expect the typical SAD sufferer to be
     A a 45 year old man
     B a 16 year old girl
     C a 25 year old women

    Questions 35-40
    Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

    35. Depression probably has a  as it seems to run in the family.

    36. Many SAD sufferers have a  craving.

    37. Serotonin has a  effect on the brain.

    38. The serotonin system of the brain cannot regulate itself well during 

    39. Some neurotransmitters may be  in certain cases.

    40. Many SAD patients put on fat in late autumn, just as 



    1. John Petterson
    2. 12
    3. 5
    4. Bed and breakfast
    5. 8th June
    6. C
    7. E
    8. 550
    9. Bank transfer
    10. Five
    11. Profits
    12. Grow faster
    13. 20 years
    14. Illegal
    15. 200 times
    16. Imported
    17. 40%
    18. (growth) hormones
    19. Large stockpile
    20. A rare form
    21. Decline
    22. Strict limits
    23. A career
    24. Two-thirds
    25. Internal satisfaction
    26. C
    27. B
    28. C
    29. A
    30. A
    31. A
    32. C
    33. A
    34. C
    35. Genetic component
    36. Carbohydrate
    37. Soothing
    38. (the) winter
    39. Inadequate
    40. Hibernations



    Part 1: Questions 1-3
    Complete the form below. Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER.

    Rented Properties Customer’s Requirements
    Name:        Steven Godfrey
    No. of bedrooms:         4
    Preferred location:                        in the (1)  area of town
    Maximum monthly rent:             (2) £ 
    Length of let required:                 (3) 
    Starting:                                          September 1st

    Questions 4-8
    Complete the table below. Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER.

    (4)                   (5) 
    (6)                   (7) 

    Questions 9 and 10
    Choose TWO letters, A-E.

    Which TWO facilities in the district of Devon Close are open to the public at the moment?
     A museum
     B concert hall
     C cinema
     D sports centre
     E swimming pool

    Part 2: Questions 11-16
    Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER.

    Well known for: (11) 
    Complex consists of: concert rooms, theatres, cinemas, art galleries, public library,
    restaurants and a (12) 
    Historical background: 1940-area destroyed by bombs
    1960s-1970s: centre was (13)  and built in (14)  – opened to public
    Managed by: the (15) 
    Open: (16)  days per year

    Questions 17-20
    Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER.

    (17)                 (18) 
    (19)                (20) 

    Part 3: Questions 21-26
    Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

    Latin American Studies
    21. Paul decided to get work experience in South America because he wanted
     A to teach English there
     B to improve his Spanish
     C to learn about Latin American life

    22. What project work did Paul originally intend to get involved in?
     A construction
     B agriculture
     C tourism

    23. Why did Paul change from one project to another?
     A His first job was not well organized
     B He found doing the routine work very boring
     C The work was too physically demanding

    24. In the village community, he learnt how important it was to
     A respect family life
     B develop trust
     C use money wisely

    25. What does Paul say about his project manager?
     A He let Paul do most of the work
     B His plans were too ambitious
     C He was very supportive of Paul

    26. Paul was surprised to be given
     A a computer to use
     B so little money to live on
     C an extension to his contract

    Questions 27-30

    What does Paul decide about each of the following modules?
    Write the correct letter A, B or C next to questions 27-30.

    27. Gender studies in Latin America 
    28. Second language acquisition 
    29. Indigenous women’s lives 
    30. Portuguese language studies 

    A He will do this.
    B He might do this.
    C He won’t do this.

    Part 4: Questions 31-34
    Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

    Trying to repeat success
    31. Compared to introducing new business processes, attempts to copy existing processes are
     A more attractive
     B more frequent
     C more straightforward

    32. Most research into the repetition of success in business has
     A been done outside the United States
     B produced consistent findings
     C related to only a few contexts

    33. What does the speaker say about consulting experts?
     A Too few managers ever do it
     B It can be useful in certain circumstances
     C Experts are sometimes unwilling to give advice

    34. An expert’s knowledge about a business system may be incomplete because
     A some details are difficult for workers to explain
     B workers choose not to mention certain details
     C details are sometimes altered by workers

    Questions 35-40
    Complete the notes below. Write ONE WORD ONLY.

    Setting up systems based on an existing process
    Two mistakes:
    Manager tries to:
    • Improve on the original process
    • Create an ideal (35)  from the best parts of several processes

    Cause of problems
    • Information was inaccurate
    • Comparison between the business settings was invalid
    • Disadvantages were overlooked e.g. effect of changes on (36) 

    • Change (37) 
    • Impose rigorous (38) 
    • Copy original very closely:
    o Physical features of the (39) 
    o The (40)  of original employees




    1. central
    2. 600
    3. 2 years
    4. garage
    5. garden
    6. study
    7. noisy
    8. 595
    9. B
    10. E
    11. classical music concerts
    12. bookshop
    13. planned
    14. 1983
    15. city council
    16. 363
    17. garden hall
    18. three lives
    19. 4.50
    20. faces of China
    21. C
    22. C
    23. A
    24. B
    25. C
    26. A
    27. C
    28. A
    29. B
    30. C
    31. B
    32. B
    33. B
    34. A
    35. combination/ system
    36. safety
    37. attitude
    38. control
    39. factory
    40. skills





    Part 1: Questions 1-10
    Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER.


    • Newspaper advert for temporary staff
    • Vacancies for (1) 
    • Two shifts
    • Can choose your (2)  (must be the same each week)
    • Pay: £5.50 per hour including a (3) 
    • A (4)  is provided in the hotel
    • Total weekly pay: £231
    • Dress: a white shirt and (5)  trousers (not supplied), a
    • Starting date: (7) 
    • Call Jane (8)  (service manage) before
      tomorrow (Tel: 832009)
    • She will require a (10) 


    Part 2: Questions 11-13
    Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

    Improvements to Red Hill Suburb

    11. Community groups are mainly concerned about
     A pedestrian safety
     B traffic jams
     C increased pollution

    12. It has been decided that the overhead power lines will be
     A extended
     B buried
     C repaired

    13. The expenses related to the power lines will be paid by
     A the council
     B the power company
     C local businesses

    Questions 14-20
    Label the map below. Write the correct letter A-H next to questions 14-20.

    Road Hill Improvement Plan



    14. Trees 
    15. Wider footpaths 
    16. Coloured road surface 
    17. New sign 
    18. Traffic lights 
    19. Artwork 
    20. Children’s playground 


    Part 3: Questions 21 and 22
    Choose TWO letters A-E.

    In which TWO ways is Dan financing his course?
     A He is receiving money from the government
     B His family are willing to help him
     C The college is giving him a small grant
     D His local council is supporting him for a limited period
     E A former employer is providing partial funding

    Questions 23 and 24
    Choose TWO letters, A-E.

    Which TWO reasons does Jeannie give for deciding to leave some college clubs?
     A She is not sufficiently challenged
     B The activity interferes with her studies
     C She does not have enough time
     D The activity is too demanding physically
     E She does not think she is any good at the activity

    Questions 25 and 26
    Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

    25. What does Dan say about the seminars on the course?
     A The other students do not give him a chance to speak
     B The seminars make him feel inferior to the other students
     C The preparation for seminars takes too much time

    26. What does Jeannie say about the tutorials on the course?
     A They are an inefficient way of providing guidance
     B They are more challenging than she had expected
     C They are helping her to develop her study skills

    Questions 27-30
    Complete the flow chart below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER.


    (27)                  (28) 
    (29)                  (30) 

    Part 4: Questions 31-36

    Australian Aboriginal Rock Paintings

    Which painting styles have the following features?
    Write the correct letter A, B or C next to questions 31-36.

    31. figures revealing bones 
    32. rounded figures 
    33. figures with parts missing 
    34. figures smaller than life size 
    35. sea creatures 
    36. plants 

    Painting Styles
    A Dynamic
    B Yam
    C Modern

    Questions 37-40
    Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS.


    Aim of project: to identify the (37)  used as the basis for the Rainbow Serpent
    Yam Period:
    • Environmental changes led to higher (38) 
    • Traditional activities were affected especially (39) 

    Rainbow Serpent Image
    • Similar to a sea horse
    • Unusual because it appeared in inland areas
    • Symbolises (40)  in Aboriginal culture



    1. waiter(s)
    2. day off
    3. break
    4. (free) meal
    5. dark (colored)
    6. jacket
    7. 28 June
    8. Urwin
    9. 12.00 pm/ noon
    10. reference
    11. A
    12. B
    13. B
    14. C
    15. D
    16. G
    17. B
    18. F
    19. A
    20. E
    21. B
    22. E
    23. A
    24. C
    25. B
    26. C
    27. priorities
    28. timetables
    29. (small) tasks
    30. (single) paragraph
    31. C
    32. B
    33. C
    34. A
    35. B
    36. B
    37. animal/ creature
    38. sea/ water level
    39. hunting
    40. creation


    Part 1: Questions 1-10
    Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer

    Job Inquiry
    Work at:                          a restaurant
    Type of work:                (1) 
    Number of hours per week: 12 hours
    Would need work permit
    Work in the:                  (2)  branch
    Nearest bus stop: next to (3) 
    Pay:                                 (4) £  an hour
    Extra benefits: a free dinner
    Extra pay when you work on (5) 
    Transport home when you work (6) 
    Qualities required:        (7) 
    Ability to (8) 
    Interview arranged for: Thursday (9)  at 6 pm
    Ask for:                            Samira (10) 


    Part 2: Questions 11-16
    Complete the notes below. Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

    • a new (11)  of an international sports goods company
    • located in the shopping centre to the (12)  of Bradcaster
    • has sports (13)  and equipment on floors 1 – 3
    • can get you any item within (14)  days
    • shop specialises in equipment for (15) 
    • has a special section which just sells (16) 

    Questions 17 and 18
    Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

    17. A champion athlete will be in the shop
     A on Saturday morning only
     B all day Saturday
     C for the whole weekend

    18. The first person to answer 20 quiz questions correctly will win
     A gym membership
     B a video
     C a calendar

    Questions 19 and 20
    Choose TWO letters, A-E.

    Which TWO pieces of information does the speaker give about the fitness test?
     A You need to reserve a place
     B It is free to account holders
     C You get advice on how to improve your health
     D It takes place in a special clinic
     E It is cheaper this month


    Part 3: Questions 21-30
    Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

    Course Feedback
    21. One reason why Spiros felt happy about his marketing presentation was that
     A he was not nervous
     B his style was good
     C the presentation was the best in his group

    22. What surprised Hiroko about the other students’ presentations?
     A Their presentations were not interesting
     B They found their presentations stressful
     C They didn’t look at the audience enough

    23. After she gave her presentation, Hiroko felt
     A delighted
     B dissatisfied
     C embarrassed

    24. How does Spiros feel about his performance in tutorials?
     A not very happy
     B really pleased
     C fairly confident

    25. Why can the other students participate so easily in discussions?
     A They are polite to each other
     B They agree to take turns in speaking
     C They know each other well

    26. Why is Hiroko feeling more positive about tutorials now?
     A She finds the other students’ opinions more interesting
     B She is making more of a contribution
     C The tutor includes her in the discussion

    27. To help her understand lectures, Hiroko
     A consulted reference materials
     B had extra tutorials with her lecturers
     C borrowed lecture notes from other students

    28. What does Spiros think of his reading skills?
     A He reads faster than he used to
     B It still takes him a long time to read
     C He tends to struggle with new vocabulary

    29. What is Hiroko’s subject area?
     A environmental studies
     B health education
     C engineering

    30. Hiroko thinks that in the reading classes the students should
     A learn more vocabulary
     B read more in their own subject areas
     C develop better reading strategies


    Part 4: Questions 31-40
    Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

    Mass Strandings of Whales and Dolphins
    Mass strandings: situations where groups of whales, dolphins, etc. swim onto the beach and die
    Common in areas where the (31)  can change quickly

    Several other theories:
    e.g. some parasites can affect marine animals’ (32)  ,which they depend on for navigation

    Poisons from (33)  or  are commonly consumed by whales
    e.g. Cape Cod (1988) – whales were killed by saxitoxin

    Accidental Strandings
    Animals may follow prey ashore, e.g. Thurston (1995)
    Unlikely because the majority of animals were not (34)  when they stranded

    Human Activity
    (35)  from military tests are linked to some recent strandings
    The Bahamas (2000) stranding was unusual because the whales
    • were all (36) 
    • were not in a (37) 

    Group Behaviour
    • More standings in the most (38)  species of whales
    • 1994 dolphin stranding – only the (39)  was ill

    Further Reading
    Marine Mammals Ashore (Connor) – gives information about stranding



    1. answer(ing) phone
    2. Hillsdunne road
    3. library
    4. 4.45
    5. national holidays
    6. after 11’o clock
    7. clear voice
    8. think quickly
    9. 22 october
    10. Manuja
    11. branch
    12. west
    13. clothing
    14. 10
    15. running
    16. bags
    17. A
    18. A
    19. A (in any order 19 and 20)
    20. E
    21. B
    22. C
    23. B
    24. A
    25. C
    26. B
    27. A
    28. B
    29. C
    30. B
    31. tide(s)
    32. hearing/ ear/ ears
    33. plants and animals
    34. feeding
    35. noise(s)
    36. healthy
    37. group
    38. social
    39. leader
    40. network(s)

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