Answer for IELTS 1 - Listening Practice Test 2

1. student accommodation/hostel 22. C
2. awful food 23. D
3. not friendly//kept to themselves (do not accept “lonely”) 24. B
4. lecturers are busy 25. one bunch
5. regular meetings//meetings with lecturers//fortnightly meetings 26. 15 months
6. family//homestay 27. uphill//on hillsides
7. lot of noise//children made noise//difficult to study 28. lots of/plenty of water
8. student house 29. plastic bags
9. (Bachelor of) Computing 30. bananas/ones (to) ripen
10. reserve computer time 31. C/D
11. mountain 32. C/D
12. quality 33. B
13. 2000 34. D
14. short casual rides 35. C
15. most town riding 36. cooking
16. serious touring 37. (regular) daily intake
17. similar//almost the same 38. (a) variety
18. better quality (components) 39. the dark//the fridge//a cool place//a dark place
19. buying clothes 40. eat in moderation//not too much
20. frame 41. eat lots//eat most
21. B

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Marking Scheme

Level Band Listening Score Reading Score
Expert 9 39-40 39-40
Very Good 8.5 37-38 37-38
Very Good 8 35-36 35-36
Good 7.5 32-34 33-34
Good 7 30-31 30-32
Competent 6.5 26-29 27-29
Competent 6 23-25 23-26
Modest 5.5 18-22 19-22
Modest 5 16-17 15-18
Limited 4.5 13-15 13-14
Limited 4 10-12 10-12
Extremely Limited 3.5 8-10 8-9
Extremely Limited 3 6-7 6-7

Test details



Questions 1-10

Complete the notes. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.



Her first impressions of the town

Example: Quiet

Type of accommodation


Her feelings about the accommodation


Her feelings about the other students


Name of course

Environmental Studies

Difficulties experienced on the course


Suggestions for improving the course





First type of accommodation


Problem with the first accommodation


Second type of accommodation


Name of course


Comments about the course

Computer room busy

Suggestions for improving the course


1. Answer: student accommodation/hostel   (Locate)
2. Answer: awful food   (Locate)
3. Answer: not friendly//kept to themselves (do not accept “lonely”)   (Locate)
4. Answer: lecturers are busy   (Locate)
5. Answer: regular meetings//meetings with lecturers//fortnightly meetings   (Locate)
6. Answer: family//homestay   (Locate)
7. Answer: lot of noise//children made noise//difficult to study   (Locate)
8. Answer: student house   (Locate)
9. Answer: (Bachelor of) Computing   (Locate)
10. Answer: reserve computer time   (Locate)


Questions 11-20

Complete the notes below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

There are many kinds of bicycles available:

- racing

- touring


- ordinary

They vary in price and 12

Prices range from $50.00 to $13

Single speed cycles are suitable for 14

Three speed cycles are suitable for 15

Five and ten speed cycles are suitable for longer distances, hills and 16

Ten speed bikes are better because they are 17  in price but 18

Buying a cycle is like 19

The size of the bicycle is determined by the size of the 20

11. Answer: mountain   (Locate)
12. Answer: quality   (Locate)
13. Answer: 2000   (Locate)
14. Answer: short casual rides   (Locate)
15. Answer: most town riding   (Locate)
16. Answer: serious touring   (Locate)
17. Answer: similar//almost the same   (Locate)
18. Answer: better quality (components)   (Locate)
19. Answer: buying clothes   (Locate)
20. Answer: frame   (Locate)

SECTION 3 - Question 21-32

Questions 21-24

Circle the correct answer.

21    At first Fiona thinks that Martin’s tutorial topic is

A inappropriate.

B dull.

C interesting.

D fascinating.
21. Answer: B   (Locate)


22    According to Martin, the banana

A has only recently been cultivated.

B is economical to grow.

C is good for your health.

D is favourite food.
22. Answer: C   (Locate)


23    Fiona listens to Martin because she

A wants to know more about bananas.

B has nothing else to do today.

C is interested in the economy of Australia.

D wants to help Martin.
23. Answer: D   (Locate)


24    According to Martin, bananas were introduced into Australia from

A India.

B England.

C China.

D Africa.
24. Answer: B   (Locate)

Questions 25-30

Complete Martin’s notes Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.


Commercially grown banana plant


Each banana tree produces 25  of bananas.

On modern plantations in tropical conditions a tree can bear fruit after 26

Banana trees prefer to grow 27  and they require rich soil and 28  

The fruit is often protected by 29

Ripe bananas emit a gas which helps other 30

25. Answer: one bunch   (Locate)
26. Answer: 15 months   (Locate)
27. Answer: uphill//on hillsides   (Locate)
28. Answer: lots of/plenty of water   (Locate)
29. Answer: plastic bags   (Locate)
30. Answer: bananas/ones (to) ripen   (Locate)

Questions 31 and 32

Circle the TWO correct boxes.

Consumption of Australian bananas







New Zealand





31. Answer: C/D   (Locate)
32. Answer: C/D   (Locate)




SECTION 4 - Questions 33-41

Questions 33-35

Circle the correct answer

According to the first speaker:


33 The focus of the lecture series is on

A organising work and study.

B maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

C coping with homesickness.

D settling in at university.
33. Answer: B   (Locate)


34 The lecture will be given by

A the president of the Union.

B the campus doctor.

C a sports celebrity.

D a health expert.
34. Answer: D   (Locate)


According to the second speaker:

35 This week’s lecture is on

A campus food.

B dieting.

C sensible eating.

D saving money.
35. Answer: C   (Locate)

Questions 36-39

Complete the notes. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.


A balanced diet

A balanced diet will give you enough vitamins for normal daily living.

Vitamins in food can be lost through 36


Types of vitamins:

(a)    Fat soluble vitamins are stored by the body.

(b)    Water soluble vitamins - not stored, so you need a 37


Getting enough vitamins

Eat 38  of foods.

Buy plenty of vegetables and store them in 39

36. Answer: cooking   (Locate)
37. Answer: (regular) daily intake   (Locate)
38. Answer: (a) variety   (Locate)
39. Answer: the dark//the fridge//a cool place//a dark place   (Locate)


Questions 40-41

Complete the diagram by writing NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS in the boxes provided.





40. Answer: eat in moderation//not too much   (Locate)
41. Answer: eat lots//eat most   (Locate)

Legend:       Academic word (?)            New word



C = Counsellor

K = Kate 

L = Luki

C:    Hi there, Kate. Come on in. How are you today?

K:    Fine thanks.

C:    Hi, Luki. How’s things?

L:    OK.

C:    Well, as I explained on the phone, I’m a Counsellor here at the Student  Services section of the university and I’m interviewing overseas students to help me draw up a guide for new students so I’d be grateful if you could tell me a little about your time since you’ve been here in Cambridge.

K:    Right.

L:    Good idea.

C:    Now, Kate let’s start with you. OK, um ... this is your second semester isn’t  It? Could you tell us something about your first impressions of the town when you arrived?

K:    Yeah well first of all I was struck by how quiet it is here in the evening 


C:    Yes, I suppose Cambridge is a quiet place. Where did you live when you first  arrived?

K:    Well, I went straight into student accommodation; it was a kind of student hostel.

C:    Ah right,    so you didn’t have to worry about doing your own cooking or  anything like that?

K:    No, but sometimes I wished I had! The food at the hostel was awful.

C:    Oh dear. But how were the other students?

K:    To be honest I haven’t managed to make many friends even though the place  is full. People seem to keep to themselves; they’re not really very friendly.

C:    Oh I’m sorry to hear that. Well, what about the actual course? You’re  studying ... uh?

K:    I’m doing a Masters by coursework in Environmental Studies.

C:    Ah, right, and how are you finding that?

K:    Yeah, well, it’s been pretty good really. I’ve enjoyed the course, but I feel  there hasn’t been enough contact with the lecturers. They all seem to be incredibly busy. The only chance I’ve really had to talk to them was on the field trip.

C:    Well that’s no good. Could anything be done to improve the course in your  opinion?

K:    Well ... I think it would be helpful to have meetings with lecturers on the  course. Say once a fortnight — something like that.

C:    Regular meetings. Yes that could certainly help. Now Kate, we’ll come back  to you in a minute, but I’d just like to ask Luki some questions.

C:    Luki, Where are you from?

L:    I am from Indonesia.

C:    And how did you find Cambridge when you first arrived?

L:    Well, I like it here. I think the city is very beautiful.

C:    What about your accommodation? Was that OK?

L:    Yes, OK . At first I stayed with a family for three months. They were very  kind to me but they had three young children and I found it difficult to  study

C:    Right, I see.

L:    So after three months I moved out and now I live with two other students in  a student house. It’s much cheaper and we like it there. 

C:    Good, and what about your studies? What are you studying?

L:    I’m doing a Bachelor of Computing.

C:    Computing. I see. Um, apart from the language difficulties, if you can  separate them, how have you found the course?

L:    OK, but .

C:    Yes, go on.

L:    Well, the main difficulty for me is getting time on the computers in the  computer room. It’s always busy and this makes it very hard to do my practical work.

C:    Yes, I’m sure it would. Can you reserve time in the computer room?

L:    No, you can’t ... but it would certainly help if we could reserve computer  time.   

C:    Yes. I’ll look into that and see if something can’t be done to improve things  over there. Now let’s go back to Kate...


Radio presenter:

Well, last week we talked about buying camping equipment and today I’d like to talk to you about buying a bicycle. A simple  enough exercise, you might imagine, but there are lots of things to look out for to make sure you get the best deal for your money.

Well, the range of bicycles is enormous — there are racing bikes, touring bikes, mountain bikes or just plain ordinary bikes for riding round town. They vary  enormously in two basic ways: price and quality. This means that the choice you  make will probably be determined by the amount of money you want to pay, your own personal needs, what is actually available or a compromise of all three things.

However, in broad terms you can spend anything from $50 to $2.000 on a bike so,  you’ll need to know what you are looking for.

Single speed cycles — that is bikes with no gears, are really only suited to short-casual rides. Their attraction is their simplicity and reliability. After years of  neglect they still manage to function, though not always too efficiently. If it’s basic transport you’re after then you can’t go wrong.

Three speed cycles on the other hand are all that is really necessary for most  town riding, going to the shops and things like that. Like the single speed bike  they are simple and reliable. If you are going to be going up and down lots of  hills, then you’ll probably want something more efficient.

Five and ten speed bicycles are best suited to riding over long distances or hilly  terrain and to serious touring, so if it’s serious touring you’re interested in, get a five  or ten speed bike. However it’s worth remembering that the difference in price  between a five and ten speed cycle is usually very little and so it’s well worth  paying that little bit extra to get the ten speed one. So I would tend to recommend  the ten speed bike as the price is similar — however you’ll be getting better  quality components.   

Now the next thing we need to look at is size. Buying a cycle is like buying  clothes, first of all you find the right size and then you try it on to see if it fits.  Contrary to what you might imagine, the size of the cycle is not determined by the  size of the wheels (except in children’s cycles), but by the size of the frame. So  you’ll need to measure the length of your legs and arms to get a frame that is the  right size for you.

Well, that’s all from Helpful Hints for today ...


F = Fiona  M = Martin

F:    Hi there, Martin. How are you going with your Australian studies tutorial  paper?

M:    Oh good. I’ve finished it actually.

F:    Lucky you. What did you do it on? I’m still trying to find an interesting topic.

M:    Well ... after some consideration I decided to look at the history of banana  growing in Australia.

F:     (surprised) Banana growing!

M:    Yes, banana growing.

F:     (sarcastically)     Fascinating, I’m sure!

M:    Well ... it’s not as boring as you’d think. And I wanted to tie it in to the  work I’ve been doing on primary industries and the economy. Anyway I bet there are a few    things you didn’t know about bananas!

F:    Such as?

M:    Such as the fact that bananas were among the first plants ever to be  domesticated.

F:    Oh, really?

M:    Yes, they’re an extremely nourishing food.

F:    I suppose you’re going to tell me the whole history of banana growing now  aren’t you?

M:    Well, it’d be a good practice run for my tutorial next week. I’ll do the same  for you some time.

F:    OK. Fire away. So where were these bananas first domesticated?

M:    According to my research, the Cavendish banana, which is a type of banana  and the first type to be cultivated here, actually originated in China but they had a fairly roundabout route before they got to Australia.

F:    You mean they didn’t go straight from China to Australia?

M:    No, they didn’t. It seems that in 1826, bananas were taken from South China  to England.

F:    I suppose they would have made a welcome addition to the English diet.

M:    Yes, I’m sure. Well apparently there was an English Duke who was  particularly fond of bananas and he used to cultivate them in his hothouse,  which is where you have to grow them in England, of course, because of the  cool climate and they became quite popular in the UK. So he was the one responsible for cultivating the Cavendish banana which was then introduced  into Australia.

F:    I see. And we’ve been growing them ever since?

M:    Yes.

F:    Are they hard to grow?

M:    Well, yes and no. To grow them in your garden, no, not really. But to grow  them commercially you need to know what you’re doing. You see you only get one bunch of bananas per tree and it can take up to three years for a tree  to bear fruit if you don’t do anything special to it. But this period is greatly reduced with modern growing methods, particularly in plantations where you have perfect tropical conditions.

F:    Right! So what are you looking at? One year? Two years?

M:    No, no, around 15 months in good conditions for a tree to produce a bunch of  bananas. And once you’ve got your bunch you cut the bunch and the plant down.

F:    So how do the trees reproduce then?

M:    Well, bananas are normally    grown from suckers which spring up around the  parent plant, usually just above the plant. They tend to like to grow uphill or at least that’s the common wisdom.

F:    So that’s why banana plantations are usually on hillsides, is it?

M:    Yes. They grow best like that.

F:    That’s interesting!

M:    If you plant them in rich soil and give them plenty of water at the beginning  of summer, then they should be well advanced by the beginning of winter when growth virtually stops. But in a country like England, they’re hard to grow, although you can grow them in a hothouse.

F:    But in Australia, it’s not difficult?

M:    No, though even here, the growers put plastic bags around the bunches to protect them and keep them warm. If you go up to the banana growing districts, you’ll see all these banana trees with plastic bags on them.

F:    But how do they stop the bananas going bad before they reach the shops?

M:    Well, the banana bunches are picked well before the fruit is ripe. Once you  cut the bunch, the bananas stop growing but they do continue to ripen. The interesting thing is that once one banana ripens, it gives off a gas which then helps all the others to ripen so they pretty much all ripen within a few hours  of each other.

F:    Amazing! So do we export lots of bananas overseas, to Europe and Asia for  instance?

M:    Well, oddly enough, no. I believe New Zealand takes a small proportion of the crop but otherwise they’re mostly grown for the domestic market, which is surprising when you think about it because we grow an enormous number of bananas each year.

F:    Yes, well thank you for all that information. I’m sure the tutorial paper will  go really well you certainly seem to have done your research on the subject.

M:    Let’s hope so.


J = John

D = Diane Greenbaum

J:    Good morning, good morning, everyone. and welcome to our regular lecture on health issues. This series of lectures is organised by the Students’ Union and is part of the union’s attempt to help you, the students of this university,  to stay healthy while coping with study and social life at the same time. So it’s a great pleasure for me to welcome back Ms Diane Greenbaum who is a professional dietician and who has been kind enough to give up her time, in  what I know is a very hectic schedule, to come along and talk to us today.

D:    Thank you. Thank you very much, John. May I say it’s a pleasure to be back. Now, stresses at university, being away from home and having to look after yourselves, learning your way around the campus all contribute to making it quite hard sometimes to ensure that your diet is adequate. So today I’m going to talk about ways of making sure that you eat well while at the same time staving within your budget .

If you have a well balanced diet, then you should be getting all the vitamins that you need for normal daily living. However sometimes we think we’re eating the right foods but the vitamins are escaping, perhaps as a result of cooking and anyway we’re not getting the full benefit of them. Now, if you  lack vitamins in any way the solution isn’t to rush off and take vitamin pills. though they can sometimes help. No it’s far better to look at your diet and how you prepare your food.

So what are vitamins? Well, the dictionary tells us they are “food factors essential in small quantities to maintain life”. Now, there are fat soluble vitamins which can be stored for quite some time by the body and there are water soluble vitamins which are removed more rapidly from the body and so a regular daily intake of these ones is needed.

OK, so how can you ensure that your diet contains enough of the vitamins you need? Well, first of all, you may have to establish some new eating habits! No more chips at the uni canteen, I’m afraid! Now firstly, you must  eat a variety of foods . Then you need to ensure that you eat at least four  servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Now you’ll need to shop two or three times a week to make sure that they’re fresh, and store your vegetables in the fridge or in a cool dark place

Now let's just refresh our memories by looking at the Healthy Diet Pyramid. OK, can you all see that? Good. Well ,now, as you see we’ve got three levels to our pyramid. At the top in the smallest area are the things which we should really be trying to avoid as much as possible. Things like ... yes, sugar, salt, butter ... all that sort of thing. Next, on the middle of our pyramid we find the things that we can eat in moderation . Not too much though! And that’s where we find milk, lean meat,  fish, nuts, eggs. And then at the bottom of the pyramid are the things that you can eat lots of ! Because they’re the things that are really good for you And here we have bread, vegetables and fruit. So don’t lose sight of your healthy diet pyramid when you do your shopping.

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