Answer for IELTS 1 - Listening Practice Test 1

1. A 22. A
2. C 23. B
3. D 24. C
4. D 25. A
5. C 26. talk//give a talk
6. Prescott 27. write up work
7. 41 28. can choose
8. Fountain 29. open book
9. 752239 30. closed reserve
10. 65 31. vocational (subjects)//(preparing for) work/employment
11. E/F/H 32. B
12. E/F/H 33. C
13. E/F/H 34. economics
14. 250 million/250000000 35. (meeting) deadlines (for essays)
15. roads//road system 36. attendance
16. too late 37. B
17. school children//boys 38. C
18. 3 39. B
19. boats//pleasure crafty/boats and pleasure craft 40. D
20. pilot 41. A
21. (musical) instruments

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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


SECTION 1 Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Circle the appropriate letter.

What has the woman lost?
A a briefcase      C a handbag
B a suitcase D a wallet

1 What does her briefcase look like?


Answer: A   (Locate)

2 Which picture shows the distinguishing features? 


Answer: C   (Locate)

3 What did she have inside her briefcase?

A    wallet, pens and novel    

B    papers and wallet    

C     pens and novel

D     papers, pens and novel
Answer: D   (Locate)

4 Where was she standing when she lost her briefcase?


Answer: D   (Locate)

5 What time was it when she lost her briefcase?


Answer: C   (Locate)

Questions 6-10

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




Mary 6


Flat 2



8 Road





Estimated value of lost item: (10) £

6. Answer: Prescott   (Locate)
7. Answer: 41   (Locate)
8. Answer: Fountain   (Locate)
9. Answer: 752239   (Locate)
10. Answer: 65   (Locate)

SECTION 2 Questions 11-21

Questions 11-13

Tick the THREE other items which are mentioned in the news headlines.


A Rivers flood in the north


Money promised for drought victims

C Nurses on strike in Melbourne

D Passengers rescued from ship

E Passengers rescued from plane

F Bus and train drivers national strike threat

G Teachers demand more pay

H New uniform for QANTAS staff

I National airports under new management

11. Answer: E/F/H   (Locate)
12. Answer: E/F/H   (Locate)
13. Answer: E/F/H   (Locate)

Question 14-21

Complete the notes below by writing NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS in the spaces provided.


The Government plans to give 14. $ to assist the farmers. This money was to be spent on improving Sydney’s 15 but has now been re-allocated.

Australia has experienced its worst drought in over fifty years. Farmers say that the money will not help them because it is 16


An aeroplane which was carrying a group of 17 was forced to land just 18 minutes after take-off.

The passengers were rescued by 19 The operation was helped because of the good weather. The passengers thanked the 20 for saving their lives but

unfortunately they lost their 21

14. Answer: 250 million/250000000   (Locate)
15. Answer: roads//road system   (Locate)
16. Answer: too late   (Locate)
17. Answer: school children//boys   (Locate)
18. Answer: 3   (Locate)
19. Answer: boats//pleasure crafty/boats and pleasure craft   (Locate)
20. Answer: pilot   (Locate)
21. Answer: (musical) instruments   (Locate)

SECTION 3 Questions 22-31

Questions 22-25

Circle the appropriate letter.


The student is looking for the School of

A Fine Arts.

B Economic History.

C Economics.

D Accountancy.


22    The orientation meeting

A    took place recently.

B    took place last term.

C    will take place tomorrow.

D    will take place next week.
22. Answer: A   (Locate)


23    Attendance at lectures is

A    optional after 4 pm.

B    closely monitored.

C    difficult to enforce.

D    sometimes unnecessary.
23. Answer: B   (Locate)


24    Tutorials take place

A    every morning.

B    twice a week.

C    three mornings a week.

D    three afternoons a week.
24. Answer: C   (Locate)


25    The lecturer’s name is

A    Roberts.

B    Rawson.

C    Rogers.

D    Robertson.
25. Answer: A   (Locate)

Questions 26-31

Complete the notes below using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.







26. Answer: talk//give a talk   (Locate)
27. Answer: write up work   (Locate)
28. Answer: can choose   (Locate)
29. Answer: open book   (Locate)
30. Answer: closed reserve   (Locate)
31. Answer: vocational (subjects)//(preparing for) work/employment   (Locate)


SECTION 4 Questions 32-41

Questions 32-33

Circle the appropriate letter.

32    The speaker works within the Faculty of

A    Science and Technology.

B    Arts and Social Sciences.

C    Architecture.

D    Law.
32. Answer: B   (Locate)


33    The Faculty consists firstly of

A subjects.

B degrees.

C divisions.

D departments.
33. Answer: C   (Locate)



Questions 34-36

Complete the notes write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

The subjects taken in the first semester in this course are psychology, sociology, history and 34 .
Students may have problems with 35 and 36 .

34. Answer: economics   (Locate)
35. Answer: (meeting) deadlines (for essays)   (Locate)
36. Answer: attendance   (Locate)

Questions 37-41

Circle the appropriate letter.

37    The speaker says students can visit her

A    every morning.

B    some mornings.

C    mornings only.

D    Friday morning.
37. Answer: B   (Locate)


38    According to the speaker, a tutorial

A     is a type of lecture.

B     is less important than a lecture.

C     provides a chance to share views.

D     provides an alternative to groupwork.
38. Answer: C   (Locate)


39    When writing essays, the speaker advises the students to

A     research their work well.

B     name the books they have read.

C     share work with their friends.

D     avoid using other writers’ ideas.
39. Answer: B   (Locate)


40    The speaker thinks that plagiarism is

A     a common problem.

B     an acceptable risk.

C     a minor concern.

D     a serious offence.
40. Answer: D   (Locate)


41    The speaker’s aims are to

A     introduce students to university expectations.

B     introduce students to the members of staff.

C     warn students about the difficulties of studying.

D     guide students round the university.
41. Answer: A




Legend:       Academic word (?)            New word



R = Receptionist

W = Woman 

P = Police Officer

R:    Good evening, City Police Station. Can I help you?

W:    Oh hello, I’d like to report a stolen briefcase , please. 

R:    Just a minute and I’ll put you through.


P:    Lost property. Can I help you?

W:    Oh, yes. I’ve had my briefcase stolen.

P:    OK ... I’ll take some details ... Tell me what it looks like, first of all.

W:    Well ... it’s a soft leather one , you know, not a heavy box-type like a man’s.

P:    Mmm ... and how does it close?

W:     It’s got buckles at the front ... two of them They’re gold-plated ones. 

P:    Fine ... Was it locked?

W:    No, I’m afraid not.

P:    Never mind. Any distinguishing features?

W:    Pardon?

P:    Any marks or badges on it that make it stand out?

W:    Only the brand name.

P:    And where’s that?

W:    It’s on the back ... at the bottom in the left-hand corner. It’s Sagi. Oh and   there’s a scratch ... it’s quite bad but small ... directly above the brand name. I did it recently putting it on my bike.

P:    Right, got that. So, what did you have inside the briefcase?

W:    Well all my papers from college. It’s so frustrating but, thank goodness for  computers, I haven’t lost them completely!

P:    Yes, you’re lucky.

W:    I had my wallet in my pocket so I didn’t lose that but there were also my pens    which I got for my birthday and a novel I was planning to read on the train.

P:    Right. Where exactly did you lose the briefcase?

W:    Well ... I couldn’t believe it. I was standing on the platform ... it was right  next to me.

P:    You were holding it?

W:     I’d just put it down on the floor but I could almost feel it beside me. I was    watching for my tram because sometimes it comes early and then next time I looked, my briefcase wasn’t there.

P:    And what time was this?

W:    Ah ... it was ... it must have been about 5.20 ... no a bit later. I’d say 5.30    because it was just getting crowded and the train normally comes at about twenty-five to six.

P:    Right, if you’ll just give me some personal details ...

W:    Yes.

P:    What name is it?

W:    I’m Mary Prescott .

P:    Can you spell that?

W:    Yes, it’s P-R E-S-C-O-T-T .

P:    And your address?

W:    Flat 2, 41 Fountain Road, Canterbury.

P:    Fountain Road.

W:    Yes, number 41.

P:    And have you got a contact telephone number?

W:    Yes, it’s 7-5 double 2-3-9 .

P:     7-5-double 239. Fine. One last question — what would you say the value of  your briefcase is?

W:    Including the contents?

P:    Yes, Just a rough estimate is fine.

W:    I’m not sure. Well, the briefcase itself is quite new; I bought it last month for  £40. I suppose about £65 . The contents are worth about 20 or 25 pounds at  least.

P:    That’s fine. Well, if you could come down to the station tomorrow, you can  sign this form and have a look at what we’ve got here.

W:    OK, thanks. 'Bye.

P:    Goodbye.



This is the 6 o’clock news for Tuesday 25 November. And first the headlines: 

The Prime Minister has promised to help the drought stricken farmers in the    northern part of the country who haven’t seen rain for nearly two years. And in  Sydney a group of school children are successfully rescued from a plane which  landed in the sea shortly after take-off. Transport workers are on strike in  Melbourne over a pay claim and the strike looks set to spread to other states. And  on a fashionable note, there s to be a new look for the staff of QANTAS, Australia’s national airline.

The Prime Minister has pledged today that he will make two hundred and fifty million dollars available to help the drought stricken farmers who have not seen  ram for years, get through the next five years. Money that was to have been spent  on the re-structuring of Sydney’s road system has been re-allocated to what the Prime Minister described as 'a more worthy cause'. Farmers are to receive  financial assistance to help see them through the worst drought in over 50 years.  Many farmers feel that while the money is welcome it has come too late to save  them and their farms from financial ruin and are angry that the government did not act sooner.

A group of school children who were travelling in a privately chartered  aeroplane from Sydney to Queensland to take part in a musical concert found  themselves swimming for the shore when their aeroplane had to land in the sea  just three minutes after taking off from Sydney airport. The pilot managed to  bring the aircraft and its 50 passengers down safely in the calm waters of Botany  Bay where boats and pleasurecraft were able to come to the rescue of the boys. 

The fact that it was a weekend meant that there were hundreds of boats in  the bay enjoying the good weather and this undoubtedly helped the rescue  operation. 'We owe our lives to the skill of the pilot,' said one of the boys, but the pilot replied modestly that it was 'all part of a day’s work'. However, all their musical instruments were lost and they never got to play at their concert.


M = male student  F = female lecturer

M:    Hello can I come in?

F:    Oh yes, come in. How can I help you?

M:     I was looking for the Economics office. I’ve been all over the Arts Faculty  building looking for it but I could only find the School of Accounting and Economic History. Is this the right place?

F:    Yes this is the School of Economics.

M:    Oh good. Um, I’m a new student and I was wondering if someone could give  me some information.

F:    Well I might be able to help. I lecture on that program. What do you need to  Know?

M:    Quite a few things, actually. Firstly, how many lectures a week do I have to  Attend?

F:    Ah, well, the Economics I course is a double unit so there are two lectures a  week and one tutorial. The lectures are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday.

M:    What time?

F:    Let me see ... You know this information is all in the handout, which you should have received yesterday at. the orientation meeting.

M:    Oh, was there a meeting yesterday? I didn’t know about that ... no one mentioned ...

F:    Yes, there was, but never mind. Now lectures are at four m the afternoon.

M:    Four’s a bit late. I’ve got a part time job that starts at four thirty.

F:    Well, you can’t be in two places at once, can you, and attendance at lectures is necessary. We expect at least 90% attendance at this university you know.

M:    90%! That’s high. Do they enforce that rule?

F:    Yes, we do. We’re pretty strict about it actually.

M:    And what times have been set down for the tutorials — do you have that  Information?

F:    That’s a very well attended course so there’s a number of tutorial times.  Monday. Wednesday and Friday, all at 9 o’clock. Yours will be allocated at  the first lecture.

M:    Can’t I choose the time?

F:    Maybe. maybe not.. You’ll have to talk to the lecturer on the course.  Dr. Roberts is his name.

M:    Oh. OK.

F:    Anything else I can help you with while you’re here?

M:    Well. yes. actually. Do you know what the course requirements are? I mean,  how much work is expected for this course?

F:    Well. you have to complete a tutorial paper.

M:    What does that involve?

F:    Well. it’s a piece of work on a given topic based on some set reading texts.  You’ll have to give a small talk to your tutorial group ... 

M:    How long does that have to be?

F:    Oh. about 25 minutes usually.

M:    I have to talk for 25 minutes?

F:    Yes. that’s right. And then you have to write up your piece    of work     and give  it to the lecturer to be marked.

M:    Right. And is that all?

F:    No. You also have to complete a 3.000 word essay on a topic.

M:    Can I choose the topic?

F:     Yes. usually you can.

M:    Right. That shouldn’t be too bad.

F:    And in addition to that there is an exam.

M:    An exam! What sort of exam?

F:    Well. it’s an open book exam.

M:    Does that mean I can have the text book with me during the exam?

F:    Yes. that’s right.

M:    And can you give me any idea about the content of the first year of  Economics so that I can get into some reading?

F:    Well. you’ll be getting the reading list next week when lectures start. All the  books are in the library.

M:    Yes. but won’t everyone else take them out as soon as they get the reading  list too?

F:    Well. yes. they might. But most of the important ones are held in Closed Reserve ... that’s a part of the library where you can go to read books but you can’t take them out of the building.

M:    What did you call that section of the library?

F:    Closed Reserve. However. we do recommend that you buy the core books.  You’ll find them useful and you’ll need them for the exam.

M:    Yes. I suppose I will. But what is the focus of the course?

F:    Well. the course at this university has a vocational focus. that is a focus on  preparing its graduates for work. so we’re orientated very much towards employment.

M:    So my chances of getting a job are good?

F:    Well. provided you get good results.

M:    Well look thanks for your time. You’ve been really helpful.

F:  That’s fine. See you next week then.



Good morning and welcome to the University of Westlands. My name is Marcia  Mayhew and I’m the co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Social Science degree. This  morning I’d like to tell you about the structure of the university and about some  of the requirements of the degree that you’re about to enter. The Bachelor of  Social Science is in one faculty within the university, that is the faculty where I work, known as Arts and Social Sciences. Here on this campus we also have the  faculties of Architecture, Law and Science and Technology among others.  It’s important to know something about the structure of the faculty because, as you go through your course, you may need to call on members of the staff to help you.

At the top of the faculty we have a dean and below the dean we have three divisions; each division has a divisional head and your degree is located in the  Division of Social Sciences. Within each of the divisions, there are the departments  and each of these offers the different degrees. For instance two of the departments  which offer the major subjects for your award are Sociology and Psychology. Each  has a departmental head but for practical purposes the people you are going to  see the most of are myself as co-ordinator of the social sciences degree and the  actual lecturers who are teaching the subjects that you are taking. For instance in  the first semester you’ll be doing four subjects psychology sociology history and economics.

If you have any problems or difficulties, not that I’m anticipating you will, but  you never know, then you should go and see your lecturers. For instance, you  may find that you can’t meet a deadline for an essay or perhaps you're having problems with attendance. These seem to be the two most common problems that students face.

If your lecturers are unavailable, you can always come and see me in my office.  I’m available on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and on Friday afternoons. Outside these hours, perhaps you could ring the secretary and make an appointment.

Now you’ll note that all of the subjects which you undertake in the first year are composed of lectures and tutorials. A lecture is about an hour long and a tutorial usually runs for about two hours. A lecture is rather like what I am doing now where one person will talk to all of you together on a subject. We do ask you to try to attend the lectures.

A tutorial is perhaps where most of the learning occurs at a university. You will  be divided into groups of between 12 and 15 students and each week one of you  will have to present a piece of work to the group as a whole and then the group  will discuss what you’ve said. It’s this discussion, this exchange of ideas, which  really constitutes the basis of university learning, in my view. Listening to lectures  in many ways is just giving you information that you could access for yourself in  the library but the discussion at the tutorial is very important. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go to the lectures though!

Other factors to be particularly concerned about are the structure of essays and  delivery of written material and in particular I would like to mention the question  of plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking other people’s work without acknowledging it,  that is, without saying where it comes from. Of course all essays are based on  research done by other people but, you must, remember to attribute the work to the original writer. And while it’s a good idea to work with other people don’t hand  in work which is exactly the same as your friend’s work because we will notice! If  you don’t acknowledge the source of your information then you run the risk of failing the subject, or in very serious cases you might, be denied entry to the university.

Last but not least, stay in touch with us. If things are getting you down, don’t  go and hide. Come and talk to us about it. That’s what we are here for. Right,    

thank you very much for coming along today.    

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