Answer for IELTS Plus 3 - Listening Practice Test 4

1. hairdresser 21. C
2. tablets 22. B
3. sunglasses 23. C
4. lock 24. A
5. adaptor/adapter 25. C, E (in either order)
6. taxi 26. C, E (in either order)
7. Jefferey 27. D OR E IN EITHER ORDER
8. 0777594128 28. D OR E IN EITHER ORDER
9. church 29. C, E (in either order)
10. 30th April/10.04 30. C, E (in either order)
11. C 31. call center/centre
12. A 32. inconclusive
13. A 33. methodology/methods
14. C 34. unequal
15. B 35. female/women
16. C 36. response
17. D OR E IN EITHER ORDER 37. control
18. D OR E IN EITHER ORDER 38. sample/group
19. C, E (in either order) 39. their/other colleagues
20. C, E (in either order) 40. confidential

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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


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Questions 1-10

You will hear a man called Tim and a woman called Laura discussing preparations for their holiday.

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Things to do before we go


Collect the currency.

  • Cancel appointment with the 1  (Monday)
    Answer: hairdresser    Locate
  • Begin taking the 2 (Tuesday)
    Answer: tablets    Locate
  • Buy 3
    Answer: sunglasses    Locate, a small bag, a spare 4
    Answer: lock    Locate, an electrical 5
    Answer: adaptor/adapter    Locate
  • book a 6
    Answer: taxi    Locate

Instructions for Laura's mum

  • Feed the cat

Vet's details:

Name: Colin 7
Answer: Jefferey 

Tel: 8
Answer: 0777594128    Locate

Address: Fore Street (opposite the 9 )
Answer: church    Locate

  • Water the plants
  • Meet the heating engineer on 10
    Answer: 30th April/10.04    Locate





Questions 11-16

You will hear a talk on local radio about a ‘short film’ festival in the town of Adbourne.

Choose the correct answer A, B or C.

Adbourne Film Festival

11    Why was the Film Festival started?

A  To encourage local people to make films.

B To bring more tourists to the town.

C To use money released from another project.
Answer: C    Locate

12    What is the price range for tickets?

A £1.00-£2.50

B 50p - £2.00

C £1.50-£2.50
Answer: A    Locate

13    As well as online, tickets for the films can be obtained

A from the local library.

B from several different shops.

C from the two festival cinemas.
Answer: A    Locate

14    Last year’s winning film was about

A farms of the future.

B schools and the environment.

C green transport options.
Answer: C    Locate

15    This year the competition prize is

A a stay in a hotel.

B film-making equipment.

C a sum of money.
Answer: B    Locate

16    The deadline for entering a film in the competition is the end of

A May.

B June.

C July.
Answer: C    Locate

Questions 17-18

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

What TWO main criteria are used to judge the film competition?

A  Ability to persuade.

B Quality of the story.

C Memorable characters.

D Quality of photography.

E Originality.
17. Answer: D OR E IN EITHER ORDER    Locate
18. Answer: D OR E IN EITHER ORDER    Locate

Questions 19-20

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

What TWO changes will be made to the competition next year?

A  A new way of judging.

B A different length of film.

C An additional age category.

D Different performance times.

E New locations for performances.
19. Answer: C, E (in either order)    Locate
20. Answer: C, E (in either order)    Locate


Questions 21-24

You will hear two undergraduates doing a research methods course - a girl called Leela and a boy called Jake - having a seminar with their tutor.

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

Research on web-based crosswords

21    Leela and Jake chose this article because

A it was on a topic familiar to most students.

B it covered both IT and education issues.

C it dealt with a very straightforward concept.
Answer: C    Locate

22    How did Leela and Jake persuade students to take part in their research?

A They convinced them they would enjoy the experience.

B They said it would help them do a particular test.

C They offered to help them with their own research later on.
Answer: B    Locate

23    Leela and Jake changed the design of the original questionnaire because

A it was too short for their purposes.

B it asked misleading questions.

C it contained out-of-date points.
Answer: C    Locate

24    Leela was surprised by the fact that

A it is normal for questionnaire returns to be low.

B so many students sent back their questionnaires.

C the questionnaire responses were of such high quality.
Answer: A    Locate

Questions 25-26

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

What TWO things did respondents say they liked most about doing the crossword?

A It helped them spell complex technical terms.

B It was an enjoyable experience.

C It helped them concentrate effectively.

D It increased their general motivation to study.

E It showed what they still needed to study.
25. Answer: C, E (in either order)    Locate
26. Answer: C, E (in either order)    Locate

Questions 27-28

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

In which TWO areas did these research findings differ from those of the original study?

A Students’ interest in doing similar exercises.

B How much students liked doing the crossword.

C Time taken to do the crossword.

D Gender differences in appreciation.

E Opinions about using crosswords for formal assessment.
27. Answer: D OR E IN EITHER ORDER    Locate
28. Answer: D OR E IN EITHER ORDER    Locate

Questions 29-30

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

What TWO skills did Leela and Jake agree they had learned from the project?

A How to manage their time effectively.

B How to process numerical data.

C How to design research tools.

D How to reference other people’s work.

E How to collaborate in research.
29. Answer: C, E (in either order)    Locate
30. Answer: C, E (in either order)    Locate


Questions 31-40

You will hear a postgraduate psychology student talking to other students about a job-satisfaction study he has investigated.

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Job satisfaction study

31     Workers involved in the study were employed at a
Answer: call center/centre    Locate

32     Despite some apparent differences between groups of workers, the survey results were statistically
Answer: inconclusive    Locate

33     The speaker analysed the study's  to identify any problems with it.
Answer: methodology/methods    Locate

34     The various sub-groups were 34 in size.
Answer: unequal    Locate

35     Workers in the part-time group were mainly
Answer: female/women    Locate

36     The  of workers who agreed to take part in the study was disappointing.
Answer: response    Locate

37     Researchers were unable to  the circumstances in which workers filled out the questionnaire.
Answer: control    Locate

38     In future, the overall size of the  should be increased.
Answer: sample/group    Locate

39     In future studies, workers should be prevented from having discussions with
Answer: their/other colleagues    Locate 

40     Workers should be reassured that their responses to questions are
Answer: confidential    Locate      

Legend:       Academic word (?)            New word


Section 1

Our plane tickets arrived this morning ... it reminded me how much there is to do before we go.

Let’s write everything down shall we, so we don’t forget anything .

Yes. Last time we went away we almost forgot to collect our currency from the bank. So let’s start with that.

Good thinking. And wasn’t there an appointment you said you’d got to cancel?

Yes, the hairdresser ... Thanks for reminding me. Can you write that down too? The shop will be closed now, but I’ll do it first thing on Monday.

OK ... Then, starting on Tuesday we’ve got to take the tablets we got from the pharmacy. We really mustn’t forget to do that, we’re not protected against malaria till we’ve been taking them for at least seven days.

No, so that’s really important.

And what about shopping? There’s still a few things we’ve got to buy the next time we’re in town. We need some more sun block don’t we? We’ve only got that factor ten stuff - it won’t be strong enough.

I’ve already bought that. But what we do still need to get is sunglasses . The ones I’ve got aren’t good enough, and I don’t think yours are either.

OK ... I’ve noted that down. And I think I’m going to get another bag too. Just a small one. We always seem to come back with more things than we take!

Shall we get an extra lock for our suitcase as well?

Just in case the one we’ve got breaks. They don’t seem to last long.

Yes, they are a bit flimsy. OK ... Right ... Oh yes, and we need an adaptor for our electrical things. Your hair dryer and my shaver ... The plugs on them are bound to be the wrong type.

We could get one at the airport. They always have them there.

Well I’d rather get it beforehand, so I’m writing it down. And then I think that’s it isn’t it?

I think so. As far as shopping’s concerned. But we also need to order a taxi to take us to the airport. We should do that well in advance. My sister left it too late and she had to take the train - with that huge suitcase of hers!

I know, she really struggled with it ...

Now let’s see ... Your mother said she’d come in regularly while we’re away, so what do we want her to do? I’ll write some instructions and we can give them to her tomorrow. Good idea. Well ... the cat’s the main thing.

Feed ... the cat ...

We ought to leave her the vet’s details as well, just in case there’s a problem.

Yes. Have you got them handy?

Hang on, I’m just looking ... Yes. His name’s Colin Jefferey.

Is that spelt with a G?

Actually it’s J-E-double F-E-R-E-Y. Quite an unusual spelling, isn’t it?

Mmm. And his number?

Oh treble seven, five nine four ... one two eight . It’s a mobile.


And you should write down where it is - it’s Fore Street, not sure what number, but it’s next to the bus stop isn’t it?

That’s not a very good landmark, but it’s on the other side of the road to the church , so I’ll tell her that. Let’s hope she won’t need a vet anyway!

Yes. Right, apart from that there are the plants to water. Ask her to make sure they don’t dry out.

Oh yes, and I’ve already mentioned the problem with the boiler, and your mum said she’d come round to meet the heating engineer and let him in.

Yes. It’s a lot for her to do, but we really need to get the problem sorted out, and the earliest date I could get an appointment was April the thirtieth .

Isn’t it the day after we go?

Yes - we leave on the twenty-ninth. And she’ll have to hang around till the job’s finished. Oh well, she won’t mind I’m sure. She likes helping people out.

Yes, she does.

OK ... That’s it then I think. Unless you can think of anything else?

Not at the moment. Leave the list there and I’ll ...

Section 2

Today we’re pleased to have on the show Fatima Johnson who is the organiser of the Adbourne Film Festival. Welcome, Fatima.


Can you tell us a bit about the background to the festival and what it brings to the town? Well the festival was started in nineteen ninety six by the then Mayor of Adbourne,  Joanne Smith. She wasn’t a film maker herself - she’d actually been a very energetic tourism development officer for many years - but Adbourne had run a classical music festival which had been becoming less and less popular in recent years ... Joanne was looking around for something to replace it and to use funds allocated to it to promote something which local people can enjoy .

Great. So tell us about the festival nowadays ...

Well, it’s held in the last two weeks of August every year and short films from all over the world are shown in three places - in the theatre and our two cinemas. Several films are shown in one performance and the whole thing lasts about ninety minutes. Tickets are very reasonably priced - under twelves used to get in for fifty pee but now we charge just one pound which is still very good value! One pound fifty for students and two pounds fifty for everyone else . Performances are advertised all round town and also on our website . If you’re interested in attending any performances you can buy tickets online of course and you can also get them in the library , which is right next to the main shopping area - I’m afraid this year, tickets are no longer available from either of the two cinemas because of restricted opening times.

I understand you also run a film competition?

Yes, for under eighteens. We have a different theme every year. Last year for example, the theme was ‘Future Planet’ and the winner was a ten minute documentary encouraging youngsters to be more aware of environmental issues, focusing on getting school kids to cycle to school instead of going by car . This year the theme is ‘Sporting Nation’ - so there’ll also be lots of ideas to choose from. Now we’re always on the look-out for new local talent so if you live in the Adbourne area and are under eighteen, you should have a go. We have an excellent prize every year, donated by local businesses - shops, hotels etc. This year you can win a hi-spec movie camera worth over eight hundred pounds. Application forms are on the website and the deadline for sending in your film to enter the competition is the last day of July . It’s May now so you’ll have the whole of June to be working on it!

And what are the judges looking for?

Well, although we choose very topical issues like the environment, we’re not looking for propaganda - you know, trying to get people to do something. Instead we’re looking for a new angle ... a fresh way of looking at a theme . And of course, because it’s a short-film festival, it’s not really about a fully worked story with well-rounded characters, it’s more about good photography ... conveying things visually.

And who judges the films?

A panel of three people who know a lot about film. We’ve used the same judges for many years and we’re very happy with their expertise. One thing we probably will change next  year though is we want to add another class and another prize for older film makers . We’ll keep it at a maximum of ten minutes though ... the length works well for our festival. We also want to use different venues for the film shows ... such as community centres and at least one school . It might make performances more accessible to a wider audience. We did explore the possibility of having late-night showings but that’s unlikely to happen in the coming year.

So, as I say, if anyone’s interested in submitting a film for our competition, go onto our website and you’ll be able ...

Section 3

So, the task I gave you both was to choose an article about a small-scale research project.

Jake: Yes ...

You were then required to try to reproduce the research procedures in your own context ... i.e. try it out for yourselves.

Yeah ... and that’s what we’ve done.

Great. So I’d like you to tell me a bit about the article and why you chose it.

Well, the article’s written by two university lecturers who had started using crosswords to help their students revise terminology for exams .

And the crosswords were designed and set on computers.

And we selected the article because ... well it seemed an accessible topic, even though we weren’t familiar with the technique ... you know ... using IT to design crosswords for higher education.

That’s a good reason. So these lecturers wanted to see how well this innovation was received by their students?

Jake: Yes.

So how did you go about reproducing the research?

Well, we drew up a list of terms from one of our own modules ... and designed a crossword for revising these terms.

Then we asked our classmates to try out the crossword and give us feedback, you know, their opinions, on how they felt about using the technique.

Was it easy to find participants?

It wasn’t easy at first. But then we convinced them that by taking part in the research they were actually benefiting themselves by preparing for an exam which is coming up later this term.

Leela:              And it worked!

Tutor:              Good. So how did you find out what the students thought about doing the crosswords?

Jake:                A questionnaire . The original article used a two-page long questionnaire. There were lots  of excellent questions on it but the whole section on difficulties using IT is now obsolete ... old-fashioned even , even though it had only been written a couple of years ago.

Tutor:              So you designed a shorter version?

Leela:              Yeah. Then we sent it to the forty students by email and got twenty-eight replies. I was  taken aback by the fact that everybody we talked to thought this was a good return! I mean the responses were well written, you know, people had taken a lot of care, but I was really disappointed with the low numbers .

Tutor:              Yes, an important lesson to learn for an apprentice researcher .

Leela and Jake: Yeah.

Tutor:              So what results did you get?

Jake:                Well, basically the responses were extremely positive. The students said that doing the  crossword on a computer helped them really focus on the work in hand and not be distracted , which is something that commonly happens with other ways of doing of revision.

Yeah ... that was really clear. But something that struck me was that ‘having fun’ hardly featured in their responses ... nor did anything to do with spelling of hard words ... which I thought would be an obvious benefit.

No? OK ...

Respondents also said that doing the crossword hadn’t really increased their general motivation to study but that it had highlighted the gaps in their memory so they knew what further work was necessary .

Right ... So how did your findings tally with those of the original researchers?

There were lots of similarities but ...

.there were probably two main differences. We found that more males than females liked the technique, whereas the original study found the reverse .

Also our respondents said they wouldn’t mind doing a crossword as a final official exam ... whereas in the original study students said they would hate doing it even if it meant having a shorter test .

But of course both sets of respondents said they’d be interested in doing more crosswords for informal purposes, revision and so forth.

Right, so let’s have a think about the whole project and what you’ve learned from doing it. Well ... it was very time consuming!

Yeah! And I don’t think we managed that aspect very well.

It could have been worse ... I mean we didn’t have a lot of data so we didn’t have to spend ages processing it. And of course, we’d already done a course on numerical data processing so there wasn’t much new there.

Yeah, that’s true. Anyway, I think we designed our questions well so that they gave us manageable data.

Yeah, it really helped having the original study to guide us, as it were ... and that helped us see what a good research instrument is ... .what a good questionnaire should be like.

Absolutely - we got a lot from that. But when we were writing up the project, I’m not sure whether we’ll know how to acknowledge the work of the original study ... you know, our referencing.

No ... that’s something we’ll both have to work on in the future.

Actually that part’s been great, finding ways to share and support another person .

That’s the real plus from the project ... learning ways to do that.

Well, it’s obviously been very successful ...

Section 4

Good morning everyone. For my presentation today I’m going to report on an assignment  that I did recently. My brief was to analyse the methods used in a small study about job satisfaction, and then to make recommendations for future studies of a similar kind.

The study that I looked at had investigated the relationship between differences in gender and differences in working hours, and levels of job satisfaction amongst workers. For this purpose, employees at a call centre had been asked to complete a questionnaire about their work.

I’ll summarise the findings of that study briefly now. First of all, female full-time workers reported slightly higher levels of job satisfaction than male full-time workers. Secondly, female part-time workers reported slightly higher levels of satisfaction than female full­time ones did. On the other hand, male part-time workers experienced slightly less job satisfaction than male full-time workers. But although these results seemed interesting, and capable of being explained, perhaps the most important thing to mention here is that in statistical terms they were inconclusive .

Personally, I was surprised that the findings hadn’t been more definite, because I would have expected to find that men and women as well as full and part-time workers would experience different levels of satisfaction. So I then looked more carefully at the methodology employed by the researchers, to see where there may have been problems. This is what I found.

First of all, the size of the sample was probably too small. The overall total of workers who took part in the survey was two hundred twenty-three, which sounds quite a lot, but they had to be divided up into sub-groups. Also the numbers in the different sub-groups were unequal . For example, there were one hundred fifty-four workers in the full-time group, but only sixty-nine in the part-time group. And amongst this part-time group, only ten were male, compared to fifty-nine who were female .

Secondly, although quite a large number of people had been asked to take part in the survey, the response was disappointingly low - a lot of them just ignored the invitation. And workers who did respond may have differed in important respects from those who didn’t. Thirdly, as the questionnaires had been posted to the call centre for distribution, the researchers had had very limited control over the conditions in which participants completed them. For instance, their responses to questions may have been influenced by the views of their colleagues. All these problems may have biased the results.

In the last part of my assignment I made recommendations for a similar study, attempting  to remove the problems that I’ve just mentioned.

Firstly, a much larger sample should be targeted, and care should be taken to ensure that equal numbers of both genders, and both full and part-time workers, are surveyed. Secondly, the researchers should ensure that they are present to administer the  questionnaires to the workers themselves. And they should require the workers to complete the questionnaire under supervised conditions, so that the possibility of influence from other colleagues is eliminated. Finally, as workers may be unwilling to provide details of their job satisfaction when they are on work premises, it’s important that the researchers reassure them that their responses will remain confidential , and also that they have the right to withdraw from the study at any time if they want to. By taking measures like these, the reliability of the responses to the questionnaires is likely to be increased, and any comparisons that are made are likely to be more valid.

So that was a summary of my assignment. Does anyone have any questions?

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