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IELTS General Training Volume 5

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Listening Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 115
  • 2 by train
  • 3 one way
  • 4 40.50
  • 5 door-to-door
  • 6 Victoria Smith
  • 7 10th of October
  • 8 6606 7707 1212 0008
  • 9 Turnner
  • 10 BA26AY
  • 11 B
  • 12 C
  • 13 C
  • 14 B
  • 15 C
  • 16 A
  • 17 sleeping bags
  • 18 (a) barbecue/(a) barbeque
  • 19 cafeteria
  • 20 (a) bushwalk
  • 21 B
  • 22 C
  • 23 C
  • 24 personal talent
  • 25 other views
  • 26 persuading
  • 27 (the) human resource (department)
  • 28 (an) incentive
  • 29 understanding
  • 30 takes time
  • 31 paintings
  • 32 totemism
  • 33 sophisticated
  • 34 god faces
  • 35 enchantment
  • 36 scratching
  • 37 field trip
  • 38 traps
  • 39 fragile
  • 40 move

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-10

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Transport Information Service

Example

Answer

Destination:

Bath

Distance:

1 miles

Type of transportation:

one and a half hours 2

Charge:

£30 3  , or £ 4 return

Mini-cab service:

5 service provided by London cab office

Hotel name:

6

Arrival day:

on Friday the 7

Card number:

8

Customer's name:

Olivia 9

Address:

115 Victoria Smith Hotel, Trowbridge Street, Bath

Post code:

10

  • 1 Answer: 115
    • From the question, we suggest that the answer of Q1 must be a number and the key word is miles

    • Therefore we can concentrate on finding a number followed by “miles” to find the correct answer, which is “115”.

    • However, the problem arise as the answer of the next question is lied within the same sentence.

  • 2 Answer: by train
    • For Q2, we expected to hear one type of transportation such as: car, train, boat, etc…. And the key word to help us track the answer is one and a half hours 
    • Bear that in mind and you will find the answer “by train” easily.

  • 3 Answer: one way
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 and Q4 must be “£30” and “return”.

    • We can use our common sense to predict the answer of this question. From  the question, as the second clause mentions about return, we can predict that the first clause can be one way or words with similar meaning.

    • After tracking using keywords, we can find the answer for Q3 is one way

  • 4 Answer: 40.50
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 and Q4 must be “£30” and “return”.

    • We can use our common sense to predict the answer of this question. From  the question, as the second clause mentions about return, we can predict that the first clause can be one way or words with similar meaning. Also, we can expect the answer of Q4 must be a number as the question is about price.

    • After tracking using keywords, we can find the answer for Q4 is 40.50

  • 5 Answer: door-to-door
    • The keywords concerned in Q5 must be “mini-cab service”.

    • This is quite a straight forward question. We just need to track for the keyword to find the answer, which is door-to-door.

    • Remember to focus only on the keyword as there is a lot of other information which isn’t included in any question.

  • 6 Answer: Victoria Smith
    • The keywords concerned in Q6 must be “Hotel”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a name.

    • Be aware that the customer asked if it was “possible to make a reservation” after she named the hotel. It means we should not jump directly to conclusion without any confirmation.

    • After the agent confirm with the customer, we are sure that Victoria Smith is the correct answer.

    Note: It is smart to always stay alert to this kind of trick. In some case, they may give a number of names, and the only way we can decide which one is the correct answer is through a confirmation like above.

             While finding keyword before listening to the record, you may see the name of the hotel in address section, which means: free point. It is less likely to happen in real situation, but we never know if it is a lucky day

  • 7 Answer: 10th of October
    • The keywords concerned in Q7 must be “arrive” and “Friday”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a date. Therefore we will also wait for words like “date” to catch our answer.

    • The answer is 10th of October.

  • 8 Answer: 6606 7707 1212 0008
    • The keywords concerned in Q8 must be “card number”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a series of number.

    • The answer is straightforward here. However, training your ear to listen to words like “double”, “triple” will help a lot in this kind of question.

    • You can double check your answer to see if there are 16 digits in total.

  • 9 Answer: Turnner
    • The keyword concerned in Q9 must be “name” and “Olivia”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a name.

    • It is easy to track the part with customer’s name, however the main challenge is to write down the name correctly. Remember that they usually spell name letter by letter, therefore it will be wise to stay focus even if you miss the first time.

  • 10 Answer: BA26AY
    • The keywords concerned in Q10 must be “post code”.

    • Be aware that post code may be different from place to place, some contains number but some conclude of both number and letter. Therefore, be ready to listen to both letter and number in such kind of question.

    • One more thing to be concerned is to differentiate between letter “P” and letter “B”.

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AGENT:    Hello, this is the National Express Transport Information service centre at London Heathrow Airport. May I help you?

CUSTOMER: Hi, good afternoon. Um, I’m calling from New York. Um, I’m flying to Heathrow Airport on Friday, and I need to get to a town called, um, Bath. Could you tell me how I can get there?

AGENT:    Bath, right? Let me see. I think that’s about 115 miles west of here. So it’ll take about one and a half hours by train.

CUSTOMER: Wow! It’s quite a long way, isn’t it?

AGENT:    Yes, I’m afraid so.

CUSTOMER: Right. Well, I don’t really want to take a coach I suppose. Can you give me some more information about the discount ticket prices that are available at the moment?

AGENT:    OK. How about an Express Coach Shuttle Service to Bath? It’s faster than an ordinary coach and the ticket price is not that expensive.

CUSTOMER: Hmmm, can you tell me how much that would cost?

AGENT:    Certainly. Let’s see, it would be £30 one way, or £40.50 in return.

CUSTOMER: Great, that’s not too bad.

AGENT:    It goes directly from the airport here to Bath and it’s pretty fast. But you have to bear in mind

that there is only three departures a day, such as 09:00 a.m., 02:00 p.m. and 06:00 p.m., so it depends what time the flight arrives.

CUSTOMER: Oh, I see. We’ll get there at 12:30 p.m.

AGENT:    Hmmm, that’s not too bad. The second bus leaves at 02:00 p.m., so you would have quite a wait.

CUSTOMER: I’m just wondering. Is there any mini-cab service there? I mean a door-to-door service because I will bring a lot of packages.

AGENT:    Okay, I’ll just contact the London cab office for you now.

CUSTOMER: Do you know how much it will be?

AGENT:    Just a moment, let me check. It’s £85 for single fee normally. So that’s about twice the price of

the Express Coach Shuttle Service’s.

CUSTOMER: Oh, that doesn’t sound too bad. I will go for that then.

AGENT:    Where will you stay there? Hotel or B&B?

CUSTOMER: I’ll be at Victoria Smith Hotel. Is it possible to make a reservation for that now?

AGENT:    Sure, Right, so what date do you want to book this for?

CUSTOMER: I will arrive there on Friday, the 10th of October.

AGENT:    And this is for just one person or...?

CUSTOMER: Two people, me and my sister.

AGENT:    Right. Your arrival time will be 12:30 p.m. What sort of credit card will you be using?

CUSTOMER: I’m a Visa Card holder.

AGENT:    Could I have your 16 digit card number, please?

CUSTOMER:    Okay, let me see, 6606 7707 1212 0008.

AGENT:    No problem. And what’s your name, please?

CUSTOMER: Olivia Turnner, that’s T-U-R-double N-E-R.

AGENT:    Okay, thank you, madam.

CUSTOMER: Could you tell me the hotel address, sir?

AGENT:    OK. 115 Victoria Smith Hotel, Trowbridge Street, Bath.

CUSTOMER: And the post code, please?

AGENT:     BA2 6AY.

CUSTOMER:    Lovely, thank you.

AGENT:    OK. That seems to be everything. Have a nice trip, madam.

CUSTOMER: Yes, bye, thank you for your help.

AGENT:    You’re welcome, goodbye.

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