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IELTS Mock Test 2020 May

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Published on: 05 Jun 2020

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Listening Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 22.50 a month
  • 2 sleek and lightweight
  • 3 a voice-activated
  • 4 Slightly heavier
  • 5 565
  • 6 Samsung DM S410
  • 7 a flash
  • 8 within the week
  • 9 Janet Johnson
  • 10 0799 6783058378
  • 11 C
  • 12 D
  • 13 B
  • 14 F
  • 15 G
  • 16 B
  • 17 A
  • 18 B
  • 19 B
  • 20 C
  • 21 A
  • 22 C
  • 23 C
  • 24 B
  • 25 B
  • 26 C
  • 27 A
  • 28 C
  • 29 A
  • 30 B
  • 31 catching on (fast)
  • 32 recreational
  • 33 new industry
  • 34 ground-breaking
  • 35 delivery service
  • 36 aviation rules
  • 37 more relaxed
  • 38 aerial photography
  • 39 controlled area
  • 40 stricter regulations

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Review & Explanations:

Part 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-7

Complete the table below.

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

Mobile Phone Model

Pricing

Appearance

Camera Features/Battery Power

Extra Notes

Example: Apple iPhone

7S 32GB

1  on a fixed 24-month contract

Very  2  weighing only 140 grammes

8-megapixel camera Battery lasts for 8 hours talk time, and Standby, 200 hours

 

Special features include 3  service in addition to a GPS

LG G8

£40 monthly for a fixed 24-month contract

4  than the iPhone, weighing 149 grammes

13-megapixel camera Talk time 19 hours, and standby time  5 hours

Quad HD screen that is four times the pixel  count of a normal HD screen

6

£20 for handset Pay-as-you-go contract

 

Surprisingly light, at

131 grammes

Camera lacks 7

Talk time: 2.5 hours

Standby time: 75 hours

Flip top phone Hard keys - not touch screen

  • 1 Answer: 22.50 a month
  • Q1:

    • The main keywords in Q1 are “pricing” and “fixed 24-month contract”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the price of the Apple iPhone 7S 32GB. Based on the keyword “fixed 24-month contract”, we can also assume that the total can be divided among 24 months; for short, it can be mentioned as the amount of money need to be paid per month. 

    • Similar to Q2 and Q3, you may be easily confused when you hear this section as the salesman referred to it after he mentioned Q2 and Q3. To prevent such thing, it’s important for you to look at the keywords of the two questions before and when hearing the conversation.

    • The answer to this question (which is “22.50 a month”) is quite easy to notice as the salesman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “fixed 24-month contract” following after “22.50 a month” signifies that it’s the correct answer, but remember not to add the symbol “£” to your answer since there has been one standing before the answer gap. Adding such symbol will cause your answer to be unaccepted.

  • 2 Answer: sleek and lightweight
  • Q2:

    • The main keyword in Q2 is “Pricing”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the price of the Apple iPhone 7S 32GB.

    • You may be easily confused when you hear this section as the salesman referred to Q2 before Q1. To prevent such thing, it’s important for you to look at the keywords of the two questions before and when hearing the conversation.

    • You can easily realise the answer to this question, which is “sleek and lightweight”, as the salesman said it directly (the phrase “only 140 grams” following after the answer justifies such answer). However, you will need to pay attention to the conversation as the answer was mentioned before the phrase leading you to the answer (“only 140 grams”). Together with the fact that those two are closed to each other, it’s easy to be confused if you don’t listen carefully.

  • 3 Answer: a voice-activated
  • Q3:

    • The main keywords in Q3 are “extra notes” and “special features”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to a special feature of the Apple iPhone 7S 32GB.

    • Similar to Q2, you may be easily confused when you hear this section as the salesman referred to Q3 before Q1. To prevent such thing, it’s important for you to look at the keywords of the two questions before and when hearing the conversation.

    • You can easily realise the answer to this question, which is “a voice-activated”, as the salesman said it directly (the two phrases “special features” and “built-in GPS” justify such answer). However, you will need to pay attention to the conversation since the answer and the phrases leading you to it are too closed to each other, which may confuse you if you don’t listen carefully.

  • 4 Answer: Slightly heavier
  • Q4:

    • The main keywords in Q4 are “appearance” and “than the iPhone”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to something about the LG G8 that is superior to the aforementioned iPhone.

    • The answer to this question (which is “slightly heavier”) is quite easy to notice as the speaker said it clearly and directly (phrases like “149 grams” and “than the Apple iPhone” help to justify the answer). However, the fact that the salesman mentioned the camera features of the phone before its appearance (“The camera is a colossal 13 megapixels! You can also take still photos while simultaneously recording a video!”) may cause you to be confused if you don’t listen carefully.

  • 5 Answer: 565
  • Q5:

    • The main keyword in Q5 is “Camera Features/Battery Power”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the characteristic of the LG 6S’s camera or battery power. Because the question has already mentioned the camera features, battery power is the only thing you need to focus on.

    • Since we’ve already decided that battery power is the only thing we need to focus on, anything related to camera features including the one that is mentioned in Q4, can be ignored (“The camera is a colossal 13 megapixels! You can also take still photos while simultaneously recording a video!”).

    • The answer to this question (which is “565”) is quite easy to notice as the salesman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “Standby time” standing before the answer helps to signify it, but remember not to add the words “hours” to your answer since there has been one standing after the answer gap. Adding such word will cause your answer to be unaccepted.

  • 6 Answer: Samsung DM S410
  • Q6:

    • The main keyword in Q6 is “Mobile Phone Model”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to a type of mobile phone that the salesman introduced to the customer.

    • The answer to this question (which is “Samsung DM S410”) is quite easy to notice as the salesman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “Oh look, that's a nice phone” shows that the salesman was about to introduce another new mobile phone, pointing out that you should pay attention to the following in order to answer this question.

    • The only problem in this question is that the answer and the keyword leading you to it are too closed to each other. You need to listen and take notes carefully in order to answer this question correctly.

  • 7 Answer: a flash
  • Q7:

    • The main keywords in Q7 are “Camera Features/Battery Power” and “lacks”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to a characteristic of the camera or battery power that the mentioned phone doesn’t have. Because the question has already mentioned the battery power, camera features is the only thing you need to focus on.

    • The answer to this question (which is “a flash”) is quite easy to notice as the salesman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “the camera doesn't even possess” is similar to the keyword “lacks” in terms of meaning, pointing out that you should pay attention to the following in order to answer this question.

    • The only problem in this question is that the answer and the keyword leading you to it are too closed to each other. You need to listen and take notes carefully in order to answer this question correctly.

Questions 8-10

Complete the table below.

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

CUSTOMER ORDER FORM

Model on order

Date due in store

Customer name

Contact number

Apple iPhone 7S 32GB

8

- April 8th

9

10

  • 8 Answer: within the week
  • Q8:

    • The main keyword in Q8 is “Date due in store”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the due date for the phone to be available in store. Because there has been a specific date mentioned after the answer gap (“April 8th”), the answer may refer to a period of time rather than a specific date.

    • The answer to this question is “within the week”, which isn’t very difficult to hear; however, you may mistake the word “today” as the correct answer since the salesman said it before he mentioned the answer (“But if I put in an order today”). Note that the salesman inferred the day he intended to order the phone, not the one that the phone would be available (phrases like “But if” and “I put in an order” signify such thing).Therefore, the answer should be “within the week” rather than “today”.

  • 9 Answer: Janet Johnson
  • Q9:

    • The main keyword in Q9 is “Customer name”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the name of the customer.

    • The answer to this question (which is “Janet Johnson”) is quite easy to notice as the customer said it clearly and directly. She also gave a reminder regarding her name (“Johnson with an 'H'”), which can help you to write down the answer correctly.

    • The only problem in this question is that the answer and the keyword leading you to it (“take your name and contact number”) are too closed to each other. You need to listen and take notes carefully in order to answer this question correctly.

  • 10 Answer: 0799 6783058378
  • Q10:

    • The main keyword in Q10 is “Contact number”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the contact number of the customer.

    • The answer to this question (which is “0799 678 305 8378”) is quite easy to notice as the customer said it clearly and directly. Phrases like “take your name and contact number” and “my mobile number” help to indicate where the answer is.

    • The only problem in this question is that the answer and the keyword leading you to it are too closed to each other. You need to listen and take notes carefully in order to answer this question correctly.

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Part 1

You will hear a conversation in a mobile phone centre between a customer and a mobile phone seller. First you have some time to look at questions 1-7. [Pause 30 seconds]

You will see that there is an example that has been done for you. On this occasion only, the conversation relating to this will be played first.

Salesman: Good afternoon, madam, May I help you?

Customer: Oh yes. I'm looking for a mobile phone but don't really know where to start. This one looks a very attractive phone. 

Salesman: Ah yes, that's the Apple iPhone 7S 32GB. It's very sleek and lightweight; it's only 140 grammes. It's a classic look, packed with special features such as a voice-activated service to assist you and built-in GPS.

Narrator: The phone the customer first looks at is the Apple iPhone 7S 32GB. So you should write '7S 32GB' in the space provided. You should answer the questions as you listen because you will not hear the recording a second time.

Listen carefully and answer questions 1-7.

Salesman: Good afternoon, madam. May I help you?

Customer: Oh yes. I'm looking for a mobile phone but don't really know where to start. This one looks a very attractive phone. 

Salesman: Ah yes, that's the Apple iPhone 7S 32GB. It's very sleek and lightweight; it's only 140 grammes. It's a classic look, packed with special features such as a voice-activated service to assist you and built-in GPS.

Customer: Well, I really only want a mobile which has a good camera and which is easy to use. Oh, and another thing! I don't want it to run out of battery all the time like some of those cheaper phones. 

Salesman: If you want an excellent camera then this phone has an 8-megapixel camera for photos. You can also talk for up to 8 hours once the battery is charged. On standby, your phone will remain powered for up to 200 hours.

Customer: Oh, that sounds good. How much is it, though? Salesman: You're looking at £22,50 a month  on a fixed 24-month contract. The good thing is that there are no fees payable upfront.

Customer: Yes, it's a bit pricey. What about this one?

Salesman: That's the LG G8 phone. I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you when you learn the price; It's £40 per month.

Customer: For a 24-month contract?

Salesman: Afraid so. But you're paying for several excellent features. The camera is a colossal 13 megapixels! You can also take still photos while simultaneously recording a video! Another good point is that it is remarkably lightweight at 149 grammes - so it's only slightly heavier than the Apple iPhone we just looked at. 

Customer: What is the battery power?

Salesman: A lot more impressive than the Apple iPhone. Standby time is 565  hours and talk time 19 hours. It also has a high-definition screen that is second to none due to Quad HD technology In fact the screen has four times the pixel count of a normal HD screen 

Customer: I admit I love the look of the phone but really it's way out of my price range. Oh look, that's a nice phone! The one with the flip top.

Salesman: Ah yes, the Samsung DM S410. That's one of our more basic models but it's still solid and reliable. Obviously it has hard keys rather than a touch screen but it's very economical. It's only £20 for the handset and It's pay-as-you-go thereafter. 

Customer: What about the camera? Are the pictures of good quality?

Salesman: That's where the other two phones I showed you earlier are far superior in quality of picture than this model. In fact, the camera doesn't even possess a flash. You're also very limited on your talk time. It's only up to 2.5 hours and standby time is 75 hours. It's also fairly lightweight considering it's not state-of-the-art technology. It weighs in at 131 grammes.

Narrator: Before listening to the rest of the conversation you have some time to look at questions 8-10. [Pause 30 seconds] Now listen and answer questions 8-10.

Customer: Well, all things considered, I reckon the Apple IPhone 7S 32GB is the one for me.

Salesman: Actually, I know that it's out of stock at the moment. We only have the display model to show customers. But if I put in an order today it will be with you within the week, say around April 8th. 

Customer: Great!

Salesman: So If I could just take your name and contact number, I will give you a call as soon as it's In.

Customer: OK, thank you. The name's Janet Johnson. That's Johnson with an 'H' and my mobile number is 0799 6783058378

Salesman: Wonderful. Thank you very much madam. It was a pleasure meeting you.

Customer: Thank you, too, for all your help and for your patience!

Narrator: That's the end of Part 1. You have half a minute to check your answers. [Pause 30 seconds]

Now turn to Part 2.

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