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IELTS Mock Test 2020 May

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Listening Practice Test 2

Answer Keys:

  • 1 8.30
  • 2 King's Cross
  • 3 Underground Station
  • 4 6
  • 5 5 minutes
  • 6 1.40
  • 7 11
  • 8 6.05
  • 9 4.80
  • 10 75
  • 11 write down
  • 12 pre-scheduled appointment
  • 13 in relation
  • 14 long-term
  • 15 accessible
  • 16 strategies
  • 17 B
  • 18 A
  • 19 C
  • 20 A
  • 21 readability
  • 22 lecture notes
  • 23 planning
  • 24 key points
  • 25 whole picture
  • 26 your reader
  • 27 A4 page
  • 28 seem to follow
  • 29 connective words
  • 30 one-sided
  • 31 powerful associations
  • 32 danger and warning
  • 33 see red
  • 34 we blush
  • 35 the red rose
  • 36 C
  • 37 C
  • 38 B
  • 39 B
  • 40 D

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Review & Explanations:

Part 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer

Transport form Highgate Village

Example                  Answer

Destination    ..........Camden Town...........

•    Fast train leaves at 1 from platform 9.

•    Nearest station is  2

•    Number 999 bus goes to Gower Street 3

•    The train leaves the railway station from platform 4

•    There is a train every 5

  • 1 Answer: 8.30
    • The keywords concerned in Q1 must be “fast train leaves” and “platform 9”.

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

    • As the woman wants to get to her destination before 10 am, the man suggests her taking the fast train, which leaves at 8.30 from platform 9. As “fast train” and “platform 9” perfectly match our expected keywords, we can be sure that the answer for Q1 must be “8.30.

  • 2 Answer: King's Cross
    • The keyword concerned in Q2 must be “nearest station”.

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

    • The man confidently states that King’s Cross is the nearest railway station to the woman. Therefore, the answer for Q2 must be “King’s Cross”.

    Note: Students may mistakenly believe that Kings Crossed is the correct answer of Q2. However, should students carefully listen to the man’s spelling, it is clear that King’s Cross is indeed the correct answer.

  • 3 Answer: Underground Station
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 must be “Number 999 bus” and “Gower Street”.

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

    • As the woman has never been to England before, she has to ask the man for the best direction to King’s Cross station. According to the man, she can take the 999 bus to get to Gower Street Underground Station. As the keywords “999 bus” and “Gower Street” show up as we expected, we can be sure that the answer for Q3 must be “Underground Station”.

  • 4 Answer: 6
    • The keywords concerned in Q4 must be “train leaves railway station” and “from platform”.

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

    • Another way to get to King’s Cross Station is to directly walk to Gower Street and get on the train leaving from Platform 6 to King’s Cross. As the keywords are perfectly matched, the answer for Q4 must be “6”.

  • 5 Answer: 5 minutes
    • The keywords concerned in Q5 must be “train” and “every”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a period of time.

    • According to the man, there is a train every five minutes. Therefore, the answer for Q5 must be “5 minutes”.

Questions 6-10

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AN DIOR A NUMBER for each answer.

Means of transport

Normal fare

Discounted fare

Bus

£2

6

Train (busy time)

7

 

Train (off-peak hours)

£11

 ₤ 8

Regular Thames boat trip

£6

9

Half-day sightseeing boat tour

£45

-

Whole-day sightseeing boat tour

10

-

  • 6 Answer: 1.40
    • The keywords concerned in Q6 must be “bus” and “discounted fare”.

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

    • According to the man, the bus fare should be discounted to £1.40 if passengers have International Student Travel Cards. Therefore, the answer for Q6 must be “1.40”.

  • 7 Answer: 11
    • The keywords concerned in Q7 must be “train (busy time)” and “normal fare”.

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

    • From the man’s statement, we can be sure that the normal fare for any train, regardless of busy time or off-peak hours, is £11. Therefore, the answer for Q7 must be “11”.

  • 8 Answer: 6.05
    • The keywords concerned in Q8 must be “train (off-peak hours)” and “discounted fare”.

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

    • With an International Student Travel Card, passengers will only have to pay £6.05 for a train in the off-peak hours. Therefore, the answer for Q8 must be “6.05”.

    Note: Students may mistakenly believe that £11 is the correct answer for this question. However, the man clearly states that passengers on trains during busy time cannot enjoy any discount. In other words, there is no discounted fare available for trains during morning peak time. On the other hand, there is discounted fare available for trains during off-peak hours, which is £6.05, as long as passengers own International Student Travel Cards. As a result, the correct answer remains £6.05.

  • 9 Answer: 4.80
    • The keywords concerned in Q9 must be “regular Thames boat trip” and “discounted fare”.

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

    • As for regular Thames boat trip, passengers who own International Student Travel Cards will only have to pay £4.80, rather than £6. Therefore, the answer for Q9 must be “4.80”.

  • 10 Answer: 75
    • The keywords concerned in Q10 must be “whole-day sightseeing boat tour” and “normal fare”.

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

    • As the man took his girlfriend on the trip three weeks ago, he surely could tell the woman the exact fares of sightseeing boat tours. According to him, half-day tour shall cost £45, while whole day tour shall cost £75. Therefore, the answer for Q10 must be “75”.

Part 1
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Part 1

You will hear a conversation between a clerk at the help desk of a transport and travel agency and a woman who is asking for travel information. First you have some time to look at questions 1-5. [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.

Woman; Good morning!

Man: Good morning, madam. How can I help you?

Woman: Well, I'd like to get to Camden Town from Highgate Village tomorrow, before 10 am.

Man: Did you say Highgate Park or Highgate Village?

Woman: I said Highgate Village, from Camden Town.

Man: Are you sure?

Woman: Yes, I should know where I'm going.

Man: Right. So, Highgate Village from Camden Town.

Woman: No, sorry. I should have said Camden Town from Highgate Village.

Man: That's what I thought you said. And how are you planning to get there? By bus or train?

Narrator: The woman wants to go to Camden Town, so 'Camden Town' has been written in the space. Now we shall begin.

You should answer the questions as you listen because you will not hear the recording a second time. Listen carefully and answer questions 1-5.

Woman: Good morning!

Man: Good morning, madam. How can I help you?

Woman: Well, I'd like to get to Camden Town from Highgate Village tomorrow, before 10 am.

Man: Did you say Highgate Park or Highgate Village?

Woman: I said Highgate Village, from Camden Town.

Man: Are you sure?

Woman: Yes, I should know where I'm going.

Man: Right. So, Highgate Village from Camden Town.

Woman: No, sorry. I should have said Camden Town from Highgate Village.

Man: That's what I thought you said. And how are you planning to get there? By bus or train?

Woman: Oh, it doesn't bother me which way I travel, as long as I get there sooner rather than later.

Man: Well, if you take a fast train, you'll get there In under an hour. Now there's a King's Cross express train leaving the station at 8.30 from platform 9. How does that sound?

Woman: Great. Which station does that leave from?

Man: King's Cross. It's the railway station nearest to you.

Woman: Did you say Kings Crossed?

Man: No, King's Cross. That's C-R-O-S-S. Are you not from around here?

Woman: No, it's my first time in England, I'm afraid. So, could you point out the best way to get to King's Cross station?

Man: Yes, of course, I could. Just give me a second to look it up. Right, well, it looks like you have two options. You could take the 999 bus from the Highgate Village Central Square to Gower Street Underground Station. At Gower Street take a train to King's Cross. Alternatively, you could walk to Gower Street and get straight on the train going to King's Cross. Go to platform 6 on the Northern line.

Woman: How long would the walk take?

Man: About half an hour or so.

Woman: Oh, no, that's too long. I don't want to be walking around streets I don't know for half an hour.

Man: Actually, the walk there is not complicated. Just go down

Holloway Road until you come across Gower Street - the road, not the station - on your right. The station is about 5 minutes' walk up the road on your left.

Woman: That does sound easy. It'll be better for me to get some exercise as well. What time do I catch the Tube?

Man: There are trains every five minutes, so it doesn't really matter what time you get there from that point of view. However, it might be very busy at that time in the morning, so you may want to get there early, just in case. Sometimes the trains are too full to take everyone waiting on the platform. If I were you, I'd get there for 7 o'clock.

Woman: 7 o'clock. OK. Well, thank you very much. You've been most helpful.

Narrator: Before listening to the rest of the conversation you have some time to look at questions 6-10. [Pause 30 seconds] Now listen and answer questions 6-10.

Man: You're welcome. Is there anything else I can do for you? 

Woman: Actually, yes. How much will it cost me?

Man: Well, you can get a ticket on the bus for £2 and you'll need £11 each way for the train. Unless, that is, you have an International Student Travel Card.

Woman: No, I haven't but I can probably get one before tomorrow. 

Man: Well, that's good because that'll cut the cost of travelling right down. The bus will cost £1.40 each way, and the train to Camden Town... Actually, I'm sorry, I was mistaken. There's no discount offered when travelling during morning peak time so I'm afraid it'll still cost you £11. But you'll probably want to return after peak hours, won't you? So your return train ticket might cost you considerably less...

Woman: What are off-peak hours, then?

Man: Either before 5 o'clock in the afternoon or after 8 o'clock in the evening.

Woman: Oh good! I've no intention of coming back until long after 9 so that'll work out nicely. So, what discount will I get?

Man: Your return train journey would only cost you £6.05 with your card. But do make sure you don't forget to buy an International Student Travel Card before 7 am tomorrow.

Woman: Oh, I won't forget. In fact, I'll get one today as soon as possible.

Man: Good for you. Is there anything else I can help you with? 

Woman: Actually, there is. Do you know if I can use my International Student Card on boats?

Man: If you're thinking of the regular Thames boats that go back and forth between the east and west banks, then the answer is 'yes'. But you can't use it on the tourist ferries linking the north and south banks, I'm afraid. A one-way trip east or west of the Thames costs £6 but with your card you'd make a 20% saving and pay only £4.80.

Woman: So, £4.80 for the regular ferry... Do the ferries linking the north and south banks offer sightseeing tours?

Man: Yes, but, like I said, there's no discount offered on those.

And you can only book using cash or credit card. But I can't book them for you. We don't work with them.

Woman; Oh, I see. You wouldn't happen to know the cost of a tour by any chance, would you?

Man: In actual fact, I do, because I took my girlfriend on the trip three weeks ago. We bought the half-day tour and that was £45 each but I am told that you can do the whole day for £75.

Woman: Well, thank you again. You really have been most helpful.

Man: Don't mention it. Have a nice day now.

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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