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IELTS Mock Test 2020 September

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Published on: 14 Sep 2020

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Listening Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 faster
  • 2 more affordable
  • 3 luggage
  • 4 92.4 percent
  • 5 186
  • 6 11:46
  • 7 22:25
  • 8 overnight
  • 9 half (of)
  • 10 2 hours
  • 11 142 weeks
  • 12 2-3 weeks
  • 13 February
  • 14 summer
  • 15 early Autumn
  • 16 C
  • 17 E
  • 18 F
  • 19 B
  • 20 A
  • 21 D
  • 22 B
  • 23 C
  • 24 A
  • 25 D
  • 26 tease
  • 27 so nervous
  • 28 individually
  • 29 different side
  • 30 teacher
  • 31 AIDS epidemic
  • 32 better nutrition
  • 33 developing countries
  • 34 Eastern Europe
  • 35 three million
  • 36 one third
  • 37 drug addiction
  • 38 large cities
  • 39 to cure
  • 40 (serious) threat

Leaderboard:

# User Score Time
Prajna Mohapatra 9 15:10
Nguyễn Bá Tùng Linh 9 21:52
aanila t 9 22:32
4 mai nasr 9 25:01
5 Gel Plaza 9 30:12
6 Madina Isseyeva 9 36:48
7 Monica Durani 8.5 16:05
8 Xinyi (Cindy) Xu 8.5 19:43
9 Khanh An Nguyen Phan 8.5 20:03
10 Vinita Jindal 8.5 22:51

Review & Explanations:

Part 1: Questions 1-10

Complete the notes below.

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

NOTES: travelling to France

Example

Time of travel September

Advantages of travelling by train:

- 1

- 2

- take as much 3 as you need

The Eurostar:

- runs on schedule 4 of the time

- can reach speeds of 5 miles per hour

Two options from Paris to Nice:

1. Catch the TGV train at 6

2. Catch the TGV train at 7 and travel 8

Single tickets cost approximately 9 the return fare.

Flying from London to Nice takes 10

  • 1 Answer: faster
    • The keywords concerned in Q1 must be “advantages” and “travelling by train”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer may be an adjective (positive meaning)

    • The travel agent suggested student to “travel by train”. And we easily heard she mentioned the advantages of travelling by train are faster, more affordable… Therefore, the answer for Q1 must be “faster”.

  • 2 Answer: more affordable
    • The keywords concerned in Q2 must be “advantages” and “travelling by train”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer may be an adjective (positive meaning)

    • The travel agent suggested student to “travel by train”. And we easily heard she mentioned the advantages of travelling by train are faster, more affordable… We can assume the other advantage of travel by train should be “more affordable”. Therefore, the answer for Q2 must be “more affordable”.

  • 3 Answer: luggage
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 must be “advantages” and “travelling by train”, “much… as you need

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer may be a noun (uncountable noun)

    • The travel agent suggested student to “travel by train”. And we easily heard she mentioned the advantages of travelling by train are faster, more affordable and you can take as much luggage as you need… All keywords are mentioned the same in Q3. Therefore, the answer for Q3 must be “luggage”.

  • 4 Answer: 92.4 percent
    • The keywords concerned in Q4 must be “Eurostar ” and “on schedule”, “time

    • The travel agent introduced to student “Eurostar”. We can hear the travel agent said “92.4% of Eurostar trains run on time”. It means that Eurostar trains run on schedule 92.4% of the time. Therefore, the answer for Q4 must be “92.4%”.

    • Note: “run on schedule” and “run on time” have the same meaning in this case.

  • 5 Answer: 186
    • The keywords concerned in Q5 must be “Eurostar ” and “reach speed”, “miles per hour

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

    • The travel agent introduced to student “Eurostar”. We can easily hear the travel agent said “Eurostar can reach 186 miles per hour”. All keywords are mentioned the same like in Q5. Therefore, the answer for Q5 must be “186”.

  • 6 Answer: 11:46
    • The keywords concerned in Q6 must be “two options ” and “catch the TGV train at

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer may be a point of time. (the 1st option of all)

    • The travel agent said “two main options”, the answer for Q6 may be near here. There are some points of time mentioned, but we can hear keyword “catch the TGV train at eleven forty-six”. Therefore, the answer for Q6 must be “eleven forty-six”.

    • Note: you should be careful with some points of time (seven twenty-seven, eleven forty-six). You have to follow keywords in Q6 to choose the right time.

  • 7 Answer: 22:25
    • The keywords concerned in Q7 must be “two options ” and “catch the TGV train at

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer may be a point of time. (the 2nd option of all)

    • The travel agent mentioned “two main options”, so when she said “Or”, it will be the hint for Q7.

    • We hear the travel agent said “you can…catch the twenty-two twenty-five from Paris”.It means the train start at twenty-two twenty-five from Paris. Therefore, the answer for Q7 must be “twenty-two twenty-five”.

  • 8 Answer: overnight
    • The keywords concerned in Q8 must be “two options ” and “Paris to Nice”, “travel

    • We can assume the answer for Q8 relating to option 2 from Paris to Nice.

    • We can hear the travel agent said about option 2 from Paris to Nice “it’s a longer journey; people prefer the convenience of travelling overnight”. It means that if students choose option 2 for this journey, he will travel overnight. Therefore, the answer for Q8 must be “overnight”.

  • 9 Answer: half (of)
    • The keywords concerned in Q9 must be “single tickets ” and “return fare

    • We can assume the answer for Q9 may be the price of a single ticket (in comparison with return tickets).

    • We can hear the travel agent said “singles are approximately half of the return fare”. All keywords are mentioned in the same way like in Q9. Therefore, the answer for Q9 must be “half of”.

    • Note: Don’t be misled by the price of return tickets, you should be careful and read clearly Q9 (it’s is about single tickets, not about return ones).

  • 10 Answer: 2 hours
    • The keywords concerned in Q10 must be “flying ” and “from London to Nice”, “take

    • We can assume the answer for Q10 may be a period of time

    • We can hear the student asked “how long it (flying from London to Nice) takes?” And the travel agent answered “2 hours”. It is easy to realize “2 hours” is answer of Q10. Therefore, the answer for Q10 must be “2 hours”.

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Part 1

You will hear a conversation about different options for travelling to France. First you have some time to look at questions 1 to 5.

(Pause the recording for 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.

F= Travel agent M= Student

F: Good morning!

M: Hi.

F:    How can I help you?

M: I'm looking for information about travelling to France. I'm studying in Nice next year and need to go there in September. I'm thinking of driving, so I guess it's either through the Channel, or by ferry.

Urn.... I think the ferry's a lot slower, isn't it?

F: Indeed it is; it takes around nine hours from London to Paris, including the overland bits, and usually it’s more expensive too, unless you book well ahead of time; then sometimes the ferry's more affordable.

The answer is "September" so the time of travel has been filled in for you. 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 to 5.

[REPEAT]

M: How much does it cost?

F: Well, when you take the train and the ferry now, you must buy your tickets separately ...

M: Actually I'd prefer to take the Chunnel. How much does that cost? F: That depends on your travel date and availability of tickets, but you can expect to pay about 50 pounds each way for the car, in addition to your passenger fares.

M: It's not cheap.

F:    No; will you be using your car a lot while you're in France?

M: Uh, not really, but I'll have a lot of luggage, so it seems like the easiest way. Besides, I hate flying.

F: Driving is never the easiest way to get from the UK to France, I'm afraid! And of course, your steering wheel will be on the wrong side when you get there! If you're not going to need your car when you arrive, may I suggest leaving it at home and travelling by train? It's much faster, more affordable and you can take as much luggage as you need, there aren't limits.

M: Oh, I didn't know that about the luggage - that's good. It would certainly be more relaxing, I suppose. Ok, tell me about the train.

F: It's definitely the most popular option these days. Eurostar has

now captured over 70% of the London to Paris market from the airlines, and maybe this has something to do with the fact that 92.4% of Eurostar trains run on time, against just 65% of flights on the same routes. From central London to central Paris, Eurostar is faster than flying as well.

M: And the Eurostar is ... what exactly? A train company?

F: Oh, sorry! The Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train that runs from London to Paris via the Channel Tunnel. Eurostar can reach 186 miles per hour, and the journey takes just 2 hours 15 minutes.

Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 6 to 10.

(Pause the recording for 30 seconds)

Now listen and answer questions 6 to 10.

M: All right, so it's easy to get to Paris, but what about Nice? It's a fair bit farther.

F: Yes, but it couldn't be easier. There are two main options; you can leave London at seven twenty-seven in the morning, then transfer in Paris to catch the TGV train at eleven forty-six. which takes about five and a half hours, and be in Nice in time for an evening meal. Or, you can take any Eurostar to Paris in time to catch the twenty-two twenty-five from Paris, which arrives in Nice at eight fifty-four. It's a longer journey, but many people prefer the convenience of travelling overnight.

M: Yes, that appeals to me. About how much does the overnight journey cost?

F: The example I've pulled up on the computer now costs a hundred and thirty-five pounds return, but sometimes it's lower; as low as 97 pounds. I'll write down a couple of website addresses for you, and you can search for various times and fares on your own.

M: Thanks, that's great... oh ... one more thing. I'll need a single fare, because I won't be returning for a while. Is that going to be more expensive?

F: No, don't worry. Singles are approximately half of the return fare, though this wasn't true several years ago, when it wasn't uncommon for a return to be cheaper than a single.

M: Ok, this sounds good, but what about flying? Is that an option?

F: If you aren't going to opt for taking the train, flying is another good option. While the train's the fastest way to travel from London to Paris, you can actually save time by opting to fly from London to the South of France.

M: I guess there's an airport in Nice, isn't there?

F: Yes; the Nice Cote d'Azur Airport. It's about 7km from the centre of Nice. Since it's the third most important airport in France after Charles de Gaulle and Orly in Paris, there's no shortage of flights.

M: Do you know exactly how long it takes?

F: Two hours.

M: That's quick!

F: Yes, but you need to consider that you'll lose time checking in and waiting to collect luggage and such. And of course, there's a baggage allowance.

M: True. All right, thanks very much for your help, I've got a lot to think about now.

F: No problem at all! Feel free to come back if you have more questions.

That is the end of Part one. You now have half a minute to check your answers.

(Pause the recording for 30 seconds)

Now turn to Part two.

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