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IELTS Practice Test 2

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Published on: 07 Mar 2019

Listening Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 (the) animal park
  • 2 cold and cloudy
  • 3 10.15 am
  • 4 birds of prey
  • 5 (the) reptile display
  • 6 6.30 pm
  • 7 Chinese
  • 8 Japanese
  • 9 Korean(s)
  • 10 Thai
  • 11 B
  • 12 A
  • 13 B
  • 14 C
  • 15 A
  • 16 D
  • 17 F
  • 18 B
  • 19 C
  • 20 A
  • 21 G
  • 22 E
  • 23 C
  • 24 A
  • 25 header
  • 26 16
  • 27 12
  • 28 single
  • 29 work
  • 30 teacher
  • 31 regulations
  • 32 short grass
  • 33 development
  • 34 passive recreation
  • 35 get lost
  • 36 Industrial Revolution
  • 37 50,000
  • 38 (central) lake
  • 39 refuge
  • 40 Melbourne

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-6

Complete the notes.

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

School Excursion

Day:  Wednesday  (Example)

Destination: 1

Weather: 2

Arrival time: 3

Activities Planned

See: 4

Eat: Catered lunch

Attend: 5

Return time: 6

  • 1 Answer: (the) animal park
    • The keyword concerned in Q1 is “destination”, so the answer of this question must be a place.
    • We can hear the men asks “And where are we going?”, this is a clear signal for us.

    • In the answer of the women, there are two places that we can misunderstand. First, we here about “Arthur Island”, but this is destination of “last month” so it is not the answer. Then we here “this time we’re going to the... Animal Park”. From this sentence, we can determine that correct answer for Q1 must be (the) Animal Park.

  • 2 Answer: cold and cloudy
    • The keyword concerned in Q2 must be “weather”.
    • In the next part of conversation, we can hear a lot of information about weather
    • Firstly, the men mentions that “Let’s hope the weather for this week’s excursion is better….. Have you heard the forecast?”. From his question, we know that answer of Q2 will appear soon.
    • Then there are several information related to weather in women answer appear: “Basically, they’re saying Monday will be sunny”, “Tuesday we’ll have some showers”, “by Wednesday, the day of our excursion, it will be... well, their words arecold and cloudy”, so we can confuse that the weather can be “sunny”, “showers” or “cold and cloudy

    • But the time will help us determine exact answer.

    • From the answer sheet and previous discussion, we know that they will have school excursion on Wednesday, thus only information about weather on Wednesday is correct answer. In this case, this information is very clear when we hear the women says “by Wednesday, the day of our excursion, it will be... well, their words arecold and cloudy”. Therefore, the correct answer of Q3 must be cold and cloudy.

  • 3 Answer: 10.15 am
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 is “arrival time

    • The signal in this case is the question from the men “And what time will we get there?” which is compatible with “arrival time

    • The answer from the women include some information related to time that we should carefully listen.

    • First, she says “The bus picks us up at 8.30 am”, the words “picks us up” indicate us that 8.30 am is departure time, not arrival time. So 8.30 am should be eliminated

    • Then we can hear she said “we arrive at 10 am... sorry, with the 15 minutes break, that will actually be 10.15 am”. In this sentence, we hear 10am and 10.15 am, but we should choose 10.15 am as the women explain that they will have “15 minutes break” so the time will actually be 10.15 am. Therefore 10.15 am is correct answer of Q3

  • 4 Answer: birds of prey
    • The keywords concerned in Q4 must be “activities planned” and “see
    • From the question, we can assume that answer should be an activity

    • We can easily hear this information from the women that “one fun event planned that day isBirds of Prey’”. Therefore, the activity mentioned in this Q4 must be Birds of Prey

  • 5 Answer: (the) reptile display
    • The keyword concerned in Q5 is “attend”. From this question, we can assume that answer can be another activity of their trip.

    • When the men asks “Are there any other activities?”, we know that we can find answer in next part.

    • In the women’s answer, she says that she has a choice between the ‘Reptile Display’ and the ‘Koala Handling’. So one of these two activities will be correct answer of Q5.

    • Then she also explains that “the koalas can’t be handled unless the weather’s sunny, and given the forecast” so finally she decides that “I thought it better to choose the reptile display”. From this clue, we can conclude that (the) reptile display is the correct answer of Q5.

  • 6 Answer: 6.30 pm
    • The keyword concerned in Q6 must be “return time”.

    • The question from the men “And, then we get back. What time will that be?” is the indicator for us as “get back” and “return” are synonyms

    • The women’s answer includes much information about time and we can be confused.

    • First, she says that they “leave the park at 4.30”, this is leaving time so this is not the answer

    • Then we can hear she says that they “won't get back until well after 6 pm”. This sentence indicates that they can only return after 6pm. But “It will most likely be 6.30” tell us that specific time is 6.30. So answer must be 6.30 pm

    • We should also be careful with one another information of “8.30” at the end of her answer, but this is time of “the last trip”, so it is not the correct answer.

    • In conclusion, correct answer of Q6 is 6.30 pm

Questions 7-10

Complete the table.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.

Nationality

%

7

26

8

25

9

16

- Indonesian

15

10

8

- Saudi

7

- Other

3

  • 7 Answer: Chinese
    • From Q7 to Q10, we should find the nationality that are compatible with % of the column in the right side

    • With Q7, the answer must be the nationality that makes up 26% in total. Looking at the table, we can assume that 26% is also the biggest proportion, this is a clue for us.

    • When the women says “I would imagine that most of our students are either Japanese or Chinese”, we can have a first guess that answer can be “Japanese or Chinese

    • Then we can hear the men replies “But it’s the Chinese who constitute the majority, but only just”. From the phrase “constitute the majority”, we can infer that Chinese is the one with biggest proportion. Thus, answer for Q7 must be Chinese.

  • 8 Answer: Japanese
    • With Q8, we should find the nationality at the 2nd position with 25% in total.

    • After reveal about the 1st position, the main continue give information about the 2nd one: “I had thought Koreans might be second, but it’s actually the Japanese, quite close behind”.

    • In this sentence, we can misunderstand that Koreans is the answer as it is mentioned first. However, we should be careful as this is only the men’s thought, not the result from research.

    • Then he mentions “it’s actually the Japanese”. And we can sure that the 2nd position and also the correct answer of Q8 is Japanese

  • 9 Answer: Korean(s)
    • The keyword concerned in Q9 is “16%”.

    • When the women asks “What’s the breakdown exactly?”, we know that information about specific % of nationalities will follow soon.

    • Then we can hear from the men about proportions of “Indonesians and Koreans”. As he says, “Indonesians at 15%” and this is already showed on the answer sheet.

    • After that, he mentions “the Koreans are a little higher.” The phrase “a little higher” indicate us that proportion of Koreans is higher than Indonesian. So we can infer proportion of Koreans is 16% and answer of Q9 must be Korean(s).

    • In this question, we can be misunderstood because of the phrase “less than 10%.” at the end of his speech. This phrase can make us confuse that whether 8% is proportion of Korean or not. But actually “less than 10%” is the proportion of Korean last year

  • 10 Answer: Thai
    • The keyword concerned in Q10 is “8%

    • In the next part of conversation, the men says that “just like the Saudi and Thai student numbers, almost the same also - both just under 10”. From this sentence, we know that both Saudi and Thai are under 10%. Saudi is already showed in the table with 7% so we can guess 8% is proportion of Thai

    • Moreover, when the women ask “Which one is bigger?”, the men responses “Thai students number just a fraction more”. From this clue, we can sure that Thai’s proportion is 8%, which is 1% more than Saudi. Therefore, the correct answer of Q10 is Thai

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You will hear two teachers, Andrew:and Katie, discussing the coming excursion of their language class.

Andrew: Well, we have this school excursion planned, but when exactly is it? Is it this Tuesday or Wednesday?

Katie: Well it can’t be Tuesday, with the English tests taking place.

Andrew: Ah, right. Not Tuesday, but Wednesday.

Katie: That’s right - all day Wednesday - taking a bus outside the city.

Andrew: And where are we going?

Katie: Ah, last month we went to Arthur Island, so this time we’re going to the... Animal Park.

Andrew: Arthur Island was okay, but it was too cold. Let’s hope the weather for this week’s excursion is better. I don’t suppose animals care about bad weather, but I certainly do. Have you heard the forecast?

Katie: Yes, and it’s not too bad. Basically, they’re saying Monday will be sunny.

Andrew:Good...

Katie: But then the weather will change.

Andrew: Not so good.

Katie: Yes, Tuesday we’ll have some showers, but by Wednesday, the day of our excursion, it will be... well, their words are ‘cold and cloudy’.

Andrew: Cold and cloudy. Well, as long as it isn’t ‘wet and rainy’, I’m happy enough. We won’t need umbrellas, just warm clothing. And what time will we get there?

Katie: Let’s see. The bus picks us up at 8.30 am, and then it’s an hour and a half on the road, so we arrive at 10 am... sorry, with the 15 minutes break, that will actually be 10.15 am.

Andrew: That’s early enough. Then all our students can see the animals, have their fun, and do whatever they want to do.

Katie: Well, one fun event planned that day is ‘Birds of Prey’.

Andrew: What’s that?

Katie: That’s when they bring out several birds of prey: eagles, falcons, kites, those sorts of birds, and throw pieces of meat into the air, and the birds swoop down and eat them. It’s quite impressive.

Andrew: Sounds great. ‘Birds of Prey’. Are there any other activities?

Katie: There’s a catered lunch, at the park restaurant. We’ve already paid for that, and in the afternoon there’s... well, I had a choice between the ‘Reptile Display’ and the ‘Koala Handling’. In the reptile display, the students can handle live pythons and various other snakes.

Andrew:Surely they’d rather hold koalas?

Katie: I’m sure, but the koalas can’t be handled unless the weather’s sunny, and given the forecast, I thought it better to choose the reptile display.

Andrew:Ummm, that’s a shame. These Asian students would love the ‘Koala Handling’.

Katie: Yes, I know, but we can’t control the weather.

Andrew:And, then we get back. What time will that be?

Katie: We leave the park at 4.30, but then we face traffic, so wo won't get back until well after 6 pm. It will most likely be 6.30. But that’s better than the last trip: we didn’t get home until 8.30 that time.

Andrew:Yes, that was a bit too late, wasn’t it?

Katie: Andrew, I understand you’ve been doing some research regarding the breakdown, by nationality, of our student body. That must have produced some interesting results.

Andrew: You’re right. I got some statistics from head office.

Katie: I would imagine that most of our students are either Japanese or Chinese.

Andrew: You imagine right. But it’s the Chinese who constitute the majority , but only just. I had thought Koreans might be second, but it’s actually the Japanese, quite close behind. It’s somewhat surprising, but obviously all those Study Tours that our university markets in Japan are bringing in students.

Katie: What’s the breakdown exactly?

Andrew: Japanese are a quarter of the whole, which is considerable. Last year they were only 16%, so that market has grown nicely. Ah, the only other proportions of some weight are the Indonesians and Koreans - about the same. Indonesians at 15%, and... ah... the Koreans are a little higher -not like last year when they were less than 10%.

Katie: I thought we’d have more Indonesians than Koreans?

Andrew: Well, as I said, they’re about the same - just like the Saudi and Thai student numbers, almost the same also - both just under 10.

Katie: Which one is bigger?

Andrew: Ah, Thai students number just a fraction more. As for the other nationalities, collectively they’re only 3%, so it wasn’t worth giving each of them a separate category. I just grouped them under ‘other’ - that’s Vietnamese, South American, a couple of Russians, and so on.

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