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IELTS Practice Test 3

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Published on: 05 May 2019

Listening Practice Test 2

Answer Keys:

  • 1 10.25 (am)
  • 2 Box Hill
  • 3 30 to 39
  • 4 domestic duties
  • 5 married, no children
  • 6 walking
  • 7 tighten
  • 8 hike
  • 9 swimming
  • 10 energy
  • 11 A
  • 12 E
  • 13 D
  • 14 F
  • 15 C
  • 16 B
  • 17 E
  • 18 C
  • 19 I
  • 20 F
  • 21 symbols
  • 22 interpreted
  • 23 nature
  • 24 headings
  • 25 Legal
  • 26 procedures
  • 27 associated
  • 28 directions
  • 29 notes
  • 30 headings
  • 31 billion
  • 32 clean room
  • 33 radiation
  • 34 (deep) underground
  • 35 complex
  • 36 heavy water
  • 37 electronic
  • 38 1000 tons
  • 39 electric current
  • 40 control


Mirzayev Azizbek 929:11
Eddy Ahmed 825:17
anjali.shettigar 826:28
4 Qhamruzzamah Shaik 828:36
5 vsprathyusha 829:18
6 prasad.guru1986 839:31
7 truc thanh 7.525:09
8 s3327119 7.527:25
9 Akash Verma 7.531:49
10 brsignofjoy23 7.539:24

Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Complete the form.


Survey Form

Dealing with:    exercise  (Example)

Time contacted: 1

Suburb: 2

Age Group: 3

Occupation: 4

Family: 5

  • 1 Answer: 10.25 (am)
  • Note:

    • the words which lead you to the answer are underlined.

    • the word/number you must write for the answer is marked.

    • words which you might wrongly think could be the answer are in italics.

    • The keyword concerned in Q1 must be time contacted.

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

    • You may be confused by two hours mentioned: 10.30 is the time that the interview finishes while 10.25 is the present when the representative calls the woman.

    • For that reason, the answer must be 10.25.


  • 2 Answer: Box Hill
    • The keyword concerned in Q2 must be suburb.

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

    • There are two places mentioned in the dialogue. Even though the women recalls Blackburn, it is just a place that is in close proximity to her house and where the last client lives. Meanwhile, Box Hill is exactly where the woman lives. For that reason, the answer must be Box Hill.

  • 3 Answer: 30 to 39
    • The keyword concerned in Q3 must be age group.

    • First, the representative mentions 3 different groups of age for the woman to choose. She thinks she will be in the 40 to 49 age group because she will be 40 in a few months. However, she is just in the 30 to 39 at present. Hence, the answer is 30 to 39.

  • 4 Answer: domestic duties
    • The keyword concerned in Q4 must be occupation.

    • Once again, the speakers confuse you with many jobs mentioned. Housewife and teacher are jobs of the previous client at first. Moreover, teacher is the job the speaker made for a living in the past and she wants to be a cook in the future. However, she just does some domestic duties now so domestic duties is the answer.

  • 5 Answer: married, no children
    • The keyword concerned in Q5 must be family.

    • You may be confused by the rep’s speech because he says he’s married with children or the last customer is a single mother. However, what we need is the woman’s information, therefore, just simply put down married, no children as the answer.

Questions 6-10

Complete the summary.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.

The subject undertakes exercise by regularly 6 . She does yoga in order to relax and 7 her muscles. When she was younger, she would 8 , and in the future, she may go  9 although that will depend on whether she has enough 10 .

  • 6 Answer: walking
  • Q6:

    The subject undertakes exercise by regularly____

    • The keyword concerned in Q6 must be exercise.

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

    • Cleaning is the woman’s husband’s form of exercise, while she walks to take regular exercise. For that reason, the answer is walk.

    • The word walk is used in verb form, but its noun form is fortunately walk as well so you may also get the correct answer. However, you need to be aware of grammar which enables you to enhance your band score.

  • 7 Answer: tighten
  • Q7:

    She does yoga in order to relax and ____ her muscles

    • The keywords concerned in Q7 must be yoga, relax and muscles.

    • The word “and” connects the verb “relax” and the blank. Moreover, the blank is followed by a plural noun (her muscles) so the answer must be a verb.

    • Three keywords are mentioned in the speech as relax is paraphrased into a form of relaxation.

    • For these reason, the answer is tighten.

  • 8 Answer: hike
  • Q8:

    When she was younger, she would ___

    • The keyword concerned in Q8 must be younger.

    • As the blank follows the modal verb would so the answer must be an infinitive verb.

    • Play basketball could not be the answer. The first reason is that it is her husband’s  hobby and she just watches his matches. Secondly, ONE WORD is required so it is not the correct answer.

    • The question refers to the past. While the question mentions “when she was younger”, the phrase “used to” is used in the speech with the same meaning.

    • Hence, the answer must be hike.

  • 9 Answer: swimming
  • Q9:

    and in the future, she may go ____

    • We can assume that the answer could be a gerund.

    • There are two options mentioned: swimming and jogging. However, jogging is just the husband’s preference while the woman says swimming is much a better choice.

    • For that reason, the answer must be swimming.

  • 10 Answer: energy
  • Q10:

    although that will depend on whether she has enough _____.

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

    • The woman says “if I have any energy left over, I might go to aquatic centre”, which means she will go swimming if she has enough energy or it depends on whether she has enough energy.

    • For that reason, the answer is energy.

Section 1
Change Audio Sources

Source 1

Source 2

Source 3



You will hear a survey company representative ringing a person to obtain some information.

Rep.: Hello?

Person: Hello? Who is this?

Rep.: Hello. I’m a representative of the Tallyho Survey Company, and I’d like to ask you a few questions regarding exercise

Person: Oh, that’s an interesting subject.

Rep.: Yes, we think so, too.

Person: But I’m afraid I’m a bit busy at the moment.

Rep.: Don’t worry. This will only take about four minutes at the most. It’s 10:25 now, so it will all be over by 10:30.

Person: Well ... alright, if it’s that short.

Rep.: It will be. So, one of the first things I need to know is where you are — that is, which suburb or area of the city? The last client was in Blackburn, for example.

Person: Blackburn. That’s close to me. I’m in Box Hill.

Rep.:Another eastern suburb then. I have a friend in Box Hill, too. Interesting place. Now, I need your approximate age for this survey. Are you younger than 20, between 20 and 29, 30 and 39, and so on? 

Person: I’ll turn 40 in a few months, so that puts me in the 40 to 49 age group.

Rep.: Well, that’s in a few months, so right now you’re in the 30 to 39.

Person: Oh, right. So put that then.

Rep.: Okay. Now, I need to know your occupation. The last caller was a housewife, for example; the one before that a teacher.

Person: I used to be a teacher, too, teaching cookery.

Rep.: And now?

Person: Now you can just put ‘domestic duties’. Actually, I hope to begin a new job soon, as a cook, but that won’t be for some time yet. I have to wait for my husband’s restaurant to open.

Rep.: Cook? That sounds interesting, but it’s ‘domestic duties’ for now. Okay, that just leaves some information about your family. This is not obligatory at all, so if you don’t want to answer, that’s fine.

Person: What sort of information, exactly?

Rep.: Oh, it’s very broad. Married, with children; single mother, that sort of thing. The last customer said she was a single mother.

Person: I’m married, and not a mother. Put ‘married, no children’.

Rep.: I’m married with children, myself. But I’ll put in your details, and that finishes the profile, and just l eaves the actual survey itself, if you’re ready to proceed.

Rep.: Alright, let’s begin the survey now, about your exercise habits.

Person: I’m afraid I don’t exercise much at all.

Rep.: Well, the main question is in what form you take your exercise, however little that may be — for example, in just cleaning. Do you clean the house?

Person: My husband does the cleaning, actually, but I walk to the supermarket and shops very often, up to four times a week.

Rep.: I’ll put that then, unless there’s something else.

Person: Nothing else, really. But I diet. I’m very strict about what I eat. Oh, and I do yoga, although that’s not very energetic—more a form of relaxation, and to tighten my muscles.

Rep.: They’re both important, of course, but what about sport? Do you undertake any sporting activities? This could be very infrequent. In the past, for example.

Person: My husband plays basketball at the local school, and I sometimes watch. When he was younger he was in a basketball team, but I never participated.

Rep.: Have you done anything at all?

Person: I used to hike in a nearby national park.

Rep.: Well that’s a definite physical activity, so I’ll put that—but not basketball. Alright, that just leaves future exercise intentions. Do you plan, or expect to do, at some stage, any form of exercise?

Person: I once dreamt of doing modern dance, but that’s never going to happen. Realistically, I’m thinking about going swimming, at the local aquatic centre, although my husband thinks we should just jog. I can’t see myself doing that, though—too tiring.

Rep.: I can understand. I used to jog, too, and it really makes you sweat. I’d say swimming’s a much better option.

Person: But I’ll be starting this job as a cook in my husband’s restaurant. I imagine I’ll be very tired doing all those late shifts. But if I have any energy left over, I might go to the aquatic centre to release some stress.

Rep.: Alright. Well, that’s the end of the survey. Thank you very much for your time.