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IELTS Practice Test Volume 1

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Published on: 30 Jul 2018

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Listening Practice Test 2

Answer Keys:

  • 1 after use
  • 2 tidy up
  • 3 take turns
  • 4 week
  • 5 after 10 (pm)
  • 6 overnight visitors
  • 7 any
  • 8 must(-)have
  • 9 175
  • 10 March 5th
  • 11 very low
  • 12 research
  • 13 teachers
  • 14 main station
  • 15 night bird
  • 16 an/the operator
  • 17 emergency number
  • 18 20 C,E,F
  • 21 C
  • 22 C
  • 23 A
  • 24 B
  • 25 B
  • 26 Select
  • 27 Confirm
  • 28 Outline
  • 29 Remind
  • 30 payback
  • 31 C
  • 32 B
  • 33 A
  • 34 higher purpose
  • 35 important
  • 36 appreciated
  • 37 sincere
  • 38 Using (the)
  • 39 key decisions
  • 40 clever innovation


# User Score Time
Minh Anh Nguyen 9 24:16
Nikolay Sotev 9 24:34
kuhu.vermaa 8.5 22:28
4 Esther Obisesan 8.5 24:44
5 Chandana Komaram 8.5 28:48
6 A P 8 19:23
7 Emmanuel Oyesomi 8 23:15
8 Pamela Torres 8 23:42
9 Amma jk 8 24:03
10 Mohammad Junaid 8 24:53

Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-6

Complete the table.



Rule One

Rule Two

Payment of rent

on the 5th  (Example 

full amount expected


must clean 1

must  2

Cleaning Duties

must 3

do once every  4


no noise 5

no  6

  • 1 Answer: after use
    • The keyword concerned in Q1 must be “kitchen” and “must clean

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer is the rule when using the kitchen

    • Richard said he liked cooking and proposed a rule that every tenant must clean after use. Tom wrote the rule “clean after use” down. Therefore, the answer for Q1 must be “after use”.


  • 2 Answer: tidy up
    • The keyword in Q2 is “not only clean”, which signals to us that there’s one more kitchen rule.

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

    • As Richard said “not only clean, but they have to tidy up” and Tome agreed that “tidy up” is their second cooking rule. Therefore, the answer for Q2 is tidy up.

  • 3 Answer: take turns
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 are cleaning duties and a cleaning roster. We can guess that there’ll be the allocation for cleaning task.

    • From the question, we can assume the answer must be a infinitive verb.

    • Richard suggested a cleaning roster and they made a list of everything they expected to be done. Then, Tom added that everyone is required to take turns. In other words, everyone must take turns. Therefore, the answer for Q3 is take turns.

  • 4 Answer: week
    • The keywords concerned in Q4 are “do every” and “how often

    • From the question, we can guess that the answer is a noun such as day/ week/ two days… to express the frequency.

    • Richard said that once a week is good enough. Tom agreed as long as they do clean regularly and well. Since the phrase “once every” has been given, the answer for Q4 is just week.

    Note: When Richard asks Tom “Every day, twice a week, or once a week”, Tom firstly chooses every day but Richard thinks it’s too often.

              Then Tom says every three days, but Richard again disagrees and gives opinion that once a week is enough.

  • 5 Answer: after 10 (pm)
    • The keywords concerned in Q5 are “no noise” and “other rules”.

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

    • As Richard says he wants quiet at night and no noise after 10 pm, that’s consistent with most rental properties. Therefore, the answer for Q5 is 10 pm.

    Note: Tom suggests they would say no noise after 11 at night. However, Richard complains he wants earlier than that. Therefor, the answer cannot be after 11 at night.

  • 6 Answer: overnight visitors
    • The keyword in Q6 is either. We can understand that it’s the rule two in other rules

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

    • Because Richard says “and... no overnight visitors either!”; therefore, the answer for Q6 is overnight visitors. 

Questions 7-10

Complete the form.


Tenancy Service

Online Advertising Form

Gender: 7

Job: 8

Rent: $ 9

Move in: 10

  • 7 Answer: any
    • The keyword concerned in Q7 is gender

    • From the question, we can guess that the answer might be male or female

    • However, when Richard says he prefer a male, Tom suggests that a female might be just what this household needs. Therefore, finally Richard and Tom decide to write any

    • The answer for Q7 is any

  • 8 Answer: must(-)have
    • The keyword concerned in Q8 is job

    • Richard explicitly says that to him, as long as they have a job, just type in, ‘must-have’. Therefore, the answer for Q8 is ‘must-have

  • 9 Answer: 175
    • The keyword concerned in Q9 is “rent($)

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

    • Tom asks Richard “how much should we ask them to pay?” and types $175 in the form. Therefore, the answer for Q9 is $175.

    • Note: There are 4 numbers mentioned here: $180, $173.50, $ 1.50 and

    $175.  Any misunderstanding or inattention may result in incorrect answer.

    • $180 is given before Richard does the maths

    • $173.50 is given before they round it up

    • $ 1.50 just is the extra amount of money that they share

    • $175 is finally typed in the form.

  • 10 Answer: March 5th
    • The keywords concerned in Q10 are “move in” and “when can we let the new tenant move in?”

    • From the question we can assume that the answer would be the date that the new tenant move in.

    • Tom answers Richard that he’ll type immediately but Richard disagrees. Tom then suggests March 1st. however, Richard wants later, on March 5th. Tom agrees and type that in the form.Therefore, the answer for Q10 is March 5th.
      Note: There are 3 dates given here. Any misunderstanding or inattention may result in incorrect answer.

    • March 1st: Tom asked Richard if March 1st was okay but Richard wanted later => March 1st cannot be the answer

    • March 8th is the day that after that Tom will be busy => March 8th cannot be the answer

Section 1
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Source 1

Source 2



You will hear two flatmates, Tom: and Richard, discussing the rules of their shared house.

Tom: Richard, as we discussed before, with this extra bedroom in the house, we should advertise for another tenant, but I think we’ve got to establish rules this time.

Richard: We already have two rules, about the rent money. Remember? We pay on the 5th and expect full payment, with no excuses.

Tom: Sure, but I mean additional rules, apart from those two.

Richard: Okay. There’s certainly no harm in that.

Tom: Remember the problems we’ve had with people in the past. I think we should learn from those bad experiences.

Richard: You may have a point there. For example, you know that I like cooking, so I can propose a kitchen rale straightaway: every tenant must clean after use. We shouldn’t allow what happened last time.

Tom: You mean that guy who left all his dirty dishes piling up, and food on the floor? Clean after use! We should write that down. I’m happy with that.

Richard: And not only clean, but they also have to tidy up. We can’t have them cluttering up our very small kitchen counter.

Tom: I’m with you there. That will make life far more manageable. So, ‘tidy up’ is our second ‘cooking’ rule, let’s say. And now, can I tell you what really annoys me?

Richard: Sure.

Tom: Dirty tenants. Those who just allow dirt and dust to build up around the house, and don’t care less. We’ve got to have a strict rale prohibiting that.

Richard: What about a cleaning roster? We can make a list of everything that we expect to be done: carpets vacuumed, furniture dusted, toilet cleaned, and so on.

Tom: And everyone is required to take turns. First my turn, then your turn, then the third tenant’s turn. This spreads the load, so we can keep the apartment very clean.

Richard: I’m happy with that. Otherwise one person will be working harder than the others. But how often do we do it? Every day, twice a week, or once a week, or what?

Tom: Every day What do you think?

Richard: Too often, I would say.

Tom: Well, every three days, then.

Richard: I don’t know. We’re all busy, with part-time jobs and study. I’d say that once a week is good enough. It’s probably what most households do, anyway.

Tom: Alright, alright. Let’s run with that, then. As long as we do clean regularly and well. Okay, are there any other rales? What about music, loud TV, that sort of thing?

Richard: I want absolute quiet at night because I go to bed early, in order to get up early for my job.

Tom: So, why don’t we say no noise after... say... 11 at night?

Richard: Earlier than that! 10 pm! That’s consistent with most rental properties, and... no overnight visitors , either!

Tom: You’re right. That caused a lot of problems when the last tenant brought his drinking buddies in for the night. So, we prohibit late-night noise, and overnight visitors as well.

Richard: That sounds good to me.

Tom: Okay Richard, if we want to advertise for an extra tenant for the third bedroom, there’s a website, with an online form here that we can fill out. That will speed things up.

Richard: Good idea - in fact, let’s do it now, and get it over and done with.

Tom: Sure. The first category here is ‘gender’. I guess that means we write male or female.

Richard: I think I’d prefer a male. He’d fit in with us - one of the boys, something like that.

Tom: Sure, but that might limit things, and I’d say a female might be just what this household needs.

Richard: Why don’t we say ‘any’, and let fate decide. See who turns up, and judge them as they come.

Tom: Okay, I’ll type ‘any’ , so now we move on to ‘job’. What sort of job do you want them to have?

Richard: To me, it doesn’t matter - doctor, lawyer, cleaner - as long as they have a job, of course. Unemployed tenants can be a problem. Just type in, ‘must-have’.

Tom: You mean a job?

Richard: Yes.

Tom: Must... Okay, that’s done. Now, how much should we ask them to pay? $180 would be about one third of the total rent.

Richard:    I’m doing the maths now with a calculator. The figure would be closer to $173.50.

Tom:   Well, let’s round that up to the nearest $5. I’ll type in $175 , and we can share the extra $ 1.50.

Richard: Done! Now, finally, when can we let the new tenant move in?

Tom: Immediately, I’d say. The sooner the better. Type in ‘immediately’.

Richard: But I’m busy this week, with my job, so I’m not in the mood to interview tenants right now, and anyway, we’ve had just you and me for so long, what does another couple of weeks matter?

Tom: So, when would you like the tenant to move in, then? One week from now? Beginning of the month, March 1st?

Richard:    Later. Give it another four days at least. March 5th is better for me.

Tom:   Okay, I’ll type that in. It should be fine. Any later than March 8th and I’ll be too busy with my exams. And that’s about it.