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IELTS Practice Test Volume 8

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Listening Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 ten/10 o’clock
  • 2 further/farther
  • 3 heavy smoker
  • 4 bus connection
  • 5 D
  • 6 C
  • 7 D
  • 8 37.50
  • 9 British (and) Indian
  • 10 (her) deposit
  • 11 Countdown to Departure
  • 12 (the) (useful) guide
  • 13 14 A,D
  • 15 16 D,F
  • 17 18 B,C
  • 19 free health treatment
  • 20 write a letter
  • 21 free time
  • 22 time management
  • 23 weekly or monthly
  • 24 revise
  • 25 progress
  • 26 realistic
  • 27 C
  • 28 D
  • 29 D
  • 30 C
  • 31 teacher-focused/teacher-focussed
  • 32 (personal) mentor
  • 33 (the) campus
  • 34 self-access
  • 35 identify suitable
  • 36 compare notes
  • 37 initial aim
  • 38 B,C,E
  • 39 40 A,C

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-4

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

Martina Bila’s appointment with the accommodation officer is at 1

Martina’s current accommodation is 2 from the university than she expected.

The landlady is a 3

The 4 to the university isn’t good.

  • 1 Answer: ten/10 o’clock
    • The keywords in Q1 are Martina Bila’s appointment with the accommodation officer is at

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be a time or a place going with the preposition ‘at’

    • We are aware that Martina Bila is the name of the student. The student said she made an appointment at 10 o’clock. ‘Appointment’ and ‘at’ match perfectly with the keywords and the preposition.

    • Hence, ten/10 o’clock is the answer for Q1 (as the question requires NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS

  • 2 Answer: further/farther
    • The keywords in Q2 are Martina’s current accommodation from the university than she expected.

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be an adjective in comparative form (as it goes with ‘than’).

    • Talking about her current accommodation, the student complains that it is further than she imagined from the university. ‘From the university’ matches with the keywords’, ‘imagined’ is similar to ‘expected’. further’ is the adjective in comparative form, fitting well in the blank.

    • Hence, ‘further/farther" is the answer for Q2

  • 3 Answer: heavy smoker
    • The keywords in Q3 are The landlady is a

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be a noun or noun phrase describing a person.

    • One more problem the student mentions is about the landlady who is quite a heavy smoker.heavy smoker’ is a noun phrase and describes the landlady.

    • Hence, heavy smoker is the answer for Q3

  • 4 Answer: bus connection
    • The keywords in Q4 are to the university isn’t good

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be a singular noun

    • After checking the student’s current accommodation, the officer admits that it is far away. What’s more is the bus connection isn’t too good. ‘Isn’t good’ matches with the keyword.

    • Hence, ‘bus connection’ is the answer for Q4

Questions 5-7

Choose the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

5

Martina is looking for

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: D
  • The keywords in Q5 are Martina is looking for

  • Informed that there are available accommodation nearer the university, the student wonders if there is any catered or self- catering university accommodation available? As she says That would be ideal, it means she is particularly looking for 2 types of accommodation which is catered and self-catering.

  • Therefore, D is correct.

6

The accommodation officer received details of some accommodation

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: C
  • The keywords in Q6 are accommodation officer received details of some accommodation

  • According to the accommodation officer, he received details about a place which is catered and most expensive the day after the student phoned. It means the day after she called to make appointment with him.

  • Therefore, C is correct.

7

When does the accommodation officer think other accommodation will be available?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: D
  • The keywords in Q7 are When does the accommodation officer think other accommodation will be available

  • When the student asks for the availability of self-catering accommodation, the officer notes that it can be available at anytime, or may be some weeks later. That means he is not sure about it.

  • Therefore, D is correct.

Questions 8-10

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

How much do students pay for catered accommodation during term time?

£ 8

What nationality are Martina’s new flatmates?

9

What will Martina lose?

10

  • 8 Answer: 37.50
    • The keywords in Q8 are How much do students pay for catered accommodation during term time

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be an amount of money. Note that we also have to write down the unit (£, $...)

    • We listen more carefully when the student wants to just check the cost

    The officer then answers ‘It’s 37 pounds 50 per week. You also have to pay 23 pounds 15during the Christmas and Easter holidays,’ As the question asks for ‘term time’, not holiday time, the answer is 37 pounds 50, not 23 pounds 15 or the sum of both.

    • Thus, £37.50 is the answer.

  • 9 Answer: British (and) Indian
    • The keywords in Q9 are nationality are Martina’s new flatmates.

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be 2 or 3 nationalities.

    • As the students would like to know about the people she’d be living with, the officer reports that there are 2 girls in the new accommodation who are British and Indian.

    • Thus, British and Indian is the answer.

  • 10 Answer: (her) deposit
    • The keywords in Q10 are What will Martina lose

    • The keywords suggest that the answer must be a noun

    • Turning back about the issue of her current accommodation, the student thinks that her landlady is supposed to keep the deposit as she doesn’t give the landlady notice (inform the landlady) about her leaving before 1 month. That means she will lose her deposit. It is also confirmed by the officer due to the rental agreement.

    • Thus, (her) deposit is the answer

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SECTION 1

(A-Accommodation Officer S-Student)

A: Hello. How may I help you?

S: Hello. My name is Martina Bila. I made an appointment to see you at 10 o’clock. I’m a little early. Is that OK?

A: No problem. We’re not very busy at the moment. You said on the phone that you weren’t happy with your accommodation and were thinking of changing.

S: That’s right.

A: May I ask what the problem is exactly?

S: To be honest, there’s more than one problem . The main problem is that the accommodation is farther than I imagined from the university .
A: I see. And the other problem or problems?

S: The other problem is that the landlady is quite a heavy smoker . I’m a non-smoker, and I’m afraid that I find it quite unpleasant .

A: I’m sorry about that. Weren’t you given the option of accommodation with smokers or non-smokers?


S: I’m afraid that’s really my fault. I don’t mind light smokers, but I didn’t get my accommodation organised very much in advance, so most of the accommodation had gone by the time I applied . However, a friend told me that there is sometimes accommodation … er … you know … er … accommodation becomes available midterm because some people leave the university or change their place … er … the place where they live, so I thought maybe …

A: I see. Yes, it is important to arrange accommodation well in advance, though it isn’t always possible . However, your friend was correct. We do get some accommodation available mid-term. Just give me a minute to find your details on the computer….

S: Yes, of course.

A: Now, your current address is 43 parkway drive , isn’t it?

S: Yes.

A: Yes, that’s a fair way away. The bus connection isn’t too good either, is it? I think that it would be better to focus on that as the reason for moving, rather than the smoking issue . However, I will change the information in the computer to say that this accommodation is only suitable for smokers or people who don’t mind heavy smokers. That way we can avoid similar problems in the future.

S: That sounds like a good idea.

A: Now, the good news is that there is plenty of accommodation available nearer the university. The bad news is that it is more expensive.

S: That’s OK. I expected that. Is there anv catered or self catering university accommodation available? That would be ideal.


A: I thought you might be interested in that. The day after you phoned, a place became available. It’s catered , so it’s the most expensive type of accommodation, but it’s yours if you want it.

S: There’s no self-catering accommodation available?


A: Not at the moment. Something could become available at any time. Vmt then again, vou might have to wait weeks.

S: I understand. Can I just check the cost?

A: It’s 37 pounds 50 per week. You also have to pay 23 pounds 15during the Christmas and Easter holidays, regardless of whether you are there or not. That sum doesn’t include meals during those periods.

S: But summer holidays are not included?

A: That’s right. Students are permitted to stay in university accommodation during holidays but they usually have to move to a different flat.

S: I see. And do I pay monthly?

A: Yes, but don’t worry if you’re a few days late. It happens quite often and we don’t mind too much.

S: Can I see a picture of the accommodation?

A: Sure,.., It looks like this, You can see that there is a single bedroom for each student and a common living room and bathroom. There are no

cooking facilities, but many students buy a microwave .

S: Can you tell me anything about the people I’d be living with?

A: There are two girls there, One is British and one is Indian. They are studying law and marketing respectively . They’re the same age as you, 20. And they’re not smokers!

S: That sounds perfect. If I don’t give my landlady a month’s notice, she gets to keep the deposit , doesn’t she?

A: That’s normally stated in the rental agreement , yes. I’d like to be able to keep this university accommodation available, but I’m afraid I can’t. If someone else wants it and takes it…

S: I understand. I’ll take it. Can I move in on the first day of next month?

A; What day is it today? 22nd. Yes. That should be fine. Give me a minute to print out the standard rental agreement …

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