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IELTS Practice Test Volume 8

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Published on: 04 Dec 2019

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Listening Practice Test 2

Answer Keys:

  • 1 Shopping
  • 2 Guided tours
  • 3 More than 12
  • 4 Notice board
  • 5 13th February
  • 6 Tower of London
  • 7 Bristol
  • 8 American museum
  • 9 student newspaper
  • 10 Yentob
  • 11 firewood
  • 12 Local craftsmen
  • 13 160
  • 14 Woodside
  • 15 Ticket office
  • 16 Gift shop
  • 17 Workshop
  • 18 Showroom
  • 19 Cafe
  • 20 Cottages
  • 21 A
  • 22 C
  • 23 E
  • 24 B
  • 25 G
  • 26 F
  • 27 C
  • 28 D
  • 29 A
  • 30 B
  • 31 Cities
  • 32 Windy
  • 33 Humid
  • 34 Shady
  • 35 Dangerous
  • 36 Leaves
  • 37 Ground
  • 38 Filter
  • 39 Low
  • 40 Room

Leaderboard:

# User Score Time
Phạm Nam 8.5 17:35
michellechu0314 8.5 20:15
Dunya Suleymanova 8.5 22:39
4 Gabriel Kamasa 8.5 24:55
5 Helen Ifedi 8.5 25:42
6 Pradyumna Chaparala 8.5 28:07
7 Navjot Bajwa 8.5 28:50
8 Bala Giridhar 8.5 28:56
9 donnaangelz03 8.5 32:15
10 Dhara Hirpara 8.5 34:04

Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-4

Complete the notes below.

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

NOTES ON SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Example Number of trips per month

Answer 5

Visit places which have:

  • historical interest
  • good 1
  • 2

Cost: between 5.00 pounds and 15.00 pounds per person

Note: special trips organised for groups of 3 people

Time: departure – 8.30 a.m. and return – 6.00 p.m.

To reserve a seat: sign name on the 4 3 days in advance

  • 1 Answer: Shopping
  • Q1:

    • The main keywords in Q1 are “have”, “historical interest”, and “good”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to something good that visited places should have, and it should be mentioned after the woman talked about historical interest.

    • The refer to this question (which is “shopping”) is quite easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “our students always ask about that” following after the answer proves that it’s definitely good.

    • The full answer to this question should be “a variety of shopping”; however, you should only write “shopping” as the answer requires no more than three words, and there’s already been the word “good” standing before the answer blank. Writing a full one may cause your answer to be unaccepted.

  • 2 Answer: Guided tours
  • Q2:

    • The main keyword in Q2 is “have”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to something that visited places should have.

    • The refer to this question (which is “guided tours”) is quite easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “And then” signifies that the next thing that visited place should have is about to be mentioned.

    • The only real problem in this question is that the answer is too close to Q1’s. You should listen and take notes both quickly and carefully if you want to answer this question correctly.

  • 3 Answer: More than 12
  • Q3:

    • The main keywords in Q3 are “special trips” and “people”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer the number of people in a group that can be organised a special trip.

    • The refer to this question (which is “more than 12”) is easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. The phrase “people” following after it signifies that this is the answer you’re looking for.

    • The full answer to this question should be “more than 12 people”; however, you should only write “more than 12” as there has already had the word “people” after the answer blank. Writing a full one may cause your answer to be unaccepted.

  • 4 Answer: Notice board
  • Q4:

    • The main keywords in Q4 are “reserve a seat” and “sign name”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer the place or thing on which you sign your name in order to reserve a seat.

    • The refer to this question (which is “notice board”) is easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. There are also many phrases which help you to locate the correct answer (“reserve a place”, “sign your name”, “3 days in advance”).

Questions 5-10

Complete the table below.

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

WEEKEND TRIPS

Place

Date

Number of seats

Optional extra

St Ives

5

16

Hepworth Museum

London

16th February

45

6

7

3rd March

18

S.S. Great Britain

Salisbury

18th March

50

Stonehenge

Bath

23rd March

16

8

For further information:

Read the 9 or see Social Assistant: Jane 10

  • 5 Answer: 13th February
  • Q5:

    • The main keywords in Q5 are “Date”, “St Ives”, and “16”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer the date of the trip to St Ives, which only have 16 seats.

    • The refer to this question (which is “13th February”) is easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. However, note that you should write the answer in the correct format (date, month), or your answer may be unaccepted.

    Noted: If you don’t know the format you should use to write the answer, look at the other dates written in the table to know the one that should be used.

  • 6 Answer: Tower of London
  • Q6:

    • The main keywords in Q6 are “London”, “16th February”, “45”, and “Optional extra”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the optional extra place of the London trip, which takes place on 16th February and has 45 seats.

    • The refer to this question (which is “Tower of London”) is easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. There are also many phrases which helps you to locate the correct answer (“London”, “16th of February”, “45 places”, “optional extra”). She also mentioned everything in the correct order in the table, which also help you to narrow down the part you should listen.

  • 7 Answer: Bristol
  • Q7:

    • The main keywords in Q7 are “Place” and “3rd March”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the place of the trip which takes place on 3rd March.

    • The refer to this question (which is “Bristol”) is quite easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. The answer was also spelled by the woman, so it only comes down to your listening skill to hear and write down the correct answer. 

    • The only real problem in this question is that the answer is too close to Q6’s. You should listen and take notes both quickly and carefully if you want to answer this question correctly.

  • 8 Answer: American museum
  • Q8:

    • The main keywords in Q8 are “Bath”, “23rd March”, “16”, and “Optional extra”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the optional extra place of the Bath trip, which takes place on 23rd March and has 16 seats.

    • The refer to this question (which is “American Museum”) is easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. There are also many phrases which help you to locate the correct answer (“London”, “16th of February”, “45 places”, “optional extra”). She also mentioned everything in the correct order in the table, which also help you to narrow down the part you should listen.

  • 9 Answer: student newspaper
  • Q9:

    • The main keyword in Q9 is “read”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to something that the man can read for further information.

    • The refer to this question (which is “student newspaper”) is easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly.

  • 10 Answer: Yentob
  • Q10:

    • The main keyword in Q10 is “assistant”.

    • We can assume from the question that the answer may refer to the last name of the woman’s assistant.

    • The refer to this question (which is “Yentob”) is quite easy to notice as the woman said it clearly and directly. The answer was also spelled by the woman, so it only comes down to your listening skill to hear and write down the correct answer. 

Section 1
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Section 1

You'll hear a young student asking the social organizer of his school for information about organized trips. First, you have some time to look at questions 1 to 4. You'll see that there is an example which has been done for you. On this occasion only, the conversation relating to this will be played first.

Man: Good morning.

Woman: Good morning, how can I help you?

Man: I understand that the school organizers and trips to different…

Woman: Yes we run five every month. Three during weekends and 2 Wednesday afternoon trips.

There are five trips every month so five has been written in the notes. Now we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen because you are not hear the recording a second time. Listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 4.

Man: Good morning.

Woman: Good morning, how can I help you?

Man: I understand that the school organizers and trips to different…

Woman: Yes we run five every month. Three during weekends and 2 in Wednesday afternoon trips.

Man: What sort of places?

Woman: Well, obviously it varies but always places of historical interest and also which offer a variety of shopping because our students always ask about that.

And then we go for ones where we know there are guided tours because this gives a good focus for the visit.

Man: Do travel far?

Woman:  Well, we're lucky here obviously because we're able to say that all our visits are less than 3 hours drive.

Man: How much do they cost?

Woman: Again it varies, between five and fifteen pounds a head depending on distance.

Man: Huh.

Woman: Oh and we do offer to arrange special trips if you know there are more than twelve people.

Man: Alright, I'll keep that in mind and what are the times normally?

Woman: We try to keep it pretty fixed so that that students get to know the pattern. We leave at 8:30 a.m. and return at 6:00 p.m. we figure it's best to keep the day fairly short .

Man: Oh yes and how do they reserve a place?

Woman: You sign your name on the notice board. Do you know where it is ?

Man: Uh-huh I saw it this morning.

Woman: And we do ask that you sign up 3 days in advance. So we know we've got enough people interested to run it. And we can cancel if necessary with full refund of course

Man: That's fine, thanks.

Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 5 to 10.

Now listen and answer questions 5 to 10.

Man: And what visits are planned for this term?

Woman: Right, well, I'm afraid the schedule hasn't been printed out yet, but we have confirmed the dates and planned the optional extra visits, which you can also book in advance if you want to.

Man: Oh that's alright. Then if you can just give some idea of the weekend ones so I can you know work out then to see friends etc...

Woman: Oh sure well the first one is St.Ives. That's on the 13th of February and will have only 16 places available because we're going by minibus. And that's a day in town with the optional extra of visiting the Hepworth museum.

Man: Alright yeah that sounds good.

Woman: Then there's a London trip on the 16th of February and we'll be taking a medium-sized coach so there'll be 45 places on that. And let's see the optional extra is the Tower of London.

Man: Oh I've already been there.

Woman: Yeah, after that there's Bristol on the 3rd of March.

Man: Where?

Woman: Bristol B R I S T O L

Man: Ok.

Woman: That's in a different minibus, with 18 places available. Oh, and the optional extra is a visit to the SS Great Britain.

Man: Ok

Woman: We're going to Salisbury on the 18th of March and that's always a popular one because the optional extra is Stonehenge so we're taking the large coach with 50 seats.

Man: Oh good.

Woman: And then the last one is to Bath on the 23rd of March.

Man: Oh yes is Bath the romance city.

Woman: Yes that's right and that's in the 16 seater minibus 

Man: and there's the optional visit.

Woman: Its to the American Museum, Well, worth a visit. .

Man: Ok that's great and thanks all that

Woman: My pleasure. By the way if you want more information about any of the trips, have a look in a student newspaper.

Man: Ok

Woman: Or have a word with my assistant. Her name is Janie Yentob. That's Y E N T O B

Man: Alright I've got that. Thank you very much for your help.

Woman: You're very welcome. I hope you enjoy the trips.

That is the end of section one. You now have half a minute to check your answers.
Now turn to section 2.

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