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IELTS Practice Tests Plus 3

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Listening Practice Test 4

Answer Keys:

  • 1 hairdresser
  • 2 tablets
  • 3 sunglasses
  • 4 lock
  • 5 adaptor/adapter
  • 6 taxi
  • 7 Jefferey
  • 8 0777594128
  • 9 church
  • 10 30th April| April 30|30/04
  • 11 C
  • 12 A
  • 13 A
  • 14 C
  • 15 B
  • 16 C
  • 17 18 D,E
  • 19 20 C,E
  • 21 C
  • 22 B
  • 23 C
  • 24 A
  • 25 26 C,E
  • 27 28 D,E
  • 29 30 C,E
  • 31 call center/centre
  • 32 inconclusive
  • 33 methodology/methods
  • 34 unequal
  • 35 female
  • 36 response
  • 37 control
  • 38 sample/group
  • 39 other colleagues
  • 40 confidential

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-10

You will hear a man called Tim and a woman called Laura discussing preparations for their holiday.

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Things to do before we go

Example

Collect the currency.

  • Cancel appointment with the 1  (Monday)
  • Begin taking the 2 (Tuesday)
  • Buy 3 , a small bag, a spare 4 , an electrical 5
  • book a 6

Instructions for Laura's mum

  • Feed the cat

Vet's details:

Name: Colin 7

Tel: 8

Address: Fore Street (opposite the 9 )

  • Water the plants
  • Meet the heating engineer on 10
  • 1 Answer: hairdresser
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q1.  Cancel appointment with the _______  (Monday)

    Good thinking. And wasn’t there an appointment you said you’d got to cancel?

    Yes, the hairdresser ... Thanks for reminding me. Can you write that down too? The shop will be closed now, but I’ll do it first thing on Monday.

    ANSWER: hairdresser 

    + Skim through the Question to find out some words that need to be highlighted such as ‘cancel, appointment, Monday’

    + While listening to the tape, pay attention to those words (which were highlighted orange, blue’

    + After all, the answer for the blank space is hairdresser 

  • 2 Answer: tablets
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q2. Begin taking the _______ (Tuesday)

    OK ... Then, starting on Tuesday we’ve got to take the tablets we got from the pharmacy

    ANSWER: tablets

    + Skim through the Question to find out some words that need to be highlighted such as ‘begin, taking, Tuesday’

    + Focus carefully on the word ‘Tuesday’, this is the most important word in the Question that can easily lead you to the correct answer because this word cannot be paraphrased

    + While listening to the tape, you can find out that ‘begin’ has been paraphrased to ‘starting’, ‘taking

    has been changed form to ‘take’

    + The answer must be something around these orange, blue, green highlighted keywords

    + Therefore, the answer should be tablets

  • 3 Answer: sunglasses
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q3. Buy _____

    I’ve already bought that. But what we do still need to get is sunglasses 

    ANSWER: sunglasses 

    + Skim through the Question to find out some words that need to be highlighted such as ‘buy’

    + While listening, you can hear that the speaker says ‘I’ve already bought’ but he/she mentions ‘we do still need to get…’ It means that he/she still need to buy ‘sunglasses’

    + Therefore, only the word ‘sunglasses’ can be the answer for this question

  • 4 Answer: lock
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q4.  a small bag, a spare ____
     

    OK ... I’ve noted that down. And I think I’m going to get another bag too. Just a small one. We always seem to come back with more things than we take!

    Shall we get an extra lock for our suitcase as well?

    ANSWER: lock

    + Skim through the Question to find out some orange, blue highlighted keywords.

    + When you listen you can find out that the tape mention ‘get another bag too. Just a small one which is equivalent to the phrase ‘a small bag’ in the Question; ‘a spare…’ is similar to ‘an extra…’

    + According to this evidence, the answer for this question should be lock

  • 5 Answer: adaptor/adapter
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q5. an electrical _______

    Yes, they are a bit flimsy. OK ... Right ... Oh yes and we need an adaptor for our electrical things. 

    ANSWER: adaptor/adapter

    + You should keep an eye on the green highlighted keywords in the Question

    + The answer for this question should be a Noun

    + Pay attention to a word which is near the word ‘electrical’. You can hear from the tape that ‘we need…’ for our electrical things’

    + After all, the answer for this question should be adaptor

  • 6 Answer: taxi
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q6. book_____

    I think so. As far as shopping’s concerned. But we also need to ordertaxi to take us to the airport. . 

    ANSWER: taxi 

    + The keyword in the Question is ‘book’ (which is highlighted orange’)

    + Notice that keywords in the Question can be changed in the recording

    + In this occasion, ‘book’ (verb) in the Question is alternated to ‘order’ in the recording. ‘we also need to order…’

    + Understanding the idea in the question, the answer here should be taxi

  • 7 Answer: Jefferey
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q7.  Feed the cat

    Vet's details:

    Name: Colin ____

    Hang on, I’m just looking ... Yes. His name’s Colin Jefferey.

    Is that spelt with a G?

    Actually it’s J-E-double F-E-R-E-Y. Quite an unusual spelling, isn’t it?

    ANSWER: Jefferey 

    + In this Question, you need to fill out what is the Vet’s family name’s

    + You can easily hear in the recording that his full name is ‘Colin Jefferey’

    + Based on what you hear, you can guess the answer to this Question by writing down the word ‘Jefferey’.

    + Do not worry your answer is right or wrong because in this type of question, the speaker will spell the Vet’s family name’s for you

    + Therefore, the final answer should be Jefferey after hearing the speaker’s spelling

  • 8 Answer: 0777594128
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q8. Tel: _________

    Mmm. And his number?

    Oh treble seven, five nine four ... one two eight. It’s a mobile.

    ANSWER: 0777594128 

    + This Question requires you to fill in the blank the ‘Tel’ which is equivalent to ‘number’, so the keyword that you should pay attention while listening is related numbers (it can be a telephone, a mobile phone or etc.)

    + The speaker will say his number, focus on what he/she will say. After all, the answer is 0777594128

    Notes: The speaker says ‘oh’ which also means ‘zero’ (0) ; ‘treble seven’ which is similar to ‘seven seven’(777)

  • 9 Answer: church
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q9. Address: Fore Street (opposite the _______)
     

    And you should write down where it is - it’s Fore Street, not sure what number, but it’s next to the bus stop isn’t it?

    That’s not a very good landmark, but it’s on the other side of the road to the church, so I’ll tell her that. Let’s hope she won’t need a vet anyway!

    ANSWER: church 

    + Firstly, focus on green, orange highlighted phrases to get the answer

    + Next, pay attention so that you can hear these highlighted keywords. It is one step to get the answer

    + According to the recording, it can be clear that the speaker uses another word to describe what the vet’s address is.

    + The speaker does not mention the word ‘opposite’ in the direct way. He/She describes that Fore street is not next to the bus stop, but it is on the other side of the road to the church.

    Notes: A is on the other side of the road to B is similar to A is opposite B

    + Therefore, the answer must be church

  • 10 Answer: 30th April| April 30|30/04
  • Keywords in Questions

    Similar words in Passage

    Q10. Meet the heating engineer on__________ 

    Oh yes, and I’ve already mentioned the problem with the boiler, and your mum said she’d come round to meet the heating engineer and let him in.

    Yes. It’s a lot for her to do, but we really need to get the problem sorted out, and the earliest date I could get an appointment was April the thirtieth

    ANSWER: 30th April/10.04  

    + Skim through the passage to find out the orange, blue and green highlighted keywords in Questions

    + In this Question, ‘meet the heating engineer on…’ the blank space may be filled with something relates to date (on Monday, on Tuesday,…) or it is a place such as ‘on a boat’, ‘on the bridge’… You should guess the answer no matter how hard it is

    + When you listen, to can hear that ‘your mum would come round to meet the heating engineer and let him in’ and there is an appointment for ‘I’ is on ‘April the thirtieth).

    + After considering all these evidences, the answer to this question is 30th April

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 Our plane tickets arrived this morning ... it reminded me how much there is to do before we go.

Let’s write everything down shall we, so we don’t forget anything .

Yes. Last time we went away we almost forgot to collect our currency from the bank. So let’s start with that.

Good thinking. And wasn’t there an appointment you said you’d got to cancel?

Yes, the hairdresser ... Thanks for reminding me. Can you write that down too? The shop will be closed now, but I’ll do it first thing on Monday.

OK ... Then, starting on Tuesday we’ve got to take the tablets we got from the pharmacy. We really mustn’t forget to do that, we’re not protected against malaria till we’ve been taking them for at least seven days.

No, so that’s really important.

And what about shopping? There’s still a few things we’ve got to buy the next time we’re in town. We need some more sun block don’t we? We’ve only got that factor ten stuff - it won’t be strong enough.

I’ve already bought that. But what we do still need to get is sunglasses. The ones I’ve got aren’t good enough, and I don’t think yours are either.

OK ... I’ve noted that down. And I think I’m going to get another bag too. Just a small one. We always seem to come back with more things than we take!

Shall we get an extra lock for our suitcase as well?

Just in case the one we’ve got breaks. They don’t seem to last long.

Yes, they are a bit flimsy. OK ... Right ... Oh yes, and we need an adaptor for our electrical things. Your hair dryer and my shaver ... The plugs on them are bound to be the wrong type.

We could get one at the airport. They always have them there.

Well I’d rather get it beforehand, so I’m writing it down. And then I think that’s it isn’t it?

I think so. As far as shopping’s concerned. But we also need to order a taxi to take us to the airport. We should do that well in advance. My sister left it too late and she had to take the train - with that huge suitcase of hers!

I know, she really struggled with it ...

Now let’s see ... Your mother said she’d come in regularly while we’re away, so what do we want her to do? I’ll write some instructions and we can give them to her tomorrow. Good idea. Well ... the cat’s the main thing.

Feed ... the cat ...

We ought to leave her the vet’s details as well, just in case there’s a problem.

Yes. Have you got them handy?

Hang on, I’m just looking ... Yes. His name’s Colin Jefferey.

Is that spelt with a G?

Actually it’s J-E-double F-E-R-E-Y. Quite an unusual spelling, isn’t it?

Mmm. And his number?

Oh treble seven, five nine four ... one two eight. It’s a mobile.

OK.

And you should write down where it is - it’s Fore Street, not sure what number, but it’s next to the bus stop isn’t it?

That’s not a very good landmark, but it’s on the other side of the road to the church, so I’ll tell her that. Let’s hope she won’t need a vet anyway!

Yes. Right, apart from that there are the plants to water. Ask her to make sure they don’t dry out.

Oh yes, and I’ve already mentioned the problem with the boiler, and your mum said she’d come round to meet the heating engineer and let him in.

Yes. It’s a lot for her to do, but we really need to get the problem sorted out, and the earliest date I could get an appointment was April the thirtieth.

Isn’t it the day after we go?

Yes - we leave on the twenty-ninth. And she’ll have to hang around till the job’s finished. Oh well, she won’t mind I’m sure. She likes helping people out.

Yes, she does.

OK ... That’s it then I think. Unless you can think of anything else?

Not at the moment. Leave the list there and I’ll ...

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