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IELTS Practice Tests Plus Volume 3

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Listening Practice Test 5

Answer Keys:

  • 1 weekend(s)
  • 2 plasdeco
  • 3 clear
  • 4 late
  • 5 cheaper
  • 6 messy
  • 7 designs
  • 8 expensive
  • 9 painting
  • 10 ladder(s)
  • 11 B
  • 12 C
  • 13 A
  • 14 B
  • 15 C
  • 16 C
  • 17 I
  • 18 H
  • 19 D
  • 20 G
  • 21 D
  • 22 B
  • 23 A
  • 24 H
  • 25 F
  • 26 E
  • 27 28 B,E
  • 29 30 A,C
  • 31 common
  • 32 woodland/woods/forest(s)
  • 33 tail
  • 34 grey/gray
  • 35 humans/people
  • 36 memory
  • 37 hearing
  • 38 birds
  • 39 year
  • 40 water


# User Score Time
Lê Hoàng 9 33:51
Huong Giang Nguyen 8.5 24:01
Minh Vu 8.5 27:51
4 Sarah Bandini 8.5 29:55
6 Michelle Villanueva 8.5 32:47
7 Richie Das 8.5 40:00
8 Noreen Zohaib 8 21:37
9 Ha Pham Dinh 8 23:54
10 Sai sushmitha kolloju 8 28:24

Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-2

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.

Advice on plumbers and decorators


Make sure the company is: local

Don’t call a plumber during the 1
Look at trade website:  www. 2 .com
  • 1 Answer: weekend(s)
  • Note:

    - The keywords concerned in Q1 are”don’t call”,”plumber” and during”

    - From the question,we can assume that the answer must be a noun which indicates time.

    - Ruth mentions the plumber so the answer will soon appear.

    - The answer is “Weekends” as Alastair suggested Ruth not to call anyone on weekends.

  • 2 Answer: plasdeco
  • Note:

    - The keywords concerned in Q2 is “website

    - The answer is obviously “plasdeco” as it is the only website mentioned in this section.Later Alastair spelled it so we can be sure to fill “plasdeco” in the blank.

Questions 3-10

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.


Positive points

Negative points

Peake’s Plumbing

  Pleasant and friendly

  Give 3  information 

  Good quality work

• Always 4

John Damerol Plumbing Services

   5 than other companies 


  Not very polite

  Tends to be  6

Simonson Plasterers

• Able to do lots of different 7

• More 8  than other companies

H.L. Plastering


 Also able to do 9  

• Prefers not to use long 10

  • 3 Answer: clear
  • Note:

    - The keywords for Q3 is “information”,Peake’s Plumbing

    - From the question, we can assume that the answer must be an adjective that relating to information

    - The answer is “clear” as it is said in the section:they tell you information you need in a clear way

  • 4 Answer: late
  • Note:

    -The keywords for Q4 are “Peake’s Plumbing, “negative points” and “always”

    -From the question, we can assume that the answer must be an adjective

    -The answer for Q4 is “late ” as the man said in the section:Well,that’s a downside-every single time I’ve used them they arrive late.”negative point” is equivalent to”downside” and “always” is similar to “every single time”.


  • 5 Answer: cheaper
  • Note:

    -the keyword for Q5 is “companies

    From the question,we can assume that the answer must be a comparative adjective.

    -The answer is “cheaper ” as the man said that John Damerol Plumbing Services is cheaper than other people.

  • 6 Answer: messy
  • Note:

    -The keyword for Q6 is “tend to

    -From the question,we can assume that the answer must be an adjective

    -tend to is similar to has the  tendency to be

    -Therefore,The answer is “messy” as the man directly told the woman that Damerol has the tendency to be messy.The answer must be no more than one word so not very courteous is wrong also it is a negative point of John Damerol Plumbing Services

  • 7 Answer: designs
  • Note:

    -The keyword for Q7 is “lots of”, Simonson Plasterers

    -We can assume from the question that the answer is a noun

    -The answer is “designs ” as the woman asked if they can do a variety of designs.”a variety of” is similar to “lots of”.And later the man confirmed about it so we can be sure that the answer is designs

  • 8 Answer: expensive
  • Note:

    - From the question,we can assume that the answer must be a comparative adjective.

    -We heard about the positive points of  Simonson Plasterers  so after “But” we are likely to hear about the negative points.

    -The answer is “expensive” as the man mentioned the downside of Simonson Plasterers is that they are expensive than the others.


  • 9 Answer: painting
  • Note:

    -The keyword for Q9 is  H.L. Plastering

    -The answer for Q9 is obviously “painting” as the woman asked “Do either of them do Q9.painting for you if you want ... ?” and the man confirmed it later.It means that Harry Lester is also able to do painting besides plastering the ceiling.

  • 10 Answer: ladder(s)
  • Note:

    -The keyword for Q10 is “ Prefers not to”

    -We heard about the positive points before so after “but” we are likely to hear about the negative points.

    - “avoids” is similar to “prefer not to” and “tall” is equivalent to “long”.The man’s answer is that Harry avoid doing jobs which involve tall ladders.Hence,you should fill “ladders ”in the space.

Section 1
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You will hear a woman, who has just moved into the area, talking to a neighbour about problems she is having in her house.

Oh, hi Ruth. How are you?

I’m sorry to bother you, Alastair, but I’ve been having some problems.

Oh. Come on in ... What’s happened?

Basically, I had a leak from one of the pipes in the bathroom and water started coming through downstairs and the kitchen ceiling’s badly stained. I’ve got the leak fixed temporarily but I wasn’t happy with the plumber and I wanted to ask your advice.

Of course ... Well, the first thing I’d say is make sure you choose a local company ... that way if things go wrong you’re close by and it just makes things easier.

Let me write this down ... Right. Yes. The plumber who fixed things yesterday was from quite far away but I chose him because his advert said he did emergency repairs.

Well, fair enough ... you needed something in a hurry. But another piece of advice I’d give is try to avoid calling anybody on weekends. That’ll really bump up the prices. Leave it till Monday, if you can.

Well, yes ... I think I can do that because the temporary fix should hold. And obviously I’ll need the ceiling plastered and eventually re-decorated.

Yes, sure.

So who would you recommend? Is there a directory?

Well, there’s quite a good website covering this sort of work. It’s Is that with a K? a C, P-L-A-S-D-E-C-O dot com.

Got it. Well I’ll try and have a look at that.

Yes, it gives price and quality comparisons.

Oh, that’ll be useful, but I find personal recommendations really helpful as well ... you know, you can find out whether you can rely on the company.

Well, I know a couple of reasonable plumbers and also some plasterers.


Man:            There’s a company called Peake’s Plumbing ... now they’re a father and son team. They’re really friendly and they tell you information you need in a clear way ... you know, so they really understand what the problem is.

Woman:      Right, well that’s good to know. Are they reliable?

Man:            Well, that’s a down side - every single time I’ve used them they arrive late. And friends have said the same thing.

Woman:      But is the work good quality?

Man:            Absolutely ... Another one is John Damerol Plumbing Services - he’s very good.

Woman:      How do you spell the surname?

Man:            D-A-M-E-R-O-L.

Woman:      Right ... got that. And does he  do high quality work?

Man:            Well, it’s fine, you know, but I wouldn’t say that was his main point. Basically he comes out cheaper ... you know ... than other people.

Woman:      I sense there’s a ‘but’ ... is he unreliable?

Man:            Oh ... he comes when he says he’s coming BUT he’s not very courteous and he has the tendency to be messy ... you know so you have quite a bit of clearing up to do.

Woman:      Hmmm ... OK.

Man:            So it’s up to you ... they’re both good workers and they won’t cheat you.

Woman:      Right. And you said you knew some plasterers?

Man:            Yes a company called Simonson Plasterers did our living room last year ... we chose them because we wanted some fancy work on the ceiling - around the lights.

Woman:      So they can do a variety of designs?

Man:            You’ve got it. But it comes at a premium because they are more expensive ... you know ...

Woman:      ... than the others ...

Man:            Yes ... Or you could go for a one-man firm called H.L. Plastering ... Harry Lester - he’s fine - very reliable, if all you want is a simple job ...

Woman:      Do either of them do painting for you if you want ... ? After the plastering’s dried out of course.

Man:            That’s what I was going to say. But I should explain that Harry’s quite old now and so he avoids doing jobs which involve tall ladders ... you know.

Woman:      But my kitchen isn’t too bad for that ... I’d have to ask him if he’s prepared to do it.

Man:            Yeah sure.

Woman:      So I’ll start by looking at the website.

Man:            All those companies are on there ... with their phone numbers etc ...

Woman:      Thanks ever so much ...