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Master IELTS General Training 2

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Published on: 04 Sep 2018

Listening Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 B
  • 2 C
  • 3 D
  • 4 D
  • 5 (the) student
  • 6 none/0
  • 7 (quite) well paid
  • 8 aid work
  • 9 (only) assessed
  • 10 scholarships
  • 11 rock music
  • 12 very slowly
  • 13 two/2
  • 14 politics
  • 15 mobility
  • 16 push/are pushing
  • 17 Education
  • 18 creative
  • 19 Indian value system
  • 20 achieve
  • 21 28 May
  • 22 contents, references, bibliography
  • 23 (your) personal tutor
  • 24 8-10 weeks
  • 25 (extra) research
  • 26 other/previous student's
  • 27 research guide
  • 28 Dissertation Research Techniques
  • 29 recall system
  • 30 feelings and opinions
  • 31 container lids
  • 32 wrong type
  • 33 sorting process
  • 34 heavily contaminated
  • 35 material recovery facility
  • 36 weighed
  • 37 tipping floor
  • 38 manual and automatic
  • 39 buying recycled products
  • 40 33.9%


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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-4

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


How did the student get the university prospectus?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: B
  • The keyword concerned in Q1 is the university prospectus

  • Because the student says he downloaded it, we can assure that he got it from the Internet. Therefore, the answer for Q1 is B.


What is the A-level requirement for the course?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: C
  • The keyword concerned in Q2 is the A-level requirement

  • As the student asks if the A-level entrance requirement was BCC, and the woman confirms yes; therefore, the answer for Q2 is C

NOTE: After confirming the student, the woman also tells him that on average our students have 3 Bs. However, it is not the A-level entrance requirement.


 What A levels is the student taking?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: D
  • The keyword concerned in Q3 is the student is taking

  • The woman suggests that students studying politics, economics, history, geography or languages find their first year easier, and the student says he’s not studying politics or languages but taking the other three; which implies that he studies economics, history and geography

  • Therefore, the answer for Q3 is D


Who can use the language lab?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Answer: D
  • The keyword concerned in Q4 is a language lab

  • As the woman says students are free to use regardless of the subjects they are taking, which means that any student can use; therefore, the answer for Q4 is D

Questions 5-7

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

Who decides the country in which the student will work in year three?


How many students went to work in either Singapore or Brunei this year?


What is the advantage of translating or checking translations?


  • 5 Answer: (the) student
    • The keyword concerned in Q5 is who decides the country

    • In the passage, the student asks: “Can I spend my year abroad in any country in the region I choose?” and the woman says “Yes”. This implies that the student has the right to decide the country.

    • Therefore, the answer for Q5 is (the) student

  • 6 Answer: none/0
    • The keywords concerned in Q6 are “how many” and “Singapore or Brunei

    • As the woman says this year none went to Singapore or Brunei; therefore, the answer for Q6 is none

  • 7 Answer: (quite) well paid
    • The keyword concerned in Q7 is translating or checking translations

    • From the passage, this job is quite well paid, but your language skills have to be up to scratch

    • Therefore, the answer for Q7 is (quite) well paid

Questions 8-10

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each gap.

The woman points out that the student can teach English and do 8 together.

First-year students can study a language or do a project, but are 9 on one.

There are no department 10 for first-year students.

  • 8 Answer: aid work
    • The keywords concerned in Q8 are “teaching English” and together

    • In the passage, the student says he was attracted by the idea of teaching English or doing aid work, and then the woman tell him that it’s possible to do both. This shows that he can teaching English and do aid work together.

    • Therefore, the answer for Q8 is aid work.

  • 9 Answer: (only) assessed
    • The keyword concerned in Q9 is a language or a project

    • The woman gives information that the only choice in year one is a language or a project (which means they can study a language or a project). However, students are only assessed on either the language or the project

    • Therefore, the answer for Q9 is only assessed

  • 10 Answer: scholarships
    • The keyword concerned in Q10 is for first-year students

    • As the student asks about scholarships from the department for first-year students and the woman answers that nothing is available for first-year students, we understand that there is no department scholarships for first-year students

    • Therefore, the answer for Q10 is scholarships

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Section 1

Student: Good afternoon. I’m considering applying to your university and would like to ask you some questions.

Woman: Of course. Take a seat. Which course were you thinking of applying for?

Student: South-East Asian Studies.

Woman: I see. Do you have a copy of the university prospectus?

Student: Yes, I do. I downloaded it.

Woman: So, you know that it’s a four-year course, including one year living and working in the region.

Student: Yes. The A-level entrance requirement is BCC, right?

Woman: Yes, but on average our students have 3 Bs.

Student: Are there any restrictions on the subjects that I take at A. level?

Woman: No, but we find that students studying politics, economics, history, geography or languages tend to find their first year easier. A background in at least two or three of those subjects is advantageous.

Student: I see. I’m not studying politics or languages, but I am taking the other three at A level. Are languages an important part of the course? You see, I’m not very good at them.

Woman: Languages are not a compulsory part of the course - they are optional each year. However, because students spend a year abroad, we strongly recommend that students take one for at least a year beforehand. However, there is a language lab that students are free to use during the day regardless of the subjects they are taking.

Student: Which languages are offered?

Woman: We have five on offer - Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, Indonesian and Tagalog. They can be taken in the first, second and fourth years. During the third year, students are expected to learn the basics of the language spoken wherever they are spending their year abroad.

Student: I see. Can I spend my year abroad in any country in the region I choose?

Woman: Yes, as long as you can satisfy your tutors that it will benefit your studies. This year most students have gone to Vietnam, Thailand, or the Philippines. Fewer have gone to Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia, Laos or Cambodia. None went to Singapore or Brunei.

Student: What do students generally do during their year abroad?

Woman: The vast majority help on aid projects, especially helping with water supply and sanitation in rural areas. Others get involved in teaching English or in business - particularly the logistics side of things. A small minority get jobs translating or checking translations. That’s quite well paid, but your language skills have to be up to scratch.

Student: Good. I was attracted by the idea of teaching English or doing aid work.

Woman: Very often, it’s possible to do both. That way you can also develop a wider range of skills.

Student: Thank you for your help. Can I just check the optional courses for year one?

Woman: The only choice in year one is a language or a project where the student creates a portfolio of background information on the countries of the region. Actually, many students do both, since they find the project contributes to their general understanding of the region and the languages are obviously useful preparation for going abroad. However, students are only assessed on either the language or the project and are free to choose which one.

Student: Got it. And could you tell me about the scholarships that are available from the department? It says in the prospectus that there are some in addition to the ones offered by the university.

Woman: Sure. Actually, I’ve printed out a list.... Here you are. Nothing is available for first-year students, but thereafter scholarships are awarded for high overall grades and also for linguistic skills. There is a smaller discretionary award for non-academic contributions.

Student: Well, thank you very much for your help.