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IELTS Practice Test Volume 4

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Listening Practice Test 2
  • 1 quiet
  • 2 impolite
  • 3 rarely
  • 4 smoke
  • 5 promptly
  • 6 co(-)operate
  • 7 attend meeting
  • 8 follow rules
  • 9 strictly forbidden
  • 10 be done
  • 11 steps
  • 12 danger
  • 13 respond
  • 14 unconscious
  • 15 blockages
  • 16 irregular
  • 17 medics
  • 18 20 C,D,F
  • 31 B
  • 32 B
  • 33 B
  • 34 Effectiveness
  • 35 (a) liquid
  • 36 suffocation
  • 37 pipework
  • 38 (almost) double
  • 39 a quarter/one quarter/one-quarter/1/4
  • 40 heavy metals
  • 21 C
  • 22 A
  • 23 B
  • 24 C
  • 25 C
  • 26 Ensure
  • 27 deposited
  • 28 Display
  • 29 Distribute
  • 30 reward


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Introduction of IELTS Reading

The IELTS Reading Academic module consists of three passages totalling approximately 2,500 words. The passages are similar to the kind of articles...

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-6

Complete the table.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.



Name of new tenant: Anders

Good Points About Him

Bad Points About Him


He is 1

He is 2

His Friends

His friends visit 3

They 4


He pays rent 5

He doesn’t 6

  • 1 Answer: quiet
    • The keywords concerned in Q1 must be “good points” and “behavior”.

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

    • Richard tells Tom that Anders is quiet. The reason why Richard says so is because Anders doesn’t play loud music at night, bother others or turn his TV up. Thus, quietness shall be seen as a good point of Anders. Therefore, the answer for Q1 must be “quiet”.

  • 2 Answer: impolite
    • The keywords concerned in Q2 must be “bad points” and “behavior”.

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

    • Tom compares Anders to his last flatmate, who is polite. Thus, we can imply that Anders is opposite to Tom’s last flatmate. In particular, Anders usually grunts in reply and sometimes ignores Tom. Thus, impoliteness is Anders’ bad point. Therefore, the answer for Q2 must be “impolite”.

  • 3 Answer: rarely
    • The keywords concerned in Q3 must be “good points”, “his friends” and “visit”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be an adverb.

    • According to Richard, Anders’ friends only visit him once or twice a month. In other words, Anders’ friends rarely visit him. Therefore, the answer for Q3 must be “rarely”.

  • 4 Answer: smoke
    • The keywords concerned in Q4 must be “bad points” and “his friends”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a verb.

    • Tom hates Anders’ friends because their cigarette smoke stinks up the place. Thus, it can be implied that Anders’ friends smoke. Therefore, the answer for Q4 must be “smoke”.

  • 5 Answer: promptly
    • The keywords concerned in Q5 must be “good points” and “pays rent”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be an adverb.

    • Even though Tom does not like Anders’ friends, he still admits that Anders pays promptly. As a result, prompt payment should be considered as a good point of Anders. Therefore, the answer for Q5 must be “promptly”.

  • 6 Answer: co(-)operate
    • The keywords concerned in Q6 must be “bad points and “doesn’t”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a verb.

    • Tom expects tenants to cooperate with others. Thus, he is completely disappointed with Anders since Anders does not cooperate at all, which is implied when Tom says that Anders fails significantly. Therefore, the answer for Q6 must be “co(-)operate”.

Questions 7-10

Complete the notes.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Issues to Discuss

Communication: 7

Friends: 8

Cigarettes: 9

Cleaning: must 10

  • 7 Answer: attend meeting
    • The keyword concerned in Q7 must be “communication”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a phrase.

    • Richard suggests that they should invite Anders to a weekly tenants’ meeting. Thus, he writes “attend meeting” on the paper. Therefore, the answer for Q7 must be “attend meeting”.

  • 8 Answer: follow rules
    • The keyword concerned in Q8 must be “friends”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a phrase.

    • Tom asks Richard to write “don’t smoke, anywhere, inside or outside” on the paper. However, Richard turns him down as he believes that writing so can upset Anders. Richard eventually decides to write “follow rules” on the paper and verbally mentions the rules. Therefore, the answer for Q8 must be “follow rules”.

  • 9 Answer: strictly forbidden
    • The keyword concerned in Q9 must be “cigarettes”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a phrase.

    • Even though Richard promises to verbally mention the rules, Tom still worries that Anders’ friends will continue smoking. Thus, he asks Richard to specifically mention the cigarette issue and write “strictly forbidden” on the paper, to which Richard agrees. Therefore, the answer for Q9 must be “strictly forbidden”.

  • 10 Answer: be done
    • The keyword concerned in Q10 must be “cleaning”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a phrase.

    • As Anders is quite untidy, Richard suggests that they should mention his cleaning duties on the paper. As a result, Richard decides to write “must be done” on the cleaning section. Therefore, the answer for Q10 must be “be done”, as “must’ is already available on the notice.

    Note: Some students may mistakenly believe that “do better” is the correct answer for this question. Even though Tom suggests that they should write “must do better” to impress Anders about his cleaning duties, Richard just flatly refuses to write so as he’s afraid that they may upset Anders. Therefore, Richard generally writes it as “must be done”. Therefore, “do better” is an incorrect answer.  

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You will hear two flatmates, Tom and Richard, talking about their new flatmate, who has just moved in the week before.

Tom: Hi, Richard. I’m glad I caught you here. Can I just talk to you about something? Our new flatmate—Anders — is not quite what I had hoped. I was wondering if you shared my concerns about some of his behaviour.

Richard: Ah, yes, Tom, I know what you mean, but we can’t be entirely negative. He has good points. I mean, at least he’s quiet. He doesn’t play loud music all night, or bother others, or turn his TV up, disturbing everyone.

Tom: Sure, he’s quiet, but remember our last flatmate? He’d say ‘hi’ to you, and smile, and treat everyone politely. In comparison, this new guy is very impolite. He just grunts in reply, and sometimes ignores me altogether.

Richard: I guess that’s just his way—y’know, just his character. I don’t think he realises he’s being impolite, and it shouldn’t matter to us too much. We can just ignore him, too, and quietly live our own lives.

Tom: But his friends are hard to ignore, when they visit.

Richard: I know what you mean, but how often does that happen? I rarely see them — maybe once or twice a month. If they came moreoften, it might be a problem, but as it is, such rare visits don’t matter so much. Wouldn’t you say so?

Tom: Well, I’m not sure, since it’s very obvious when they’re here because of all the cigarette smoke in the house. It stinks up the place, and you know we don’t allow smoking on the premises.

Richard: Well, I’ve never seen them doing this. Maybe they do it outside. Perhaps we can talk to Anders about it. Always remember, though, in one respect, he’s a good tenant. And it’s the most important aspect. The previous flatmate would always pay the rent late.

Tom: I know what you’re going to say. This guy pays promptly. But there’s more to being a good tenant than prompt payment. I mean, you need to turn off the TV, clean up your dishes, dress respectably, be polite, and so on. I guess what I’m saying is that, basically, you need to co-operate with the others, and this new guy fails significantly in this respect.

Richard: Okay, I suppose you have a point there.

Richard: I tell you what, Tom, why don’t we talk to our new flatmate, Anders, about these issues? If we throw him out, we’ll have to go to all the trouble of finding another flatmate, who might not necessarily be much better. So, let’s give the current guy a chance. Here. I’ve got a piece of paper, so let’s make a short list of issues to discuss with him. Get it out into the open.

Tom: Sure. We’ll give him one more chance. So, write, ‘Communication’, and let’s tell him to ...

Richard: Well, we can’t change a person’s personality overnight, so why don’t we have a weekly tenants’ meeting, and we can just ask him to attend? That way we can get to know him better. I’ll write ‘attend meeting’, and we can take it from there.

Tom: Okay, but we have to tell him about his friends. They can’t just do whatever they want. Write a heading ‘friends’ and then write ‘don’t smoke, anywhere, inside or outside’.

Richard: Well, instead of being so direct, and possibly causing offense, I’ll just write, ‘follow rules’, and verbally mention the rules: TV off by 10 pm, no loud music, or bad behaviour, including smoking.

Tom: Okay, do that, but I still think we need to specifically mention that last issue. You know how I can’t stand the habit, so I’d like this to be another and separate point. Cigarettes! Strictly forbidden! And it’s important to include the ‘strictly’ here. We can’t pussyfoot around too much. Sometimes directness is necessary.

Richard: Okay, I’ll write that... ‘for-bidd-en’ ... Okay. And what about cleaning duties? Anders is a little too relaxed about that. Dishes are sometimes not washed, dirty tea cups are left around the place, and so on.

Tom: So, write ‘must do better!’

Richard: Yeahhhh, again Tom, he might take that personally, and it could cause a scene. I’d rather be general.

I’ll write ‘must be done’ and I’ll tell him that that’s for everyone, not just him. Okay?

Tom: Okay. As long as he gets the message.

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