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Listening Practice 6: Short Answer Completion


Listening Practice 6

Short Answer Questions

In this practice exercise, we will focus on listening for specific information. Short answer questions are common across the 4 IELTS tests and, if you have completed other practice tests, you will already be familiar with this type of task.

In order to listen for the correct information in the audio recording, be sure to read through the questions first. Underline key words in the questions that will help you to find the correct information. For example, if the questions is asking: What time does …? I would underline the word ‘time’ as I this tells me to listen out for numbers in the listening text.

TOP TIP: You must still listen out for the context of the information in the listening text. For example, if I had underlined the word ‘time’ and was listening out for numbers in a text, and someone said it took 10 minutes to walk home, I don’t want to make the mistake of writing down 10 o’clock – just because I heard a number!


  1. In what year did the London Aquatics Centre host the Paralympic games?
  2. How many pools are there in the London Aquatics Centre?
  3. What time is the pool open on Fridays?
  4. Who can swim for free at the centre?
  5. If you book tickets online, can you get a refund?


Audio Clip

Listen to the audio file by clicking on the play button:



 The iconic London Aquatics Centre is like swimming in no other pool in the world. After hosting the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, the world-class venue is now open for you to use.

We have three pools to choose from, which offer a range of swimming and diving suitable for adults and children. The pool programme accommodates lane swimming, family swimming, lessons and specialist sessions, including women-only and disability swimming.

We’re open every day from 6am – 10.30pm. Swim with us from £4.95 an adult and £2.50 per child. You can either become a member or pay for one-off swim sessions. Children aged three years and under are able to swim for free. Swim safety rules apply.

Please note: if you book online – ticketing is non-refundable once purchased.

Text adapted from: https://www.londonaquaticscentre.org/swimming#!/




  1. 2012
  2. 3
  3. 6am-10:30pm
  4. Children under 3/Children aged 3 and under
  5. No

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