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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

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 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

Listening Practice 5: Table Completion

Listening Practice 5

Table Completion

In this practice exercise, we will focus on listening for specific information. Table completion tasks are common in IELTS listening tests and, if you have completed the reading 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 question first. From this, you should be able to work out what type of information you are looking for, e.g. a price, a time etc.


Listen to the audio clip and fill in the blanks in the table with the opening times of these attractions.


Opening Times: Weekdays Opening Times: Weekends

10am – 3pm


1.     __________________

Museum of Liverpool


2.     __________________ 3.     __________________


Audio Clip

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Liverpool has attractions littered throughout the city and more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of the capital. Each attraction is leading in its own right, but there seem to be a few ‘big hitters’ that everyone wants to know about.

Take an inspirational journey through space and science at Spaceport. On the ground floor there’s a variety of out-of-this-world exhibitions that make learning about our galaxy – and beyond – heaps of fun. You’ll also find the Interactive Zone, full of hands-on exhibits that explain the role of gravity and light in space. Get to grips with optical illusions and visual tricks in our ‘See the Light’ exhibits.

Spaceport is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm. Closing time is later on Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm.

The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and it is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century. More than 6,000 objects bring Liverpool’s incredible heritage to life, celebrating thousands of years of the city’s achievements.

Exhibits include Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape, a life-size Liverbird and Chris Boardman’s famous Lotus sport bike.

The museum is open daily from 9am – 5pm.

Text adapted from: https://www.visitliverpool.com/things-to-do



  1. 10am – 5pm
  2. 9am – 5pm
  3. 9am – 5pm

Listening Practice 4: Writing Addresses

Listening Practice 4 

Writing Addresses

In this practice exercise, we will focus on writing addresses. This is a common task in the IELTS listening test. Before we start the exercise, there are some important things for you to know about addresses given in English and some other top tips.

  1. Addresses will be formatted like this:

Number           Name of Road               Type of Road

2. The number in the address could be given in different forms:

a. Just a number, e.g.             2

b. A number and letter, e.g.  2A

c. A flat number, e.g.              Flat 2

3. There are different words to describe different types of roads in English. Becoming familiar with these will help you in this type of exercise in the test – and it will also help you to build up your bank of English vocabulary. See the different types of roads in the list below.

4. Any words that are considered difficult to spell or more unusual words will be spelt out for you on the recording. Otherwise, you will need to use your knowledge of the English language to spell the addresses correctly!

Types of Roads

Here is a list of the types of roads most commonly used in English addresses.

  • Street
  • Lane
  • Road
  • Way
  • Avenue
  • Crescent
  • Square
  • Boulevard
  • Drive
  • Park

Listen to the audio clip below and copy down the addresses. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, the address must be spelt correctly!!!


Listen to the audio clip and write out the 10 addresses below.

Audio Clip

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  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________


  1. ____________________________________________________________________










  5. 22 BRIDGE WAY
  8. FLAT 3 61 HEARD WAY
  10. 117 STATTON LANE

Listening Practice 3: Multiple Choice Pictures

Listening Practice 3

Multiple Choice with Pictures

Listen to the audio clip below. Use the information in the audio clip to answer the question. The answer to the question will be one of the pictures, either picture A, picture B or picture C. This practice exercise is focused on information about dinosaurs.

This particular exercise is more difficult and would be aimed at those around IELTS band 7 or higher. However, if you are currently working at a lower level, it will still be good practice to listen to the recording and have a go!

In the question, you will be told what aspect of the information in the recording you need to focus on in order to find the correct answer. REMEMBER: you will just give a one letter answer in response to this question.

A final top tip – it is likely that all three answers would make sense as the correct answer – your job is to listen carefully for the information that defines the answer as one of the pictures and not the others.



Look carefully at the multiple choice picture options. Listen to the audio clip and answer the question below.

Which of these fossilised skulls has the teeth of a theropod dinosaur?

Audio Clip

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Paleontologists use fossil evidence preserved in ancient rock to discover how long-extinct animals lived and behaved. In most cases, a fossilized bone is actually a rock made out of minerals, with no trace of the original bone material.

To discover how organisms lived in the past, paleontologists look for clues preserved in ancient rocks—the fossilized bones, teeth, eggs, footprints, teeth marks, leaves, and even dung of ancient organisms. Fossilised jaws, teeth, and dung provide important clues about what non-avian dinosaurs ate.

Most theropod dinosaurs had teeth that were pointed, slightly curved backwards, and serrated. The sharp points pierced the meat, and the serrations helped slice it by catching and tearing muscle fibers. Meat eaters didn’t chop or grind their food; they swallowed chunks whole.

Transcript adapted from: https://www.amnh.org/dinosaurs/dinosaur-facts



  1. C


Listening Practice 2: Names and Numbers

Listening For Names and Numbers

Another common task within the IELTS test is listening to names and numbers and writing these down correctly. Some names may be spelt out for you, but be warned that some may not! Be sure to listen to the whole name and record the title, first name and surname if they are given in the audio recording.

As with practice test 1, it is recommended that you use capital letters to record your answers – this will make your answers more clear. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, it has to be spelt correctly!!!

In this test, listen carefully and try to distinguish between letters with similar sounds. Think also about the word as a whole – if you hear a letter and are not sure if it is a B or an E, jot both letter down and come back at the end. If the letter is going between an N and a T, the correct answer must be E to make NET (because there are definitely no names spelt NBT!).

The more you practice listening to and distinguishing letters, the better you will get at this task.



Listen to the audio clip and write the names or numbers below.


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________


  1. ___________

Audio Clip

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  6. ROBIN
  8. 18
  9. 02074413869
  10. 21ST

Listening Practice 1: Sentence Completion

Listening Practice 1

Libraries of the Future

Listen to the audio clip below and answer the sentence completion questions. If you have completed some of the practice questions for reading, you are probably already familiar with sentence completion tasks.

For the listening test, it is recommended that you use capital letters to record your answers – this will make your answer clear. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, it has to be spelt correctly!!!

In the instructions, you will be told how many words and/or numbers are expected to be given in the answer. Ensure that you check this carefully before answering the questions and be sure to stick to this amount of words and numbers in your response.

This practice exercise is focused on a text about future technology for libraries. This has been a common IELTS topic over the years, so it is good to familiarise yourself with it now.

A final top tip – be sure to quickly glance through the questions before listening to the recording – this will help you to listen out for relevant information!



Listen to the audio clip and complete the following sentences. In each answer, you must give no more than 3 words and/or a number.


  1. Libraries are an entrance to the ___________.


  1. To improve the technological ability of local societies, libraries should be supplied with __________.


  1. __________ the library itself needs to leave the physical library building.


  1. The Ideas Box will take the library to people in refugee camps and __________ societies.


  1. __________ paper books are included in the Ideas Box library.


  1. The Espresso Book Machine is sold by ___________.


Audio Clip

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Transcript: Libraries of the Future

Libraries lead the way to digital citizenship. They should be the first places where most advanced technologies are implemented. They should be viewed as the entry points to the digital world. They are the way to embrace technology and avoid digital exclusion.

Therefore, to improve technological literacy of local communities, libraries should be equipped with relevant technologies.

The Ideas Box

Sometimes, to engage local communities, or reach people in remote locations, the library would want to physically leave the library building.

The Ideas Box is a revolutionary concept developed by Librarians Without Borders, with the aim to reach people in refugee camps and impoverished communities.

The most thrilling thing about this modern library center is that it can be assembled in less than 20 minutes. This library in a box includes 250 paper books, 50 e-readers, and a variety of educational apps.

Print On Demand Machines

Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a real product. Manufactured by Xerox, it’s sold by On Demand Books. It can make a paperback book while you wait, printing up to 150 pages per minute.

The machine is connected to an online catalog of over seven million in-copyright and public domain books.

Transcript adapted from: https://ebookfriendly.com/library-future-technologies/




  5. 250


What Is the Minimum IELTS Score for Immigration to Canada?

Canada. The land of maple syrup, ice hockey and Niagara Falls. If you enjoy a high quality of life, easy access to the beautiful countryside from the city and you don’t mind the snow, then Canada is a great choice for you.

Not sure if Canada is a good place to live? Well, it boasts the most well-educated population on Earth – in fact over half of its residents have college degrees.

Also, it is home to the longest coastline of any country in the world, and there are more lakes in Canada than the rest of the lakes on Earth combined!

Known as a peaceful country, the police officers in Canada also hand out “positive tickets” when they see members of the public doing good. If that doesn’t convince you it’s a great choice, nothing will!

Once you’ve set your sights on moving to Canada, you may be wondering about what you need to do to get there. Every immigration department around the world will have its own rules and regulations for the immigration process.

You must familiarise yourself with these and ensure you know exactly what is expected. As with other English speaking countries, Canada requires you to have a minimum IELTS score.

IELTS, which stand for the International English Language Testing System, is a test used to determine a non-native English speaker’s ability in the English language.

It is internationally recognised and trusted by many governments and university institutions around the globe.

If you are looking to emigrate to Canada, you will most likely apply for Express Entry. However, there are many different paths within the Express Entry, and each one has a different IELTS requirement.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

This path is suitable for people who are skilled workers, who have foreign work experience and who want to emigrate to Canada permanently.

There are minimum requirements of skilled work experience, language ability (English/French) and level of education.

Other considerations in the application process will include age, whether you have received a valid job offer and your adaptability to settling abroad. You are awarded points for each of these areas, and the current pass mark is 67 points.

If you wish to prove your language ability in English, then you need to take a recognised test to demonstrate your competence. IELTS is a recognised test for English in Canada.

In IELTS, you will be tested on reading, writing, listening and speaking. For each of these areas, you must obtain a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark score of CLB7.

To achieve this, you need a minimum of IELTS Band 6 in all of the four tests.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

For the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the minimum requirements are different. You must have the required level of language ability and at least two years of valid working experience in a skilled trade (this must have been in the past five years).

You need to meet the job requirements for the skilled trade (as stated in the National Occupational Classification) and you need to have a valid job offer or certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian authority.

Regarding language ability, you need to achieve a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark score of CLB5 for speaking and listening and CLB4 for reading and writing. To achieve this, you need an IELTS Band 5 for speaking and listening, IELTS Band 3.5 for reading and IELTS Band 4 for writing.

Canadian Experience Class 

The minimum requirements, if you are applying for the Canadian Experience Class, are meeting the required language level and having a minimum of 1-year full-time skilled work experience in Canada.

The language ability requirements for this visa depend on the type of job you are applying for.

Managerial and professional jobs require a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark score of CLB7. To achieve this, you need to score a minimum IELTS Band 6 in all four tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Skilled trades and technical jobs require a minimum score of CLB5. To achieve this, you need to score a minimum IELTS Band 5 in listening, speaking and writing and IELTS Band 4 in reading.