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Listening Practice 10: Sentence Completion (North American, Irish & British)

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 bicycles.

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!

Audio

 

Questions

Listen to the audio clip and complete the following sentences. In each answer, you must give no more than 1 word and/or number.

1. The radio presenter is ________ Barton.

2. The presenter wants to know if cycling is actually  ______.

3. There are many types of bikes; mountain, _______, road, city and fixed gear.

4. Bike price and _____ differ.

5. Higher quality bikes are ______ to ride on busy roads.

6. Prices range from $____ to $_____.

7. Bikes are ______ than cars.

Transcript

In this listening exercise, a radio presenter is talking about cycling. First, look at questions 1 to 7 below then listen carefully and answer those questions.

Good morning and welcome to the Anna Barton Show. Our show today is talking about whether more people should travel to work by bicycle. We know this is better for our health, but is it really safe? I’m joined this morning by Ken Hayes of the organisation 2 Wheels 4 Life. Ken, what do we need to consider about cycling to work?

Well, firstly the range of bicycles is huge -mountain, hybrid, road, city and fixed gear. These range in both quality and price. Obviously, this means that some bikes are safer for riding on main roads. On the whole, people would spend somewhere between $300 and $1000 on bikes so it isn’t a cheap option – although, it is far cheaper than buying a car!

Answers

1. The radio presenter is Anna Barton.

2. The presenter wants to know if cycling is actually  safe.

3. There are many types of bikes; mountain, hybrid, road, city and fixed gear.

4. Bike price and price differ.

5. Higher quality bikes are safer to ride on busy roads.

6. Prices range from $300 to $1000.

7. Bikes are cheaper than cars.

 

Listening Practice 9: Listening For Names and Numbers (North American Accent)

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.

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.

 

Question

Listen to the audio clip and write down the names or numbers you hear.

 

Audio

 

 

Answers:

1. HANNAH

2. PAULINE

3. ROHAN

4. MISS ANNA SMITH

5. SALLY

6. RONALD

7. 81

8. 422-931-6167

9. 23rd

 

Listening Practice 8: Multiple Choice (Australian Accent)

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 a famous person.

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.

 

Audio

 

Questions:

Look carefully at the multiple choice picture options. Listen to the audio clip and answer the A, B or C questions below.

Question 1: Where did Michael grow up?
A: Toronto
B: Seattle
C: California

Question 2: When did Michael start acting classes?
A: age 3
B: age 10
C: age 14

Question 3: How often had Michael been cast in the lead role at his school?
A: Every 3 out of 4 plays
B: 70% of plays
C: Half of the plays

Question 4: When Michael moved to California, how did he find it?
A: He got his first break easily
B: He got his first break quickly
C: He was rejected a lot of times

Question 5: Is Michael still acting today?
A: Yes
B: No
C: He has retired from acting.

 

Transcript

Michael was born in Toronto, but soon relocated to a new home in Seattle where he spent most of his childhood. Following a move to California when he was 16, this is when Michael was able to really pursue his acting career. Although he showed an interest in acting from the age of 3, he didn’t start acting lessons until the age of 10. By 14, he was well-known in his school for taking on roles in school productions and by 16 he had taken the main male role in over three-quarters of the schools’ plays. He was liked and respected by teachers and students alike and was on an early path to success.

On arrival in Los Angeles in 1996, he was taken aback at the difficulty of breaking into the market and the high level of rejection he faced. However, his lucky break came just two years later when he landed the lead role of ‘Mickey’ in the Century Fox production of Disney Favourites. This opportunity thrusted him into the limelight and through this film he gained a large fan base. Now a well-known star across the world, Michael has truly realised his acting ambition. He continues to impress audiences around the world with his new film and TV projects.

 

Answers:

Question 1: Where did Michael grow up?
B: Seattle

Question 2: When did Michael start acting classes?
B: age 10

Question 3: How often had Michael been cast in the lead role at his school?
A: Every 3 out of 4 plays

Question 4: When Michale moved to California, how did he find it?
C: He was rejected a lot of times

Question 5: Is Michael still acting today?
A: Yes

Listening Practice 7: Table Completion (North American Accent )

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.

Questions

Listen to the audio clip and fill in the blanks in the table with the correct information about these attractions.

Audio:

 

 

Transcript:

Toronto has many places for people to visit across the city, including a range of museums and galleries. These attractions attract many visitors every year and allow you to brush up on your knowledge of Canadian history. Take an inspirational journey through Canada’s history at its top attractions, including a footwear museum, a textiles museum and a hockey shrine – dedicated to the country’s favourite past time.

Explore Toronto’s very own castle at the former home of Sir Henry Pellatt known as Casa Loma. That’s C-A-S-A (space) L-O-M-A. Constructed over 100 years ago, this over the top chateau consists of an 800 foot tunnel and 5 acres of gardens. Located at 1 Austin Terrace, it is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm and last admission is at 4:30 pm. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $14 for children and $18 for youths and seniors. For further information call 416-923–1171.

The Art Gallery located in Chinatown, is a work of art in itself. Built by architect Frank Gehry, the gallery contains over 95,000 works of art. The museum is located at 317 Dundas Street West. If you are taking the subway the closest stop is the St. Patrick stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. The entrance to the gallery is a five minute walk away. You can also take the 505 Dundas street car, getting off at McCaul Street. The 510 Spadina Street car also stops nearby. That’s Spadina, spelt S-P-A-D-I-N-A. Take the 510 Spadina Street car and get off at Dundas Street. Walk east for five minutes along Dundas and you will reach the gallery.

Information from timeout.com

Answers:

 

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!

Questions

  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:

 

Transcript

 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#!/

 

 

ANSWERS

  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.

Questions

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
Spaceport  

10am – 3pm

 

1.     __________________
 

Museum of Liverpool

 

2.     __________________ 3.     __________________

 

Audio Clip

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

 

Transcript

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

 

ANSWERS

  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!!!

Question:

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

Audio Clip

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

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

  1. ____________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANSWERS

  1. 13 SECOND STREET
  2. 1A BOWRINGTON LANE
  3. FLAT 41 CHURCH ROAD
  4. 104 SOUTH AVENUE
  5. 22 BRIDGE WAY
  6. 41C HOPEWELL SQUARE
  7. 3 STANLEY CRESCENT
  8. FLAT 3 61 HEARD WAY
  9. 2 WESTSIDE PARK
  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.

 

Question:

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

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

 

Transcript:

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

 

ANSWER

  1. C