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These IELTS Reading practice tests are optimised for offline use — you can save them in PDF or print right from the page. For online tests go to this page. The IELTS listening test is designed to assess your ability to understand spoken. listening test is the same regardless of whether you are taking the. Take the free IELTS listening skills practice test for a total of 40 questions to help pass the exam. Listening practice test 1 - blank answer sheet (PDF) KB.

Occasionally there is a downward trend that is associated with a volcano going off.

That is no longer the case as you get to the latter part of the 20th century. From about onwards, you can see the red curve and the green curve beginning to diverge.

There seems little doubt that this steep rise in temperature is due to human activity. You'll see the boss of Apple introducing the first iPod in At the time nobody knew what an iPod was, and now almost everyone has one! This is also a great example of how to do a presentation. Listen and fill the gaps below: 1. I f you can't see the video, listen to the recording below: IELTS Listening: crime topic The following video is about what the police are doing to reduce youth crime in an area of the UK.

Two solutions are given: special police teams on the streets, and a local resource centre with activities for young people. Here is one of my favourite videos from ted. What do you think the speaker means when he says: 1. She wanted to make something of her life. I'm gonna tell you what makes TED-sters tick. Put your nose down in something. Or failing that, do the eight things If the subtitles don't work, go to ted. While you're there, have a look at some other TED videos.

Note: The speaker uses the word "workafrolics". Audio script Two friends, Rachel and Paul: Rachel has already done a course at the university, but Paul: The extract relating to these questions comes from the last part of the recording.

The other thing I wanted to ask you was, did you find it hard, studying with the Open University? You mean, because you're studying on your own, most of the time?

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Well it took me a while to get used to it. I found I needed to maintain a high level of motivation, because it's so different from school. Oh dear. You'll learn it, Paul. Another thing was that I got very good at time- management because I had to fit time for studying round a full-time job. Well I'm hoping to change to working part-time, so that'll help. What makes it easier is that the degree is made up of modules, so you can take time off between them if you need to.

It isn't like a traditional three-or four-year course, where you've got to do the whole thing of it in one go.

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That's good, because I'd like to spend six months travelling next year. Huh, it's all right for some. Then even though you're mostly studying at home, remember you've got tutors to help you, and from time to time there are summer schools.

They usually last a week. They're great, because you meet all the other people struggling with the same things as you. I've made some really good friends that way.

Sounds good. So how do I apply? Task Type 2 — Matching In a matching task, you are required to match a numbered list of items from the listening text to a set of options on the question paper. Matching Question. Audio Script A customer has been arranging with a shipping agent to send a large box overseas.

This is the last part of the conversation.

You will hear a Communication Studies student talking to his tutor about optional courses for the next semester. Dr Ray: Come in. Oh hello Jack. Have a seat. That's right. We have to decide by the end of next week. Really, I'd like to do all five options but we have to choose two, don't we.

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Yes, but the choice depends on your major to some extent. You're majoring in Communication Studies, aren't you? So for example the Media Studies Option will cover quite a lot of the same area you did in the core module on mass communications this semester - the development of the media through the last two series, in relation to political and social issues.

Well that was interesting, but I've decided I'd rather do something completely new. There's a Women's Studies option, isn't there? Yes, 'Women and Power' — again it has a historical focus, it aims to contextualise women's studies by looking at the legal and social situation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries … Jack: So it would be useful if I intended to specialise in women's studies Well, it might still be useful to give you an idea of the issues involved.

It's taught by Dr Steed. Oh, really? I'll sign up for that, then. What about the option on Culture and Society? That addresses the historical debate on the place of culture since the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

So a historical focus again Do I get the message you're not so keen on history?


Well, it's just we seem to have done quite a lot this semester … Listening sample task — Matching example 1 anyway I'll think about that one. If you're interested in a course focusing on current issues there's the option on Identity and Popular Culture — that approaches the subject through things like contemporary film, adverts, soap operas and so on. That sounds interesting.

Can you tell me who runs it? Well, it's normally Dr Stevens but he's on sabbatical next semester, so I'm not sure who'll be running it.

It should be decided by next week though. Right, well I might wait until then to decide And the last option is Introduction to Cultural Theory, isn't it.

I'm quite interested in that too — I was talking to one of the second year students, and she said it was really useful, it made a lot of things fall into place. Yes, but in fact in your major, you'll have covered a lot of that already in Communications , so that might be less useful than some of the others.

Oh, I'll forget about that one, then. Now while you're here, we could also discuss how you're getting on with your Core Module assignment Task Type 3 — Plan, Map, Diagram Labelling In this task type, you are required to complete labels on a plan eg of a building , map eg of part of a town or diagram e.

Map Question. Audio script You will hear the librarian of a new town library talking to a group of people who are visiting the library. OK everyone. So here we are at the entrance to the town library. My name is Ann, and I'm the chief librarian here, and you'll usually find me at the desk just by the main entrance here.

So I'd like to tell you a bit about the way the library is organised, and what you'll find where … and you should all have a plan in front of you. Well, as you see my desk is just on your right as you go in, and opposite this the first room on your left has an excellent collection of reference books and is also a place where people can read or study peacefully.

Just beyond the librarian's desk on the right is a room where we have up to date periodicals such as newspapers and magazines and this room also has a photocopier in case you want to copy any of the articles. If you carry straight on you'll come into a large room and this is the main library area. There is fiction in the shelves on the left, and non-fiction materials on your right, and on the shelves on the far wall there is an excellent collection of books relating to local history.

We're hoping to add a section on local tourist attractions too, later in the year.

Through the far door in the library just past the fiction shelves is a seminar room, and that can be booked for meetings or talks, and next door to that is the children's library, which has a good collection of stories and picture books for the under elevens. Then there's a large room to the right of the library area — that's the multimedia collection, where you can borrow videos and DVDs and so on, and we also have CD-Roms you can borrow to use on your computer at home.

It was originally the art collection but that's been moved to another building. And that's about it — oh, there's also the Library Office, on the left of the librarian's desk. OK, now does anyone have any questions?

Task Type 4 — Form, Note, aTble, Flow-chart, Summary Completion In this task type, you will be given a form, a set of notes, a table, a summary, or a flow-chart and you will need to fill in the missing information based on the listening passage.

You will fill out a form like an application, booking, or an order form. Often it will be a phone conversation between two people. One person will either be, ordering, booking or requesting information about something, while the other person is helping them. A Note question is a common task type for section 4. You will hear a university lecture and then be given incomplete lecture notes.

You'll need to fill in the missing points based on the lecture. A Table question is often used to categorize many things such as place, time, and price. You will need to fill in the missing information from the table. A flow chart can show a process, plan or sequence of past events. You will need to complete the chart with either, words from the recording, or by choosing one of the options from a lettered list.

In a summary question, you will be presented with a paragraph, which summarizes the listening passage, and you'll need to fill in the words to complete the summary based on what you hear. Table Question. Mkere 2. Westall 3. BS8 9PU 4. Audio script A: Good morning Packham's Shipping Agents.

Can I help you? B Oh yes, I'm ringing to make enquiries about sending a large box, a container, back home to Kenya from the UK. Yes, of course.

Would you like me to try and find some quotations for you? Yes, that'd be great. Thank you. Well first of all, I need a few details from you. Can I take your name? It's Jacob Mkere. Can you spell your surname, please? Thank you, and you say that you will be sending the box to Kenya? And where would you like the box picked up from? From college, if possible. I'll take down the address now. It's Westall College. Westall College. And where's that? It's Downlands Road, in Bristol. Oh yes, I know it.

And the postcode? It's BS8 9PU. Yes, I've measured it carefully and it's 1. And it's 0. So I'll calculate the volume in a moment and get some quotes for that. But first can you tell me, you know, very generally, what will be in the box?

Yes there's mostly clothes. And there's some books. Anything else? Yes, there's also some toys. OK and what is the total value, do you think, of the contents?

Task Type 5 — Multiple choice In a multiple choice task, there is a question followed by three possible answers, or the beginning of a sentence followed by three possible ways to complete the sentence.

Multiple Choice Question. Type of insurance chosen Economy Standard Premium. Customer wants goods delivered to port home depot. OK right. Now obviously insurance is an important thing to consider and our companies are able to offer very good rates in a number of different all-inclusive packages.

Sorry, could you explain a bit more? Yes, sorry, um. There's really three rates according to quality of insurance cover — there's the highest comprehensive cover which is Premium rate, then there's standard rate and then there's economy rate. That one will only cover the cost of the contents second hand.

Oh I've been stung before with economy insurance so I'll go for the highest. Mh'hm and can I just check would you want home delivery or to a local depot or would you want to pick it up at the nearest port? The port'd be fine — I've got transport that end.

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Fine and will you be paying by credit card? Can I pay by cheque? Task Type 6 — Short Answers Short answer questions require you to read a question and then write a short answer using information from the listening text. Short-answer Question. Audio Script You will hear an extract from a talk given to a group who are going to stay in the UK.

Good evening, and welcome to the British Council. My name is John Parker and I've been asked to talk to you briefly about certain aspects of life in the UK before you actually go there. So I'm going to talk first about the best ways of making social contacts there. Now you might be wondering why it should be necessary.

After all, we meet people all the time.

But when you're living in a foreign country it can be more difficult, not just because of the language, but because customs may be different. If you're going to work in the UK you will probably be living in private accommodation, so it won't be quite so easy to meet people.

But there are still things that you can do to help yourself. First of all, you can get involved in activities in your local community, join a group of some kind.As noted above, the sections get tougher and tougher as you progress through the IELTS listening test.

General Training Reading Duration: At the end, you will have to make your best guess about the question you missed. Answer all of the questions. Which speaker do you prefer? Now obviously insurance is an important thing to consider and our companies are able to offer very good rates in a number of different all-inclusive packages. Not only can you predict, correctly, that the answer will be a noun or noun phrase, but it would also be possible to predict that the answer could be something related to policy or government law , and a word that can appear with programs computer based on context.