Free IELTS Listening Test Practice [1]

Hello My Friends!

As some of you may know I teach a variety of English classes including IELTS classes, and I decided that I would like to make some practice tests to help you all get ready for your IELTS exams! I hope that these can help you get a high score on your exam. Remember, practicing listening every day is important if you want to get a higher score on the test, so that means you should be watching English movies, listening to English music, playing English games, and hopefully watching some of my English YouTube videos 😉

Here are the questions for the test. The answers and transcript for the test are located at the bottom.

Section 1  Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Complete the sentences below.

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

  1. The blogger is looking for _________________ from this neighborhood to help him.

 

  1. The goal is to find the best _________________ restaurants.

 

  1.  The woman doesn’t like _________________.

 

  1. The blogger will visit restaurants with ________________.

 

  1. In total, he will visit ______________ restaurants.

 

Questions 6-10

Complete the table below

Price Name Features
Inexpensive 6. ______________ Interesting
7. ______________ 8. ______________ 9. _____________
Expensive Ahorita’s 10. _____________

 

Section 2  Questions 11-20

Questions 11-14

Multiple choice. Choose the correct answers from the following letters A-C.

  1. The woman wants to arrange for _______.
  1. A flight
  2. A cruise
  3. A train ride

 

  1. The bus stop is _______ the travel agency.
  1. Close to
  2. Next to
  3. Far away

 

  1. The woman will visit the office by _______.
  1. Bus
  2. Subway
  3. Car

14. The mode of transportation suggested by the travel agency is ______ the woman’s original plan.

  1. More convenient
  2. Less convenient
  3. Just as convenient

Questions 15-20

Fill in the blanks in the image below.

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

Section 3  Questions 21-30

Questions 21-30

Fill in the blank spaces in the lesson outline.

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

  1. Class title: ____________

 

  1. Participation is worth ____________ of the total grade.

 

23-25. To get full participation marks you must:

 

-________________

-________________

-________________

 

  1. ___________ is very important in this class and is worth 40% of the total grade.

 

  1. Homework given out on Saturday should be returned to the professor on _________.

 

  1. Tests in this class are worth _________ than in other classes.

 

  1. As tests are important you should _________.

 

  1. This course is considered to be a ________ to the higher level courses at the university.

 

Section 4  Questions 31-40

 

Answer the following questions.

 

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

31-32: What are two words used to describe Bill Gates? ________, ________.

 

  1. Gates was born on __________.

 

  1. Gates started programming at the age of __________.

 

  1. Gates took control of the _________ with his partner Paul Allen.

 

  1. One major difference between Gates and other CEOs is that he personally _________.

 

  1. After falling in love with Melinda French, Gates and French ________ in 1994.

 

  1. Gates was awarded ___________ from universities around the world.

 

  1. One of Gates’ major projects is to get affluent people to donate their money to ___________.

 

  1. Gates started his career from _________beginnings.

 

Listening Test Script

Section 1

 

Man: Excuse me, do you have a moment?

Woman: I’m pretty busy, but I can spare a moment.

 

Man: I’m a food blogger and I am looking for the best restaurants in this neighborhood. By any chance are you a local from around here?

Woman: Yes, I was born and raised here.

 

Man: Wonderful! For my next food blog, I am planning on trying either some Mexican or Italian restaurants.

Woman: Well, I don’t really like Italian food, but I often go to the Mexican restaurants around here so I could help you find some good ones.

 

Man: That’s great! So, I am trying to find the best restaurants at different price points. By that, I mean that I would like to find the best inexpensive, mid-range, and expensive Mexican restaurant in this neighborhood to see which restaurant is the best at it’s given price point.

Woman: That sounds really interesting! Well, the best inexpensive restaurant is definitely the Green Burrito.

 

Man: The Green Burrito?

Woman: That’s right… oh, wait… sorry, It is actually called the purple burrito.

 

Man: The Purple Burrito? Got it! How about the best mid-range restaurant?

Woman: That would definitely be Picantes, the place right next to Pierre Chiantes, the Italian place. They both have red umbrellas out front so you have to make sure to go into the right one.

 

Man:Okay, and how about the best expensive restaurant?

Woman: There are a few expensive Mexican restaurants, but at the top of my list are Ahorita’s and Senorita’s. The former has reasonable food, but the service is horrible. The latter is probably my favourite as it has both great food and service.

 

Man: Thank you so much for your help!

Woman: No problem.

 

Section 2

 

Man: Hello, Vista travel agency, how may I help you?

Woman: Hello, I wanted to come visit your office to book a cruise, but I don’t know how to get there.

 

Man: Alright, what mode of transportation are you coming by?

Woman: By bus.

 

Man: By bus? The nearest bus stop is pretty far away so, if possible, I would recommend that you take the subway.

Woman: Really? Now that I think about it, the subway would actually be more convenient for me anyways.

 

Man: That works out fine then. Do you have a pen and paper ready? I will tell you how to get here.

Woman: Hold on a moment… okay, I am ready, go ahead.

 

Man: First, you want to exit out of City Center station. As soon as you exit, you want to make a u-turn on the sidewalk and walk towards the intersection. On the corner you are at there is a supermarket.

Woman: So, in other words, the station exit is right in front of the supermarket, correct?

 

Man: That’s right. Next, you want to cross the intersection going North, and then turn left at the pharmacy.

Woman: Left at the pharmacy….

 

Man: Yes, and then you will walk for 2 blocks passing the community centre and the hotel. After the hotel, turn right and walk for about 20 meters and our office will be on the right.

Woman: Isn’t there a pet store there?

 

Man: No, the pet store is across the street. If you find yourself at the pet store you went too far.

Woman: Okay, I understand. Thank you for the directions, I will head over there this afternoon.

 

Man: Okay, but make sure you arrive by quarter to 4, because that’s when we close for the day.

Woman: Will do! Bye bye.

 

Section 3

 

Professor:

 

Hello everyone, welcome to Linguistics 102. Before we get started, I would like to briefly discuss the grading scheme for this class. First of all, I would like to remind all of you that participation is absolutely vital and is worth 30% of your total grade. I am mentioning this specifically because it is two times higher than other classes at the university. What does this mean? This means that you need to attend all of the classes, and you also must come on time to every class and participate actively. If you just sit in the class and play on your phone or daydream I will deduct marks from you.

 

Next, I would like to talk about homework. As you can see from the class outline, homework is very important in this class and is worth 40%. Homework assignments will be given out on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and all assignments should be completed and submitted to me on the following day after it is given out. This applies to all assignments except for Saturdays, which should be submitted to me on Monday, not on Sunday, of course.

 

Finally, tests are worth the remaining 30% of your total grade. While tests in this class are worth relatively less than other similar classes, I encourage you to take them seriously as they are in place to help reinforce what you have learned in class. This is especially crucial as the course is a stepping stone to a lot of the higher level linguistics courses offered at this university. Now, if no-one has any pressing questions, let’s begin with the actual class.

 

Section 4

 

Today we are going to talk about Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men, who has become a global symbol of philanthropy and innovation.

 

Gates, born William Henry Gates III on October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, was an avid reader and spent a lot of his time reading books like the encyclopedia. It wasn’t long until he started to show an interest in computer programming, and by the time he turned 13, he had already started writing his own programs. One such program was a game that allowed the user to play tic-tac-toe against a CPU opponent. His interest in games is thought to have come from his fascination with board games, and one of his all-time favourites to play was Risk.

 

It is unknown if Gates’ pastime of playing risk had any relationship with his aggressive business tactics, but one thing is clear: he was born to expand and conquer. In the same way as one expands one’s empire in a game of risk, Gates and his partner Paul Allen succeeded in taking control of the computer industry with Microsoft, his flagship company.

 

Gates took his position as the head of Microsoft very seriously, and unlike many other CEO’s who pass on their work to their underlings, he personally checked every single line of code before every software product was released into the public. On many occasions, he would even rewrite the code to optimize it, showing that he never lost touch with his passion for programming.

 

While Gates often kept to himself, in 1987 he came across a Microsoft product manager by the name of Melinda French and immediately fell in love. The two spent a lot of time travelling the world after they got married in Hawaii in 1994. It is said that during these travels the two gained some new perspectives of the world that would eventually lead to them becoming some of the most renowned philanthropists in the world.

 

In the year 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was formed and they started off with a bang by making a $28 billion contribution. This foundation was created to support world health, education, and low-income communities. Since the creation of the foundation, Gates has been showered with accolades including one of the most influential people of the 20th century by Time Magazine, several honorary doctorate degrees from universities around the world, and even an honorary Knight commander of the Order of the British Empire bestowed unto him by Queen Elizabeth the second.

 

As one last feather in his cap, Gates has started a movement which encourages wealthy people around the world to contribute their fortunes to helping people less fortunate. While many wealthy people live lavish lives and give little back to society, it is clear that Gates, with his humble beginnings, has been and continues to be the exception as he continues to help make the world a better place with his wealth and power.

Listening Test Answers

Section 1  Questions 1-10

 

Questions 1-5

 

Complete the sentences below.

 

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

  1. The blogger is looking for __A Local_______________ from this neighborhood to help him.

 

  1. The goal is to find the best _Italian or Mexican__ restaurants.

 

  1.  The woman doesn’t like _Italian food_.

 

  1. The blogger will visit restaurants with _different prices___.

 

  1. In total, he will visit ____three____ restaurants.

 

Questions 6-10

 

Complete the table below

 

Price Name Features
Inexpensive 6. _Purple Burrito___ Interesting
7. __Mid-range___ 8. _Picantes__ 9. _red umbrellas__
Expensive Ahorita’s 10. _reasonable food__

 

Section 2  Questions 11-20

 

Questions 11-14

 

Multiple choice. Choose the correct answers from the following letters A-C.

 

  1. The woman wants to arrange for ___b___.
  1. A flight
  2. A cruise
  3. A train ride

 

  1. The bus stop is ____c__ the travel agency.
  1. Close to
  2. Next to
  3. Far away

 

  1. The woman will visit the office by ___b___.
  1. Bus
  2. Subway
  3. Car

 

  1. The mode of transportation suggested by the travel agency is __a___ the woman’s original plan.
  1. More convenient
  2. Less convenient
  3. Just as convenient

 

Questions 15-20

 

Fill in the blanks in the image below.

 

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

  1. Supermarket
  2. Pharmacy
  3. Community centre
  4. Hotel
  5. Travel agency
  6. Pet store

 

Section 3  Questions 21-30

 

Questions 21-30

 

Fill in the blank spaces in the lesson outline.

 

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

  1. Class title: __Linguistics 102___

 

  1. Participation is worth ___30 percent____ of the total grade.

 

23-25. To get full participation marks you must:

 

-_Attend class___

_Come on time___

-_Participate actively___

 

  1. _Homework__ is very important in this class and is worth 40% of the total grade.

 

  1. Homework given out on Saturday should be returned to the professor on Monday__.

 

  1. Tests in this class are worth __less__ than in other classes.

 

  1. As tests are important you should __take them seriously_.

 

  1. This course is considered to be a _stepping stone_ to the higher level courses at the university.

 

Section 4  Questions 31-40

 

Answer the following questions.

 

Write no more than 3 words/numbers for each answer.

 

31-32: What are two words used to describe Bill Gates? _philanthropy_, _innovation_.

 

  1. Gates was born on _October 28th 1955_.

 

  1. Gates started programming at the age of _thirteen__.

 

  1. Gates took control of the _computer industry__ with his partner Paul Allen.

 

  1. One major difference between Gates and other software company CEOs is that he personally _checks the code__.

 

  1. After falling in love with Melinda French, Gates and French _got married_ in 1994.

 

  1. Gates was awarded _honorary doctorates__ from universities around the world.

 

  1. One of Gates’ major projects is to get affluent people to donate their money to _people less fortunate_.

40. Gates started his career from _humble__beginnings.