IELTS Listening: An Official IELTS Listening Practice

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Here is one section of IELTS Listening Practice from the Official IELTS Practice Materials.

SECTION 3
Questions 21-23
Choose THREE letters, A-G

Which THREE factors does Marco’s tutor advise him to consider when selecting a course?

    A possible of specialization
    B relevance to future career
    C personal interest
    D organization of course
    E assessment methods
    F range of topics
    G reputation of lecturer

Questions 24-27
Choose the correct letter, A, B, or C.

24. Why does Marco’s tutor advise him to avoid the Team Management course?
        A. It will repeat work that Marco has already done.
        B. It is intended for students at a lower level than Marco.
        C. It may take too much time to do well.

25. Why does Marco want to do a dissertation?
        A. He thinks it will help his future career.
        B. He would like to do a detailed study.
        C. He has already done some work for it.

26. What does Marco’s tutor think about the dissertation outline?
        A. The topic is too narrow to be useful.
        B. The available data may be unsuitable.
        C. The research plan is too complicated.

27. What dose Marco decide to do about his dissertation?
        A. Contact potential interviewees
        B. Change to another topic
        C. Discuss it with Professor Briggs

 

Questions 28-30
Complete the sentences below.
Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.


Practical details
28.
A first draft of the dissertation should be completed by the end of …………………….
29. The dissertation should be registered with the ………………………… of the department.
30. Marco should get a copy of the statistics software from the …………………………

Answers and audio scripts

Answers:
21-22 IN ANY ORDER

B, D, F
24: A
25: B
26: C
27: A
28: March
29: secretary
30: computer office

SECTION 3
You will hear a discussion between a business student called Marco and his personal tutor about the courses that Marco should take.

T:      Hi Marco, come in.

M:    Thanks. I’ve got a bit stuck trying to select courses for next semester. Could you help me, please?

T:      Of course. Sit down. First of all, most people just go for the areas of business that they’re interested in, but – even if something doesn’t look very stimulating – it’s important that you can use it once you get a job. It’s not much good choosing areas that aren’t going to be helpful later on.

M:    Right. I want to go into management, so I’ll need to think about that. And should I start specializing in a particular area yet?

T:      I don’t think that’s wise, at this stage. It’s better to aim for a wide variety of subjects, especially as management covers so many possibilities. You shouldn’t be limiting your choices for later on.

M:    Yes I see.

T:      You should also look at how the course is made up – will you have regular seminars and tutorials, for example, as well as lectures?

M:    OK. Some of the lecturers are quite big names in their fields, aren’t they? Should I aim to go to their courses?

T:      Well remember that the lecturers who aren’t well-known may still be very good teachers! I’d say we have a consistently high standard of teaching in this department, so you don’t need to worry about it.

M:    Good. Well that’s a great help.

T:      Now last time we met, you mentioned doing Team Management, didn’t you?

M:    That’s right. I’m still quite keen on the idea.

T:      The trouble is that because of changes in the content of various courses. Team management overlaps with the Introduction of Management course you took in your first year. So what you’d learn from it would be too little for the amount of time you’d have to spend on it.

M:    I’ll drop that idea, then. Have you had a chance to look at the outline I wrote for my finance dissertation? I left it in your pigeonhole last week.

T:      Yes. Why exactly do you want to write a dissertation, instead of taking the finance modules? It’ll be pretty demanding.

M:    Well, I’m quite prepared to do the extra work, because I’m keen to investigate something in depth, instead of just skating across the surface. I realize that a broader knowledge base may be more useful to my career, but I’m really keen to do this.

T:      Right. Well I had a quick look through your outline, and the first thing that struck me was that you’ll have to be careful how you set about it, as the way you’ve organized it seems unnecessarily complex. The data that you want to collect and analyze is potentially valuable, but you’ll need to narrow down the subject matter to make the whole thing manageable.

M:    OK. I’ll have another look at it. I was talking to Professor Briggs about it yesterday, and I got some more ideas then. For part of the dissertation I was think of trying to persuade finance managers form three or four companies to let me ask them about their company finances. If not I think I’ll have to change to another topic.

T:      Well go ahead then. I could give you some names.

M:    Thanks.

T:      Now let’s talk about practicalities. Your dissertation must be finalized by the end of May, so you should aim to finish the first draft by the end of March. Is that feasible?

M:    Yes, it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll need to register for the dissertation, won’t I? Is that with the Registrar’s department?

T:      No, it’s internal to this department, so you just need to let the secretary know. Do that as soon as you’re sure you’re going to write the dissertation.

M:    OK.

T:      Then to analyze your statistics, you’re going to need some suitable software. If I were you, I’d drop in to the computer office and ask them for a copy.

M:    Right. So if I revise my outline, can I …

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