IELTS Listening: a section one practice

Here is an IELTS Listening section one practice.

Section 1 Questions 1 – 9
Questions 1 – 6
Complete the table comparing the two towns. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.
IELTS Listening Section 1

Questions 7 – 9
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

7 What does Gordon like about where he is living now?

8 When does Maureen think she might go back to Albany?

9 How long is Gordon's new contract?


1. 12000 /12 thousand
2. boring / no entertainment
3. fishing
4. expensive
5. cold and wet
6. (large) park
7. the weather
8. when she retires
9. 5 years



In Section I you will hear two people talking about the towns where they grew up. First, you will have some time to look at questions 1 to 9.
    20 seconds
    You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. On this occasion only, the conversation relating to this will be played first.

Maureen Time goes so quickly — I can't believe that I will have been here for five years on Saturday.
Gordon That's a long time. Where did you live before that?
Maureen I lived in a small town, about 150 miles from Perth, on the southwest coast of Australia, called Albany.

    Now we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen because you will not hear the recording a second time. First, you have another chance to look at questions 1 to 3.
    10 seconds
    Listen carfully and answer questions 1 to 3.

Maureen Time goes so quickly — I can't believe that I will have been here for five years on Saturday.
Gordon That's a long time. Where did you live before that?
Maureen I lived in a small town, about 150 miles from Perth, on the southwest coast of Australia, called Albany.
Gordon When you say 'small', how small do you mean?
Maureen Oh around 12000 people.
Gordon What is it like growing up somewhere that small?
Maureen Well, it has its advantages. People tend to be much more friendly in small towns. You seem to get to know more people. The pace of life is much slower. Everyone seems to have more time to talk, and generally the lifestyle is much more relaxed. On the other hand, small — town life can be pretty boring. Obviously, you haven't got the same range of entertainments available as in the city, and unless you want to go into farming you have to move elsewhere to look for a job.
Gordon So farming is the main industry then?
Maureen Well, actually, no. There is a lot of sheep and cattle farming and more recently a lot of people have started to grow potatoes. however, the town was first established as a whaling base and although there isn't any whaling today, most people are still employed by the fishing industry.
Gordon What's the weather like?
Maureen In summer you get some fairly nice days, but it gets very windy. In winter, I guess the average temperature is about 15 degrees Celsius, and it gets really windy and it's very, very wet.
Gordon Sounds lovely, I can see why you are here.
Maureen Oh come on, it's not all that bad. It's got a beautiful coastline, and beautiful beaches. You can drive for about 45 minutes and you will come to absolutely deserted white beaches. You can be the only person swimming there.
Gordon With that wind, I'm not surprised!
Maureen Don't be like that, we do get some good days. Anyway, where do you come from?

Maureen goes on to ask Gordon about his home town. Look at questions 4 to 9.
    20 seconds
    Write the answers to questions 4 to 9

Gordon I come from a town called Watford, about 17 miles from the centre of London.
Maureen Is it a big town?
Gordon Not really, It has a population of around 80,000 – 90,000 but the whole area is built up so it is hard to say where Watford finishes and the other towns begin.
Maureen Did you enjoy living there?
Gordon Well, being so close to London has advantages. You get the latest films and music. There is always something going on and there is such a wide variety of different people and cultures that it is difficult to get bored. Of course all this has its downside — the cost of living is so expensive and most people can't really afford to go out very often. So although the entertainment is available you've really got to have a lot of money to enjoy it. Another problem is like most big cities there is a lot of crime and there are areas of London that are very dangerous.
Maureen What are the main industries in Watford?
Gordon Well, of course a lot of people commute (into London but there is also a lot of local industry. Before desktop publishing, Watford used to be the centre of the printing industry in Britain. Also, there used to be a big factory manufacturing helicopter engines but that closed down about two years ago. Nowadays, I suppose the biggest industries are electronics and light engineering.
Maureen I suppose that it gets a lot of snow being in England?
Gordon Not really. It usually snows once a year and it rarely lasts for more than two or three days. The weather is mainly cold and wet. Sometimes you get a light rain that lasts for weeks.
Maureen It's a bit like Albany there. Is there anything you particularly miss about living there?
Gordon Near my parents' house there is a large park. Must be about 10 square miles in size and it has a canal and a river running through the middle of it. Some good walks, you can go fishing and there are good sports facilities. Sometimes I miss that.
Maureen Would you like to go back?
Gordon I don't know, I'm quite happy here at the moment. I like the weather. It's great to get up in the morning and know that it is going to be sunny. What about you?
Maureen Probably, but not for a long time yet. At the moment I enjoy the excitement of the city. My work and most of my friends are here and it is nice to know that there are so many facilities available. However, I think that Albany might be a good place to retire. It's safe and it's easy to make friends there.
Gordon Yeah I'm going to be here for a while too. I have just signed a new contract for my job which means that I'll be living here for at least another five years.


IELTS Listening: a section 3 practice

Here is an IELTS Listening section 3 practice.

Questions 1 - 4
Complete the table showing the prices and types of coffee sold in each Common Room.
I = Instant
R = Real
E = Espresso
ielts listening section 3.1

Questions 5 – 12
Complete the table showing the number of points 1, 2 or 3 awarded to the food offered by each Common Room.
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1. R
2. 25P / twenty five pence
3. 23P / twenty three pence
4. R
5. 2
6. 2
7. 1
8. 2
9. 3
10. 2
11. 3
12. 2


In this section, you will hear a discussion between three students: Matthew, Alice, and Jenny. In the first part of the discussion, they are talking about coffee and food in the different Common Rooms of their university.

Matthew: Well Alice, what do you think of the lecture?
Alice: Interesting. Quite interesting, Matthew. Oh, by the way, have you met Jenny?
Jenny: Hello, Matthew.
Matthew: Hi there, Jenny. Alice and I are flat mates. Are you studying Sociology too?
Jenny: Yes, with Psychology.
Matthew: Oh. What's the coffee like here in the European Studies Common Room, Alice? I haven't been here before.
Alice: That's not bad. It's instant. 20p a cup.
Matthew: Oh. 20 p a cup of instant coffee. Isn't there anywhere you can get real coffee?
Jenny: Yes. The Common Room in the Development Studies Building has a real coffee machine. It costs 25p a cup.
Matthew: Oh yes, I've seen that. But you have to have the correct change.
Jenny: I think you can get Espresso coffee in the Arts "C" Building, in the second floor Common Room. It's a bit cheaper. 23p a cup there.
Matthew: What about the American Studies Common Room? Has either of you tried the coffee there?
Alice: Yes Matthew, I have. They have real coffee too. Let me see, now I think … No, I'm pretty sure it costs 25p in the American Studies Common Room too.
Matthew: Well, I suppose an extra 3 or 5 pence for real coffee is probably worth it.

As you listen to the discussion, complete the table showing the number of points 1, 2 or 3 awarded to the food offered by each Common Room. One has been done as an example. 

Jenny: Perhaps we should write a student guide to eating and drinking on campus.
Alice: Brilliant, Jenny. We could use it as the basis for the survey we have to produce for our first term project. You know, we could compare prices, availability of hot food or sandwich, and comment on the quality and value for money
Jenny: O.K. Let's start with ourselves on the food as a sort of trial run. We could award points. For instance, if the food is adequate, we could award one point; two points if it's of good quality; and three points if it's of good quality and we also think it's good value for money. For instance, if the portion is generous, and if it's not too expensive. Let's try it and see. You start, Alice. You are the one who knows about sandwiches.
Alice: Right. Here in the Euro Common Room, the sandwich is possible, maybe worth 1 point, no more than that. But in Arts "C", that well, they're better. Quite good really, but not particularly cheap. I don't know about sandwiches anywhere else.
Matthew: Well that's fine. That's a start. Jenny, have you any opinion about the food?
Jenny: Well, I agree with Alice about the sandwiches. The Arts "C" ones are better than the one you get here in Euro. Just 1 point for Euro. But they are quite expensive, so I'll give them 2 points. That's what you're suggesting, wasn't it, Alice?
Alice: That's right.
Matthew: I agree with what you said early about fish and chips in the Refectory. They are good, but certainly not cheap. 2 points from me for them.
Alice: Oh! Come on Matthew! It gets huge portions and not greasy. I think that deserves 3 points!
Jenny: I agree with Matthew.
Matthew: It doesn't matter. We can make a subjective questionnaire to get opinions, and provided we get enough students to fill them in to make them statistically valid, we can find out what the majority of students prefer. Everyone is allowed to give them their opinion. It's not a matter for argument.
Alice: O.K. Well. Then I give 3 points to the pizza in the American Studies Common Room. You wrote this down, Matthew?
Matthew: Yes, I think we should form our questionnaire as we have done ourselves. One hot dish from each eating place to gather opinions about, unless there are only sandwiches. Let's keep things fairly simple for the moment.
Jenny: I was thinking about the pizza. I thought it was quite expensive really. I wouldn't give it more than 2 points. I'm gonna have to dash. Could we meet up tonight to sort out our questionnaire to see whether the format is based on our views of work.
Matthew: That's fine by me. Let's say half past seven at our place? Is it O.K. by you, Alice?
Alice: No problem. Can you manage that, Jenny?
Jenny: Yes, that's fine. I'll see you late, bye.
Matthew: Great. Well, I think I'm going to enjoy this part of the consumer and society course.

IELTS Listening: practice from the official materials

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


Questions 21 and 22
Complete the sentences below.

Research Project

- Harry and Katy have to concentrate on coastal change for their next project.
21. Their work could be delayed by the…………………………
- They plan to get help from the Marine Biology Unit.
22. Before they go to the beach, they need to visit the…………………………

Questions 23and 26
Who will do each of the following tasks?
A. Katy
B. Harry
C. Both Katy and Harry
Write the correct letter, A, B or C, next to questions 23 -26

23. Take photographs         ……
24. Collect samples             ……
25. Interview people             ……
26. Analyse data                  ……

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IELTS Reading : Memory and Age

Here is another IELTS Reading Pracitce about Memory and Age. Please time yourself when you do this practice (no more than 20 minutes). Click here to download this passage and questions. (You’d better print this out.)


1 C
2 D
3 B
4 C
5 Memory
6 psychological
7 semantic memory
8 episodic memory / event memory
9 algebra
10 vocabulary
11 E
12 B
13 A
14 C