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  • Welcome to this IELTS listening practice test. Get a piece of paper and a pen and

  • you can write down your answers as you do the test. At the end of the test we

  • will go through all of the answers. There are 40 questions. So let's start the test.

  • First, listen to the instructions. You will hear a number of different

  • recordings and you will have to answer questions on what you hear there will be

  • time for you to read the instructions and questions and you will have a chance

  • to check your work all the recordings will be played once only the test is in

  • four sections now turn to section 1 section 1 you will hear a woman ordering

  • some goods from a mail-order company by telephone first you have some time to

  • look at questions 1 to 8

  • you should answer the questions as you listen because you will not hear the

  • recording a second time listen carefully to the first part of the conversation

  • and answer questions 1 to 8

  • cosmic home delivery my name is Gary how may I help you today hello I'd like to

  • place an order certainly madam I'm afraid our computer system crashed

  • earlier today I'll have to take the details down on paper and then enter

  • them later when it's been fixed is that ok yes of course

  • so can I take your name please yes it's Alexandra Hornby sorry could you spell

  • the surname for me H yes then O R N B Y Oh fine and then your address that's

  • number 28 Wood Road which is in Ilford I L F O R D and that's near Northchester

  • the postcodes NC1 and 2FR thank you and do you

  • have an account with us I do I've got the number here 9 double 4 5 6 7 8 1 is

  • that long enough 8 digits yes it is good now what would you like to order today I

  • want a coffee table I think there's only the one type I expect so perhaps you can

  • tell me the price I can use that to check later just in case there's more

  • than one yes it's 39 pounds 99p fine sorry about all

  • these extra questions it's no problem at all now that size of order value does

  • mean you're entitled to a free gift did you want to take up that option on this

  • occasion yes I do I've already got a calculator like the one on offer but I

  • do like the look of the handbag so I'd like one of those please certainly and

  • can I just check as an account holder you may have been sent a voucher oh yes

  • for a discount let me see the reference number we'll probably start with the

  • letter D huh it does and it continues B R 29 great now how would you like your

  • order delivered there's a standard service within a week and then Express which

  • comes within two days or special which means it arrives the same day mmm

  • special would be ideal but I know it's a bit expensive so I'll make do with

  • Express I think standard is very slow it is to be honest before you hear the rest

  • of the conversation you will have some time to look at questions 9 and 10

  • now listen and answer questions 9 and 10

  • well that's your order completed could I just trouble you for another minute or

  • so to ask you a couple of questions to help us improve our service as much as

  • possible yes firstly we do like to try and keep a

  • record of how customers have heard of Cosmic Mail Order how did you was it

  • from our advertising campaign oh I think I would have remembered any

  • advertisements on TV for example I only read newspapers occasionally so that

  • would have passed me by a friend of mine had been using it for years and

  • encouraged me to give it a go so I looked on the internet to find you to

  • see what was available on the site that's great thank you

  • the second thing is we're thinking of introducing a number of promotional

  • offers oh yes I got a little brochure about them with my last order I've got

  • the list here so can I ask which ones appeal to you well let's see there's

  • quite a few things here that don't really apply to me actually for example

  • my mobile phone bills are so low that I hardly notice them likewise they shut

  • down the local cinema I do enjoy a meal out though so that discount could be of

  • interest and I like to get away at weekends when I can and some of the

  • places you want to visit are expensive so it would be lovely if they became

  • cheaper as for planes well I've been abroad for a while now and in any case I

  • prefer the train where possible fine well thank you very much for your time

  • not at all section 2 you will hear a trainer giving a talk to

  • a group of cyclists first you have some time to look at questions 11 to 15

  • now listen carefully to the first part of the talk and answer questions 11 to

  • 15 hello everybody it's nice to see that so many of you made it even on an

  • evening as rainy as tonight okay now whether you're new to cycling as a sport

  • or are returning to it after some years absence I'll just go over a few basic

  • points now race preparation is a complex business and there are many factors to

  • consider the first area of concern is mechanical now this involves the machine

  • itself that is your bike and also no less importantly in fact clothing this

  • will protect your body and aid your performance providing you wear the right

  • kit the next area to concern yourselves with is the mental this is you as a

  • person you can have the best bike in the world but you won't get the most out of

  • it if you don't have the right mindset so tactics are important to consider

  • another factor which is essential to a good performance is determination you

  • need to feel this so that you can really push yourselves to your limits to

  • accompany this you also need knowledge of your bike yourself physics other

  • riders the course and so on finally strange though it may seem after all

  • I've said so far you need relaxation if you can't switch off sometimes you

  • won't get to recharge your batteries okay and that takes us on to the

  • physical side of race preparation the first and perhaps most obvious aspect of

  • this is training and we'll come to some of the details of that in a minute

  • another important aspect to pay attention to is diet and you'll soon

  • find that if you don't eat well you won't see yourselves performing

  • as well as you might then there's also the question of style and you'll need to

  • learn to develop the most effective ways for each of you to deliver your

  • performance and the details of this depend on which kind of event you're

  • competing in and finally you need to take body care into account you need to

  • stay healthy in order to be able to give of your best right those are the basic

  • ingredients of race preparation before you hear the rest of the talk you have

  • some time to look at questions 16 to 20

  • now listen to the rest of the talk and answer questions 16 to 20 now I'd like

  • to turn your attention to some of the details of a good training regime and

  • what you should and shouldn't do through the year let's consider various

  • activities in turn the first thing to think about is circuit training this is

  • an indoor series of gym exercises designed to work on all parts of your

  • body this starts as the racing season closes

  • with the end of summer and continues right through the cold season and stops

  • you going off the boil when you aren't competing it's extremely beneficial

  • although I would stress you do need a qualified gym instructor to tell you how

  • to do it properly next weight training this is also very good for cyclists and

  • it tops up the natural strength that cycling produces exercises need to be

  • arranged as part of a carefully calculated routine and this routine

  • needs to be sensibly followed it's a good idea for continuity to carry on

  • using weights throughout the year as you can lose strength just as quickly as you

  • can gain it something simpler and requiring no equipment is mobility work

  • while cycling has a great many benefits for the body it doesn't work every part

  • of it and indeed keep some parts locked in pretty much the same position so

  • exercises that involve twisting and turning and generally promoting

  • flexibility are advisable before the start of each race throughout the summer

  • season another important activity is pleasure riding perhaps this doesn't

  • sound so important to you but you don't race all year and when you do race it's

  • pretty hard riding so you can sometimes forget that cycling is actually

  • basically a fun thing to do so when you hang up your racing bike at the end of

  • the summer get out another bike and go for some

  • gentler enjoyable rides during the winter weather permitting of course and

  • finally running this is of course another sport in its own right and for

  • this reason some cyclists are rather sniffy about it however it is good

  • exercise and maintains aerobic fitness very effectively but it is rather hard

  • on the knees and in different ways from cycling so you're best advised to keep

  • your running two out of the racing season and wrap up well against the cold

  • when you do go so now section three you will hear three students anna jane and

  • mark planning a project about cinema on their media studies course first you

  • have time to look at questions 21 to 23

  • now listen to the first part of the conversation and answer questions 21 to

  • 23 so Jane mark we need to press on with the assignment yes we do Anna and we

  • need to begin by going to the best sources of information right no we're

  • looking into how films get altered sometimes if they're not going to do

  • very well we need to know quite detailed things so ordinary magazines you know

  • leisure interest ones may lack the detail we're after specialist magazines

  • on the other hand will probably be helpful I think that's true okay so

  • we'll route out some of those and what else there ought to be stuff available

  • online but we'll have to be selective sure not general cinema websites you

  • mean I think it would be useful to go onto studio websites then we'd get

  • pretty specific information even if it might be a bit biased yes okay anything

  • else I think we also need to think about the point of consumption

  • so perhaps reviews would be good to look through okay though we'll get most by

  • looking at local reviews I think I agree good now you have time to look at

  • questions 24 and 25

  • now listen to the next part of the conversation and answer questions 24 and

  • 25 so far so good now we'll gather all that together we

  • can take one source each and then I don't know about what Jane I mean okay

  • so we get all this stuff probably loads of it but do we know how to assess the

  • usefulness of it I know it'll all be factual and so true in that sense but we

  • need to know what it can really tell us perhaps we should cross that bridge when

  • we come to it mark yes though I think Jane's got a

  • point but the problem for me is the context we're working in we've got the

  • assignment instructions and in a sense it's all very straightforward we know

  • which parts are worth how many marks and so forth but the focus seems to be

  • heavily on the objective and quantitative side of things whereas I

  • would be hoping to be asked for more interpretive work and there would have

  • to be time to do that within the framework we've been given well again I

  • think we should just see how we go with it

  • now you have time to look at questions 26 to 30

  • now listen to the final part of the conversation and answer questions 26 to

  • 30 should we take that we're clear on just how films are altered good idea

  • we'll list the various cures that filmmakers use when a film looks like it

  • might be going to fail the first one is called tweak every joke sometimes they

  • change lots of the jokes after showing the first version to a test audience

  • comedy is the only film genre with a reliable formula the more of the

  • audience laugh the more income the film gets and it's not very funny if your

  • film makes a loss and the next one they call change the ending occasionally they

  • completely change the way of film ends it seems a bit strange maybe but the

  • problem is it's far from easy to know in advance what reaction you'll get from an

  • audience so if it turns out after all that the test audience doesn't like your

  • ending you've no choice but to do another one what's the third one

  • that'd be fixed the tone if for example your film begins as a kind of gentle

  • comedy but then gets too serious or horror like audiences get confused so

  • one thing that really matters is being consistent you mean yes or that's the

  • logic I think audiences don't want to have to switch track it's more

  • complicated than people imagine isn't it now the next cure is a big one

  • reshoot this may seem drastic but in some cases it's the only option

  • available it's very expensive of course but the film's backers will see this as

  • protecting their investment are there any others one more and it's another big

  • one or at least has the potential to be a big one it's shift the genre and this

  • is done when the test audience seemed to only like one half of the equation as it

  • were maybe you made a musical but they only like your comedy storyline not the

  • songs so you do it all again without the songs it could broaden the film's

  • he'll get a wider audience it's weird to think how much extra work has gone into

  • some films isn't it section four you will hear a talk about the history of

  • the Mediterranean Sea first you have time to look at questions 31 to 40

  • now listen to the first part of the talk and answer questions 31 to 37 now in

  • looking at the history of anywhere we need to accompany our discussion of the

  • facts with some consideration of what facts mean or which facts have meaning

  • but more of that later let's start with looking at one very important period of

  • the history of the Mediterranean the period of Roman influence this was born

  • out of the death of Alexander the Great his grip on the area went and what

  • directly ensued was a period of intense conflict which focused on the eastern

  • Mediterranean as opponents sought to gain control of that area Rome began to

  • emerge from this as a potential dominant force but obstacles such as a lack of

  • overall planning and in particular the ever-present menace of piracy lay in the

  • way of success gradually the Romans improved the power of their ships and

  • fighting equipment they also formed a series of alliances which effectively

  • reduced the size and number of enemies and a key measure they took was creating

  • an office of government specifically charged with repairing their fleets

  • however many ships they and their enemies had Rome from now on would have

  • the highest proportion out patrolling and fighting there were of course no

  • engines in ships in those days and another aspect in the battle for

  • supremacy was speed through human effort rivals built ships with ever-increasing

  • numbers of oars but what really mattered was the amount

  • of human pulling strength attached to each one and the Romans benefiting from

  • their great population of slaves was able to have every or pulling faster and

  • harder than anyone elses eventually Rome's dominance was more or less

  • complete there ashin of the sea became their enjoyment

  • of the sea their name for the Mediterranean translates as our sea and

  • that's how they saw it the shores were of course by now very well fortified but

  • now the Romans began also to demonstrate their comfort in power and put up a

  • great many large houses visible far out to sea wealthy merchants and retired

  • generals lived in leisure in these temples to their own prosperity the

  • maritime security of the Mediterranean and the immense availability of trading

  • destinations meant that all sorts of suppliers and craft producers clustered

  • round any reachable section of the Seas edge some of these settlements were

  • small while others were large producing salt fish in Italy for example or the

  • fish sauce that was sent to every corner of the empire from Spain with dominance

  • of the sea ways established the primary purpose of ships evolved from fighting

  • other ships to transporting goods economics generated a drive to carry as

  • much as possible on each trip and as ships were built for carrying loads such

  • as wine or stone exclusively these types of specialized vessels led to greater

  • cost-effectiveness and so things continued for many years

  • now listen to the rest of the talk and answer questions 38 to 40 however I

  • referred before to the question of needing to consider how to approach

  • history assumptions about what history is are as varied as the historians who

  • have made the Mediterranean the subject of their studies three key historians

  • have molded in different ways our approaches to understanding the

  • Mediterraneans past michelle bala Phenom broad L and Nicholas Halden the first of