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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
these Bala felt strongly that an approach based on
examining countries around the Mediterranean as if they shaped its
history was inadequate more was to be learned he argued by treating the
Mediterranean as one of a number of seas such as the Black Sea and the Atlantic
Ocean and thus integrated into trading routes that stretched from Madeira to
crack off our second historian Fenn on broad L took a rather different though
related tack he argued that the ways societies operate right down to their
individual members actions is subject to permanent conditions such as whether
they inhabit mountain plane or sea features of the coastline and adjacency
to the waters of the Mediterranean are thus the focus of his approach and then
we can add a third way of looking at history or at least the history of the
Mediterranean and that's the one propounded by Nicholas Halden his
arguments are asserted quite strongly not least because he sees a greater
consistency across time than many other historians have allowed for there are
those who take ecological events particularly catastrophes such as the
volcanic destruction of Pompeii to be the shapers of different sections of the
Mediterraneans history hoardin says these are simply incidents and that the
major ride on through them for him while there
may be cultural mutations and fashions in types of consumer goods what matters
is the system of trading goods that satisfy primary needs such as grain oil
metals and timber so for us out of this complex of views our job is to seek a
synthesis and form a sophisticated approach not just to the Mediterranean
but to any time or region in history
okay how did you do? let's look at the answers to all of the questions starting
with section one and number one is Hornby remember with the IELTS listening
test your spelling must be correct number two it's ilford number three nine
four four five six seven eight one in the recording it was nine double four
five six seven eight one number 4 coffee table number 5 thirty nine
pounds and ninety nine so you can write it down as 39.99 number 6 handbag
remember the spelling is like this h a n D b a g even though she said handbag
there is a d there number 7 the voucher code was DBR29 you may have
written BR29 because the man said the D and the woman finished the voucher
code herself number 8 is Express number 9 A and D
number 10 D and E and Section two number 11 is clothing 12 determination 13
relaxation 14 diet 15 body care 16 was B 17 C throughout the year so it's
all year round 18 was A 19 B and 20 was B as well this was a tricky one
in the talk the man said out of the racing season and he told his students
to wrap up to protect themselves from the cold so it was winter B section 3 21
is a specialist magazine 22 Studio websites 23 is reviews or local reviews
you can say as well 24 A 25 B 26 was income 27 reactions 28 consistent 29
reshoot you can spell it with or without the hyphen you do not need the hyphen there 30
very difficult spelling genre and section 4 31 is eastern 32 piracy number
33 repairing number 34 slaves a great population of slaves number 35
large houses or you can simply write houses fish sauce is number 36
specialized is 37 you can also spell specialized Z E D on the end that's the
American English spelling 38 is B 39 C and 40 F so how does your score
compare to the band score so well if you count up your score if you got
between nine and fifteen marks that's a band 4 for a band 5 you need between
16 and 22 band 6 between 23 and 29 bands 7 30 to 34 band 8 35 to 38 and if you
got 39 or 40 you will get a band 9 so thanks for doing the tests I hope you
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