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Free IELTS Listening Practice Test

We have prepared a full IELTS Listening practice test (same as the real exam) with audio player and answers that you can take for free to test your listening skills.

Use these steps to complete your IELTS Listening test:

  1. Grab a pencil and paper (or use a Listening Test Answer Sheet)
  2. Start the audio player (tracks play automatically)
  3. Complete the test within 40 minutes (30 minutes for listening and 10 minutes for transferring your answers to your answer sheet)
  4. Check your answers and find out your listening score (see tables at the end of the page)

While you practice, we recommend that you do that under the exam conditions strictly following the rules.

Note! The following IELTS Listening practice test has been provided by IELTS.org and extracted from public pdf files.

woman listening with headset
Full IELTS Listening Practice Test
  • Section 1
  • Section 2
  • Section 3
  • Section 4

IELTS Listening Practice Test

Section 1

Questions 1–4

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

City Bank Customer Service Log

Example
Answer
Type of query:
Term deposits
Customer name:
David 1
Phone:
023 - 561 - 055
D.O.B.:
18 / 02 / 1968

Customer's Term Deposit details:

Amount:
$18,000
Term:
2
Interest rate:
3.45% per annum

Current Term Deposit interest rates:

1 year
3.65% per annum
2 years
3
% per annum

4 Term Deposits

Minimum deposit: $20,000

Questions 5–10

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

5 tax rate:28%
Investment returnsDepend on 6
TermEffective rate of return
2 years

Salary

$48,001 – $70,000

 

3.75% per annum

Salary

$70,001 –

$

3.92% per annum

Minimum investment amount:$10,000
Hidden charges/fees:8
Interest payment options:monthly, 9, 6‑monthly, annually
Application options:

online

10

in person

Section 2

Questions 11–15

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11The September Celebration day is held 

Afive times a year to honour the city

Bon the park’s important birthday

Cto remember the history of the park

12The park was first built in 

A1955

B1979

Cthe 1990s

13The park still uses 

Aa children’s play area

Ba petting zoo

Ctwo of the early rides

14The Hurricane roller-coaster is 

Atall and made of wood

Bdesigned for smaller children

Cvery fast and exciting

15The rides with a height limit are coded 

Ayellow

Bblue

Cblack

Questions 16–20

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Food options:

  • Italian, Chinese, etc. at the Food Court
  • hamburgers, sandwiches, etc. at 16

Special events:

Parade

  • Starts at noon
  • On the 17
  • Run by final year high school students

Concert

  • At the amphitheatre
  • Theme: 18
  • Starts at 7:00

Safety and Security:

  • Ten 19 centres in the park
  • Children ask any staff member for help
  • Ask security team at the 20

Section 3

Questions 21–24

Complete the flowchart below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Session outline:

Project topic: design a water treatment system

Tutorial structure:

Step 1: go over 21

Step 2: think about research 22

  • search online databases using good search terns
  • consider the kind of research, e.g. 23 from other projects

Step 3: develop an 24

Questions 25–27

Complete the summary below.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.

Project description:

You need to design a grey-water treatment system to reduce the pressure on the water 25 in a Cameroon village. Grey-water is wastewater from household 26 . The system needs to treat this water to remove bacteria, and recycle it to use for purposes such as watering plants, flushing toilets and doing 27 .

Questions 28–30

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Research tips

General internet searches:

Avoid websites where 28 try to sell their products.

Engineering library:

Use key words when searching the catalogue
e.g. grey-water treatment systems / 29 use

EWB website

Check examples from the 30 last year.

Section 4

Questions 31–34

Complete the summary below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Origins of the Caveman Diet

There are many popular fad diets nowadays. They all promise good health if you stick to the 31 . The Caveman diet is a popular example. This diet includes foods such as lean meat and fish that our forebears ate before we developed 32 . We need to find out what our ancestors did eat, so researchers are studying some existing hunter-gatherer tribes. These tribes typically like to eat meat but they can’t always get it, even though they are skilled with their weapons, e.g. 33 and . So, instead, they eat foods that their wives gather. They get only about a 34 of their energy from meat.

Questions 35–36

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

35Research evidence suggests that 

Athe tribesmen’s traditional diet is unhealthy

Bour bodies can digest only certain foods

Cwe can adapt to a range of diets.

36Thai people have difficulty digesting milk because 

Athey have too much lactase in their bodies

Bin the past they didn’t farm cows

Ctheir saliva lacks certain enzymes.

Questions 37–40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Variation in global diets:

  • Inuit – most calories from 37 foods, e.g. seal meat
  • Jains – vegetarian, but milk is permitted
  • Others – fish, insects

Implications for the caveman diet:

  • Cavemen did not all eat the same diet
  • Diets come from complicated cultural 38

Problems with Caveman diet:

  • Costs a lot of money for lean meat and 39
  • Too much red meat may be unhealthy
  • Reliance on meat is bad for the 40

Listening Answer Key

SECTION 1

  1. Marshall
  2. 180 days
  3. 3.85 (%)
  4. Monthly Interest / monthly interest
  5. maximum
  6. income bracket
  7. 120,000 / 120000
  8. no fees
  9. quarterly
  10. (by) phone

SECTION 2

  1. C
  2. B
  3. B
  4. A
  5. C
  6. food stands
  7. Main Street / St. / main street / st.
  8. Hollywood
  9. first-aid / first aid / First Aid
  10. guard stations

SECTION 3

  1. task instructions
  2. strategies
  3. case studies
  4. action plan
  5. supply
  6. drains
  7. laundry
  8. manufacturers
  9. residential
  10. competition

SECTION 4

  1. plan
  2. agriculture
  3. bows, arrows [in either order]
  4. third / 3rd
  5. C
  6. B
  7. high fat / high-fat
  8. (dietary) practices
  9. nut oils
  10. environment

IELTS Listening Score

Band ScoreRaw score out of 40
939–40
8.537–38
835–36
7.532–34
730–31
6.526–29
623–25
5.518–22
516–17
4.513–15
411–12
3.58–10
36–7
2.54–5

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