IELTS Listening Practice Test 3

Listening Practice Test 3

 SECTION 1             Questions 1- 8

Questions 1- 5

Listen to the conversation between the manager of the Student Hostel and a student. Tick () if the information is correct, or write in the changes.



Charges for meals


BREAKFAST                         $2.00                           $2.50

LUNCH                                  $3.00                          


DINNER                                  $3.00                              (1) ________

THREE MEAL PLAN           $48.00 per week          (2) ________

TWO MEAL PLAN               $36.00 per week          (3) ________

Meal Times   

BREAKFAST                          7.00 – 9.30 am              (4) ________

LUNCH                                  noon – 2.00 pm

DINNER                                6.00 – 7.30 pm              (5) ________

Questions 6 – 8

Listen to the conversation and match the places in questions 6-8 to the appropriate letters A-F on the map.


Fees Office                     Answer ____B_____

  1. Student Lounge ­­­­­­­­              ____________
  2. Key Room                         ­­­­­­­­____________
  3. Box Room                        ­­­­­­­­____________

SECTION 2               Questions 9 – 19

Questions 9 -16

Listen while a teacher tells you how to complete this note. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR NUMBERS for each answer.




Class:    _______3A________

School excursion to:    (9)_______________________________

on: (10)___________________________________________

day                                    date

Bus will depart from: (11)___________ at   (12)______________

Bus will return to:     (13) ___________ at   (14)______________

Students must bring: (15) ______________________________

Clothing: students will need: (16) ________________________


Signature of Guardian / Group Leader


Questions 17-19


  1. When will the bus get to the Blue Mountains? ______________________
  2. What special equipment is on the bus?             ______________________
  3. What other class is going on the excursion?     ______________________

SECTION 3               Questions 20 – 30

Questions 20 – 22

Complete the table which shows when visitors may go to the different parts of the hospital.

Intensive Care Maternity Surgical Emergency
Permitted visiting hours Example

6 am – midnight

(20) (21) (22)


Questions 23 – 25

Complete the table showing who is allowed to visit, and the number of visitors permitted.

A = Adults may visit

E = Everyone may visit

I = Immediate family only

Intensive Care Maternity Surgical Emergency





(23) (24) (25)

Questions 26 – 27

Circle TWO letters.


On Monday Andrew will visit these wards

A         male surgical

B         female surgical

C         children’s surgical

D         male geriatric

E          female geriatric

F          infectious diseases.

  1. On Tuesday Andrew will be with

A         Dr Chang

B         Dr Thomas

C         Dr Gray

D         Dr Robertson

E          Dr Shay

F          Dr Kominski.

  1. On Thursday and Friday Andrew will visit

A         the nursery

B         the hospital gymnasium

C         the administration office

D         the school room

E          the teenage ward

F          the children’s ward.

Questions 28 – 30


  1. What time on Wednesday morning will Andrew be in lectures?
  2.  How many first year students are there?
  3.  What job does Andrew’s father do?

SECTION 4               Questions 31 – 38

Questions 31 – 35

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS to complete these sentences.

  1. Samuel Wells ____________ before Scholastic House opened in 1903.
  2. Scholastic House became ____________ in 1963.
  3. There were ____________ original students.
  4. One of these students became a prominent ____________.
  5. The college has a tradition of learning and ____________.

Questions 36 – 38

Circle the appropriate letter A-D.

  1. The college discusses controversial issues because it

A         informs the debate

B         reduces tension

C         encourages argument

D         brings positive publicity.

  1. The principal believes that

A         science is less advanced than medicine

B         philosophy is more useful than science

C         science is ahead of philosophy

D         science is more useful than philosophy.

  1. The principal urges the students to

A         accept what they are told

B         ask questions at all times

C         think only about their studies

D         think where progress will lead them.

Answer Key: General Training Practice Listening Test 3

Section 1

  1. 7.00-9.00 am
  2. 6.00-8.00 pm
  3. E
  4. F
  5. C

Section 2

  1. (The) Blue Mountains
  2. Monday / Mon. / June 10 (th) / 10/6
  3. (the) front gate
  4. 8 am
  5. (the) side gate
  6. 6 pm
  7. (your / their) (own) lunch
  8. strong shoes
  9. 11 am
  10. First Aid kit
  11. 3B

Section 3

  1. 8 am-8 pm / 8-8
  2. 9 am-9 pm / 9-9
  3. 24 hours
  4. E (up to) 6
  5. A 2
  6. E 3
  7. B and D
  8. E and F
  9. 8 to 10 (am)
  10. 200 / two hundred
  11. a nurse / nursing

Section 4

  1. died (in 1900)
  2. co-educational
  3. ten / 10
  4. teacher / university teacher
  5. tolerance / debate / discussion
  6. A
  7. C
  8. D

Tapescript: Practice Listening Test 3

Cassette 1 Side B

Narrator Prepare for IELTS Practice Listening Tests. Practice Listening Test 3. Turn to Section 1 of Practice Listening Test 3.

Section 1.

You have just arrived at the student hostel where you will live during the term. The manager is explaining the rules, and another student is asking questions. Listen to the conversation and complete the form. First you have some time to look at Questions 1 to 5 on the Student Hostel Charges for meals form now. You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. The conversation relating to this will be played first. Student: Excuse me. I want to ask you about the charges for meals. Are they the same as they were last year?

Manager: No, I’m afraid they’re not. We’ve managed to keep most of them the same, but we’ve had to increase the charge for breakfast.

Student: How much is it now?

Manager: It’s $2.50. It used to be $2.00.

Student: I see. What about lunch?

Manager: It’s unchanged – still $3.00.

Narrator: Breakfast costs $2.50, so the change has been written in. Lunch still costs $3.00, so the information has been ticked. Now’ we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen because you will not hear the recording a second time.

Now listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 5. Student: Excuse me. I want to ask you about the charges for meals. Are they the same as they were last year?

Manager. No, I’m afraid they’re not. We’ve managed to keep most of them the same, but we’ve had to increase the charge for breakfast.

Student: How much is it now?

Manager It’s $2.50. It used to be $2.00.

Student: I see. What about lunch?

Manager It’s unchanged – still $3.00.

Student: Does dinner still cost $3.00?

Manager Yes, it does. We’ve managed to keep the prices down this year. But the best deal is the three meal plan for $48.00 per week. We give you vouchers to present when you come into the cafeteria, and you get twenty one meals for your $48. That works out to a little more than $2 a meal. The two meal plan is a 1st» at last year’s rates of $36.00 per week. We give you vouchers for that, too.

Student: My sister was in this hostel before me. I’m sure the hours for breakfast used to be longer.

Manager: Yes, they were. They used to be 7 to 9.30, but to keep our expenses down we made them 7 to 9.

Student: Lunch is the way it was, though. Hold on! Dinner 6 to 730? Isn’t that a change?

Manager Yes, it is, and in fact the form is wrong.

It used to be 5.30 to 7.30, but now it’s 6 to 8 pm. Student: 6 to 8 pm. That’s good.

Manager So which plan would you like?

Student: I’d like to think about it, please. I need to check my lecture schedule.

Narrator: Now look at questions 6 to 8. Listen to the conversation between the student and the manager and match the places in questions 6 to 8 to the appropriate letters A to F on the map.

Student: Can you tell me how to get to my room, please?

Manager: Of course. You’re in the new’ wing, which is very freshly painted and pleasant. But I’m afraid you’re going to have to go to a couple of other offices before you can have the key. You’re in the Admissions Office now. Leave this office and turn right and go to the end of the hall. The last office is the fees office, where you can pay the balance of your room deposit. They’ll give you a receipt.

Student: Okay.

Manager: After you’ve been to the fees office come back past Admissions. You’ll see a very large room at the north western comer of the building. You can’t miss it. That’s the student lounge, and if you go in there you can meet some of the other students and see who’ll have a room near you.

Student: That’s good. Can I get a cup of coffee there?

Manager: Yes, there’s a vending machine in the comer. Then go to the Key Room, which is opposite the lift and next to the library, show them your receipt, and you can pick up your key there.

Student: My luggage was sent on ahead. Do you know where I should collect it?

Manager The box room is next to the women’s toilet. You’ll have to get the key from the key room.

Student: Thank you.

Narrator That is the end of Section 1. You wall now have some time to check your answers.

Now turn to Section 2.

Section 2.

You are going to hear a teacher helping high school students visiting from an overseas school to fill in a school excursion permission note. First look at questions 9 to 16.

Listen while a teacher tells you how to complete the school excursion permission note. Write no more than three words or numbers for each answer.

Mrs Brown: Good morning students. My name is Mrs Brown, and I’m in charge of the school excursion next week. Please take out your School Excursion Permission Note so you can fill it in. For insurance purposes, this note must be signed by your guardian or the group leader. First of all, fill in the name of your class. Everyone here is in 3A, aren’t they? So write 3A where it says “class”. We’re going to the Blue Mountains, which is great, so this is the school excursion to the Blue Mountains. The day we leave is Monday that’s Monday June 10.

We are travelling by bus all the way, so we don’t have to worry about changing trains or anything like that. The bus will leave from the front gate at 8 am.

I know we usually use the side gate, but because of the roadworks we will be using the front gate when we leave. However, when we return the roadwork will be complete so we’ll use the side gate. We expect to be back at 6 pm.

It’s going to be a lovely day. Your teachers will give you tasks to do when we arrive. We’ll provide fruit and fruit juice on the bus, but you must bring your own lunch.

While we’re on the excursion we’ll be moving . around a lot in some fairly rough country. Be very careful to wear strong shoes. It’s very important that you look after your feet very well. Now does anyone have any questions they want to ask?

Narrator: Now look at questions 17 to 19.

As the talk continues, answer questions 17 to 19. Write no more than three words or numbers for each answer.

Mrs Brown: No questions? Okay. I’d just like to fill in a few more details. The bus should arrive in the Blue Mountains at 11 am. We’ll have time to do the first of our tasks before lunch. The bus is not a new one, but it does carry one piece of special equipment – a first aid kit. I certainly hope we won’t have to use it but it’s nice to know it’s there in case we have a medical emergency.

The other class on this excursion is 3B, so I know it’ll be a good day. The last time 3A and 3B went out together was a thoroughly successful excursion.

Narrator: That is the end of Section 2. You will now have some time to check your answers.

Now turn to Section 3.

Section 3.

In this section you will hear a conversation between Mrs Lam, a member of the staff in a large hospital, and Andrew, who is a student in the nursing school. Mrs Lam is explaining the rules about visiting hours in the hospital. Look at questions 20 to 25.

Listen to the first part of the conversation and answer questions 20 to 22. Complete the table showing when visitors may go to the different parts of the hospital.

Mrs Lam: Hello, Andrew. i believe you want to know about visiting hours?

Andrew: Yes, I do Mrs Lam. I have to fill this form out, and I’d like to have some idea why the different parts of the hospital have different times for visiting. Mrs Lam: I see. Well, let’s start with an obvious one. Intensive Care. People in intensive care are very sick indeed, and for that reason we say that visitors can come between 6 am and midnight.

Andrew: I can understand that.

Mrs Lam: At the other end of the scale, our maternity patients are usually quite well, but we restrict their visiting hours from 8 am to 8 pm. We find they get very tired if we permit visitors all the time.

Andrew: I see. What about the surgical wards?

Mrs Lam: The doctors prefer to do their rounds early in surgical, so visiting hours are 9 am to 9 pm. Surgical patients are often on very heavy painkillers, and they aren’t really very good company for their visitors! Andrew: But surely the visitors come to cheer up the patient, not the other way round?

Mrs Lam: Of course. And often the visitors are able to help the patient a lot. That’s why we allow visitors all day, the full 24 hours, in the emergency ward. They help comfort the patient while they’re waiting to be diagnosed.

Narrator. In the second part of the discussion Andrew will ask Mrs Lam about the people who are allowed to visit patients. Look at questions 23 to 25 first. Complete the table showing who is allowed to visit, and the number of visitors permitted. Use the letter A to show that Adults may visit, E to show that Everyone may visit and I to show that only Immediate family may visit.

Mrs Lam: Of course, it’s not just everyone who can visit a sick patient. People in intensive care can only be visited by their immediate family. What’s more, we only allow two people in at any time. We let children of the immediate family in to visit people in intensive care, but we don’t like to do it. It’s very hard on the children, and it may distress the patient. However, if the patient asks for the child, and the family agrees, that’s okay.

Andrew: What about children in maternity?

Mrs Lam: Of course we let them in! They’re very’ pleased to see their mothers. The rule in maternity is everyone may visit, up to six people at a time.

The maternity ward is quite sociable, after all. Andrew: The surgical ward must be different.

Mrs Lam: It is indeed. We don’t allow children in the surgical ward because of the danger of infection, and as you know we restrict the hours. There are a lot of procedures which must be carried out on surgical patients, and we only let two visitors come in at a time.

Andrew: And in Emergency, people are allowed to visit all the time?

Mrs Lam: Oh yes. We rely on patients’ relatives to be there for them, and we permit everyone to visit the emergency department at all hours. However, we restrict it to three visitors for each patient. Otherwise the room just gets totally crowded.

Narrator Now listen to Mrs Lam explaining where Andrew will spend the first week of his training. Circle two letters. An example has been done for you. Look at questions 26 and 27.

Circle two letters in each answer.

Mrs Lam: Now I have your schedule for the next week’s observation sessions. Are you ready? Andrew: Yes. Where do I start?

Mrs Lam: On Monday you’ll be in male surgical in the morning, and in female surgical in the afternoon. You’ll be following Dr Shay on her rounds.

Andrew: Thank you. And on Tuesday?

Mrs Lam: On Tuesday you will be with Dr Thomas in the morning and Dr Robertson in the afternoon. No, that can’t be right… you’re with Dr Thomas in the afternoon and Dr Robertson in the morning. Andrew: Do I ever get to see Dr Kim ?

Mrs Lam: Yes, you’ll be with Dr Kim on Thursday and Friday. She’ll take you through the children’s ward and through our new teenage ward for 12 to 15 year olds.

Andrew: Great! I’ve read a lot about that new ward. Will I see the school room?

Mrs Lam: Maybe another time.

Narrator Now look at questions 28 to 30.

Now answer questions 28 to 30. Write no more than three words or numbers for each answer.

Andrew: And what will I do on Wednesday?

Mrs Lam: On Wednesday you’ll join the other students for lectures. You’ll be in the Redmore Lecture Room between 8 and 10 am and later between 2 and 3 pm.

Andrew: Thank you. Do you know how big my class is?

Mrs Lam: The intake this term is two hundred first year students. I’m pleased to say about one third are men, which is good. Nursing used to be an almost entirely female occupation.

Andrew: I know. My father trained as a nurse, and he was considered very unusual.

Mrs Lam: Is he still working as a nurse?

Andrew: Yes. He’s working in a hospital in the country. I guess I just wanted to follow his example.

Narrator: That is the end of Section 3. You will now have some time to check your answers.

Now turn to Section 4.

Section 4.

You will hear an extract from an introductory talk given to a group of students who have just entered a university residential college.

The speaker is the principal of the college.

Listen to what the speaker says, and answer questions 31 to 38. First you have some time to look at questions 31 to 35.

Now listen carefully and answer questions 31 to 35.

Principal: Good morning, and welcome to Scholastic House. I am delighted to see you here. It is my duty to explain to you some of the history of our college and some of the traditions which I hope you will uphold. The idea for Scholastic House was expounded by Samuel Wells in 1898. Wells was a visionary, w hose ideas were well ahead of his time. He wanted a college which would encourage friendship between people of different races and nationalities. Wells died in 1900 before he could see the college in action. Scholastic House finally began operating in 1903 with ten students. Those students came from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. At that time Scholastic House accepted only male students, although it has been co-education a I since 1963. Nine of these foundation students went on to lead illustrious lives; the only exception died tragically on his way home from Scholastic House to Sarawak. I le had only recently graduated with an honours degree in Law, and he was robbed of a brilliant future.

The other nine students, as I said, led very fulfilling lives. Three became political leaders, three became doctors. Perhaps the most famous graduate became a university teacher and was responsible for the introduction of modem teaching training methods in his country. Two of the original group became senior engineers and went on to deeply influence the way the water systems of their country were exploited. The college ran into hard times during the period of the Great War, 1914 to 1918, when the charter of the college was interpreted to mean that neither students nor staff could take part in the war effort. Many people felt that this indicated a lack of national spirit, and the walls of the college were frequently marked with graffiti. Meantime, outside the college, tens of thousands of young men went away to fight in Europe, never to return.

The college was building a reputation for learning and for tolerance of opposing views. Scholastic House debate and discussion nights were opened to the public in 1927, and have been available to anyone who wishes to attend ever since. It is a proud tradition of the college that any view’ may be expressed provided that it can be defended intellectually. Over the years topics which were controversial at the time have been discussed and debated.

Narrator: Now’ look at questions 36 to 38.

Principal: As I said, the college has a proud history of publicly examining controversial issues. Why should we do this? The publicity we receive is often sensational, and there is no joy in encouraging argument for its own sake; in fact that sort of discussion just increases tension. The only legitimate reason for our behaviour is that it casts light upon the topic in question and informs the debate.

And controversial topics are the ones which most need informed attention. As the world forges ahead we often find our scientists have outstripped our philosophers. We frequently develop scientific marvels without realising their full implications. Nowhere is this more obvious than in medicine.

We are now able to keep people alive far longer than

before, but this medical ability must be measured in relation to the quality of those lives.

I urge you to spend your time at Scholastic House wisely. You are the heirs of an excellent academic tradition of which we can all be justly proud.

It is your responsibility to continue this tradition of querying where our world is going. Progress is not always upwards.

I wish you every joy in your time here, and I hope that I will hear much well informed debate from you. Narrator: That is the end of Section 4. Now you have some time to check your answers.

That is the end of Listening Practice Test 3.

This tape is now complete.

IELTS Listening Practice Test 3
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