Listening Test 1 Volume 13

Listening Section 1


Listen carefully and answer Questions 1 to 10:

Questions 1-3

Listen to the telephone conversation between a student and owner of a paragliding school and answer the questions below

Choose the correct letters A-D.


Which course does the man suggest?
A. 2 days            C. 5 days
B. 4 days           D. 6 days

1 How much is the beginner’s course?


2 What does the club insurance cover?


3 How do the girls want to travel?


Questions 4-7

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.


Name: Maria Gentle

Address: C/o Mr & Mrs 4

5 Newcastle

Fax no: 0249 6

Type of Card : 7


Question 8

Check TWO letters A-G

Which TWO of the following items must people take with them?

Note: You must get both parts of the question right to get your mark. The correct answer may not be the actual words which you hear on the tape. Option E in Question 8 is an example of this. Be on the lookout for paraphrasing of this type.



Question 9

Choose TWO letters A-G.

Which TWO accommodation options mentioned are near the paragliding school?



Question 10

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for your answer

Which weekend do the girls decide to go? 10

Listening Section 2

Listen carefully and answer Questions 11 to 20:

Questions 11-20

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer


Type of car: Duesenberg J-type

Number made: 11

Type of body:  12

Engines contained capsules of mercury to ensure a 13 trip.

Top speed: 14 kilometres per hour.

Sold as a 15  

Main attraction: 16

Type of car: LeyatHelica

Number built: 17

Car looks like a 18 without 19

Steering used the 20


Section 2 is always a talk by one speaker. Look at the questions and the title of the task. Try to guess the context from the language and the picture. Note that all the questions here are note completion format. Turn the notes into questions in your head, e.g. Number made = How many were made? Do this for all the questions before you listen. Decide what type of information is missing (noun, number, adjective?). The questions follow the order of the text. There are two parts to this listening. This will help toorientate you.

Listening Section 3

Listen carefully and answer Questions 21 to 30:

Questions 21- 22

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Research details:

Title of project: 21

Focus of project: entertainment away from 22

There might be 2 to 4 people speaking in section 3. The voices will sound quite different.
The questions follow the order of the text.
Note how many different types of questions there are. In this case there are four: note completion, charts and diagrams, multiple choice and completing a chart.
Look through the questions to get an idea of the topic.
Look carefully at the graphs. Reading the questions and underlining key words will help you make sense of the graphs, e.g. Question 24: ‘relative popularity … cinemas’. Each column in the bar chart represents how popular each cinema is in relation to the other. Look at C: Which is the most popular cinema in this graph? Which is the least popular?


Questions 23-26

Choose the correct letters A-C.

23 Which chart shows the percentage of cinema seats provided by the different cinema houses?


24 Which graph shows the relative popularity of different cinemas?


25 What did Rosie and Mike realise about the two theatres?


26 Which graph shows comparative attendance for cinema and theatre?


Questions 27-30

Complete the chart about the different music clubs below. Choose the correct words in the list.

A              Poor

B              OK

C             Excellent

Club Type of music Quality of venue
The Blues Club Blues 27 
The Sansue South American 28 
Pier Hotel Folk 29 
Baldrock Cafe Rock 30 

Listening Section 4

Listen carefully and answer Questions 31 to 40:

Questions 31-32

Complete the notes using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.


Main focus of lecture: the impact of 31 on the occurrence of dust storms.

Two main types of impact:

break up ground surface, e.g. off-road vehicle use remove protective plants, e.g. 32 


Questions 33-36

Complete the table using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Name of area  Details
 USA ‘dust bowl’ Caused by mismanagement of farmland

Decade renamed the 33

West Africa Steady rise in dust storms over 20-year period
 Arizona Worst dust clouds arise from 34  Dust deposits are hazardous to 35 
 Sahara Increased wind erosion has occurred along with long-term 36 


Questions 37-40

Complete the flow chart using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Drying-up of Aral Sea

Intensive 37 in Central Asian Republics


Drop in water in major tributaries


Total volume of water in lake reduced by 38


Increase in wind-blown material


Lake has increased its 39


Serious effects on 40 nearby


1              C
2              C
3              D
4              McDonald/Macdonald/MacDonald
5              Post Office Box/PO Box 676
6              775431
7              credit card/Visa
8              D,F
9              A,F
10            after (the) exams
11            473
12            (open) 2/two(-)seater
13            smooth
14            180
15            frame and engine
16            instrument panel/instruments/stop-watch
17            30
18            light aircraft/plane
19            wings
20            rear wheels
21            Out and About
22            (the) university campus
23            B
24            B
25            B
26            A
27            A
28            C
29            B
30            C
31            human activity/activities
32            farming and drainage
33            Dirty Thirties/30s
34            dry thunderstorms
35            machine operators
36            drought
37            irrigation
38            two-thirds
39            salinity
40            crops/plants/agriculture