This is the last part of our Interactive Listening Test. If you haven't completed the other sections, make sure you do so first:
Listening Test Section 1
Listening Test Section 2
Listening Test Section 3
Listening Test Section 4 Part 1
This part is a continuation of the monologue we heard in the first part of section 4. This test question will be a Matching Lists type.
Practice Task 1 | Identify the Keywords
What other words or phrases can be used to express the meaning of in the center, close and far? When you listen to the audio, listen carefully for synonyms (words with the same meaning) and be careful of tricks.
Questions 37 - 40
Where are the following places located?
Stratford-upon-Avon welcomes in visitors from all over the world. The town is a particularly popular destination for tourists from the USA as well as for tourists from all around Europe. The town’s William Shakespeare heritage is what most people come for as many buildings that would have been familiar to the poet and playwright have been perfectly preserved from the sixteenth century to the present.
Many visitors like to take in a performance of a Shakespeare play while they are in Stratford and luckily for them, the town is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. The company has three venues in Stratford: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, both of which share a building on Waterside; and The Other Place which is a short walk away on Southern Lane. In Shakespeare’s day, the public would have been able to see his plays at The Globe which was found a considerable distance away on the banks of the River Thames in London. In Shakespeare’s time Stratford would have been lacking in theaters or other places for entertainment as it was only a small market town.
The most popular place for tourists in Stratford is Henley Street located in the heart of the old town and home to the house Shakespeare was born in. The house remains little changed from Shakespeare’s time and is a fascinating glimpse into England’s past and the early life of the country’s most famous playwright. Visiting this house will see you following in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known writers such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, and Thomas Hardy.
Another extremely popular tourist destination is the house which belonged to the family of Anne Hathaway. A short way from the town, this is the cottage in which Shakespeare’s wife grew up and where he almost certainly spent time courting Hathaway before they were married when Shakespeare was only eighteen years old. Many say it is the most romantic cottage in England. The house remained in the possession of relatives of Hathaway until the late nineteenth century when it became a museum.
Just a short walk from where he was born is the final resting place of William Shakespeare. When he died he in 1616 he was buried in the Holy Trinity Church. It is a place of pilgrimage for most fans of Shakespeare, but if visiting it must be remembered that it still functions as a place of worship and so visitors must be respectful. The grave of William Shakespeare is in the church although some people have suggested that it should be moved far away to Westminster Abbey, where many of England’s most notable people are buried.
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For previous sections of the test, follow the links below:
Listening Section 1 Part 1
Listening Section 1 Part 2
Listening Section 2 Part 1
Listening Section 2 Part 2
- Think about the purpose of the chart. What process does it show?
- Think about what types of words are missing from the flow chart. Look at the words that are already written there as these give lots of clues.
- Notice if the flow chart is written in short notes or longer and more complex sentences.
- After you have finished, make sure the completed flowchart represents the overall meaning of what you heard.
- Make sure the words you have written grammatically fit into the sentence.
Understand the FlowChart
Questions 21 - 25
|Find out 21. of the test.|
|Study the different types of test questions often found on the test.|
|Try a 22. in order to locate your strengths and weaknesses.|
|Join a 23. if you struggle with the practice test.|
|Do previous tests as frequently as you can in order to build your both your language skills and test skills.|
|Learn new words which you encounter in the reading test in order to 24. .|
|Make sure you 25. for the test a long time in advance|
Notice the paraphrase of 'find out' is 'focus on understanding'.
We can use the words 'try' and 'strengths and weaknesses' to help us identify the answer.
Here the paraphrase of the key word 'struggle' is 'do poorly'.
This question is a little easier as the phrase 'which you encounter in the reading test' is repeated in the audio.
We can see paraphrases of 'Make sure' ('It is important') and 'a long time in advance' ('as early as possible') to help us answer this one.
The full script can be seen below. Read it while listening again, writing down new words and phrases to help you expand your vocabulary.
Well, there are only a few months before the end of the term and that means you have to apply for university soon. I know both of you want to study in English speaking countries, how are your preparations and research about that going?
Yes, good thanks – I’ve narrowed it down to a shortlist of 3 universities in England.
And I’ve found courses in Edinburgh and Warwick that I’m interested in.
Great, as I’m your personal academic advisor, I thought today, as we have some time, we could talk about how to prepare for the IELTS test which you will have to take in order to study in the UK. It is important to do as well as you can on the test to ensure you get accepted on to the courses you want. What do you know about the test?
It’s a famous test, that’s all I know. I’ve definitely heard about it before.
I know it has a listening, reading, writing and speaking section.
Great. You know some of the basics. How do you think you can best prepare for the test?
I would say that it’s important to know the format of the test. What the sections are, how long you have to complete each section, that kind of thing.
Yes, and I guess it would be important to know about the types of questions that they commonly ask on the test.
Ok, good. Well I’d agree that the first and most important thing to do is to focus on understanding the test format. If you know how the test will be carried out and what each section is like, then you will not be surprised by anything on the test day. Imagine if you didn’t have any idea about the format. The whole thing would be really confusing. And I think your point Maggie about knowing the different question types that can crop up really comes under this heading. The best place to find out about the test format is on the IELTS website.
After that it’s really a good idea to try a past exam paper. Try the past exams found in the Cambridge IELTS series or online on websites such as ieltstutors.org. Trying a practice test such as this will help you to see what your strengths and weaknesses really are. This’ll help you to diagnose problem areas that you need to work on.
But what if we do badly on the practice test?
Well your English should be good as you have studied in an international school but If you do poorly on the practice test, then you need to really think about taking a test preparation course. This will help you prepare for the different question types. Now, we don’t run test preparation courses here at the school but there are plenty of language schools in the center of town which run these types of courses.
I think it’ll be hard to fit that into my schedule as I have to prepare for my exams. But, I’ve heard of online preparation courses which let students work in their own time without the pressure and deadlines of a normal school.
That sounds like a great alternative. Particularly for the writing and speaking modules which are very difficult to improve on if you don’t receive good feedback from an expert.
To improve your listening and reading I would suggest doing as many past exam papers as possible and learning from your mistakes. This is a great free way to improve your abilities before the test. You should always time yourself so you get used to the conditions in the exam.
Make sure you learn new words which you encounter in the reading test as this will boost your vocabulary and end up helping you improve your other skills as well. The best way to do this is that after you finish the test, you go back over the text looking for new words. Consult a dictionary to help you with the meaning. Write new words in a vocabulary book and practice them frequently. Try and use new word in speaking and writing as this will help to lock them into your memory.
How about when we get closer to the time when we need to take the test? Is there anything important we need to do then?
Well, that’s a good question. It’s important to register for your test as early as possible to make sure that you get a place on the test on the day that you want. Some tests get fully booked a long time in advance, particularly in the period when people are applying to university or trying to get on to scholarship programs.
Labeling a Map | Understand the Instructions
Where can the following buildings be found? Write the appropriate letter. 9.Queens head Pub _____
10.Car Showroom _____
11.Jim’s Motorbike Rental ______
- What place names are given on the map?
- What do you have to listen for? (for example, buildings on the street or rooms in a building)
- How are the different places connected? (for example, roads, paths or corridors)
People who have a good understanding of prepositions of place and vocabulary connected to location (we will have a lesson for this soon) will do well at this type of activity.
Improve your Map Reading Skills
Where can the following buildings be found? Write the appropriate letter.
J - Jim
C: I’d like to come and have a look at the motorbike before I rent it. I live close to the central hospital. How can I find you?
J: Right, to start with, take Spencer Lane all the way to the end. Then you’ll reach a t-junction with a butchers on your left, it’s opposite the Queens Head pub.
C: Ok. I know where you mean.
J: Good, well turn right onto the main road, it’s called Wilmslow road.
C: Sorry, was that a right.
J: Yes, that’s correct, turn right. Then, go down Wilmslow road and you’ll see a big car showroom on your right. It’s across from a small football field.
C: Are you sure, I thought there was a supermarket opposite the football field.
J: No no, that closed a few years ago. It reopened as a car showroom a few months back. Anyway. Take the left turn there.
C: At the football field?
C: What road is that?
J: I believe it's Hill Road.
C: Ok, got it. I’m just noting down the directions.
J: Ok, well go up Hill road and across from the garden center you’ll see a car park. Do a left into the car park and at the back you’ll see the office. It’s right behind the kindergarten. You can’t miss us because the car park is full of motorbikes.
C: Great, I’ll pop round tomorrow about 1 o’clock.
Jim says 'You’ll reach a t-junction with a butchers on your left, it’s opposite the queens head pub.'
Car Showroom | B
Jim tells us 'go down Wilmslow road and you’ll see a big car showroom on your right. It’s across from a small football field.'
Be careful here because the Customer makes an error that Jim has to correct:
'Are you sure, I thought there was a supermarket opposite the football field.'
'No no, that closed a few years ago. It reopened as a car showroom a few months ago.'
Jim's Motorbike Rental | C
Jim's directions are 'go up Hill road and across from the garden center you’ll see a car park. Do a left into the car park and at the back you’ll see the office. It’s right behind the kindergarten... You can't miss us because the car park is full of motorbikes.
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Academic Writing Task 1
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Cause And Effect
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Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
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Listening Section 4
Problem Solution Essay
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