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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In this test, notice that there is no break in the recording between the complete the table and multiple choice question, so we have less time to study the questions.
Complete The Table
The next set of questions 31 to 35 ask us to complete the table with only one word for each answer.
Before we listen we should think about
- the instructions – How many words can we use?
- the headings and the examples – What kind of information is needed? Are they nouns/verbs etc?
- the answers – we should try to guess what the answers might be.
Let's use these tips on the questions. Think about them yourself first before looking at our notes
Before we listen we should
- have a look at the stems (the stem is the first part of the sentence or the question). Identifying key words in the stem will help you be ready for the relevant part of the recording.
- decide what we think will be discussed in the recording based on the information in the stem.
Try these tips on each of the questions, then compare your notes with ours.
IELTSTutors Notes | Multiple Choice
As we listen
- use the information that is already in the table to follow the recording so you are prepared for the gaps.
- write your answers in the gaps using words from the recording. Are they similar to you guesses?
For multiple choice questions 36 - 40
As we listen we should
- choose the answer from what we hear, not what our opinion is.
- be aware of false answers. This is when a word or phrase is used in the recording that is the same as an answer option, but it is not the right answer. Make sure that the meaning of your answer matches the meaning of the recording.
- also be aware that speakers can change their minds, so if they correct themselves, make sure you correct yourself.
At the end if you are not sure about any answers, just cross out options that can’t be true, and choose from the rest.
Listen and write down your answers, then compare them with ours.
In the real test, you are given 10 minutes at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. As you do this, you should check all your answers for spelling mistakes.
Also check for other mistakes, such as the logic of you answers. For example, is there an ‘s’ on the end of a noun that should be singular? Finally, don’t leave any blank answers. If you are not sure, just guess.
If you feel that you run out of time before you can do this, practicing will speed up your skills. Try lots of listening practice tests so you are fully prepared. Start with the one we have below:
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