IELTS Listening Practice Test 02 from

SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 

Questions 1-8

Complete the form below.


Five-Star Caterers

Customer Booking Form



Customer name: Mr 1 ____________________________
Daytime telephone number: 2 ____________________________
Telephone number after 5 pm: As above (If no one answers,

3 ____________________________)

Number of guests: 4
Date: 5____________________________
Shape: 6____________________________
Size: 7____________________________
Number of tables: 8____________________________

Questions 9 and 10

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

9    The man decides to book 

A. a three-course meal

B. a buffet.

C. a banquet.

10    The man will have to pay 

A. £750 tomorrow.

B. £100 per head.

C. £1,500 on the day of the party.

SECTION 2 Questions 11 – 20

Questions 11 – 17

According to the speaker, when did the following happen?

Write the correct letter A, B or C, next to Questions 11-17.

A before 1837

B between 1837 and 1900 

C after 1900

11    The East Front was added to the building.____________________

12    The last big structural change was made.____________________

13    The building was bombed.____________________

14    The building became a palace.____________________

15    The building was known as The Queens House.____________________

16    The Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire.____________________

17    The Marble Arch was moved.____________________

Questions 18-20

Complete the sentences below.


18    Up to_______________people    attend garden parties at the palace each year.

19 The garden contains more than_____________species of wild flower.

20    The public can visit the nineteen______________in    August or September.

SECTION 3 Questions 21 – 30

Questions 21 – 24

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

21. What aspect of history is it important to learn something from?


22. What do we also need to know about our ancestors?


23. Where are transferable skills useful?


24. What kind of approach to learning does social science use?


Questions 25-30

What is said about each of these subjects studied on a social studies course?

Choose your answers from the box and write the letters A-H next to Questions 25-30.

A. This will focus on how each generation learns about its own culture.

B. This necessarily includes a study of physics and chemistry.

C. This is studied from the point of view of human behaviour.

D. This will only be covered in terms of its theory.

E. This also covers the distribution of wealth.

F. This includes the study of archaeology.

G. This has received criticism for not being scientific enough.

H. This includes some work on urban planning.

25    Anthropology _____________________

26    Economics _____________________

27    Education_____________________

28    Geography_____________________

29    Law_____________________

30    Sociology and social work_____________________

SECTION 4 Questions 31 -40 

Questions 31-37

Choose the correct letter. A, B or C.

31    Students should complete their work on the 1950s

A. if they want to be allowed to continue attending lectures.

B. because they will appreciate the information about the 1960s more.

C. otherwise they face the possibility of being failed for their coursework.

32    According to the lecturer, the ‘baby boom’ happened 

A. because of relaxed attitudes in the sixties.

B. during a time of war.

C. because people felt more secure.

33    In the sixties, the USA had 70 million 

A. teenagers.

B. babies.

C. adults.

34    According to the lecturer, compared to the 1950s, the 1960s were 

A. less conservative.

B. more conservative.

C. just as conservative.

35    According to the lecturer, literature changed the way women 

A. over 40 were treated by society.

B. viewed issues of race in society.

C felt about their roles in society.

36    The rate of crime in the sixties 

A. rose nine per cent during the decade.

B. was nine times higher than in the fifties.

C. was nine times lower than in the fifties.

37    What happened at the start of the 1960s?

A. the first heart transplant 

B. the introduction of the internet 

C. the invention of lasers

Questions 38 – 40

Complete the summary letter

Write no more than two words for each answer.

In October 1962, US President Kennedy met advisers to discuss 38_____________which    proved that the Cubans were installing nuclear missiles, presumably to use against the US. Kennedy was faced with three choices: to try to resolve the crisis diplomatically; to block the delivery of further weapons into Cuba; or to attack Cuba. Kennedy chose 39__________option,    which prevented the build-up of more missiles and led to the withdrawal of the existing ones. Most are agreed that a 40_______________was narrowly avoided by Kennedy’s decision.

Answer Keys & Explanation Here:

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SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 

1.    Sanders .

2.    4456786

3.    leave (a) message

4.    50/fifty

5.    25th (of) June

6.    round

7.    large

8.    5/five

9.    B because the man says: ‘The buffet is fine.’

10.    A  – Because the woman says: ‘its £30 a head … times 50 … so that’s £1,500. Fifty per cent of that would be £700 now, with the balance due – another £750 – on the day,’ and the man replies, ‘Great, f 11 call in tomorrow if that’s okay. I can pay you the deposit then.’


11    B. –  because she says: “The East Front, which is the part we see from the road, was added as part of the work done by Queen Victoria and was completed in 1850.’

12.    C  – because she says: ‘The last major changes to the structure were made by King George the Fifth who, in 1913, had the East Front redesigned.’

13    C  – because she says: ‘the palace was bombed seven times during the Second World War, most seriously in 1940.’

14    A  – because she says: ‘It was George the Fourth who turned it into a palace, doubling its size, when he became king in 1820.’

15    A  – because she says: ‘King George the Third who, in 1761, had become the first royal owner of the building, though it was still not used as the home of the royal family – just as a private home for Queen Charlotte. It was known as The Queen’s House at that time.’

16    A  – because she says: ‘in 1834, he offered it as a new home for Parliament after the Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire’

17    B  – because she says: ‘in 1837, when Victoria became Queen’, ‘Victoria was also responsible for moving the Marble Arch’ and ‘Victoria died in 1901’.

18    8,000/8000/eight thousand

19    350

20    state rooms


21    (our) past mistakes

22    what they thought

23    in a job

24    flexible and adaptable

25    F because she says: ‘The first one was anthropology, which he said would cover pre-history and archaeology as well’.

26    C  – because she says: ‘this was not meant to mean that we will spend all our time looking at economic theory, but more that we need to see how humans behave’.

27    A  – because she says: ‘we’ll be looking at how cultural information is handed down from one generation to the next through teaching children’.

28    H  – because she says: ‘in relation to urban planning’.

29    E  – because he says: ‘laws affect the way wealth is distributed’.

30    G  – because he says: ‘In sociology and social work, and in social science generally, they can only study patterns of behaviour and observe. If you compare that to the way scientists work in physics or chemistry, it’s very different because they use specific experiments that can be tested and which give concrete answers. Social studies is often accused of being unscientific.’


31    B  – because he says: ‘if for no other reason than it will help make sense of the next series of lectures’.

32    C  – because he says: ‘the post-war baby boom. With the end of the Second World War in 1945, there began in the USA an era of perceived prosperity and security. In short, people started to feel that that the world was a much better and safer place to bring up children.

33    A  – because he says: seventy million in the USA alone – were teenagers’

34    A  – because he says: ‘the more conservative atmosphere of the preceding decade’.

35    C  – because he says: ‘The role of women changed and, uh, equality for women.. .well, lets just say that once certain books were published, women were no longer going to be satisfied with their roles as devoted wives and mothers’.

36    B  – because he says: ‘The crime rate rose to nine times what it was in the fifties’.

37    C  – because he says: ‘lasers being invented at the start of the decade’.

38    (photographic) evidence

39    the second/2nd

40    (nuclear) war