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Listening Practice: Transport Counsellor Literature Time

This is a full sample of IELTS listening test, including transport, school counsellor, literature, and time specified topics.

SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 (TRANSPORT)

Example: Destination:   Harbour City  

Questions 1-5 Complete the notes below. Write no more than two words and/or a number for each answer.

Questions: transport from Bayswater
  • Express train leaves at ____1.
  • Nearest station is ____2.
  • Number 706 bus goes to ____3.
  • Number ____4. bus goes to station
  • Earlier bus leaves at ____5.

Questions 6–10 Complete the table below. Write no more than one word and/or a number for each answer.

TransportCash fareCard fare
Train peak$10$10
Train (off-peak)
(before 5pm or after ____7 pm)
____9 ferry$4.50$3.55
Tourist ferry (____10)$35-
Tourist ferry (whole day)$65-

1. 9.30 (am)
2. Helendale
3. Central Street/St
4. (number/no./#) 792
5. 8.55 (am)
6. 1.80
7. 7.30
8. 7.15
9. commuter
10. afternoon

SECTION 2 Questions 11-20 (COUNSELLOR)

Questions 11–14 Which counsellor should you see? Write the correct letter, A, B or C, next to questions 11–14.

  • A: Louise Bagshaw
  • B: Tony Denby
  • C: Naomi Flynn
  • ____11 if it is your first time seeing a counsellor
  • ____12 if you are unable to see a counsellor during normal office hours
  • ____13 if you do not have an appointment
  • ____14 if your concerns are related to anxiety

Questions 15-20 Complete the table below. Write no more than two words for each answer.

WorkshopContactTarget group
Adjustingwhat you need to succeed academically____15 students
Getting Organiseduse time effectively,
find ____16 between study and leisure
all students
Communicatingtalking with staff,
communicating across cultures
all students, especially ____17
Anxiety____18, breathing techniques, meditation, etc.students about to sit exams
____19staying on track for long periods____20 students only

11. C
12. C
13. A
14. B
15. first/1st year
16. (right) balance
17. international/foreign (students)
18. relaxation
19. motivation
20. research/advanced

SECTION 3 Questions 21-30 (LITERATURE)

Questions 21–30 Complete the notes below.Write no more than three words for each answer.


Protagonists: Mary Lennox; Colin Craven

Time period: Early in ____22

Mary moves to UK – meets Colin who thinks he’ll never be able to ____23. They become friends.

Point of view: “Omniscient” – narrator knows all about characters’ feelings, opinions and ____24

Audience: Good for children – story simple to follow

Symbols (physical items that represent (____25):
  • the robin redbreast
  • ____26
  • the portrait of Mistress Craven
Motifs (patterns in the story):
  • the Garden of Eden
  • secrecy – metaphorical and literal transition from ____27
Themes: Connections between
  • ____28 and outlook
  • ____29 and well-being
  • individuals and the need for ____30
21. The Secret Garden
22. (the) 20th/twentieth century
23. walk
24. motivations/motivation
25. abstract ideas
26. roses
27. dark(ness) to light(ness)
28. health
29. environment
30. human companionship

SECTION 4 Questions 31-40 (TIME)

Questions 31–35 Complete the table below. Write one word only for each answer.

Time Perspectives
Time ZoneOutlookFeatures & Consequences
PastPositiveRemember good times, e.g. birthdays. Keep family records, photo albums, etc.
____31Focus on disappointments, failures, bad decisions.
PresentHedonisticLive for ____32; seek sensation; avoid pain.
FatalisticLife is governed by ____33, religious beliefs, social conditions. Life’s path can’t be changed.
Future____34Prefer work to play. Don’t give in to temptation.
FatalisticHave a strong belief in life after death and importance of ____35 in life.

Questions 36–40 Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

36 We are all present hedonists
  • A) at school
  • B) at birth
  • C) while eating and drinking
37 American boys drop out of school at a higher rate than girls because
  • A) they need to be in control of the way they learn
  • B) they play video games instead of doing school work
  • C) they are not as intelligent as girls
38 Present-orientated children
  • A) do not realise present actions can have negative future effects
  • B) are unable to learn lessons from past mistakes
  • C) know what could happen if they do something bad, but do it anyway
39 If Americans had an extra day per week, they would spend it
  • A) working harder
  • B) building relationships
  • C) sharing family meals
40 Understanding how people think about time can help us
  • A) become more virtuous
  • B) work together better
  • C) identify careless or ambitious people
31. negative
32. pleasure
33. poverty
34. active
35. success
36. B
37. A
38. C
39. A
40. B