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.
|Transport||Cash fare||Card fare|
(before 5pm or after __7__ pm)
|Tourist ferry (__10__)||$35||-|
|Tourist ferry (whole day)||$65||-|
1. 9.30 (am)
3. Central Street/St
4. (number/no./#) 792
5. 8.55 (am)
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.
|Adjusting||what you need to succeed academically||__15__ students|
|Getting Organised||use time effectively,|
find __16__ between study and leisure
|Communicating||talking with staff, |
communicating across cultures
|all students, especially __17__|
|Anxiety||__18__, breathing techniques, meditation, etc.||students about to sit exams|
|__19__||staying on track for long periods||__20__ students only|
15. first/1st year
16. (right) balance
17. international/foreign (students)
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
- 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
25. abstract ideas
27. dark(ness) to light(ness)
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 Zone||Outlook||Features & Consequences|
|Past||Positive||Remember good times, e.g. birthdays. Keep family records, photo albums, etc.|
|__31__||Focus on disappointments, failures, bad decisions.|
|Present||Hedonistic||Live for __32__; seek sensation; avoid pain.|
|Fatalistic||Life is governed by __33__, religious beliefs, social conditions. Life’s path can’t be changed.|
|Future||__34__||Prefer work to play. Don’t give in to temptation.|
|Fatalistic||Have 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