IELTS Listening Practice 1

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This listening practice simulates the first section of the IELTS Listening test. Listen to the audio and answer questions 1-10.
Questions 1-10

Complete the table below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

What she thinks of the city Example         busy
Type of accommodation
How she finds the accommodation
What she thinks of her classmates
Title of her course Business Studies
Problems on the course
Suggestions for improving the course
First type of accommodation
Problem with first accommodation
Second type of accommodation
Title of course
Problems on the course Computer room busy
Suggestions for improving the course

The official IELTS exam gives you 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet.

Answer Sheet

Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 1: You will hear a conversation between a student counsellor and two international students. First, you will have some time to look at questions 1 to 5. [20 seconds]. Now, listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 5.)

C = Counsellor

A = Archie

J = Jack

C: Hello, Archie. Please come in. How are you doing?

A: I’m fine thanks.

C: Hi Jack. How are you today?

J: Not bad.

C: So, as I said in the invitation letter I sent you, I’m a Student Counsellor here at the university and I’m working on a welcome booklet for international students arriving in the UK. It would be really helpful if you could answer a few questions about how you’ve been getting on since you arrived here in Edinburgh.

A: Sure.

J: Yes, I’m happy to help.

C: Great. So, Archie, let’s start with you if you don’t mind. You’ve been here for 2 semesters now. Can you tell me about your impression of Edinburgh when you first arrived?

A: Hmm, well the first thing I noticed was how busy it is here at the weekends.

C: Yes, Edinburgh is a busy city, isn’t it? Where did you live when you first arrived?

A: In student accommodation. It was like a hostel in the centre of the city.

C: So you had meals provided? You didn’t have to do your own cooking?

A: No, I didn’t but sometimes I wished I could cook for myself! The hostel food wasn’t very good.

C: That’s a shame. And what were the other students like?

A: They’re OK. I mean I haven’t really made that many friends from the hostel. People tend to keep to themselves and they’re not very sociable.

C: Ah, that’s a pity. But what about the course? What are you studying?

A: It’s a Masters in Business Studies.

C: Oh yes, I remember now. And are you enjoying it?

A: On the whole yes. It’s mostly been really good although I feel there isn’t much contact with the lecturers. They’re usually too busy to meet with students and it’s hard to get an appointment to see them during office hours.

C: Mmm, I see. And is there anything that could be done to improve the course?

A: Umm, well, it would be good to have regular meetings with the lecturers. I think that would be useful. Not necessarily every week - once a month would be enough.

C: Ok, so meetings with lecturers. I can see that would be helpful. Thanks, Archie. I have a few more questions for you but first I’d like to talk to Jack.

(Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you will have some time to look at questions 6 to 10 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 6 to 10.)

C: Jack, Where are you from?

J: China, Beijing.

C: And what did you think of Edinburgh when you first got here?

J: Umm, I really liked it from the start. It’s such a beautiful city.

C: And was your accommodation ok?

J: Yeah, it was ok. I had to change after 3 months though because I lived in a home stay at first and the family had 4 kids. They were really kind to me but it was so noisy in the evenings and weekend when I needed to study and I just couldn’t concentrate.

C: Right, I see.

J: So then after three months I moved into a student flat with 2 other overseas students. It’s much quieter and it’s also cheap.

C: Great. What about your course? What subject are you studying?

J: It’s a Bachelor in Computer Studies.

C: Ok. And, other than language difficulties, how are you finding the course?

L: It’s fine, but …

C: Yes, go on.

J: Well, my main problem is getting a computer to work on in the lab. It’s always so busy and there are a limited number of computers available that have the software I need for my coursework. It makes things really hard.

C: Hmm, yes, I can understand that. Is it possible to reserve a computer?

J: No, unfortunately not … it would really help me if I could reserve time in the lab.

C: Right. Well, I’ll check to see if there’s something we can do reserve computer time and improve the situation. Now, back to you, Archie…

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