IELTS MASTER | PTE LISTENING TEST 1

Listening



Section 1: Summarize spoken text

A You will hear a short lecture. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present at the lecture. You should write 50-70 words.

You will have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.

Answer

Answer: The speaker says modern economic circumstances have changed the nature of loyalty. People no longer work for the same company for life and companies today must adapt to a large employee turnover as workers take up new opportunities elsewhere. People will be loyal while they are in a given job but may move on. However, companies do function better socially and economically when they have a core group of long term employees.



Section 1: Summarize spoken text

B You will hear a short lecture. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present at the lecture. You should write 50-70 words.

You will have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.

Answer

The speaker explains why Latin writing was so outstanding especially as compared to the other arts. The main reason was the nature of the language itself which is capable of great compression. Another factor was the Roman educational system which concentrated on language and literature. One drawback was that as education was only available to the rich the subject matter of Latin literature is fairly limited.



Section 2: Multiple choice, choose multiple Answer

A Listen to the recording and answer the question by selecting all the correct responses. You will need to select more than one response.

Which of the following are mentioned as influences on the English landscape garden?

Answer

Answer: 1, 2, 4



B Listen to the recording and Answer the question by selecting all the correct responses. You will need to select more than one response.

You will have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.

Which of these countries still use woodblock printing on fabrics?

Answer

Answer:2, 3, 6



Section 3: Fill in the blanks

A You will hear a recording. Write the missing words in each blank.

Almost everyone has heard of the London Stock Exchange, but (1) few know anything about the London Metal and Commodity Exchanges - yet these markets have a greater (2) on world economies because they set global prices for some of the essential raw materials for industry and food (3) . The LME provides three basic services to the world's non-ferrous metal trade. First, it is a market where large or small
(4) of metal of a guaranteed minimum standard can be bought and sold on specific trading days. Second, it acts as a barometer of world metal prices. And third, it is a “hedging” medium: that is, it can help traders get some protection from price fluctuations that occur for economic, political or
(5) reasons.

Answer

Answer: 1-relatively, 2-influence, 3-manufacture, 4-quantities, 5-financial



B You will hear a recording. Write the missing words in each blank.

It isn’t necessary to have a (1) Knowledge of, say, the intricacies of counterpoint, or even to be able to read music to understand it. Usually, getting the point of a piece of music, its emotional and dramatic (2) is immediate or simply requires you to become more
(3) with it. Of course, prolonged study of music and its (4) as in any other field, will increase your understanding, but not necessarily your enjoyment. Now, I realize that it can require a good deal of willingness on our part to risk new sensations, and there is a lot of music that will seem unfamiliar and alien to you on a first (5) .

Answer

Answer: 1-specialized, 2-impact, 3-familiar, 4-composition, 5-hearing



Section 4: Highlight correct summary

A You will hear a recording. Choose the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

1 The speaker tells us that cliches are the enemy of literature and art. They are words, phrases and images that have become stale through overuse and therefore have nothing new to say to us. They are an enemy to clear and original thinking, although they are sometimes useful in advertising to get a simple message across.

2 While cliches in writing reveal lazy thinking and are to be avoided at all costs, in the graphic arts they become essential, helping to get the message across quickly, clearly and with emotional force. This is especially true of advertising and propaganda where the impact must be immediate.

3 Cliches are worn out, overused and over-familiar phrases, and the etymology of the word helps to explain this. Originally, a cliche or stereotype was a printer’s term for a pre-set block of type with phrases used frequently in the newspapers. The word has since adopted a negative meaning and careful writers avoid them where they can.

Answer

Answer: 2



B You will hear a recording. Choose the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

1 Dolphins, whales and porpoises are all social animals, but some species are more sociable than others. This depends on the environment because a species adopts the lifestyle most suitable for this. Among dolphins, forming groups makes it easier for them to find food, reproduce and gain knowledge. They are safer, too, because dolphins can communicate danger when there are threats around.

2 The speaker explains that whales, dolphins, and porpoises have evolved differently and face different threats. River dolphin numbers are declining, while ocean dolphins are doing well in spite of the threats they face. The reason for this is that ocean dolphins are better adapted for finding food and avoiding predators.

3 Dolphins have adopted group living as a response to living in close contact with other animals in the ocean, some of which kill dolphins for food. Living in social groups makes it easier to hunt for food and, in a dangerous environment, it makes sense in terms of safety to move about in large numbers.

Answer

Answer: 1



Section 5: Multiple choice, choose single Answer

A Listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

What made the speaker take up geology as a profession?



Answer

Answer: 3



B Listen to the recording and Answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

What is the speaker's view of creative writing classes?



Answer

Answer: 2



Section 6: Select missing word

A You will hear a recording about the brain. At the end of the recording, the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.



Answer

Answer: 3



B You will hear a recording about money. At the end of the recording, the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.



Answer

Answer: 1



Section 7: Highlight incorrect words

A You will hear a recording. Below is a transcription of the recording. Some words in the transcription differ from what the speakers) said. As you listen, circle the words that are different.

When the European Economic Community was established in 1957, its aim was, in broad terms, to move towards closer political and economic co-operation. Today, the much bigger European Union has a far-reaching importance on many aspects of our lives, from the conditions we work under, to the safety standards we must adhere to, and the environment in which we live.

In order to achieve the free flow of goods and services, work and capital between the member countries, they needed to establish mutual politics in areas as diverse as agriculture, transport, and working conditions. When they had agreed on these policies, they became legal. Now, though, the EU is concerned with a far wider range of issues.



Answer

Answer: bigger, importance, work, politics, legal



B You will hear a recording. Below is a transcription of the recording. Some words in thetranscription differ from what the speaker(s) said. As you listen, circle the words that are different.

Stem cells are the body’s master cells, the rare material from which we are built. Unlike normal body cells, they can reproduce an indefinite number of times and, when manipulated in the right way, can turn themselves into any sort of cell in the body. The most versatile stem cells are those found in the embryo at just a few days old. This ball of a few dozen stem cells eventually goes on to form everything that makes up a human.

In 1998, James Thompson pronounced that he had isolated human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. At last, these powerful cells were within the grip of scientists to experiment with, understand, and develop into fixes for the things that go wrong.



Answer

Answer: rare, sort, human, pronounced, grip



Section 8: Write from dictation

You will hear some sentences. Write each sentence exactly as you hear it. Write as much of each sentence as you can. You will hear each sentence only once.

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4



Answer

  • 1) Hundreds of scientific papers have been published on global warming.
  • 2) Political power only disappears when this stage has been completed.
  • 3) Social networks are changing the way we communicate.
  • 4) The cotton industry purchased all its raw cotton from abroad.


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