IELTS MASTER | PTE Test 7 Listening

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 autumn term is in full swing now and deadlines are fast approaching. So to help you with the final touches on your assignments I wanted to say a few words about proofreading. Most people find it easy to spot problems with grammar or punctuation when reading someone else’s writing but it is always much harder to see these things when looking at your own. Since you won’t always have the luxury of having someone else proofread for you let us look at a few ways to effectively do it yourself. When proofreading your own work it is important that you know what kind of errors you are looking for. Think about the kinds of things you have had trouble with in the past and try to eliminate them for a start. Now most people know to look for things like grammar, spelling and punctuation but don’t forget that the big picture is just as important. Make sure your work is organized in a logical way and that each paragraph represents a clear distinct idea. You might take yourself to a quiet spot and try reading your work aloud as you do make sure it flows. Don’t forget to check your referencing and citations. If possible try to give yourself at least a day or two to complete the proofreading process. It is easier to spot mistakes if you have had a bit of a break from looking at the paper.



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

Answer: Well our research team spent a year looking at the way local government is functioning talking to the stakeholders surveying the community and basically we identified three main issues three main areas of concern when it come to government at the local level of the town or city. One of them and perhaps this is the most important one is that we need to enable citizens ordinary people to take more responsibility as co-authors of their civic lives. They need to be able to determine what kinds of services and facilities they need and also think about how they can contribute in those areas how they can become involved. A second area we looked at was how to create a public service an public servants who are able to actually support citizens in when they want and need. Now this should perhaps happen in a more down to earth and less bureaucratic way than we have seen in the past. I am talking about moving towards a more customer directed approach across the board. Finally we need to look at the relationships between national government local government and citizens because that has not been functioning as it should. We have has over directive centralism and a kind of mistrust has emerge between national and local bodies and it is the citizens who bear the brunt of this.



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.

What comments are made about students in the Theatre Studies program?

Answer

Answer: 2, 5



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

What was significant about the rock art found in the Yunnan province and in Western Europe?

Answer

Answer: 3, 5



Section 3: Fill in the blanks

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

Barred owls can be found in dense forests right across North America. They feed on small (1) , fish, birds and small reptiles — pretty much anything that comes their way. The barred owl grows up to half a metre tall and has emerged as a very (2) nocturnal predator. Whereas they have been long-thought to live in old-growth forests, they are now building up quite an (3) population. In Charlotte, North Carolina, barred owls tend to nest in the cavities of the numerous willow oak trees that line the city's streets. Far from being endangered, the owls have expanded their range; and now, in some places, conservationists are worried about the effects they might have on other (4) species.

Answer

Answer: 1-mammals, 2-adaptable, 3-urban, 4-native



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

Before the beginning of the 1900s, the only way to obtain pearls was by collecting very large numbers of pearl oysters from the ocean floor by hand. The oysters — or sometimes mussels — were brought to the surface, opened, and (1) More than a ton of these had to be checked in order to find just three or four quality pearls. Divers often descended to depths of over 100 feet on just one single breath. Now, of course this exposed them to (2) creatures and dangerous waves, not to mention drowning. In some areas, divers put grease on their bodies to conserve heat and they held a large (3) like a rock, to descend so they didn't have to exert effort going down. Today, pearl diving has pretty much been supplanted by cultured pearl (4) Particles are implanted in the oyster to encourage the formation of pearls, and this allows for more predictable production. The divers who still work, do so mainly for the
(5) industry.

Answer

Answer: 1-searched, 2-hostile, 3-object, 4-farms, 5-tourist



Section 4: Highlight correct summary

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

1 Company leaders have to be careful that they do not have one set of practices for those in the office and another for those who telecommute. Besides needing to be fair at all times, managers will find that a telecommuting arrangement will simply not work if workers feel isolated and excluded from the company culture.

2 Telecommuting has a lot of advantages but to make it work, company leaders need to plan in advance to ensure that they anticipate issues for example training, security and communication. They also need to ensure that they hire workers who are suited to working remotely and ensure equal access to resources and advancement.

3 When workers ask if they can work from home, companies should consider a telecommuting arrangement, as it has several advantages for businesses as well as workers. There is money to be saved on overheads and training but for telecommuting to function properly, only independent staff should be allowed to work in this way.

4 Managers should not rush into letting their employees telecommute. It may sound good because businesses can save money on things like office space, but if workers' needs and ambitions are not well catered for in the arrangement, the company culture will ultimately be damaged and they may even be sued.

Answer

Answer: 2



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

1 While many of us believe that we enjoy making choices, several studies have shown that this is not in fact the case. When faced with choosing from several types of jam, consumers were interested at first but soon became overloaded with choice. They simply abandoned the choice and went back to their favourite brands.

2 The incredible range of choices that consumers now have is making business difficult for companies who have to provide more and more choices to keep up with the market but also for consumers who expect choice but give up without making any choices at all if they feel confused by the wide range on offer.

3 Consumers face more choices than they did in the past and a study showed shoppers are attracted if a number of options are presented to them. However, those options still need to be of a good quality and something that appeals to the consumer or, as in the study, they will walk away without making a purchase.

4 With a wide range of choices, one would expect consumers to buy more products. However, a consumer experiment found that when customers had many choices, they were likely to sample the products but became overwhelmed and did not buy much, whereas they were more likely to buy something when they had far fewer options to choose from.

Answer

Answer: 4



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 does the speaker say about the 'Beehive'?


Answer

Answer: 4



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

What does the speaker say can be done to avoid conflict within study groups?


Answer

Answer: 3



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: 1



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: 3



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.

Well, there are many factors that can cause one species to diverge into two. One of these is when populations get isolated from each other by something like a lagoon forming or forest being cleared. And there's another idea that as individuals adapt to their environment, this might have a knock-on impact on mate choice, a process called sensitive drive speciation. Now this seems to occur in cichlid fish. They have shown that a female preference for either red or blue striped males only exists in clean water, where they are actually able to see.



Answer

Answer: diverge, lagoon, impact, sensitive, clean



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

Social capital is a concept that was introduced by sociologists, many years ago. It's actually the networks and reserves that people use to deliver social outcomes. For instance, it might be holding a sporting event, running a community fair, being part of a club. It is difficult to measure social capital and one way of looking at it is the amount that people volunteer in their local community. So you can consider the volunteering rate as an index for how healthy a community is. You can also look at something called a well-being index — the way people think about their lives and how accepting they are of others, their general perception of the value of their life.



Answer

Answer: reserves, fair, amount, index, accepting



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.

Answer:



Answer

Answer: The course has been updated to reflect the current situation.



Answer:



Answer

Answer: Agenda items should be submitted by the end of the day.



Answer:



Answer

Answer: Popular culture is now a serious subject of academic inquiry.



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