IELTS 2 : Listening

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Section 1 Questions 1 - 10

Time: ​40 minutes

  (You will have approximately 30 minutes to work, plus 10 minutes to transfer your  answers onto the answer sheet.)    

Instructions to Candidates    

 Listen carefully. You will hear instructions for each part of the paper. 

 Answer each question.  

 While you are listening, record your answers in the question booklet.   

When the recording has finished, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. In the actual exam you need to use a pencil.  

Information for Candidates   

This test has ​four​ parts.  

 You will hear each part only 1 time.   

This test contains​ 40​ questions.  

 Each question is worth one point.    

Throughout the test, you will be given time to study the questions and check your answers.

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5    

Complete the notes below ​ .     

Write ​ NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER ​ for each answer.    

Write your answers in boxes 1-6 .  

Questions: transport from Bayswater

  1. Express train leaves at (1)               

  2. Nearest station is (2)                   

  3. Number 706 bus goes to (3)               

  4. Number (4)               bus goes to station

  5. 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.


Cash fare 

Card fare


6) $  


Train (peak)



Train (off-peak)                 
– before 5pm or after
(7) pm)


(8) $  

9) ferry  



Tourist ferry          
((10) ) 



Tourist ferry (whole day)



Section 2: Questions 11-20

Questions 11-14   

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

11) if it is your first time seeing a counsellor


if you are unable to see a counsellor during normal office hours


if you do not have an appointment


if your concerns are related to anxiety

Questions 15-20

Complete the table below. Write no more than two words for each answer.

Write ​ NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER ​ for each answer. 



Target group

Adjusting what you need to succeed academically (15)     students
Getting Organised

use time effectively, find

(16)   between study and leisure

all students
Communicating talking with staff, communicating across cultures

all students, especially


Anxiety (18)  , breathing techniques, meditation, etc. students about to sit exams
(19)   staying on track for long periods (20)    students only

Section 3: Questions 21-30

Questions 21-24    

Complete the notes below. Write no more than three words for each answer.

Write ​ NO MORE THAN ONE WORD ​ from the lecture for each answer.   


Novel: (21)            

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)           


Questions 25-30

Questions 21-24    

Complete the notes below. Write no more than three words for each answer.

Write ​ NO MORE THAN ONE WORD ​ from the lecture for each answer.   

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)        


Section 4: Questions 31-35

Questions 31-35   

Complete the table below. Write one word only for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 31-34 .      

Time Perspectives

Time               Zone


Features & Consequences



Remember good times, e.g. birthdays.

Keep family records, photo albums, etc.



Focus on disappointments, failures, bad decisions.



Live for (32)    ; seek sensation; avoid pain.



Life is governed by (33)   , religious beliefs, social conditions. Life’s path can’t be changed.



Prefer work to play. Don’t give in to temptation.



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


American boys drop out of school at a higher rate than girls because


Present-orientated children


If Americans had an extra day per week, they would spend it


Understanding how people think about time can help us

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