IELTS Listening Practice Test – 48

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test: This is the 48th test of our ‘LISTENING 200+🎧 Practice Test Series’. All tests are based on real exam pattern and correspond to the actual level of difficulty you may find in the IELTS.

This test is divided into four sections – Section 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Section 1 is a conversation between a man who wants to join a library and a librarian.

Section 2 is a man preparing people to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Section 3 is a discussion between three university students about a presentation on ‘Water For Peace’ organisation.

Section 4 is a lecture on a way of teaching called ‘Learning Styles’.

You can check your answers & calculate your IELTS Listening academic/general band scores at the end of this test. It is strongly advised to print the IELTS Listening answer sheet and mark your answers on the sheet as well.

Music is a great aid to memory. Listen to as many songs as you can, without looking at subtitles or text, and write down what you hear. Then check with the original lyrics.

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test- SECTION 1

Audio – Section 1

Questions 1-4

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

JOINING UP

Example: Library application form
Name ➡️Paulo de Mello
Identification ➡️Brazilian passport
Occupation ➡️(1) …………………….
Address ➡️(2) ……………………. Wood Street
Email Address ➡️(3) ……………………. @hotmail.com
Other family member(s) using this card ➡️Yes, his (4) …………………….

Questions 5-8

Complete the plan below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test

Questions 9-10

Answer the questions below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

9) How many items can members borrow at a time?

Ans. …………………………………………….

10) When is the library open at the weekend?

Ans. …………………………………………….

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test- SECTION 2

Audio – Section 2

Questions 11-14

Complete the sentences below.

Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER for each answer.

CLIMBING THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

🔘 The company takes climbers up the Sydney Harbour Bridge (11) ……………………. days a year.

🔘 The colour of the overall climbers wear is (12) ……………………. .

🔘 The top of the arch of the bridge is (13) ……………………. meters above sea level.

🔘 If a climber suffers from a fear of (14) ……………………., he or she is put at the front of a climbing group.

Questions 15-20

Complete the sentences below.

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

15) The guide shows the climbers items of clothing, and items related to ……………………. .

16) The climbers are going to be on the bridge in time for ……………………. .

17) All climbers wear sliders that attach them to a(n) ……………………. on the bridge.

18) The climb is ……………………. hours long.

19) At the top of the arch, the guide will take a(n) ……………………. of the climbers.

20) The climbers are not allowed to carry their own belongings in case they drop them into the ……………………. below.

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test- SECTION 3

Audio – Section 3

Questions 21-25

Complete the sentences below.

Write ONE WORD for each answer.

WATER FOR PEACE PRESENTATION

🔘 Water For Peace (WFP) started in (21) ……………………. .

🔘 Beatrice doesn’t want some of Cathy’s photos in their presentation because she thinks they do not (22) ……………………. to their topic.

🔘 One of Cathy’s photos is of women getting water from a(n) (23) ……………………. .

🔘 WFP is involved with (24) ……………………. projects, education, and cross-border relations.

🔘 Antonio and Cathy think most of their presentation should be (25) ……………………. and not just descriptive.

Questions 26-30

Classify the following by person:

A. for the man, Antonio

B. for the woman, Beatrice

C. for the woman, Cathy

Write the correct letter – A, B or C on your listening answer sheet.

26) …………………….This person will talk about historical context in their presentation.
27) …………………….This person will illustrate their presentation with maps of towns and villages involved in the project.
28) …………………….This person admires Mr. Koussa, who founded WFP.
29) …………………….This person will discuss international legal frameworks in their presentation.
30) …………………….This person prefers the grassroots approach to community projects.

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test- SECTION 4

Audio – Section 4

Questions 31-35

Complete the sentences below.

Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER for each answer.

LEARNING STYLES

31) The lecturer begins by asking the question: what helps students ……………………. ?

32) How students relate to their teachers and the classroom ……………………. influence educational success.

33) Early learning-style theories put learners into ……………………. personality types.

34) Fleming divided learners into ……………………., Auditory, Reading-Writing, and Kinesthetics Learners.

35) Fleming’s ……………………. Model was used all over the world.

Questions 36-40

Choose the correct letter- A, B or C.

36) Jackson – a researcher, used ……………………. to deduce that Fleming’s model didn’t work.

A. results from teaching experiments

B. evidence from brain scans

C. interviews with learners

37) Jackson believed that to learn, the following is/are necessary …

A. building models and going on excursions

B. deciding what the final achievement will be

C. setting goals, working hard, and reading deeply

38) A major disadvantage of Fleming’s model is that …

A. it is time consuming for teachers & learners.

B. children need to absorb more than in the past.

C. exams have renounced reading and writing skills.

39) Recent experiments using VARK showed that students learnt ……………………. with traditional teaching methods.

A. better

B. worse

C. just as well

40) Overall, the lecturer considers Fleming’s system to be …

A. interesting but outdated.

B. an experiment we were better off without.

C. a valid learning methodology with some limitations.


  1. ACCOUNTANT
  2. 19
  3. PAULO2020
  4. WIFE
  5. NOTICE BOARD
  6. NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES (in any order)
  7. NON-FICTION
  8. EVENTS
  9. 10/TEN
  10. SATURDAY MORNING(S)
  11. 363
  12. GREY
  13. 134
  14. HEIGHTS
  15. SAFETY
  16. SUNRISE
  17. STATIC LINE
  18. 3/THREE
  19. PHOTOGRAPH/PHOTO
  20. TRAFFIC
  21. JORDAN
  22. RELATE
  23. WELL
  24. WATER-SAVING
  25. ANALYTICAL
  26. C
  27. A
  28. A
  29. B
  30. A
  31. LEARN
  32. ENVIRONMENT
  33. FOUR
  34. VISUAL
  35. VARK
  36. B
  37. C
  38. A
  39. C
  40. B

About this test

IELTS Listening IDP free practice test- TEST 48 falls under ‘Easy’ category. So, if you are scoring 36+/40 in this practice test you are highly likely to get band 7 and above in the real exam setting.

I hope you find this 48th test of our online ‘LISTENING 200+🎧 Practice Test Series’ useful. For the PDF copy & official transcript of this test, tell us in the comment section below.

Rajit

Rajit Kaushal is the Co-founder and an active blogger at 'CIC Talks'. He is best known for his rich expertise in IELTS & Canadian Immigration🇨🇦. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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