Practice Test 56

In the Listening Test 56, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40 based on them.

Section 1 is a conversation between 2 old friends who meet each other by accident.

Section 2 is a man giving a short talk to new students about their university Sports Centre.

Section 3 is a conversation among university tutor and his seminar group of 3 students discussing their extended essays.

Section 4 is a lecture on marine biology.

Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Circle the correct letters A-C. Write answers next to 1-5 on your answer sheet.

1 What is John’s job?

A Doctor

B Teacher

C Chemist

2 Which of the following continents did Frank not visit on his travels?

A Europe

B Africa

C North America

3 What’s Frank’s job?

A Journalist

B Travel writer

C College lecturer

4 How many children do Frank and Liz have?

A 0

B 2

C 3

5 When did John and Kate get married?

A the last year of college

B the year after graduation

C 2 years after graduation

Questions 6-10


6 What time should Frank and Liz go to dinner?_________________

7 What’s Frank’s mobile phone number?_________________

8 What’s on the other side of the road from John and Kate’s flat?_________________

9 What does Liz NOT like to eat?_________________


Question 10

Circle the correct letter A-C. Write answers next to 10 on your answer sheet.

10 Which bell button is the one for John and Kate’s flat?

Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-14

What FOUR sports facilities are currently NOT available at the Westley University Sports Centre.

football hockey basketball badminton
martial arts netball trampolines aerobics
modern dance weight training spinning yoga
aerobic training running machines football squash
swimming pool rugby cricket hockey
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Questions 15-20

Complete the student’s notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Joining the Sports Centre

To be a student member of the Sports Centre you must be full-time/part-time at uni. + Students’ Union member. Come with NUS card to the Sports Centre reception between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm from 15 _____________to Saturday.

Present NUS card, fill out the application form, and pay subscription. Student subscription is 16 _____________Pay by cash or cheque; no credit cards.

No photos necessary; <17/strong> __________________at reception.

Members can use the facilities at any time. Because of 18 _____________ members must show membership card every time they come in.

Replacement cards cost 19 _____________________

Members can book courts, not by phone, with membership cards.

Opening Times (7 days a week)

Monday to Saturday: 20_______________________

Sunday: 9.00am to 6.00pm

Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-25

Answer questions 21-25 below.


21 What subject does Professor Cameron teach?_________________

22 What time will next week’s seminar be?_________________

23 To what problem of Maggie’s does Professor Cameron refer?_________________

24 Who has the students’ extended essays from the last semester?_________________

25 How many students did badly in last semester’s extended essay?_________________

Questions 26-30

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

26 The students will have a choice of_____________titles for this semester’s extended essay.

27 Professor Cameron says that he will look at__________________ until the end of April.

28 This semester’s extended essay word limit range is between___________________

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29 The students extended essay for this semester will be based on________________at the university’s facilities.

30 Rob will be able to help students at___________________________

Section 4

Questions 31-40

Questions 31-36

Complete the Megalodon description below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

THE MEGALODON (Carcharadon Megalodon) – the largest predator that ever lived on Earth


12 m + (possibly up to 15m or 31m)

About 3 X length of Great White Shark (estimates from fossilized teeth + vertebrae)


Size of 31_____________________

Very hard and fossilized well unlike all other parts of sharks’ cartilage skeletons

Bone-like material coated with 32____________________

Like Great White Shark teeth but bigger, thicker + more finely serrated


Possibly like a huge, streamlined Great White Shark


Open 33__________________wide and 7 feet high; could swallow enormous objects

Loosely attached by ligaments and muscles to the skull

Teeth probably located in rotating rows

First two rows of teeth for 34__________________ others rotate into place as needed

Lost, broken or worn teeth replaced by new ones

Did not chew food; gulped whole large chunks


Mainly whales.

Sharks eat approx. 35_____________________ of body weight daily

Remains of whales with 36____________________indicate the predator-prey relationship

Questions 37-40

Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE.

37 The speaker gives another example of a fish that everyone mistakenly thought was extinct.

38 In 1918, a giant shark attacked some Port Stephens fishermen killing one of them.

39 The Port Stephens fishermen all agreed with each other on their description of the shark that they saw.

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40 The Megalodon sighting near Broughton Island happened again the next day.



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Section 1

1 B
2 A
3 A
4 A
5 C
6 (about) 7.30
7 07623 963 957
8 a postbox
9 red meat
10 C

Section 2

11 trampolines
12 yoga
13 running machines
14 swimming pool
15 Tuesday
16 £15
17 (digital) camera
18 insurance agreement
19 £5
20 8.00 am to 10 pm

Section 3

21 agriculture
22 4 o’clock
23 attendance (a record)
24 the external examiner
25 1
26 10
27 drafts
28 3000 and 3500
29 research
30 the greenhouse complex

Section 4

31 a man’s hand
32 (hard) enamel
33 6 feet
34 obtaining prey
35 2 percent
36 (large) bite marks


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