Practice Test 81

In the Listening Test 81, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40 based on them.

Section 1 is a conversation between a man and a woman discussing the places where you can do shopping in London.

Section 2 is a radio program about a survey conducted in their area. 

Section 3 is a conversation between a college tutor and a student about writing a book review.

Section 4 is a lecture on Cliffton Suspension Bridge.

Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-7

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Listen to a conversation and complete the market list below.


Address Open Hours Days Tube Station

East Street SE17

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat & Tue Castle
Leather Lane WC1 lunch times 1_____________ Chancery Lane
2__________ Lane E1 9 a.m. – 12 noon Sunday mornings 3_______________
Waltham stow E17 4_______________ Mon. – Sat.

Except for Web & Sun.

Brixton SW9 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sun. Half-day on Wed. 6_______________
Camden High St. NW1 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7____________ Chalk Farm,

Camden Town

Questions 8-10

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

8 Who is Barbara going to shop with?

9 How is Barbara travelling to the shops tomorrow?

10 What time are they going to meet?

Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-16

Complete the table below as you listen.

Write either A NUMBER or NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS to fill each space.

Radio South Radio Soap new Wake-up 15__________
approval rating  11_________ % 17% 87% 15%
disapproval rating  12_________ % 64% 13_________ % 25%
don’t knows not mentioned 19% not mentioned 60%
listeners’ comments excellent vulgar and puerile 14_________ 16__________

Number of participants in the survey: 4373

Questions 17-20

Circle the correct answer.

17 Regarding the message Voicebox, the number of complaints

A has gone up and down in recent weeks.

B has gone down.

C has remained static.

D has risen in the recent week.

18 The praise for the music on the Wake-up show has come

A only from Australia.

B only from New Zealand.

C from all over South-east Asia.

D from all over Asia.

19 Regarding English Worldwide, the number of listeners

A has increased ten times.

B has remained fairly static.

C has decreased tenfold.

D will increase in the future.

20 The radio station broadcasts

A 14 hours per day.

B 19 hours per day.

C 24 hours per day.

D 22 hours per day.

Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-30

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.



• Title                                                                      21 __________________________

• Author                                                                  Robert Winston

• Category                                                              22_____________________________________

• Subject area                                                         brain

• Intended readers                                                23 _________________________________


Author’s purpose to inform and advise on maximising the use of the brain

Main topics history of 24 ________________________________ about brain

What enables the brain to 25 ________________________________________ brain’s contribution to the development of 26 _________________________________ how to increase intelligence

Analysis and evaluation

Writer’s qualifications professor at the University of London who carries out 27 ____________________________________ research

Strengths readable, particularly through the use of 28 ____________________________________ contains a useful 29________________________________

Weaknesses none


Overall response a very interesting book that aims high and achieves its 30________________________________

Section 4

Questions 31-40

Questions 31-33

Complete the following table.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each answer.

Bridge type Material(s) used First examples date from Region
arch tone or brick 31 __________________________ B.C Middle East
suspension 32 ________________________ A.D. 550 33 _______________________
iron suspension iron 1826 Wales (UK)

Questions 34-37

Complete the notes on the timeline below.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

1831 Design for bridge chosen by 34 ___________________________________

Work began but soon halted by political events. 1836 Work resumed.

1843 Work stopped when 35 _________________________________
1851 Ironwork sold to pay 36 _____________________________
1860 Second-hand 37 _____________________________ became available.
1862 Work resumed.
1864 Bridge completed.

Questions 38-40

Complete the table.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS or A NUMBER for each answer.

Location Distance Main difficulty Effect
Alaska and Siberia 80km 38___________ construction time-limited
Europe and Africa 28 km 39___________ a new type of bridge structure required
Sicily and mainland Italy 40________ km funding


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Section 1

1 Mon-Fri/Monday to Friday
2 Petticoat/Petticote
3 Aldgate
4 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5 Central Line
6 Brixton
7 Sun./Sundays
8 Tom & Mary
9 by/take underground/tube/subway
10 9:30 a.m.

Section 2

11 83/eighty-three
12 7/seven
13 3/three
14 a real hit
15 Wine Show
16 downright boring
17 D
18 C
19 A
20 B

Section 3

21 The Human Mind
22 popular science
23 non-specialists
24 theories
25 function
26 personality
27 medical
28 stories
29 word list
30 goal

Section 4

31 3200
32 rope (and) wood
33 China
34 competition
35 money ran out/finished
36 (back) (the) creditors (creditor is an acceptable misspelling)
37 chains
38 extreme cold/ (very/extremely) cold location
39 depth of water/ (very) deep water
40 2.5


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