Cambridge 15 IELTS Listening Test 1

PART 1 : Questions 1–10

Complete the notes below.

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

Bankside Recruitment Agency

– Address of agency: 497 Eastside, Docklands

– Name of agent: Becky 1.

– Phone number: 07866 510333

– Best to call her in the 2.

Typical jobs

– Clerical and admin roles, mainly in the finance industry

– Must have good 3.  skills

– Jobs are usually for at least one 4. .

– Pay is usually 5. £ per hour

Registration process

– Wear a 6.  to the interview

– Must bring your 7.  to the interview

– They will ask questions about each applicant’s 8.

Advantages of using an agency

– The 9.  you receive at interview will benefit you

– Will get access to vacancies which are not advertised

– Less 10.  is involved in applying for jobs

PART 2 : Questions 11–20

Choose the correct letter, AB or C.

Matthews Island Holidays

11. According to the speaker, the company

12. Where can customers meet the tour manager before travelling to the Isle of Man?

13. How many lunches are included in the price of the holiday?

14. Customers have to pay extra for

Questions 15-20

Complete the table below.

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

Timetable for Isle of Man holiday




Day 1


Introduction by manager

Hotel dining room has view of the 15.

Day 2

Tynwald Exhibition and Peel

Tynwald may have been founded in 16.  not 979.

Day 3

Trip to Snaefell

Travel along promenade in a tram; train to Laxey; train to the 17.  of Snaefell

Day 4

Free day

Company provides a 18.  for local transport and heritage sites.

Day 5

Take the 19.  railway train from Douglas to Port Erin

Free time, then coach to Castletown – former 20.  has old castle.

Day 6


Leave the island by ferry or plane

PART 3 Questions : 21-30

What did findings of previous research claim about the personality traits a child is likely to have because of their position in the family?

Choose SIX answers from the box and write the correct letter, A-H, next to Questions 21-26

Personality Traits

A     outgoing

B     selfish

C     independent

D     attention-seeking

E      introverted

F     co-operative

G     caring

H     competitive

Position in family

21 the eldest child ___

22 a middle child ___

23 the youngest child ___

24 a twin ___

25 an only child ___

26 a child with much older siblings ___

Questions 27 and 28

Choose the correct letter, AB or C.

27. What do the speakers say about the evidence relating to birth order and academic success?

28. What does Ruth think is surprising about the difference in oldest children’s academic performance?

Questions 29 and 30

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Which TWO experiences of sibling rivalry do the speakers agree has been valuable for them?

PART 4 : Questions 31–40

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.

The Eucalyptus Tree in Australia


  • it provides 31.  and food for a wide range of species
  • it’s leaves provide 32.  which is used to make a disinfectant

Reasons for present decline in number

A) Diseases

(i)   ‘Mundulla Yellows’

  • Cause  

– lime used for making 33.  was absorbed

– trees were unable to take in necessary iron through their roots

(ii)   ‘Bell-miner Associated Die-back’

  • Cause  

34.  feed on eucalyptus leaves

– they secrete a substance containing sugar

– bell-miner birds are attracted by this and keep away other species

B) Bushfires

William Jackson’s theory:

  •  high-frequency bushfires have impact on vegetation, resulting in the growth of 35.
  •  mid-frequency bushfires result in the growth of eucalyptus forests, because they:

– make more 36.  available to the trees

– maintain the quality of the 37.

  •  low-frequency bushfires result in the growth of 38. rainforest’, which is: a

39.  Ecosystem

– an ideal environment for the 40.  of the bell-miner


1   Jamieson

2   afternoon

3   communication

4   week

5   10/ten

6   suit

7   passport

8   personality

9   feedback

10   time

11   A

12   B

13   A

14   C

15   river

16   1422

17   top

18   pass

19   steam

20   capital

21   G

22   F

23   A

24   E

25   B

26   C

27   C

28   A

29&30   B, D

31   shelter

32   oil

33   roads

34   insects

35   grass(es)

36   water

37   soil

38   dry

39   simple

40   nest(s)

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Incredibly helpful. Thanks

very helpful practice test I scored 32

has nothing to do with the exam, doesn’t help

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