IELTS Listening 8 - Section 1

IELTS Listening Tip

To achieve Band 7.5 in the IELTS Listening test, you typically need a minimum of 32 correct answers out of 40. Because the listening questions get harder, you should aim for 10 out of 10 in Section 1 and avoid making simple mistakes due to being unprepared.

You will hear a number of different recordings and you have to answer questions on what you hear.
There will be time for you to read the instructions and questions and you have a chance to check your work. All the recordings will be played once only. The test is in four Sections. At the end of the test you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answersheet.

Now turn to section 1: You are going to listen to a telephone conversation between two people, Hannah and her father. First you have some time to look at Questions 1-5.

Listen carefully and answer Questions 1 to 5:

Questions 1-5

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C, or D.

1How long did Hannah think it would take her to find a place to live?

2There is not enough accommodation to rent because

3400 a month for rent is

4At the moment Hannah is living

5Hannah's new flat

IELTS Listening Tip

IELTS Listening Section 1 will often contain a number and/or a name that you need to write. The names may be spelt for you. Before you listen to the recording, look carefully at the questions to see which ones will need a number or name. If you hear 'triple three', you should write '333'. If you hear 'double n', you should write 'nn'.

Now look at Questions 6 to 10:

Questions 6-7

Complete Dad's note.

Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.

Hannah's address:

6 Whitehart Road.

7 9RJ.

Questions 8-10

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

8Hannah plans to travel to her parents' house on Friday .

9Hannah's Dad will return the van on .

10The journey time is about .

CHECK ANSWERS

DAD:
Hello? 992846.
HANNAH:
Dad? Is that you?
DAD:
Hannah?
HANNAH:
Dad. I'm phoning ...
DAD:
The line isn't very clear.
HANNAH:
Yes, I know, I'm on a mobile and the signal isn't very good. I'll see if I can move ... is that any better?
DAD:
Yes. That's much better. Just don't move.
HANNAH:
I'll try not to.
[Repeat]
DAD:
Have you found a place to live yet?
HANNAH:
Yes! I think I have at last.
DAD:
Wonderful!
HANNAH:
I'm relieved, because I'm fed up looking. I didn't think it was going to take me three weeks.
DAD:
It hasn't been easy for you. I suppose it's the beginning of the academic year and you have all the new students looking for places as well.
HANNAH:
Yes, that's one reason. But this place is also full of new technology companies and there are lots of young people looking for somewhere to live. And you know what that means?
DAD:
Higher rents as well.
HANNAH:
Yes. Much higher.
DAD:
Well, tell me, how much is it?
HANNAH:
It isn't cheap for this area. It's 400 pounds a month.
DAD:
That is much more than you had expected.
HANNAH:
Yes, it is, but I can't face looking any more. I want a place where I can put my things, instead of living out of a suitcase. I don't want to stay in this hotel any longer.
DAD:
I guess not. So what's the new place like?
HANNAH:
Oh, it's really, really nice.
DAD:
Oh, good.
HANNAH:
It's in a very quiet street. It's a second-floor flat with one double bedroom, a large living room, kitchen and toilet and bathroom.
DAD:
Sounds very nice.
HANNAH:
Oh it is. And guess what?
DAD:
Yes?
HANNAH:
It's got a small roof terrace looking on to the garden at the back.
DAD:
Great.
HANNAH:
And it's big enough to have my plants and a small table and chairs.
DAD:
Brilliant.
DAD:
Now, what's the address?
HANNAH:
It's 22b Whitehart Road.
DAD:
22e.
HANNAH:
No, 22b. B for ... banana.
DAD:
Right. And it's Whitehart Road.
HANNAH:
Yes.
DAD:
And the postcode?
HANNAH:
You know, I don' t think ... I've ... got it.
DAD:
Okay.
HANNAH:
No ... here it is. It's EX15 9RJ
DAD:
This line is bad. Is that EX50?
HANNAH:
No it's EX15.
DAD:
Okay. I don't think I know the road.
HANNAH:
It's a side road. But you do know the area because it's off Garret Lane.
DAD:
Oh right. Which end?
HANNAH:
The other end from the stadium.
DAD:
So it won't be too noisy then.
HANNAH:
You can still hear it from here when there's a match on.
DAD:
Mmm. When are we going to see you?
HANNAH:
Well, I was going to come down on Friday evening after work. And then we could bring my things by van on Saturday afternoon. I want to move all of my stuff out to give you and Mum more space.
DAD:
We'll need to hire a van then.
HANNAH:
It's okay. I'll pay for it.
DAD:
No. No. Don' t worry. It'll be a gift from your Mum and me.
HANNAH:
Oh, Dad. It's okay I ...
DAD:
No, I won't hear of it. We'll pay.
HANNAH:
Oh, all right. Thanks, Dad.
DAD:
And if you're taking everything we might need to hire a container lorry.
HANNAH:
Oh, Dad!!
DAD:
I'm only joking.
HANNAH:
I know.
DAD:
I'll hire the van for the Saturday then. I can pick it up first thing in the morning.
HANNAH:
Right.
DAD:
And then return it in the evening.
HANNAH:
Are you sure you don' t want to stay overnight?
DAD:
No, I'd best get back the same day. You know what your Mum's like. She'll only worry. If I remember rightly, it's about three hours by road?
HANNAH:
Yes, roughly.
DAD:
Well, if we leave by lunch time, we'll be there mid-afternoon.
HANNAH:
Okay.
DAD:
Then a couple of hours to unpack.
HANNAH:
Then ...
DAD:
We could go to a nice restaurant round the corner.
HANNAH:
Definitely. My treat!
DAD:
You're on. But I'll have to be away by about seven-thirtyish.
HANNAH:
Okay.
DAD:
Right then. Ahm ... Mum wants to have a word. I'll see you Friday.
HANNAH:
Bye, Dad.
DAD:
I'll hand you over to her ... bye.

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