IELTS Listening 2015 – Test 2 (With Answers)

you will hear a number of different
recordings and you will have to answer questions on what you hear there will be time for you to read the listen and question and you will 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'll be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to
an arts sheet now turn to section 1 Section 1 you will hear a conversation between a
travel agent and a customer who needs to book a hotel for a group is it first you
have some time to look at questions 126 you will see that there is an example
which has been done for you on this occasion only the conversation
relating to this will be played first hello elite rap this is Emily speaking how may I assist
you today hi I have a group visit to plan and I
wonder whether you could help me decide on which hotel to book I've never tied
down to either the Winchester the Royal Hotel star hotel I'm wondering if you have a
recommendation I would be happy to help those three are excellent choices if
everyone is booking hotel rooms independently and easy way to do it is
online booking the star hotel offers online bookings at no additional charge sounds fine the woman says that the star
hotel office online bookings at no additional charge so choice B has been
written in the space now we shall begin you should also the questions as you
listen because you will not hear the recording a second time listen carefully and answer questions
126 hello elite travel this is Emily
speaking how may I assist you today hi I have a group visit to plan and I wonder whether you could help me
decide on which hotel to book I've never get down to either the Winchester the
Royal Hotel August our hotel I'm wondering if you have a
recommendation I would be happy to help those three are excellent choices if
everyone is booking hotel rooms independently an easy way to do it is
online booking the star hotel offers online bookings at no additional charge sounds fine yeah and you can even book
the gorgeous sea view rooms if you act quickly that it would be great since
we're mostly first-time visitors to the area to get a nice view of the water now handicap accessible rooms yes all three
options have access for the physically disabled great I should also mention that will be
on a tight schedule so we wouldn't have much time to go out for meals which of
these hotels food there is a limited continental breakfast
menu at the start and at the Winchester for a full restaurant in room service the royal hotel is your best bet
wonderful can you tell me more about the restaurant absolutely in the morning
there is a gourmet buffet or Addicott item and after 11 a.m.

Lunch is served
in the dining room Guinness I in a nice low key but high
quality setting in the hotel's private dining room I'm Fridays feature the
house jazz band how lovely is there a group discount no sorry not
in the Royal Hotel let me check on the others though could I placed on hold for
just a second sure thanks it looks like there is one
at the Winchester 15% off when you book a tomar rooms so we'll look at the
Winchester wait did it suitable for children will have a few little ones in
our group it would be great to win to keep them occupied yes in fact it has a
play place that kids just love with slides and swings and everything definitely a good hotel to bring the
kids before you hear the rest of the conversation you have some time to look
at question 7 to 10 now listen and answer questions seven to
10 know I know when we'll be staying next should I go ahead and book
transportation and assign rooms and everything well for now there are only a
few things for you to take care off we will hold a block of rooms for you as
soon as you send a deposit I recommend booking as soon as possible so you
probably want to send the invitations as soon as you know how many rooms to hold
alright ok fifty invitations and put down the deposit is there anything else
I should take care of great and don't worry about this now but sometime before
you arrive do let us know if you'll be requiring out transport service to and
from the airport make sure to let you know those that
encourage service charge that it also presents to show our gratitude for the
personal service oh don't worry about it it is a free service so if you would
like to take you are welcome to do so but hotel drivers do not accept gifts
thanks for your help my pleasure enjoy your stay at the
Winchester that is the end of Section one you now have half a minute to check
your answers now turn to section two section to you will hear a talk about
the 11th annual Durham County car exhibition first you have some time to
look at questions 11 to 16 now listen carefully and answer
questions 11 to 16 ladies and gentlemen of Durham
start your engines skip Gordon here inviting you to the 11th annual Durham
County car exhibition that's right it's that time of year again mark your calendars the pre-opening
event kicks off on the 18th and the exhibition officially opens to the
public on Saturday March the nineteen take it from me you won't want to miss
dunn's most attended public event of the year five times running you don't have to be a Motorhead to
appreciate the finest cause both new and old in existence today but it helps be
one of the 70,000 people to see everything from decreed months two
trucks good old-fashioned classic hot rods get your tickets now admission is 10
pound for adults and five pound for children during off-peak times and
twenty pounds for adults and ten pound for children and senior citizens on
weekend and for full day passes come see vintage classics bid in the
oceans and even test after few under winner's circle racetrack and insight to tip weekends at the exact
time when all of the best attractions take place but to avoid saturday crowds
join us this Sunday you'll see me skip Gordon and all your
friends from wk XP there this Sunday at our very own booth so stop by and say hi
and you might just win a prize of Europe a new attraction this year will be the
addition of a new car category electricity name need the electric car
class seat displays from Toyota Honda and you guessed it Tesla watches the first generation fully
electric cars compete on style ride and watch them main entertainment as there's
going to be a fabulous show of racing car to see who takes home fastest
battery-powered car while not typically known for their speed this new classes
guaranteed to surprise you before you hear the rest of the talk you
have some time to look at question 17 to 20 now listen and answer questions 220 get tickets before they sell out
last year's tickets sold out fast so we up the attendance this year that's right more seats but don't wait act now and
save that's right if you buy your tickets
before this Friday you'll get two for the price of one that's right two for the price of one and don't worry kids just like last year
there something specially for you wreak havoc on the road with the kids
crazy cars right and then race around the tiny tykes track in your favorite
child size race car meanwhile mom and dad can take a spin in
a ride a bit more than their size we're rolling out a massive dirt track so you
can get behind the wheel and test drive something a little more adventures put the pedal to the metal in a
four-by-four SUV as you go over bumps and navigate through twists and turns
you'll want to buckle up you heard it here act now to get in on
the fun at the Durham County car show before it's too late come for prizes good prices and good
old-fashioned family fun we had a lucky draw for a new car last year but this
year our main event is the monster truck rally where one lucky fan will win a
chance to experience the thrill from behind the wheel well next to the wheel
as they ride with legendary driver smashed eight feel the speed firsthand
and talk to a living legend in true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the tickets go online to www.ti.com can
t cars.com cool one triple 8 car show now you see you there and always remember to
buckle up that is the end of Sept to you now have half a minute to check
your answers now turn to section 3 section 3 you will
hear a student asking professor jamieson for advice on choosing courses for next
semester 1st you have some time to look at questions 21 to 23 now listen carefully and answer
questions 21 to 23 hi professor jamieson I was hoping we
could talk this week about shoes in courses for next semester that sounds
great any idea yet what you'd like to take well I was hoping you could kind of
tell me there are so many to choose from I don't even know where to start sure well first things first do you know
what you will major in it's important to take courses that are relevant to your
career path well I think I want to major in biology
I want to go to medical school so it seems like it would make sense I agree
if you like biology it's definitely a good idea to focus on that since so many
of the requirements overlap ok so I should take a few biology classes then
yes let's start there should pick one or two biology classes not just any biology
classes though if possible read online or talk to senior fellows
and find out about the structure of the courses you don't want to end up signing
up for two classes that require labs in the same semester he'll spend so much
time in the biology department he won't see the light of day her height good idea I heard labs can be
used longest four hours that's true and another thing make sure the topic is
under the relevant to your major or something you're interested in learning
about sounds obvious but do not just take a class because you've heard it was
easy because it does not require attendance of course not though it would be really nice to have
at least one class that's a little bit less rigorous than the ones I'm taking
this semester I barely sleep as it is with all this studying that may have
more to do with your study habits though I don't disagree that your schedule is
really difficult this semester before you hear the rest of the talk you
have some time to look at questions 24 to 30 listen carefully and answer questions 24
to 30 so any idea which biology classes you may decide on for next semester well I was thinking of taking human
physiology it sounds relevant and interesting I think it is an interesting
class but I would recommend against it you already in human anatomy which also
covers physiology so it would be repetitive and probably not the best use
of your time if I already know some of the stuff I could take it to boost my
GPA a little bit and you could maybe do that except the professor that teaches
it is famous for giving out the fewest A's of any professor how well nevermind
now changing subjects have you decided yet on your research topic well i I actually decided I don't want
to do a research paper I'm going to do a dissertation instead I think how much
more enjoy coming up with a thesis and finding all the details to supported I
see didn't you already do some of the research though what happened to that
well I started doing research in the more data are collected the more
complicated things God I realized I would have to take a lot more steps to
randomize the sample and then I realized I would need to control or more factors
I see what kind of data collection did you do I interviewed employees at the
water treatment facility after professor Dickinson recommended it I understand
well the research paper could be much more outside work but it may be worth it
if that is what you're interested in know I am a lot happier just doing the
dissertation that's fine with me just remember you need to finish your first
draft and send it in soon so ready the middle of February oh wow it isn't it I
just have to finish it by the end of march right but don't forget the date
will really sneak up on you ok I make sure to
set reminders in my calendar and who do I talk to about registering my
dissertation you should go to the department office and then talk to the
Secretary I thought I needed to talk to the department head not for registering
if you need help developing anticipation of thats when you should go to the
department head I see and who would I see about getting access to the database
of past research on my topic that you can find in the computer lab specifically in the office you'll have
to ask a lab technician to give you access ok well I'll go ahead and get
started on that then thanks that is the end of Section three you now have half a
minute to check your answers now turn to section 4 section for you
will hear part of a lecture about the role of sleep in humans and animals
first you have some time to look at questions 31 to 40 now listen carefully and answer
questions 31 to 40 good morning everyone in today's lecture
I'm going to talk about the role of sleep in humans and animals of all the
biological processes in the animal kingdom sleep is perhaps the most
important a human can survive for almost two weeks without eating but did you
know that one week without sleep can be fatal it's even worse animals especially for
those who must avoid predators without sleep and animal is much less
capable of avoiding an attack this is the case for all animals whether they
are reptiles mammals offish let us look now at how different animals sleep
reasons for their ways of rest and the potential problems they might encounter
in real life fleet must be balanced with breathing
for example the dolphin must flow to the surface at it sleeps in order to breathe
like other large sea mammals may keep one eye open and one half of the brain
awake at all times to maintain some amount of consciousness required to
breathe and to watch out for possible threats they sleep with only one brain
hemisphere in slow-wave sleep birds also have unusual sleeping patterns mostly
due to being constantly on edge in the presence of numerous predators they
usually sleep quite lightly for example Swainson's thrush also called olive
backed thrush is a medium sized trash that takes hundreds of naps during the
day each of which lasts just a few seconds while migrating migratory birds
tend to function well on micro naps horses on the other hand do most of
their sleeping standing up scientists think that horses developed the habit of
sleeping upright as a defense mechanism a way of protecting themselves against
predators and a standing position keeps a horse in a constant state of readiness
to race away if danger should approach also horses do occasionally take short
naps lying down boss is a heavy animals with big muscles
but their bones are surprisingly delicate soul I in one position for a
long time could well enjoy horse just like humans animals can also have
sleeping problems dr.

John Hendrickson Adrian Morrison from the School of
Veterinary Medicine University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia determined
that certain diseases were primarily associated with the sleep states in
animals in their research they emphasized that because so much in this
area still remains unclear animal models were very important for
studies of sleep disorders the physiology of sleep in animals is
similar to that of humans but why do we humans sleep researchers and scientists
believe it helps us organize our memories of the day that sleep act as a
kind of filing system for the brain without it our thoughts become
disorderly and confused which leads to increased likelihood of accidents and a
tendency to say and do bizarre things researchers also believe that sleep
plays a key role in learning we sleep so that the brain can integrate new
knowledge and form new associations because of the similar sleeping pattern
to that of humans rats are often studied in order to increase our knowledge of
human physiology in one study rats were kept awake for almost two weeks and
their behavior was observed researchers found a sleep deprived rats could hardly
remember anything of what they have been taught that day for example one rat had
been taught to recognize pictures of various Parisian landmarks in order to
receive food pressing a button below a picture of the Louvre would result in
food being released and so far however when deprived of sleep they would press
buttons seemingly at random in addition to rats the fruit fly a small insect
that feeds and breathes on spoiled fruit also has been used as a model organism
and thousands of scientists around the world work on it but why was the fruit
fly chosen to be studied it was for practical reasons the most important one
is that the relationship between fly and human genes is so close the sequences of newly discovered human
genes including genes that show a susceptibility can often be matched
against their flight counterparts this provides an indication of the function
of the human gene and could help in the development of effective drugs to help
people with sleeping disorders therefore many scientists today choose to study the genetic structure of
the fruit fly which could make a particularly important contribution to
the understanding of developmental processes in humans in conclusion is a
necessary part of life not just for human but for the entire animal kingdom
now I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have that is the end of Sept equal you now have half a minute to
check your answers that is the end of the listening tests
in the IELTS test you will now have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an
answer sheet

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