Mock Listening Paper - Dormitory Tour


Have a quick look at the questions first to see what information you need to fill in.

Listen carefully for phrases related to directions, like "look across", "in front of". Also pay attention to the building names.


This listening test contains 16 questions.
To make it more authentic, download the test and do it with pen and paper.


Listen to a Resident Advisor talking to a group of new students about the housing facilities at the university. Label the diagram using no more than three words for each.

a) _________________________

b) _________________________

c) _________________________

d) _________________________

e) _________________________

f) _________________________

g) _________________________

h) _________________________

i) _________________________

j) _________________________



Now, listen again and choose the best answer.

1) Vanessa is

A. a full-time employee of the university

B. a student at the university

C. a former student at the university

D. a tour guide

2) James Blackwell

A. is a full-time employee of the university

B. is a student at the university

C. is a former student at the university

D. a tour guide

3) Laundry services

A. are free

B. are reasonably priced

C. are available from 9 to 5 weekdays

D. are only available on the weekend

4) How many bus lines stop at the complex?

A. None

B. One

C. Two 

D. More than two

5) The garden is maintained

A. By student fees

B. By city taxes

C. By the students themselves

D. None of the above

6) To park your bike you must

A. Show your identification

B. Register with student services

C. Use a bicycle lock

D. None of the above


I had started the ILETS General preparation course this week and will go for the exam on the 5th-Apr.
My target is to score 6.0 and above but I am not sure if i can get it or not.
I appreciate if you can advise me with some tips and suggestions to reach my target.

Hello ahmed_980,

You can find a wealth of information on the IELTS exam, including tips, guides, practice exercises and practice exam papers with keys, on the British Council's TakeIELTS site.

I hope that helps you.  Good luck!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

There's a mistake in the PDF document for the task, question 6 is "To park your bike you must TO".

Hi Kat_J,

Thanks very much for telling us! We'll correct that as soon as we can!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Thank you so much for this useful website.
I find this website very useful to prepare my IELTS!
Anyway, I was wondering how often this IELTS content will be updated. I would love to see more of them so I can study more! thank you so muc :D

Hello mini6349,

It's great to hear that you find the material useful.  We update the site frequently but I can't tell you exactly when this section of the site will next be updated.  However, you can find more IELTS preparation materials, plus a lot of advice, tips and suggestions, on the British Council's Take IELTS site, and I'm sure those materials will be a great help to you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Thank you for your advice. I'll try and see my improvement. It'll hard for me right now with small children but I definitely need to improve my grammar and writing. I am pleased with your advices. 
Thank you, Megumi

Hello Kirk,
Thank you for your reply and the advice. I was checking my result and practice materials and my answer after that. In listening test I understood most of the questions but I kept making little mistakes like a ,the, count nouns uncount nouns, verb, present tense and so on. That's why I lost my scores.If those grammar  will be correct I think I will get score more. In 40 questions I usually could get 30 answers .Also spelling mistakes. About writing my sentences are not natural .It also relate to grammar.
Even this comment I'm writing now is a lot of grammatical mistakes. Also depend on the topic my vocabulary and expression,comprehension will be changed. I have been taking IELTS exam 3 times now but score doesn't change much. Most of them usually around 6(reading is always 6.5) and over all score was 6. I guess I need to work on grammar more serious this time .If you have any advice it would be very helpful.
Thank you, Megumi

Hi Megumi,

Thanks for sharing those details. You said, "even this comment I'm writing now has a lot of grammatical mistakes". You're correct that there were some mistakes, but is it that you don't see them and just suppose there are mistakes - or do you think you know what they are but just don't correct them? If you can see them, obviously you should correct them. Many learners don't check their writing after completing it, but those who do often find and correct some mistakes. Do you do try to correct your own work? If not, you should get into the habit of doing that.

I'm not that familiar with studying English in Japan, but I'm going to assume that you have already studied quite a lot of English grammar, and so I'm not going to suggest doing a lot more grammar exercises - but if you haven't done grammar exercises, you should try them. To improve the accuracy of your writing, I would suggest trying to find a tutor or teacher who could read and correct your writing. Set a goal of writing a certain number o words per day - perhaps 100 or 200? - and then have your teacher revise your writing. Then of course you must study your mistakes, and making a list of correct expressions would probably also be a good idea. This is hard work, but it's the most effective way I know of to improve.

Another thing you should do is read as much in English as you can. Perhaps you could spend 20 minutes per day, or at least 3 or 4 days per week, reading in English - or perhaps you could read one newspaper article per day for a month in English. When you see phrases or sentences that you like or think might be useful in your own writing, copy them in a notebook or on your computer, and review this list of phrases often. Gradually, you should start to remember them. Try to use some of them in your writing.

After doing all this for a month, reflect on what you've learned. If you've found that you've learned a lot, continue with this method. If not, try to figure out why not, and ask us again for more advice.

By the way, there are a lot of pages you can read in our Magazine and in Stories & Poems, but of course you can read about almost any topic you want by doing an internet search.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team