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.
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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


Why is the word "hall" spelled differently? For example, the "Dining Hall"was spelled with capital letter, the "Study hall" with lower-case character.

Hello sonja,

In the transcript, I could only find 'dining hall' and 'study hall' with lower case letters. They are not capitalised because they are not proper names, unlike, for exampe, Blackwell Hall or West Hall. If you did find either 'dining hall' or 'study hall' capitalised, could you please tell me where? I'd like to fix that!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

What is the answer of question # 1 Vanessa is a ....?
In answer you mentioned (b) a student at the university. But according to audio it seems to me that the answer will be (A) a full-time employee of the university. Can you please ensure me?

My answer also was A, but she said in the audio that she is a resident here so she is a student.

Heloo Litu088,

The answers given are correct. Vanessa describes herself as 'a senior', which means a student in her final year.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In questions D and H, would be it a great difference, regarding the final mark, if I answered?:

D) Stadium (instead of small stadium)
H) Garden (Instead of flower garden)

Hello david,

We created this page, so I don't have any official IELTS source to check with, but my best guess is that 'stadium' would be fine, though I think 'flower garden' might be required for h). By the way, in addition to our materials here, you might want to check TakeIELTS, which is an official source and has lots of useful advice as well as more free practice materials.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question:
I heard the girl said"Student Service Building"once,but she refer to that place as"Student Service Office".
How could I figure out which one is the correct answer?
Thank you!

Hello LizKur,

In the section which deals with the location ('to the right of the laundry...') she says 'Student Service Office', so that is the answer to use. In fact, she uses 'Office' throughout and only says 'Student Service Building' once at the end.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team