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


Hello ! I m a Doctor and an active Candidate of MRCP UK exam, I found the test very nice, tell you the truth I selected the best answers of the 6 questions which is very promising.

hello there aim new student i love English so much and i want you help me to become good in this great language.
with regards....

Hello dilshadcan,

We'll be happy to give you some advice, but you'll need to be a little more specific first! Is there anything in particular you'd like to work on?

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hey all,
I'm confused.. I was told that in the listenting test we'll get to hear the recording only once. Now, here and on a few other trainig pages, I found that it was asked to listen to it twice when completing two tasks.
Somebody knows how this works?

Hello manalysis,

I'm not sure where you have seen information about listening to the text twice on this page - I can't see any such information. It may be helpful as part of your preparation to listen more than once, or to listen with the transcript, but that is a different matter. In the IELTS exam you hear each of the four texts once only.

You can find more information on the IELTS test listening paper format on the British Council's TakeIELTS site (here). You'll also find many useful materials on that site to help you to prepare for the test.

Best wishes and good luck,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Dewanalamin,

You can find practice materials, tips and detailed exam information on the British Council's TakeIELTS site. You can also find practice exams and sample answers there.

I hope that helps you and good luck with the exam when you take it!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

As for 2-nd task, 2-nd question, I heard that James Blackwell is a local businessman and he made a donation. But anything about his former studentship... Am I mistaken?

Hello Amenty,

Vanessa describes James Blackwell as an alumni, which means a former student. Regarding your other question, a 'senior' in the context of an American University only means a student, not a scientist.

Remember that this is an IELTS mock paper and so you shouldn't be expecting to get full marks on it.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team