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


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

In the 1-st question it is not clearly understood that Vanessa is a student, because in text was said that she is a senior. But it could mean not only senior student, but although a senior scientist for example... This is the case why I'm not so good in tests. But the 1-st task I performed only with 1 mistake in spelling. What You could advice for me to do with it?

yes, regarding the 1st question, how we know that Vanessa is a student? never mentioned so, but only mentioned as senior.


My question is for the written test where it says you have to write at least 150 words or 250 words, are there penalties for writing less and are there penalties for writing more?

Hello Dipo,

It would be difficult to answer a question sufficiently in less than 150 words, so effectively yes, you'd not be able to get high marks for a shorter answer.

I don't know of any penalty for writing more, but in general what's most important is to answer the question fully, appropriately, clearly and accurately. As you only have a limited amount of time to do that, writing hundreds of words more than the guideline is not a good idea.

Have you seen TakeIELTS's Understand the Writing test page? If you haven't, I suspect you'll find some useful information there.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, are there any potential pitfalls for a native English speaker apart from complacency?

Hi Dipo,

I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking whether native speakers would find this exercise easy, unless they didn't pay attention? There is detailed information about the different IELTS band scores on TakeIELTS.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi zaidi512,

To see the answers, you must click on the word 'Answers', which is just below question number 6 (above the Transcript).

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team