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IELTS Listening

Time: Approximately 09 minutes


  • Answer all the questions.
  • You can change your answers at any time during the test.


  • There are 10 questions in this test.
  • Each question carries one mark.
  • There are four parts to the test.
  • Please note you will only hear each part once in your actual test. However for familiarisation and practice purposes, this familiarisation test will allow you to listen to each recording multiple times.
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IELTS Listening Part 3

Questions 21-30

Choose the correct answer.

Study Options

21 What was the Professor attending in Massachusetts and New York?
  • Physics Conferences

  • Physics Class

  • Mechanics Conferences

22 What mark did Rangi receive for Classical Mechanics?
  • C plus

  • A plus

  • B plus

23 Which degree has Rangi decided to abandon?
  • Math and Physics

  • Science

  • Arts

24 What did the Professor think about the Science Faculty?
  • quick response to students' queries

  • has a unclear timetable for students

  • has a comprehensive website

25 A benefit of Rangi's decision is that he will
  • finish his degree earlier.

  • receive higher marks.

  • improve his writing style.

26 The Professor thinks the claims of some lecturers are
  • critical.

  • doubtful.

  • boastful.

27 Rangi is disappointed because he
  • will have to work in a bar again.

  • cannot afford to study abroad.

  • will not be going to Europe.

28 The Professor offers Rangi
  • a part-time job in his lab.

  • supervision of his master's degree.

  • help with his laser experiments.

29 In the Professor's opinion, Rangi is
  • quite likely to win a scholarship.

  • not so likely to win a scholarship.

  • highly likely to win a scholarship.

30 What did Rangi feel by the end of the conversation?
  • thrilled but nervous

  • relieved and grateful

  • a little apprehensive


Question Your Answer Correct Answer
21 A. Physics Conferences
22 B. A Plus
23 C. Arts
24 B. has a unclear timetable for students
25 A. finish his degree earlier.
26 B. doubtful.
27 C. will not be going to Europe.
28 A. a part-time job in his lab.
29 C. highly likely to win a scholarship.
30 B. relieved and grateful


Study options.

You will hear a professor talking to her student about his study options.

Before you listen, you have 30 seconds to read questions 21 to 24.

Anderson: Come in, Rangi.

Rangi: Thank you, Professor Anderson.

Anderson: I’ve been meaning to contact you, but I just got back last night.

Rangi: Where’ve you been?

Anderson: (21) Conferences in Massachusetts and New York.

Rangi: For (21) Physics?

Anderson: Yes

Rangi: Wow.Rangi: Wow.

Anderson: I imagine that won’t be so far away. I was extremely impressed with your Classical Mechanics exam. In fact, you were one of only two students out of 180 to get an (22) A+.

Rangi: Wow. I really did enjoy the course.

Prof Anderson: So, how can I help you?

Rangi: I’m sorry to say it’s a bit of a long story. You see, I’ve had to rethink my studies completely, and I wonder if I’m making the right decision.

Prof Anderson: You’re doing two degrees, aren’t you – Science and (23) Arts?

Rangi: I was doing two. I’ve decided to focus on Science.

Prof Anderson: Oh?

Rangi: It all came about because I wanted to study abroad for a year. I was thinking about Edinburgh. Firstly, I sought approval from the Maths and Physics Departments. I wanted to take Quantum Mechanics and Computer Simulation at Edinburgh.

Prof Aderson: Those are third-year courses, right?

Rangi: Yeah. So, I received approval from Maths and Physics. The stumbling block was the higher authority – the Science Faculty. When I submitted my application, it was rejected.

Prof Anderson: What?

Rangi: It turns out that students who study abroad for a year can only do first – or second-year courses, or third-year courses in a subject that’s not their major.

Prof Anderson: I’ve never heard that before.

Rangi: Needless to say, the lecturers who approved my transfer hadn’t either, and nor does the regulation appear on the Science Faculty website.

Prof Anderson: That’d be right. This faculty is (24) disorganized.

Rangi: So, then I thought I’d take Arts courses at Edinburgh, and leave the third-year Maths until I came back. I quickly got approval for second-year History and Philosophy from the Arts Faculty.

Prof Anderson: When are heading off?

Rangi: That’s just it. During this process, I began to think carefully about my studies. To be honest, the Arts courses I’ve done were less challenging than the Science ones, so I’ve decided to drop (23) Arts.

Before you listen to the rest of the conversation, you have 30 seconds to read questions 25 to 30.

Prof Anderson: Where do I figure in all this?

Rangi: The first week after I’d made my decision, I felt fine. (25) Without doing the Arts courses, I could finish my Science degree earlier. But this week, I’ve had some doubts. When I started the two degrees, lecturers in the Science Faculty assured me that, these days, scientists need a rounded education, which they get if they take some Arts courses. I was even told I’d learn to write and think better if I did Philosophy.

Prof Anderson: (26) I do think the claims made by some lecturers are dubious.

Rangi: Then, there’s the fact that (27) now I’m going to be stuck here next year. I was so excited about going to Europe.

Prof Anderson: It is disappointing to give that up. Still, the reason I wanted to contact you, Rangi, is that (28) I’m looking for students to work six hours a week in my lab. It’s paid work – not highly paid, but probably better than working in a bar. Also, we’ve just bought a new laser, which you’d learn to use.

Rangi: That sounds excellent.

Prof Anderson: As to going abroad, why not do your post-graduate studies in the US? There’s some amazing Physics being done in Massachusetts. If you like, I can send you the papers from the conference.

Rangi: Thanks.

Prof Anderson: Of course, I’d be sad to lose you if you did go abroad, (29) but an A+ student, like you, has a very good chance of winning a major scholarship.

Rangi: Goodness. I’ve never even considered that.

Prof Anderson: Personally, I think committing yourself to Science is the way to go.

Rangi: (30) Thanks, Professor Anderson. You’ve taken a load off my mind. Now, I don’t have to deal with Hegel or Leibnitz, I’ve plenty of ties to read those conference papers.