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IELTS Listening

Time: Approximately 09 minutes


  • Answer all the questions.
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  • There are 10 questions in this test.
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IELTS Listening Part 3

Questions 21-25

Choose the correct answer.

21 What happened to the earliest nurses in Australia?
  • They were less respected.

  • They received training overseas.

  • Their pay was very low.

22 What was the problem with the nurse training in the 1940s?
  • Working time was too long.

  • It took too much time.

  • Nurses could not finish training.

23 What was the challenge for nurses in the 1960s?
  • Work environment was terrible.

  • Hospitals had more specialised requirements.

  • They had limited opportunities.

24 Why did nurses need more advanced skills?
  • Diseases were complex.

  • Patients complained.

  • Doctors requested it.

25 What is the current situation of nursing department in the hospitals?
  • The number of nurses is adequate.

  • Nurses are better trained.

  • Hospitals can provide satisfying booking service.

Questions 26-30

What should be done to the following aspects of kevin's draft?

Choose the correct answer.

26 background
  • remain unchanged

  • add information

  • remove information

27 categories of nursing
  • remain unchanged

  • add information

  • remove information

28 work conditions 
  • remain unchanged

  • add information

  • remove information

29 nursing courses
  • remain unchanged

  • add information

  • remove information

30 the future of nursing 
  • remain unchanged

  • add information

  • remove information

Nursing-Related Jobs in Australia - IELTS Listening Part 3 Answers

Question Your Answer Correct Answer Solution
21 B. They received training overseas. Q21
22 C. Nurses could not finish training. Q22
23 B. Hospitals had more specialised requirements. Q23
24 A. Diseases were complex. Q24
25 B. Nurses are better trained. Q25
26 C. remove information Q26
27 B. add information Q27
28 A. remain unchanged Q28
29 B. add information Q29
30 A. remain unchanged Q30

Nursing-Related Jobs in Australia - IELTS Listening Part 3 Transcript

Kevin, I've read your draft about nursing-related jobs in Australia.

I want to hear your thought about it, so I'll know if you are on the right track.

OK. Let me first share what I discovered from my initial research.

I found out that the nursing profession began quite late in Australia, in the early 20th century.

Right. It took some time for Australians to realize there was a need for nurses to take care of patients.

So when the new career emerged, people respected it.

However, there weren't many professional nurses who could train new nurses there.

So, nurses had to go to America or England to receive their training. [Q-21]

And this was very expensive!

Yes, that was a big problem back then. But learning from others was what Australians must do before they established their own training system.

What was your finding after this period of time?

I found that in the 1940s when the training courses for nursing were just established, they copied the Western system and had the nurses trained for eight hours a day. [Q-22]

But many students dropped out of the program due to unknown reasons, and training was often suspended because of financial difficulties.

So, the result was not very satisfying in the beginning.

All things need time to develop and a lot of difficulties could emerge at the earliest stage.

Yes. So for the second part, I wrote about the solutions to these problems.

With the effort of the government, training became quite professional by the end of the 1950s. In the 1960s, nurses, especially those who worked in the country, faced another challenge.

Even though nurses could easily find a job, and the work environment was acceptable, the hospitals became more specialized. [Q-23]

As a result, a lot of nurses were not able to perform well enough in particular departments.

Yes. You may add this comment: the training resources in the countryside were not equal to those in the cities, but when nursing became a course in medical schools, the situation became better.

Ok. Some of the diseases or injuries were quite complicated, which required the nurses to have more advanced skills, so that they could further assist the doctors to better help the patients. [Q-24]

After the research, you may have learned that nursing is a very important occupation.

Professional nursing schools play important roles in cultivating the nurses.

Now, there are many students who are learning nursing in Australia.

Nursing departments have become a very important sector in hospitals.

Yeah. Lots of the nurses are well trained now and there are different kinds of nurses in hospitals. [Q-25]

But the news keeps revealing the fact that there are too many patients, the number of nurses might not meet the demand.

I think the hospitals need to improve their booking system so that resources can be made the most of.

That's a very good point, Kevin. I think you have gathered enough information for your paper.

So, let's see what problem you have in your draft.

I've read it and I think even though it was quite good in general, several changes could be made to make it better.

Ok, what are the weak parts?

It seems like you have written a very long background of the nursing industry.

I don't think it is necessary.

It's not related to your main idea, and there are too many words in this part.

OK. It does sound very redundant. I will get rid of it. [Q-26]

And for nurse categories, you have listed several kinds, but I think you should provide more details for each kind, like what kind of job responsibilities each kind of nurse would have. [Q-27]

All right, I will look for more information about that aspect.

How is the part about work conditions I have written? Do I need to make any changes to it?

That part was quite well written, so you can leave it as it is. [Q-28]

However, the part for nursing courses is too simple.

You should include extra information to make it clearer, like what skills students would learn exactly. [Q-29]

I'll keep that in mind. I probably should do some research about paper revising so I can avoid making the same mistakes.

Right. And let's see… the future of nursing, you have given good prediction of this career, and I don't really think there is much to change. [Q-30]

OK, I guess there are still many things that I need to do before I submit my final paper to you. Thank you for your help.

You are welcome, Kevin.