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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.
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IELTS Listening Part 4

Questions 31-40

Complete the notes below. Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.

Sense of Smell

  • Smell: 

    Plays a key role in our enjoyment of life.
  • Common to all species.
  • Less developed in
    than people generally think, although some primates are able to distinguish
    odours from other types.
  • Sense of smell in humans:

    Easy to recognise common aromas like that of
  • However, sense of smell is very subtle.
  • Scents trigger different emotions and can be used to influence behaviour.
  • e.g. in a club, the scent of
    promotes positive feelings.
  • Many scent reactions are subconscious.
  • e.g. being attracted to someone because of their scent or being aware of someone's
    because of their sweat.
  • We are gradually losing our sense of smell because we obscure odours.
  • It is potentially dangerous if we cannot detect the
    of a smell.
  • Important because:

    Other senses may not be
    or available.
  • An important part of memory.
  • e.g. recalling experiences from
  • Closely related to emotions.
  • e.g. may help treat patients who are 
    or depressed.
  • Can offer job opportunities.
  • e.g. coffee roasters or sellers of


Question Your Answer Correct Answer
31 monkey/monkeys
32 chemical
33 chocolate
34 orange
35 fear
36 source
37 accurate
38 childhood
39 irritable
40 spices