Cambridge IELTS 10 Listening Test 3 Answers

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Section 1

1. Answer: 4

2. Answer: 46 Wombat

3. Answer: Thursday

4. Answer: 8.30

5. Answer: red

6. Answer: lunch

7. Answer: glasses

8. Answer: BALL

9. Answer: aunt

10. Answer: month

Section 2

11-12. Answer: C. It helps finance campaigns for changes in fishing practices, E. Volunteers help in various ways.

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • Obviously its purpose is to protect dolphins in seas all around the world. It tries to raise people’s awareness of the problems these marine creatures are suffering because of pollution and other threats. It started ten years ago and it’s one of the fastest growing animal charities in the country – although it’s still fairly small compared with the big players in animal protection. We are particularly proud of the work we do in in education – last year we visited a huge number of schools in different parts of the country, going round to talk to children and young people aged from five to eighteen. In fact, about 35% of our members are children. The charity uses its money to support campaigns – for example, for changes in fishing policy and so forth. It hopes soon to be able to employ its first full-time biologist – with dolphin expertise – to monitor populations. Of course, many people give their services on a voluntary basis and we now have volunteers working in observation, office work and other things.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C and E):
    • help = support
    • dolphin experts = biologists with dolphin expertise
    • fishing practices = fishing policy
  • Explanation: When introducing the Trust, Alice claims that despite being the fastest growing organization, it’s still small compared to its counterparts in the country. We can conclude that B is not the answer. 
  • Then she mentions children and young people as part of their membership. However, they make up about 35% of its members. To be “most of”, the percentage must be over 50%. Therefore, A is not the answer. 
  • Shealso states that the organization hopes to employ dolphin experts (which are called ‘biologists with dolphin expertise’ in the script), which means that this change may take place in the future, not now.  They hope to employ their first full-time biologist in the future – so they do not have an expert at the moment.  Hence D is not the answer. 
  • The two remaining answers are C and E. The fact that the Trust helps finance campaigns for changes in fishing practices is shown by an example which is mentioned by Alice, while she is talking about the way the organization uses its money. She also lists several jobs done by volunteers, which means its volunteers help in several (various) ways. C and E are the correct answers.

13. Answer: B. It made the work of the trust better known

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • I should also tell you about the award we won from the Charity Commission last year – for our work in education. Although it’s not meant an enormous amount of money for us, it has made our activities even more widelypublicised and understood. In the long term it may not bring in extra members but we’re hoping it’llhave this effect.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (B):
    • better known = more widely publicized and understood
    • attract more members = bring in extra members
  • Explanation: At first, Alice claims that award did not bring in a large amount of money for the organization and she doesn’t mention if it brings a small amount as extra money, so it may confuse students. However, the correct answer has to accurately mentioned in the script, therefore A is not the answer we are looking for. 
  • Alice also mentions the potential that the award may help to attract more members, but it is only what they hope for, hence C is not the answer.
  • She states that the award made the organisation’s activities more widely publicized, which means they are known more widely by the public. The correct answer is B.

14. Answer: A. noise

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • And we have a big project in the east part of Scotland. This has long been a haven for dolphins because it has very little shipping. However, this may be about to change soon because oil companies want to increase exploration there. We’re campaigning against this because, although there’ll be little pollution from oil, exploration creates a lot of underwater noise. It means the dolphins can’t rest and socialize.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (A):
    • oil leaks = pollution from oil
    • movement of ships = shipping
  • Explanation: Alice says that they are against oil exploration because it makes “a lot of underwater noise”. She mentions pollution from oil before, however it’s just “little”, which has a negative meaning that this isnot as much as expected, in other words, it doesn’t cause problems to dolphins. There is no information about movement of ships. Therefore, noises is the main reason here. A is the correct answer.

15. Answer: C. she read a book about them

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • This is how I became interested in dolphin conservation in the first place. I had never seen one and I hadn’t been particularly interested in them at school. Then I came across this story about a family of dolphins who had to leave their home in the Moray Firth because of the oil companies and about a child who campaigned to save them. I couldn’t put the book down – I was hooked.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • story = book
  • Explanation: We need to focus from the time when Alice says “This is how I became interested in…” because we know after that will be the reason that we are trying to find out. She claims she had never seen one, which means she never saw one swimming near her home. Hence A is not the answer.
  •  She also didn’t have an interestin them at school, so the reason of hearing about them at school is not correct. B is not the answer. 
  • And then she tells us about the content of a book she read, about a family of dolphins. Therefore, it is that book that made her interested in dolphin conservaton. The correct answer is C.

16. Answer: B

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • I’d like to tell you about four which are currently being adopted by our members: Moondancer, Echo, Kiwi and Samson. Unfortunately, Echo is beingrather elusive this year and hasn’t yet been sighted by our observers but we remain optimistic that he’ll be out there soon. All the others have been out in force – Samson and Moondancer often are photographed together but it is Kiwi who’s our real character as she seems to love coming up close for the cameras and we’ve captured her on film hundreds of times. They all have their own personalities – Moondancer is very elegant and curves out and into the water very smoothly, whereas Samson has a lot of energy – he’s always leaping out of the water with great vigour. You’d probably expect him to be the youngest – he’s not quite – that’s Kiwi – but Samson’s the latest of our dolphins to be chosen for the scheme. Kiwi makes a lot of noise so we can often pick her out straightaway. Echo and Moondancer are quite noisy too, but Moondancer’s easy to find because she has a particularly large fin on her back, which makes her easy to identify. So, yes, they’re all very different.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answers:
    • seen = sighted
    • photographed = captured on film
    • energetic = has a lot of energy
    • the newest = the latest
  • Explanation: 
  • Echo has not been sighted this year = the answer to Q16 is B.

17. Answer: C

18. Answer: D

19. Answer: D

20. Answer: A

Section 3

21. Answer: C. the way he imagined his grandfather at work

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • ROB: My grandfather was a doctor before he retired, and I just based it on him.
  • MIA: OK, but how? Did you talk to him about it?
  • ROB: He must have all sorts of stories, but he never says much about his work, even now. He has a sort of authority though.
  • MIA: So how did you manage to capture that?
  • ROB: I’d just visualize what he must have been like in the past, when he was sitting in his consulting room listening to his patients.
  • Here are some key words that can help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • imagine = visualize                            
  • Explanation: At first Mia asks Rob if he had talked to his grandfather about the life of a doctor. That question is related to answer A, and Rob did mention that his grandfather probably has a lot of stories, but it’s just a guess. He claims his grandfather never says much about his work, so it is impossible for him to base his character in the play on what his grandfather said. A is not the correct answer. 
  • Then he tells Mia that he visualizes – that is, he forms a picture in his mind – of his grandfather working, which can be considered as “imagine”.  Rob doesn’t mention anything about going to where his grandfather was working so B is not correct. 
  • Rob only tried to imagine his grandfather at work. Therefore, the answer is C.

22. Answer: A. repetition of words and phrases

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • MIA: Then there is the issue of atmosphere – so in the first scene we needed to know how boring life was in the doctor’s village in the 1950s, so when the curtain went up on the first scene in the waiting room, there was that long silence before anyone spoke. And then people keep saying the same thing over and over, like “Cold, isn’t it?”
  • ROB: Yes, and everyone wore grey and brown, and just sat in a row.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (A):
    • repetition = saying over and over
  • Explanation: We pay attention when the speaker talks about “how boring life was in the village”, which refers to the boredom of the village. The first thing when the play begins is a long silence, which is the same as “long pauses” in answer C. However, in the answer C, they are long pauses within conversations, while it’s actually a long pause before the conversation. Therefore, C is not the correct answer. 
  • The clothes of the patients – not the scenery – have dull colours, grey and brown, so B is also incorrect.
  • After that, Miatells us that peope keep saying the same thing over and over, which can be considered as repetition of words and phrases. A is the correct answer.

23. Answer: A. He likes to have clear ideas

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • ROB: And I have to analyse how I functioned in the group – what I found out about myself. I know I was so frustrated at times, when we couldn’t agree.
  • MIA: Yes. So did one person emerge as the leader?
  • ROB: Sophia did. That was OK – she helped us work out exactly what to do, for the production. And that made me feel better, I suppose.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (A):
    • clear ideas = exactly what to do
  • Explanation: Mia asks about the leader, and Rob points out that Sophia was the one. Therefore, he was not the leader and C is not the correct answer. 
  • Then he talks about what Sophia did, which was to point out exactly what to do. That leadership, giving clear ideas so that everyone understood what to do, made Rob feel better, so A is the correct answer.

24. Answer: B. changing social attitudes

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • ROB: And Sophia did some research too. That was useful in developing our approach.
  • MIA: Like what?
  • ROB: Well, she found these articles from the 1950s about how relationships between children and their parents, or between the public and people like bank managers or the police, were shifting.
  • Explantion: Rob mentions the fact that the leader, Sophia, used some articles to do research. Those articles are about relationships between people in a society. There is no information related to political or economic issues. Therefore, the answer is B.

25. Answer: B. an equipment failure

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • MIA: And did you have any practical problems to overcome?
  • ROB: Well, in the final rehearsal everything was going fine until the last scene – that’s where the doctor’s first patient appears on stage on his own.
  • MIA: The one in the wheelchair?
  • ROB: Yes, and he had this really long speech, with the stage all dark except for one spotlight – and then that stuck somehow so it was shining on the wrong side of the stage…but anyway we got that fixed, thank goodness.
  • Explanation: Rob mentions the problem with one spotlight, which can be considered as an equipment failure. So the correct answer is B
  • When Mia mentions “the one in the wheelchair”, this may confuse students that the answer is the injury of one character (answer C). However, the fact that this patient is in a wheelchair does not mean that one of the actors was injured during the rehearsal – it is a part of the play.  So, C is not correct.
  • Then, the patient in the wheelchair had a really long speech but he did not forget his words. Therefore, A is also incorrect.

26. Answer: E

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • MIA:  Yes, so next year when you are in the second year of the course, you need to work really hard in all your theatre studies modules.  Only students with good marks get places – you have to prove that you know your subject really well.
  • Here are some key words that help you get the correct answer (E):
    • show = prove
  • Explanation: Mia tells Rob that he will have to work hard in his second year to get good marks which prove that he knows a lot about theatre studies.  In other words, he will have to show his ability in that subject.  The answer is E.

27. Answer: D

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • ROB: Right. So how did you choose where to go?
  • MIA: Well, I decided that I wanted a programme that would fit in with what I wanted to do after I graduate, so I looked for a university with emphasis on acting rather than directing for example.  It depends on you.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (D):
    • institution = university
    • focus = emphasis
  • Explanation: Mia advises Rob to look for a university that is suitable for what he wants to do in the future, which means that the university’s focus is relevant to his needs or wants. D is the answer.

28. Answer: A

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • MIA: Then about six months before you go, you have to email the scheme coordinator with your top three choices. I had a friend who missed the deadline and didn’t get her first choice, so you do need to get a move on at that stage. You’ll find that certain places are very popular with everyone.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (A):
    • send in = email
  • Explanation: Mia tells Rob about a friend who missed the deadline – a time or day by which something must be done, which means she advises him to be on time. A is the answer.

29. Answer: G

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • ROB: And don’t you have to write a personal statement at that stage?
  • MIA: Yes.
  • ROB: Right. I’ll get some of the final year students to give me some tips…maybe see if I can read what they wrote.
  • Explanation: Rob is about to get some tips from final year students, which means he wants to get help from them. So when writing a personal statement, it is a good idea to ask for help. G is the correct answer.

30. Answer: C

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • MIA: I think that’s a very good idea. I don’t mind showing you what I did. And while you’re on broad don’t make the mistake I made. I got so involved I forgot all about making arrangements for when I came back here for the final year. Make sure you stay in touch so they know your choices for the optional modules. You don’t want to miss out doing your preferred specialisms.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • plan = make arrangements
  • Explanation: Mia does mentions arrangements, but they are not travel arrangments, only choices for the optional modules. Hence, F is not the answer. 
  • There is no information about letters of recommendation, hence B is also not the answer. 
  • Mia wants to advise Rob to prepare, or plan for the final year, which is the answer C.

Section 4

31. Answer: achievement/ achievements

32. Answer: personality/ character

33. Answer: situational

34. Answer: friend

35. Answer: aspirations/ ambitions

36. Answer: style

37. Answer: development

38. Answer: vision

39. Answer: structures

40. Answer: innovation/ innovations

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