IELTS LISTENING PART 3 | TEST 4

Questions 21-30

Questions 21 and 22

Choose TWO letters, A–E

IELTS LISTENING SECTION 3 – TEST 3

Questions 23–25

Choose ONE letter, A, B or C

IELTS LISTENING SECTION 3 – TEST 3

Questions 26–30

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

IELTS LISTENING SECTION 3 – TEST 3

Answers

Questions 21 and 22

Questions 21 and 22 . Answer: A. two other students have already asked her, D. it is the day before the assignment is due in

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
    • MARK: Oh, hi Professor Jones.  I’ve come to ask you a big favour.
    • PROFESSOR JONES: Let me guess, Mark, you want more time for your essay assignment. You’re the third student I’ve seen today, all with the same request!  It beats me why a few people leave their planning to the last minute and then think they can come at a day’s notice and get a reprieve. It’s really not fair to all the students who are well planned and organised is it?
    • MARK: Yes, you’re right, and I’m really sorry I need to ask. I’ve never asked for an extension before.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answers (A&D):
    • ask for = request
    • more time = extension
  • Explanation: 
    • Mark is the third student to ask Professor Jones for more time, which means there has have been two before him, hence A is clearly correct. 
    • Professor Jones says there are a few who leave their planning to the last minute. In other words, only a few never plan their assignments, thus B is wrong. 
    • C is not given because we only know that most students plan their essay well so they don’t ask for more time, but that doesn’t mean they have already handed in their assignments. 
    • From the phrase “a day’s notice”, it can be understood that the deadline for handing in assignments is the next day, so Mark comes to the Professor on the day before the due date. Therefore, D is correct. 
    • Lastly, Mark has never asked for more time (an extension) before, so the statement “Mark is always late with his assignments” is not true, hence E is wrong.
  • The answers are A and D.

Questions 23–25

23. Answer: C. his brother had a personal problem

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • MARK: Well, Professor Jones, I really do have a valid reason. It‘s not just the usual, like I have a cold, and I have a certificate from my doctor, or my computer crashed and I lost all my data. I wouldn’t bother you with those old excuses. You see, my twin brother was planning to get married next weekend, but last week his girlfriend told him the wedding was off and he landed on my doorstep. He was really upset. I couldn’t just tell him to go away because I was busy. And of course I would have had three assignments due this week, and all my study plans just went out the window.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • sick = have a cold
  • Explanation
    • Mark clearly says that he wouldn’t bother Professor Jones with old excuses like he had a cold or his computer crashed, so A and B are clearly incorrect. The remaining answer, C, is correct because his twin brother came to stay with him after going through a personal problem with his girlfriend.
  • The answer is C.

24. Answer: B. he planned to finish the essay on time

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
    • PROFESSOR JONES: I see. So, why didn’t you come to see me a week ago when your brother first turned up?
    • MARK: Because I was hoping I would still be able to get it done, but I just can’t manage itWell, actually I have written the required number of words, more or less, but frankly, I feel it’s terrible. I don’t want to let myself down by handing it in as it is at the moment, and I really don’t want to drop my grade point average by getting a low mark on this assignment.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (B):
    • very bad = terrible
    • finish = get it done
  • Explanation
    • When asked by Professor Jones, Mark says he didn’t come to her a week ago because he was hoping he could get it done, and by “get it done” he means “finish the essay on time”. Therefore, B is the correct answer. 
    • Keep in mind that he really finds his assignments very bad (“terrible”) and he wants to keep his grade point average high, but these are not the reasons why he didn’t see the Professor before, so A and C are incorrect.
  • The answer is B.

25. Answer: A. ask at least 3 days before the essay is due

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • PROFESSOR JONES:  Well, the course handbook states very clearly that at least 5 days’ notice is required for any extension, except in emergencies. Those rules were designed  to make it fair for everyone you see. You’re supposed to submit a request on the proper form…. and you can send it by email. And you also need to make an appointment and discuss your request in person, as you have done now.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (A):
    • talk = discuss
  • Explanation
    • It is said that “at least 5 days’ notice is required”, so if you want to ask for extension, you need to ask 5 days before the due date. Thus A is clearly wrong. 
    • “You’re supposed to submit a request on the proper form…. and you can send it by email” is the same as B, hence B is correct. 
    • So is C, because “discuss in person” is similar to “talk in person”. 
    • Note that in this question, you are asked which rule is NOT correct, so the final answer must be A.

Questions 26–30

26. Answer: three / 3 references

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • PROFESSOR JONES:  Let’s start with the bibliography….Yes, you’ve consulted most of the sources I suggested, but you don’t have any references of your own, and that was part of the task, wasn’t it?  You need at least three references of your own…
  • Explanation:  
    • In the feedback, Mark is told that he needs to add something to his bibliography.  What he needs is to add three references.
  • The answer is three references/3 references.

27. Answer: introduction

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • PROFESSOR JONES:  Well, you just seem to jump straight in to your first point here.  I’m not sure where your essay is going.  Where’s the Introduction?
  • Explanation:  
    • Professor Jones advises Mark about using the online databases.  Mark then asks about the essay structure, but Professor Jones says that the essay has no introduction.
  • The answer is introduction.

28. Answer: evidence

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • MARK:  I think I understand the 3 opposing theories OK, but I don’t really have a strong opinion about which one is correct.  I was more thinking of explaining them all as clearly as I can, and then giving the evidence for each one.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (evidence):
    • plan = think of
  • Explanation:  
    • Mark mentions the key words here: theories, explain, each.  He plans to show the evidence for each theory.
  • The answer is evidence.

29. Answer: edit

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • PROFESSOR JONES:  …one thing you must definitely do before you submit this assignment is to edit it for grammar and spelling mistakes……
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (edit):
    • hand in = submit
    • essay = assignment
  • Explanation:  
    • As Mark has made many grammar and spelling mistakes in his essay, he should edit it before he hands it in.
  • The answer is edit.

30. Answer: extra day

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • PROFESSOR JONES:  …I can see you’ve done the basic work, and I do sympathise with your brother, it must be very difficult for him.  So, I’ll give you one extra day on this essay.
  • Explanation:  
    • So, Professor Jones will allow Mark to have one extra day to hand in his assignment/essay.
  • The answer is extra day.

Transcript

You will hear a conversation between a student called Mark and his teacher, Professor Jones. First you have some time to look at questions 21 to 25.

Now listen carefully and answer questions 21 to 25

Jones: Hello Mark. What can I do for you?

Mark: Oh, hi Professor Jones. I’ve come to ask you a big favour.

Jones: Let me guess, Mark, you want more time for your essay assignment. You’re the third student I’ve seen today, all with the same request! It beats me why a few people leave their planning to the last minute and then think they can come at a day’s notice and get a reprieve. It’s really not fair to all the students who are well planned and organised is it?

Mark: Yes, you’re right, and I’m really sorry I need to ask. I’ve never asked for an extension before.

Jones: So, Mark, why should I grant you an extension when I said no to everyone else today?

Mark: Well, Professor Jones, I really do have a valid reason. It‘s not just the usual, like I have a cold, and I have a certificate from my doctor, or my computer crashed and I lost all my data. I wouldn’t bother you with those old excuses. You see, my twin brother was planning to get married next weekend, but last week his girlfriend told him the wedding was off and he landed on my doorstep. He was really upset. I couldn’t just tell him to go away because I was busy. And of course I would have had three assignments due this week, and all my study plans just went out the window.

Jones: I see. So, why didn’t you come to see me a week ago when your brother first turned up?

Mark: Because I was hoping I would still be able to get it done, but I just can’t manage it. Well, actually I have written the required number of words, more or less, but frankly, I feel it’s terrible. I don’t want to let myself down by handing it in as it is at the moment, and I really don’t want to drop my grade point average by getting a low mark on this assignment.

Jones: Well, the course handbook states very clearly that at least 5 days’ notice is required for any extension, except in emergencies. Those rules were designed to make it fair for everyone you see. You’re supposed to submit a request on the proper form…. and you can send it by email. And you also need to make an appointment and discuss your request in person, as you have done now. Your problem does come very squarely under the ‘family issues’ category, so you probably would have got some extra time if you’d done that. I’m not really inclined to grant this request now, you know.

Mark: Yes, I know I’ve really messed up. I suppose I’ll just have to hand it in as it is, and take a lower grade.

Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 26 to 30.

Now listen and answer questions 26 to 30

Jones: Well, at least you’ve made a start, which is more than can be said for your other colleagues today. Have you got what you’ve done so far? Come on, we’ll look through it together and I’ll see if I can make a few suggestions for a quick fix, how about that?

Mark: Oh, thank you, yes here it is on my laptop.

Jones: Well, let’s see. Let’s start with the bibliography … Yes, you’ve consulted most of the sources I suggested, but you don’t have any references of your own, and that was part of the task, wasn’t it? You need at least three references of your own, see?

Mark: Yes, I know. I did find one more, McDonald and Ferris 2014.

Jones: OK, that’s a good one, I suggest you look at their reference list, too, and chase up a couple more from there. You should be able to find everything you need in the online library databases, especially Languageline.

Mark: Yes, OK. So, what about the essay structure, and the argument? Are they OK, or am I barking up the wrong tree?

Jones: Well, you just seem to jump straight in to your first point here. I’m not sure where your essay is going. Where’s the introduction?

Mark: Oh right … I always leave the introduction till the end and write it after I’ve finished the rest of the essay. That way, it ties in to what I’ve already written … Well, that’s what we were taught in the study skills course, anyway.

Jones: Yes, and you’re quite right. So, tell me about your ideas. What’s your main argument?

Mark: Well, I’m not really sure. I think I understand the 3 opposing theories OK, but I don’t really have a strong opinion about which one is correct. I was more thinking of explaining them all as clearly as I can, and then giving the evidence for each one. I don’t think there is a clear-cut right or wrong, well, that’s my opinion anyway. Do we need to say that one is better than the other two?

Jones: No, you don’t, and what you are planning to do is often the best way to go about it. Well, I’ve been skimming through what you’ve written while we’ve been talking, and one thing you definitely must do before you submit this assignment is to edit it for grammar and spelling mistakes. There are a lot of errors here, just simple things that are easy to fix. But still, I can see you’ve done the basic work, and I do sympathise with your brother, it must be very difficult for him. So, I’ll give you one extra day on this essay.

Mark: Oh, thank you Professor Jones, thank you! I’ll hand it in before 5pm on Wednesday, then.

Jones: Yes, that’s the final deadline. Goodbye now!

IELTS Listening Part 3 British Council

IELTS LISTENING PART 3

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