Cambridge 16 IELTS Listening Test 1

PART 1 : Questions 1–10

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Children’s Engineering Workshops

Tiny Engineers (ages 4-5)


– Create a cover for an 1. so they can drop it from a height without breaking it.

– Take part in a competition to build the tallest 2.

– Make a 3. powered by a balloon.

Junior Engineers (ages 6-8)


– Build model cars, trucks and 4. and learn how to program them so they can move.

– Take part in a competition to build the longest 5. using card and wood.

– Create a short 6. with special software.

– Build, 7. and program a humanoid robot.

Cost for a five-week block: £50

– Held on 8. from 10 am to 11 am


– Building 10A, 9. Industrial Estate, Grasford

– Plenty of 10. is available.

PART 2 : Questions 11–14

Choose the correct letter, AB or C.

11.  Stevenson’s was founded in

12. Originally, Stevenson’s manufactured goods for

13. What does the speaker say about the company premises?

14. The programme for the work experience group includes

Questions 15-20

Label the map below.

Write the correct letter, A-J, next to Questions 15-20.

Plan of Stevenson’s site

15. coffee room

18. meeting room

16. warehouse

19. human resources

17. staff canteen

20. boardroom

PART 3 : Questions 21-30

Questions 21 and 22

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Which TWO parts of the introductory stage to their art projects do Jess and Tom agree were useful?

Questions 23 and 24

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

In which TWO ways do both Jess and Tom decide to change their proposals?

Questions 25-30

Which personal meaning do the students decide to give to each of the following pictures?

Choose SIX answers from the box and write the correct letter, A-H, next to Questions 25-30.

Personal meanings

A. a childhood memory                E. the power of colour

B. hope for the future                    F. the continuity of life

C. fast movement                          G. protection of nature

D. a potential threat                       H. a confused attitude to nature


25.  Falcon (Landseer)

28.  Portrait of William Wells

26. Fish hawk (Audubon)

29.  Vairumati (Gauguin)

27.  Kingfisher (van Gogh)

30. Portrait of Giovanni de Medici

PART 4 : Questions 31–40

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer.


Stoicism is still relevant today because of its 31. appeal.

Ancient Stoics

– Stoicism was founded over 2,000 years ago in Greece.

– The Stoics’ ideas are surprisingly well known, despite not being intended for 32.

Stoic principles

– Happiness could be achieved by leading a virtuous life.

– Controlling emotions was essential.

– Epictetus said that external events cannot be controlled but the 33. people make in response can be controlled.

– A Stoic is someone who has a different view on experiences which others would consider as 34.

The influence of Stoicism

– George Washington organised a 35. about Cato to motivate his men.

– The French artist Delacroix was a Stoic.

– Adam Smith’s ideas on 36. were influenced by Stoicism.

– Some of today’s political leaders are inspired by the Stoics.

– Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

– the treatment for 37. is based on ideas from Stoicism

– people learn to base their thinking on 38.

– In business, people benefit from Stoicism by identifying obstacles as 39.

Relevance of Stoicism

– It requires a lot of 40. but Stoicism can help people to lead a good life.

– It teaches people that having a strong character is more important than anything else. 


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1   egg

2   tower

3   car

4   animals

5   bridge

6   movie / film

7   decorate

8   Wednesdays

9   Fradstone

10   parking

11   C

12   A

13   B

14   C

15   H

16   C

17   G

18   B

19   I

20   A

21&22   C, E

23&24   B, E

25   D

26   C

27   A

28   H

29   F

30   G

31   practical

32   publication

33   choices

34   negative

35   play

36   capitalism

37   depression

38   logic

39   opportunity

40   practice / practise

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