Cambridge IELTS 17 (update 2022) Academic with answers – Listening Test 4

IELTS 17 TEST 4 PART 1: Questions 1–10

Complete the notes below.
Write ONE WORD for each answer

Easy Life Cleaning Services

Basic cleaning package offered

• Cleaning all surfaces
• Cleaning the 1 …………… throughout the apartment
• Cleaning shower, sinks, toilet etc.

Additional services agreed

• Every week
− Cleaning the 2 ……………
− Ironing clothes – 3 …………… only
• Every month
− Cleaning all the 4 …………… from the inside
− Washing down the 5 ……………

Other possibilities

• They can organise a plumber or an 6 …………… if necessary.
• A special cleaning service is available for customers who are allergic to 7 …………….

Information on the cleaners

• Before being hired, all cleaners have a background check carried out by the 8 …………….
• References are required.
• All cleaners are given 9 …………… for two weeks.
• Customers send a 10 …………… after each visit.
• Usually, each customer has one regular cleaner.

IELTS 17 TEST 4 PART 2: Questions 11–20

Questions 11–14
Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

11   Many hotel managers are unaware that their staff often leave because of
A    a lack of training.
B    long hours.
C    low pay.

12   What is the impact of high staff turnover on managers?
A    an increased workload
B    low morale
C    an inability to meet targets

13   What mistake should managers always avoid?
A    failing to treat staff equally
B    reorganising shifts without warning
C    neglecting to have enough staff during busy periods

14  What unexpected benefit did Dunwich Hotel notice after improving staff retention rates?
A    a fall in customer complaints
B    an increase in loyalty club membership
C    a rise in spending per customer

Questions 15–20
Which way of reducing staff turnover was used in each of the following hotels?
Write the correct letter, AB or C, next to Questions 15–20.

Ways of reducing staff turnover

A    improving relationships and teamwork
B    offering incentives and financial benefits
C    providing career opportunities

Hotels
15    The Sun Club …………….
16    The Portland …………….
17    Bluewater Hotels …………….
18    Pentlow Hotels …………….
19    Green Planet …………….
20    The Amesbury …………….


IELTS 17 TEST 4 PART 3: Questions 21–30

Questions 21–22
Choose TWO letters, AE.

Which TWO points do Thomas and Jeanne make about Thomas’s sporting activities at school?

A    He should have felt more positive about them.
B    The training was too challenging for him.
C    He could have worked harder at them.
D    His parents were disappointed in him.
E    His fellow students admired him.

Questions 23 and 24
Choose TWO letters, AE.

Which TWO feelings did Thomas experience when he was in Kenya?

A    disbelief
B    relief
C    stress
D    gratitude
E    homesickness

Questions 25–30
What comment do the students make about the development of each of the following items of sporting equipment?
Choose SIX answers from the box and write the correct letter, A–H, next to Questions 25–30.

Comments about the development of the equipment

A    It could cause excessive sweating.
B    The material was being mass produced for another purpose.
C    People often needed to make their own.
D    It often had to be replaced.
E    The material was expensive.
  It was unpopular among spectators.
G    It caused injuries.
H    No one using it liked it at first.

Items of sporting equipment
25    the table tennis bat …………….
26    the cricket helmet …………….
27    the cycle helmet …………….
28    the golf club …………….
29    the hockey stick …………….
30    the football …………….


IELTS 17 TEST 4 PART 4: Questions 31–40

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

Maple syrup

What is maple syrup?

• made from the sap of the maple tree
• colour described as 31 …………….
• added to food or used in cooking
• very 32 ……………. compared to refined sugar

The maple tree

• has many species
• needs sunny days and cool nights
• maple leaf has been on the Canadian flag since 1964
• needs moist soil but does not need fertiliser as well
• best growing conditions and 33 ……………. are in Canada and North America

Early maple sugar producers

• made holes in the tree trunks
• used hot 34 ……………. to heat the sap
• used tree bark to make containers for collection
• sweetened food and drink with sugar

Today’s maple syrup

The trees
• Tree trunks may not have the correct 35 ……………. until they have been growing for 40 years.
• The changing temperature and movement of water within the tree produces the sap.

The production
• A tap is drilled into the trunk and a 36 ……………. carries the sap into a bucket.
• Large pans of sap called evaporators are heated by means of a 37 …………….
• A lot of 38 ……………. is produced during the evaporation process.
• ‘Sugar sand’ is removed because it makes the syrup look 39 ……………. and affects the taste.
• The syrup is ready for use.
• A huge quantity of sap is needed to make a 40 ……………. of maple syrup

Listening answer keys

Part 1, Questions 1–10
1    floor(s)
2    fridge
3    shirts
4    windows
5    balcony
6    electrician
7    dust
8    police
9    training
10  review

Part 2, Questions 11–20
11    A
12    A
13    A
14    C
15    A
16    C
17    B
18    C
19    B
20    A

Part 3, Questions 21–30
21&22 IN EITHER ORDER
C
E
23&24 IN EITHER ORDER
A
D
25    B
26    F
27    A
28    D
29    C
30    G

Part 4, Questions 31–40
31    golden
32    healthy
33    climate
34    rock(s)
35    diameter
36    tube
37    fire
38    steam
39    cloudy
40    litre / liter

Listening IELTS 17 test 4