IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Sleepiness

There are so many times we do get bored by the dull, mundane life going around us. It could be either during a meeting, work, classes or for that matter while travelling. Some people get sleepy because of the lack of sleep they get, while others tend to get sleepy by the kind of activity they are involved in. This time we are going to listen to a BBC podcast that revolves around sleepiness.

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English.

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS.

  1. Which biological reason is responsible for our sleepiness and alertness?
  2. What does the word circadian mean?
  3. Which synonym does the  speaker uses for synchronize?
  4. What is the disruption caused to the circadian rhythms by high-speed travelling called?
  5. Which word does speaker uses for internal?
  6. Which word defines the back and forth movement of something?
  7. What is the normal range for the ticking o the endogenous clock in humans?
  8. What is the work outside the traditional 9 to 5 called?
  9. Which word does the speaker uses to refer to adjust?
  10. Which word does the speaker uses for short sleeps?
  1. Circadian rhythms
  2. around a day
  3. adjust
  4. jet lag
  5. endogenous
  6. oscillate
  7. 23.8 to 24.8 hours
  8. shift work
  9. modulate
  10. naps


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Craze Off

There was a time people went crazy over the Bermuda pants, cocaine, break dancing and so much more. Soon these fads wore off and new came up. But, what makes these fads to go off and new ones to arrive. What makes the craze off? This time we are going to listen to a BBC audio that talks about the crazy fads, their arrival and why they just went off. Why do some things become craze for people while others just don’t make that impact on lives.

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English.



Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. In which game do the players have to catch the virtual monsters?
  2. Which two words are used to define a sudden and widespread enthusiasm for something that lasts for only a short time?
  3. What term is used to define the situation when a digital information is layered on top of a smartphone?
  4. What is the best selling toy of all time?
  5. Which term is used to describe how people get influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors?
  6. What acronym is used for the fear of missing out?
  7. Which word describes the first model of a machine from which others develop things?
  8. Which country did the inventory of the Rubik’s cube belong to? Hungary
  1. Pokemon Go
  2. craze, fad
  3. Augmented reality
  4. Rubik Cube
  5. Herd mentaility
  6. FOMO
  7. Prototype
  8. Hungary


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Brain Tranining

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes Learning English.

You can download the audio from the below link –


Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. What is the ability of speaking two languages equally well called?
  2. What are the ways in which you learn to increase your memory or intelligence called?
  3. How many neurons or nerve cells are there in a typical human brain?
  4. What is the illness that occurs when blood flowing to a certain area of the brain is cut off?
  5. What are the mental skills involved with doing things like problem solving and planning called?
  6. What is the synonym of changes?
  7. What is the synonym of prevent?
  8. Which food is said to improve the cognitive performance of your brain?
  9. What is the synonym of enhance?
  10. What is the the idea of building up extra abilities to protect the brain against declining memory or thinking called?
  11. Which word is used to define something that makes your more active?


  1. Bilingualism
  2. Brain training
  3. 86 billion
  4. stroke
  5. executive functions
  6. switches
  7. resist
  8. chocolate
  9. improve
  10. cognitive reserve
  11. stimulates

IELTS Listening Sample Question # Old Tech

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English.


You can download the audio from the following –


Answer the following following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. Which word refers to going back to style and fashion from past?
  2. What plastic is used to make records?
  3. What are the plastic cases with audio tape on reels inside them called?
  4. What is the one word for a new rise?
  5. How many records were sold in the UK in 2014?
  6. Which word describes thinking about past with a mixture of warm feelings and sadness?
  7. How does Jacqueline Springer refers to the cassette tapes?
  8. What is the plastic computer disk used for storing data called?


  1. retro
  2. Vinyl
  3. cassette tapes
  4. resurgence
  5. 1 million
  6. nostalgia
  7. audio love letters
  8. Floppy disk


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