IELTS Listening Practice: Table Completion

Table completion is a common type of question in IELTS listening. Spend time preparing the headings and the predicted content of the table. Pay attention to the number of words possible for the answer. This listen exercise is similar level to section 4 of your IELTS test.

Now listen to the recording and write down the answers as you listen. Answers are given below.

Questions 1-5
Write no more than three words for each answer.

Introduced species of the British Isles

  Non-native Animal            Origin               Habitat         Usual Diet      
1. …………………. North America 2. …………. 3. …………..
rainbow trout North America 4. ………… 5. ………….


Islands, such as the British Isles, can be adversely affected by the introduction of non-native species. Many species have been introduced to Britain during historical times. Some species have been introduced with no adverse consequences. However, others have had a severe impact both economically and ecologically.

One good example of an invasive species is the gray squirrel which, at the turn of the 20th century, was introduced into South Africa, Ireland, and England from North America. On mainland Britain, it has almost entirely displaced the populations of native red squirrels. Schemes have been introduced to control the population in Ireland to encourage the native red squirrels. In the wild, gray squirrels can be found living in large areas of mature, dense woodland. These forests usually contain large amounts of dense understory vegetation that provides them sufficient amount of food sources and favorable shelters. On very rare occasions, when their usual food sources are scarce, gray squirrels will eat insects and small birds. However, in general gray squirrels exist mainly on nuts and seeds. They even have a high enough tolerance for humans to inhabit residential neighborhoods and are known to raid bird feeders.
Among those species which have been introduced with little harm to the local ecosystem is the rainbow trout which is native only to the rivers and lakes of North America but its value as a hard-fighting game fish and tasty meal has led to its introduction throughout the world. Rainbow trout are gorgeous fish, with coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on habitat, age, and spawning condition. They are members of the salmon family and, like their salmon cousins, can grow quite large. They prefer cool, clear rivers and lakes and survive on insects and small fish.
Taken and adapted from:,

1. gray squirrel
2. mature dense woodland / dense woodland / woodland / forest
3. seeds and nuts
4. rivers and lakes
5. insects and fish / insects small fish


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  1. Muzammil says:

    Hi Ma’am,

    I want to ask if in case of feeling the need to improve a particular section of IELTS (e.g. Speaking), do we have to attempt the whole test all over again or is there an option available to attempt only that particular section with a low band score??

    Kindly help.

  2. Hi liz.o have an question can I have to start writing tasks 2 introduction with general lines or paraphrase the statement which one is the best one

  3. Sujit Kumar Biswas says:

    Dear Liz
    Last question is insects and small fish but i answered insect small fish. My question is insect or insects, if insects it should be small fishes?


  4. Hi Liz,

    Can we write grey instead of gray.

  5. Hi
    Dear, what do mean by ” understory Vegetation ” ?

  6. It would be useful if I could print the transcript….why is this not possible?

  7. Hi Liz,

    I have applied for the IELTS exam and have a good communication skill both written and verbal. But the only thing that is bothering me is my vocabulary. You can say i use simpler vocabularies and not very tough ones as such. I have gone through your written and speaking tests modules hence i am not sure whether i would be able to score a good band score or no.

  8. Thanks a lot Liz
    I am following you gladly

  9. I used commas between “nuts, seeds”; “rivers, lakes”; “insects, small fish”. Is it correct? Thank you!

    • It not necessary to use commas. Just write the two words with a clear space between. However, your answer will still be marked correct even if you use commas.

  10. Your website is very helpful.I finished answering all the reading practice and now I am on the listening questions.I have questions when it comes to the answer keys like I answered insects small fish.Idid not put the word and coz it only requires no more than three words.Can I use a comma instead just to separate it?


    • You can use a comma if you want but it isn’t necessary. You only need to write the three words and nothing more.

  11. Dear Madam, would it be accepted as a correct answer if I spelt ‘gray squirrels’ as ‘grey squirrels’? Thank you.

  12. Hi Liz

    Hope you well. All of your articles , videos & tips are so helpful that anyone one can trust only this website. I feel that you should have well paid . however for your kindness we all are benefited. I purchased road to IElTS from british council but comfortable with your lessons and instructions.
    I have exam tomorrow morning ,please keep in your pray.

    Good Job, Keep it UP.

  13. should’t grey squirrels be in capital letters like Grey squirrels just like Rainbow Trout ?

  14. Alisha Sebastian says:

    Thanks mam.

  15. K.M.Sakil Mahmud says:

    Hello, Mam
    Your tips are tremendous..
    Thanks for this kind of help tips for IELTS..Its really help me a lot..:-)

  16. Dear Liz,

    Thank you so much for your vidoes and guidance


  17. sarat chandra chowdary says:

    hello mam,your listening videos are good and really helpful for students preparing for IELTS.being an INDIAN and from regional language background ,i am little bit poor in understanding in listening ,as the videos are fast and are from british,please suggest me ,what should i do to improve my listening skills and to get good score in IELTS.

    • Hi,

      If you are weak at listening, you’ll have to do lots of practice in order to cope with the IELTS recordings. Start watching lots of bbc news videos, films and documentaries. If you visit my useful websites page, you will find a link to another website which has plenty of listening exercises aimed to build your general listening ability. I’m sure it will help. Here’s the link:
      All the best

      • sarat chandra chowdary says:

        Thank you mam…..

      • thanks mam
        man can u post this type test daily for reading and listening ……….plzzzzz

        • Hi,

          I post different skills on different days of the week. On Monday, it is listening and Tuesday it is reading. Wednesday and Thursday are writing and Friday is speaking. On other days, I sometimes give other lessons such as essay ideas, speaking answers or other exercises. Because I write all lessons myself, it is not possible for me to produce much more. Maybe in the future if there is someone to help me, I will make daily listening exercises.
          All the best

  18. Md Alamgir Hossain says:

    Your tips are awesome. i am suffering from writing. would you please check it if i send it to you?

    • Sorry for the late reply. I’m afraid I don’t offer essay marking at present. However, if you send me an essay taken from one of the IELTS Cambridge books 1-9, I might have time to give you some general feedback.

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