IELTS Listening Practice: Building the Eiffel Tower

This IELTS listening practice is based on sentence completion questions and diagram labelling. You need to prepare all questions before listening.

For the sentence completion, check what type of answer you need for each question and underline key words that will help you identify the answer when you hear it. For the diagrams, read the instructions carefully to find the type of answer you need.

IELTS Listening: The Eiffel Tower

Questions 1-5

Complete the sentences using no more than two words and/or numbers.

  1. In 1884, two …………… came up with the concept of building tall tower.
  2. The plan was for the tower to be ……….. feet in height.
  3. Assembly of the supports took ……………. to finish.
  4. During construction, precision of work was measured to …………. of a millimetre.
  5. The construction team has responsibility for ……………. to ………… workers.

Questions 6 – 7

Label the diagram below with the correct dates using no more than one word and/or numbers.IELTS Listening Eiffel Tower

 

Answers

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Answers
  1. engineers / chief engineers (either answer is correct)
  2. 1000
  3. 22 months (the number can be written as a hyphenated word. The word “months” must be plural.)
  4. a tenth (“a” is needed for the answer to be correct. All sentences must be grammatically correct when completed)
  5. 150    300 (both numbers are needed for the correct answer. No punctuation is required between them)
  6. 15 March 1888 / 15th March 1888 (the full date is required)
  7. 12 March  1889 / 12th March 1889 (the full date is required)
Transcript

The plan to build a tower 300 metres high was conceived as part of preparations for the World’s Fair of 1889. Two chief engineers in Eiffel’s company, had the idea for a very tall tower in June 1884. The tower project was a bold extension of this principle – equivalent to the symbolic figure of 1000 feet.

The assembly of the supports began on July 1, 1887 and was completed twenty-two months later. All the elements were prepared in Eiffel’s factory located  on the outskirts of Paris. Each of the 18,000 pieces used to construct the Eiffel Tower were specifically designed and calculated, traced out to an accuracy of a tenth of a millimetre and then put together forming new pieces around five metres each. A team of constructors, who had worked on the great metal viaduct projects, were responsible for the 150 to 300 workers on site assembling this gigantic set.

Photographic evidence at the time showed the four stages of the construction of the Eiffel Tower. The first photo was taken after the construction of the first floor on the 15th March 1888 and the following photos were taken over a period of about a year. The constructions were finally finished on the 12th March 1889 which is when the last photo was taken. On the narrow platform at the top, Eiffel received his decoration from the Legion of Honour.

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Vocabulary
  • conceived = thought up / planned
  • bold = daring / courageous
  • construct = build
  • calculated = measured
  • traced = copied
  • on site – at the location of the building
  • gigantic = huge
  • finished / completed

 

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Comments

  1. Good evening Liz,

    Does writing back-up or backup make difference? I keep doing similar mistakes, as well as writing midday instead of mid-day.

  2. Hi liz,
    Thank you so much for your help!
    In the IELTS Test, Could we listen to this type of listening only once or others two or three?

  3. Hello Liz,

    I cannot thank you enough for the information you’ve shared here, I’ve scored overall band of 7. Except for writing task which I’ve secured a band of 6, else were 7 band.
    Writing task score was less as I did not prepare for any topics and only watched your videos.
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    Liz, I thank you once again 🙂

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  6. Arun Rajput says:

    I wrote 1/10th instead of A tenth, technically both are correct but which is correct when writing in IELTS?

  7. I got 6/7 on this topic, but whenever I have practiced, I couldn’t find any answers.

  8. Hello Liz,

    For the dates of constructions , instruction is to use no more than one word and/or number.
    So don’t you think answer should be 15-03-1888 and 12-03-1889 ?
    15th March 1889 would not be counted as 3 word ?

    Let me know the correct format.

    Regards,
    Shweta

  9. Dear liza ,

    thank you so much for your help , i try to downlod lessons and answer but it disable
    could you make it enable and downlodable

    thanks again

  10. Hi Liz

    Thank you for all this useful practice videos about the listening part.
    I’d like to print out all these test to practice in a more appropriate way. So, could i download these papers?

    Thak you in advance for your answers,
    Keep sharing your knowledge with us 😉

  11. Hi Liz,
    I am unable to play this. Could you please help me how to hear it?

    Regards
    Zakir

  12. 1. As the question states that one word and one number so what about the answer
    15 march 1888
    2.Yous asked to keep the first letter capital so,what about the case for the answers stated above are correct?

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  14. khalid Hamdy says:

    Dear Liz
    in listening i find difficulty in differentiating P and B when we are asked to complete a name or postcode ……can you please help ?

  15. Thaaaaank you alottttttt

  16. Hi Liz,
    I can score at least 26/40 from listening. i’m not good for multiple choice questions. What should I do? I’m going to do IELTS in 13th February. Help me Please.

  17. Perhaps that’s your great attempt for humanity, I think its helpful for those who plan for a better dream for ielts.
    THANKS.

  18. Hi Liz,
    In number 4 my answer was 10th is the answer wrong or right?

    thankyou for your help 🙂

  19. Hello Liz,
    Thank you for your website. It’s really helpful. I am preparing for Ielts exam and my minimum requirement is 7.5 in each part which I think very tough for me. I’m very nervous about reading. I always find it difficult and can’t finish it within 20 minutes. Would you please suggest me how to increase the speed.? I think I will sit for ielts in January 2016 from Ireland. Is there any difference if I attended ielts from Bangladesh or Ireland. ? Some people says it’s easier in own country as the examiners are from tat country.
    If I get confused about the instructions like” no more than one word or/and numbers “and answer the question in numbers only like 15/03/1988 , then will it be correct. .?

    Thanks again for your valuable time and effort.
    May Allah be always with you.
    Sabrina, Ireland

    • Asslamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah!
      Dear Sabrina,
      Hope, you are well enough by the blessing of Allah SWT.

      I am studying MSc in Islamic Finance with Scholarship. Now, preparing myself for the IELTS exam (Malaysia) and most probably, I will sit for the exam by the end of January 2016. Noteworthy to say, I also have the same expectation about the score like yours.

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  20. Poonam mehta says:

    Hello ma’am
    I have heard paper for working people( General)is of higher difficulty than for academic
    Is it so.please tell me
    Regards
    Poonam

  21. gopal singh says:

    How i can download audio, giving answer for these seven questions?

  22. Keep up the good work !

  23. Mohamed Ellethey says:

    In Brief,
    thanks for your great efforts in helping all those who searching for such help. Really Allah Bless you.
    Mohamed
    Egypt

  24. Questions 6 and 7 recquire no more than one word/numbers.

    The answer has three words/numbers (15 March 1988)

    I´m confused because I would never answer like that because of the question´s order.

    Tks

    • Read the instructions carefully. “One word and/or numbers” – it is plural. That means you can have one word and many numbers.
      Liz

  25. Hi Liz!

    In question #2 my answer is “a thousand”. Will it consider a correct one?

  26. It is useful but I can’t find the answer. Can you please help e to find the correct answer?

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    Pakistan

  28. hi Liz! is 15th of March 1888 and 12th of March 1889 not allowed? “of”

  29. Good Evening ,Liz
    Just Wanted you to know that,You are the best in what you do .
    Khaled Sedeek
    Alexandria,Egypt
    English Tour Guide

    • Thanks. I’m glad you like my blog 🙂
      Liz

      • You are so welcomed ,Am very grateful for you ! You simply has a very simple way which make things look easier .Am going to my GT exam in Nov ,and i have tried lots of videos till i found yours .Yes it helps a lot especially your British accent which i strive to learn too
        Thank you
        Best Regards
        Khaled 🙂

        • You’re welcome. I’m glad the lessons are useful. I’ll try and post more letter models and lessons for GT students in the future.
          Liz

  30. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for the answers. Actually the error with the audios was temporary and solved.
    Enjoy your time and Good Luck!

  31. Hi plz can u give me some tips to getting 6.5 band in IELTS, I still got 5.5 band

    • Tips will not change your score if you are scoring around 5.5 in the four skills. You need to improve your English language to improve your score.
      All the best
      Liz

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  33. HI LIZ
    PLEASE, IS IT OK TO WRITE ‘A 10TH’ IN QUESTION NO 4?

  34. Hi Liz,

    Many thanks for the lesson.

    Is it correct to have the word ‘thousand’ instead of 1000 in the second question. Because in this case I’m largely used to writing words, not figures. I don’t know why but I produced it automatically )

    Kind regards
    Andrei

    • It is usual to write numbers as digits not words. I can’t say if you would lose marks but I wouldn’t take a chance.
      All the best
      Liz

  35. hi Liz
    I am finding your blog very usefull.I got overall a band of 6 hoping on 8th octomber i will hit score 7.

  36. melissa.cabrera says:

    Hi Liz,

    I’m bit confuse for a type of question that needs two answers like question #5, is it okay to write 150/300 or 150,300? How do I separate the answers? Will have my exam this coming October.

    Thanks.

  37. many thank I am staying now unavailable internet conection. Thank a lot for your lesson.

  38. it’s a trick qn for 6 and 7.That is a word and/ or numbers.I ve just written a word and a number

    • It is a question which tests your ability to read and follow instructions. The instructions tell you to write a date. Always read the instructions fully. The instructions also say “no more than one word and/or a number” which means it is possible to have only a number. You must learn to follow and understand instructions. See my 25 tips lesson on the listening page of this blog to learn more. This is the reason many students lose points in their real test.
      All the best
      Liz

  39. Muhammed Shamsuddin says:

    Thank you madam

  40. Hi Liz,

    Is it common in the real test situations asking for a specific date with no more than 2 words/number? In this case is always the full date required or simple the year is considered right?

    Thanks,

  41. Hi Liz,
    Many thanks for the listening lesson. I’ve answered 1/10 instead of a tenth on question no.4. Not sure if this is acceptable for examiner?

    Regards,
    Parames

  42. Dear Liz
    Can we assume the full date as ” one word and numbers “?
    It is a good point for me as I may write only ” year”, and could lose marks.
    Thank you very much for your lessons.
    Best regards
    Moon

    • The answer contains two numbers and one word. The instructions allow for one word and numbers (plural). You must have the full date for this to be correct. Always look at the word count.
      All the best
      Liz

  43. Thank you Liz,

    You are very helpful.

  44. Hi Liz

    Thanks will do take note of that.I am finding your blog very useful, I am writing my IETLS on the 8th of October.

    Regards
    Jasiel

  45. Hi Liz

    My answers are as follows

    1) Chief Engineers
    2) one thousand
    3) twenty-two months
    4) A tenth
    5) 150 and 300

    • Check your answer with the answer key given. Always check your use of capital letters because you will lose points for these mistakes.
      Liz

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