Listening Practice: Summary Completion Questions

This IELTS listening practice for summary completion questions is about following the information as you listen and selecting the correct words or numbers to fill in the gaps. Before you listen, read through the summary and make a note of what kinds of words you need for each gap (noun, verb, adjective, number etc). Predicting answers is a key skills in IELTS listening.

Questions 1-5

Complete the summary using no more than one word and/or a number.

Buckingham Palace 

Buckingham Palace is where the Queen officially resides when she is in London and is well known for its famous(1) …………….. which was used for the first time by a royal during an official appearance in 1851. There were (2)………… bomb hits to the palace in World War II. There are a range of services available to the royal residents in the palace which has a total of (3) ………. rooms. There are 1,514 doors in the palace and 760 windows which are cleaned on a (4) …………. week rotation. The Queen hosts banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties and has over (5)………………… people visiting each year.


Buckingham Palace is The Queen’s official London residence. The balcony of Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous in the world. The first recorded Royal balcony appearance took place in 1851, when Queen Victoria stepped onto it during celebrations for the opening of the Great Exhibition. During the Second World War, Buckingham Palace suffered nine direct bomb hits.

Buckingham Palace has its own chapel, post office, swimming pool, staff cafeteria, doctor’s surgery and cinema. There are 775 rooms in the palace. Some rooms at Buckingham Palace have a Chinese theme. There are 1,514 doors and 760 windows in Buckingham Palace. All windows are cleaned every six weeks. More than 50,000 people visit the Palace annually as The Queen’s guests at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties.

  1. balcony
  2. 9 / nine
  3. 775
  4. 6 / six
  5. 50,000

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  1. Bruce James says:

    The instructions say that no more than one word and/or a number. I answered “9 direct” in question number 2. Is this answer wrong?

  2. Hi Liz. Do all the Listening passages answers come in order in the text.

  3. hi Liz, thank you for all your efforts. There is one point that ı am stucked with. Shouldn’t it be ‘9 bombs hit to the palace’ instead of ‘9 bomb hits’? which one is gramatically correct and why?

    • “bomb hits” is the noun. The word “hit” in this case is not the verb, it is part of the noun. This means the plural noun is for the word “hits”.

  4. Wow! 5 out 5 🙂
    Thank you for your efforts
    All the best for you, Liz

  5. engr farheen says:

    successfully done

    balcony can also be written as Balconi
    9 or nine which one supposed to be correct

  6. mam can i make a pause the audio to write my answers
    the audio will not ne played only once but weather we can pause it?

  7. Thank you for this site!
    We watch videos from here almost every lesson on IELTS preparation course)

  8. Haritha says:

    Dear Liz,

    The tips that you give for each section of IELTS is very informative & helpful. while practicing few of the listening tests, the link says no link to database. Please can you help me on that as i feel, the more i practice the better i perform
    Thanks for all the guidance!
    you are a great trainer.


    • I also have seen the message about the database error connection. I’ll check it this week and see what the problem is. Thanks for letting me know.

  9. Is it okk of if I write Six instead of six…..

  10. I missed the fifth answer since the number was given before the other information. Very tricky.

  11. Hi Liz,
    I see “…for it’s famous _____” in the paragraph and I think it should be “…for its famous ______”. I mean we don’t need the apostrophe here. Am i right?
    All the best,

  12. Sanone (Saigon) says:

    Hello Liz,
    Here is a logically sound question. Question number 2 “There were ____ bomb hits”
    The given answer is 9. Why isn’t “direct” accepted as a valid answer here? It sounds grammatically correct and also aligns with what we heard. Thank you,

    • It would be accepted as an answer “9 direct”. But it isn’t necessary for the answer to be correct.
      All the best

  13. nico rodriguez says:

    Your blog is really heaven sent Liz. I cannot afford to enroll myself in IELTS review class in our country. Your blog is helping me a lot. I am just thinking twice in the Writing Section since I dont have anyone to check on my essay. Last time I took IELTS I only got 6.5 I am aiming for 7 in all components so that I can start my application for employment in the Uk. All the best Liz!

  14. can I write 50 thousand instead of the 50,000? would that be accepted?

  15. Arjun Thapa says:

    hi mam greetings!
    looking at your blog i feel like i am having some interactive class with many others, thank you so much for everything you share here!

  16. Hey!!!!!!5/5.ecstasy!!.thank you Liz.

  17. Hello mam ,,,
    Instead of writing jus 9 I have written 9 direct… They have asked us to write one word and or a number so is this a correct answer …??please clarify my doubt thanqqqq….

    • I don’t understand your question. You wrote “9 direct”? Can you make your question clearer?

      • I mean that in recording they say for second question nine direct bomb hits …
        So when I heard I have written it as 9direct ….so wil that b wrong???
        Thanq so much…..

        • I understand now. No, the answer can’t be ” 9 direct”. The answer is just a number.
          All the best

          • HI Liz,

            I have written ‘direct 9’. Is this correct or incorrect? i wrote it because it is mentioned that ‘write one word and/or a number’. Please shed some light on this query?

  18. Hello, Liz.

    I could not figure out the difference of “suffer sth” and “suffer from sth”. Could you give me some instruction?

    Thanks a lot.

    • “to suffer something” means to tolerate something or be constantly bearing something. For example, “We constantly suffer from his angry outbursts”. Whereas, “To suffer from something” relates to illness.
      All the best

  19. Your lessons are great and helpful… The next month, precisely at the beginning of May I will take Ielts exam.. However, I cannot improve myself.. For me the most difficult are writing and reading skills.

  20. hi Liz

  21. Anandita Rizki says:

    (1) balcony
    (2) direct
    (3) 775
    (4) six
    (5) 50,000
    Correct : 4 out of 5
    Thanks, Liz! 🙂

  22. Prajeesha Viswanathan says:

    Hello… I am a recent online student of yours. I got some study materials about the musical instruments and listening materials. but I have problems in listening to the audio. So I failed to listen to the pronunciations of the instruments and not able to do the listening tasks. Kindly reply me how can I listen to it please. thank you.

    • Hi,

      The audios are stored on a cloud so if your internet connection is not strong, you will have difficulty streaming them. Best to check again when your internet connection is strong.
      All the best

  23. Hi Liz,
    Is it correct if I write “nine direct” instead of just “nine” ?

    • Hi,

      Yes, it would be fine. It is still the correct answer and it is still grammatically possible for the sentence structure.
      All the best

      • Hi Liz

        Another way of sqame could have been 9 direct … as we are supposed to give answer in 1 word and/or 1 number…. nine direct will have 2 words…..what is the take

        • You can have one word with no number or one word with a number as your answer. When the answer is written as 9 / nine in the answer key, it is because both answers are accepted – you either write the word or write the number. Don’t forget that is an answer key.

  24. i just found this site of mam liz just last week and i found very interesting and more informative compare to the other sites that teaching about ielts as well. i am planning to take ielts exam this year. honestly, this would be my second time to take ielts. on my first took in my country i got the score which required by school here in australia but honestly, i am not happy my score. for my second take hopefully that i could get higher school than my previous score. I would like to say thanks to mam liz for this a very good site that teach us or to aiming the higher score in ielts exam. your awesome way of teaching mam. thank you so much.

    • Hi,

      I wish you good luck. However, remember that to increase your score, you should also be improving your English language. To do well in IELTS you need both IELTS skills and good English language.
      All the best

  25. Mohammed Alkhuzaie says:

    Dear Liz ,
    I did the IELTS exam in Baghdad on 31-1-2015. At the end of the test I realized a fact that preparing for the IELTS need an important skill which is : (thinking as an English mind) , and (like get ready to be a British).
    I’m waiting the result to know if I did the IELTS well or not , I hope the best.
    Thanks for your efforts.

    • I hope your results will be ok. Let me know when they arrive.

      • Mohammed Alkhuzaie says:

        Sure, I will inform you.

      • mam liz i would like to learn the rules in writing task 1 and task two. especially on the introduction. if do i need to give reasons of what i stand or believe or not. thank you mam hopefully you can help me. thank you.

        • Hi,

          Writing Task 1 introduction is very simple and formulaic (which means you can easily learn the formula). all you need to do is paraphrase the information given by IELTS and add the names of any countries or categories if possible. Here’s a link to see how to write the introduction:

          For writing task 2, there are two statements. One is the background statement which paraphrases the essay question. The other is the thesis statement which introduces the main points and gives your opinion if the instructions ask for it. Please watch this video to learn how to write the introduction:

          Also check my model task 1 and task 2 to see more examples of introductions.
          All the best

  26. kalyan kumar biswas says:

    This is simply awesome because the methods and contents are very specific and useful. Thank you very much indeed for you IELTS tip.

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