Answers for My University Listening Practice

Below are answers with tips for the practice listening lesson about My University. If you have not done this lesson, please click here: My University Listening,before looking at the answers.


  1. 19
    1. Some of you have difficult hearing the difference between 19 and 90. Try this lesson to improve your listening with these types of numbers: Numbers listening video
  2. 1879
    1. The listening recording says “Thomas Holloway founded the college in 1879.” The question was “The college was established in…” The word “established” is a synonym for “founded”.
    2. The preposition “in” in the question means you should listen for a date or a place. As you listen for the synonym keyword, you find it is a date.
  3. 8,000
    1. You do not need to use a comma in the number, but it helps the person marking if you do.
    2. The recording actually says “Today, Royal Holloway is a thriving co-educational community of some 8,000 students…”. The word “some” means “about”. You do not need to write it in your answer.
    1. The question is clearly asking for you to write an adjective “… feels like a peaceful, …… place …”.
    2. The audio says “…. like the campus is enjoying a peaceful, secluded existence right in the heart of the British countryside.”
    3. It is always best to write your answers using capital letters.
    4. The spelling must be correct or the answer will be marked wrong.
  5. 19 MILES
    1. The question asks for a distance “is located … from X”.
    2. The audio says “it is only 19 miles from the centre of London”.
    3. Always check if the question gives the word “miles”. If the word is given in the question, you do not repeat it in the answer.
    4. In this case, if you wrote only 19 without the word “miles”, your answer would be marked wrong.
    1. If you wrote “and” in your answer, it would be marked wrong. The word “and” was written in the question and you do not need to repeat it. This only applies when you are completing sentences as a task because the sentence must be grammatically correct once you have completed it.
    2. You must have “s” with the word “sciences”. If you didn’t write the “s”,  your answer would be marked wrong.
    3. You do not need to write a comma between the words. If you want to write a comma, you can. But it isn’t necessary. Punctuation is not needed in your answers for listening.
    4. Many people struggled with this question because they understand “social sciences”. Examples of social sciences are: anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics, Law etc. Take a look online if you are unsure. This term usually applies to university subjects rather than school subjects.

I hope you enjoyed this listening lesson. I now recommend you go back to the original listening lesson and listen again to the video.

Did you like my university? I, personally, think it is a beautiful building. I actually lived for one year in the main castle building 🙂

All the best



  1. Modupeola Oyeniya says

    Thanks Liz, l have( 6 over 6). In answer for my University listening practice.

  2. Thanks Liz,
    This was quite a helpful exercise.

  3. Matthew says

    Nice lady like you are rare. Thanks for the good job

  4. Aya Jaber says

    Dear teacher,
    I have a question relevant to model answers which is provided by Camberige. For example, when the answer is written in the model answer ” brain(s)”, is this mean that the examiner will consider the answer correct though I wrote it with (s) or without (s).

  5. 19
    History, social science

  6. Vaibhav Vora says

    There is no other online platform which teaches the way you do. I am thankful to you for starting this. The practice lessons that you have provided has benefitted me in understanding every type of question that might be asked in the exam. It is always said that you need the right mentor to get your success. And there could be no better than you for IELTS.

  7. are you alive? like really?

  8. Thank you so much for your helpful lessons.

  9. Hi liz,
    your website is quite helpful for understanding ielts rules and preparing for it.i listened to your video and found difficulty while listening to the words” secluded and history” ,though these words are not new or unfamiliar to me.I am confused now, how could i prepare for that much wide range of accents ?

  10. Amrutha S G says

    Hi Liz,
    Greetings! I am from India and I have a query about exam details that I have mentioned while booking IELTS. I had mentioned education level as Secondary(16 to 19 years)which i am unable to edit it but my qualification is BE and I haven’t paid for exams yet.Will this be problem in future for applying immigration purposes?

    Please let me know soon

    Thanks & Regards,
    Amrutha S G

  11. Thanks alot Liz.
    You really help me develop in IELTS Skills.

  12. Ariunaa Ravdan says

    Accidentally ran across the site and practiced the listening. it worked excellent!
    Thank you!

  13. Titilope Agboola says

    Thank you Liz.I enjoyed knowing Royal Holloway.

  14. Dear Liz, in speaking answer sheet can I use all capital letters?

  15. Azfer Shabbir says

    beautiful place. i wish i was there

  16. Ezeani ogechukwu Vivian says

    Hello Liz,
    The audio is really helpful and it improves my listening abilities.
    Keep us enlightened.

  17. Hi Liz thanks ,I got all of them right

  18. Hi Liz, I’m really a big fan of your website.
    Thanks for the listening test.
    I got all them right, only ‘SECLUDED’ was new to me
    by the way if you write the word but have spelling errors in real exam, do you get any score ?
    for example write ‘SOCLUDED’
    Keep up the good work 😉

    • No. Your spelling must be correct or it is marked wrong. This is an English language test – spelling counts.

  19. I wish t you and all women in the world beautiful day with hapiness and succesful.

  20. I got 4. Secluded is a new word for me. I added into my vocabulary book.

  21. Nova Eininta says

    Dear Liz
    I got problem at number 1. I tought it said ninety followed by the syllables “in” infront of the word institution.
    Another problem, I think it is 8.000 or 8.000s (thousands)

    Thank you for helping me

  22. Pierre Teo says

    I got all, yay!! Thanks so much, it was a fun activity 🙂

  23. Nidhi kapoor says

    Really enjoyed this session and university is really awesome 👍

  24. Thanks liz

  25. paola rosati says

    Secluded is a new term. I added it to my vocabulary.
    Thanks, Paola

  26. Edward Achaka says

    Thank very much Liz.You video was wonderful and a good start for IELTS students.

  27. Yeah it is great

  28. Geetha Rani Gnananand says

    Hi Liz,

    Your lessons are an absolute handbook for IELTS students. I would like to clarify that in listening, could the answer for an email address written in capital letters, even the audio says all in lower case? I used to write in upper case for writing answers.

    Thank you in advance.

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