IELTS Listening Practice - "Traffic Jams" with the BBC

Posted by on February 19, 2014

Traffic Jams - Listening Comprehension

The best way to increase your listening comprehension is to practice with material that can be managed. Just listening to the Radio or having a flow of English TV can help a little bit, but what learners really need is Audio that can be analyzed and broken apart, listened to multiple times and compared to the transcript to ensure accuracy.


In this Listening Comprehension Practice we have taken a 6 minute audio clip from the BBC Learn English and created a short exam to go along with it.

You should review the questions and then listen to the Audio while trying to answer the questions. If you are struggling then open the .PDF file to view the transcript of the audio file. Listen to the program 1 more time and double check your answers. Then Check your answers at the bottom.


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Traffic Jams is a situation caused by too many (1)__________, (2)__________, and buses becoming stuck in long (3)____________ on the road.


It is estimated that by 2050 there will be (4)________________________.


Gridlock means that roads in towns and cities are so (5)____________ that traffic is (6) __________ to move.


How many motor vehicles are there in Mumbai? (7)____________________.


In the recording, potent is described as a synonym of (8)_______________.


Rush Hour is a phrase that means "The (9)_________ time of (10)_________".


Traffic in London is slower now than it was (11) ______________________.


The solution is better technology to make cars (12) __________________________.


How many Kilometers was the world's longest traffic jam? (13)___________________.


How long did it last? (14)________________.


Quiz Answers


  1. Cars
  2. Lorries
  3. Queues
  4. 4 Billion Cars
  5. Blocked
  6. Unable
  7. 1.8 million
  8. Powerful
  9. Busiest
  10. Day
  11. 100 years ago
  12. Less Gas-Guzzling
  13. 100 Kilo
  14. 12 days

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