2nd Videographic – for IELTS practice

This is my 2nd videographic activity I have prepared and I hope you will find it as helpful as the first one.


 Meeting of the minds : how sexual equality increases income inequality

Listen to the video and insert the phrases in the correct gap

huge increase  much worse    quarter less    emergence of  swelled   similarly

credentialed   with a             dramatically increasing     about twice   at the same

     economic disparity    most     diploma        a quarter of    with a degree 


In 1960, ———- (1) American men  ——– (2) high school ——– (3) or less married women ——— (4)  education level. Biologists call this ‘assortative mating’ , like ‘Marries like’. Then, only ——– (5)  men ———– (6) married women with one, in part because they weren’t as cpmmon.

It was even fewer if they held a graduate degree. But half a century later with more educated women in the workforce, the situation’s vastly different.

Now, men with a degree are ——- (7)  as likely as they were to marry women with one. With a graduate degree, 40%  of men marry similar women, a ——— (8)  from 13 percent in 1960.

This marks the ———- (9)  power couples. Those with less schooling are less likely to marry their female equivalents, probably because women have better graduation rates. The good news is that women are better-educated and marrying —————- (10)  men, who in the past might have married their secretaries. But the bad news is that power couples earn much more, ——————– (11) income inequality. In 1960, a couple without high school diplomas owned a ————  (12)  than the mean household income. The situation is now ———- (13).

Power couples took home 76% percent more than the average household but it’s ——– (14)  to 120 percent more now.  So a byproduct of women’s equality is greater —————- (15)  and that advantage may be passed down as a birthright to their kids.

answer key



  1. Write your answers on the test and copy them later. At the end of the listening test, you are given 10 whole minutes to copy all your answers to the Answer Sheet. DO NOT waste any time in copying during the actual test. This might actually distract you and you could lose valuable marks.
  2. Follow instructions very carefully. A common mistake is that the candidates do not always read the instructions. If the instructions state, “Write no more than three words” and you write more, then you will receive no marks for your answer. Also, be very careful because in some tasks you are asked to circle two answers, sometimes three, and so on. Read the instructions carefully every time. They may differ from the previous ones.
  3. Misspelled words receive no marks. Listen carefully to the audio recording. If you write the singular of a word instead of its plural form, your answer will be considered wrong (for example, if you write ‘studio’ instead of ‘studios’).
  4. Familiarise yourself with spelling names, addresses and, city names! Spelling errors are the number one mistake in the Listening Section! Ask your teacher, for example, to provide tasks which involve British city names so you can be prepared beforehand. In the listening section, these names are not repeated twice.
  5. Incomplete answer. For example, if you hear an address and, instead of writing it all down, you choose to write down only the street number and not its name, or vice versa.
  6. Double-check your answer. Does it make sense in the context? Check, for example, if you answered with an adjective but, in fact, a noun is required.
  7. Familiarise yourself with charts, diagrams, graphs, etc . For example,the most important problem with diagram labeling might be to realise where the description begins (it might , for example, describe a open space like a zoo so the diagram is not in a linear but in a circular flow ). So pay attention especially to the first minutes of the listening section.
  8. In the multiple choice questions, do not just choose an answer because the words are the same! Make sure you choose the correct meaning!
  9. Focus on what is repeated!Quite often, if something is repeated, it means this is the correct answer.
  10. Do not leave anything unanswered. Sometimes, if you are not sure of your answer, you might leave the question behind. Even so, you should still write it down. It’s better to take a risk if you are unsure than leave an answer blank.

Good luck !