Directions: In Section A, you will hear ten short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. The conversations and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a conversation and the question about it, read the four possible answers on your paper, and decide which one is the best answer to the question you have heard.
1. W: Does the play start at 6:15?
M: Well, actually it starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:00.
Q: How long does the play last?
2. M: Mr. Richard and I will be staying for three nights.
W: All right. Both of you need to fill out these forms. And how do you wish to pay for your stay?
Q: Where does this conversation most probably take place?
3. M: What seems to be the trouble, Mrs. Stephens?
W: I’ve been very weak lately, and last night I had a bad headache.
Q: What’s the most probable relationship between the two speakers?
4. M: The hall was so warm and the movie was so boring that I almost fell asleep.
W: Me too. How about a cup of coffee?
Q: What will they probably do next?
5. W: Can’t you knock on the door before you enter my office next time?
M: Sorry! It’s just that I’m in such a hurry.
Q: How did the woman feel when she was speaking to the man?
6. W: Why are you standing outside the room instead of entering?
M: I tried all my keys in the lock, but it won’t open.
Q: What can we learn from the conversation?
7. M: Do you still work for the government?
W: No, I’m teaching English in a school. I like it very much.
Q: What is the conversation mainly about?
8. M: I’m surprised to see you in class today. I heard you were sick.
W: Me? You’ve got me mixed up with somebody else.
Q: What does the woman mean?
9. W: David was 10 minutes late for school this morning.
M: It’s nothing new for him.
Q: What does the man imply?
10. M: Did you see the film last night?
W: When I got to the box office, all the tickets were sold out.
Q: What do we learn from this conversation?
Directions: In Section B, you will hear two short passages, and you will be asked three questions on each passage. The passages will be read twice, but the questions will be spoken only once. When you hear a question, read the four possible answers on your paper and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard.
Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following passage.
Breakfast time? It’s all over in a couple of minutes ... and we eat it standing up. People do not have time to have a relaxed breakfast at home with their family. We generally spend just 3 minutes and 30 seconds on a weekday breakfast—and we’re so busy that we often eat it standing up.
In fact, only half of us eat breakfast at all. Many prefer to get up very late, while others blame getting to work early. Only a third of us now eat breakfast in the kitchen. Some eat it in the bedroom, or even the bathroom, with 22 percent getting dressed at the same time. About a fifth manage to eat only half their breakfast because they have so little time, while more than a third say they eat their first meal of the day on the bus or train.
Encouragingly, the research tells us that possibly 1.2 million of us find time to eat a hot breakfast every single morning, which suggests that British people do understand the importance of breakfast.
(Now listen again, please)
11. How long will it generally take people to have their breakfast on a weekday?
12. Which of the following is a reason why some people don’t have their breakfast?
13. What can we learn from the fact that about 1.2 million people eat a hot breakfast?
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage.
Pace refers to how fast or how slow you speak. If you speak too fast, you may be difficult to follow. If you speak too slowly, you risk losing the attention of your audience. If the audience seem to be losing attention, try picking up your pace. Usually you don’t know that you have been going too fast until someone tells you so after your speech is over. If you are told this, guard against this mistake in the future. In your next speech, write reminders on your note cards to slow down.
Ideally, the speaker varies his or her pace. Speaking fast and then slowing down helps keep the attention of the audience. Also, don’t forget the benefits of pausing. A pause before or after a dramatic moment is a highly effective technique.
(Now listen again, please)
14. What is the passage mainly about?
15. How can you avoid speaking too fast during a speech?
16. Which of the following is a way to keep the attention of the audience during a speech?
Directions: In Section C, you will hear one longer conversation. The conversation will be read twice. After you hear the conversation, you are required to fill in the numbered blanks with the information you have heard. Write your answers on your answer sheet.
Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation.
M: Hello. I’d like to go to Cambridge, please.
W: One-way or return, sir?
M: Is it cheaper to buy a return ticket or two one-way tickets?
W: A one-way ticket is 11 pounds, and a return ticket is 19 pounds.
M: All right. I’ll take a return ticket.
W: Very well, sir. Your total is 19 pounds.
M: Can I pay by credit card?
W: There is a one-pound service charge for all credit cards, I’m afraid.
M: Let me see if I have cash…ah, yes, here you are.
W: Thank you. Here is your change and your ticket. Make sure you keep the bottom part of your ticket. You’ll need it to get back.
M: Ok. Where do I get on the bus?
W: It leaves from Gate 18. After you go through security, go down the hall. You’ll see Gate 18 on your left. Make sure to get there 15 minutes before the departure time. If you’re not on the bus by 6:55, the driver might not let you on.
(Now listen again, please)
Complete the form. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.
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