I. Listening Comprehension.
Part A Short Conversations
Directions: In part 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 conversation 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. A. Fried chicken. B. Hamburgers. C. A pizza. D. Seafood.
2. A. A new job. B. A party. C. A new house. D. Some drinks.
3. A. She doesn't like reading. B. She's already read the book.
C. She is too busy to read the book. D. She's almost finished the book.
4. A. Frightening. B. Interesting. C. Enjoyable. D. Dull.
5. A. It is time that he won the scholarship. B. No one believes that he won the scholarship. C. He's surprised that he got the scholarship. D. He's glad to award the woman the scholarship.
6. A. The 4:40 bus. B. The 5:00 bus. C. The 5:20 bus. D. The 5:40 bus.
7. A. An airhostess. B. A cook. C. A waitress. D. A hotel manager.
8. A. At a police station. B. At a bank.
C. At an employment agency. D. At a post office.
9. A. Someone helped him with the work.
B. Someone has done the work for him.
C. He didn't quite finish the work. D. He did the work alone.
10. A. He doesn't love jazz. B. He hasn't heard any music for a long time.
C. He'd prefer silence for a while. D. He'd like to listen to some jazz.
Part B Passages
Directions: In Part B, you will hear two short passages, and you will be asked three questions on each of the passages. 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.
11. A. 3 years. B. 4 years. C. 15 years. D.18 years.
12. A. A lawyer. B. A professor. C. An artist. D. An interpreter.
13. A. They've overcome their language problems.
B. They overtook others in learning Russian.
C. They still have problems speaking English.
D. They worked in a restaurant to practise English.
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following report.
14. A. The Spanish flu. B. The Asian flu. C. The Hong Kong flu. D. Bird flu.
15. A. In 1968. B. In the 21st century. C. In 1957. D. Over a century ago.
16. A. Bird flu viruses. B. Several kinds of flu.
C. Causes of flu. D. Some most common viruses.
Part C Longer Conversations
Directions: In Part C, you will hear two longer conversations. The conversations will .be read twice. After you hear each 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
KITCHEN ORDER FORM
Standard items Quantity Notes
Cabbages Four __17__ White
__18__ 35 kilos __19__
Bananas __20__ kilos Imported
Peaches Not too good
Complete the form. Write ONE WORD for each answer
Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation
What did the man say about the chair? It is the most reasonable and __21__.
What was the woman worried about? The __22__ of the chair.
What did another customer do with these chairs? He called to __23__.
How popular was the chair mentioned? They have been selling like __24__.
1-5 DBCDC 6 -10 CABAD 11 -15 BCAAD 16 B 17. boxes
18. Potatoes / potatoes 19. ordinary 20. 15 21. comfortable
22. colour / color 23. order another (one) 24. hot cakes
Part A Short Conversations
1. -Were you here on March 5th?
-Mm, not really. In fact I arrived three days later.
Q: When did the woman arrive?
2. -Is this the Eastern Airline check-in?
-Yes. Can I see your ticket, please?
Q: Where does the conversation probably take place?
3. -What did you do on the beach?
-You know, made sand castles that sort of things, and hunted for shells.
Q: What are the two speakers probably talking about?
4. -Paul, are you taking the bus or the underground to your office?
-My doctor suggests I walk, not even cycle.
Q: How will the man go to his office?
5. -Would you like to go to the movies with me this evening？
-I’d love to. But I’m just getting over the flue.
Q: What will the woman probably do this evening？
6. -Yes, madam. What seems to be the problem?
-I’d like to report a robbery. It’s my car. It’s been stolen.
Q: What’s probably the man’s occupation?
7. -Would you like to go to the ballet next Friday? I’ve got two tickets.
-Oh, that sounds like fun.
Q: How does the woman feel?
8. -What about going for a bike-ride? It stopped raining half an hour ago.
-But the road might still be wet.
Q: What does the woman mean?
9. -How many more cups should we get for the picnic?
-Don’t we have enough by now?
Q: What does the man imply?
10. -Have you completed your assignment?
-My computer isn’t affected with a virus.
Q: What does the man imply?
Part B Passages
5 years ago, I had to make a big decision. At that time, I was working for a small engineering company. However, thing were not going very well for the company and it was losing money. One day, the boss told us that the company was out of business. We were all unemployed. That lunch time we went to the pub as usual. We were all very depressed. While of course, we talked about the problem. Then the landlord of the pub heard the news. He said, “Why don’t you buy the company.” At first we all laughed and then we started to discuss it properly. We knew the problems. The company had lost a lot of customers because it hadn’t developed new products, but finally we decided to go for it. So we bought the company. The first few years were very difficult. But we worked hard and we had a bit of luck. We began to improve 3 years ago. Since then we have done pretty well. Last years we took on 4 new people. And so far this year we have taken on another ten.
11. Who bought the company that was out of business?
12. When did the company start to employ new people?
13. What did the story mainly tell us?
Now it’s 8:00, time for the educational report. GCSE is the British exam taken by the students in England and Wales around the age of 16. Recently researchers at university have confirmed the doubt of many parents and employers that some GCSEs are easier than others, despite official claims that each subject is equally difficult. The researchers found that sciences and modern languages were the hardest GCSEs to do well in. Chemistry ranked the hardest of the major subjects followed by physics and French. They also found that regardless of the ability students were more likely to gain good grades in easier subjects than in chemistry or French. Drama was the easiest GCSE to do well in, followed by physics education, media studies, English, English literature and religions studies. The number of test takers in physical education and religious studies rose faster than in any other subjects last year. More than 144,000 pupils set GCSEs in physical education last summer, an increase of 7.5 percent, and 147,500 took the religious studies exam, arise of 4.6%. However, it was the problem for the country if pupils avoided hard subjects. Fewer peoples would go on to study languages or sciences at A level and university. Even though they were important to Britain’s future development.
14 What is the most difficult subject according to the research?
15 How many pupils took the test of physical education last year?
16 What does the report mainly tell us about the GCSEs.
Part C Dialogues
W: Hello, Yellow Cab Service, can I help you?
M: Yes, I’d like to book a taxi.
W: May I know your name, Sir?
M: Yes, it’s John Smith.
W: John Smith. When would you like your taxi?
M: Tuesday, June 8th, I’m leaving very early in the morning.
W: Where to, sir?
M: To the airport.
W: When shall we meet you then?
M: 99 Chemis street, near Collington Restaurant.
W: What time world you like us to meet you?
W: 5:30, June 8th, OK. Could you leave your telephone number?
M: Yes, it’s 54229738.
W: OK. I’ve got it. Thank you for calling us.
Compete the form; write one word for each answer.
-Hello, front desk.
-This is Mitaly Tridow in Room 504.
-Well, yes. How can I help you, Miss Tridow?
-I want to take a shower, but there is no hot water.
-I can’t understand that. Have you turned the handle all the way to the right?
-I’ve been trying to get hot water for 10 minutes. It’s freezing cold.
-Well, a lot of people take showers before breakfast. Maybe if you wait a while, it’ll heat up again.
-Wait? I have three appointments this morning, and I also have to wash and dry my hair.
-Your shower has absolutely no hot water?
-I will send someone up right way.
-Who will that be?
-The engineer. He is responsible for maintaining all the buildings. He will be there within 2 minutes.
-OK. But don’t send anyone for 5 minutes. I need to get dressed.
Compete the form; write no more than 3 words for each answer.