SECTION 1: LISTENING TEST (30 minutes)
Part A: Spot Dictation
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear a passage and read the same passage with blanks in it. Fill in each of the blanks with the words you have heard on the tape. Write your answer in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET. Remember you will hear. the passage ONLY ONCE.
The single markethas already had an enormous impact. Here inSpain there have been a greatnumberof _______________(1)andacquisitions where Frenchand Germancompanies have seen opportunities to enter a growing market. And as the barriers _______________(2) this has become more and more possible.
As far as specific industries have been concerned, well, _______________(3), for example, is an industry which you would think was very _______________(4), but we have
seen over the last ten years how much different _______________(5) have changed, and this is very much a function of a single market. French companies have been _______________(6) in this area. They've moved heavily into Spain and Italy and they have been largely responsible for marketing many _______________(7). We're seeing, in fact, southern eating habits moving north in Europe. _______________(8); we have yet to convince the Italians that eating British is preferable to eating Italian, but the move has been north to south _______________(9). Britain actually is one of the largest drinks producers in the world and Guinness has, for example, been very active in Spain _______________(10). So the food and drink industry has really opened out. With regard to _______________(11), we see a great deal more regulation of these companies because they're obviously _______________(12). With electricity, you've got power plants giving off sulphur and all sorts of unpleasant things. _______________(13) everybody's ditching everything they don t want into the rivers, so there's more regulation now from Brussels. And there were also _______________(14) when the European markets opened up.
Banking is an area where there has been a tremendous amount of activity with mergers between French and Spanish banks, _______________(15). Or if not full mergers, at least joint ventures. And there will be more of this to come. This was something _______________(16) some years ago: governments felt that the banking system was strategic to own economic development and there had always been a very _______________(17). This has now changed. added to this there are controls on banks that have _______________(18), and indeed beyond Europe, in terms of their control of risk and exposure to poor credit quality. This is being applied worldwide and it is just a measure of how _______________(19) of industry is taking place. And there will certainly be _______________(20).
Part B: LISTENING Comprehension
Directions: In this part of the test there will be some short talks and conversations. After each one, you will be asked some questions. The talks, conversations and questions will be spoken only once. Now listen carefully and choose the right answer to each question you have heard and write the letter of the answer you have chosen in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET.
Questions 1 to 5 are based on the following conversation.
1. (A) For two years. (B) For one year.
(C) For three or four months. (D) For five or six weeks.
2. (A) To cook breakfasts. (B) to comb her daughter's hair.
(C) To water the garden. (D) To do sewing.
3. (A) There's too much work to do. (B) She doesn't get paid enough.
(C) She hasn't got a desk or a telephone. (D) Her office is too small.
4. (A) In three months time. (B) In November.
(C) Next month. (D) Two weeks from now.
5. (A) She is a female Welsh MP.
(B) She's the first black woman to get into Parliament.
(C) She's not been nominated by any political party.
(D) She's not a member of either the Labour Party or the Conservative Party.
Questions 6 to 10 are based on the following news.
6. (A) 1.3 billon dollars. (B) 500 million dollars.
(C) 20 million dollars. (D) 10 million dollars.
7. (A) That the boy not be granted an asylum hearing.
(B) That the boy's Miami relatives have the right to keep the boy.
(C) That the boy be prevented from leaving the country.
(D) That only a parent can act for the boy.
8. (A) Because the government has introduced new invement policies.
(B) Because the inflation rate hit an all-time low in Jana.
(C) Because high-tech industries have drawn a lot of investment from other countries.
(D) Because foreign companies bought shares of Japanese firms.
9. (A) To discuss Israel's new peace proposals.
(B) To decide on a secret location for a new round of peace talks.
(C) To work out a framework peace deal.
(D) To negotiate the date for Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon.
10.(A) A major breakthrough has been made in the talks between the opposing sides.
(B) More than 30 foreign hostages are still held by the rebels.
(C) A new government will be formed within the next 24 to 36 hours.
(D) Foreign intervention is very much needed to stable the domestic situation.
Questions 11 to 15 are based on the following interview.
11. (A) The experience of working in different countries.
(B) Differences between Britain and Germany.
(C) The employment situation in Europe.
(D) Different social customs in continental Europe.
12. (A) Most German company executives speak better English than their british counterparts.
(B) Company executives are more formal at work in Britain than in Germany.
(C) British company employees have very poor language skills.
(D) Company executives behave more or less the same in different countries.
13. (A) Holding a lot of meetings before making decisions.
(B) Little use of first names with colleagues.
(C) Greeting each other whenever they meet.
(D) The withering away of the custom of handshaking.
14. (A) It is more usual to socialize with colleagues out of work in Germany.
(B) Business operations are market-led in Britain.
(C) Long-term plans are more important.
(D) People are more formal in doing business than they used to.
15. (A) Life long service for one comapny is rarely seen nowadays.
(B) Young people move from company to company more often than older people.
(C) People stay longer with the same company in Germany than in Britain.
(D) The length of service with a comapny is more determined by the salary than before.
Questions 16 to 20 are based on the following talk.
16. (A) He studied as an undergraduate at Oxford.
(B) He had done a few different jobs before the present one.
(C) He hadjust given up a job of a similar kind.
(D) He studied history and got a degree.
17. (A) English speaking people who have interesting things to say.
(B) People from different backgrounds, irrespective of the language they speak.
(C) People doing important jobs.
(D) Very famous people working in entertainment.
18. (A) Christianity. (B) Religion in general.
(C) An introduction to the Middle Ages. (D) A look back on the past century.
19. (A) Less than thirty. (B) Around forty.
(C) In his early fifties. (D) Nearly sixty.
20. (A) he doesn t find it so exciting as the previous one.
(B) It is interesting but the pay is not so good.
(C) He loves it very much.
(D) He feels that he might not be fit for it.