8.M: I think you’d better find another partner. I don’t think I’m improving.

W: Look, Paul. Nobody expects you to be a superstar. It is too early to quit.

Q: What does the woman mean?

9. W: Wow, I do like the campus, all the big trees, the green lawns, and the old buildings. It’s really beautiful.

M: It sure is. The architecture of these buildings is in the Greek style.

Q: What are the speakers talking about?

10. W: I’m so sorry, sir. I’llpay to have yoursuitcleaned.

M: Never mind. It could happen to anyone. And I’m sure that coffee doesn’t leave lasting marks on clothing.

Q: What can we infer from the conversation? 

Section B

Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following passage.

At 7.10 a.m. I arrived at Waterloo station by taxi. It took me just 30 minutes from home. I bought the papers and walked to the platform. After having a cup of coffee, I got on and found my seat.

I looked out of the window. Although we were moving at 340 kilometres an hour, the journey was smooth and relatively quiet. Soon we left London behind. The part where we travelled under the English Channel took just 22 minutes. Soon I was looking at the fields and farmhouses in the South of France. The sun was shining. I closed my eyes and went to sleep.

I arrived on time! I picked up my suitcase and followed the Exit signs. It was great not to have to wait ages for my luggage or to worry about getting a bus or taxi to the city centre. It was 2.20 in the afternoon and I was just in time for a late lunch! My ticket cost £65.80, and I gave the journey 8/10 for comfort and 9/10 for convenience. Now listen again


11.What is the destination of this trip?

12.What did the speaker do on the train?

What did the speaker think of the journey?

Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage.

The faces of elderly, happily-married people sometimes resemble each other. Dr. Aiken studied a number of couples who had been married for at least 25 years. Each couple provided four photographs——one photo of each partner at the time of the marriage and another photo of each partner twenty five or more years later. All background was cut from the photos to remove any clues. The photos were put together and displayed in two groups: one at the time of their marriage and the other which were taken years later. Some judges were asked to pick out the partners. They failed totally with the first group. But with the photos taken twenty-five or more years after the marriage, the judges were quite successful at deciding who was married to whom.

Dr. Aiken believes there are several reasons why couples grow alike. One reason has something to do with imitation. One person tends to copy or do the same as someone else without knowing it. Another possible reason is the common experience of the couples. There is a tendency for people who have the same life experience to change their faces in similar ways. Now listen again


14. What were the judges asked to do according to the passage?

15. What conclusion can we draw from passage?

16. What is the main purpose of the passage?

Section C

Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation.

W: Good morning, I’m calling about the job that was in the paper last night.

M: Well, could you tell me your name?

W: Angela Foreset.

M: Could you tell me a little about yourself?

W: Yes. I’m 28. I’ve been working abroad.

M: Where exactly have you been working?

W: In Geneva.

M: Oh, Geneva. And what were you doing there?

W: Secretarial work.

M: I see, and how do you see yourself developing in this job?

W: Well, I’m ambitious. I do hope that my career as a secretary will lead me eventually into management.

M: I see. You have foreign languages?

W: French andItalian.

M: Well, I think the best thing for you to do now is to write an application letter to us first and then we can arrange for aninterview.

W: OK. Thank you.

Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation.

M: I am so relieved I just finished the story I was working on.
W: I haven't quite finished mine yet. I had trouble getting pass the beginning.
M: How come?
W: Well, I was really happy to be writing a detective story. But after the first few pages, I just couldn't write any more.
M: The same thing happened to me.
W: Well, Prof Wilson said it's pretty common for writers to get stuck like that.
M: You went to talk to her about it?
W: Actually, I went to ask for more time to finish the assignment. But instead she gave me some advice. She said that the first thing I should do is just write anything that comes into my head even if it doesn't make any sense.
M: That is interesting. When I got stuck, I shift to something else, you know, do some work for my other courses.
W: Well, her methods seem have worked for me. I've written most of the story, and I should be able to hand it in on time. But first I need go to the jewelry store.
M: You are going shopping? Can't you wait until you finish your story?
W: I am going there for my story. My detective solves a jewelry store robbery. So I want to take a look at how the jewelry cases are arranged, where the security cameras are located, that sort of thing.