Ⅰ. Listening Comprehension
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: What would you like to have, sir?
M: Well, I’d like to have a cup of coffee and some pancakes.
Q: Where does the conversation take place? (C)
2. M: I’d like to make a long distance call to London. How much is it?
W: That’s 5 dollars for the first three minutes, and 50 cents for each additional minute.
Q: How much will it be if he calls for 5 minutes? (A)
3. M: What are you doing now?
W: I am working part-time at McDonald’s to pay for my tuition next term.
Q: What is the woman? (B)
4. M: Have you received my E-mail?
W: I am engaged in finishing the report and I haven’t had time to check.
Q: What does the woman mean? (B)
5. M: I have no idea whether they will come to the lecture or not.
W: There is no need to worry about it. We have enough seats for them.
Q: What does the woman mean? (D)
6. W: I heard you got full marks in the maths exam. Congratulations!
M: Thanks! I’m sure you also did a good job.
Q: What’s the probable relationship between the two speakers? (C)
7. M: I was terribly embarrassed when some of the audience got up and left in the middle of the performance.
W: Well, some people just can’t seem to appreciate real-life drama.
Q: What are they talking about? (C)
8. M: I think you’d better find another partner. I love table tennis, but I don’t think I’m improving.
W: Look, Paul, it’s still too early to quit. Nobody expects you to be a superstar. Just keep going and you’ll get the hang of it.
Q: What does the woman mean? (D)
9. W: Why didn’t you make an appointment to see the doctor last week when you first twisted your ankle?
M: The injury didn’t seem serious then. I decided to go today because my foot still hurt when I put my weight on it.
Q: Why didn’t the man see the doctor earlier? (B)
10.M: I spent so much time polishing my letter of application.
W: It’s worthwhile to make the effort. You know just how important it is to give a good impression.
Q: What do we know about the man? (A)
Directions: In Section 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 and 13 are based on the following passage.
Mr. Jackson had to travel somewhere on business and as he was in a hurry, he decided to go by air. He liked to sit beside a window when he was flying. So, when he got into the plane, he looked for a window seat. He found all of them had already been taken except one. There was a soldier sitting in the seat beside this one and Mr. Jackson was happy that he had not taken the one by the window; but, anyhow, he at once went towards it.
When he reached it, however, he saw there was a notice on it. It was written in ink and said” This seat is reserved for proper load balance. Thank you.” Mr. Jackson had never seen such notice in a plane before, but he thought that the plane must be carrying something heavy in its baggage room which made it necessary to have the passengers properly balanced, so he walked on and found another empty seat, not beside a window, to sit in.
Then, when the plane was quite full, a very beautiful girl stepped into the plane. The soldier quickly took the notice off the seat beside him and in this way succeeded in having the girl beside him during the whole trip.
11. What was Mr. Jackson happy to find when he got on the plane? (C)
12. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage? (B)
13. What did Mr. Jackson find out in the end? (A)
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following news.
There are many ways to find a job. It can be as easy as walking into a neighborhood store to look at its announcement board. Local stores often have areas where
people can put small signs telling what kind of service they need or can provide. Such services include caring for children or cleaning houses.
Or, job searchers can look in the newspaper. Local newspapers have employment announcements placed by companies seeking workers.
Another popular tool for finding jobs is the Internet. For example, people in four hundred and fifty cities around the world can use the Craigslist Web site to buy objects, meet people or find a job. Craigslist says that it receives two million new job listings each month.
Another useful way to find a job is through a college or university. For example, students at the University of Texas in Austin can go to the Career Exploration Center to get help in finding a job. Of course, looking for a job requires knowing what kind of work you want to do. For example, there is a book called “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles. This book has been helping people choose a career since it was first published in nineteen seventy.
Some experts also help people find jobs. Susan W. Miller owns a company called California Career Services in Los Angeles. She says her company helps people find jobs by first helping them understand their strengths, goals and interests. Then she provides them with methods and resources to help them find the right job.
14. What can you do by logging on the Craigslist Web site? (B)
15. What can be learned from the passage? (C)
16. How many ways of finding a job are mentioned in the passage? (C)
Directions: In Section 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.
M: Hi, Jessica, I didn’t see you on Susan’s birthday party last Thursday. What were you doing?
W: I am sorry. The college entrance exam is around the corner. I am very busy these days.
M: Oh, so you are. What are you going to study in the university?
W: I am going to study medicine. I want to be a doctor.
M: Don’t you think a doctor’s work is really hard?
W: I know a doctor has to work hard, but I feel it a pleasure to save other people’s life.
M: I’m sure you’ll be a good doctor since you have a kind heart.
W: But a kind heart is not enough.
M: I know a doctor must have good knowledge and skills.
W: So I must study very hard so that I can be a good doctor in the future.
M: I’m sure you will.
Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation.
M: Please be seated, Mrs. Cooper. I received your resume last week, and it is very impressive.
W: Thank you!
M: Could you tell us why you applied to our company?
W: The reason is that your company enjoys a good reputation in the field.
M: That’s good to hear. Would you mind telling me your present job?
W: I’m currently working as a sales manager in a company.
M: Why do you think you are the right candidate for this position?
W: I have a lot of experience in the field, I deal with the different people and situations on the daily basis, and I enjoy working with people.
M: Well, you might just be the person we’ve been looking for. Do you have any questions?
W: What kind of benefits package do you offer?
M: Two weeks of paid vacation in your first year employment. You are also entitled to medical and dental insurance, but this is something you should discuss with our Personnel Department. Do you have any other questions?
W: No, not at the moment.
M: Well, I have to discuss your application with my colleagues and we’ll get back to you early next week.
W: Ok, thank. It’s been nice meeting you!
M: Nice meeting you too! And thanks for coming in today.