I. Listening Comprehension
1. W: Today is Saturday. I will return the book next Tuesday.
M: Take your time. You can return it next Friday.
Q: According to the man, when will the woman return the book?
2. M: I’ll be with you as soon as I give this lady her change.
W: That’s OK. I’ll have a look at your new books on the shelves.
Q: Where does this conversation most probably take place?
3. M: Sure, Anna, come on in. What can I do for you?
W: This is a little difficult, so I guess I’ll just speak directly. I’ve been offered another
job, and I think I’m going to accept it.
Q: What’s the probable relationship between the two speakers?
4. W: Tim missed the deadline for the assignment again.
M: He’s got to adjust his study habits in order to survive the university.
Q: What are they talking about?
5. M: Sorry, Miss Scar is not here, Miss Baker. Would you like to leave a message?
W: OK, please tell her to be ready at four tomorrow. I’ll come over to the hotel right
after the class. The train leaves at a quarter to five.
Q: Where will Miss Baker probably take Miss Scar tomorrow?
6. W: Which course do you like best?
M: I like all the subjects of the Arts because to be a reporter to cover all kinds of culture
in the world is my dream.
Q: What does the man want to be in the future?
7. M: I think I’m going to give up basketball. I lost the game.
W: Just because you lost? Is this the reason you give up?
Q: What does the woman suggest the man do?
8. M: Well, it has just as many bedrooms as the last apartment, dear. And the living room is
W: Yes, but the bedrooms are too small. And there isn’t enough closet place for my
Q: What can we infer from the conversation?
9. M: Shall we go out for Japanese food or Chinese food tonight?
W: I don’t care. It’s up to you.
Q: What does the woman mean?
10. M: It’s getting dark. Do you want me to walk you to your car?
W: No, thanks. It’s not far.
Q: What does the woman mean?
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 through 13 are based on the following passage.
Good evening. You are listening to Pop World of BCD International. I’m Susan. Well, first, I would like to say a few words to my dear listeners who are not very familiar with this program.Since many people want to listen to and understand pop songs, radio producers at BCD International have made hundreds of programs over the years. We not only have access to the stars of the music world, but we also have a vast library of “golden oldie” classics, as well as
the “latest releases”.
For those of you who like a bit of background with your favorite music — there’s The History of Pop or the Road to Music. If you want to hear from the artists themselves, there’s a new series called About the Big Hits. This is based on interviews with popular singers and songwriters. If you want to understand the words to the big music hits, Pop Words is the program for you. After all, it’s hard enough for native English speakers to understand most pop songs — so, if English isn’t your first language, you shouldn’t be surprised if the words to many songs leave you in dark.
11. What did the speaker do at the first of the programme?
12. If listeners want to hear from the artists themselves, what should they listen to?
13. What is the programme the Road to Music intended for?
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage.
There are three groups of English learners: beginners, intermediate learners, and learners of specialist English. Beginners need to learn the basics of English. Students who have reached an intermediate level benefit from learning general English skills. But what about students who want to learn specialist English for their work of professional life? Most students, who fit into this third group have a clear idea about what they want to learn. A bank clerk, for example, wants to use this specialist vocabulary and technical terms of finance. But for teachers, deciding how to teach specialist English is not always so easy.
For a start, the variety is enormous. Every field from airline pilots to secretaries has its own vocabulary and technical terms. Teachers also need to have an up-to-date knowledge of that specialist language, and not many teachers are exposed to working environments outside the classroom.
These issues have influenced the way specialist English is taught in schools. This type of course is usually known as English for Specific Purposes or ESP and there are ESP courses for almost every area of professional and working life. In Britain, for example, there are courses which teach English for doctors, lawyers, reporters, travel agents and people working in the hotel industry. By far, the most popular ESP courses are for business English.
14. What is the characteristic of learners of specialist English?
15. Who are the most popular ESP courses for in Britain?
16. What is the speaker mainly talking about?
Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation.
W: David, can I give you a hand with one of those grocery bags?
M: Sure, Nancy. Could you take this one please? I didn’t realize how heavy these bags
W: Why did you buy so much stuff when you have to walk home from store?
M: Well, I didn’t intend to buy a lot, but I’m having some people over, and I guess I need
more than I expected.
W: What’s the occasion?
M: The people I live with, the Kramers, have been on vacation for a month, and I thought
I’d surprise them. I’m inviting some of their friends and families for a welcome home dinner.
W: That’s really thoughtful of you.
M: I figure it’s the least I can do for them. They’ve been letting me stay with the rent free
while I am in school.
W: Really? That’s pretty generous of them.
M: Well, they understand how difficult it is to make ends meet when you are a student.
They’ve been such a big help to me. I thought that this might be a small way to thank
them for their generosity.
Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation.
M: I really have no idea what to do during this summer holiday. I can’t bear to just sit
around, and there seem to be no jobs available.
W: Why don’t you try house-sitting? Last summer my friend Tom house-sat for the
Alexander when they went away on vacation. Mr. Alexander hired Tom stay in their
house because he didn’t want it left empty.
M: You mean the Alexanders paid Tom just to live in their house?
W: It certainly wasn’t that easy. He had to mow the lawn and water the houseplants. And
when Boris house-sat for Mr. Alexander, he had to feed the pets.
M: I heard about baby-sitting, and house-sitting sounds just like it — except you’re taking
care of a house instead of children. It may be a suitable job for me.
W: Yeah, and I know the student employment office still has a few jobs posted.
M: Really? Do I just have to fill out an application form?
W: Yes, and as far as I know, Tom and Boris had to have an interview and provide three
M: That seems like a lot of trouble for a summer job.