Listening  Comprehension

Section A

1.W: It’s nice of you to come here to pick me up, Mr. Smith.

M: Don’t mention it. How was the flight?

Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?

2.W: I wonder if there is a service charge for our meal.

M: I think so. The menu said the service charge is 10%.

Q: How much is the service charge if the food costs 50 dollars?

3.M: Here is your room key and the checkout time is 12 noon.

W: Thanks for reminding me.

Q: What is the most probable relationship between the two speakers?

4.W: Sorry, sir. We are working on your order right now and we’ll be delivering it soon.

M: Soon? How soon is soon?

Q: How does the man feel?

5.M: Hi, Jane. It’s been ages. You haven’t changed a bit!

W: Except for the hair!

Q: What does the woman mean?

6.W: OK, Mathew. Time for bed.

M: But mom, the talent show is starting in 5 minutes.

Q: What does the man mean?

7.M: Hi, Jenny. How are you getting on with your packing?

W: I’m still deciding what to take with me.

Q: What can we learn about Jenny?

8.M: Everybody is here except John. Shall we start the meeting?

W: If we wait for John. We might be here all night.

Q: What does the woman mean?

9.M: I’m glad you are finally moving.

W: I can’t tell you how happy I am. I won’t have to listen to my neighbor’s TV.

Q: What can we learn about the woman?

10.M: Oh, we left our road map at home.

W: Well, since we haven’t gone very far. We might as well just turn around.

Q: What will the speakers probably do?

Section B

Blank 11-13 are based on the following Passage.

The Common Wealth is a group of 54 countries. The member states all use English as a common working language and have similar legal and education systems, but represent nearly every religion, race and political system on the planet. The Common Wealth is active in a huge number of areas such as health and economics. The heads of government meeting is held every two years where the leaders of the member states get together to discuss current issues. Common Wealth Day is held in the second week of March every year when Common Wealth’s citizens, particularly children, have a chance to celebrate their friendship. The Common Wealth also holds sporting and arts events. There is an annual writer’s price and a yearly arts and crafts competition. Perhaps the most well-known event sponsored by organization is the Common Wealth games, which is held every four years in one of the member countries. The games have gained another name, the friendly games because of their reputation for good-natured competitiveness.


1.What do the member states of the Common Wealth have in common?

2.What do people do on Common Wealth Day according to the passage?

3.What is the passage mainly about?

Blank 14-16 are based on the following speech.

There is a popular belief that a college education is something to be endured in order to become qualified to obtain certain kinds of jobs or to go to graduate school. This is not what we are trying to do at Harvard. The most obvious goal of a college educationer is to give knowledge, but it is far from the most important. Remarkably few of the facts you learn here will remain in your memory for many years, and some of those that do might be proved false by new knowledge. At Harvard, we have looked to other things we can give that will last a little longer. Among these things are certain habits of mind, such as the ability to have more critical analysis, to make more accurate and logical use of information and so forth. In addition to these habits of thought, it is our hope that we can help you develop certain attitudes of mind like a willingness to accept uncertainty and the lack of definite truth. Beyond providing these qualities, a college education should try to lay a foundation for the creative use of leisure time which can be cultivated in the classroom. Yet, the cultivation of this ability will also occur outside of the classroom. For example, on sports fields, in music rooms, and so on.


1.Which of the following is regarded as the most important at Harvard?

2.Which quality mentioned below can be cultivated both inside and outside the classroom?

3.What is the speech mainly about?

Section C

Blank 17-20 are based on the following conversation.

W: Good morning! Green Sense. Can I help you?

M: Hello, my name is Mary White and I want to complain about a sea food restaurant.

W: OK, can I take down your telephone number?

M: My phone number is 655038.

W: Good! So what would you like to complain about?

M: Actually two things. First, the restaurant dumps its rubbish on the street and you can imagine what that attracts—rats!

W: Right! I’ve got that! And the second problem?

M: The restaurant doesn’t put bottles and cans in recycling bins. It’s not responsible.

W: Got it! What’s the address of the sea food restaurant?

M: It’s 449 Shanghai Street.

W: OK! We’ll look into it and call you back.

M: Thank you. Goodbye!

Complete the form. WriteONE WORD for each answer.

Blank 21-24 are based on the following conversation.

W: What’s the article about?

M: It’s basically about memory. And it says you’ve got three memories: short term, medium term and long term.

W: Um…

M: They say that short term memory lasts only a few seconds. So you just sort of read something and you remember the beginning of the sentence just until you get to the end of the sentence.

W: Um…

M: And then medium term memory. The example they give is something like trying to remember that you’ve got to buy bread.

W: Like a sort of a shopping list of things to do?

M: Yeah! After you buy bread, you don’t need to store that memory. So it’s erased.

W: Just sort of a day-to-day management.

M: Eh…then long-term memory. They are talking about the major events that happen in your life such as your wedding.

W: And you never forget them.

M: Yeah…I suppose so. Permanent memory.