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 word or 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.

For centuries people have been fighting over whether governments should allow trade between countries. There have been and probably always will be _______ (1) to the argument. Some people argue that just _______ (2) is best for both the country and the world. Others argue that trade with other countries _______ (3) for some people to make a good living. Both sides are at least _______ (4). International trade matters a lot. Its effects on _______ (5) are enormous. Imagine a world in which your country _______ (6) at all with other countries. Imagine what kind of job you would be _______ (7) and what goods you could buy or not buy in such a world. For the United States, for example, start by imagining that it lived without its _______ (8) a year in imported oil and cut back on its _______ (9) because the remaining domestic oil and other energy sources were _______ (10). Producers and consumers in other parts of the economy would _______ (11), if they were suddenly stripped of foreign made goods like CD players and clothing. On the _______ (12)side, suppose that Boeing could sell airplanes and farmers could sell their crops _______ (13) the United States and that US universities could admit only _______ (14). In each case, there are people who gain and people who lose from _______ (15) international trade. In any case, less or more international trade will have _______ (16) on you career as well as your life. For years, American companies are often faced with the choice of buying _______ (17) which are expensive and foreign made goods which are cheap. If the company buys American goods, it may _______ (18)tax-payers by failing to keep prices low. But if it buys foreign goods, it may _______ (19) the jobs of American workers. Recently, Congress has passed a law compelling American companies with government contracts to _______ (20) domestic goods and services.


Part B: Listening Comprehension

1. Statements

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear several short statements. These statements will be spoken ONLY ONCE, and you will not find them written on the paper; so you must listen carefully. When you hear a statement, read the answer choices and decide which one is closest in meaning to the statement you have heard. Then write the letter of the answer you have chosen in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET.

Questions 1--10


1.   (A) You need to go to Brazil to do a translation course.

      (B) Your Portuguese is not good enough for translating this contract.

      (C) Our new secretary can type the contract in Portuguese for you.

      (D) The secretary might be able to help you with the translation.



2.   (A) Luckily, I have accepted the job offer.

      (B) I think you should accept the job offer.

      (C) I’m very glad you accepted the job offer.

      (D) I’m sure you can find a job in a smaller city.


3.   (A) Dr Madison is absent from the conference.

      (B) Dr Madison is an expert on economics.

      (C) Dr Madison will present our view of global economy.

      (D) Dr Madison will preside over the conference this afternoon.


4.   (A) There are vacancies for 18 more club members in the team.

      (B) There are training courses in the bungee-jumping club.

      (C) There are pre-requisites for participating in the sport.

      (D) There are bungee-jumping sports clubs all over the country.


5.   (A) Only a third of the business firms can survive more than 5 years.

      (B) Currently, two thirds of the business firms will collapse in their first year.

      (C) If you have the correct information, starting a new business is easy.

      (D) You must have a two-third majority consent to start a branch office.


6.   (A) Evidence shows that wild animals can transmit virus to man.

      (B) Scientists report the extinction of some endangered wild animals

      (C) Men and women cannot protect themselves from the attack of virus.

      (D) Hunting or eating animals will not bring the risk of being infected by virus.


7.   (A) It is not enough to learn a foreign language for three years.

      (B) It requires time and effort to master a foreign language.

      (C) A child can learn a foreign language better if her mother is around.

      (D) A child can learn a foreign language faster than an adult.


8.   (A) Our enrollment fee is only 30 pence if you have your own photos.

      (B) Our students pay only 30 pounds for their photocopying course.

      (C) Our students enjoy free services except for photocopying.

      (D) Our college is the best in the country for its photocopying course.


9.   (A) I don’t think our sales figures in LA are good enough.

      (B) I cannot appoint Mrs. Colman to the post since she was born there.

      (C) I believe Mrs. Colman can easily be connected as she is now living in LA.

      (D) I recommend that Mrs. Colman be in charge of our office in LA.


10.  (A) 160 miles.                                             (B) 200 miles.

       (C) 320 miles.                            (D) 400 miles.


2. Talks and Conversations

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear several short talks and conversations.

After each of these, you will hear a few questions. Listen carefully because you will

hear the talk or conversation and questions ONLY ONCE. When you hear a question,

read the four answer choices and choose the best answer to that question. Then write

the letter of the answer you have chosen in the corresponding space in your ANSWER


Questions 11--14

11.  (A) They like to show off.

      (B) They put work first.

      (C) They are depressed.

      (D) They are old-fashioned.


12.  (A) She runs very fast.

      (B) She often goes out at night.

      (C) She studies well at school.

      (D) She lives on her own.


13.  (A) Make a phone call home on his arrival.

      (B) Take the medicine as soon as he arrives.

      (C) Throw away all the drugs on his arrival.

      (D) Shut himself up in case he gets sick.


14.  (A) They should worry about him.

      (B) They should trust him.

      (C) They should give him more free time.

      (D) They should care more about him.


Questions 15--18

15.  (A) To predict an earthquake.

      (B) To prevent an earthquake.

      (C) To reduce the damage by an earthquake.

      (D) To report the occurrence of an earthquake.


16.  (A) To support the bronze ball inside the vessel.

      (B) To respond to light tremors of the earth.

      (C) To open the mouth of the frog sculpture.

      (D) To attach the bars to the dragon heads outside.


17.  (A) A major earthquake took place somewhere northwest of the capital.

      (B) An instrument that could record the occurrence of an earthquake was invented.

      (C) The invention of the seismoscope was approved by the central government.

      (D) The earthquake damaged more than 400 houses in the capital city.


18.  (A) By surveying on the earth surface changes.

      (B) By recording the flogs’ movement in the field.

      (C) By messengers on horseback.

      (D) By the astronomer observing the night sky.


Questions 19—22


19.  (A) Working night shifts to make money.

      (B) Taking final examinations.

      (C) Visiting the United States.

      (D) Consulting a tourist agent.


20.  (A) He is engaged in a part-time job.

      (B) He likes the weather in England.

      (C) It will be more interesting.

      (D) It will cost him less money.


21.  (A) In the student centre.                             (B) In a travel agency.

      (C) In the classroom.                                   (D) In the dining-hall.


22.  (A) Take a part-time job in England.

      (B) Go to the States with the man.

      (C) Discuss the plan with her parents.

      (D) Ask her parents to pay for her trip home.


Questions 23—26


23.  (A) It is a necessary part of life.

      (B) It is a time of pressure and stress.

      (C) It is a carefree period of life.

      (D) It is much shorter than it used to be.


24.  (A) Family problems.

      (B) Excellence in sports.

      (C) Self-esteem.

      (D) Acceptance by parents.


25.  (A) Those that used to be meant for adults only.

      (B) Those that divides childhood and adulthood.

      (C) Those that are only related to information technology.

      (D) Those that can help reduce the level of stress.


26.  (A) Children’s games.

      (B) Living standard.

      (C) Language lessons.

      (D) Sports performance.


Questions 27—30


27.  (A) Rather attractive.

      (B) Fairly significant.

      (C) Very formal.

      (D) Quite reasonable.


28.  (A) The man has always been a valuable employee.

      (B) The man has often been late for work after lunch.

      (C) The man has been addicted to alcohol while running errands.

      (D) The man has been engaging in work-related activities.


29.  (A) Making an appointment to see the manager.

      (B) Attending a warning session.

      (C) Having soft drinks over lunch.

      (D) Consulting a specialist.


30.  (A) Alcohol drinking during working hours is strictly forbidden.

      (B) Anyone who drinks beer on the job will be dismissed immediately.

      (C) A warning session will be conducted if an employee is late for work.

      (D) Anyone who is late for work must go and see a professional counselor.

Part C: Listening and Translation

1. Sentence Translation

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 5 sentences in English. You will hear the sentences ONLY ONCE. After you have heard each sentence, translate it into Chinese and write your version in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET.






2. Passage Translation

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 2 passages in English. You will hear the passages ONLY ONCE. After you have heard each passage, translate it into Chinese and write your version in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET. You may take notes while you are listening.