SECTION 1: LISTENING TEST
Part A: Spot Dictation
Direction: 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 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.
How did the Olympic Games start? In ancient Greece athletic festivals were very important and had strong ________ (1). Originally the Festival was held in honour of .Zeus, the supreme god in Greek Mythology. Eventually the Olympian athletic festival had lost its ________ (2) and became an international event. No one knows exactly ________ (3) the Olympic Games go, but some scholars recorded date from 776 B.C.
According to some scholars, at first the only Olympic event was ________ (4), called a stadium and that was the only event until 724 B.C. After that, other ________ (5) were added and sixteen years later in ________ (6) the pentathlon was added and wrestling became part of the games. This pentathlon was a five-event match which ________ (7) running, wrestling, leaping, throwing the discus, and hurling the javelin.
The games were held ________ (8) and after an uninterrupted history of 1170 years, the games ________ (9) in A.D. 394, the Christian era, because of their pagan origin.
It was over ________ (10) before there was another such international athletics gathering. In 1896, the first of the modern ________ (11) opened in Athens, Greece.
Nowadays, the Games are held in different countries ________ (12). The host country provides vast facilities such as stadiums and ________ (13).Many more sports are represented, including the very celebrated event: ________ (14).
The Olympics start with the arrival in the stadium of a torch, ________ (15) on Mount Olympus by the sun's rays. The torch is carried by ________ (16) to the stadium. The Olympic flame symbolizes the ________ (17) of the ancient Greek athletic ideals, and it burns throughout the Games until ________ (18). The well-known Olympic flag, however, is ________ (19): the five interlocking rings symbolize the uniting of all five continents ________ (20).
Part B: Listening Comprehension
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.
(A) Diana is fond of outdoor activities.
(B) Diana is well-paid for her hard work.
(C) Diana dislikes her job because it is tough.
(D) Diana considers her income to be mediocre.
(A) I'm not sure if you are responsible.
(B) I'm not content with the result of the meeting.
(C) I know the delay is not your fault.
(D) I think the flame of that fire is too high.
(A) The refrigerator was repaired by an old man.
(B) The refrigerator will be fixed if it is under warranty.
(C) Mrs. Green had her refrigerator fixed for nothing.
(D) Mrs. Green would have had the refrigerator repaired if she had warranty.
(A) George always tells the truth.
(B) George lives too far to visit us.
(C) It is kind of George to assist me in the filling station.
(D) It is worthwhile to make friends with George.
(A) The company's budget must be reduced reasonably next year.
(B) The company's production cost is expected to rise next year.
(C) The company has to stabilize its production cost.
(D) The company is likely to go bankrupt because of its limited budget.
(A) Prompt delivery of the goods before Christmas is the most important.
(B) Top priority should be given to the competitive and reasonable price of the goods
(C) During Christmas, there will be a shopping craze for goods with good quality.
(D) Nothing is more important than the quality and price of the goods for Christmas.
(A) Let's continue the talk over dinner at 9 o'clock tonight.
(B) We have to work something out before 9 o'clock tomorrow.
(C) I propose a break until 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.
(D) I'm sure we'll all calm down before 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.
(A) Our products cannot compete on the international market because of their higher prices.
(B) Our products exhibit greater competitiveness even though they lack advanced technology.
(C) Advanced technology will increase our expense to compete on the international market.
(D) Advanced technology contributes to the excellence and competitiveness of our products.
(A) Mr Parkinson never gives free investment consultations.
(B) Don't consult Mr Parkinson if your problem is about finance or investment
(C) The advice Mr Parkinson offers is often of great importance to our investment.
(D) We should not invest in the company where Mr Parkinson is the CEO.
(A) Aging population is expected to double within decades.
(B) By 2020, 45% of the people in the country will be over sixty-five.
(C) Old people in this country can expect to live a longer life.
(D) In less than 20 years, 23 million more people will have to retire.
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 BOOKLET.
(A) It is very near his working place.
(B) It is a rather crowded residential area.
(C) It is convenient for transportation and shopping.
(D) It is the only good position he has in mind.
(A) He has a big family.
(B) He has to work at home.
(C) His mother-in-law likes to have parties.
(D) His children are rather naughty.
(A) Its bedrooms are specious.
(B) Its rent is quite reasonable.
(C) It is located in a good position.
(D) It is well furnished.
(A) The orange juice can help treat indigestion.
(B) The orange in a supermarket is much cheaper.
(C) The orange is more nutritious than any other fruits.
(D) The orange is an essential part of a healthy diet
(A) It can keep your immune system strong.
(B) It can assist in your effort to reduce weight.
(C) It can easily replace the nutrition of a daily meal.
(D) It can help control the rising blood sugar levels.
(A) The fruit sugar in oranges.
(B) The fibre in oranges.
(C) Vitamin C in oranges.
(D) Calcium in oranges.
(A) He is applying to a university in England.
(B) He is consulting a female professor.
(C) He is studying in a British university.
(D) He is helping the woman cook some food.
(A) It is awful.
(B) It is one of his favorite kinds.
(C) It is of a much greater variety.
(D) It is better than he expected.
(A) He is fond of English dishes.
(B) He is tired of puddings and pies.
(C) He enjoys English strawberry yogurt.
(D) He seldom has breakfast at home.
(A) Because it is properly cooked at home.
(B) Because it is a kind of Yorkshire pudding.
(C) Because he has never tasted it before.
(D) Because he has made it all by himself.
(A) We should pay more attention to our history class.
(B) We generally fail to remember anything that was said.
(C) Sharks are necessary in the training of active listeners.
(D) Good listening skills are essential in our life.
(A) They tolerate distractions.
(B) They often find themselves in hot water.
(C) They are generally lazy.
(D) They are critical to family life.
(A) By taking notes.
(B) By remembering what was said.
(C) By getting up to shut the door.
(D) By asking questions.
(A) He writes comic stories.
(B) He draws pictures for comic books.
(C) He teaches painting in an art school.
(D) He compiles comic books with other writers.
(A) Give his drawings a more graphic look.
(B) Add variations to his works.
(C) Employ a chunky brush style.
(D) Move along a linear way.
(A) They are very popular.
(B) They are of the same style.
(C) They are fairly eclectic.
(D) They are influenced by other artists.
(A) It is a new one with only 2 editors.
(B) It takes him on the permanent staff.
(C) It controls the final look of his works.
(D) It has a nurturing environment.
Part C: Listening and Translation
I. Sentence Translation
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 5 sentence 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.
II. 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.