Directions: In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct response for each question on your Coloured Answer Sheet.


Questions 1 to 5 refer to the talk in this section. At the end of the talk you will be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following questions.

Now listen to the talk. 

1. In the Black Forest, the acid rain is said to attack all EXCEPT ____.

A. firs.

B. metals.

C. leaves.

D. soil.

2. The percentage of firs dying in the Black Forest is ____.

A. 41%.

B. 43%.

C. 26%.

D. 76%.

3. Germany is tackling part of the problem by introducing ____.

A. new car designing schemes.

B. new car production lines.

C. a new type of smoke stacks.

D. new car safety standards.

4. Which of the following statements is INCORRECT?

A. Germany is likely to succeed in persuading her neighbors to reduce acid rain.

B. The disastrous effects of acid rain are not confined to one area.

C. German tourists are allowed to drive across their neighbors' borders.

D. Germany's neighbors are in favor of the use of lead-free petrol.

5. On the issue of future solution of acid rain, the speaker's tone is that of ____.

A. warning.

B. pessimism.

C. indifference.

D. optimism.


Questions 6 to 10 are based on an interview. At the end of the interview you will be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following questions

Now listen to the interview. 

6. What subject is Mr. Pitt good at?

A. Art.

B. French.

C. German.

D. Chemistry.

7. What does Mr. Pitt NOT do in his spare time?

A. Doing a bit of acting and photography.

B. Going to concerts frequently.

C. Playing traditional jazz and folk music.

D. Traveling in Europe by hitch-hiking.

8. When asked what a manager's role is, Mr. Pitt sounds ____.

A. confident.

B. hesitant.

C. resolute.

D. doubtful.

9. What does Mr. Pitt say he would like to be?

A. An export salesman working overseas.

B. An accountant working in the company.

C. A production manager in a branch.

D. A policy maker in the company.

10. Which of the following statements about the management trainee scheme is TRUE?

A. Trainees are required to sign contracts initially.

B. Trainees' performance is evaluated when necessary.

C. Trainees' starting salary is 870 pounds.

D. Trainees cannot quit the management scheme.


Question 11 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the question.

Now listen to the news.  

11. Which of the following statements is TRUE?

A. Five gunmen were flown to Iran in a helicopter.

B. Most of the ransom was retrieved in the end.

C. The children were held for five days.

D. The authorities have passed sentence on the gunmen.

Question 12 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the question.

Now listen to the news.

12. According to the news, American troops in Panama ____.

A. were attacked at refugee camps.

B. were angry at delays in departure.

C. attacked Cuban refugee camps last week.

D. will be increased to 2,000.

Question 13 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the question.

Now listen to the news.  

13. Which of the following statements is CORRECT? U.S. lawmakers ____.

A. challenged the accord for freezing Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

B. required the inspection of Pyongyang's nuclear site for at least five years.

C. were worried that North Korea may take advantage of the concessions.

D. blamed the U.S. negotiator for making no compromises with North Korea.

Questions 14 & 15 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 30 seconds to answer the questions.

Now listen to the news.  

14. According to the news, the Italian Parliament was asked to act by ____.

A. the U.N.

B. the Red Cross.

C. the Defense Minister.

D. the Swedish Government.

15. On the issue of limited use of land mines, the Italian Parliament is ____.

A. noncommittal.

B. resolute.

C. unsupportive.

D. wavering.


Directions: In this section you will hear a mini-lecture. You will hear the lecture ONLY ONCE. While listening to the lecture, take notes on the important points. Your notes will not be marked, but you will need them to complete a 15-minute gap-filling task on ANSWER SHEET ONE after the mini lecture. Use the blank sheet for note-taking.


Fill in each of the gaps with ONE suitable word. You may refer to your notes. Make sure the word you fill in is both grammatically and semantically acceptable. 

In business, many places adopt a credit system, which dates back to ancient times. At present, purchases can be made by using credit cards. They fall into two categories: one has (16)  use, while the other is accepted almost everywhere. The application for the use of the latter one must be made at a (17) . 

Once the customer starts using the card, he will be provided with a monthly statement of (18)  by the credit company. He is required to pay one quarter to half of his credit (19)  every month. 

Advantages. 1. With a card, it is not (20)  to save up money before an actual purchase. 2. If the card is lost, its owner is protected. 3. A (21)  and complete list of purchase received from the credit company helps the owner to remember the time and (22)  of his purchase. 4. The cards are accepted in a(n) (23)     by professional people like dentists, etc.

Major disadvantage. The card owner is tempted to (24)  his money. If this is the case, it will become increasingly difficult for the user to keep up with the required (25) , which will result in the credit card being cancelled by the credit company.


Directions: The following passage contains ten errors. Each line contains a maximum of one error. In each case only one word is involved. You should proofread the passage and correct it in the following way:

For a wrong word, underline the wrong word and write the correct one in the blank provided at the end of the line.

For a missing word, mark the position of the missing word with a "^" sign and write the word you believe to be missing in the blank provided at the end    of the line.

For an unnecessary word, cross the unnecessary word with a slash "/" and put the word in the blank provided at the end of the line.


When ^ art museum wants a new exhibit,

(1) an

it (never/) buys things in finished form and hangs

(2) never

them on the wall. When a natural history museum   

wants an exhibition, it must often build it.


                    Classic Intention Movement

In social situations, the classic Intention Movement is

"the chair-grasp". Host and guest have been talking

for some time, but now the host has an appointment

to keep and can get away. His urge to go is


held in check by his desire not be rude to his guest.


If he did not care of his guest's feelings he would


simply get up out of his chair and to announce his


departure. This is what his body wants to do, therefore


his politeness glues his body to the chair and refuses

to let him raise. It is at this point that he


performs the chair-grasp Intention Movement. He continues

to talk to the guest and listen to him, but leans forward

and grasps the arms of the chair as about to push


himself upwards. This is the first act he would

make if he were rising. If he were not hesitating,