For each question, choose the correct answer.
8 You will hear two friends talking about working with other students in class.
The girl thinks that working with other students in class
A is more useful for the lesson.
B takes longer than working alone.
C makes classes more fun.
9 You will hear two friends talking about a school trip to a museum.
The friends agree that
A the exhibitions were all interesting.
B there were nice things in the shop.
C it was too large to see in one visit.
10 You will hear two friends talking about a football match.
The boy is feeling happy because
A his team won.
B he scored a goal.
C his parents came to watch.
11 You will hear two friends talking about a poem they’ve read.
They think the poem would be better if
A it was shorter.
B it had a clearer meaning.
C the sections were in a different order.
12 You will hear a boy asking a girl about an essay he has written.
The girl thinks the boy should
A add more detail.
B change the subject.
C improve the style.
13 You will hear two friends talking about a video game.
Why is the boy talking to the girl about the video game?
A to apologise
B to make a request
C to thank her
Answer & Audioscript
8 A 9 B 10 C 11 A 12 C 13 B
Boy: That class was fun. I like working in groups like that.
Girl: I guess it means there are five of you to set up the experiment, so you can get it done in half the time. How much I enjoy it, though, depends very much on who I’m asked to work with. I usually don’t get along so well with at least one of the others, which kind of spoils things.
Boy: I suppose it does.
Girl: But at least you can solve problems and work out what’s happening better if there are five minds thinking about it.
Boy: That was a great museum.
Girl: If I went again, though, I’d suggest not bothering with that room with those old pots.
Boy: I liked them – they really helped me to imagine what life was like back then. You seemed to enjoy the shop though – you were in there for ages.
Girl: I wish I’d taken more money.
Boy: It gives us a good reason to come back – there was this amazing puzzle of some ancient ruins I really wanted.
Girl: It was a long way to come to see a museum of that size, though.
Boy: Yes, I imagined it’d be much bigger.
Boy: I really enjoyed that. I came so close to getting the ball in the net a few times, too.
Girl: If you all play as well as that in every game, you should start actually beating some of the other teams.
Boy: I hope so. We’ve all trained really hard this season, and our new coach has made a big difference. I think I probably played better than usual because Mum and Dad could both get here for once. I’m always really cheerful when they do.
Girl: Well I’m sure they enjoyed it as much as I did.
Boy: I hope so.
Girl: What did you think of that poem we read in the literature class?
Boy: It always takes me a while to work out what old poems like that are about, but that’s what I like about them.
Girl: Me too. It’d be a shame if you understood everything after you’d only read it once.
Boy: I can’t help wondering why the poet made it so long, though.
Girl: I’m sure it’d be possible to say the same thing in half as many words.
Boy: It would, and without changing the message of what he wants to say.
Boy: So what do you think of my essay?
Girl: I think it’s OK. The teacher will definitely be surprised by what you chose to write about, but in a good way – it’s certainly original.
Boy: So you think it’s ready to hand in then?
Girl: If I were you, I’d look at the way it’s written. You’ve included plenty of information about the topic and some good examples to support what you’re saying, but it’s written a bit like a list at the moment. You need to see if you can get it to flow more, so it sounds more natural.
Boy: I’ll try!
Boy: You know that video game you lent me?
Girl: Yes, have you got it with you?
Boy: I haven’t actually. I put it in my bag last night to bring to school today, but I think my brother saw it and probably wanted to play it, too. I think he took it out and it’ll be in his bedroom somewhere now.
Girl: Oh dear!
Boy: He didn’t know I said I’d give it back to you today. I’m sure he’d be extremely grateful if we could keep it for a couple of extra days.
Girl: That’s OK, no problem.
For each question, choose the correct answer.
You will hear an interview with a young hairdresser called Carlotta.
20 Carlotta first become interested in cutting people’s hair when she saw
A a hairdressing magazine.
B a cartoon character doing it.
C a friend having it done.
21 The first hair that Carlotta cut belonged to
A her father.
B her sister.
C her mother.
22 At college, Carlotta’s teachers said she should
A talk to customers more.
B spend more time planning.
C improve her cutting technique.
23 How did Carlotta feel during the Young Hairdresser competition?
A sure she would lose
B angry with the model
C confused by the rules
24 What does Carlotta say is the biggest benefit of working for a well-known company?
A meeting famous people
B making plenty of money
C gaining a variety of experience
25 What would Carlotta like to do next?
A open a hairdressing school
B create a range of beauty products
C start a business in another country
Answer & Audioscript
20 B 21 A 22 A 23 B 24 C 25 C
Man: Carlotta, you’re already a star hairdresser. What got you interested in it?
Carlotta: When I was a kid, I watched friends getting haircuts and I remember thinking how complicated it seemed. One day, I was watching this animated film. This man was cutting someone’s hair, but did it really quickly and made it look so easy. I don’t know why, but after that, I took a real interest in it and in the magazines I’d sometimes find around our house.
Man: So who did you practise your hairdressing skills on first?
Carlotta: My sister had this fantastic long hair – it looked so nice, and I really wanted to cut it, but of course my parents wouldn’t let me. My dad wanted his hair cut really short, so he let me have a go on his before he went to his usual hairdresser’s. My mum said it didn’t look too bad, but still didn’t trust me to cut hers!
Man: Later on, you studied hairdressing at college. What did your teachers say about you?
Carlotta: They recognised that the way I cut hair was very natural, which they didn’t want to change. I didn’t take ages thinking about what I wanted to do, I just did it. They reminded me that I needed to keep chatting – not just when people first sit down – to make it a social experience as well as a haircut.
Man: You won the Young Hairdresser competition when you were eighteen. How did that feel?
Carlotta: It felt good afterwards, of course, but not during the competition. I’d entered very late, so it seemed like I’d only just finished reading what I could and couldn’t do when I was on stage. The person whose hair I was cutting kept moving, which was annoying, but I knew my ideas gave me a chance of doing well.
Man: At the moment, you work for a well-known chain of hairdressing shops …
Carlotta: That’s right. You might think I’d get to cut the hair of loads of celebrities there, but none seem to come into the one I work in. I get to try so many different things, though, because our customers all want such original styles. I’ll never become rich working there, but it’s been great.
Man: What do you plan to do next?
Carlotta: My idea of starting a training centre didn’t get very far – it was too complicated. I want my own hairdressing shop, but in a more fashionable place than where I work now, so hopefully abroad somewhere. I’ve found these great new skin creams and shampoos I can use there when I do.
Man: Thanks, Carlotta!