Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear two friends talking about a local park.

        What do they both think?

        A   It should be brought up to date.

        B   It should be kept more tidy.

        C   It should be left as it is.

9   You will hear two friends talking about a barbecue they went to.

        What do they agree about it?

        A   The weather spoilt it.

        B   The food wasn’t well cooked.

        C   The place was uncomfortable.

10   You will hear two friends talking about a class trip to the theatre.

        What did the girl like best about it?

        A   meeting the actors

        B   watching the show

        C   having a guided tour

11   You will hear a boy telling a friend about his tennis coach.

        What is he doing?

        A   explaining why he dislikes his coach

        B   describing what his coach makes him do

        C   encouraging her to take lessons with his coach

12   You will hear a girl telling a friend about a family celebration.

        What does she say about it?

        A   It went on too long.

        B   It wasn’t well organised.

        C   It was good value for money.

13   You will hear a girl telling a friend about a school trip to an art gallery.

        How did she feel about it?

        A   surprised by things that she saw

        B   interested in stories that she heard

               C   disappointed by what there was to do


8 C: ‘… it means they’re bringing it into the twenty-first century – taking out some of the neat rows of flowers and seats and putting in a skateboard park instead’; ‘Oh what a shame! It’s a really nice place to go when you want to be on your own and think about things – or just kick a ball around with your friends.’

9 C: ‘… even if there were only rocks to sit on. They were so hard.’; ‘I know what you mean. I got a bit sore too.’

10 A: ‘The little play they put on for us wasn’t anything special … but afterwards we got the chance to ask the people who’d been in it some questions.’; … they had some interesting things to say.’

11 B: ‘He gets me practising the shots I’m weakest at. At first, I thought that was a bit mean, but actually I think it’s making a difference. And he gets me playing against older guys. I mean that pushes you.’

12 C: ‘But isn’t it really expensive to do that?’; ‘Actually, my dad reckons he got a really good deal.’

13 A: ‘We went behind the scenes – into the storeroom. They’ve got all these things that aren’t on display. It’s incredible – there’s ten times more stuff there than the public normally sees. You could spend all day in there and not get bored.’

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a girl called Selina Stead who runs a chess club at her school.

20   Why did Selina decide to start a school chess club?

        A   A family member gave her the idea.

        B   It was something she’d always wanted to do.

        C   Her school was looking for somebody to do it.

21   Selina says that when buying chess equipment, it’s best to

        A   buy it from different places.

        B   get a large amount at the same time.

        C   go to the company with lowest prices.

22   At club sessions, Selina likes to make sure

        A   members can always choose who they play against.

        B   new members can learn from the best players.

        C   all members get an enjoyable game.

23   Selina had to ask for the help of a teacher when

        A   some of the club’s property went missing.

        B   one of the club’s members behaved badly.

        C   the club needed space for extra sessions.

24   Selina says that playing chess can help students to

        A   spend less time online.

        B   concentrate better in class.

        C   think more clearly.

25   In future, Selina would like the chess club to

        A   play chess against other schools.

        B   enter chess competitions at national level.

        C   get everyone in the school interested in chess.


20 A: ‘My older brother taught me to play chess when we were kids. He goes to a different school from me now. When I heard he’d joined a chess club there, I thought we ought to have one at my school, too.’

21 B: ‘But buy them all at once, from the same place, and you’ll get a pretty good discount.’

22 C: ‘It’s more fun and more interesting to swap partners. It’s also important that anyone coming for the first time feels welcome, whatever their level.’

23 B: ‘There’s always a member of staff I can call on if I need help. It only ever happened once when one boy kept telling silly jokes and nobody could concentrate.’

24 C: ‘Playing a game of chess teaches you how to work things out in your head.’

25 A: ‘It’d be good to play against clubs from other schools sometimes – it’s always interesting to meet players who approach the game in different ways.’

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