Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear a girl telling a friend about her new mobile phone.

        What is she pleased about?

        A   how much it cost

        B   the size of the screen

        C   the things she can download on it

9   You will hear a boy telling a friend about learning to play the piano.

        How does he feel about it?

        A   he’d like to improve more quickly

        B   he prefers it to his previous instrument

        C   he enjoys the kind of music he usually plays

10   You will hear a girl telling a friend about a climbing course.

        What did she like best about it?

        A   the people she met

        B   the skills she learnt

        C   the confidence she gained

11   You will hear a boy telling a friend about a photography competition.

        What is he complaining about?

        A   the quality of the prizes

        B   the way it was organised

        C   the opinion of the judges

12   You will hear two friends talking about some homework.

        What do they agree about it?

        A   The topic is interesting.

        B   They need to do it quickly.

        C   It’s a hard thing to write about.

13   You will hear a boy telling a friend about a book he’s read.

        What did he think of it?

        A   It was better than the film.

        B   The characters were realistic.

        C   The story was rather confusing.


8 C: ‘I’m happy, too – I really wanted to get all the apps that didn’t work on the old one – ’cos they’re really worth having.’

9 A: ‘I guess I just thought it’d be easier. I got good at the guitar in no time at all, but this isn’t the same. My teacher’s great, though, … That helps me a lot, even when it feels like I’m not making much progress.’

10 C: ‘The brilliant thing about it is that it’s been good for me, ’cos now I don’t worry so much about doing difficult things like I used to – I feel sure I’ll be able to do them one day.’

11 C: ‘I didn’t enjoy it, though … I didn’t agree with the photographs that won. The people who chose them weren’t photographers themselves, so I don’t think they had the knowledge to decide which the best ones were.’

12 C: ‘I’m not as keen on history as you, and this is a difficult subject. I’ll have to spend ages reading up about it, otherwise I’ll hand in a load of rubbish.’; ‘It is quite complicated, so it’s not as easy to write as most history homework.’

13 C: ‘I could follow what was happening more easily if I was watching it rather than reading it. I had to keep turning back to check things I’d read before.’

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a boy called Joe Stone, who’s talking about a drama group he belongs to.

20   Joe decided to join the drama group because

        A   it seemed to suit his character.

        B   some people he knew were in it.

        C   he thought he had a talent for acting.

21   Joe explains that the drama group

        A   often puts performances online.

        B   does just one large annual show.

        C   has members of all different ages.

22   What does Joe say about preparing for his first show?

        A   There was more to do than he expected.

        B   He enjoyed the physical side of it.

        C   It was fun working with others.

23   When asked if the drama club affects his schoolwork, Joe

        A   admits that his teachers get worried.

        B   describes how his parents support him.

        C   explains that it’s just like any other hobby.

24   What problem did Joe have with some equipment during one show?

        A   It failed to arrive on time.

        B   He didn’t know how it worked.

        C   There was a fault he had to mend.

25   What does Joe like most about the drama group?

        A   the way that it makes him feel

        B   the range of parts he gets to play

        C   the chance of a career it offers him


20 A: ‘But I know what I’m like – I love being the centre of attention, and this was my chance to be just that.’

21 B: ‘We put on a big musical each winter.’

22 A: ‘I was surprised how many dance routines there were to learn. I was only just ready in time.’

23 C: ‘But actually, everyone in my class does out-of-school activities and drama doesn’t take up any more time or energy than sport or music or whatever.’

24 C: ‘But when the moment in the show came, I pressed the button and nothing happened. Fortunately, I was able to fix the problem after a couple of minutes.’

25 A: ‘It’s made me a more confident person.’

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