Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear a boy telling a friend about his holiday.

        What did he enjoy most about it?

        A   the sort of people he met

        B   the up-to-date accommodation

        C   the range of organised activities

9   You will hear a girl telling a friend about a volleyball match she played in.

        How does she feel about it?

        A   satisfied with her own performance

        B   grateful for the support of her team mates

        C   impressed by the skills of players on both sides

10   You will hear two friends talking about a website they use for homework.

        What do they agree about it?

        A   how simple it is to use

        B   how much you can learn from it

        C   how clearly things are explained on it

11   You will hear a girl telling a friend about a musical show she went to.

        What did she think of it?

        A   The story wasn’t realistic enough.

        B   The music wasn’t very well played.

        C   The jokes weren’t particularly funny.

12   You will hear two friends talking about some homework.

        What is the girl doing?

        A   explaining how she approached it

        B   suggesting that they do it together

        C   admitting that she didn’t understand it

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

        What did he like best about it?

        A   the age of the characters

        B   how exciting the story was

        C   what it made him think about


8 A: ‘… there were guys my age to hang out with. I mean without that, it’d be boring.’

9 B: ‘I’ve never made so many mistakes in a game – fortunately the rest of the guys were really good about it, so it didn’t matter.’

10 B: ‘It’s great never knowing what you’re going to come across. I’m finding out new stuff from it all the time.’; ‘I know what you mean – I like that too.’

11 A: ‘The trouble with musicals is that you can never believe in them – what happens to the characters just isn’t true to life.’

12 A: ‘Well, I just went through the worksheet and did what it said.’

13 C: ‘It really got me wondering about survival skills and how well I could handle that stuff.’

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a girl called Mandy Thornhill, who is talking about her school’s radio station.

20   Mandy explains that her school’s radio station

        A   can only be heard in the school building.

        B   is sometimes played during classes.

        C   was the first one in her home area.

21   How did Mandy get involved with the radio station?

        A   She suggested the idea originally.

        B   She responded to a request for help.

        C   She was chosen by a member of staff.

22   How did the students learn to operate the equipment?

        A   The company that made it gave them training.

        B   They studied the instructions very carefully.

        C   They found somebody able to show them.

23   What does Mandy say about preparing for her programme?

        A   Most weeks it doesn’t take long.

        B   She never feels she spends enough time on it.

        C   She doesn’t like it when she has to interview someone.

24   How did Mandy feel about her first live broadcast?

        A   It was embarrassing to make mistakes.

        B   It was much easier than she expected.

        C   It was hard to think of things to say.

25   What does Mandy say about the radio station and studying?

        A   It makes it hard to finish all her homework on time.

        B   She’s able to keep the two things separate.

        C   It’s taught her some relevant life skills.


20 C: ‘But actually we had one before other schools did.’

21 B: ‘she asked for student volunteers to help get it going. Actually, only the five of us came forward.’

22 C: ‘Fortunately, one girl’s brother – who’s actually a DJ – was able to set it up for us and teach us how to operate it.’

23 A: ‘It depends … Once or twice a year I interview a student who’s done something interesting. That takes longer to get ready.’

24 B: ‘I’d practised and written down what I wanted to say but I didn’t need my notes in the end.’

25 C: ‘I think it has a good influence – you know, working to tight deadlines, checking that everything’s correct. I’m sure all that’s going to be useful in the future.’

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