Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear two friends talking about a TV quiz show.

        What did the boy feel about it?

        A   surprised by how hard the questions were

        B   disappointed that it wasn’t more serious

        C   amused by the people taking part in it

9   You will hear two friends talking about their classrooms at school.

        What do they agree about?

        A   none of them needs painting

        B   only some of them should be painted

        C   they should all be painted to look the same

10   You will hear a boy telling a friend about a new shopping mall.

        What impressed him about it?

        A   the range of things to buy

        B   the attitude of the staff

        C   the value for money

11   You will hear two friends talking about a drama club they go to.

        What do they like best about it?

        A   the skills they learn there

        B   the people they meet there

        C   the things they discuss there

12   You will hear a girl telling a friend about a class presentation she has to give.

        How is she feeling about it?

        A   worried about how much to practise

        B   nervous about using the equipment

        C   unhappy about her choice of topic

13   You will hear two friends talking about a book they’ve read.

        What do they both think?

        A   it has very realistic characters

        B   it must be based on a true story

        C   it’s impossible to predict the ending


8 B: ‘Oh I like the fact that it’s fun – and the prizes are silly too’; ‘I think that’s what I didn’t like about it really.’

9 C: ‘I wouldn’t mind actually – but you’re right. They should find out what’s the best colour for studying and stick to that.’; ‘It wouldn’t be a bad idea.’

10 A: ‘I mean, it’s basically the same shops you get anywhere but they’re bigger, so they’ve got some different stuff. It’s worth going for that.’

11 A: ‘I’m getting much better at speaking loudly and clearly without shouting.’; ‘Oh I know what you mean. And I’m much more confident with my singing as a result of the club sessions. That’s what we go for after all.’

12 C: ‘I don’t know why I decided to do it on rivers, though – I mean I’ve got far too much to say in ten minutes. It took ages to prepare …’

13 C: ‘Did you work out what was going to happen to him? I thought I had – but I was wrong.’; ‘No – it kept me guessing to the very last page.’

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a girl called Mara who started a book club at her school.

20   Mara first thought of starting a school book club after

        A   she read about one online.

        B   one of her parents suggested it.

        C   somebody at school told her about one.

21   What does Mara say about the club meetings?

        A   They’re always led by one of her teachers.

        B   A different person picks the book for each one.

        C   Students have to prepare answers to questions.

22   Mara thinks it’s better if the club reads books which

        A   nobody in the group has read.

        B   everybody in the group has heard of.

        C   somebody in the group knows and loves.

23   Mara says that if some members don’t like a book,

        A   she tries to change their mind.

        B   then they don’t have to finish reading it.

        C   it can make the meetings more interesting.

24   Mara enjoys it most when members of the book club

        A   share ideas for stories of their own.

        B   get in touch with the author of the book.

        C   watch a film based on the book they’re reading.

25   Mara advises anyone interested in starting a school book club to

        A   give members different responsibilities.

        B   decide the type of novels they’re going to read.

        C   encourage new members to join from time to time.


20 A: ‘Then, one day I saw an article about one on a teen website.’

21 B: ‘Basically, we take it in turns to suggest a book.’

22 A: ‘… other people choose new books that none of us has even heard of before. That works better if you ask me.’

23 C: ‘if some people like it more than others, you get a good discussion going.’

24 B: ‘Even better is going online and asking the writer questions on social media – you learn so much.’

25 C: ‘And getting new people to join is good ’cos then you’re always hearing different ideas and suggestions.’

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