Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear two friends talking about a day at the beach.

        How did the girl feel about it?

        A   impressed by the waves

        B   disappointed with the weather

        C   surprised at the number of people there

9   You will hear two students talking about their new maths teacher.

        What did they both like about him?

        A   He explained things very clearly.

        B   He went through things slowly.

        C   He made them laugh a lot.

10   You will hear a boy telling a friend about his room at home.

        What is he doing?

        A   explaining how he’d like to change it

        B   describing how it looks at the moment

        C   asking for suggestions for how to improve it

11   You will hear two friends talking about a sports quiz they took part in.

        What did they think about it?

        A   The questions were too hard.

        B   The prizes weren’t very interesting.

        C   The other team wasn’t very friendly.

12   You will hear two friends talking about a theme park they’ve been to.

        How did the boy feel about the ride called ‘Terror’?

        A   worried how safe it was

        B   unwell after being on it

        C   keen to go on it again

13   You will hear two friends talking about a website they use.

        What do they agree about it?

        A   It’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

        B   There are some useful graphics. 

        C   The videos are worth watching.


8 B: ‘… but I was really hoping for a calm day. I would make more progress if I could just concentrate on staying on the board.’

9 B: ‘At least he didn’t seem to be rushing through things like the last one did.’; ‘That’s true.’

10 A: ‘What I’d really like is to get some good posters.’

11 C: ‘It was more the way the guys on the other side behaved. It’s meant to be a laugh and a chance to meet new people, but they just seemed only to want to win.’

12 C: ‘I wouldn’t miss it for the world, even though you do queue up for ages.’


13 B: ‘It was the graphs and charts I liked. I can only really understand the statistical stuff when I see a visual.’; ‘I know what you mean. I’m going to copy some of them for my homework.’

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a boy called Aidan Gates, who’s talking about being a member of his local Pony Association.

20   Aidan explains that the Pony Association’s members

        A   are taught a range of skills connected to horses.

        B   join because they want to have riding lessons.

        C   all come from one particular age group.

21   Aidan first got involved in the association because

        A   a teacher recommended it.

        B   his parents knew somebody in it.

        C   one of his relatives introduced him to it.

22   Aidan explains that the Association uses horses which

        A   it buys from rich local families.

        B   are no longer wanted by their owners.

        C   wouldn’t be ridden very much otherwise.

23   What does Aidan say about his school friends?

        A   They don’t know what he does in his free time.

        B   They can’t understand why horses are important to him.

        C   They’re angry when he doesn’t join in their social activities.

24   As a result of being in the association, Aidan has learnt

        A   why it’s important to work hard.

        B   how new skills can change your life.

        C   that he’s not interested in being the best.

25   How does Aidan feel about the presentation he’s giving about the Association?

        A   confident that everything is ready

        B   nervous about making some mistakes 

        C   worried about questions he’ll be asked


20 A: ‘… but more importantly, you learn everything about how to look after the animals.’

21 A: ‘I told my sports coach at school, who suggested my mum and dad contacted the association.’

22 C: ‘So those horses don’t get used very often.’

23 B: ‘… but if you’re not into horses, it’s hard to see why it takes up so much of anyone’s time. So I don’t talk about it much at school.’

24 C: ‘Then I realised there’s more important things in life than winning cups.’


25 A: ‘I’ve prepared everything very thoroughly, so nothing should go wrong.’

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