Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear a girl telling a friend about her trip to Canada.

        How did she feel before she started the trip?

        A   concerned about flying alone

        B   worried about her language skills

        C   unsure if she was prepared for the weather

9   You will hear two friends talking about performing in a school concert.

        What do they agree was the hardest part?

        A   knowing who was in the audience

        B   finding the time to do enough practice

        C   remembering what they’d been told to do

10   You will hear two friends talking about homework.

        What does the girl advise the boy to do?

        A   a search on the internet

        B   compare notes with a classmate

        C   ask someone to suggest a website

11   You will hear two friends talking about a collection of short stories.

        What is they boy doing?

        A   explaining why he’s enjoyed reading it

        B   comparing it will another similar book

        C   suggesting who the writer might be

12   You will hear two friends talking about a dance club.

        What does the girl think about it?

        A   the music is rather uninteresting

        B   the building needs cleaning

        C   the teacher is quite strict

13   You will hear two friends talking about a statue.

        What does the girl like about it?

        A   what it looks like

        B   what it’s made from

        C   what it reminds her of


8 B: ‘The thing that I wasn’t looking forward to was having to talk in French some of the time. I mean, I’m hopeless at it.’

9 B: ‘But I’d learnt the pieces better than I thought – I had so much homework this week I didn’t get the chance to study them properly.’; ‘Nor me. I’ve been so busy.’

10 C: ‘Why don’t you try asking your teacher to recommend one?’

11 A: ‘What I thought was great was not knowing whether I was reading science-fiction or a crime story or what.’

12 A: ‘My only criticism concerns the songs they play when you’re doing the dance routines. I mean it’s all stuff you’ve heard a million times before.’

13 C: ‘… it takes me back to my childhood and the monsters we used to make out of clay in primary school. It’s a nice memory.’

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a young singer-songwriter called Marcus Bushel.

20   Marcus says that as a young child

        A   he preferred playing the piano to singing.

        B   he didn’t like the idea of performing in public.

        C   he had lots of friends who shared his interests.

21   Marcus thinks he won the school talent competition because

        A   he was an experienced songwriter.

        B   he thought about what he was singing.

        C   he was able to play his own instrument.

22   What does Marcus say about his training as a singer?

        A   He missed lessons in other subjects to do it.

        B   He was shown the mistakes that he was making.

        C   He learnt how to make the most of his natural ability.

23   Marcus prefers not to sing in a band because

        A   he thinks it doesn’t suit his character.

        B   he dislikes the type of music they play.

        C   he isn’t keen on working with other people.

24   Marcus says that the singer Steffi Phlox is going to

        A   promote him as a recording artist.

        B   put him in touch with a recording studio.

        C   sing some of his songs on her next album.

25   Marcus would advise talented young musicians

        A   to put their general education first.

        B   to make every effort to make it their career.

        C   to accept that they’re unlikely to be successful.


20 B: ‘Colleagues today tell me they were singing and dancing in shows from the age of five – but I was never like that.’

21 B: ‘But actually it really made me focus on the song itself and what the words meant. I think that’s why I won!’

22 C: ‘Voice training’s very important – it allows you to discover what your voice can do.’

23 A: ‘I’m quite a shy person naturally so I wouldn’t want to take the lead and people expect that of the singer in the band.’

24 A: ‘I’ve now signed a recording contract with her.’

25 B: ‘To the talented ones I’d say, sure, not many people make it to the top in the music business, but if you don’t try, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.’

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