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Section I: Listening ComprehensionThis section is designed to test your ability to understand spoken English. You will hear a selection of recorded materials and you must answer the questions that accompany them. There are two parts in this section, Part A and Part B.
Remember, while you are doing the test, you should answer the questions in your test booklet, NOT on the ANSWER SHEET. At the end of the listening comprehension section, you will have 3 minutes to transfer your answers from your test booklet onto your ANSWER SHEET1.

If you have any questions, you may raise your hand NOW as you will not be allowed to speak once the test is started.Now look at Part A in your test booklet.

Part A:You will hear 10 short dialogues. For each dialogue, there is one question and four possible answers. Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D, and mark it in your test booklet. You will have 15 seconds to answer the question and you will hear each dialogue ONLY ONCE.

Example:You will hear:W: Could you please tell me if the Beijing flight will be arriving on time?M: Yes, Madam. It should be arriving in about ten minutes.You will read:Who do you think the woman is talking to?[A] a bus conductor[B] a clerk at the airport[C] a taxi driver[D] a clerk at the station

From the dialogue, we know that only a clerk at the airport is most likely to know the arrival time of a flight, so you should choose answer [B] and mark it in your test booklet.Sample Answer[A] [■] [C] [D]

1. M: That's a nice dress you're wearing.W: Thank you. My father gave it to me as a birthday present. He knows red's myfavourite colour.

1. What are they talking about?[A] their best friend[B] their favourite colour[C] the clothes the woman is wearing[D] a present the man has bought

2. W: Mike, there's not much left in the refrigerator.M: Well, I might be able to pick up a few things after work, but I have to be back rather late today.W: In that case, we'll make do with a meal out at McDonald's.M: OK. See you there at 8:00.

2. What do they decide to do?[A] The man will bring some food back for dinner.[B] They will go to their friend's home for supper.[C] The woman will fill the refrigerator before supper.[D] They will eat out for dinner.

Part B:You are going to hear four conversations. Before listening to each conversation, you will have 5 seconds to read each of the questions which accompany it. After listening, you will 15 seconds to answer each question by choosing A, B, C or D. You will hear each conversation ONLY ONCE. Mark your answers in your test booklet.

Questions 1 to 4 are based on a talk by a speaker about his hobbies.

W: Well, Mr. Smith, we have had an interesting discussion about your work. Now, tell us something about your after work activities.

M: I guess not much different from everyone else. I'm interested in sport, and I run about 3 miles every day. I particularly enjoy cross-country running, where you have to run across fields, jump over streams and so on. While I'm running I think about all sorts of things, and at the end of a run I'm sometimes surprised to find that I've managed to solve a problem that was on my mind.

Next year I'm going to try the London Marathon. It's a long, hard race-26 miles, or 42 kilometers-and you have to be tough to finish, but I very much want to do it. I worry a bit about getting old, and I'd like to prove to myself that I'm still almost as fit as I was twenty years ago.

I 'm interested in climbing as well as running. I'll never become an expert climber, but I know what I'm doing in the mountains. I successfully completed a course in snow and ice climbing when I was younger, and I've done a series of easy climbs in the Alps during the last few years. My wife doesn't share my interest in Mountains. She agreed to go climbing with me once, but she found that she felt ill as soon as she got above 1,000 meters, so we decide to follow different hobbies.

W: You certainly seem to enjoy various types of recreation. All right, Mr. Smith. Thanks for your interesting talk.

1. What are the man's hobbies?[A] running and thinking [B] running and jumping[C] running and climbing [D] running and skiing

2. What is the main reason that the man runs every day?[A] to think out some difficult problems[B] to do some cross-country running[C] to finish a course in physical training[D] to keep fit and healthy

3. What is the man going to do next year?[A] enter for the London Marathon[B] do a cross-country running[C] climb the Alps with his wife[D] complete a course in snow and ice climbing

4. What is the speaker's main topic?[A] training for a professional athlete[B] his ways of physical training[C] how to do cross country running[D] how to do mountain climbing

Section II Use of EnglishRead the following text. Choose the best word or phrase for each numbered blank andmark A, B, C, or D on your ANSWER SHEET 1.

TextIn Britain, winter is the season not only for visits to the theatre, opera, concerts and ballet, but also for shopping or for sightseeing.London, one of the __1__ cities in the world, has plenty to offer during the winter months, __2__ in the way of entertainment - and the __3__ act like a magnet with __4__ array of presents for the Christmas __5__, followed by large scale bargains in the January __6__. But it's not only London that __7__ value shopping - most of our suburban and __8__ centres have just as much to offer to the __9__ shopper.Even if you're based __10__ London, you don't have to spend all your __11__ there - and that goes for all the year __12__, too. Take a train or coach and __13__ what else Britain has to offer; __14__ are many excursions, even in winter, and among the great country houses __15_ keep their stately front doors open __16__ the year are Longleat and Woburn Abbey. __17__ a car and drive __18__ into the beauty of the winter landscape - the scenery will be __19__ beautiful - and the people will have more time to chat to you __20__ this time of year.

1. [A]coldest [B]foggiest [C]busiest [D]noisiest

2. [A]normally [B]especially[C]occasionally[D]generally

3. [A]clubs [B]pubs [C]restaurants [D]shops

4. [A]its [B]the [C]that [D]their

5. [A]shopper [B]visitor [C]caller [D]spender

6. [A]bargains [B]sales [C]selling [D]trading

7. [A]opens [B]presents [C]grants [D]offers

8. [A]provincial[B]national [C]divisional [D]international

9. [A]lonely [B]eager [C]lazy [D]nervous

10.[A]in [B]at [C]on [D]outside

11.[A]money [B]time [C]energy [D]holiday

12.[A]there [B]then [C]over [D]round

13.[A]see [B]watch [C]look [D]view

14.[A]they [B]which [C]there [D]here

15.[A]where [B]which [C]what [D]who

16.[A]for [B]by [C]within [D]throughout

17.[A]Lend [B]Let [C]Hire [D]Take

18.[A]out [B]back [C]on [D]across

19.[A]even [B]still [C]yet [D]ever

20.[A]after [B]beyond [C]with [D]at

Section III Reading Comprehension

Part A Read the following three texts. Answer the questions on each text by choosing A, B, C or D. Mark your answer on the ANSWER SHEET 1 by drawing a thick line across the corresponding letter in the brackets.


It was a quarter past nine as Marie hurried into the office building where she was going to work. Her bus had inched along through heavy morning traffic, making her a few minutes late for her very first job. She decided to start out half an hour earlier the next day.Once inside the lobby, she had to stand at the elevators and wait several minutes before she could get on one going to the sixth floor. When she finally reached the office marked "King Enterprises," she knocked at the door nervously and waited. There was no answer. She tapped on the door again, but still there was no reply. From inside the next office, she could hear the sound of voices, so she opened the door and went in.Although she was sure it was the same office she had been in two weeks before when she had had the interview with Mr. King, it looked quite different now. In fact, it hardly looked like an office at all. The employees were just standing around chatting and smoking. At the far end of the room, somebody must have just told a good joke, she thought, because there was a loud burst of laughter as she came in. For a moment she had thought they were laughing at her.Then one of the men looked at his watch, clapped his hands and said something to the others. Quickly they all went to their desks and, in a matter of seconds, everyone was hard at work. No one paid any attention to Marie. Finally she went up to the man who was sitting at the desk nearest to the door and explained that this was her first day in the office. Hardly looking up from his work, he told her to have a seat and wait for Mr. King, who would arrive at any moment. Then Marie realised that the day's work in the office began just before Mr. King arrived. Later she found out that he lived in Connecticut and came into Manhattan on the same train every morning, arriving in the office at 9:35, so that his staff knew exactly when to start working.

1. Marie felt nervous when she knocked at the door because _______.[A] it was her first day in a new job[B] she was a little bit late for work[C] she was afraid that she had gone to the wrong place[D] there was no answer from inside the office

2. Marie could hardly recognise the office she went into as _______.[A] she had been there only once[B] Mr. King was not in the office[C] nobody was doing any work[D] the office had a new appearance

3. The people in the office suddenly started working because _______.[A] they saw a stranger in the office[B] they had finished their morning break[C] no one wanted to talk to Marie[D] the boss was about to arrive

4. We can infer from the text that the employees of the enterprise _______.[A] would start their work by listening to a joke[B] were cold to newcomers[C] were always punctual for work[D] lacked devotion to the company

5. The best title for this text would be _______.[A] Punctual Like A Clock[B] A Cold Welcome[C] An Unpunctual Manager[D] Better Late Than Never


Part B  Read the texts from a magazine article in which five women talked about their slimming failures. For questions 1 to 5, match the name of each woman (1 to 5) to each of the statements (A to G) given below. Mark your answers on your ANSWER SHEET.

Glynis Davis:I first piled on the pounds when I was pregnant and I couldn't lose them afterwards. Then I joined a slimming club. My target was 10 stone and I lost 2 stone 2lbs in six months. I felt great and people kept saying how good I looked. But Christmas came and I started to slip back into my old eating habits. I told myself I'd lose the weight at slimming classes in the new year... but it didn't happen. Instead of losing the pounds, I put them on. I'd lost the willpower and tried to convince myself that the odd bag of crisps didn't make any difference - but the scales don't lie.

Roz Juma:To be honest, I never weigh myself any more - I've learned to be happy with myself. It seemed ridiculous to feel guilty about every morsel that passed my lips. My philosophy is simple: You shouldn't be preoccupied with food and dieting. Instead, you should get on with life and stop dreaming about a super-thin body. This is obviously the size I'm meant to be and, most of all, I'm happy with it.

Lesley Godwin:I was very happy after winning Young Slimmer of the Year. I'd look in the mirror unable to believe this slim creature was me. That might have been my problem - perhaps I didn't relate to my reflection any more. Winning a national competition makes everything worse, though, because you feel the eyes of the world are on you. I feel a failure because I've put on weight again... I find it humiliating and embarrassing.

Ros Langford:Before moving in with my husband Gavin, I'd always been about 8 stone, but domestic bliss went straight to my waist and I put on 2 stone in a year. Every so often I try to go on a diet... I'm really good for a few days, then end up eating the children's leftovers or gorging on chocolate - my weakness. I'd like to be slim, but right now my priorities are the children and home. I may be more motivated when the kids are older.

Julia Minifie:I'm a compulsive eater. I can't control my urges and I really love cakes. When I'm slim I feel like a million dollars - and when I'm not I get very depressed. Over the years I'd tried and failed with just about every diet. I was determined I'd never put the weight back on, but at some stage along the line I lost my resolution, and it started to creep on again... Certainly I will face the same problem in the future.

Now match each of the women (1 to 5) to the appropriate statement.Note: there are two extra statements. Statements1. Glynis Davis [A] I put on weight after I got married.2. Roz Juma [B] The heavier, the merrier.3. Lesley Godwin [C] Facts speak louder than words.4. Ros Langford [D] I like myself as I am.5. Julia Minifie [E] I'm constantly at war with my weight.[F] Fame doesn't necessarily mean success.[G] I think I'll be slim again.

Section IV: WritingYou should write your responses to both parts on ANSWER SHEET 2.

Part A  You have read the following magazine advertisement in which a British girl is looking for pen-friends and you want to get in touch with her.

Name: Helen Young

Age: 21.Interest: collecting coins, stamps and postcards; learningDifferent languages.All letters will be answered.Address: 42 Johnson Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1LN, UK

Write a letter to her (Helen Young), telling her about:1. your family2. your schooling/work3. your hobbiesYou should write approximately 100 words. You do not need to write the address.

Part B  Below is a graph showing the distribution of car accidents in a city during 1997. Look at the graph and write an essay of about 120 words making reference to the following points:1. the distribution of car accidents in different months and the general trend in 19972. the possible reasons for the distribution of car accidents

                                           in the city

The number of car accidents

Level 3 Oral Test

Part I (3 minutes)

Task: Identifying oneself; identifying things/ people; passing on information.


Good morning (afternoon). My name is.... and this is my colleague.... He/she is just going to be listening to us.And your names are ... and ...?Would you tell me your candidate numbers so I can check them, please?Thank you.(Hand over the mark sheets to the assessor.)First of all we'd like to know something about you, Candidate A, so I'm going to ask you some questions.

Home town

Either: (for candidates from other provinces)1,Where did you live before you came here?2,How long have you lived here?3,How do you like it? Why?4,Do you think you will live here forever? Why?

Or: ( For candidates taking the examination locally)1,Do you live near here? Whereabouts?2,What do you think are the good points about living there?3,How do you usually go to work / school? Why?

Thank you. Now, we'd like to know something about you, Candidate B, so I'm going to ask you some questions.

Family1,Could you tell us something about your family?2,What does your family usually do for the weekend?3,Do you enjoy it? Why?4,What do you think about living together with parents/by yourself?

Part 2 (3 minutes)

Interlocutor:Now, I'd like you to talk about something for about 3 minutes. I'm just going to listen.I'd like you to discuss what kinds of sports you enjoy doing and why.(Place picture sheet (including pictures of different sports: 1. football, 2. basketball, 3. table tennis, 4. swimming) in front of candidates.)

Talk to each other about it. It is not necessary to agree with each other. You have only about 3 minutes for this.

Candidates: (Approximately 3 minutes.)

Interlocutor: Thank you. (Retrieve picture sheet.)Part 3 (4 minutes)

Interlocutor:Now, I'd like each of you to talk on your own for about one and a half minutes. I'm going to give each of you a different picture and I'd like you to talk about it. Candidate A, here is your picture (Chinese football team, after losing a match, walking out of the stadium).Please let Candidate B have a look at it.

(Hand over the picture to Candidate A)

Candidate B, I'll give you your picture in a minute. Candidate A, I'd like you to describe the picture and tell us what you think about Chinese football. Remember you have only about one and a half minutes for this, so don't worry if I interrupt you.

Candidate A: (Approximately one and a half minutes.)

Interlocutor:Thank you. (Retrieve picture.) Candidate B, is there anything else you would like to say about the picture?

Candidate B: (Approximately 30 seconds.)

Interlocutor:Candidate B, here is your card (football fans on the stadium, cheering for their team). Please let Candidate A have a look at it.(Hand over the picture to Candidate B)

I'd like you to describe the picture and also tell us how you feel about the Chinese football fans. Remember you have only about one and a half minutes for this.

Candidate B: (Approximately one and a half minutes.)

Interlocutor:Thank you. (Retrieve picture.) Candidate A, is there anything else you would like to say about the picture?

Candidate A: (Approximately 30 seconds.)

Interlocutor: Thank you.

(That is the end of the test.)

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