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Part 1

Task A1-A8


You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions A1-A8, circle the best answer ( 1, 2 or 3).You will hear each recording twice.

Now we are ready to start.


A1 You hear part of a game show.

What kind of prize will Julie get if she wins the game? ( )


1. a cash bonus covering a six-day trip to China

2. a journey abroad and a money prize

3. travellers cheques worth $30,000


Game Show Host: Thank you, Thank you and welcome to everyone's favorite game show, Unbelievable Trivia. Today's contestant, Julie Jones, has just entered our bonus round and is trying to win our grand prize. Okay, Julie. In order to win the grand prize, you must answer all four of the bonus questions correctly. All of the questions are true or false. If false, you must make the statement true by giving the correct information. Then you get$30,000 in cash and an all expenses paid, six-day vacation to China. Yes, Julie, if you win, you pack your travelling bags, and well pack your wallet. If not, you go home with our consolation prize: a fine set of encyclopedias on home repairs. Remember when the buzzer goes off, you must give your answer. Are you ready?

Julie:I'm ready.


Now listen again

A2 You overhear a conversation between a man and a woman.

Why is the man angry with his sister?


1. She has exceeded her credit card limit.

2. She cannot control her shopping habits.

3. She wants him to pay off her credit card bill.


Man: Hi, Sis. I just came over to drop off the DVDs and . . . hey, where did you get all this stuff?

Woman: I bought it. So, what do you think of my new entertainment center? And the widescreen TV, and my new DVD player. Here, let me show you my stereo.

Man: You didn't borrow money from mom and dad again, did you?

Woman: Of course not. I got it with my student credit card! Listen. Having a credit card helps you control spending, and even buy things that you can't pay with cash . . . Did I tell you we now have digital cable? Oh, and here's your birthday present. A new MP3 player . . .

Man: Ah, I don't want to hear it. How does having a student credit card control spending? It sounds like you've spent yourself into a hole. And the interest rates of student credit cards are usually sky-high.

Woman: Ah. The credit card has a credit limit . . .and I know I can spend $ 5000 more!

Man: Oh, I've heard enough. And how in the world are you going to pay off your credit card bill?

Woman: Um, with my birthday money. It's coming up in a week.

Man: Hey, thats not enough! Am I supposed to pay off your bills? Let's sit down and talk about how you're going to pay things back, and maybe we can get out of this mess. That's the least I can do.

Woman: Ok. Ok.


Now listen again


A3 You hear a man talking about his travel experience.

What has he learnt to do?


1. resist the merchants attempts to make him buy something

2. find marketplaces in town where the prices are low

3. use a very effective bargaining strategy

In the first city I visited, I traveled downtown by bus to have dinner and then went out to visit some of the local sights and buy some souvenirs. You know, the markets there are amazingly colourful places, full of tempting sights and smells and sounds. I was surprised at the number of people selling their goods in different marketplaces, and I quickly figured out the custom of haggling over the price before you buy something. And even if you feel you're getting a good deal, you might try walking away from the merchant, and there IS the chance that the shop owner will call you back and even lower the price more in an attempt to get you to purchase something.


Now listen again


A4 You hear a radio report.

Who is it intended for?


1. drivers going southward

2. road crew working on I 15

3. passengers flying south


This is Sky Control from Channel 11 News, flying south over the valley and reporting to you live. For those of you heading south on I-15 on your commute home from work, expect some delays around the 15 Interchange. Road crews are making repairs on the left lane, so commuters should be prepared to shift over to the right. This bottleneck appears to clear up at around Charlottesville. You should expect such delays at least until the end of the week unless road crews work round-the-clock. It seems its better to fly south.


Now listen again

A5 You hear part of a talk show.

According to the speaker, the decisive factor in a successful recording of a song is to


1. perform it frequently in front of the audience.

2. get a perfect combination of its lyrics and melody.

3. hire experienced musicians to play it.

Fortunately, I hired a very organized producer, and I learned a lot from him. He had a time schedule, he knew exactly how he wanted the song to go, the exact drum pattern, the exact tone of the guitar... Yet, as for the preparation for a CD project, I think the number one thing is to know how you want to sing your song. Any composition you plan to record, you should really have it played as many times as possible, not just in band rehearsals, even if you hired experienced session musicians. And all the other things - lyrics, phrasing, melody, chords - will always come. It really matters when, in a live situation, friends can give honest feedback, and you can see how the crowd responds to certain songs. So it's best to go into the studio with a song that you're confident about ; that you'll be satisfied with. Because once it's recorded, that's it.


Now listen again

A6 You hear part of a radio programme.

The mans professional interest lies in shooting

1. fashion models.

2. movie celebrities.

3. children in motion.


I started out shooting models' and actors' headshots in 1984 back in the days of film and darkroom. Later, I assisted my first wife on her architectural assignments. Then my cousin, a photographic stylist, suggested making kid's portraits the way fashion was being shot in the 80's in-studio but candid and loose, with lots of leaping and hopping. Thats how KidCapers Studio was born. As a result I have developed my own manner based on the unaffectedness and sincerity of my young models. Throughout my career lots of people have shared their experience with me. They all worked in different kinds of photography, shooting movie celebrities, athletes, fashion shows, etc., and I took away a little from each one and applied it to my own work with still camera. I strongly believe in "cross-training". If you're a people shooter, learn from a flower or a product shooter. If you're a sports shooter, learn from a studio shooter. And so on.

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A7 You overhear a conversation in a pub between two friends, Sam and Henry.

What has Henry failed to do?


1. tell his wife the truth about the mishap in their house

2. save his wifes manuscript from being destroyed by hot water

3. repair the damage caused by his friends irresponsible behaviour

Sam: Henry, what happened?

Henry: Well, I had some of the guys over Friday night to watch a basketball game on TV, but one of them got all excited, started waving his arms, and accidentally knocked over my wife's 250-year old Chinese porcelain vase given by her grandma, and broke it beyond repair.

Sam: Oh, no. Did you try to find a similar one?

Henry: Hum No chance If it had only been that...

Sam: Oh, there's more?

Henry: Yeah, you see, the water from the vase spilled all over the manuscript of a book my wife has been writing for two years. And so one of the guys had the bright idea of drying the pages by the fire but a spark must have blown out and burned the manuscript to a crisp. It was an absolute nightmare.

Sam: Oh, wow. Youre in hot water now. Did you tell your wife the truth?

Henry: There was not even a slim chance of escape.


Now listen again

A8 You hear part of a radio programme.

The speaker says that the authors who wrote for the Anonymity issue were


1 initially against some of the rules set by the editors.

2 asked to come up with articles on challenging topics.

3 unwilling to reveal their name and social position.


In the work with the Cultural Art Magazine I was co-editor for several years. In the editorial staff we were mostly artists, photographers, designers and academics and we would give each issue a different theme; such as Living, Freedom, Money or Anonymity. In the Anonymity issue we wanted to challenge the fact that social position and making a name is an obsession in the art world. We wanted to test making an issue with no names on the art works or texts, and see the response. It was actually hard to make people want to contribute with art works and texts because of this - though they finally came to understand the point. We wanted to get away from the fact that many people (including ourselves) check the name of an art work before deciding if they like it or not.

Now listen again

You have 10 seconds to check your answers. (Pause 10 seconds.)

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Part 2

Task B1-B8

You will hear an interview with a man talking about hisfirst experience in paint-on-glass animation. For questions 1-8 complete the sentences by writing a word or a phrase of no more than 17 symbols in the spaces provided.You will hear the recording twice.You now have 40 seconds in which to look at the questions.


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