English Weekly CET-4 Listening Practice Test 15
Part III Listening Comprehension
Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be q pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
11. W: Oh, I’m late. It’s a quarter to two already and I’ll miss my 2 o’clock train.
M: Don’t worry. The clock on the wall is half an hour fast. You have enough time to catch it.
Q: When does the conversation take place?
12. M: You’re back at last. What kept you?
W: The bank was so filled with people that it took me two hours to get to the counter.
M: Yeah, the bank is always busy on weekends.
Q: What does the man imply?
13. W: How much will it cost for my son and me to go to Beijing by air?
M: It’s $120 full-fare and half-fare for your son since he is under 12.
Q: How much will the woman pay for the air tickets?
14. W: You didn’t get up early this morning, did you?
M: Not early, just 5 o’clock.
Q: What does the man imply?
15. M: Mr. Johnson is working in his office this afternoon.
W: Is he? But his vacation doesn’t end until next week.
Q: What did Mr. Johnson probably do?
16. M: Do you think that we can get tickets to the concert this weekend?
W: I don’t think we stand a chance, but try anyway.
Q: What does the woman mean?
17. M: Mrs. Green, you must take three pills every five hours without fail. And don’t forget to finish the bottle.
W: Don’t worry, Doctor. I want to get well as quickly as I can.
Q: What will the woman probably do?
18. W: What are we going to do in case of a mistake? The proposal has been typed already. It looks ready to go.
M: We’ll just have to write in any corrections by hand.
Q: What are the man and the woman most likely doing?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
M: Good morning, Miss Wang. I’m Mr. Zhang. Please sit down.
W: Thank you. It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Zhang.
M: I have your application here. You are a university student?
W: Yes, I’m a business major.
M: So you are interested in working for our company.
W: Yes, I need a part-time job, both for money and experience.
M: We’ll have an opening for an office clerk this summer.
W: That would be wonderful.
M: Are you computer trained?
W: Yes, I can handle Windows, PowerPoint, and Excel. Here’s my certificate.
M: Ah, that’s good. You’ll need some training in our methods, though. Every office is different, you know.
W: Thank you. That will be very helpful for my future. When do I start exactly?
M: We’ll let you know as soon as possible. Goodbye.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What is the relationship between the two speakers?
20. What kind of job does the woman need?
21. What does the man say about the woman’s computer skills?
22. When will the woman start to work at the company?
W: Would you please weigh this letter to see what the postage is?
M: Do you want to send it by ordinary or registered mail?
W: By ordinary air mail, please.
M: Anything of value in it?
W: A postal order for $500.
M: In that case, you’d better have it registered.
W: Will I be informed when my son gets the letter?
M: Yes. When he gets it, he’ll sign a receipt, which will be sent to you by mail. Then you can be sure it’s done.
W: All right, I’ll have it registered, then.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. Where does the conversation happen?
24. What kind of mail does the woman choose in the end?
25. How will the woman know that her son has got the letter?
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
Most shops in Britain open at 9:00 a.m., and close at 5:00 in the evening. Small shops usually close for an hour at lunchtime. On one or two days a week — usually Thursday and/or Friday — some large food shops stay open until about 8:00 p.m. for food shopping.
Nearly all shops are closed on Sundays. Newspaper shops are open in the morning, and sell sweets and cigarettes as well. But there are legal restrictions on selling many things on Sundays.
In general, overseas visitors don’t have difficulty knowing where to buy things. Most shops sell the things that you would expect them to. One problem is stamps. In Britain you can only buy these at the post office.
Many large food shops are self-service. When you go into one of these shops you take a basket and put into it the things you wish to buy. You line up at the cash desk and pay for everything just before you leave.
When you are waiting to be served in a shop it is important to wait for your turn and not to try to be served before people who arrived before you.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. How long a day do most shops in Britain stay open?
27. What shops are not closed until about 8 o’clock one or two days a week?
28. Where can we get cigarettes on Sunday morning according to the passage?
Most people are aware that the earth is a delicate thing, and that it cannot last forever, if we do not take care of it. Apart from the dangers of blowing each other up, there is the problem of polluting the environment, and the destruction of wildlife by hunters.
Many species of whales, for example, are in danger of extinction because of hunters who continue whaling despite the world’s attempts to limit the annual catch. Seals are also threatened; and with the increasing use of nuclear power to generate electricity, a new danger has arisen: the pollution of oceans by nuclear waste.
The Greenpeace organization exists to draw our attention to these problems. Its aim is to protect the environment and maintain the balance of nature. It takes direct actions to prevent the killing of whales and seals, and to stop the dumping of nuclear waste at sea.
As well as actually hindering activities in these areas, Greenpeace exerts diplomatic pressure to persuade governments to pass new laws to make these things illegal.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. What does the speaker mean by saying “the earth is a delicate thing”?
30. Why are many species of whales in danger of extinction?
31. Why is the earth faced with a new danger with the use of nuclear power to generate electricity?
The purpose of education is not only to train youngsters for the employment market, but to prepare them for tomorrow’s society. Because of the rapidly changing world, one can argue that changes will be continuous, which will make lifelong learning necessary for those who expect to handle the changes successfully. While some may argue that their education commenced when they began school and concluded when they had completed it, modern reality suggests that education is a lifelong process, and the classroom is merely the beginning of the education process. The very nature of its definition implies that education is lifelong.
Lifelong education means enabling people to learn at different times, in different ways, for different purposes at various stages of their lives and careers.
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
32. What is the purpose of education?
33. Why is lifelong learning necessary?
34.What is the beginning of education according to modern reality?
35. What is the most important feature of education?
Directions: In this section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from 36 to 43 with the exact words you have just heard. For blanks numbered from 44 to 46 you are required to fill in the missing information. For these blanks, you can either use the exact words you have just heard or write down the main points in your own words. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
People over the age of 65 in the U.S.A. are called senior citizens. Life for these people is different than (36) younger Americans. Most senior citizens retire, or no (37) longer work full time. Also, it is (38) unusual for people of this age to (39) live with their children and grandchildren. (40) Grandparents tend to live in their own houses or (41) apartments away from their families.
For many senior citizens, the years after 65 are not (42) enjoyable. They feel unproductive when they no longer work. In addition, they may feel lonely being away from their families and the (43)contacts they had in their work. Moreover, (44) they become more concerned with their health as they grow older. If they live in big cities, they often worry about their safety.
Other senior citizens enjoy their lives. They feel free to do things they were not able to do when they were working and raising families. They now have time to enjoy hobbies and sports and to travel. Many senior citizens move to retirement communities located in warm climates. (45) Some senior citizens continue to work beyond retirement age. Many find new careers and professional opportunities after they retire.
The number of senior citizens in the U.S. is increasing rapidly because people are living longer than before. (46) Because of their larger numbers and more active life styles, senior citizens are gaining social influence in the country, both politically and economically. Their concerns are receiving a wider audience than ever before. The time may come when all Americans will look forward to becoming senior citizens.