English Weekly CET-4 Listening Practice Test 17
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 a 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. M: Jack has been to Thailand and Iran as well as all of Europe。
W: By the time he’s twenty-five, he’ll have been almost everywhere!
Q: Where hasn’t Jack been to?
12. M: Could you tell me the starting time for both films?
W: The first begins at a quarter to seven and will last one and a half hours. After a 5-minute break, the second follows。
Q: At approximately what time does the second film start?
13. M: Hello, Carol. I’ve moved to my new apartment. Welcome to my new apartment and enjoy a typical Chinese home-made dinner during the Spring Festival。
W: Oh, that’s nice. But I’m afraid I cannot accept your invitation ‘cause I’ll be in New Zealand at that time。
M: It doesn’t matter. The invitation will be valid until my next movement. If you have time, any time is ok for you to drop in!
Q: What does the man imply?
14. W: You are always lying on the sofa, Jack。
M: What do you mean by “always”？ I need to rest for a while. This morning, I tidied the room and washed the clothes, you know。
Q: What does the man imply?
15. W: I read in the newspaper that some experts and doctors suggest that people over the age of 35 shouldn’t run。
M: Oh… I suppose it’s up to you. Of course if you run too quickly, it may make you exhausted. But jogging may keep you in good shape。
Q: What does the man think of running?
16. M: Where shall I plant these cherry trees, Lucy?
W: Let me see. I think right here in front of the house, where there is enough sunshine。
Q: Where did the conversation most probably take place?
17. M: How is your uncle feeling these days?
W: He is getting better now. The operation was a success and the doctor says he’ll recover soon. I think he can come home in a week。
Q: Where is the woman’s uncle now?
18. W: Hello, passengers. The train T65 to Nanjing will not be arriving at our station on time due to the snow storm. We apologize for the inconvenience。
M: T65? Oh, poor me!
Q: What can we learn from the man’s words?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations。
M: Good morning, Miss Wang. Can I help you?
W: Yes, I’d like to get some insurance for the contents of my home。
M: Fine! When did you move into the house?
W: A couple of weeks ago. And it’s an apartment actually. I was told by the landlord that it would be better to get some insurance for the furniture and other personal possessions。
M: Yes, it’s true. What kind of apartment is it?
W: A two-bedroom apartment with a basement。
M: What floor is it on?
W: Why do you need to know that?
M: Because it affects the cost of insurance. For an apartment on the ground floor, there are more chances of break-ins。
W: Really? I didn’t know that. It’s on the third, no, … second floor。
M: Second? How much is the rent?
W: It’s 34 dollars per week。
M: Good! Where is it located?
W: North King Avenue。
M: Ok. Take this form to that girl. She’ll calculate the cost of insurance for you。
W: Thank you. Bye。
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
19. When did Miss Wang move to her apartment?
20. Who suggested Miss Wang that she get some insurance for the furniture and her personal possessions?
21. Which floor is her apartment located on?
22. How much is the weekly rent for her apartment?
W: Hello. Sunnyside Inn. May I help you?
M: Yes, I'd like to reserve a room for two on the 21st of March。
W: Okay. Let me check our books here for a moment. The 21st of May, right?
M: No. March, not May。
W: Oh, sorry. Let me see here. Hmmm。
M: Are you all booked that night?
W: Well, we do have one suite available, complete with a kitchenette and a sauna bath. And the view of the city is great, too。
M: How much is that?
W: It's only $200 dollars, plus a 10% room tax。
M: Oh, that's a little too expensive for me. Do you have a cheaper room available either on the 20th or the 22nd?
W: Well, would you like a smoking or a non-smoking room?
M: Non-smoking, please。
W: Okay, we do have a few rooms available on the 20th; we're full on the 22nd, unless you want a smoking room。
M: Well, how much is the non-smoking room on the 20th?
W: $80 dollars, plus the 10% room tax。
M: Okay, that'll be fine。
W: All right. Could I have your name, please?
M: Yes. Bob Maexner。
W: How do you spell your last name, Mr. Maexner?
W: Okay, Mr. Maexner, we look forward to seeing you on March 20th。
M: Okay. Goodbye。
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard。
23. How much is the suite with a kitchenette and a sauna bath on March 21st?
24. Which date did the man order at last?
25. How much will the man pay for the room he finally ordered?
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 the four choices marked A)， B)， C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre。
Obtaining good health insurance while you are studying overseas is a real necessity to protect you from minor and catastrophic medical expenses that can wipe out not only your savings, but your dreams of an education abroad。
There are often two different types of health insurance you can consider buying: international travel insurance and student health insurance in the country where you will be going. An international travel insurance policy is usually purchased in your home country before you go abroad. It generally covers a wide variety of medical services, and you are often given a list of doctors who may even speak your native language in the area where you will travel. The drawback might be that you cannot get your medical expenses paid immediately. In other words, you may have to pay all your medical expenses and then later submit your receipts to the insurance company。
On the other hand, getting student health insurance in the country where you will study might allow you to only pay a certain percentage of the medical cost at the time of service (commonly called a co-pay)， and thus, you don't have to have sufficient cash to pay the entire bill at once。
Whatever you decide, obtaining some form of health insurance is something you should plan before you go overseas rather than waiting until you are sick with major medical bills to pay off。
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard。
26. Where and when can you buy international insurance?
27. What should you submit to the insurance company when getting your expenses paid if you get international travel insurance?
28. How much should you pay for your medical bill if you get student health insurance?
If our skin came with care labels in the same way that our clothing does, we could all simply follow the written instructions and always have flawless complexions. Unfortunately, taking care of our skin is a bit more complicated than that, especially given that everyone's skin is unique. One way to get on the right skin care path is to start by categorizing your skin as either oily or dry, and then planning a basic daily care proposal from there。
Here is a quick guide to caring for your skin based on your general skin type:
Oily: wash twice daily. People with oily skin should wash their faces at least twice a day. Certain cosmetics can be helpful in reducing the oil on the face。
Oily: moisturizer optional. Using a moisturizer is optional for oily skinned people, as the skin oil is a natural moisturizer。
Dry: wash less frequently. People with dry or sensitive skin should wash once or twice a day with a mild cleanser or soap. Certain cosmetics should be avoided。
Dry: moisturize regularly. Dry skinned individuals should always use moisturizer after washing their faces, as this will help replace moisture lost during washing。
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard。
29. Why does the speaker say that skin care is more complicated than clothing care?
30. For people with oily skin, what can be used to reduce the oil on the face?
31. For people with dry skin, when should they use a moisturizer?
Studies show what common sense tells us: the more kids read, the better they read and the more pleasure they get out of reading。
Unfortunately, the reverse holds true: children who read very little usually have poor reading skills. Reading is a struggle for them, and they avoid it whenever possible.
Is there anything that you can do to encourage your children to read? It's helpful to know your child's reasons for not liking or wanting to read. These reasons can help you decide what will work best in motivating your child to discover or rediscover how much fun reading can be。
These are the reasons children frequently give for not reading:
It's boring. Don't despair if your children have this response to reading that is assigned at school. You can expose them to another kind of reading that is related to their interests.
I don't have time. Kids are busy. School, friends, sports, homework, television, and chores all compete for their time. Some children need your help in rearranging their schedules to make time for reading。
It's too hard. For some children, reading is a slow, difficult process. If your child is having a hard time reading, talk with his or her reading teacher. Ask about how you can find interesting books and materials written at a level that matches your child’s reading ability。
It's no fun. For some children, especially those who have difficulty reading, books cause anxiety. Even for children with strong reading skills, pressure from schools and home that emphasize reading for performance can make reading seem like a chore.
Our advice: take the pressure off reading so that your child can enjoy it。
If you or someone else in your family has had problems reading, there is a greater likelihood your children will experience these difficulties, too. Speak to a reading teacher if you have reason to suspect a learning problem. Early testing administered at your child's school can identify a learning disability and alert the school to your child’s need for special teaching。
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard。
32. Which of the following is not one of the reasons why kids are busy?
33. What prevents kids from enjoying the fun of reading?
34. What can alert your child’s school to prepare special teaching of reading for your child?
35. Which of the following is not true according to the passage?
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。
If you're planning to travel overseas, the most common form of transportation is by airplane. Knowing the entire (36) procedure from purchasing plane tickets to coping with in-flight (37)emergencies can ensure that you have a pleasurable trip。
First of all, choosing an airline carrier might depend on a number of factors including the company's service record, price of the ticket, length of time to (38) destination, and even in-flight service。
Now, once you've purchased your ticket, you still need to make the long journey through the airport. Once you arrive, you usually check your bags at the main ticket counter. Then, you have to pass through the (39) security checkpoint, where you will have to walk through an X-ray machine, and they will check your carry-on bags for any (40) prohibited items, including firearms, (41) explosives, and knives. Of course, this is for everyone's safety. You might also be asked to open your bags to be (42) manually checked。
Once you pass through this checkpoint, then you will go to the (43)designated boarding area and gate to wait for your plane. Just wait there until they announce your flight。
Of course, once aboard the plane, (44) no one ever wants to experience any emergencies, but the plane is equipped with emergency exits in case you have to leave the plane. There are also life jackets under the seats, and oxygen masks in case (45) the plane's cabin unexpectedly loses pressure. Be sure to read the safety instruction card located in the pocket of the seat in front of you。
Airplane travel can be exciting, and (46) knowing what to expect before you go can make this experience even better。