(Print-friendly) CAE Listening Practice Test 2

CAE Listening Practice Test 2
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Part 1

You will hear three different extracts. For questions 1-6, choose the answer (A, В or C) which fits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each extract.

Extract One

You overhear two friends, John and Diane, discussing holiday plans.

1 John thinks Diane’s indecision about the holiday is
A unreasonable in view of her financial position.
В surprising since her holiday is well overdue.
C understandable given how much money is involved.

2 How does Diane feel about the prospect of a break from work?
A nervous that her boss will regret promoting her
В worried that staff will take advantage of her absence
C doubtful whether she can clear her backlog of work in time

Extract Two

You overhear two friends discussing a new film.

3 Why has the film been refused a certificate allowing it to be shown to children?
A The soundtrack makes it too frightening in places.
В The plot is too psychologically complex.
C The opening images are too violent.

4 The friends agree that the original story on which the film is based
A is written in a rather unusual style.
В gives a convincing portrayal of a historical character.
C manages to keep the reader in suspense until the end.

Extract Three

You hear an interview with the architect Ingrid Chapman, who is talking about an office building she has recently designed.

5 What does Ingrid think is the best feature of the new building?
A the amount of light that comes in
В the space she has created for staff interaction
C the way each floor has its own facilities

6 What does she suggest companies with outdated office buildings should do?
A employ her to design a more modern building
В ask staff what kind of workplace they would like
C use imagination to improve aspects of the offices

Part 2

You will hear a guide taking a group of visitors around a museum. For questions 7-14, complete the sentences.

Museum Tour

This museum houses objects collected by the 7 ________ based in the city.
It has one of the country’s best galleries containing 8 ________ exhibits.
The museum’s displays of 9 ________ and ________ are closed to visitors at present.
The section called 10 ________ is popular with young people.
The picture galleries contain works on various themes by 11 ________.
The museum’s 12 ________needs modernising.
The guide uses the word 13 ________ to describe the Rutland Dinosaur’s effect on people.
Polystyrene was used to reconstruct most of the Rutland Dinosaur’s 14 ________

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