CAE Listening Practice Test 15

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CAE Listening 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 hear two people talking about public speaking.

1 Both speakers refer to a feeling of
A over-confidence.
В embarrassment.
C achievement.

2 The two speakers agree that a big problem with speaking in public is
A losing the audiences attention during a speech.
В choosing the wrong content for a speech.
C feeling nervous at the thought of giving a speech.

Extract Two

You hear part of a radio programme about the London Underground.

3 The poster campaign came at a time when
A various aspects of life in London were changing.
В many people were reluctant to travel on the Underground.
C the use of posters for advertising was increasing.

4 What does Zoe say about the content of the posters?
A It only appealed to a certain type of person.
В It contrasted with real life for many people.
C It influenced the lifestyles of some people.

Extract Three

You hear two people discussing the news media.

5 What opinion does the man express about the news media?
A It doesn’t deserve its reputation.
В It has become more influential.
C Its standards have risen.

6 The woman mentions medical stories
A to explain her attitude to the news media.
В to illustrate the importance of the news media.
C to describe why people dislike the news media.

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CAE Listening Practice Test 14

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CAE Listening 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 hear a sportsman and a businesswoman discussing the issue of being competitive.

1 How does the man feel about the book he’s read on competitiveness?
A surprised that it contradicts a well-established theory
B confused by the wide range of evidence it quotes
C unsure about certain aspects of its argument

2 The woman feels that in the business world, prioritising competitiveness leads to
A a demotivating effect on the workforce.
B a constant drive towards greater productivity.
C an obsession with short-term goals.

Extract Two

You hear two friends discussing some research into the impact of colour on memory.

3 They both say that
A restaurants use clever tactics to attract new customers.
B the research methods used seem valid.
C the same colours can affect people in different ways.

4 The woman feels that the teenager’s findings
A could prove significant in the long-term.
B need the backing of the scientific establishment.
C confirm initial evidence about the way memory is viewed.

Extract Three

You hear two people discussing a television programme about music and the effect it has on the brain.

5 How does the woman feel about the programme?
A surprised by its conclusion
B confused by the approach it took
C disappointed by the lack of explanation

6 What do they agree about music?
A It has unexpected benefits.
B Its effects on intelligence are obvious.
C It’s important to study its psychological impact.

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CAE Listening Practice Test 13

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CAE Listening 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 hear a trainee teacher called Susanna talking to her tutor.

1 What point does the tutor make about a teacher’s attitude?
A A good teacher can put any subject across effectively.
B Students will pick up on a teacher’s commitment.
C There’s little point in a teacher trying to fake passion for a subject.

2 What is Susanna doing?
A complaining about her students’ lack of enthusiasm
B proposing ways of making her subject more appealing
C asking for ideas about exercises her students could do

Extract Two

You hear a student called Sam telling his friend Ella about a concert he’s been to.

3 Sam is trying to
A suggest how the visual impact could have been improved.
B challenge Ella’s preconceptions about the music.
C persuade Ella to go to a similar one in the future.

4 In Sam’s opinion, what makes the performer stand out?
A the influence her academic background has on her music
B the instinctive way she responds to her audience
C the high level of stage presence she displays

Extract Three

You hear a woman telling her friend about new policies adopted by her company.

5 Staff have been planting trees in order to
A promote a desirable image.
B encourage a spirit of mutual co-operation.
C compensate for environmental damage.

6 The company was surprised that its remote working initiative resulted in
A more appreciative customers.
B a better standard of new recruits.
C a more motivated workforce.

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CAE Listening Practice Test 12

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CAE Listening 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 hear two friends talking about online privacy.

1 Why does the man mention his uncle?
A to criticise his attitude to technology
B to challenge a recommendation made by the woman
C to illustrate the power of the media

2 They agree that modern technology
A makes little difference to the accessibility of personal information.
B is less invasive than some people suggest.
C will continue to reduce people’s privacy.

Extract Two

You hear two trainee chefs discussing the issue of food waste.

3 What does the woman think about her boss’s ideas?
A She’s surprised at his forward-looking attitude.
B She’s dismissive of his attention to detail.
C She’s concerned about his generosity towards customers.

4 In reacting to the woman’s comments, the man reveals that he is
A determined to change practices at his own workplace.
B unsure about the facts she is presenting to him.
C doubtful whether his chef would accept new ideas.

Extract Three

You hear two students talking about an experiment into the way people perceive time.

5 The woman thinks the experiment was important because
A it provided unexpected results.
B it presented a great physical challenge.
C it raised public awareness of the subject.

6 She believes celebrating special events
A convinces people that time passes more quickly.
B provides people with pleasant memories.
C gives people a sense of structure when recalling the past.

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CAE Listening Practice Test 11

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CAE Listening 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 hear part of a radio interview with a product designer called Charles Loughlan.

1 How does the boy feel about the main band?
A He understands their basic needs.
B He is dismissive of their motives.
C He admires their business skills.

2 What does Charles suggest about a good product?
A Its appearance should reflect its function.
B It should encourage a desire to possess it.
C Its ecological impact should be considered.

Extract Two

You hear two friends discussing a TV interview with an actress called Celia Dent.

3 They agree that the interviewer made the mistake of
A dominating the discussion.
B asking predictable questions.
C failing to listen fully to answers.

4 The man says that certain film stars can be difficult to interview because
A they generally show a lack of spontaneity.
B they’re unwilling to reveal their true personality.
C they’re too anxious to promote their latest work.

Extract Three

You hear two freelance journalists talking about their work.

5 When talking about how he tackles a creative writing task, the man
A points out how easily he can assume the right frame of mind.
B tries to justify his antisocial behaviour when working.
C admits that frequent breaks can be beneficial.

6 What does the woman say about her earlier writing?
A She feels she no longer fully relates to it.
B She tends to draw on similar themes in her current work.
C She highlights the improvements she’s noticed in her work.

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CAE Listening Practice Test 10

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CAE Listening 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 hear two friends discussing a rock concert they both went to.

1 How does the boy feel about the main band?
A disappointed by their performance
B confused by all the advanced publicity
C unsure whether he got value for money or not

2 What is the woman doing in her reply?
A criticising the support band
B defending the approach of the media
C agreeing with comments about the main band

Extract Two

You hear part of a sports report about a football club manager.

3 What is the male presenter doing?
A praising changes that the manager has made
B suggesting that rumours about the manager are unfounded
C describing a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the
manager’s performance

4 In the female presenter’s opinion
A the manager’s strategy is the correct one
B the real problem is a lack of talented players
C the pressure on the manager is likely to increase

Extract Three

You hear two friends discussing an exhibition of modern sculpture.

5 What does the woman particularly admire about the artist?
A the originality of his work
B the way his art has developed
C the issues that his sculptures raise

6 What disappointed them both about the exhibition?
A the pieces of work that had been chosen
B the information provided for visitors
C the way it had been laid out

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CAE Listening Practice Test 9

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CAE Listening 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 hear two people talking about their work as website designers.

1 How does the man feel about the work?
A He finds the creativity stimulating
B He would like to use his academic training more
C He gets most satisfaction from being part of a team

2 What do they both think about the job?
A It’s a difficult career to get started in
B It’s important to be able to work flexible hours
C It’s a poorly paid job for the amount of work involved

Extract Two

You hear two cyclists talking about their sport.

3 The man thinks his success as a cyclist is due to
A his complete dedication
B the age at which he started
C a series of great role models

4 When talking about cycling in a velodrome, the woman reveals her
A fear of dangerous sports
B inability to follow instructions
C willingness to accept a challenge

Extract Three

You hear a man called Roy talking about bees on a phone-in programme.

5 Why has he phoned the programme?
A to raise issues not previously discussed
B to challenge the opinions of other contributors
C to lend his support to a view that’s been expressed

6 When talking about gardens, he is
A describing what he does in his own
B encouraging people to grow certain things
C suggesting that people keep bees themselves

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CAE Listening Practice Test 8

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CAE Listening 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 hear part of an interview with a broadcaster who is talking about a series of programmes he presented about landscape painting.

1 Why did he decide to include a picture by a politician?
A to point out how painting helps people in different ways
B to show some interesting points about styles of painting
C to stress that amateur art can equal professional painting

2 How does he feel about the process of drawing?
A The activity relaxes him
B He is ashamed of the results
C Concentrating on it is exciting

Extract Two

You hear an amateur pilot called Gina Nesbit talking about doing aerobatics in her small plane.

3 What does Gina find hard about learning new aerobatic movements?
A It is difficult to practise without any instructions
B Trying out some of them makes her feel sick at first
C She can get nervous flying the plane unaccompanied

4 What gives Gina most pleasure when taking part in competitions?
A the relief she feels after completing a sequence of actions
B the satisfaction of knowing she has performed accurately
C the pride she takes in preparing as thoroughly as possible

Extract Three

You overhear a chef called George talking to a friend about his daily routine.

5 What does George appreciate most about riding a motorbike?
A It allows him to avoid the traffic jams on the way to work
B It reminds him of when he was a teenager
C It gives him some time for himself

6 Which is George’s favourite object in his house?
A the kitchen table
B the shower
C the cooker

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CAE Listening Practice Test 7

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CAE Listening 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 a man telling a friend about a trip to the theatre.

1 The man says that the theatre
A had recently moved
B was overcrowded
C was unusually small

2 The man criticises the actors for
A lacking enthusiasm
B forgetting their lines
C wearing inappropriate make-up

Extract Two

You hear a media interview with a tour operator at a conference on what is called ‘responsible’ tourism.

3 What distinctive feature of his company is the tour operator keen to stress?
A It is responsive to local employment needs
B It designs tours for selected groups and special interests
C It makes limited use of non-renewable sources of energy

4 He makes the point that the majority of tourists are now
A conscious of a greater need for social justice
B willing to pay additional amounts for responsible tourism
C unaware that the choices they make have far-reaching effects

Extract Three

You hear two local radio presenters, Laura and Steve, talking about an upcoming rugby match.

5 What do they agree about?
A The ticket allocation has been unfair
B The final result is almost impossible to predict
C The absence of certain players will make for a less exciting game

6 Listeners who are planning to go to Australia to see the match should
A organise their accommodation in advance
B join the official fan club to reduce their travelling costs
C bring their children along to introduce them to the sport

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CAE Listening Practice Test 6

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CAE Listening 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 part of a conversation between the secretary of a golf club and a visitor to the club

1 What does the visitor feel about installing satellite navigation in her car?
A worried about its cost
B unsure of its usefulness
C doubtful about its reliability

2 When he talks about in-car satellite navigation systems, the secretary is
A helping his visitor to choose the best model
B providing his visitor with information about them
C warning his visitor about the drawbacks of using one

Extract Two

You hear part of a discussion in which the anthropologist Paula Drew and the comedian Mike Morton are talking about their lives.

3 What does Mike say about his use of comedy as a child?
A He appeared to have an instinctive talent for it
B His long-term friendships depended on it
C It was one of a number of skills he developed

4 Both speakers agree that, for a successful life, people need
A a belief in themselves
B a clearly defined goal
C a commitment to hard work

Extract Three

You hear part of a radio discussion about holiday reading

5 The man reads books which
A remind him of people he’s met
B make a change from his work
C are set somewhere he doesn’t know

6 His work involves
A a lot of travel
B looking out for new words
C studying classical literature

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