CAE Listening Practice Test 20 printable

CAE Listening Practice Test 20 Printable

Part 3

You will hear an interview with a young film director, Lauren, talking about her life and work. For questions 15-20, choose the answer (А, В, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.

15 Lauren was prompted by her teachers to to pursue a film-making career because they
A believed that she had potential.
B found her early attempts highly original.
C were impressed by how motivated she was.
D appreciated her ability to work within a budget.

16 What is Lauren’s opinion of criticism towards film schools?
A She believes that such critics would benefit from joining it.
B She defends the record of the one that she attended.
C She agrees that it’s less useful for certain types of work.
D She regrets that it’s the only option for poorer students.

17 Lauren didn’t shoot a full-length film sooner because
A she wanted to be sure of her ability first.
B she was previously unsuccessful with them.
C she didn’t get any offers from studios.
D she couldn’t find financial support for it.

18 What does Lauren say about the characters in her films?
A She tries to surprise her audience with them.
B She likes them to fit into well-defined types.
C She accepts that the men may be more interesting.
D She sets out to make them as complicated as possible.

19 How does Lauren feel now about the film Hidden Valley Dreams?
A She regrets the setting she chose for it.
B She regards it as being far from perfect.
C She’s surprised that it’s proved so popular.
D She wishes she’d spent more time on the plot.

20 How does Lauren feel about giving talks at schools?
A unsure whether to reveal her humble background
B concerned that she might give the kids unrealistic ambitions
C slightly uncomfortable with the idea of being a role model
D worried that she may not command the respect of the students

Part 4

You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about falling asleep in a public place.

For questions 21-25, choose from the list A-H the reason each speaker gives for falling asleep in the place they did.

For questions 26-30, choose from the list A-H how each speaker felt afterwards.

A to keep someone company
B as a result of physical exertion
C to save money
D as preparation for physical activity
E to avoid inconveniencing others
F as a result of some treatment
G to avoid a long walk home
H to prove something to themselves


Speaker 1 21 [ ]

Speaker 2 22 [ ]

Speaker 3 23 [ ]

Speaker 4 24 [ ]

Speaker 5 25 [ ]

A embarrassed by the situation
aware of physical discomfort
offended by the reactions of others
pleased to have had some rest
worried about the risk taken
grateful for a way of passing the time
happy to have followed local customs
disgusted by the conditions
Speaker 1 26[ ]

Speaker 2 27[ ]

Speaker 3 28[ ]

Speaker 4 29[ ]

Speaker 5 30[ ]

Answer Keys

Part 1
1. B 2. B 3. A 4. C 5. B 6. A

Part 2
7. face 8. light brown 9. mining 10. curious
11. threatened 12. (gentle) hum 13. grease 14. rugs

Part 3
15. A 16. B 17. A 18. D 19. B 20. C

Part 4
21. C 22. F 23. B 24. D 25. G
26. F 27. B 28. H 29. C 30. G