CAE Listening Practice Test 21 printable

CAE Listening Practice Test 21 Printable

Part 3

You will hear an interview in which two professional kayakers called Glenda Beachley and Declan Speight are talking about their sport. For questions 15-20, choose the answer (А, В, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.

15 What does Glenda find most enjoyable about kayaking?
A It needs a variety of skills.
B It puts your fitness to the test.
C It requires her to work out problems.
D It makes her feel more independent.

16 Glenda suggests that amateur kayakers should
A alter different training techniques.
B take picking a club seriously.
C focus on the fun the sport gives.
D be as competitive with friends as possible.

17 When Declan brings up ‘wild-water’ racing, he suggests that
A it tests your endurance rather than speed.
B keeping to the given route can be tricky.
C weather is the main factor determining his success.
D competitions are the main motivation for him.

18 When asked about the possible dangers, Glenda believes that
A a degree of danger makes the sport interesting.
B you’ve got to learn from your mistakes.
C good risk-assessing skill is a must.
D being too confident is especially dangerous.

19 What does Declan recommend when buying equipment?
A Investing in the best equipment you can afford.
B Asking help of a more experienced person.
C Getting what is most comfortable for you.
D Researching before making a purchase.

20 Both Glenda’s and Declan’s best memories of kayaking are connected with
A going to new locations with people they know well.
B showing good results in competitions.
C meeting various people.
D finding great kayaking spots in unexpected places.

Part 4

You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about leaving their own country to study abroad.

For questions 21-25, choose from the list A-H why each speaker decided to study in another country.

For questions 26-30, choose from the list A-H what each speaker says they gained from the experience.

A to explore an alternative career
B to extend skills already acquired
C to satisfy family expectations
D to turn a dream into reality
E to learn another language
F to be nearer to places of historical interest
G to escape from a dead-end job
H to pursue a simpler lifestyle



Speaker 1 21 [ ]

Speaker 2 22 [ ]

Speaker 3 23 [ ]

Speaker 4 24 [ ]

Speaker 5 25 [ ]

A a feeling of being at home
a new attitude towards money
a completely new interest
the opportunity to make useful contacts
a more relaxed attitude towards others
a greater sense of motivation
friends with the same interests
a new sense of independence
Speaker 1 26[ ]

Speaker 2 27[ ]

Speaker 3 28[ ]

Speaker 4 29[ ]

Speaker 5 30[ ]

Answer Keys

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

Part 2
7. without feet 8. scream 9. new moon 10. (a) cliff/cliffs
11. paper 12. (a) thunderstorm/thunderstorms 13. silent 14. youngest/younger sons

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

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