CAE Listening Practice test 3 — Roman Tablets, Architects, Problems at Work

CAE Listening Practice Test 3 Printable

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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 hear two colleagues, Eva and Colin, talk about a problem at work

1 What is Colin’s opinion o f their new boss?
A She fails to consult with colleagues.
В She is too keen to establish new working practices.
C She has little understanding of the organisation’s history.

2 When talking about the problem, Eva is
A trying to suggest that it is unimportant.
В comparing alternative ways of solving it.
C encouraging Colin to take a more positive attitude to it.

Extract Two

You hear an interview with an expert who repairs antique vases

3 What is the expert doing at the start of the interview?
A explaining what can ruin a restoration job
В comparing various methods of restoration she uses
C describing the difficulties of matching colours during restoration

4 How does the expert feel about leaving visible cracks in the finished vase?
A They should be avoided if at all possible.
В They are part of the vase’s history and should be seen.
C They affect the value of the vase rather than its appearance.

Extract Three

On the radio, you hear a visitor talking to a man about the remote island where he lives

5 The man wants a ferry service between the mainland and the island because
A he is keen to develop tourism on the island.
В he thinks more young people would come to live on the island.
C he feels the island people should not be isolated from modem life.

6 The speakers have different opinions about whether
A creating an airport would be advantageous.
В building houses on the beach would be advisable.
C commercial development would spoil the island’s unique nature.

Part 2

You will hear a short radio report about how technology is helping archaeologists who want to learn more about some texts written over 2,000 years ago known as Roman tablets. For questions 7-14, complete the sentences.

Roman tablets

The speaker says that an Ancient Roman ‘tablet’ was about as thick as a present-day 7________.
At the site of an old 8 ________, archaeologists discovered about 200 tablets.
Roman soldiers often used tablets writing letter or documents of a 9 ________ nature.
On one tablet mentioned, the word 10 ________ is legible as well as people’s names.
An expert in what’s called 11 ________ says that the project is very challenging.
Panels on the tablets were once filled with 12 ________, which provided the writing surface.
Efforts to analyse the original texts using 13 ________ photography were unsuccessful.
New technology is also being applied to other historical texts which were written using 14________.

5 thoughts on “CAE Listening Practice Test 3 Printable”

  1. Hey there! , I am having troubles with the answers 22 and 24 , i do not understand them , some help would be really helpful.

    Thanks for the listenings!

  2. Hello Martin, hope you are having a great day.

    Question 22 actually had the wrong answer mentioned in the keys! I am very sorry about that. The correct answer would be F – excessive responsibility.
    Question 24 mentions a ‘bad flow of data’ and a supportive line manager, who has been ‘on at the technicians to sort it out’. Both fragments of script point in the direction of a computer-related problem, which would clearly refer to an ‘IT system’ mentioned in H.

    Thanks for pointing that out and have an awesome CAE exam!

  3. Hello! I wanted to contact you in private but can´t find the way.I think there is a mistake here and it should read ” avoid it if AT ALL possible”
    I hope you dont mind the correction 🙂

    4 How does the expert feel about leaving visible cracks in the finished vase?
    A They should be avoided if a tail possible.

  4. Thank you very much for the correction, Anna! Things like that happen here and I can’t express how grateful I am you have pointed that out!
    I should really look into making a feedback form of a kind I guess 🙂

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