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

CAE Listening Practice Test 3 Printable

Part 3

You  will  hear an interview with an architect called Lucy Collett who designs small buildings. For questions 15-20, choose the answer (А, В, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.

15 Lucy enjoyed building the tree-house because it
A gave her children somewhere to play.
В presented an interesting design problem.
C demonstrated the type of work she does.
D allowed her to fulfil a childhood ambition.

16 What fascinated Lucy about the historical phone boxes?
A their international character
В their luxurious interiors
C their range of styles
D the quality of their construction

17 At college, Lucy designed small buildings so that they
A could be assembled in a shorter time.
В would comply better with safety rules.
C would have a wider range of uses.
D could be built in a simpler style.

18 Lucy got the idea for a folding market stall
A from her parents.
В from travelling salesmen.
C while she was at a trade fair.
D while she was on an overseas trip.

19 What did Lucy like best about her award-winning design?
A the shape
В the display space
C the decoration
D the building material

20 The hotel phone booths which Lucy worked on were
A developed with mobile phone users in mind.
В designed for countries with relatively few mobile phones.
C placed at the entrance to the hotel lobby.
D intended to be the largest feature of the lobby.

Part 4

You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about problems related to their work.

For questions 21-25, choose from the list A-H the problem each person encounters.

For questions 26-30, choose from the list A-H each person’s current feeling
A a troublesome client
B poor pay and conditions
C a difficult colleague
D conflict with management
E a failed project
F excessive responsibility
G a lack of promotion
H an inefficient IT system

Speaker 1 21 [  ]

Speaker 2 22 [  ]

Speaker 3 23 [  ] 

Speaker 4 24 [  ]

Speaker 5 25 [  ]

A keen to bring in changes
B willing to accept their situation
C sure that things will improve
D reluctant to make a complaint
E annoyed by messages from colleagues
F aware of their own failings
G miserable in their present job
H unsure what to do about the problem

Speaker 1 26[  ]

Speaker 2 27[  ]

Speaker 3 28[  ]

Speaker 4 29[  ]

Speaker 5 30[  ]

Answer Keys

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

Part 2
7. envelope  8. fort   9. legal   10. transportation
11. computer vision   12. wax   13. laser   14. ink

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

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


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3 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!

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