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.

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

TASK TWO
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

 

7 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 🙂

  5. Hello im so thankful for all this sample exam but im not able to print pdf its impossible to see it

  6. You should be able to print or save in by clicking the ‘Print/Save in PDF’ link at the bottom of the text

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