CAE Listening Practice Test 8 Printable

CAE Listening Practice Test 8 Printable and PDF version

Part 3

You will hear part of a radio programme in which two people, Sally White and Martin Jones, are discussing the popularity of audio books. For questions 15-20, choose the answer (А, В, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.

15 Sally feels that the main advantage of audio books is that they
A encourage children to read more
В make more books accessible to children
C save parents from having to read to children
D are read by experienced actors

16 What does Martin say about the woman who came into his shop?
A She no longer worries about long journeys
В Her children used to argue about what to listen to
C She no longer takes her children to France
D Her children don’t like staying in hotels

17 Martin says that in the USA there is a demand for audio books because people there
A were the first to obtain audio books
В have to drive long distances
C are used to listening to the spoken word on the radio
D feel that they do not have time to read books

18 Sally says that authors may record their own books on tape if
A their book has just been published
В they want it read a certain way
C they have already read extracts from it aloud
D there are no suitable actors available

19 According to Sally, successful abridgements depend on
A their closeness to the original
В the length of the original
C the style of the author
D the type of story

20 Martin feels that unabridged versions
A are better than abridgements
В can be too expensive
C contain too much detail
D are becoming more popular

Part 4

You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about starting a business.

TASK ONE
For questions 21-25, choose from the list A-H the reason each speaker gives for starting a business.

TASK TWO
For questions 26-30, choose from the list A-H the comment each speaker makes about their business.

A careers advice
B redundancy
C family relocation
D taking early retirement
E a newly discovered skill
F an idea in an article
G a disagreement at work
H a friend’s advice

Speaker 1 21 [  ]

Speaker 2 22 [  ]

Speaker 3 23 [  ] 

Speaker 4 24 [  ]

Speaker 5 25 [  ]

A It has made a lot of money
B It fills a gap in the market
C It has added variety to life
D It was difficult to begin with
E It is lonely and exhausting
F It provides little social contact
G It is causing family problems
H It has meant a lot of travelling

Speaker 1 26[  ]

Speaker 2 27[  ]

Speaker 3 28[  ]

Speaker 4 29[  ]

Speaker 5 30[  ]

Answer Keys

Part 1
1. A  2. C  3. C  4. В  5. С  6. В

Part 2
7. Greeks  8. design  9. public libraries  10. time, motivation (in either order)
11. weekend workshop  12. puzzles  13. soap dishes  14. chests of drawers

Part 3
15. В  16. A  17. В  18. В  19. С  20. D

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

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