CAE Listening Practice Test 1 -
CAE Listening Practice Test 1

CAE Listening Practice Test 1

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CAE Listening 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 part of an interview with a woman who works in retail management.

1 How does the woman feel now about her first job in retailing?
A pleased by the way she handled the staff
B confident that it gave her a good start
C relaxed about the mistakes she made

2 What is the woman advised to do next?
A reflect on her skills
B volunteer for extra work
C discuss her situation with her boss

Extract Two

You overhear a woman telling a friend a story about a swan.

3 What problem did the woman have with the swan?
A She misunderstood its intentions
B She underestimated the speed of its approach
C She failed to realise the consequences of disturbing it

4 What is the man’s reaction to the story?
A He feels he would have handled the situation better
B He is unconvinced by the woman’s version of events
C He fails to see quite how serious the problem was

Extract Three

You hear part of an interview with Bruce Loader, a successful businessman who is talking about his early life.

5 Why did Bruce decide to give up the idea of studying art?
A He failed to gain a place at art college
B He became tired of doing representational art
C He was persuaded that he could not realise his ambition

6 What was his father’s reaction to Bruce’s decision?
A He was anxious to discuss alternative employment options
B He was angry that a good opportunity had been wasted
C He was dismissive of the advantages of higher education

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