FCE Listening Practice Test 9 Printable

Part 3

You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about happiness. For questions 19 – 23, choose from the list (A – H) what each person says happiness means to them. Use the letters only once. There are three extra letter which you do not need to use.

A. Having a happy personality allows you to cope effectively with problems.
B. Happiness comes from having someone special to share your thoughts with.
C. Happiness is all about the experience of overcoming problems.
D. Happiness is a short escape from everyday routine.
E. True happiness lies in making others happy.
F. Older people are less happy than younger ones.
G. Happiness is being thankful for what you have.
H. Happiness comes from achieving your goals.
Speaker 1  19 __
Speaker 2  20 __
Speaker 3  21 __
Speaker 4  22 __
Speaker 5  23 __

Part 4

You will hear part of a radio interview with an author called Mickey Smith, who is talking about becoming excellent at sport. For questions 24-30, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

24. When asked about his theory on talent, Mickey says that
A he is doing further research with other people.
B he realises some people disagree with him.
C he has not yet fully proved his ideas.

25. Mickey believes that outstanding football players
A have better levels of concentration than other players.
B are aware of the positions of other players on the pitch.
C are faster runners than other players.

26. How did Mickey feel when he first became successful at gymnastics?
A convinced he had a natural aptitude for the sport
B conscious that others in his area didn’t have the same chances
C lucky to have had one of the best training routines

27. Mickey says that the motivation to continue training for long periods of time
A develops at an early age in people who become experts.
B depends on your personal attitude towards success.
C does not come naturally to most people.

28. Mickey says that coaches working with young people need to understand that
A children and adults have different thought processes.
B young people have a built-in drive to succeed in areas like sport.
C it is important to focus on mental rather than physical techniques.

29. Mickey says that many people who play sport don’t bother to try hard because
A they feel incapable of reaching the same levels as sports stars.
B they don’t have time to put in the necessary effort.
C they are not confident in their ability to deal with success.

30. According to Mickey, what can cause some sports people to fail at important events?
A They haven’t trained enough.
B They are inexperienced at dealing with pressure.
C They can become too aware of their actions.


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