CAE Listening Practice Test 5

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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 overhear two friends, Gordon and Annabelle, discussing a film called A Secret Place, which they have both seen recently.

1 What do Gordon and Annabelle agree about?
A The film lacks a coherent storyline
B The director was over-ambitious in his aims
C The book which the film was based on is far subtler

2 What does Annabelle think about the film’s ending?
A It is greatly enhanced by the musical soundtrack
B It strikes a good balance between humour and tragedy
C It is a clever way of solving a character’s problem

Extract Two

You hear part of a radio interview with an architect called Alan Fasman

3 Alan refers to St Paul’s Cathedral in London because
A it is a building of outstanding beauty
B it retains a powerful symbolism
C it met with disapproval at first

4 How does Alan account for the success of public architecture in the Netherlands?
A People there are very well-informed about architecture
B Decision-making about architecture is well organised there
C Many of the world’s leading architects happen to come from there

Extract Three

You hear part of a radio interview with the ecologist Lorna Hindle about climate change

5 What prompted Lorna to begin her latest project?
A dismay over a colleague’s behaviour
B frustration at government inactivity
C concern about industrial pollution

6 What is Lorna’s attitude to climate change?
A She believes individuals can help to combat it
B She considers its dangers have been exaggerated
C She places most emphasis on its economic implications

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CAE Listening Practice Test 4

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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 a radio discussion about a football team

1 What impresses the man about the player called John Elliott?
A He is able to keep calm when he gets near the goal area
B He is good at preventing the opponents from scoring
C He can score many goals given the right conditions

2 What do the two speakers disagree about?
A the inflated price paid for the new player
B the new player’s long-term prospects in the team
C the manager’s previous mistakes when purchasing players

Extract Two

You hear part of a radio interview with Deanna Carriconde, who has just won a prize for her environmental work in South America

3 Deanna thinks the underlying cause o f the ecosystem changes she mentions is
A overfishing by industrial fisheries
B increased local sea temperatures
C growth o f predator populations in the area

4 How do the local fishermen feel about Deanna’s work now?
A unhappy about sharing their catch with marine creatures she protects
B pleased that she has prevented industrial exploitation o f anchovies
C optimistic about the prospect o f catching better quality fish

Extract Three

You hear part of a radio programme about books and reading

5 Why did the woman read the book she describes?
A It was an unexpected gift
B She came across it by chance
C It was recommended to her

6 What did the book help her to understand?
A how strange the world is
B how enjoyable stories can be
C how she could become a writer

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CAE Listening Practice Test 3

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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 two colleagues, Eva and Colin, talk about a problem at work

1 What is Colin’s opinion o f their new boss?
A She fails to consult with colleagues
B She is too keen to establish new working practices
C She has little understanding of the organisation’s history

2 When talking about the problem, Eva is
A trying to suggest that it is unimportant
B comparing alternative ways of solving it
C encouraging Colin to take a more positive attitude to it

Extract Two

You hear an interview with an expert who repairs antique vases

3 What is the expert doing at the start of the interview?
A explaining what can ruin a restoration job
B comparing various methods of restoration she uses
C describing the difficulties of matching colours during restoration

4 How does the expert feel about leaving visible cracks in the finished vase?
A They should be avoided if a tail possible
B They are part of the vase’s history and should be seen
C They affect the value of the vase rather than its appearance

Extract Three

On the radio, you hear a visitor talking to a man about the remote island where he lives

5 The man wants a ferry service between the mainland and the island because
A he is keen to develop tourism on the island
B he thinks more young people would come to live on the island
C he feels the island people should not be isolated from modem life

6 The speakers have different opinions about whether
A creating an airport would be advantageous
B building houses on the beach would be advisable
C commercial development would spoil the island’s unique nature

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CAE Listening Practice Test 2

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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 overhear two friends, John and Diane, discussing holiday plans.

1 John thinks Diane’s indecision about the holiday is
A unreasonable in view of her financial position
B surprising since her holiday is well overdue
C understandable given how much money is involved

2 How does Diane feel about the prospect of a break from work?
A nervous that her boss will regret promoting her
B worried that staff will take advantage of her absence
C doubtful whether she can clear her backlog of work in time

Extract Two

You overhear two friends discussing a new film.

3 Why has the film been refused a certificate allowing it to be shown to children?
A The soundtrack makes it too frightening in places
B The plot is too psychologically complex
C The opening images are too violent

4 The friends agree that the original story on which the film is based
A is written in a rather unusual style
B gives a convincing portrayal of a historical character
C manages to keep the reader in suspense until the end

Extract Three

You hear an interview with the architect Ingrid Chapman, who is talking about an office building she has recently designed.

5 What does Ingrid think is the best feature of the new building?
A the amount of light that comes in
B the space she has created for staff interaction
C the way each floor has its own facilities

6 What does she suggest companies with outdated office buildings should do?
A employ her to design a more modern building
B ask staff what kind of workplace they would like
C use imagination to improve aspects of the offices

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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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