FCE Listening Practice Test 13

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You are in a shop when you overhear this man answering the telephone. What does the caller want to buy?
A a book about playing a guitar
B a book about guitar music
C a cassette of guitar music

2 You are listening to the radio when you hear this man speaking. What is he talking about?
A history
B shipbuilding
C politics

3 You are sitting in a cafe when you hear this woman speaking. She is telling her friend about
A the weather.
B buying a new coat.
C new windows.

4 Listen to this woman introducing a college lecture. The visiting lecturer
A has recently changed career.
B has made a new discovery.
C was late for the lecture.

5 You will hear someone talking about soap operas. What does the speaker think about them?
A They are boring and meaningless to everyone.
B The plot Is very exciting and unpredictable
C People become addicted to them without realising it.

6 You are staying in the home of a British family. You hear the mother answering the phone. The caller wants to take her daughter
A to the cinema.
B to a party.
C to a restaurant.

7 Listen to a policeman being interviewed on the evening television news. What is he describing?
A a car crash
B a bomb explosion
C a serious fire

8 You overhear this exchange in a major London railway station. The cause of the delay is
A snow.
B flooding.
C an accident.

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FCE Listening Practice Test 12

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear a hotel manager talking about the staff who work for her. What does she say about them?
A They get to do a range of tasks.
B They often suggest new ideas.
C They sometimes arrive late.

2 You overhear a student talking on the phone. What does he say about life at college?
A He’s made a lot of new friends.
B His teachers are pleased with his progress.
C He finds his accommodation is very convenient.

3 You hear a caller on a radio phone-in programme. Why has she phoned?
A to disagree with a previous caller
B to warn other listeners about something
C to explain how she feels about something

4 You hear a man talking about a wildlife documentary. What aspect of it disappointed him?
A the animals which were featured
B the quality of the photography
C the style of the commentary

5 You overhear two people talking in a cafe. The man has just come from
A his workplace.
B a shopping centre.
C the house of a friend.

6 You hear a man talking about how he designs light shows for music concerts. He usually gets his ideas by
A watching films of previous shows with similar music.
B listening to the music for the show several times.
C asking the performers to describe the audience.

7 You hear two friends talking about a new ‘free bike-hire’ scheme. What do they agree about?
A the effect it might have on levels of bike crime
B who should be responsible for paying for it
C how much it would improve their city

8 You hear a woman talking about her favourite movie. Why does she like it?
A It’s very romantic.
B It’s very funny.
C It’s very exciting.

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FCE Listening Practice Test 11

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear two friends talking about a book. What does the boy like about it?
A It’s short.
B It’s educational.
C It’s amusing.

2 You hear a man talking about family holidays as a teenager. What part did he find most enjoyable about them?
A the journey
B being outdoors
C watching films

3 You hear two friends talking about a hotel they stayed in. What do they agree about it?
A The location was convenient.
B The staff were friendly.
C The room was comfortable.

4 You hear a woman talking about a new film. How did she feel after seeing it?
A confused
B frustrated
C sad

5 You hear a woman telling a friend about her job in a supermarket. What was she doing there this morning?
A working on the checkout
B filling the shelves
C serving at the fish counter

6 You hear a man talking about a band he saw at a concert. What is he critical of?
A the image of the band
B the quality of the music
C the length of the show

7 You hear a sports instructor giving advice. What is he doing?
A giving feedback on a technique they’ve tried
B describing a technique they might find useful
C explaining why a technique might be inappropriate

8 You hear a woman talking about being at university. What surprised her about it?
A how quickly time passed
B how much money she spent
C how many friends she made

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FCE Listening Practice Test 10

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear two friends talking about attending a motor-racing event. They agree that the best thing about it was
A the race.
B the facilities.
C the atmosphere.

2 You hear a football coach talking about a match. He thinks that the team lost because
A they lacked concentration.
B they hadn’t practised enough.
C they weren’t very fit.

3 You hear two people talking about a computer game. Why does the boy dislike it?
A It’s boring.
B It’s expensive.
C It’s complicated.

4 You hear a woman talking about judging a poetry competition. What surprised her?
A how nature was seen in the poems
B how many poems some people wrote
C how humorous the poems were

5 You hear a young man talking about travelling alone for the first time. How did his parents react to the idea?
A They were helpful.
B They were worried.
C They were angry.

6 You hear part of a talk by a nurse. What is she doing?
A giving instructions to a new colleague
B explaining how patients should be treated
C outlining the good and bad points of the job

7 You hear a man talking about a long-distance journey he made. How did he travel?
A by bus
B by motorbike
C by car

8 You hear two friends talking about listening to the radio. What did the girl like about the programme she mentions?
A It was amusing.
B She learned something.
C The presenter was good.

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FCE Listening Practice Test 9

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear a young man talking about his hobby of rock climbing. How does he feel about it?
A satisfied with his level of expertise
B concerned about doing a dangerous sport
C proud when he copes with difficult conditions

2 You hear a public announcement at a family theme park. What does the announcement contain?
A a change to a timetable
B details of a new attraction
C instructions about a location

3 You hear two people talking about a course they have attended. What was the topic of the course?
A book illustration
B journalism
C publishing

4 You hear two people talking about a film they have both seen. What do they agree about?
A The story wasn’t very original.
B Reviews of the film weren’t accurate.
C The message wasn’t very positive.

5 You hear a man being interviewed about a new project he has set up in his home town. What is the purpose of the project?
A to reduce the amount of litter on a town’s streets
B to increase the inhabitants’ awareness of recycling
C to stop shopkeepers using plastic bags for customers’ purchases

6 You hear a man talking on the radio about salespeople. What does he say about them?
A They take pride in forming good relationships with buyers.
B They keep one objective in mind at all times.
C They prefer people they think are easy to sell to.

7 You hear two friends talking about a student website. What do they agree about it?
A It is visually attractive.
B It has a lot of useful advertisements.
C It is easy to navigate round.

8 You hear a chef talking about taking part in a cookery competition. What did he find surprising?
A how nervous he felt
B how rushed he felt
C how tired he felt

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FCE Listening Practice Test 8

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear a message on a telephone answering machine. Why is the speaker calling?
A to confirm some arrangements
B to issue an invitation
C to persuade someone to do something

2 You hear two people talking about a water-sports centre. The man says the centre should
A pay more attention to safety.
B offer activities for small children.
C provide all the equipment needed.

3 You hear a professional tennis player talking about her career. What annoys her most about interviewers?
A their belief that she leads a glamorous life
B their assumption that she’s motivated by money
C their tendency to disturb her while she’s travelling

4 You hear a poet talking about his work. What is he doing?
A giving his reasons for starting to visit schools
B justifying the childlike nature of some of his recent poems
C explaining that his poems appeal to people of different ages

5 You hear two people talking about a programme they saw on TV. The woman thinks the programme was
A irritating.
B sad.
C uninformative.

6 You hear two people talking about an ice-hockey game they’ve just seen. How does the girl feel about it?
A pleased to have had the experience
B relieved that she’d dressed appropriately
C impressed by the performance of the team

7 You overhear two friends talking about a restaurant. What do they both like about it?
A the presentation of the food
B the atmosphere of the place
C the originality of the cooking

8 You hear a man talking on the radio. What type of information is he giving?
A a travel announcement
B a weather forecast
C an accident report

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FCE Listening Practice Test 7

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear someone talking on a radio programme. What is the speaker doing?
A recommending that listeners make a certain drink
B explaining why a drink is becoming more popular
C telling listeners about a drink they may not know about

2 You hear someone talking about people who travel a lot when they’re young. What is his attitude towards these people?
A He is envious of them for having the opportunity.
B He feels that they are simply wasting their time.
C He can’t understand why they do it.

3 You hear an advertisement for a course. What does the speaker say about the course?
A You need to take a lest before being accepted for it.
B It starts with theory and moves on to practical work.
C It focuses on your effect on the people you will instruct.

4 You hear part of a radio interview. Who is being interviewed?
A a film director
B an actor
C a screenwriter

5 You hear part of a radio report about car drivers. What did the survey discover about a lot of drivers?
A They pay no attention to warning lights.
B They don’t know what various symbols in a car relate to.
C They think there are ton many warning lights and symbols in cars.

6 You turn on the radio and hear part of a programme. What type of programme is it?
A a review programme
B a chat show
C a phone-in

7 You hear part of a radio play. Where is the scene taking place?
A in a restaurant
B in a car
C in a house

8 You hear a woman talking about running. What aspect of running is she talking about?
A her involvement in running over a period of time
B why she finds running so enjoyable
C the importance of running and training with others

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FCE Listening Practice Test 6

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear part of an interview with a pop singer. How does she feel about what happened?
A embarrassed by her mistake
B angry with her tour manager
C confused about what happened

2 You hear part of a radio programme for young people. What advice does the speaker give?
A Try to discuss the matter with your friends.
B Pay no attention to the people who laugh at you.
C Encourage other people to be like you.

3 You hear a radio presenter talking about a book. What does the presenter say about the book?
A Some of the writers have already had their work published.
B It contains work that was entered for a competition.
C It is very well organised.

4 You hear someone talking on the phone. What is the speaker’s purpose?
A to resolve a disagreement
B to make a threat
C to apologise for previous behaviour

5 You hear someone talking to an assistant at a box office. What is the situation?
A The man has lost his tickets.
B The man was sent the wrong tickets.
C The man wants to return the tickets.

6 You hear someone talking about her personality. What is the speaker doing?
A admitting something
B explaining something
C promising something

7 You hear two people talking. What is the relationship between them?
A They are members of the same club.
B They live in the same building.
C They are studying on the same course.

8 You hear a local radio presenter talking about a competition. Which of the following is true of the competition?
A The first part does not involve any cooking.
B The second part involves ten people cooking on their own.
C The final part takes place at a different restaurant.

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FCE Listening Practice Test 5

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear part of an interview with a sportsman. What does he say about playing for the national team?
A He doesn’t think it will happen soon.
B It isn’t his main concern at the moment.
C The possibility of it happening has put him under pressure.

2 You hear the introduction to a radio programme. What is the speaker doing?
A contrasting weather forecasting in the past and the present
B explaining why weather forecasting has become more accurate
C joking about how people used to forecast the weather

3 You hear a man talking about reading aloud to children. What opinion does he express?
A Short stories are better than longer books.
B The choice of book may not be important.
C It’s hard to know what will make children laugh.

4 You hear someone talking about work. What is his situation?
A He has just left a job.
B He is thinking of leaving his job.
C He has just started a new job.

5 You hear someone talking about his childhood. What does he mention?
A a habit he regards as strange
B regret about some of his behaviour
C how much he has changed

6 You hear someone talking about something that happened at a party. How did the speaker feel?
A upset
B amused
C frightened

7 You hear part of a talk about blues music. What is the speaker talking about?
A why it originated in a certain area
B how popular it was in the past compared with today
C its importance in the history of popular music

8 You hear someone on the radio talking about a website for consumers. What is the speaker’s purpose?
A to encourage consumers to make complaints
B to inform consumers about a source of information
C to describe common problems for consumers

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FCE Listening Practice Test 4

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, В or C).

1 You hear someone talking about football referees. What is the speaker’s attitude towards referees?
A They make too many mistakes.
B They deserve sympathy.
C Some are better than others.

2 You hear a famous chef talking about his week. What does he say about what happened during the week?
A He had a problem that was not his fault.
B He didn’t want to appear on so many programmes.
C He had his first experience of live TV.

3 You hear someone talking about her career in dancing. What does she emphasize?
A the contribution made by her parents
B how much hard work she did
C her desire to be a dancer

4 You hear someone talking on the phone at work. Who is she talking to?
A a colleague
B her boss
C a client

5 You hear a radio presenter talking about a book. What feeling does the presenter express about the book?
A doubt that it does exactly what it says it does
B amazement at how up to date its information is
C curiosity about how it was written

6 You hear part of an interview with a famous comedian. What does he say about his school days?
A The teachers never criticized him.
B He was only good at one subject.
C Other people found him amusing.

7 You hear someone talking about a person he knows. What is the speaker doing?
A complaining
B apologizing
C arguing

8 You hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors to a museum. What does he tell them about the museum?
A Its easy to get lost in it.
B Big groups aren’t allowed in some parts of it.
C It’s better only to visit a small part of it.

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