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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FCE Listening Practice Test 3

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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 film review on the radio. What criticism does the reviewer make?
A the acting is poor
B the music is unsuitable
C the story is difficult to follow

2 You hear two students talking about a holiday abroad. What do they agree about?
A Foreign travel is harmful to the environment.
B It is becoming more expensive to travel abroad.
C Holidays are more enjoyable if you go abroad.

3 You hear a woman talking on the radio about a place called Dolphin Bay. Where did she first hear about Dolphin Bay?
A on the Internet
B on the radio
C on television

4 You overhear a woman talking outside the post office. Why had she gone to the post office?
A to collect a parcel
B to buy stamps
C to send a parcel

5 You hear part of a discussion on local radio. What is the programme about?
A building new housing
B protecting wildlife
C improving road safety

6 You hear a man talking about motorcycling. What does he regret?
A riding his motorcycle too fast
B doing a particular journey by motorcycle
C buying a motorcycle

7 You overhear a student talking about her new college. How does she feel about the college?
A She is finding some of the lessons difficult.
B Some of her new classmates are unfriendly.
C It is too far away from her home.

8 You overhear a driving instructor talking to a learner after the lesson has ended. What mistake did the learner make?
A He ignored a road sign.
B He was driving too fast.
C He failed to look in the mirror.

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FCE Listening Practice Test 2

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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 a conversation in a watch repair shop. What is the man doing?
A refusing to accept the watch for repair
B encouraging the customer to buy a watch
C advising the customer to have the watch mended elsewhere

2 You are on a train and you hear a woman leaving a message on an answering machine. Why is she calling?
A to arrange a lift from the station
B to change the time of her evening meal
C to find out bus times from the station

3 You hear a talent show judge commenting on a performance she has just seen. What does she think of the man’s performance?
A He lacks confidence.
B He chose the wrong song.
C He has a weak singing voice.

4 You hear the beginning of a talk in a community centre. What will the talk be about?
A local history
B transport problems
C modern agriculture

5 You hear a man talking about saving money. He wants to buy
A a motorcycle.
B a bicycle.
C a car.

6 You hear a woman talking about a concert being cancelled. What does she think about this?
A She is glad it will not take place.
B It should be re-arranged for a later date.
C She should have been told sooner.

7 You hear a man and woman talking about a flat they are considering renting. What do they both like about it?
A the size
B the low rent
C the furniture

8 You hear a woman talking about her tablet computer. How does she feel about it?
A She finds something about it annoying.
B She wants to get a more powerful model.
C She spends too much time using it.

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FCE Listening Practice Test 1

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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 customer talking to a shop assistant about a coat she bought. What does she want?
A a different kind of item
B the same item but in a different size
C her money back

2 You hear a weather forecast on the radio. Tomorrow, the weather in the east of the country will be
A stormy in the morning.
B sunny in the afternoon.
C foggy in the evening.

3 You hear an office worker talking about cycling to work. What does she enjoy most about it?
A getting some exercise each morning
B avoiding the traffic into town
C thinking about the day ahead

4 You hear a radio announcer talking about a competition for writers of short stories. The man says that one of the rules is that
A you have to be over sixteen to enter.
B you can submit more than one entry.
C your entry must be emailed.

5 You hear a conversation about reading. The man enjoys reading books which
A have characters that remind him of people he knows.
B describe situations that he finds highly amusing.
C are set in places that he is unlikely ever to visit.

6 You hear two people talking about watching films on the Internet. What do they agree about?
A the advantages of buying films online
B the usefulness of reading film reviews
C the pleasure of watching films at home

7 You hear a woman at an airport talking on the phone. Why did she miss her flight?
A She was held up by traffic.
B There was a long queue at check-in.
C She went to the wrong terminal.

8 You hear a man talking about his new job. What attracted him to this job?
A the type of work
B the opportunities for promotion
C the salary offered

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