English Weekly CET-4 Listening Practice Test 15
Part III Listening Comprehension
Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be q pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
11. W: Oh, I’m late. It’s a quarter to two already and I’ll miss my 2 o’clock train.
M: Don’t worry. The clock on the wall is half an hour fast. You have enough time to catch it.
Q: When does the conversation take place?
12. M: You’re back at last. What kept you?
W: The bank was so filled with people that it took me two hours to get to the counter.
M: Yeah, the bank is always busy on weekends.
Q: What does the man imply?
13. W: How much will it cost for my son and me to go to Beijing by air?
M: It’s $120 full-fare and half-fare for your son since he is under 12.
Q: How much will the woman pay for the air tickets?
14. W: You didn’t get up early this morning, did you?
M: Not early, just 5 o’clock.
Q: What does the man imply?
15. M: Mr. Johnson is working in his office this afternoon.
W: Is he? But his vacation doesn’t end until next week.
Q: What did Mr. Johnson probably do?
16. M: Do you think that we can get tickets to the concert this weekend?
W: I don’t think we stand a chance, but try anyway.
Q: What does the woman mean?
17. M: Mrs. Green, you must take three pills every five hours without fail. And don’t forget to finish the bottle.
W: Don’t worry, Doctor. I want to get well as quickly as I can.
Q: What will the woman probably do?
18. W: What are we going to do in case of a mistake? The proposal has been typed already. It looks ready to go.
M: We’ll just have to write in any corrections by hand.
Q: What are the man and the woman most likely doing?
Now you’ll hear two long conversations.
M: Good morning, Miss Wang. I’m Mr. Zhang. Please sit down.
W: Thank you. It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Zhang.
M: I have your application here. You are a university student?
W: Yes, I’m a business major.
M: So you are interested in working for our company.
W: Yes, I need a part-time job, both for money and experience.
M: We’ll have an opening for an office clerk this summer.
W: That would be wonderful.
M: Are you computer trained?
W: Yes, I can handle Windows, PowerPoint, and Excel. Here’s my certificate.
M: Ah, that’s good. You’ll need some training in our methods, though. Every office is different, you know.
W: Thank you. That will be very helpful for my future. When do I start exactly?
M: We’ll let you know as soon as possible. Goodbye.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What is the relationship between the two speakers?
20. What kind of job does the woman need?
21. What does the man say about the woman’s computer skills?
22. When will the woman start to work at the company?
W: Would you please weigh this letter to see what the postage is?
M: Do you want to send it by ordinary or registered mail?
W: By ordinary air mail, please.
M: Anything of value in it?
W: A postal order for $500.
M: In that case, you’d better have it registered.
W: Will I be informed when my son gets the letter?
M: Yes. When he gets it, he’ll sign a receipt, which will be sent to you by mail. Then you can be sure it’s done.
W: All right, I’ll have it registered, then.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. Where does the conversation happen?
24. What kind of mail does the woman choose in the end?
25. How will the woman know that her son has got the letter?
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre.
Most shops in Britain open at 9:00 a.m., and close at 5:00 in the evening. Small shops usually close for an hour at lunchtime. On one or two days a week — usually Thursday and/or Friday — some large food shops stay open until about 8:00 p.m. for food shopping.
Nearly all shops are closed on Sundays. Newspaper shops are open in the morning, and sell sweets and cigarettes as well. But there are legal restrictions on selling many things on Sundays.
People over the age of 65 in the U.S.A. are called senior citizens. Life for these people is different than younger Americans. Most senior citizens retire, or no longer work full time. Also, it is unusual for people of this age to live with their children and grandchildren. Grandparents tend to live in their own houses or apartments away from their families.
For many senior citizens, the years after 65 are not enjoyable. They feel unproductive when they no longer work. In addition, they may feel lonely being away from their families and the contacts they had in their work. Moreover, they become more concerned with their health as they grow older. If they live in big cities, they often worry about their safety.
Other senior citizens enjoy their lives. They feel free to do things they were not able to do when they were working and raising families. They now have time to enjoy hobbies and sports and to travel. Many senior citizens move to retirement communities located in warm climates. Some senior citizens continue to work beyond retirement age. Many find new careers and professional opportunities after they retire.
The number of senior citizens in the U.S. is increasing rapidly because people are living longer than before. Because of their larger numbers and more active life styles, senior citizens are gaining social influence in the country, both politically and economically. Their concerns are receiving a wider audience than ever before. The time may come when all Americans will look forward to becoming senior citizens.