Part I

Listening Comprehension

(15 minutes)

Directions: This part is to test your listening ability. It consists of 3 sections.

Section A

Directions: This section is to test your ability to give proper answers to questions. There are 5 recorded questions in it. After each question, there is a pause. The questions will be spoken two times. When you hear a question, you should decide on the correct answer from the 4 choices marked A), B), C) and D) given in your test paper. Then you should mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

Example: You will hear:

               You will read:       A) I’m not sure.

               B) You’re right.

               C) Yes, certainly.

               D) That’s interesting.

               From the question we learn that the speaker is asking the listener to leave a message. Therefore, C) Yes, certainly is the correct answer. You should mark C) on the Answer Sheet. Now the test will begin.

1.   A) Yes, I did.                                             C) It was a waste of time.

      B) No, I didn’t.                                          D) It lasts two hours.

2.   A) It’s over there.                                       C) It’s too late.

      B) It’s 9:30.                                               D) It sounds good.

3.   A) No, that’s not good.                               C) It doesn’t matter.

      B) Yes, it is.                                               D) So do I.

4.   A) Yes, I look pale.                                     C) Nor am I.

      B) I’ve got a headache.                               D) Don’t mention it.

5.   A) I’m looking for a gift for my wife.           C) I’d rather not.

      B) You can do it right now.                         D) Thank you very much.

Section B

Directions: This section is to test your ability to understand short dialogues. There are 5 recorded dialogues in it. After each dialogue, there is a recorded question. The dialogues and questions will be spoken only once. When you hear a question, you should decide on the correct answer from the 4 choices marked A), B), C) and D) given in your test paper. Then you should mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line through the centre.

6.   A) She didn’t know the time.                       C) She didn’t catch the bus.

      B) She forgot her class.                               D) The bus was late.

7.   A) 9:00.                                                     C) 8:45.

      B) 9:50.                                                     D) 8:15.

8.   A) In a store.                                             C) In the hospital.

      B) On a plane.                                            D) At the theatre.

9.   A) Vegetables.                                            C) Fruit.

      B) Clothes.                                                 D) Books.

10. A) Jason Daniel isn’t home right now.

      B) Jason Daniel doesn’t want to answer the phone.

      C) The man can call back later.

      D) The man got the wrong number.

Section C

Directions: In this section you will hear a recorded short passage. The passage is printed in the test paper, but with some words or phrases missing. The passage will be read three times. During the second reading, you are required to put the words or phrases that you hear on the Answer Sheet in order of the numbered blanks. The third reading is for you to check your writing. Now the passage will begin.

Since World War Two, especially in the last few decades of the 20th century, large groups of foreigners have come and settled in the United States. The        11  

is that many Americans speak a foreign language at home. Today, one in seven Americans speak a language     12                   English. Spanish is the leading foreign language spoken by 17 million Americans. All together, 31.8 million Americans speak 329 foreign languages in the     13    . That means there is an increase of 34 percent in foreign language usage since 1980. Asian languages are used by 14 percent of foreign language speakers. That     14     the new wave of immigrants from Asian countries     15     India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. However, fewer European languages are heard in American families than before.

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