Part III Listening Comprehension

  Section A

  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 a 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 center.

  11. W: Can you tell me if you did well in the interview?

  M: It’s difficult. You know it’s always the same, after an interview you think of all the things you forgot to say.

  Q: What conclusion can be drawn from the man’s statement?

  12. M: Why did you ask Charles Bond to stay here for such a long time?

  W: Because he will get to know Paris and be in a better position to make a choice between the two houses.

  Q: What does the woman mean?

  13. W: It’s ten o’clock. Is that too late for us to call Professor Brown about the student council meeting?

  M: Let’s hold off till tomorrow.

  Q: What does the man mean?

  14. W: Charlie, we’ve had these chairs since we got married. They are very comfortable.

  M: That doesn’t mean we’ve got to have them the rest of our lives. Anyway they’re falling apart.

  Q: What conclusion does the man want us to make from his statement?

  15. M: There’s a story in the paper that a man didn’t get a job because of his Australian accent.

  W: Well, I suppose it could be a disadvantage. It depends on the job he was applying for.

  Q: According to the conversation, which of the following statements is not true?

  16. M: I’m really sorry I didn’t make it to your dinner party last night, Julie.

  W: It’s all very well to say that now; we wasted half the evening waiting for you to turn up.

  Q: How did the woman respond?

  17. M: Well, I must be going. I said I’d meet the children down at the beach.

  W: And I’ve got to do some shopping. We’ll expect a call from you then? Or leave a message at the Reception desk.

  Q: What have you learned from the conversation?

  18. W: Our directors are beginning to realize that our overseas people ought to be able to speak some foreign languages.

  M: Perhaps I could be of some use as an interpreter. I did my degree in modern English.

  Q: According to the conversation, which of the following statements is not true?

  Now you’ll hear two long conversations.

  Conversation One

  M: Hi. I have a reservation for tonight.

  W: Your name please?

  M: It's Nelson. Charles Nelson.

  W: Charles Nelson. A room for one for the 19th . . .

  M: Wait, wait! It was for tonight. Not tomorrow night.

  W: Hmm, hmm. I don't think we have any rooms for tonight. There's a convention going on in town, and uh, let's see. Yeah, no rooms.

  M: Ah come on! You must have something. Anything.

  W: Well. We do have some rooms under renovation with just a roll-a-way bed. Er… None of the normal amenities like a TV or working shower or toilet.

  M: Ah, come on, there must be something else.

  W: Well. Let me check my computer here. Ah!

  M: What?

  W: There has been a cancellation for this evening. A honeymoon suite is now available.

  M: Great. I'll take it.

  W: But I'll have to charge you two hundred fifty dollars for the night.

  M: Ah, but could I get a discount for the inconvenience?

  W: Well. The best I can give you is a ten percent discount plus a ticket for a free continental breakfast.

  M: Hey. Isn't the breakfast free anyway?

  W: Well, only on weekends.

  M: I want to talk to the manager.

  W: Wait, wait, wait Mr. Nelson. I can give you an additional 15% discount and I'll throw in a free room for the next time you visit us.

  M: That’ll be a long time.

  Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

  19. For what day did Mr. Nelson make a hotel reservation?

  20. What made it so difficult for Mr. Nelson to get a room in a hotel?

  21. How much discount can Mr. Nelson get?

  22. What can be inferred from this conversation?

  Conversation Two

  M: Hello! You seem worried. Can I help you?

  W: Oh, I feel so strange with my feet in the skis.

  M: So you don’t know how to ski. Is it your first time coming here to ski?

  W: It’s my first time seeing real white snow.

  M: No kidding! Where are you from, young lady?

  W: My family and I live in Singapore. We do not have snow in winter. It’s always sunny.

  M: No wonder. I guess you must be a good swimmer, then.

  W: You are right. Swimming is my favorite hobby. But I simply don’t know what to do with these skis.

  M: Don’t worry. I’m sure you will learn very quickly. Now walk like me, all right? Good! Let’s go up the hill and try once, shall we? When you want to go up the slope, you should stand sideways and go up step by step, just like a crab.

  W: Oh, that’s really funny. I’ve never walked in this way, but it’s interesting.

  M: Let’s move to the gentle slope, shall we? It will make thing easier.

  W: I guess I’m a little nervous.

  M: Take it easy. Trust yourself. Now, keep leaning forward while going down. Remember, the tips mustn’t cross or you’ll fall down. If you want to stop, you should point the tips together, got it?

  W: I see.

  M: Now, let’s try. Okay. Go! … How do you feel? Still afraid?

  W: No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I feel quite pleased and proud of myself, thank you. You are so very kind.