Practice Test 55

In the Listening Test 55, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40 based on them.

Section 1 is a conversation between a travel agent and a customer discussing a holiday.

Section 2 is a man giving an orientation talk to new holidaymakers at the Solaris Hotel and Holiday Village.

Section 3 is a presentation by 2 students giving a seminar to a group at their university.

Section 4 is a lecture on Mad Cow Disease.

Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-5

Complete the Travel agent’s notes below.



Example Answer
Number of people 4

Customer’s Name: Mr. George Collins

Other travelers: Mrs. Jane Collins

(+ ages of children)

1_______ 7 years old

Jennifer 2

Require: 4-star quality hotel + breakfast; safe, warm, quiet, beach; pref. pool; lots of restaurants near the hotel no 3_______________needed

Dates of Holiday: Friday, July 8th TO 4_________Sunday

Pref. Flight Time: Less than 5________________

Questions 6-10

Complete George’s notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer

Possible Holiday Ideas

Top End Prices Italy and France

Bottom End Prices 6__________, Greece and Turkey (Turkey + Cyprus too far)


Hotel Tropicana

1-mile safe walk on 7______________to beach.

Nice pool; only a few beach bars and restaurants.

Really quiet; not near other tourist destinations.

Palm Hotel

2 miles from the beach but has 8_________________service.

Hotel is quite a busy tourist town: lots of bars, restaurants and discos.


Ocean Hotel

Right on the beach; less than 9…………………………….. from the rooms.

4-star hotel quite far from the main town; eat-in hotel; good meals.

Hotel Spiros

10___________ hotel quite a dose to the beach (5/10 mins walk) in a small village with a small swimming pool.

A few restaurants in a small, quiet village; not much to do.

Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-15

Complete the food options information sheet below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Solaris Hotel and Holiday Village-Food Options

Meal Times

Breakfast: 6.30 am and 9.30 am every day (Only in Harvest restaurant; English, American an 11____________breakfasts on offer

Lunch 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm

Dinner 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm

Menus same for lunch + dinner: see 12_______________for specials

Food Styles

The Harvest Restaurant Traditional English + popular UK foreign dishes (eg: curry and spaghetti)

The Dene Restaurant 13____________________

The Mekong Restaurant Far Eastern Cuisine


All restaurants free; 14_________________needed for some specials

All soft drinks free; pay for alcoholic drinks

Pay any bill at the end of meals or put on the main bill – pay at end of holiday


Bar menu available in 15_______________for pub food

Fast Food available until 2.30 am at the takeaway

Questions 16-20

Complete the activities information sheet below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Solaris Hotel and Holiday Village – Activities


main beach

adult beach (17s or over)

16__________________on duty from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on the main beach (none on the adult beach)

Decked area with sun loungers in front of Harvest Restaurant with our 25-meter swimming pool

Steps from the pool area to beach – wash feet in foot pool to remove sand

17___________________on beach + in the pool area.


8 tennis courts + 3 squash courts

Fully equipped gym (No under 18s)

6 full-sized snooker tables + 5 pool tables in the games room adjoining the bar.

(the only charge for hiring any equipment)

Water Sports

water skiing + jet skis available (extra charge)

snorkeling, inflatables, and pedals (free)

(details from 18_________________)

Library & Cinemas

The library contains books, magazines + newspapers. See 19_________________for terms + conditions

2 cinemas show 3 different films every day.

Shows at 2.00 pm, 5.30 pm + 8.30 pm (First 2 shows always have a film for kids)

20____________________not allowed attending 8.30 shows

Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-26

Complete the three tables below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

World’s Most Spoken Languages by Number of Individual Speakers

RankLanguageNo. of Speakers
1Mandarin Chinese836 million
221_________333 million
3Spanish332 million

World’s Most Spoken Languages by Number of User Countries

RankLanguageNo. of Countries

World’s Most Influential Languages – 6 weighing factors

Number of primary speakers

The number of 25_______________

Number and population of countries where languages are used

Number of major fields using the language internationally

26_________________of countries using the language

Socio-literary prestige of the language

Questions 27-30

Complete the notes below of the second half of Jamie and Rebecca’s presentation.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Jamie and Rebecca’s Presentation

Large countries currently shifting the world’s economic balance of power:





Reasons for the shift size of the populations

cheap labour

prices of 28______________

Big growing demand for people knowing languages of above countries + for teachers and English language training

China could be less important than possibly India or 29______________due to their population increase. English will probably remain important though

The number of spoken languages between approx. 30_________________Hardly any of these studied by non-native speakers.

English taught in most countries with a structured education program. This trend is getting stronger.

Section 4

Questions 31-40

Questions 31-35

Complete the sentences below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

31 Mad cow disease attacks the_____________of the affected cows’ brains.

32 BSE is thought to be caused by infectious forms of ________________known as prions.

33 Abnormal prions in BSE infected cattle are found in the small intestines, ______________ and the central nervous tissues.

34 Humans can take in the abnormal prions when they eat infected beef as the prions are resistant to the usual________________ such as heat.

35 The one American case of CJD was a woman who caught it in________________before going to the US.

Questions 36-40

Complete the summary below of the second half of the humanities lecture on BSE.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.


CJD causes gradual loss of mental function and movement due to brain damage from abnormal prions or it can be possible 36__________________CJD usually affects younger people (between ages 20 to 70) usually showing symptoms In patients’ 37___________. Symptoms include personality changes and problems with 38_____________ Once symptoms appear, the disorder progresses quickly to disability and death.

The exact causes of 8SE are unknown but the first UK cases have indicated that it could come from a prion disease in 39_____________called scrapie that was fed to cattle. Dead cattle with scrapie were then fed to 40_______________making them cannibals. So, we are in turn infected by the disease that we created when we eat infected beef.


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Section 1

2Four/ 4
3creche facilities
424th July
54 hours
7path (through fields)
8minibus (NOT “bus”)
95 minutes

Section 2

11continental (style)
13fish + seafood
14extra supplement
15main bar
162 lifeguards
17freshwater showers
18water sports office
19notice board
20children/ under 16s

Section 3

22322 million
25secondary speakers
26economic power
28Raw materials
302500 and 7000

Section 4

31nervous functions
34(food) disinfection treatments
35the UK
36genetically inherited
37the late 50s
40calves/ young cattle


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