Practice Test 78

In the Listening Test 78, you will hear 4 audio recordings and answer questions 1-40.

Section 1 is a conversation between a saleswoman and a customer about an Arabic learning course.

Section 2 is a presentation about the conference and meeting facilities.

Section 3 is a conversation between 2 students discussing the idea of taking a year gap. 

Section 4 is a lecture on Prairie dogs.

Section 1

Questions 1-10

Questions 1-3

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

1 How long will the customer’s course last?

2 Which course has the customer already taken at the school?

3 How much discount can returning students qualify for?

Questions 4-6

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each.

4 The customer’s address is______________________.

5 The customer can contact his former teacher by______________________.

6 There are ____________________hours of classes each day, Monday to Friday.

Questions 7-10

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

7 What is the customer’s impression of the female Arabic teacher?

8 What other languages can the customer speak?

9 What does the customer decide is the third factor in choosing a school?

10 What does the customer say the reception area should be like?

Section 2

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-13

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND NUMBERS for each answer.

11The Construction Education Centre has existed for________________

12 The CEC receives _____________visitors trainees and delegates each year.

13 Equipment is available for _______________days.

Questions 14-16

Complete the following information about the various rooms available at the CEC.

Name of room Capacity Usage
London Room seating 140

reception 200

used for seminars, presentations, receptions divisible into 14____________
Bloomsbury Room seating 72

reception 100

used for seminars, lectures, receptions
Holborn 1 15 ____________ used for meetings, training classes, presentations
Holborn 2 18 used for meetings, training classes, presentations
Oxford Suite used for 16_____________, presentations

Questions 17-20

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND NUMBERS for each answer.

17 In which part of the CEC was the “Sustainable London” event held?

18 How many schemes were shown at the “Sustainable London” event?

19 When does the CEC expect to have 150 students?

20 What is on Russell Street?

Section 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21-23

Choose the correct answer, A, B, C, or D. Write answers next to 21-23 on your answer sheet.

21 David says that he thinks a gap year is unsuitable for

A a few people.

B some people.

C the majority of people.

D almost all people.

22 Gap years began because Oxford and Cambridge

A demanded all students take one.

B demand all students take one.

C only considered applicants whose results were known.

D only consider applicants whose results are known

23 Gap years are popular in

A the UK and Australia.

B the UK, Australia and the USA

C the UK, Australia and most of Europe.

D developed countries.

Questions 24-27

Choose the correct answer or answers, A, B, C, or D. write answers next to 24-27 on your answer sheet.

24 Students in most European countries

A study 4-year courses at university.

B have longer courses than British students.

C have longer holidays than British students.

D have less chance to earn money during a gap year.

25 David says that gap years cost £15000 to £20000 because that is

A the total cost of travel, accommodation, food, insurance, etc.

B the salary a new graduate can expect.

C the cost of the gap year plus the salary a graduate can expect.

D how much a person loses throughout their career by taking a gap year.

26 Kelly says that a gap year can benefit young people by

A increasing motivation.

B providing insights into their study field.

C making their CV attractive to employers.

D helping them get a higher salary after graduating.

27 David says that

A useful non-academic skill can be learned during a gap year.

B most young people get good university degrees.

C gap years don’t teach young people useful skills.

D employers think gap years are a waste of time.

Questions 28-30

Complete the sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

28 Kelly suggests working for a_________________.

29 Research shows employers appreciate young people who have lived outside ____________________.

30 The graduate workplace requires flexibility and ______________________.

Section 4

Questions 31-40

Questions 31-33

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

31 Prairie Dog barks have ___________________meanings

32 Prairie Dog? are able to invent _____________________for things they have never seen before.

33 Prairie Dogs in Arizona and Colorado appear to speak different, but mutually-comprehensible _________________

Questions 34-36

Complete the following notes on the criteria set by linguists for something to be a language.

has words with 34__________________

word order helps convey meaning possible to introduce fresh vocabulary

made up of 35________________________

can 36__________________ regardless of time and space

Questions 37-40

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

37 What did the researcher use to record Prairie Dog barks?

38 What kind of animal is the great-homed owl?

39 Why wouldn’t the Prairie Dogs know of the European ferret?

40 What kind of animal is the coyote described as?


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Section 1

1 4/four weeks
2 Arabic refresher (course)
3 5%
4 38 Temple Way
5 email
6 4/four
7 well-spoken, friendly
8 French (and) German
9 location
10 welcoming

Section 2

11 almost seventy/70 years
12 over 100000
13 half and/or whole
14 three/3 separate rooms
15 20-22
16 executive meetings
17 (in/the) exhibition area/part
18 over 60
19 in two/2 years
20 (a) car park

Section 3

21 C
22 C
23 A
24 B
25 B
26 A
27 A
28 charity
29 their comfort zones
30 improvisation skills

Section 4

31 distinct, individual (NB just one of these two words is acceptable)
32 (new) terms
33 dialects
34 abstract meanings
35 smaller elements
36 use words
37 digital recorders
38 nocturnal
39 (it is) foreign
40 (a) predator


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