Mock Test 19 | Listening Test

This is the Listening Section. Please play the audio by clicking the Play button.

 

Part 1:

You will hear a woman asking for information over the phone.

First, you have some time to look at questions 1 to 4.

 

Man: Good afternoon. Grandview Hotel.

Woman:      Yes, hello. I, uh. I’m planning to spend a few days in your city next

          Week, and I’d like to, uh, make a reservation.

Man: Of course. When did you want to stay here?

Woman:      Next week. Wednesday night and Thursday night.

Man: So, that’s (1) February 13th and 14th.

Woman:      Yes, that’s right.

Man: And how many guests will there be?

Woman:      (2) Just me. So, do you have a room available?

Man:           Yes, we do. I’ll just need to take some of your information. May I have your name, please?

Woman:      Oh, right, yes. It’s Roxanne (3) Wilson. W-i-l-s-o-n.

Man:           Thank you, Ms. Wilson. And may I have your credit card number?

Woman:      It’s (4) 2336189872.

Man:           …9872. Got it. All right, Ms. Wilson, I have your reservation confirmed. Can I help you with anything else?

 

Narrator:     Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at Questions 5 to 10.

                   Now, listen and answer Questions 5 to 10.

 

Questions 5 to 10

Woman:      Well, yes. I was wondering, since I’ll have a couple of free hours Friday morning before I leave, is there anything interesting to see close to the hotel?

Man:           Do you like museums? The art museum’s very close by.

Woman:      I love museums, but not art. Can’t stand it. I’ve heard your city has a very interesting science museum, though.

Man:           Yes, but unfortunately it’s closed in the winter. Are you interested in shopping?

Woman:      Sure, (5-7) I love shopping. Are there any good stores nearby?

Man:           Yes. We have a large shopping mall just two bus stops away. You take the bus to Monument Square, and it’s just half a block from there. Just look for the post office, and you’ll see the mall entrance next to it.

Woman:      Fabulous. What about lunch? (5-7) I hear your city has good restaurants.

Man:           Yes. There’s a nice restaurant very near. It’s just across the street from the park.

Woman:      Sounds good. I can have lunch, (5-7) then walk in the park afterwards. I have one more question. What’s the best way to get to the hotel from the airport?

Man:           Subway is the fastest, of course. There are buses, but they’re quite slow.

Woman:      I’ll be arriving (8) quite late, after 10 P.M. I thought I might have to take a taxi.

Man:           The (9) subway runs until midnight.

Woman:      Oh, good. Then I’ll do that. Will there be someone at the hotel front desk that late?

Man:           Oh, yes. (10) The front desk stays open until two.

 

Narrator:     That is the end of Part 1. You now have half a minute to check your answers.

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Part 2:

 You will hear a tour leader giving information about a bus tour.

First, you have some time to look at Questions 11 to 15.

As you listen to the first part of the talk, answer Questions 11 to 15.

 

Questions 11 to 15

Tour leader: Thank you for choosing City Tours. The reason so many people choose our tours when visiting this city is because you can design your tour to suit your own interests. Your all-day pass entitles you to board our bus at any stop and stay as long as you like at each place. The all-day bus pass costs $18 for adult. Children between the ages of five and twelve pay half the adult fare, and children under five ride for free. Our buses run every hour on the half hour, starting at 8:30 A.M.   

Our most popular tour is the Center City Tour, which goes to all the major attractions in the center of the city. From the starting point here at the tour bus office, (11) the bus goes to the first stop, Hill Park. As you may guess, this park is located at the top of a small hill. (12) The next stop is the fishing docks. (13) Following that, the bus goes on to the third stop, bay Bridge, located at the foot of the bridge which crosses the bay. (14) The fourth stop is in the shopping district, then (15) the fifth and last stop is at Green Street.

 

Questions 16 to 20

Tour leader: There are many interesting things to do and see on the Center City Tour. At the first stop, you can enjoy a (16) spectacular view of the bay, the city, and especially of the fishing docks, which are located at the foot of the hill. At second stop, you can walk around and look at (17) the boats. Fresh fish from the bay is also for sale here, since this is the place where the fishermen bring in their catch. The next stop is where some of the city’s finest seafood restaurants are located, so you might want to plan a lunch stop here. You can (18) eat fresh fish here prepared in the traditional local way. The fourth stop is, of course, where you can do your shopping. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase some of our city’s famous (19) handmade baskets. You’ll want to take several home as souvenirs of your visit to our city. Finally, at the last stop on the tour, you can visit one of the oldest buildings in our city, (20) the theatre. This building was built over 400 years ago and is still used today as a place to see plays, musicals, and other performances, as well as our annual film festival.

 

Narrator:     That is the end of Part 2. You now have half a minute to check your answers.

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Narrator:     Part 3. You will hear a conversation between two students planning a research project.

                   First, you have some time to look at Questions 21 to 23.

                   As you listen to the first part of the conversation, answer Questions 21 to 23.

 

Questions 21 to 23

Student 1:    We’d better start planning our research project, because we don’t have much time left before it’s due.

Student 2:    I know, (21) only three more weeks.

Student 1:    Is that all? I thought we had more time than that. Well, let’s go to work, then.

Student 2:    OK, so we agreed we’ve going to interview (22) shoppers about their spending habits. Did we decide to conduct our interviews at the department store?

Student 1:    We haven’t decided anything definitely yet, but I think the shopping mall would be a better place. We’d get more of a variety of shoppers there.

Student 2:    Yes, that’s good point. So, let’s do that. How many interviews did the professor say we had to complete?

Student 1:    She said at (23) least thirty. That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

Student 2:    Yes, but if we divide it up between the two of us, that’s just fifteen each. That’s not so bad.

 

Narrator:     Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at Questions 24 to 30.

                   Now listen and answer Questions 24 to 30.

 

Questions 24 to 30

Student 1:    OK, so I guess we’d better start designing our questionnaire.

Student 2:    Well, we have to do some reading first, don’t we? Didn’t we say we were going to compare our results to the results of a (24) government study?

Student 1:    Right, the government study about how the economic crisis has changed people’s spending habits. We want to see if we get similar results.

Student 2:    Yes, so we’d better read that first and then design our (25) questionnaire. Then I guess we’ll be ready to go out and interview shoppers.

Student 1:    No. Don’t you remember? The professor said she had to approve our questionnaire first, before we actually conducted the interviews.

Student 2:    Oh, right. So we’ll get her (26) approval and then conduct the interviews. I think (27) Saturday would be the best day for the interviews, because everyone’s out shopping then.

Student 1:    Right. We’ll do it on Saturday, then.

Student 2:    And let’s also plan to get together the next day to (28) analyze the results. It’s best to do that while everything’s fresh in our minds. Don’t you think?

Student 2:    Sure. That sounds like a good idea. OK, so then we’re going to have to present our results to the class. Do you have any ideas for that? It’s an important part of our grade, so I think we should plan it well.

Student 1:    Well, I think the obvious thing is to prepare some (29) charts showing our results and how they compare with the government study. That will help make the information a lot clearer to the class.

Student 2:    Right. OK, so we’ll draw up some charts of the results.

Student 1:    And then that’s it. All that will be left to do is give the class (30) presentation. Do you think we can be ready on time?

Student 2:    I sure hope so. Let’s get started now.

 

Narrator:     That is the end of Part 3. You now have half a minute to check your answers.

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Now turn to Part 4.

Part 4. You will hear a professor give a lecture on Louisa May Alcott. First, you have some time to look at questions 31 to 40.

Now listen carefully and complete the timeline in Questions 31 to 40.

 

Questions 31 to 40

Lecturer:     Good afternoon. Today, I’d like to continue our discussion of the lives of prominent American writers by talking about Louisa May Alcott, one of the best-known nineteenth-century writers. Alcott is known for her moralistic girl’s novels, but she was a much more serious individual than those novels might lead one to believe. She was born in 1832, the daughter of Bronson Alcott, who was one of the founders of the Transcendentalist Movement. Bronson Alcott was a (31) philosopher but not a provider, and the family lived close to poverty. From an early age, Louisa was determined to find a way to (32) support her family by taking on a variety of low-paying jobs, including teacher, seamstress, and household servant. Alcott also started writing when she was young. She wrote her first novel when she was just seventeen years old; although, it wasn’t published until many years after her (33) death. It was called The Inheritance.

In 1861, the Civil War broke out. Alcott worked as a volunteer, sewing uniforms and bandages for soldiers. The following year, she enlisted as an army (34) nurse. She spent the war years in Washington, nursing wounded soldiers at a military hospital. While working at the hospital, she wrote many letters to her family at home in Massachusetts. After the war, she turned the letters into a book, which was published under the title Hospital Sketches. She also wrote numerous (35) romantic stories, which she sold to magazines.

Around this same time, she was offered the opportunity to travel to Europe as the companion to an invalid. When she returned home from Europe in 1866, she founded her family still in (36) financial difficulty and in need of money, so she went back to writing. Her big break came in 1868 with the (37) publication of her first novel for girls, Little Women. The novel achieved instant success, and the public wanted more. From then on, Alcott supported herself and her family by writing novels for girls. It wasn’t the writing she had dreamed of doing, but it earned her a good income.

Alcott took care of her family for the rest of her life. In 1878, her youngest sister, May, got married. A year later, May died after giving birth to a (38) daughter. Louisa Alcott raised her sister’s orphaned child. In 1882, Bronson Alcott suffered a (39) stroke. Soon after that, Louisa Alcott set up a house for him, her niece, her sister Anna, and Anna’s two sons in Boston. Her mother was no longer living by this time. Alcott was still writing novels for girls, including two sequels to Little Women: Little Men and Jo’s Boys. The latter was published in 1886.

Louisa Alcott had suffered poor (40) health ever since she contracted typhoid fever while working as a war nurse. She died in March of 1888 at the age of 55. She was buried in Concord, Massachusetts.

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That is the end of Part 4 and now you have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to your answer sheet.

 

PART 1 QUESTIONS 1 - 10

Questions 1 - 4

Complete the form below.

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER in each gap.

 

                 Grandview Hotel - Reservation Form

 

  • Arrival date: (1                                                         
    Number of nights: 2

     

    FEBRUARY 13
  • Number of guests: (2                                                           

     

    ONE
  • Guest name: Roxanne (3     

     

    WILSON
  • Credit card number: (4                                                           

     

    2336 189 872

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Questions 5 - 7

Choose THREE letters, A-F.

Which THREE places will the caller visit?

  • shopping mall
  • art museum

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  • restaurant
  • science museum

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  • park
  • post office

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Questions 8 - 10

Choose the correct letters, A, B or C.

8. When will the caller arrive at the airport?

  • in the afternoon
  • at night
  • in the morning

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9. How will the caller get to the hotel?

  • subway
  • taxi
  • bus

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10. What time does the hotel front desk close

  • 12:00
  • 10:00
  • 2:00

PART 2 QUESTIONS 11 - 20

Questions 11 - 15

Which of the following stops is suitable for the places below?

Choose your answers from the box and write the letters, A-H, next to Questions 11-15.

Places

A            fishing platform

B            green street

C            city center

D            park

E            shopping place

F            bus station

G            bridge's end

H            Green Hill

 

Stops

  • 11. First Stop: 

    D
  • 12. Second Stop: 

    A
  • 13. Third Stop: 

    G
  • 14. Fourth Stop: 

    E
  • 15. Fifth Stop: 

    B

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Questions 16 - 20

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY in each gap.

 

                Details of activities at each stop

 

  • First Stop:        enjoy the (16 of the bay 

     

    VIEW
  • Second Stop: look at the (17          

     

    BOATS
  • Third Stop: (18 fish       

     

    EAT
  • Fourth Stop: purchase (19      

     

    BASKETS
  • Fifth Stop:  visit the (20

     

    THEATER

PART 3 QUESTIONS 21 - 30

Questions 21 - 23

Complete the sentences below.

Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER in each gap.

 

  • 21. There is only  weeks for completing the research project.

    THREE
  • 22. Students should conduct the interviews in a place where many  flock to.

    SHOPPERS
  • 23. It could be better if  interviews complete all together.

    THIRTY

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Questions 24 - 30

Complete the flowchart below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY in each gap.

 

        A process of doing the research project

 

  • Stage 1: read more research about a/an (24

    GOVERNMENT
  • Stage 2: plan for the (25

    QUESTIONNAIRE
  • Stage 3: get the (26 from Professor

    APPROVAL
  • Stage 4: conduct interviews on (27

    SATURDAY
  • Stage 5: summary the outcomes to (28

    ANALYZE
  • Stage 6: prepare a couple of (29 for illustration

    CHARTS
  • Stage 7: give (30 in class

    PRESENTATION

PART 4 QUESTIONS 31 - 40

Questions 31 - 40

Complete the notes below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY in each gap.

 

                     A biography about Louisa May Alcott

 

  • - Alcott was born and raised in a poor family
    - her father was a/an (31

     

    PHILOSOPHER
  • - she had to work many low-paid jobs to (32 family in her teens

     

    SUPPORT
  • - she wrote the first novel and got published after her (33

     

    DEATH
  • - she worked as a/an (34 in military

     

    NURSE
  • - she wrote many (35 stories after the war

     

    ROMANTIC
  • - she kept writing after a trip to Europe to help her family overcome (36 issue

     

    FINANCIAL
  • - her first novel (37 for women got published in 1868

     

    PUBLICATION
  • - she raised her youngest sister's (38 after she died

     

    DAUGHTER
  • - she set up a home for her family in Boston after her father suffered a/an (39

     

    STROKE
  • - her (40 had not been good since she worked in the army

     

    HEALTH

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