This section is designed to test your ability to understand spoken English. You will hear a selection of recorded materials and you must answer the questions that accompany them. There are three parts in this section, Part A, Part B and Part C.
Remember, while you are doing the test, you should first put down your answers in your test booklet. At the end of the listening comprehension section, you will have 5 minutes to transfer all your answers from your test booklet to ANSWER SHEET 1.
Now look at Part A in your test booklet.
For questions 1-5, you will hear a talk about the geography of Belgium. While you listen, fill out the table with the information you have heard. Some of the information has been given to you in the table. Write only 1 word or number in each numbered box. You will hear the recording twice. You now have 25 seconds to read the table below. (5 points)
Geography of Belgium
Three main regions coastal plain
Highest altitude of the coastal plain ________m 2
Climate near the sea Humid
Particularly rainy months of the years April
Average temperatures in July in Brussels low 13℃
high ________℃ 5
For Questions 6-10, you will hear an interview with Mr. Saffo from the Institute for the Future. While you listen, complete the sentences or answer the questions. Use not more than 3 words for each answer. You will hear the recording twice. You now have 25 seconds to read the sentences and questions below. (5 points)
What is Saffo according to himself?
The Institute for the Future provides services to private companies and ________.
The Institute believes that to think systematically about the long-range future is________.
To succeed in anything, one should be flexible, curious and________.
What does Saffo consider to be essential to the work of a team?
You will hear three pieces of recorded material. Before listening to each one, you will have time to read the questions related to it. While listening, answer each question by choosing [A], [B], [C] or [D]. After listening, you will have time to check your answers. You will hear each piece once only. (10 points)
Questions 11-13 are based on the following talk about naming newborns. You now have 15 seconds to read Questions 11-13.
11. What do we often do with the things we love?
[A] Ask for their names.
[B] Name babies after them.
[C] Put down their names.
[D] Choose names for them.
12. The unpleasant meaning of an old family name is often overlooked if ________.
[A] the family tree is fairly limited
[B] the family tie is strong enough
[C] the name is commonly used
[D] nobody in the family complains
13. Several months after a baby’s birth, its name will ________.
[A] show the beauty of its own
[B] develop more associations
[C] lose the original meaning
[D] help form the baby’s personality
Questions 14-16 are based on the biography of Bobby Moore, an English soccer player. You now have 15 seconds to read Questions 14-16.
14. How many matches did Moore play during his professional career?
15. In 1964, Bobby Moore was made ________.
[A] England’s footballer of the year
[B] a soccer coach in West Germany
[C] a medalist for his sportsmanship
[D] a number of the Order of the British Empire
16. After Moore retired from playing, the first thing he did was ________.
[A] editing Sunday Sport
[B] working for Capital Radio
[C] managing professional soccer teams
[D] developing a sports marketing company
Questions 17-20 are based on the following talk on the city of Belfast. You now have 20 seconds to read Questions 17-20.
17. Belfast has long been famous for its ________.
[A] oil refinery
[B] linen textiles
[C] food products
[D] deepwater port
18. Which of the following does Belfast chiefly export?
19. When was Belfast founded?
[A] In 1177
[B] In 1315
[C] In the 16th century
[D] In the 17th century
20. What happened in Belfast in the late 18th century?