I. Listening Comprehension
Directions:In Section A, you will hear ten short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, a question will be asked about what was said. The conversations and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a conversation and the question about it, read the four possible answers on your paper, and decide which one is the best answer to the question you have heard.
W: Sorry sir, your room will be ready soon.
M: Don’t you understand? I want to have a rest immediately.
Q: How does the man feel?
M: Do I have to come back for a further treatment?
W: No, but you need to come and have your teeth cleaned regularly.
Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?
W: I have read all your books. You’ve just written a new one, haven’t you?
M: Yes, it’s about a film star and will be translated into several languages.
Q: What is most probably the man?
W: Could you bring my calculator back? I need it for my math homework.
M: Sorry, I dropped it and now the “on” button doesn’t light up.
Q: What is the man’s problem?
W: Andy, you’ve been standing in front of that sandwich counter forever.
M: Sorry, I just wish they didn’t give me so many choices.
Q: What can we learn from the conversation?
M: Miss Chen, I was wondering if you could find out how I did on the middle-term exam?
W: Sorry, Doctor White is out of town and I’m not in the position to give out that kind of information.
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: What we need is a roommate who is neat and clean.
M: Let’s write that in the advertisement --- Neatness, a must.
Q: What are the two speakers most probably going to do?
W: I hear that Bob is planning to study abroad.
M: Not if I can talk him out of it. Believe me, I’m trying.
Q: What does the woman imply?
W: Is this snack bar always this deserted?
M: It’s the end of the semester. Everyone is in the library.
Q: What does the man imply?
M: Look! It’s going to pour. You’d better put your bike in the garage.
W: Why bother, it’s been through a lot worse and it still works fine.
Q: What will the woman most probably do?
Directions: In Section B, you will hear two short passages, and you will be asked three questions on each of the passages. The passages will be read twice, but the questions will be spoken only once. When you hear a question, read the four possible answers on your paper and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard.
Questions 11 through 13 are based on the following passage.
In cities all over the world, people go to cafés to relax alone or with friends. But in many cafés in Korea, you can do more than that. You can relax, and play with dogs at new dog cafés. The Snoopy Café is one of them. The dogs there are in cages around the room. First, you choose a dog. Then it comes out of its cage. You can buy food for it. The BAU House is different from the Snoopy Café. You don’t have to choose a dog at the BAU House. All the dogs sit, play, or run around while people drink coffee and eat sandwiches. You can play with all the dogs at the BAU House. Laurie Chuong goes to the Snoopy Café about once a week. She likes to play with Princess, her favorite dog. She often buys food for Princess, too. Laurie likes to go to the Snoopy Café for many reasons. “I love dogs” she says, “but my apartment is too small for a dog. Also, dogs don’t like to be alone, and I work all day”. So when Laurie needs to have some fun with a pet, she goes to the dog café to see Princess. Dog cafés are very popular in Korea, but they are not cheap. A cup of coffee costs about three dollars and fifty cents, but the fun is free.
11. How is the BAU House different from the Snoopy Café?
12. Why does Laurie like going to the Snoopy Café?
13. What is the passage mainly about?
Questions 14 through 16 are based on the following passage.
We are hearing a lot these days about downshifting. So what is it? The term downshifting first appeared in 1994. It was coined by the Trans-research Institute to describe a new philosophy by which high achievers at work chose a lower salary in exchange for a better quality of life. According to a recent study, four out of ten people under 35 years old are planning to downshift from stressful jobs to a slower pace of life. It’s not just the dream of the young. It is also popular with 35 to 54-year-olds, 12% of whom are making plans to downshift, 6% hoping to have done so in the next 2 years. The study found that 7% of workers had already downshifted. Doctor Lucy Grand, a psychologist looking at the phenomenon, believes that the downshifting is a dream that more and more people want to turn into a reality. People are not satisfied with their lives, and they want to make changes. However Doctor Grand adds, that some people will hesitate, because they don’t actually believe they can make it happen, while others will rush into downshifting to discover that their dream ends up with the financial crisis. So it’s something that requires a lot of thought and planning to get right.
14. According to the passage, what is downshifting?
15. According to a recent study, what is the percentage of workers who have already downshifted? 16. In Lucy Grand’s opinion, why does downshifting require a lot of thought and planning?
Directions: In Section C, you will hear two longer conversations. The conversations will be read twice. After you hear each conversation, you are required to fill in the numbered blanks with the information you have heard. Write your answers on your answer sheet.
Blanks 17 through 20 are based on the following conversation.
W: SRT Electricity. Can I help you?
M: Yes, I have a problem with my electricity.
W: Sorry to hear that. Your account number, please.
M: It’s XW94702.
W: Ok. Hmm……Our notes say that we arranged for an engineer to visit your house yesterday. Did he check the electricity?
M: No, he didn’t. Five minutes after he arrived, he had an emergency call and left.
W: I’m very sorry. I can arrange for another engineer to visit you on Wednesday.
M: Ok, but I have a meeting that morning. Do you have an exact time for his visit?
W: Is two o’clock OK for you?
M: Yes, that’s fine. Thank you.
W: No problem.
Complete the form. Write ONE WORD for each answer.
Blanks 21 through 24 are based on the following conversation.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, climbing it is no small task, especially for a group of seven who are all disabled in some way. Here we have one of the climbers Mike to share his experience.
W: How do you feel about the climb, Mike?
M: It was a lot more difficult than we had expected, but we persevered and made it.
W: Why did you choose to conquer such a height?
M: We regarded this as a chance to prove the human spirit.
W: Really a tough journey. What did you do in time of difficulty?
M: We turned to each other for inspiration as we continued on the way to the peak.
W: So did you keep a record of the adventure?
M: Yes, we kept a diary of our travels on line.
W: How long did the adventure last?
M: Thirty days. And we reached the top on June 5th.
W: Getting to the top was definitely the high point. Thank you, Mike.
Complete the form. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.