Listening 1. Based on International Tests.
Why did some of the tourists stay at the hotel today?
What did Diana do for lunch?
What does Diana think about her job?
What did Diana do when she arrived back in the hotel?
1 out of 6
What is the program for tomorrow?
Listening part 2. Based on international Tests
Alan calls his friend to suggest ways of travelling to his city. How do most people get there? Most people travel to Alan’s city by _______.
Monica leaves you a message about her son Mark. What does he eat every morning? In the morning, Mark usually has _______.
Ana calls you to change when her party is. What day will the party be? Ana’s party next week will be on _______.
Martin leaves his friend Maggie a message after a party. What did he lose? Martin lost his _______.
Listen to two friends discussing their plans. What do they decide to do? The friends are going to _______.
Listen to a woman in a shop. What type of TV does she want to buy? The woman wants to buy _______.
Listen to a person talking about a house. What doesn’t she like about it? She is going to remove the _______.
Listen to the radio announcement. Whose birthday is it in May? The person who has a birthday in May is _______.
2 out of 6
Alana calls her colleague. What time is the car getting her? The car is coming at _______.
Grammar and vocabulary part 1
This is a very expensive holiday and it involves a trip ... the world.
The car is almost ready to be collected from the garage. There are just a couple of spare ... missing.
They were ... of having broken into the stately home.
The one thing my family will remember about him was the many ... of kindness that Steve showed us in his long life.
If you’re not careful they will start taking ... of you.
After they had shouted at each other, they decided to ... it up.
She is good at writing stories for children and is keen to ... up new plots.
They assured him that they would work hard to ... out the treasure.
The restaurant was listed in the guide as it had been ... to be of the appropriate standard.
It was one of those plays where the ... moved at great speed.
The woman _________ sold me those flowers spent twenty minutes wrapping them.
My father, _________ is a dentist, told me not to drink sugary drinks.
There are different ways of ... Shakespeare’s plays.
You can’t compare the ... of watching live theatre with watching a film.
The ... were so carried away with the acting that at the end of the play they all stood up and applauded.
The place was so full of people and tables that the waiter had to ... us through the crowds to our table.
The problem about writing on food is that however hard you try, you will end up being ... .
I’ve just received her latest book from the publisher, so it’s what you might call hot ... the press.
She has been working on those ... English tests for weeks.
The plan was to pretend to ... his small flat late one night.
To accept, approve of, excuse or overlook behaviour that is generally considered wrong.
To try hard to do or achieve something.
On or from the outside. Or relating to the external appearance of something, even if this appearance is not accurate.
This house is so old now. When it rains, the windows leak and the roof needs to be replaced soon________________ , we love it and would never move to another.
You can't ignore this problem any longer. You have to____________ with it so we can go on with the plan.
I don't like watching soap operas and films on TV. I prefer documentaries with__________________ people talking about their lives.
Has someone moved the drinks___________ the table while I was gone? I'm sure that glass in front of Peter was mine.
We couldn't find the hotel and it was getting dark____________ we got out a map and studied it carefully.
Well, according to the timetable, a bus should be along in____________ two minutes. But I wouldn't be surprised if we had to wait another half an hour!
Martin Jones, as the Gentle Bank Robber during his three-year reign, was jailed for 25 years today at the Central Court.
I was born about 30km________________ Rome but have always lived in Great Britain.
What are some of the best practices that health and emergency responders ______ in mind when using social media?
______ suicide, researchers say, can actually prompt others to try to kill themselves.
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The tourist, ______ bag was stolen, filed a complaint with the local police.
4 out of 6
READING PART 1
Read the passage and choose a heading for each numbered paragraph 1-7 from the list. There is one more heading than you need
A. A past problem? B. A double danger
C. It’s not too late D. Expert opinion
E. No hope for the future F. Another negative effect
G. Uses and abuses H. A step in the wrong direction
- The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) has issued a warning about the dangers posed by nitrous oxide, the so-called "laughing gas". In a report presented at global climate talks, Unep says the chemical is now the biggest threat to the ozone layer. It says that thanks to farming and human activities, levels of the gas could double by 2050. If this happens, it could reverse gains made to slow the thinning of the ozone layer and exacerbate global warming.
- Nitrous oxide is one of several greenhouse agents which are dubbed "Cinderella' gases, because their contribution passes unnoticed. N2O exists naturally in the atmosphere but agriculture is by far the biggest human source, producing two-thirds of emissions. It is also used in dentistry and surgery as an anaesthetic and a painkiller. It is sometimes used as a recreational drug, called "nozz", and its abuse has been linked to permanent neurological damage and deaths.
- Now, researchers say that it has emerged as the single biggest threat to the ozone layer since chlorofluorocarbons and other damaging gases were restricted by the Montreal Protocol signed in 1987. The famous "hole" over Antarctica has started to recover as a result of the phasing out of the hair sprays and refrigerants that contained these substances.
- But according to this new report, if no action is taken, levels of nitrous oxide could increase by 83% from 2005 to 2050. "The continued build-up of N2O in the atmosphere will continue to deplete the stratospheric ozone layer and in so doing will to a degree undermine the achievements of the Montreal Protocol," says the document.
- Unep's executive director, Achim Steiner, warned that as well as posing a threat to the ozone layer, nitrous oxide has a powerful global warming effect. "It's one of those elements in our modern life that we have not fully understood in terms of its negative impacts. "If we can bring it to the attention of farmers, government and industry, the importance of managing nitrous oxide more efficiently, and the climate benefits - it is a no-regret option," he said. The research underlines the fact that nitrous oxide is the world's third most powerful gas when it comes to global warming potential.
- Dr Joseph Alcamo is Unep's chief scientist. He told a news conference here in Warsaw that the gas could not be ignored any longer. "Nitrous oxide makes up only 6% of the greenhouse gases but in terms of CO2, it is the equivalent to emitting three [billion tonnes] a year. "This is about 50% of the total amount of emissions from every vehicle in the world."
- However, the researchers were optimistic that both the warming potential and the danger to the ozone layer could be swiftly curtailed if action was taken, particularly in agriculture. "In the agricultural sector, it comes down to using nitrogen fertiliser more efficiently, a very simple idea, to improve the uptake by crops and livestock," said Dr Alcamo."It has a lot to do with using the right fertiliser, in the right place."
Taken from BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25037861
The heading for paragraph 1 should be...
READING PART 2
Four people were asked by a local newspaper about their opinions of the town’s library. Read the texts and answer Questions 16 – 22. Choose one answer (A, B, C or D.)
A Town Library
‘The problem with the library is the lack of computers. The few they have are always taken and people have to wait ages to use one. This is worse during the summer months when we have exams. I prefer to revise in the library because it's too noisy at home. Many of the bookshelves seem half empty, so maybe some of them could be removed and more computersinstalled.’
‘A lot of the books for children are quite old and in poor condition. They should update the collection with current authors and replace a few of the favourite classics as well. The children's area is well organised but books get scattered about. You need a member of staff there to ensure the area is always kept tidy. There are usually three people working on the front desk, which seems unnecessary.’
‘I find it difficult to find things in the library. The way the shelves are arranged isn’t logical. They’re not clearly labelled and books often get put back in the wrong place. The children's area is too close to the study area, which is supposed to be quiet. It isn’t when large school groups come in. Also, the computers are too close together and there’s not enough space to work.’
‘I've always loved the library. When I was a child it was a great place to meet friends and do homework. I still go there to go online and read the news. There's no shortage of books, but there are so few people working there. I’ve noticed that particularly when I’ve been on a computer. There’s never anyone around to ask for help when they go wrong, which is frequently.’
Who thinks the library needs more staff?
Who wants less space to be taken up with books?
Who thinks the organisation of the library should be improved?
Who thinks the library should have more books?
Who thinks the library can get noisy?
Who has had technical problems with computers?
5 out of 6
Who uses the library for study?
READING PART 3
English Ivy betrays its poor reputation as a nuisance by its unparalleled ability to provide shade. By seamlessly covering the exterior of a building, it works as a natural insulator, blocking the sun and decreasing air conditioning costs. This means big savings for both building tenants and homeowners alike. And it can happen quickly, too. Under the proper conditions, established English Ivy can grow to cover an area of roughly 500 square feet per year. Given that most homes have a roof measuring roughly 2000 square feet, ivy-friendly homeowners can rest assured that their roofs will be completely covered in about four years. When considering growth rates of newly planted ivy, just remember the old adage: First year, it sleeps. Second year, it creeps. Third year, it leaps! For English Ivy, this is especially true. Now, detractors may take this opportunity to remind readers about how invasive English Ivy can be. For what ivy enthusiast hasn't been cautioned about its ability to burrow holes, fracture windows, and even deteriorate brick? But be warned. Oftentimes, this suggestion is taken to the comical extreme. Naysayers take a strange pleasure in spinning yarns about a particularly malevolent strand of ivy—one that slips in through the cracks on a hot summer night, silently strangling homeowners in their sleep. Admittedly, this can be a funny story to tell. But are we to believe such a tale? The intelligent gardener will quickly dismiss such rubbish for what it is.
1. The primary purpose of the passage is to ....
As used in paragraph 1, which is the best definitionfor betrays?
In paragraph 1, the author states, “Given that most homes have a roof measuring roughly 2000 square feet, ivy-friendly homeowners can rest assured that their roofs will be completely covered in about four years.” Which of the following logical mistakes does the author make in drawing this conclusion? I.English Ivy will not cover the area of most roofs in 4 years if it only grows 500 square feet per year.II.Most homes may not have the proper conditions necessary for English Ivy to grow at the specified rate.III.Newly planted ivy does not grow as fast as established ivy.
As used in paragraph 2, which is the best definitionfor deteriorate?
Based on information in paragraph 1, which of the following would most likely be considered an insulator?
As used in paragraph 2, which is the best antonymfor malevolent?
This passage would most likely be found
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The author's tone can best be described as