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Listening Practice Test 3

Answer Keys:

  • 1 engineering
  • 2 car salesman
  • 3 (play)(ing) chess
  • 4 electronics
  • 5 1,200
  • 6 immediately
  • 7 (speaks) Spanish
  • 8 10 A,E,F
  • 11 consultation(s)
  • 12 diet
  • 13 test
  • 14 monthly
  • 15 three
  • 16 C
  • 17 A
  • 18 E
  • 19 F
  • 20 B
  • 21 B
  • 22 C
  • 23 A
  • 24 B
  • 25 C
  • 26 7
  • 27 MBP
  • 28 not stable
  • 29 bad attitude
  • 30 health problems
  • 31 C
  • 32 C
  • 33 A
  • 34 limestone
  • 35 solidifies
  • 36 fault lines
  • 37 calcium
  • 38 flowstone
  • 39 1986
  • 40 bottom up


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7 long Hoang 9.016:48
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10 Zu Zhu 9.017:50

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17 Mar 2018

Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-7

Complete the form.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Client Details

Name: Andrew Peterson (Example)

Educational Qualification: Degree in 1

Previous Job: 2

Hobbies: 3

Main Skills: 4

Expected Salary ($): 5

Can start? 6

Other languages? 7

  • 1 Answer: engineering
    • The keyword concerned in Q1 must be “ degree” or “level of education”.
    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a field.
    • As the woman asks the man to tell her his current degree, the man replies that he hasn’t finished it yet through the sentence “I’m still doing it”, but he shows that his field is engineering. So we can guess that his degree is in engineering. Thus, the answer must be the word “engineering”. We can be misunderstand by the phrase “ studying computer”, which is also a field. But the man only mentions as his friends’ subject and his interest. Thus, the answer must be the word “engineering”.
  • 2 Answer: car salesman
    • The keyword concerned in Q2 must be “job”.
    • From the question, we can guess that the answer can be a job.
    • As the woman asks the man to tell her his previous job he worked, the man confirms that the only job I’ve ever had was as a car salesman. Thus, the answer must be “car salesman”.
  • 3 Answer: (play)(ing) chess
    • The keyword concerned in Q3 must be “hobbies”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be an activities he interests in.

    • As the woman asks the man to tell her his hobbies, we need to listen carefully to give the exact answer. Although Andrew mentions both playing chess and tennis, but about tennis in which he just plays not be interested. We can eliminate “tennis” and the answer is certainly the other “playing chess”.

  • 4 Answer: electronics
    • The keyword concerned in Q4 must be “main skills”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be skill.

    • Accordingly, the man mentions 2 things “electrical machines” and “generating systems” which is the skills he studies. But then he emphasises that “electronics” is his best skill. Therefore, the answer for this question must be “electronics”.

  • 5 Answer: 1,200
    • The keyword concerned in Q5 must be “expected salary”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be a number.

    • Accordingly, the man want to know his standard payment he will get. In this question, we need to listen carefully since there are three numbers which are mentioned “1000”, “1500” and “1200”. But “1000” and “1500” is only a predictable numbers of the man. Then the woman gives the particular payment is “1200” and the man also pleasure with it “That’s fine by me”. Therefore, the answer for this question must be “1200”.

  • 6 Answer: immediately
    • The keyword concerned in Q6 must be “start”

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be particular time.

    • The woman asks the man that “When can you start?” and she guesses that he may take two days to prepare for this new job. But then the man replies “I’ll be able to start immediately “. Therefore the answer must be “immediately”.

  • 7 Answer: (speaks) Spanish
    • The keyword concerned in Q7 must be “language”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be language.

    • The woman asks him to language and she hopes that he knows Chinese “A Chinese speaker would go down well“ . But not, Spanish is his other language with the given reason that he grew up with some friends coming from South America. Therefore, the answer must be “Spanish”.

Questions 8-10

Choose THREE letters from the list, A-G.

Which THREE qualities do employers most value in their staff?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
  • 8-10 Answer: A,E,F
    • The keyword concerned in Q8, 9, 10 must be “qualities employers want to see in their staff”.

    • From the question, we can assume that the answer must be good qualities.

    • In the beginning, the woman mentions 3 great qualities “Being hardworking, diligent, and focused on your job is good”, but they are not most value qualities in staffs. Accordingly, the first skill required is “thinking for yourself, outside the box as they say, and being free of the standard ways of approaching tasks” or say in another way is “independent thinking”. The staff should free themselves out of the foggy thoughts, permanent ways.

    The second skill is “get along with others” or say in another way is “get used to others employees”, “friendly”, “good personality”. The woman also emphasises that this skills is more important than “academic qualifications”.

    The third skill is “got to fix them in a way that creates the least disturbance” or say in another way is “problem-solving skills”.

    Therefore, the answers in this big this question is A, E , F.

Section 1
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You will hear a young student, Andrew, ringing an employment agency, enquiring about their services.
Andrew: Hello. Is this the Triple A Employment agency? .

Woman: Yes.

Andrew: Hi. I rang before. My name’s Andrew. Andrew Peterson. I rang you earlier and gave you my personal details. If you remember, I’m that student looking for work during the summer holidays.

Woman: Oh, sure. Actually, I have your file right here. But... we still need to add some further information.

Andrew: Yeah, that’s what they told me, and that’s why I’m ringing. What do you need to know?

Woman: Well, we have to know your main level of education. It’s a degree, I suppose.

Andrew: Yes, but I’m still doing it, in engineering. It’s quite interesting. Some of my friends are studying computing though, so I’m interested in that, also.

Woman: Well, I’ll just write in your main degree subject. Engineering. We usually have a demand in computing though. Have you worked with computers before?

Andrew: No. I just do some programming for fun at the university, but I almost got a job as a computer designer once. Actually, the only job I’ve ever had was as a car salesman, believe it or not.

Woman: Well, at least you’ve had experience dealing with customers. What about hobbies though? Sometimes they can help develop useful skills.

Andrew: Ummm ... in my free time I don’t do much — mostly study. I play chess occasionally at the university chess club. That’s right next to the tennis courts, but I’m not interested in that.

Woman: Chess helps develop analytical skills, so I’ll put that down. Of course, it’s your main skills that employers want to know about. What would you say they are?

Andrew: Well, I’m in my third year now, studying electrical machines and generating systems, but I’d say electronics is my best skill— much better than, say, my machine skills, which aren’t so good, actually.

Woman: Okay ... machine skills are in demand, but so too are electronic ones, so we might be able to find you a part-time job in that field. But what sort of money do you expect to got?

Andrew: Oh, anything really. I’d want the standard payment, let’s say. What’s normal? 1,000 a month? 1,500?

Woman: I’ll just put $1,200, okay? 

Andrew: That’s fine by me.

Woman: When can you start? Say, within two days?

Andrew: Easily! Actually, less. In fact, just give me a ring, and I’ll be able to start immediately, although I admit it’ll take me a few days to get used to getting up early in the morning.

Woman: Okay! That’s just about it, unless you’d like to add anything else which may help with your application?

Andrew: Ah, not really. I ride a motorbike, but that’s unimportant. I’m friendly, but every applicant claims that, right? I can speak another language.

Woman: Ah, that might be useful, depending on the language. Is it Chinese? A Chinese speaker would go down well.

Andrew: Spanish, I’ m afraid. You see, I grew up with some friends who came from South America.

Woman: Okay, I’ll write that down, but I don’t think it will help that much, sorry to say.

Andrew: Well, thanks for your help, and hopefully I’ll get a job soon, but can I just ask one more question? [Sure] What, basically, are employers looking for when they Interview someone?

Woman: Oh, many things. Being hardworking, diligent, and focused on your job is good, but surprisingly, it often means you can’t see the bigger picture, or provide suggestions which help the company move forward. That requires thinking for yourself, outside the box as they say, and being free of the standard ways of approaching tasks. Employers certainly value that.

Andrew: I guess experience must help, though?

Woman: It depends. If it involved a routine job, one which didn’t exercise your mind, it might not mean that much at all. But since companies are basically composed of people, it is important to be able to get along with others. There’s no point in hiring someone whom the other employees don’t like, right? That just causes problems — in fact, I would say that being friendly and approachable ranks far more highly than your academic qualifications.

Andrew: Okay, and that’s all assessed at the interview, right?

Woman: Yes, and your qualifications, experience, and approach to the job, such as whether you can do different things, work overtime, or do long hours as needed. But those latter qualities are pretty much standard. What may be more important is based on the fact that things inevitably go wrong. Mistakes are made, and someone’s got to fix them in a way that creates the least disturbance. People with demonstrated
abilities to do this are certainly regarded highly.

Andrew: I see. That’s very interesting

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