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    GET Listening Comprehension Test (2007 06)

Section A

    1. W: Say, Michael, if you like classic music, weve got an extra ticket for the concert on Sunday. Care

    to join us?

     M: Gee, how could I turn down an offer like this?

     Q: What does the man mean?

     2. M: We thought wed all go out for lunch today. Can you be ready to leave at twelve oclock?

     W: I have to pick up my car and do a couple of other errands, so I’ll just come straight to the

    restaurant.

     Q: Where will the woman meet her friends?

     3. W: I must have told Tony five times not to forget the interview, and he still missed it.

     M: Well, you know Tonyeverythings in one ear and out the other.

     Q: What does the man mean?

     4. M: The weather is certainly unusual for this time of the year.

     W: Yeah. So warm and humid.

     Q: What is the weather generally like?

     5. W: Which department do you want to register with?

     M: I’d like to see a physician. I dont know which clinic. I have a rash all over my body. It itches

    badly.

     Q: What is the womans occupation probably?

     6. M: I’d like to exchange this red sweater that I bought yesterday for the blue one.

     W: The blue one is only $11.95, and the red one is $15.

     Q: Approximately how much does the clerk owe the man?

     7. W: What happened? We are supposed to meet here at 6. I’ve been waiting for you almost 30

    minutes.

     M: Sorry. I was working all day for my oral presentation and I got so wrapped up in it that I

    completely lost track of the time.

     Q: What does the man mean?

     8. W: Is chemistry class cancelled next Friday for the long weekends?

     M: Professor Smith cancelled the class? Youve got to be kidding?

     Q: What does the man mean?

     9. M: I’m sorry. Is that your coat over there? I just spilt beer on it.

     W: Its no big deal. I was taking it to the cleaners anyway.

     Q: What can be inferred from the conversation?

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Section B

    Mini-Talk One

     The new school year has begun in America. But some children do not go to school. Instead, they learn at home, usually with their parents as teachers. Educational companies, libraries, school systems and the Internet provide families with teaching material.

     Homeschooling is increasingly popular. Homeschooling groups estimate that two-million children, around two percent, learn at home. The last government estimate was 850,000 in 1999. Current numbers are not expected until next year.

     Some parents choose home schooling because of their religious beliefs. Others say it provides more time for the family to be together. Many parents also believe homeschooling avoids problems of a lot of traditional schools. One problem is classes with too many students. Critics, though, say children need to attend school with other children to help them learn things like social skills. They also say that some homeschooled children do not get a very good education. All fifty states and the District of Columbia permit homeschooling. Some, however, require more preparation by parents or testing of children than others do.

     There is even a National Home School Honor Society. Membership is based in part on the same tests that students take in school. Homeschooled children go to college and have also won up competitions. These include this years National Geographic Bee. Fourteen-year-old James Williams

    knew that the Indian state of Goa is a former colony of Portugal.

10. Which of the following is true about homeschooling in America?

    11. Why do some parents choose homeschooling?

    12. What is the National Geographic Bee?

Mini-Talk Two

     An environment that is biologically diverse has lots of different plants and animals. This is needed for people to have enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives.

     The idea of biodiversity recognizes that natural systems are complex and depend on one another.

     In agriculture, depending on only a few crops can be dangerous. One example is the Great Potato Famine in the eighteen forties. Ireland depended on potatoes as a food resource. But a disease ruined the crop for several years. More than one million people died from hunger.

     Yet experts say the world depends on only four crops to provide half its food energy from plants. These are wheat, maize, rice and potato. The experts say it is important to support a large number of different food crops and farm animals that can survive different conditions. Such diversity helps to reduce the risk from losing one main crop.

     Farmers also have a responsibility to protect wild species. The Food and Agriculture Organization says more than forty percent of all land is used for agriculture. Farm fields are an important place for wild animals to live and reproduce. Also, farmers must consider the effects that agriculture has on the environment. Farm pollution or poor agricultural methods can harm wetlands, rivers and other environments needed to support life.

     Invasive species are a severe threat to biodiversity. Plants and animals often spread without natural controls when they enter areas they are not native to. They can destroy crops, native species and property. Invasive species cost the world economy thousands of millions of dollars each year.

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13. What does this report mainly talk about?

    14. According to experts, what are the four crops the world chiefly depends on? 15. Why are invasive species a severe threat to biodiversity?

Section C

     An estimated 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from insomnia, an umbrella term for trouble falling or staying asleep and other sleep problems.

     A good nights sleep is more important to our sense of well-being in the short term than it is to our health. It feels terrible when you miss a nights sleep, but it wont kill you. Long-term, it can lead to

    health issues if you keep missing sleep. You feel drowsy and not clear-headed; driving and operating machinery can be dangerous. Long-term effects include depression and anxiety, heart failure, hypertension and even obesity. It is a health hazard.

     What causes insomnia? There are a lot of causes, from worrying about not sleeping, to stress, to eating too much or too little before bed, drinking too much alcohol, caffeine, side effects from common medications, and more.

     There are several over-the-counter drugs available to help people sleep, but if you dont want to use

    drugs, there are some things you can do on your own to help get a good nights sleep:

     Keep the room dark: The thing that tells your body its nighttime is when its dark. Even a little bit

    of light can send the message to your brain to wakeup.

     Control the room sounds: If youre a light sleeper, the slightest noise will wake you up. If your mate snores, change rooms; if theres street noise, close windows.

     Limit bedroom activity: Dont do anything in bed but go to sleep. Get rid of television, computers, books. Dont eat in bed.

     Create a sleep and wake schedule: Pick the time you want to go to bed every night and wake up every morning, including weekends, and stick to it. If you mess up that strict schedule, dont try to catch

    up.

Section A

    1. C 2. B 3. A 4. A 5. C 6. C 7. D 8. B 9. D

Section B

10. C 11. C 12. D 13. A 14. A 15. B

Section B

1. over-the-counter

    2. Keep the room dark.

    3. Control the room sounds.

    4. Limit bedroom activity.

    5. Create a sleep and wake schedule.

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