710 Listening Scripts
Practice Test 2
Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question, there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A) , B) , C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the center.
11. W: Oh, no. It's a quarter to five already and I'll miss my 5 o'clock train.
M: Don't worry. That clock is half an hour fast. You have enough time to catch it.
Q: When does this conversation take place?
12. W: Alex, are you going to have a conference call this evening?
M: No, Susan. I have another commitment.
Q: What does the man mean?
13. W: Are you still working in the hospital?
M: Not since July. My brother and I went into business together as soon as he graduated from
Q: What can we learn about the man from this conversation?
14. M: Mary sent me an e-mail. She will arrive at 2 o'clock.
W: Oh, good. She can rest a few hours before the concert.
Q: What can Mary do after she arrives?
15. M:. I'd like to check in, please.
W: May I have your ticket please? Thank you. Here's your boarding pass, sir. Please go to the
Departure Lounge. Your flight will be called in 15 minutes.
Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?
16. M: I didn't expect Lisa to spend so much of her time helping me.
W: She really has a tight schedule this semester, doesn't she?
Q: What are the speakers saying about Lisa?
17. M: These yellow gloves and those red ones seem about the same as far as quality is concerned.
Is there any difference in price?
W: The yellow ones are $ 3.40 a pair, but the red ones are on sale today for $ 3.15. They were
$ 3.60 a pair last week.
Q: How much will the man pay if he buys two pairs of red gloves?
18. M: I was sorry to hear about your accident.
W: Well, it could have been worse. If it had happened a little further along the road, my car
would have landed in the river instead of that grassy field.
Q: What happened to the woman's car?
Now you'll hear two long conversations.
M: Hey, Nancy! I haven't seen you for a while. What've you been doing with yourself? W: Oh, hi John. I've been studying a lot lately. All of my classes seem to have exams during the
M: Oh, that's awful. Where are you going now?
W: I'm headed to the gym. I've been sitting at my desk all day and I need some exercises. Do you
want to go out there with me?
M: Actually, I'm on my way back from the gym. I just had swim practice and I'm going to dinner. W: Well, I guess I'll see you around.
M: Hey, why don't we meet at the dining hall tomorrow for lunch? Maybe we'll be able to relax
W: Good. What time?
M: How about twelve o'clock?
W: Sounds great. I'll see you there.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. Why has the woman been studying a lot recently?
20. Where is the woman going?
21. What has the man just finished doing?
22. What will happen tomorrow?
W: Good afternoon, sir. Welcome to the Color Consultation Studio.
M: Well, er, I've never had a color consultation before, so I don't know how this works. W: It's simple. Colors talk! They have great effects on our lives. Before we even open our mouths
the colors we wear can speak volumes about us.
W: Certainly. The color you are wearing right now can be influencing your mood. It is not only
affecting you but each person you encounter. As a trained color consultant, I can help you
choose the right colors for your personality. That red sweater you're wearing, for instance ... M: Yes?
W: Red is a very energetic color. If you're a quiet person, wearing red can make you appear more
M: Sounds interesting. Then, what about other colors?
W: Well, let's see. People tend to believe the brighter the color, the more outgoing the personality.
Orange is a cheerful color. And yellow is the color of optimism. I find that people who are
self-confident often wear orange or yellow.
M: Ah. What about green? I've just bought a green jacket.
W: Green. Of course, we hear a lot about green these days with all the talk about nature. It's a
good color to wear if you're much concerned about nature.
M: What about blue? I wear blue a lot.
W : Well, blue is a very peaceful color - people who wear blue can look as if they can cope with
anything. Different colors send different messages. Try to learn the language of color to your
M: Thanks for your advice.
W: My pleasure!
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. What is the woman by profession?
24. What effect do colors have on our life?
25. What advice does the woman offer in the conversation?
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear one question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A) , B) , C)αnd D).
Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the center.
Mr Richards worked in a shop which sold, cleaned and repaired hearing aids. One day an old gentleman entered and put one down in front of him without saying a word. "What's the matter with it?" Mr Richards said. The man did not answer. Of course Mr Richards thought that the man must be deaf and that his hearing aid must be faulty, so he said again, more loudly, "what's wrong with your hearing aid, sir?" Again the man said nothing, so Mr Richards shouted his question again as loudly as he could.
The man then took a pen and piece of paper and wrote: "It isn't necessary to shout when you're speaking to me. My ears are as good as yours. This hearing aid is my wife's, not mine. I've jut had a throat operation, and my problem is not that I can't hear, but that I can't speak. "
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. Why did the old gentleman go to Mr Richards' shop?
27. How did the old man make Mr Richards understand his problem?
28. What do we know about the old man?
Being able to swim has always been a valued skill. But competitive swimming is just over one hundred years old. Racing in the water began in Europe only about fifty years before the modern Olympics. England was the leader in this new sport. Pools were built and races were held. Interest was spurred when a group of Native Americans went to England in 1844 to swim against
an English team. To the surprise and dismay of the English, the Americans beat them easily. At that time the English used the breast stroke, which was thought a good form. The Americans used a kind of free style that was much faster.
A short time later an English family, who had moved to Australia, developed the crawl, an overhead swimming method. One of that same family also took it to America. Charles Daniels, an early user of the crawl, changed the kicking rhythm to develop the American crawl.
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. When did racing in water begin in Europe?
30. What did a group of Native American swimmers do in 1844?
31. Who developed the crawl?
Gamblers may have different lifestyles and betting habits, but almost every one of them has a favorite story of good luck or ill luck.
Once, for example, a young man and woman entered Bradley's grand casino at Palm Beach. They played for an hour and lost $10,000. The next morning the girl burst into Bradley's office.
"We were on our honeymoon and he lost all our life savings," she sobbed.
A soft-hearted man by nature, the casino owner Bradley responded:
"Sorry to hear that, young lady, here is your $ 10,000. But your husband is never to set foot in my casino again. "
That evening Bradley was outraged when he saw the young man bent over the roulette table.
"What are you doing here? I told your wife ..."
"What wife?" the young man interrupted.
Bradley realized that he had been taken in but he managed a thin smile when he received a telegram an hour later from another city with the message.
Questions 32 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
32. How much did the young man and woman lose at the casino?
33. Who were the young man and woman?
34. Why did the owner of the casino give back the money to the young woman?
35. When did he come to see he had been fooled by the girl?
Directions: In this section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks numbered from 36 to 43 with the exact words you have just heard. For blanks numbered from 44 to 46 you are required to fill in the missing information.
For these blanks, you can either use the exact words you have just heard or write down the main points in your own words. Finally, when the passage is reαd for the third time, you should check what you have written.
To a great degree, mental health is related to how well you (36)manage your emotions. This
includes both feeling good about yourself as well as feeling good about (37)interactions with
your family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers. The ability to experience and express emotions is (38)uniquely human. Our emotional make-up is that part of us that contributes to the elation of great joy or the depths of (39)profound sorrow. Emotional (40)adjustment also contributes to
maintaining an evenness through the (41)ups and downs of life without the demands of
experiencing continual extreme highs and/ or lows. Emotions also warn us of danger and give us a way to express and receive love and (42)affection, as well as anger and sorrow.
Most of us know that when we get physically sick it is usually best to visit a medical doctor. This person can (43)prescribe treatment that usually alleviates the problem. (44)Therefore,
physical illness has a fairly direct relationship between symptom and cure. The world of
emotions is far more complex. For example, (45)many of us have been taught not to show our emotions. Others have somehow learned that we should not even have emotions about certain events. Males in particular have frequently received messages from parents and/or society that "real men" should strictly control their emotions. (46)The assumption is that the world is better
dealt with on the basis of logic rather than feelings.