Practice Test 6
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: How did your first exam go?
M: I thought I did poorly, but I ended up with eighty percent, the highest grade in the class.
Q: What does the man mean?
12. W: Why don't you go to bed, ,Ted? You look so bad.
M: I have to finish this assignment which has to be handed in tomorrow morning.
Q: Why is Ted up late?
13. M: How are you getting along with your term paper, Susan?
W: I have written and rewritten so much that I don't know if I'll get it finished.
Q: How does Susan feel?
14. M: Hello, Jane, this is John Smith at the bank. Is Paul there?
W: Not yet, John. He phoned me from the office 5 minutes ago to say that he was stopping for
a haircut on his way home.
Q: Where does Paul plan to go on his way home?
15. M: Oh, I'm too sleepy to study.
W: Well. Bob, if you hadn't watched that late movie last night, you wouldn't have been so
Q: What did Bob do last night?
16. M: Aren't you ready yet?
W: Almost. Hang on a bit.
Q: What does the woman mean?
17. M : Your university seems quite new. How old is it?
W: Well, this building was built five years ago, but the school was founded over a century
ago", in the early 1900s.
Q: How old was the university at the time of this conversation?
18. W: I certainly enjoyed my dinner! What do you think of yours?
M: Better than I expected since I'm not fond of Mexican food. But for that price it should
have been good.
Q: What conclusion can we draw from the man's answer?
Now you'll hear two long conversations.
W: Mr. Atkins, would you please tell the court what you were doing when the accident happened
and what you saw?
M: Yes, I was driving home from work. It was about 5: 15, and there was a blue car in front of me.
We were both driving along Harbor Road when a small white Ford suddenly shot out of a
side road. It shot right in front of the blue car. The driver tried to stop, but it was impossible.
He ran into the white Ford.
W: I see. Now, how fast was the car in front of you going when the accident happened? M: The blue car? 30 miles an hour. Certainly no more than that.
W: And the white Ford shot out without any warning?
M: Yes, that's right.
W: Then, how can you be sure the blue car was only doing 30?
M: Because I was only doing 30, and the blue car wasn't going any faster than I was. W: Are you sure of that?
M: Yes, I am. I'm positive.
W: How can you be so positive, Mr. Atkins? Were you looking at your speedometer when the
M: Of course not. I was looking at the road ahead. That's how I managed to see the accident! W: Well, if you weren't looking at your speedometer, how can you possibly be sure how fast you
M: Because I never go faster than 30 on that road.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What is the relationship between the two speakers?
20. What did Mr. Atkins see?
21. According to Mr. Atkins, who was responsible for the accident?
22. How did Mr. Atkins know what speed he was doing when the accident happened?
W: Hello, Mr. Black's office.
M: Hello, may I speak with the educational advisor?
W: I'm sorry. Mr. Black's not here this morning. I'm his secretary. May I help you? M: Yes, I would like some information about English-language schools in the United States. I'm
graduating from Kuwait University this year and I want to study for my master's degree in
W: Have you been accepted by an American university yet?
M : Yes, I've just been accepted at the University of Chicago, but the university wrote me that I
have to take an intensive English course before entering their program.
W: Well ... there are many schools in the U. S. that offer English courses. Perhaps you should
come down and talk to Mr. Black.
M: Ok. Could you make an appointment for me?
W: Yes, would nine o'clock tomorrow be all right?
M: No, I'm sorry. I can't come then. I have an exam at that time. Could I come the day after
tomorrow at ten o'clock?
W : Yes, that will be fine, I think. May I have your name and phone number?
M: Sure, my name is Suleiman Mohammed and my phone number is 6536667.
W: Thank you, Mr. Suleiman. We'll see you Wednesday, June ninth, at ten o'clock. M: Thank you. Good-bye
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. Who does the man want to speak to?
24. Why does he make the call?
25. Which of the following is NOT true about the man?
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 a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A),B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the center.
Why do people want to save' the whales? There are two important reasons. One reason is that whales help to keep a balance between plants and animals. People have disturbed this balance. People get rid of their wastes by throwing them into the oceans and seas. People's sewage and garbage increase the salt in ocean and sea water. The increased salt helps some plants and some very small animals to grow. These plants and animals can be harmful to fish. Whales eat enormous amount of plants and animals that grow in very salty water. Therefore, whales are very important because they keep the ocean environment clean enough for fish. In addition, because fish provide necessary food for many people, people need whales, and many people want to save them.
Questions 26 to 28 are based on the passage you have just heard.
26. Why do people want to save the whales?
27. What increases the amount of salt in ocean and sea water?
28. How do whales keep a balance between plants and animals in oceans?
There are many anecdotes about George Washington, the first president of the United States. Among them, there is the following:
Once a neighbor stole one of Washington's horses. Washington went with a police officer to the neighbor's farm to get the horse, but the neighbor refused to give the horse up; he claimed that it was his horse.
Washington placed both of his hands over the eyes of the horse and said to the neighbor, "If this is your horse, then you must tell us in which eye he is blind. "
"In the right eye!" the neighbor said.
Washington took his hand from the right eye of the horse and showed the police officer that the horse was not blind in the right eye.
"Oh, I have made a mistake," said the neighbor. "He is blind in the left eye. " Washington then showed that the horse was not blind in the left eye either.
"I have made another mistake," said the neighbor.
"Yes," said the police officer, "and you have also proven that the horse does not belong to you. You must return it to Mr. Washington."
Questions 29 to 31 are based on the passage you have just heard.
29. What did a neighbor do to George Washington?
30. What do we know about the horse's eyes?
31. Whom did the horse belong to?
Most Americans think that ice cream is as American as baseball and apple pie. But ice cream was known long before America was discovered.
The Roman emperor Nero may have made a kind of ice cream. He hired hundreds of men to bring snow and ice from the mountains. He used it to make cold drinks. Traveler Marco Polo brought back recipes for chilled and frozen milk from China.
Hundreds of years later, ice cream reached England. It is said that King Charles I enjoyed that treat very much. There is a story that he bribed his cook to keep the recipe for ice cream a royal secret. Today ice cream is known throughout the world. Americans eat more than two billion quarts a year.
Questions 32 to 3S are based on the passage you have just heard.
32. What do most Americans know about ice cream?
33. When did people start to have the ice cream?
34. Which of the statements is NOT true?
35. How much ice cream do Americans eat each year?
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 read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
The major cause of "forgetting" is failure to learn the material (36)thoroughly in the first
place. However, we forget at a (37)frighteningly rapid rate even material that we have learned.
Recent research indicates that memories don't just (38)fade away. Instead, new learning
(39)interferes with recall of old learning. In your mental (40)filling system, new learning
(41)covers up old memories, making them harder to (42)retrieve. If you learn American history
and then English history, it will be harder for you to remember American history (43)than if you
have learned nothing else. (44)If you study and then sleep for eight hours ,_you will remember
most of what you learned. But if you remain awake for the same eight hours'- you will forget up to twice as much. (45)Prior learning can also interfere with retrieval of later learning. If you
take Spanish your freshman year and French your sophomore year, you will find Spanish words interspersed in your French conversation.
If you can't reduce interference by sleeping after each study session, it's a good idea to include breaks between subjects. (46)However,_ you over-learn your material and regularly
review it, forgetting should not be a problem