Part III Listening Comprehension

  Section A

  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 centre.

  11.M: Do you have a larger size for this shirt?

  W: I'll check, tell you the truth, I think this one’s right for you.

  Q: What does the woman mean?

  12.M: Oh, I’m sorry, I just realized that I forgot to bring the tape recorder you lent me. I left it back in my dorm.

  W: That’s all right. I won’t need it until tonight. As long as I’ve got it by then, it’ll be fine.

  Q: What does the woman imply?

  13.W: I’m thinking of getting a new pantsuit to wear to James’ wedding.

  M: I just hope that my old suit still fits. You know how I feel about shopping.

  Q: What does the man imply?

  14.M: What’s my share of the bill? $18.50? That can’t be right! I only had a salad for dinner.

  W: Don’t get excited. Let me check it out.

  Q: What will the woman probably do next?

  15.W: I’d like to enroll in the free seminar you advertised in the newspaper. I mean the one on managing your personal finances.

  M: Okay. Now the ad said that you have to have a saving’s account at our bank to be eligible. Do you have one here?

  Q: What does the man want to know?

  16.W: Tomorrow we are having our first test in my history class. I’m really worried about it. You’ve taken one of Dr. Parker’s tests, haven’t you? I hear they're impossible to pass.

  M: I don’t know who you’ve been talking to. My experience was just the opposite.

  Q: What does the man imply?

  17.W: What’s the problem, Paul? You really look panicked.

  M: I am speaking to a group of high school students about engineering this afternoon, but I have no idea how I am going to simplify some of the concepts for them.

  Q: What is the man’s problem?

  18.M: I haven’t turned on my air-conditioner at all this summer.

  W: That’s surprising, considering how hot it’s been lately.

  Q: What does the woman find surprising?

  Now you will have two long conversations.

  Conversation One

  M:This food is terrible! I can't even finish my dinner.

  W: I know. You think with all the money we paid for room and board, the university could have

  better food service. Where are you headed next?

  M: I'm going over to the student recreation center to play some bridge.

  W:You’re spending your time on a card game?

  M:Not just any card game. It's one of the most strategic games.

  W:So I’ve heard. Don't you play with a partner?

  M:Yeah! Four people play, two against the other two.

  W: So, you try to play in cooperation with your partner?

  M: Actually, the cards of one of the four plays are turned face up. That player is called the dummy.

  W: I wouldn't want to be called that. When you are the dummy, what do you do while the cards are

  being played?

  M: Anything you want. Sit there and study, shuffle another deck, get snacks for everyone… I like

  to stand behind my partner and watch.

  W: You know, I've heard that bridge is habit forming. You should be careful not to play so much

  that you don't get your studying done.

  M: Don't worry about me. I only play Thursdays after dinner, and sometimes when they need a

  fourth player. If you like, I could teach you.

  W: Thanks, but I have a pretty heavy workload this semester. I already spend my evenings doing

  things I don't really know how to do yet.

  Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

  19. Where does the conversation take place?

  20. How does the woman plan to spend her evening?

  21. What will the man probably do if he is the dummy?

  22. What does the woman warn the man not to do?

  Conversation Two

  W:Hi, Zach.

  M:Hey, Lisa. What are you doing here?

  W: I work here on weekends. How come you decided to come to the travel agency? Planning a


  M: Yeah, well, you know our break is coming, and I need a quick getaway trip somewhere.

  W:Well, someone’s got money to burn. But we hardworking students need a break too.

  M: I’m going to tell you up-front Lisa. It’s not what you think. I’m on a tight budget like

  everyone else here but I’ve got to get out of this town for a while.

  W:Where to?

  M:Florida, maybe. I’ll go see a Miami Dolphins football game.

  W: And you need a flight for next week? Well, you are one who leaves things for the last minute

  but hmm… let me take a look at the screen… United has one to Miami but it’s a bit

  expensive so let me see if there’s anything else available.

  M:Preferably below $400 for round trip tickets. Can you swing it?

  W: One by Phoenix Air for $350. It’s a small plane though. Are you sure you don’t want me to

  check again for other flights? It would only take a second.

  M:No, that sounds like it’s within my range.

  W:All right. Just let me call and confirm the times.

  Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

  23. Why is the man at the travel agency?

  24. What is the woman’s concern about the Phoenix Air flight?

  25. What will the woman do after the man agrees to take the flight?