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Practice Test 4

Top score: 61


Part 1

  • Look at the text in each question.

  • What does it say?

  • Mark the correct letter , or C.


A Pedestrians should walk on the road.
Pedestrians have to cross the road here.
Pedestrians can choose which path to use.


A the showers.
the pool.
the showers and the pool.


A reply immediately
ring the cinema


A Because they lost their luggage.
Because they like the place so much.
Because they missed two days of their holiday.


A at any time.
on any weekday.
at the weekend.

Part 2

  • The people below all want to choose a TV programme to watch.
  • On the opposite page there are descriptions of eight programmes.
  • Decide which programme would be the most suitable for the following people.
  • Mark the correct letter (A-H) below.
Recommended TV programmes
A Any Sporting Ideas?
Not the quiz programme you expect from the name, perhaps. This late-night question-and-answer series takes viewers' suggestions for improving different sports, and experiments to see whether they would work or not. Watch out for plenty of ideas for deciding if the football crossed the line or not!
The Very, Very Wild Show
The quality of wildlife photography is so high these days that it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. One cameraman was almost killed while filming the episode to be shown this Sunday, in which we find ourselves face to face with an Indian tiger which seems to be about one metre away.
Big Sister Can See You!
The latest 'reality' show begins a six-week run on Saturday, hoping to continue the success story of this new form of real-life soap opera. This time the contestants are all women, and they're not locked up in a house or left on a tropical island. Their adventures begin when ... but why don't you see for yourselves? Recommended.
D We Ask the Questions
The studio audience is carefully selected, and they certainly make the 'experts' work hard in response to their questions. There's a wide range of subjects under discussion, from heroes of sport to the news of the day! It's just a shame it's on so late at night.
E Who Let the Dogs In?
The latest programme in the mid-week series about Europe's changing landscape looks at the continent's newest wild animal - the dog! It sounds harmless enough, but these animals are very different from those you take for a walk in the local park. Fascinating, but not for viewers with weak stomachs.
F Ask Me Another
Many people were surprised when this programme replaced the very popular early-evening film quiz, but viewers seem to like the wider range of subjects and the unusual format, especially the part where contestants are given the answer and have to guess the question.
No, not another sports programme, but the story of the Greek soldier who ran 42 kilometres after a battle in 490 , to deliver an important message. It's colourful and beautiful to look at, with fantastic views of the landscape, but above all the action never stops, and it's very, very exciting.
H Pop Goes Politics
How do politicians of the past compare with those of today? In this clever, but not too serious programme, we see rare pieces of film showing famous names from the last century, often doing things they probably regretted afterwards. We don't learn very much that's new, but it's very funny.


6. The Ximenez family love quiz programmes, especially general knowledge ones. They can't watch after 9 o'clock, as the twins have to be up early for school.
7. The McGregors live in Scotland, and work very hard - they only watch TV at weekends. They enjoy programmes about the natural world, and about different aspects of wildlife in other countries.
8. Mr and Mrs Levy are keen to keep up with the news and what's happening worldwide. Their favourites are current affairs discussion programmes, which they often stay up late to watch.
9. Katie (5) and Michaela (4) love adventure programmes -especially ones about heroes in past times, with plenty of action and not too much romance.
10. Mr and Mrs O'Driscoll are not very keen on quiz programmes but will watch anything to do with sport.


Part 3

  • Look at the sentences below about a holiday in Patagonia.
  • Read the text on the opposite page to decide if each sentence is correct or incorrect.
  • If it is correct, choose A.
  • If it is not correct, choose B.

17-day holiday in Patagonia

Patagonia, in the southernmost part of the Americas, is a wild and not much visited land, famous for its wonderful nature and great scenic beauty.

Our tour will provide a range of experiences for you but we would not recommend it to anyone who does not have a keen interest in wildlife and fantastic scenery. In many of the places we go, there is little in the way of shopping or cultural activities.

We start our tour in Buenos Aires where the climate may be warm, so pack some summer clothes. But remember when we get to Patagonia and the south it will be near freezing. You should have warm underwear with you. If you feel the cold, a waterproof anorak and a warm jacket are advisable. Lightweight walking boots are also a good choice. But ... beware of the strong sun - take suncream with you.

During our October tour, two extra days will be added (making a 19-day holiday) in order to visit Peninsula Valdes. At this time of year there is a huge variety of wildlife to be seen there - seabirds, penguins and sea-elephants. Special viewing platforms have been made from which you can stand and watch these curious animals. And if we're lucky, whales, the most magnificent sea animals of all, may be seen just off the coast.

We go on to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, and part of the Land of Fire (Tierra del Fuego). Stand on the coast and look out across the ocean - apart from a few small islands, there is nothing between you and the bottom of the world!

Our next stop is Calafate, in the foothills of the Andes. From there we visit Lake Argentino, a huge lake, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The Perito Moreno Glacier, which we also visit, is a river of ice that changes colours under the rays of the sun. Watch as large bits of the ice fall from a height of 100m into the waters of the lake.

The next part of our journey takes us from Argentina into Chile where we will spend some time in Torres del Paine National Park. The park is home to guanacos, the flightless rhea bird, flamingos and the bird that symbolises the Andean region more than any other - the condor. But you can do more than just watch -why not go horse riding or trekking in the park?

The cost of the 17-day tour is £3,650 which includes all transport, accommodation and meals. For the 19-day tour in October, add a further £200.

  1. Not many people go to Patagonia.
    A B
  2. The tours are not suitable for everyone.
    A B
  3. You will experience big differences in temperature during the tour.
    A B
  4. The strong sun means you can wear summer clothes in Patagonia.
    A B
  5. Our October tour is longer than our other ones.
    A B
  6. You will see whales on the tour of Peninsula Valdes.
    A B
  7. The main attraction of Ushuaia is its location.
    A B
  8. Lake Argentino is famous for its beautiful colours.
    A B
  9. The best way to explore the park in Chile is on horseback.
    A B
  10. The cost of the tour depends on when you go.
    A B

Part 4

  • Read the text and questions below.
  • For each question, choose the correct letter - , , or D.

Julie MacAndrew

I've always been fascinated by history, so being an archaeologist I'm able to dig into the past and explore all the things I'm interested in, and get paid for it. I also love the fresh air which is great because even though there is some office work, most of the time I'm outside.
My interest started when I was about eight. There was something on TV about a farmer finding some gold coins in his field, and I thought that was magic. When I was at school I was hopeless at things like languages but good at subjects like science and history. I'm lucky because at that time some parts of an ancient Roman bathhouse were discovered near my town, and during my school holidays I went along to watch and help. So when I left school, university didn't attract me -1 wanted to work immediately. The man in charge offered me a job - for not much money but I learnt a lot from him. Not just practical things but also how to get the best out of the people you're working with. That's been a great help to me.
Now, I specialise in what's called Rescue Archaeology - if a company is going to build on some land, we get there first and make a record of what's in the ground before it disappears. I have the same group of people working with me on every job - we get on very well together and have some good laughs. We're friends outside work too - some of us are members of a women's football team. But often, if I've been outside in the cold and wet all day, all I want to do is stay at home and plan my next day. When I go to bed I sleep very well!

21. What can a reader learn about Julie from the text?
A She is equally happy working outside or inside. She is surprised at how much she gets paid in her work. She seems to be very happy in her job. D She likes exploring different countries.
22. How does Julie say that her love of archaeology began?
A A discovery was made in a field near her home. A teacher helped her to become interested in history. She had always had a special interest in it. D She saw part of a television programme.
23. Why does Julie describe herself as 'lucky'?
A because she was good at certain subjects at school because she could earn some money during the school holidays because she discovered an important Roman monument D because she had a chance to see archaeologists at work
24. What makes her work even more enjoyable?
A the people she works with the different places she is sent to the chance to work at home sometimes D the opportunity to play some sport
25. If Julie wrote a book about her work, what would be the best title?

The Problem of Being an Archaeologist


The History Under Your Feet


The History of Archaeology


How to Get to the Top in Your Job


Part 5

  • Read the text below and choose the correct word for each space.

  • For each question, choose the correct letter - , , or D.


Most people know that (26)...........................are many kinds of birds (27)...........................fly long distances every spring and autumn. This activity is known (28) .......................... 'migration'.
Scientists know (29)...........................about where the birds fly to, and why they do it,
(30)...........................there are still different (31)...........................about exactly how the birds
(32)...........................to find their way back to the same places every year.
Birds travel between the areas where they can depend (33)...........................the best food
supply in winter, and the places where their young are born. The number of birds making
these journeys every year is (34)...........................big that their routes are called 'flyways', and
the distances travelled (35)...........................be amazing: there is one bird, only 350mm
(36)...........................length, which in its lifetime probably travels almost a million kilometres.

26. A these there they D those
27. A where what which D who
28. A to with as D like
29. A plenty some lot D many
30. A because although so D since
31. A meanings opinions decisions D minds
32. A succeed can agree D manage
33. A for of on D from
34. A such so very D more
35. A should can ought D could
36. A by at over D in


Part 1

  • There are seven questions in this part.

  • For each question there are three pictures and a short recording.

  • Mark the correct letter.

Example:    What time does the bank close on Fridays?


1.    What does the woman want to buy?


2.   What animals did the man see?


3.   Which picture shows what happened?


4.   How many computers does the family have?


5.   Where are they going for their holidays?


6.   Who did the woman meet?


7.   Which is Jane's hotel?


Part 2

  • You will hear someone reviewing some different websites.

  • Mark the correct letter.


8. The movieworld.com site A has expensive things to buy.
has information about the stars.
is full of news about old films.
9. What does the reviewer say about gameplay.com? A There's a good variety of games.
You have to register to play the games.
It is a good site for beginners.
10. The Deltabook site A is the biggest one.
sells more than just books.
  is cheaper than the others.
11. Sportextreme.com A has a very active chat room.
covers all major sports.
  is very well designed.
12. On mimusic.com you can A buy tickets for concerts.
watch live concerts.
read the words to the songs.
13. funny.com A now has a different name.
is not as good as it was.
will soon be updated.

Part 3

  • You will hear a man talking on the radio about Maria Silvers.

  • For each question, fill in the missing information in the numbered space.


Maria Silvers: businesswoman of the year

Maria was born in (14) but left when she was 11 years old.
The subject she preferred at university was (15).
Her first job was as a (16).
In 1995, Maria and her (17) opened their first coffee bar.
The number of coffee bars that she has opened so far is (18).
Her business is now worth £ (19).

Part 4

  • Look at the six sentences for this part.

  • You will hear a conversation between a boy, Malachi, and a girl, Jasmine, about computer games.

  • Decide if each sentence is correct or incorrect.

  • If it is correct, mark A. If it is not correct, mark .


  1. Jasmine understands why her father dislikes computer games.
    A B

  2. Malachi's parents have a better opinion of computer games than Jasmine's father has.
    A B

  3.  Malachi and Jasmine both believe that playing computer games is bad for your eyes.
    A B

  4. Malachi suggests a way for Jasmine to change her father's opinion.
    A B

  5. Jasmine thinks that computer games should be used for management training courses.
    A B

  6. Jasmine had a computer game which taught her to read.
    A B