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Proficiency Test 7
Proficiency Listening Test 7
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This is a Listening practice test fot the Cambridge Proficiency Test CPE.
There are 4 parts and it takes around 40 minutes. read the instructions for each part carefully before you start.
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Question 1 of 4
PART 1 You will hear three different extracts. For questions 1-6, choose the answer (A, B or C) which fits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each extract.
EXTRACT ONE - You hear an art gallery guide talking about the paintings of Marianne North, a nineteenth-century traveller and botanical artist.
1 The guide suggests that Marianne North's work is important (A)
A as historical documentation.
B for its range of subject matter.
C because of technical expertise.
2 The guide refers to a change in people's attitude towards (B)
A the role of education.
B the value of artistic skills.
C the relationships between men and women.
EXTRACT TWO - You hear part of an interview with Professor Renton, who has recently been appointed director of a science museum.
3 What does Professor Renton suggest that he has inherited? (A)
A his enquiring mind
B his problem-solving skills
C his talent for gathering facts
4 Professor Renton says that one of the museum's aims should be to (B)
A reassure visitors about current issues.
B enable visitors to draw conclusions.
C interpret evidence for visitors.
EXTRACT THREE - You hear an economist talking about technological developments.
5 What is his attitude towards the Internet? (B)
A Its practical drawbacks have been overemphasised.
B Its effects on business have generally been exaggerated.
C Its social importance has been overestimated by entrepreneurs.
6 What does he say about washing machines? (A)
A They led to an expansion of the labour market
B They were initially only available to wealthier people.
C They were an early sign of changing attitudes to women.
Question 2 of 4
You will hear part of a lecture about ancient Egyptian ships and an attempt to reconstruct one. For questions 7-15, complete the sentences with a word or short phrase.
Archaeologists believe that the site called Mersa Gawasis was once a(7)(harbour, harbor, port) on the Red Sea.
To gain the support from the (8)(priests) , the Pharaoh Hatshepsut imported incense by ship.
Ancient Egyptian shipbuilders differed from modern ones in that they did not make a (9)(frame, framework) for the ship they were building.
The speaker compares building an ancient Egyptian ship to doing a (10)(puzzle) .
The Egyptian river ship used (11)(rope, ropes) to help attach planks together, unlike the seagoing ships.
Wood from trees grown in (12)(France) was used in the reconstruction of the ship.
The modern shipbuilders were provided with a (13)(model) by the archaeologists.
The modern shipbuilders used (14)(wax, bees wax) to make the ship watertight.
The modern team used a (15)(truck, lorry) to get the ship to the sea.
Question 3 of 4
You will hear two costume design students, Angela and Mike, discussing the role of costumes in films. For questions 16-20, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.
16 At the beginning of their course, they were asked to watch a film with the sound turned off to see if they could (D)
A still follow the details of the plot.
B spot small inconsistencies in costumes.
C identify the main themes of the film.
D predict the development of characters' relationships.
17 Which aspect of the course particularly interests Mike? (C)
A the importance of film as social history
B the way film influences fashion
C costume-making techniques
D the sourcing of fashion accessories
18 What interpretation of a female character wearing layers of clothes do they find implausible? (A)
A that she is shy and lacks confidence
B that she has a complex personality
C that she wants to hide her past
D that she is still searching for her true identity
19 What compromise do they agree costume designers have to make? (D)
A They have to sacrifice authenticity for dramatic effect.
B They have to make costumes that are comfortable for actors to wear.
C They substitute poorer-quality fabrics because of budget constraints.
D They carry out limited research because of tight deadlines.
20 What is Angela going to do her next project on? (C)
A how to make costumes for films with large numbers of minor characters
B how to alter costumes to reflect the development of the main character
C how the significance of items of clothing has changed over time
D how male film-makers have misunderstood the role of women
Question 4 of 4
You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about their experiences in their first jobs.
For questions 21-25, choose from the list (A-H) what skill each speaker developed during their first job.
B time management
C giving presentations
D financial planning
E giving feedback
F interpreting data
G delegating tasks
H the development of a single multi-purpose system
For questions 261-30, choose from the list (A-H) what each speaker appreciated most in their first job.
A the friendiness of colleagues
B flexible working hours
C out-of-work activities
D hands-on learning style
E the opportunity to deal with a challenge
F travel oppurtunities
G financial incentives
H promotion opportunity
21. Speaker 1 (B)
22. Speaker 2 (E)
23. Speaker 3 (A)
24. Speaker 4 (F)
25. Speaker 5 (G)
26. Speaker 1 (D)
27. Speaker 2 (C)
28. Speaker 3 (B)
29. Speaker 4 (H)
30. Speaker 5 (E)
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