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
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 Sarah Carpenter being interviewed about a campaign called Online Now, which aims to give more people in Britain access to computers.
1 Why does Sarah say she wants to increase internet use so urgently? (B)
A to improve international communication
B to prevent an increase in social inequality
C to involve people in economic development
2 How does Sarah say increased computer use should be achieved? (A)
A by improved access to existing facilities
B by increased investment in education
C by government subsidies for community centres
EXTRACT TWO - You hear a museum curator talking about one exhibit, a pestle, which was used for grinding food.
3 What does he say about the handle of the pestle? (C)
A It may originally have been designed for another purpose.
B It was probably made after the ball of the pestle.
C Its form is unrelated to its intended function.
4 According to the curator, what was striking about the first plants cultivated by humans? (B)
A They were all varieties of wild grasses.
B They were all inedible in their natural state.
C They all formed part of the diet of other animals.
EXTRACT THREE - You hear a marine biologist talking about measures to protect the oceans from pollution.
5 Why has protecting the oceans proved to be so difficult? (B)
A Many people do not accept that there is a serious problem.
B The legal situation is not recognised equally around the world.
C The activities of the fishing industry often obstruct conservation.
6 In the speaker's opinion, conservation projects that focus on individual species (A)
A fail to take wider implications into account.
B cause confusion about the issues facing environmentalists.
C provide misleading information for publication.
Question 2 of 4
You will hear a talk about a Chinese animal called the giant panda. For questions 7-15, complete the sentences with a word or short phrase.
The speaker expresses surprise that the giant panda has sometimes been called a (7)(white leopard) .
The speaker says that experts sometimes regard the giant panda as a (8)(living fossil) .
The giant panda has an elongated wrist bone, which it uses like a (9)(thumb) .
In addition to bamboo, the giant panda may eat some small creatures, as well as different types of (10)(grass, grasses) .
The giant panda leaves scent markings at territory boundaries which can indicate its (11) (mood) as well as some physical details.
The giant panda shows hostility by making a (12)(barking) sound.
The giant panda now just lives in a few (13)(mountain, mountainous) regions of China.
The speaker mentions the importance of establishing areas called (14) (green corridors)between giant panda habitats.
It has been suggested that the conservation status of the giant panda should be changed to (15)(vulnerable) .
Question 3 of 4
You will hear part of a programme in which Amanda and Peter, two founders of a fruit juice company called Topfruit, talk about their business. For questions 16-20, choose the answer (A, 8, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.
16 What opinion is expressed about the way Topfruit was set up? (B)
A It is surprising that it worked out so smoothly.
B Working with friends certainly saved time and energy.
C Having a single founder would have made the launch simpler.
D Since the founders had such similar views it was hard to allocate roles.
17 What is the positive culture of the company mainly attributed to? (D)
A guaranteed salary increases
B the nature of the product that is being sold
C strict adherence to staff monitoring procedures
D certain criteria in the recruitment process
18 How do both founders feel about running their company now? (C)
A They are fed up with dealing with daily problems.
B They feel anxious about whether its success wilt continue.
C They enjoy the challenges they face in their work.
D They feel pleased that they have acquired a good grasp of business.
19 When describing past mistakes in staffing, Amanda reveals (B)
A her belief that good qualifications are the key factor.
B her acceptance that it is vital to admit failures early on.
C her trust that improvements can be made to the process.
D her fear that senior appointments are impossible to get right.
20 What gives Topfruit an advantage over its larger competitors? (A)
A The emphasis on ingredients which fit market trends.
B The product research based on scientific models.
C The clarity of the labelling.
D The extremely sophisticated advertising.
Question 4 of 4
You will hear five short extracts in which some sportspeople are talking about their sporting successes.
TASK ONEFor questions 21-25, choose from the list (A-H) what each speaker regards as the key to winning in sport.
B a competitive training environment
C team spirit
D a natural ability
E attention to detail
G taking advantage of luck
TASK TWOFor questions 261-30, choose from the list (A-H) what each speaker sees their coach as.