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обучения восприятия устной речи на слух

Time - approximately 35 minutes (including the reading of the directions for each part)

In the Listening Comprehension section of the test, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to understand conversations and talks in English. Answer all the questions on the basis of what is stated or implied by the speakers you hear. Do not take notes or write in your book at any time. Do not turn the pages until you are told to do so.

Part A

Directions: In Part A you will hear short conversations between two people. After each conversation, you will hear a question about the conversation. The conversations and questions will not be repeated. After you hear a question, read the four possible answers in your book and choose the best answer. Then, on your answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that corresponds to the letter of the answer you have chosen.








Listen to an example.

On the recording, you will hear:

(man) I think I’ll have the curtains changed (woman) They are a bit worn.

(narrator) What does the woman mean?

In your book, you will read:

(A)  She thinks every bit of change is important.

(B)   She wants to wear them.

(C)   She thinks they’ve been worn enough.

(D)  She thinks they’re in bad condition.

You learn from the conversation that the woman thinks the curtains are worn. The best answer to the question, “What does the woman mean?” is (D), “She thinks they’re in bad condition.” Therefore, the correct choice is (D).

Now we will begin Part A with the first conversation.

1 (A) Tom’s part in the play included mine.

   (B) Tom lifted an ice drink.

   (C) It was kind of Tom to make the offer.

   (D) Tom waved his hand as he parted.


2 (A) They shipped her the gift.

   (B) They broke what was in the package.

   (C) They arranged to go away.

   (D) They shared the cost of the gift.


3 (A) Sue is good at convincing people to help.

   (B) Sue has knocked on people’s doors for money.

   (C) Sue causes people to waste their time and money.

   (D) Sue cashes checks for people who have time to wait.


4 (A) Mark can’t stand driving on weekdays.

   (B) Mark only drives on Friday because of the traffic.

   (C) Mark can’t read the traffic signs at night.

   (D) Mark doesn’t like to drive in heavy traffic.


5 (A) They don’t go to the optician’s very often.

   (B) They don’t usually agree on who to vote for.

   (C) They usually don’t look each other in the eye during debates.

   (D) They see each other only at election times.


6 (A) Tuna fish costs twice as much as before.

   (B) The cost of tuna fish goes up two or three times a year.

   (C) The cost of tuna fish has gone up twice in the last three years.

   (D) During the last three years, rice has cost half as much as tuna fish.


7 (A) She thought they didn’t go to the rally.

   (B) She couldn’t believe they went to the rally.

   (C) It didn’t seem possible to her that they missed the rally.

   (D) They’re going to the rally seemed unbelievable.


8 (A) She would have liked some jam from the cupboard if she weren’t so full.

   (B) The cupboard is so full, she can’t find the jam.

   (C) The cupboard wasn’t full, so she was able to find the jam.

   (D) The cupboard was so full, she found the door


9 (A) Carmen is bored with serving the boat club directors.

   (B) Carmen arranges meetings for the directors of the boat club.

   (C) Carmen is a waitress on board the ship called Directors.

   (D) Carmen is one of the directors of the boat club.


10(A) Dan’s leave-taking surprised him.

   (B) It wasn’t true that Dan asked him to make a speech.

   (C) He was amazed at the way Dan defended him.

   (D) He didn’t know what to say when Dan wrongly accused him.


11(A) The children slept all the way.

   (B) The children need exercise after being in the car so long.

   (C) The children are too tired to play.

   (D) The children would like to walk to campus.


12(A) He passed by a narrow margin.

   (B) He was close to a passing mark.

   (C) He will be called into the physics office.

   (D) He shouldn’t shout in the hallway.


13(A) Michael has a brother.

   (B) Michael is related to the man by marriage.

   (C) Michael is a lawyer.

   (D) Michael is married to a lawyer.


14(A) There will be a big turnout.

   (B) She has someone to testify on her behalf.

   (C) There was an accident.

   (D) She’ll recount a witty incident.


15(A) He doesn’t want the woman to visit him.

   (B) It’s easy to find his house.

   (C) The woman wouldn’t be able to find the parking lot.

   (D)It’s difficult to explain how to get to his house.


16(A) She wants the man to explore a cave with the club.

   (B) She thinks it’s a bad time of year to see the grotto.

   (C) She wants to know why the man doesn’t become a member of the club.

   (D) She thinks the man has a good reason for joining them


17.(А) Не finished repairing the furniture more than

       five years ago.

    (B) He has taken less than five years to repair the furniture.

    (C) He began to repair furniture more than five years ago.

    (D) He will be restoring furniture for at least five more years.


18.(A) She doesn’t understand that his father needs the


    (B) They don’t have to go to the movies tonight.

    (C) It’s fine with her to take a bus.

    (D) They could go to an earlier movie and then return the car to his father.


19.(A) Peter is a professional carpenter.

    (B) A professor designed the cabinets.

    (C) A carpenter built the cabinets.

    (D) Peter had a small cabin built.


20.(A) He doesn’t want the woman to drive.

    (B) He agrees that the fog could be dangerous.

    (C) He wants her to pull over to the other side of the street.

    (D) He doesn’t want to continue driving in the fog.


21.(A) They need to buy some gasoline.

    (B) They should ask for directions.

    (C) They need to check their headlights and taillights.

    (D) They should pull off the road.


22.(A) He needs to buy a hat.

    (B) He’s going to visit Barbara.

    (C) He wants to get a drink.

    (D) He’s on his way to get a haircut.


23.(A) He doesn’t know how to read road signs.

    (B) He can read the signs if she takes the exit.

    (C) He can read the signs if she goes slower.

    (D) He’s not certain where she should slow down.


24.(A) The woman should contact an expert.

    (B) The woman should have her hair trimmed.

    (C) The woman should apply at a nursery school.

    (D) The woman should get advice from a law firm.


25.(A) They shouldn’t buy the station wagon.

    (B) He doesn’t like the station wagon.

    (C) They can't afford the van.

    (D) He doesn’t think the style is important.


26.(A) She is surprised he didn’t finish.

    (B) She is surprised he took so long to finish.

    (C) She is surprised the exam was so easy.

    (D) She is surprised the exam took hardly any time at all.


27.(A) She recognizes his illness.

    (B) She understands his embarrassment.

    (C) She thinks he was confused.

    (D) She knows why he’s envious.


28.(A) Ask at the information desk about bus routes.

    (B) Refer to the map at the bus station.

    (C) Pick up a map from the information desk.

    (D) Map out the routes in the student union.


29.(A) She might look nice in turquoise.

    (B) She probably never wears necklaces.

    (C) She probably doesn’t like jewelry.

    (D) She might not want a bracelet.


30.(A) Her sister cut her hair.

    (B) Her sister works at home.

    (C) Her sister will cut his hair.

    (D) Her sister needs more practice


1-(C) “Nice” means “kind,” and a “gesture” is something someone does as a courtesy.
2-(D) “Chip in” means “to donate a small sum of money or amount of time to help someone.” ,
3-(A) The expression “have a knack for something” means “to have a special ability.”,
4-(D) “Avoid” means “to keep from doing something” (to make an effort not to do something).
5-(B) The expression “see eye to eye” means “to think the same about something.” Because they don’t do this, they probably vote differently.,
6-(A) “Costs” means the same as “price,” “twice as much” means the same as “double,” and “in three years” indicates “three years before now.” ,
7-(C) “It doesn’t seem possible” means “it’s hard to believe.”
8-(B) The facts are that “the cupboard is full” and “she can’t find the jam.”
9-(D) Since Carmen “serves” on the “board” (the committee) of directors, she is one of the directors.
10-(D) (To be “speechless” (to be left “speechless”) means to be “unable to say anything in response.” He was unable to speak because he was shocked by the accusations (charges that someone had done something wrong), which were false (not true).),
11-(B) It was a long drive (a trip by car), and the children became restless (unable to sit still). The woman’s suggestion indicates the children need to exercise.
12-(A) The expression “close call” is used when a person has had a narrow escape (he has just barely managed to pass).
13-(B) Michael is related to the man through marriage - either Michael is married to the man’s sister, or the man is married to Michael’s sister.
14-(B) The woman says, “... I’ve found an eyewitness ... .” An eyewitness is someone who has observed the incident and can make a statement (testify) about it.
15-(D) The man’s wanting to meet the woman at a well- known place (the mall) and lead her to his house suggests that it is difficult to explain how to get to his house or that it is difficult to find the house.
16-(A) The man makes an excuse (“But I just went caving”). The woman tries to convince him to go by saying that’s not a good reason for not going again.
17-(C) When the man asks, “How long?” the woman replies, “At least that long” - meaning five years or more.
18-(C) The woman suggests taking the bus to the movies, so going by bus is fine with her.
19-(C) In this case, a “professional” refers to the professional carpenter who made the cabinets (a kind of cupboard) for Peter.
20-(B) By saying that he wouldn’t want to drive in it, the man is agreeing with the woman that the fog is very heavy (making driving difficult).
21-(B) The woman is responding to the man’s complaint of not understanding the map by suggesting that they pull into a gas station. It can be inferred that this is to ask for directions.
22-(D) A barber is a person who cuts hair. Since Rob is going to the barber’s, he’s probably going to have his hair cut.
23-(C) It can be inferred that they are in a car because the woman asks about “exiting” (in this case, getting off the highway), and the man wants to read the “road” signs.
24-(A) The woman needs help with her yard (lawn care and trimming the trees). The man suggests getting advice from Mrs. Brown at the Green Thumb Nursery (a place where plants are grown in order to be sold).
25-(C) The man’s concern that the van would cost more to buy and to run indicates that he can’t pay the additional costs of buying and owning the van.
26-(B) The woman is surprised that an exam which took her “no time” to finish (which she finished quickly) took the man a long time to finish.
27-(D) The expression “turn green” means “to be envious about something.”
28-(C) The woman’s saying that there are maps of bus routes at the information desk indicates that he should get one there
29-(D) The man’s asking if the woman is certain about Rhoda’s preference suggests that he thinks Rhoda does not want a bracelet.
30-(A) The woman’s saying that her sister wanted some practice indicates that her sister wanted the practice of cutting hair. She let her sister cut her hair.

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Used material: Cambridge Preporation for the TOEFL Test, Second Edition 1996, Jolene Gear, Robert Gear, Cambridge University Press.

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