To be well prepared to the test you need to know how the tasks in test can be performed. The article presents you with samples for the Listening Comprehension Section.
The Listening Comprehension section tests your ability to understand both short and long conversations in English. The section presents recorded material you are to understand and do the exercises. The section checks your knowledge of:
# vocabulary and idiomatic expressions common to spoken English;
# special grammatical constructions used in speech.
The section consists of three parts. Listen carefully, answer all questions.
# take notes or write in your test book at any time;
# turn the pages until you are told to do so.
Directions: Students listen to short conversations between two people. There is a question after each conversation. The conversations and questions sound only once and will not be repeated. When you’ve heard a question, choose among several possible answers the best one. 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.
Woman: I don't like this painting very much.
Man: Neither do I.
Question 1. What does the man mean?
A. He doesn't like the painting either.
B. He doesn't know how to paint.
C. He doesn't have any paintings.
D. He doesn't know what to do.
You understand from the conversation that neither the man nor the woman likes the painting. The correct answer is A."He doesn't like the painting either."
Directions: This time the task is the same, but the conversations are longer and you will answer several questions. You still are not permitted to take any notes or write in your test book.
Man: Are you ready for "The Big Apple"?
Woman: Excuse me?
Man: You know, New York City. You are going to New York with us, aren't you? I wanted to show everybody around my old neighborhood.
Woman: Oh...sure! I wouldn't miss it especially when the tour guide is a native New Yorker.
Man: I thought we could start at the Museum of Modern Art. Right now there's an exhibit on twentieth-century American painters.
Woman: Fine with me...but what were you saying about...a big apple?
Man: "The Big Apple." It's a nickname for New York. I think I heard once that it started with jazz musicians in the 20's.
Man: Whenever they played a concert in a city, they called that city an "apple." In those days, New York was the biggest city in the country, so they called it "The Big Apple."
Woman: Hey, I have an idea! Let's go to a jazz club while we're there.
Man: Sounds good.
Question 1. What is the man planning to see?
A. An art exhibit.
B. A Broadway play.
C. A modern dance production.
D. An opera.
Question 2. What can be inferred about the man?
A. He is a jazz musician.
B. He wants to join the woman's club.
C. He is in his twenties.
D. He was born in New York.
Question 3. What does the word "Apple" in the phrase "The Big Apple" refer to?
A. An instrument.
B. A city.
C. A theater.
D. A concert.
Question 4. Who gave New York its nickname?
B. Tour guides.
Directions: You will listen to several talks. Each talk is accompanied by some questions. The talks and questions will not be repeated.
Narrator: Listen to an instructor talk to his class about a television program.
Man: I'd like to tell you about an interesting TV program that'll be shown this coming Thursday. It'll be on from 9 to 10 p.m. on Channel 4. It's part of a series called "Mysteries of Human Biology." The subject of the program is the human brain — how it functions and how it can malfunction. Topics that will be covered are dreams, memory, and depression. These topics are illustrated with outstanding computer animation that makes the explanations easy to follow. Make an effort to see this show. Since we've been studying the nervous system in class, I know you'll find it very helpful.
Question 1. What is the main purpose of the program?
To demonstrate the latest use of computer graphics.
B. To discuss the possibility of an economic depression.
C. To explain the workings of the brain.
D. To dramatize a famous mystery story.
The best answer is C: "To explain the workings of the brain."
Question 2. Why does the speaker recommend watching the program?
A. It is required of all science majors.
B. It will never be shown again.
C. It can help viewers improve their memory skills.
D. It will help with course work.
The best answer is D: "It will help with course work.