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Virginia Evans - Jenny Dooley - Chavdar Zdravchev

Test A: Listening Comprehension
PART 1
Directions: You will hear a text twice. Before you listen to the recording, read the statements below. As you listen to the recording for the first time, look at the statements, but DO NOT take any notes! As you listen to the recording for the second time, you are allowed to mark the statements as true or false (T/F).

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Lissi looks after elderly people in London. Lissi lives in a very small house of her own. Part of Lissi’s job is to do some housework. Lissi has never been to London before. She finds London quite an exciting city. Lissi didn’t find the agency she chose on the Internet. To become an au pair, one is interviewed by an agency. Lissi is pleased with and fond of the family she works for. A girl Lissi knows had a much better family than hers. You have to be fluent in English to start working as an au pair.

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Test A: Reading Comprehension
PART 2: Task 1
Directions: Read the text below. Then, read the questions that follow it and circle the letter of the correct answer (A, B, C or D). I am sometimes amazed at my own children, the way they get angry if they have to do the dishes twice in one week, the way they act over small bumps and cuts. As a mum, I’ve had to teach myself to admire bloody baby teeth and clean the dirt from scraped knees. However, in my mind, my mother’s voice and that of my grandmother still come into my head. “Oh for goodness sake, you aren’t hurt!” they used to say. For a moment, I want to tell this new generation about my little brother calmly spitting out a handful of tooth pieces and going back in to grab the biggest cow in the barn. I want to tell my children how tough I was, falling asleep at the table with hands so sore that I couldn’t hold a fork, or about their grandmother, who cut off three of her fingers on a piece of farm equipment but finished the job before she came in to get help. For a moment, I’m terrified I’ll make a mistake and tell them to get tough. Like my parents and grandparents, I was born and trained to live on a farm. I could rope horses and ride a tractor as well as my brother, but being female, I also learned to bake bread and can vegetables, and keep my opinions to myself when others were talking. When an unmarried neighbour asked me out when I was fifteen, my parents were proud and hopeful. Though he was twelve years older than I was, his other numbers were very promising. He and his father had over fifteen hundred cows on 36,000 acres of land.

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The text is probably… A a newspaper advertisement. B a television commercial. C an extract from a book. D a magazine article. The author is thinking about her childhood because… A she is comparing herself to her children. B her children asked her about it. C she misses her family members. D she worries her children are weak.

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From the text we know that the author... A didn’t like her childhood. B had a terrible mother and father. C has not changed over the years. D had a difficult childhood. “Oh for goodness sake, you aren’t hurt!” is similar in meaning to… A “I am happy you didn’t hurt yourself.” B “You should have hurt yourself.” C “I regret you didn’t hurt yourself.” D “You can’t have hurt yourself.”

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PART 2: Task 2
Directions: Mark the following statements as true or false (T/F). 15 16 17 18 19 20 The author gets angry with her children’s behaviour. The author’s brother is younger than she is. The mother worked hard when she was young. The author did both farm work and housework. The author did not speak when men were...
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