Look at the text in each question.What does it say?Mark the correct letter A, B or C on your answer sheet.
What should George do?
A reserve the last concert ticket before anyone
B tell Luke how many people are going to the
C buy several concert tickets because many
people want to go
Library books borrowed this week
(11-15 June) must be returned before the July holiday
A Students wishing to keep books for the
holiday should borrow them this week.
B Students borrowing books now can only keep
them for one week.
C Students borrowing books now have to bring
them back before the holiday.
Chris phoned – there’s a football
match sometime after school
tomorrow. Put everything in your
sports bag before you go to bed. I’ve
washed everything for you.
A Dan should get his football things ready this
B Chris will ring Dan back about the time of the
C Mum will wash Dan’s football clothes for him.
Breaking down in tunnel
must turn on their warning
A Use warning lights at all times when driving
through the tunnel.
B Tunnel warning lights will be turned on if a
car has broken down.
C Switch on warning lights if your car breaks
down in the tunnel
To: Emily From: Sam
The doctor's secretary phoned –
your appointment is now at
4.40 pm not 3.30 pm today.No need to ring back unless the
time's a problem.
Emily should ring the doctor
A in order to make another appointment.
B if the new appointment is inconvenient.
C to change the day of her appointment.
The people below all want to get some information from an internet website.
On the opposite page there are descriptions of eight websites.
Decide which website would be the most suitable for the following people.
For questions 1 – 5, mark the correct letter (A – H) on your answer sheet.
Rosie is 20 and studies Spanish and German. She's planning to
spend six months at a German university and, before going, she
wants to find out what life there is like for people of her age.
Eric is keen on teaching himself languages. He's going on
holiday to Spain next year and would like to be able to say some
simple things in the language when he gets there.
Claudia is learning about life among the ancient Romans. Her
teacher has asked her to choose a famous Roman and find out
as much as she can about him or her.
Ivan teaches history. He wants some information about the
changes that have taken place since earliest times in the ways in
which people exchange ideas.
Miriam wants to encourage her children to find out something
about classical music. They need basic information but she also wants them to have some fun while they're learning.
Educational sites on the web
A Let's Communicate!
If you're interested in how people share information and thoughts, you'll find
this website useful. It begins over five thousand years ago with the writings of
the ancient world. The inventions of printing and of sound recording are
covered, and so is the development of the internet
B Sights and Sounds
This is for anyone studying the Latin language or who is interested in the ancient world. There are amazing facts about the rulers of ancient Rome, interactive family
trees, the words of popular songs,and maps of battles.
C Mouth Piece
Clear explanations, exercises and vocabulary games will help you revise your Spanish or even learn the language from the beginning. The pages cover a wide range, from 'Irregular verbs' to 'Cook in Spanish' and 'Public speaking'. There are
useful links to other websites, providing historical and cultural information, including sites in Latin America.
D Speak Up
This small but complete site aims to help language learners with the pronunciation
of all the main sounds in German, with additional advice on spelling. This will
be of use to students trying to teach themselves the language from the beginning, teachers preparing classes for beginners or parents looking for ways to encourage their children to develop basic language skills.
E Roman Games
Nobody understands all the rules of games which were popular in ancient Rome. However, by exploring the social history of the period, the designers of this
site have developed some interesting ideas for games which can be played in the
playground or as board games or singing games.
F In the Air
This is a young person's online guide to the orchestra. It describes each instrument, with a recording of its range of sounds, and gives a brief history of the instrument. It also explains how to make some amusing instruments at home using everyday objects.
G In Touch
If you need to check on the facts,use this multilingual site to get all kinds of information about Spanish music, art and literature, history and politics, as well as useful lists of sites for those travelling to Spain.
Look at the text in each question.What does it say?Mark the correct letter A, B or C on your answer sheet.
The note tells Sarah she
A can buy new games now at a special price.
B can get new and used games in the current
C can sell her used games to the shop.
babysitter for regular
work, two evenings per
week –generally Monday
and Wednesday, but this
could change in future.
Own transport essential;
call Sue to discuss
duties and pay details.
The advertisement says
A the babysitter should call Sue about weekly
transport to her house.
B the jobs the babysitter is responsible for will
change each week.
C the babysitter might work on different days
Due to staff holidays,
shop closes early on
Saturdays as normal.
A The shop is closed during some weekdays in
August due to holidays.
B The shop’s opening hours are different on
Monday to Friday in August.
C The shop is closing at different times at
weekends in August.
Gym changing rooms
Place personal items
Staff will remove
anything on floor.
A If staff find items on the floor, they will put
them away in a locker.
B You must only leave belongings in the areas
C Lockers are regularly checked by staff.
These tables are for
Follow signs for picnic
A You should take all food to the special picnic
B You can eat picnics in this section of the
C You may sit here if you buy something from
The people below all enjoy music.On the opposite page there are descriptions of eight places where people can have different musical experiences.
Decide which place would be the most suitable for the following people.
For questions 1 – 5, mark the correct letter (A – H) on your answer sheet.
Joe’s interested in classical music and wants to talk to
professional musicians about their work. He’d like to find out
more about classical instruments, and actually play some music.
Will wants to learn to play some of his favourite band’s songs,
and to know how his favourite singers create their own special
sound. He’d like to try out some different instruments.
Jess loves watching spectacular concerts with fantastic dancers,
and wants to feel some of the atmosphere of a big musical
event. She’d like to see performances by famous people she’s
James likes exploring the personal backgrounds of his favourite
bands, and also the stories behind their well-known songs. He
has his own band, and wants some advice about performing live
Zoe likes listening to all sorts of pop music, and wants a fun way
to learn various dance styles. She’d like to bring something
home to show her friends what she’s learnt during her visit.
This is the place for musical history.You’ll learn where your favourite
singers and musicians grew up and discover the processes involved in
writing famous songs and producing the videos. Find out about their
journey to fame, and get some tips on what makes a good concert!
There’s all you ever wanted to know about famous musicians!
Get your body moving in the studio and learn to move to rhythms and sounds from the past to now, including Soul and Disco. Learn your steps from our professional onscreen dance instructor, then watch your performance and become the star in your own video recording which you can take away!
For one month only, experience the amazing sights and sounds of the World Scene band, a large international group of traditional musicians and dancers. You’ll
experience music and dance styles never heard or seen before in this country. Book a ticket to meet the musicians, talk about their experiences and get some new ideas!
Universe of Sound
Create your own musical experience - record yourself making music with a huge orchestra as they play on the video background screen – you can even download it to disc to take home! You can also learn about violins, flutes, trumpets and many
more with our computer demonstrations, and meet real musicians who are present every day.
Want to find out about a new band,or just want more information about an old favourite? Visit our collection to find out facts and figures, or see the actual
possessions of famous bands and musicians you are interested in.You can actually get to touch things worn on stage at major rock and pop events, and there are
plenty of other concert souvenirs.
Imagine being in the crowd for amazing performances from the past. Enjoy 3D life-size videos from the stars of yesterday and today. You can experience the excitement of a massive rock stadium, and the sounds, movement and rhythms that
created some of the most exciting music ever known.
How about learning new skills on the guitar, drums and keyboard by video? Follow the touch-screen instructions to find lessons on each instrument, or search for a song to practise playing along to. Try our Professional Selection, with video
clips of band members who will explain the techniques that make their recordings so individual.
Be a star singer or dancer for the day in a one-time-only special performance! Experts in international music and dance styles will train you, and costumes provided for the performance help create a really special, individual show. Get your friends and family to come and see you perform, as no videoing or photography is allowed.
Read the text and questions below.For each question, mark the letter next to the correct answer A, B, C or D on your answer sheet.
My Job at a Summer Camp,
by Charlie Rose
Every year I work at a summer camp for kids and I really enjoy seeing the children do things they never thought they could do. Nearly all the kids know how to swim and play table-tennis before they come, but things like rock climbing are new experiences for most. Some of them are very nervous,but after a bit of encouragement, they agree to try and they all get to the top in the end, which makes hem feel great.The kids stay several weeks and some do miss home. You might expect it to be the really young ones who feel like that the most but it’s actually the ten- to thirteen-year-olds. We don’t let them use their mobile phones all the time. First we tell them they can phone home after lunch. Then when they ask again, usually after dinner, we say it’s a bit too late to phone and suggest doing it the next day. Most children are fine in a couple of days and at the end of their stay, it’s amazing how many come and thanks us because they have had a great time.It’s not just the children who get lonely. We get parents who are on the phone the whole time, asking how their child is getting on, which is quite unnecessary. Often their son or daughter will be busy,playing games or doing something else, so we have to tell parents to ring back another time.Some kids arrive dressed in smart, designer, new clothes and they sometimes argue when we tell them to change into something they won’t mind getting dirty, but before long they realise what we
1 What is the writer trying to do in this text?
A describe how children make friends at a summer camp
B suggest how parents should choose a summer camp for children
C explain what it is like for children at a summer camp
D advise children how to behave at a summer camp
2 What does the writer say about rock climbing at the camp?
A Some children already know how to do it.
B Some children prefer to swim or play table-tennis.
C Some children refuse to take part.
D Some children find it more enjoyable than they expected to.
3 What surprises the writer about the children who stay at the camp?
A The youngest ones find it hard to be away from home.
B They complain if they cannot phone their parents.
C They miss meal times with their parents.
D They seem grateful for their experience here.
4 What does the writer think about some parents?
A They should visit their children instead of phoning them.
B They don't need to keep on phoning the camp.
C They shouldn't allow their children to bring phones to camp.
D They need to be reminded to phone their children.
5 Which postcard might a child at the camp send home?
A I was annoyed when they suggested I put on old jeans, but I guess they were right.
B It's so unfair that everyone else can use their mobile phone, but they won't let me use mine.
C I've made some good friends but we're all bored because there isn’t much to do here.
D I was really frightened every time we went rock climbing, so they let me do something else instead.
Read the following article. Answer the multiple-choice questions and choose the correct answer: A, B, C or D.
London correspondent Salvo Tomasello investigates the world of cricket.
As ‘typically English’ as tea at five, “The Changing of the Guard” or inclement weather, cricket is a sport that might take a lifetime to understand, never mind appreciate. Matches might last anything up to five days, with nothing appearing to happen for hours on end and then when it does you will probably either be looking the other way or be fast asleep. Never mind that its rules are so complex that you probably need a PhD to comprehend them fully. Many Americans might decide it’s not really worth the bother.
The precise origins of cricket are highly debatable and there are many theories as to how it started. It might have been invented by shepherds or played in churchyards as far back as the thirteenth century, although some accounts suggest that it might pre-date this by as much as two hundred years. The first source which British historians consider completely reliable describes Prince Edward playing something which resembled cricket in 1300, although even this account fails to firmly establish the sport’s origins. The rules of the modern game were not completely developed until the nineteenth century. The first organised internationals took place in 1861, with England and Australia commencing what soon developed into a fierce, ongoing competitive rivalry. As the rules and regulations of the game were being formally established, other countries joined the growing international playing community.
To attempt to explain the rules of cricket comprehensively in an article of this length would be impossible. It could be argued that the basic principles of the game are similar to those of baseball, although the game play and rules are very different. Cricket is an outdoor, fair-weather sport played mainly in countries belonging to the British Commonwealth, such as England, Australia, the West Indies, India, Pakistan and South Africa. The balance of power in international cricket tends to swing between these competing nations. At present Australia predominate having been virtually unbeatable for the last decade or so and teams always face a tough match against them.
Although it might appear to be a sedate, sleepy pastime, cricket has always demanded fierce concentration and immense courage. Since becoming fully professional in the 1970’s standards and training facilities have improved immensely across the game. Cricket is now as competitive and technical as any global sport, and who knows, perhaps its popularity might yet spread to new, previously unexplored territories.
1.In the first paragraph the author suggests that …
A cricket is only played in good weather.
B people understand cricket quickly.
C people enjoy cricket before understanding it.
D some foreigners might not take the trouble to understand the game.
2.Concerning the start of cricket…
A there is little dispute.
B it was first played by shepherds in churchyards.
C it was already in existence by 1300.
D Prince Edward established the rules.
3.England and Australia…
A were the first nations to play official matches.
B inalized world tournaments.
C inalized the official rules of cricket.
D played each other annually.
4.The writer doesn’t explain all of the rules of cricket because...
A there isn’t enough space in the article.
B they are in a constant state of change.
C they are so similar to baseball.
D he doesn’t understand them himself.
5.The writer says that the current Australian cricket team…
A have better facilities than other teams.
B are the best team in the world at the moment.
C are losing their dominant position in the sport.
D are a team other teams don’t like to play.
6.The process of professionalism…
A has made the sport more popular.
B has made cricket more difficult to understand.
C has raised the standard of the sport.
D has required its participants to be braver.
7.Whom is the text aimed at?
A Amateur cricketers.
B Cricket fans.
C Newcomers to cricket.
D People who don’t like cricket.
Read the text below about Valentine’s Day and answer the questions 1-6. Choose A, B, C or D.Mark your answers on your answer sheet.
There are many theories regarding the origins of Valentine’s Day. A possible origin of Valentine’s Day dates back to an ancient Roman festival called ‘Lupercalia’. It was,among other things, a young couples’ festival.The names of young girls were written on slips of paper and placed in bowls on the eve of
the festival. Young men would draw a girl’s name from the bowl and the two would then be partners for the duration of the festival.After a young man had drawn a girl’s name,he would wear it on his sleeve for a week, and that’s how the expression ‘to wear your heart on your sleeve’ was born. It means that you
openly show your feelings and emotions rather than keep them hidden. The customs of the Lupercalia continued during the Middle Ages.Another explanation for the origin of Valentine’s Day, which seems to be the most popular one, dates back to third-century Rome. At that time, Rome was involved in many bloody wars. The Roman emperor Claudius had great difficulty in getting men
to join the army. He assumed that the reason why Roman men weren’t joining the army was because they did not want to leave their wives and families behind. Claudius, therefore,decided not to allow any more marriages. A great number of people thought this new law was cruel and refused to obey it, so they went
to a man called Valentine who performed secret marriage ceremonies. When the authorities found out what Valentine had been doing, they arrested him and condemned him to death.While he was waiting for his sentence to be carried out, many young people went to the prison. They would throw flowers with notes
up to his window telling him that they agreed with him about the importance of love. One of these young people was the daughter of a prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit Valentine in his cell, and they would sit and talk for hours. She kept his spirits up by telling him that he had done the right thing by ignoring
the emperor’s orders. On the day he died, 14 February AD 269, Valentine wrote a note to the girl thanking her for her love and support and signed it ‘Love from your Valentine’.This started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day.There are many traditions and stories related to Valentine’s Day. Birds are often used as symbols of Valentine’s Day. Doves, for example,are symbols of loyalty and love because they mate for life. It used to be thought that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a
sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man but she would be happy; if she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.So, next time you girls see a bird fly overhead on Valentine’s Day, remember — Prince Charming might be waiting round the corner on his white horse to take you away.
1. It is agreed that Valentine’s Day celebrations
A. used to be called Lupercalia.
B. began in the Middle Ages.
C. are of uncertain origin.
D. were not allowed in ancient times.
2. What is true about the Lupercalia festival according to the text?
A. It was only a young lovers’ festival.
B. Men would marry the girl whose name they drew from a bowl.
C. A certain custom gave rise to an expression used today.
D. Slips of paper with girls’ names on them were placed in bowls on the day of the festival.
3. Why did Claudius think that men didn’t want to join the army?
A. There were many bloody wars at that time.
B. They didn’t want to be separated from their wives.
C. Their wives didn’t allow them to.
D. They wouldn’t be able to find a wife afterwards.
4. How did many people react to Claudius’ law?
A. They welcomed it.
B. They stopped getting married.
C. They treated people who disobeyed it in a cruel way.
D. They ignored it.
5. What happened when Valentine was in prison?
A. He received support from many people.
B. He received many visitors in his cell.
C. He stopped believing in love.
D. He continued performing wedding ceremonies.
6. The woman who visited Valentine in prison
A. was a relative of his.
B. wrote him a love note.
C. expressed her support.
D. knew the emperor personally.