Paper 4 (Listening Exam)

Lesson 21 – Paper 4 (Listening Exam)

Paper 4 – Listening (approximately 40 minutes)


Part 1 (Recording 21.1 - 1-6)

You will hear people talking in eight different situations.  For questions 1-8, choose the best answer, A, B or C.


1.      You hear a teacher talking to her class about a project. 

Why is she talking to them?

A.      To suggest possible topics for the project

B.      To explain what they should include in the project

C.      To warn them of the consequences of late submission


2.      You hear a lady talking about a recent trip she had been on.

What did she think of it?

A.      Only part of it were enjoyable

B.      She found it surprisingly interesting

C.      It failed to live up to her expectations


3.      You overhear a man leaving a voicemail message.

What is he doing?

A.      Accepting an invitation to a wedding

B.      Telling someone about some arrangements

C.      Asking for a lift to the wedding venue


4.      You hear two friends talking about a film they have just seen.

What do they agree on?

A.      How expensive the tickets were

B.      How exciting the film was

C.      How good the lead actress was


5.      You hear some friends talking. 

How does the man feel?

A.      Worried

B.      Annoyed

C.      Disappointed


6.      You hear a man talking about his job. 

Where does he work?

A.      In a hotel

B.      In a shop

C.      In a travel agent’s


Recording 21.1 - Parts 7 & 8 


7.      You hear the weather forecast on a local radio station.

What will the weather be like this afternoon?

A.      Less cloudy than this morning

B.      The same as this morning

C.      Colder than this morning


8.      You overhear two people talking in a café. 

What is the relationship between them?

A.      They work for the same company

B.      They belong to the same club

C.      They are students together




Part 2 (Recording 21.2) 

You will hear part of a radio interview with Carol French, a British tennis player.  For questions 9-18, complete the sentences which summarise what the tennis player says.



Carol has started off the year positively with (9)_____________ and a runners up position.

The last tournament she entered was held in (10)_____________

The next competition is in Dubai but the Sydney one was (11)_____________ due to unforeseeable weather. 

At Wimbledon, Carol hopes to (12)_____________.

She started playing at the age of (13)_____________ when her grandma bought her a racket.

It wasn’t long under her parents took her for (14)_____________. 

Her (15)_____________ soon realised she had potential.

After school, she would practice for (16)_____________.

At weekends, she would travel around the country to (17)_____________ .

Her parent’s never (18)_____________ her to take time off school. 




Part 3 (Recording 21.3) 

You will hear five people talking about their jobs.  For question 19-23, choose from the list A-F how each got his or her job originally.  Use the letters only once.  There is one extra letter which you do not need to use.


A.      No one else came to the interview

B.      Someone else refused the job

C.      This person had a contact at the company

D.     This person refused the job first

E.      The person got the job because of a mistake

F.       This person had a good referee



19. Speaker 1 =

20. Speaker 2 =

21. Speaker 3 =

22. Speaker 4 =

23. Speaker 5 =



Part 4 (Recording 21.4)

You will hear part of a radio interview about a new museum which has opened in town.  For questions 24-30, decide which of the statements are True and which are False.  Write T for True or F for False. 


24. The museum is in the centre of town

25. The museum focuses on modern English cooking

26. The founder doesn’t want traditional British food to die out

27. Visitors have the opportunity to cook with four top chefs

28. The museum is unlike other museums

29. Visitors are encouraged to cook English dishes at home

30. The museum is only open on Tuesdays to Saturdays



Part 1

Recording 21.1 


Now the first thing you need to do is find yourselves a partner.  Someone you know you can work well with.  Once you’ve done that, you can start your project.  Every project needs an innovative topic, a contents page and a 5 page summary.  To find out all the necessary information, you can use the internet or go to the library.  The deadline for all projects is next Wednesday, so not long.  Off you go!



I didn’t really want to go on the trip in the first place but my friends persuaded me.  It was s trip that involved seeing the most important lakes in Europe.  It sounded pretty dull to me and I wasn’t wrong! It also meant that I missed my husband’s birthday which was a real shame.  So, the tour kicked off in Germany and to begin with, it wasn’t too bad.  In fact, the weather was great and we saw some fantastic lakes.  But as the week went on, everyone got tired, the weather got really cold and the visits less interesting.  I should have stayed at home!




Hi Jane – it’s me.  Sorry I missed you at work today.  Hope your meeting went well. Ok, so, I’ve found out some more information about Helen’s wedding next Friday.  We need to be there at one and so I suggest we leave around half past twelve to get there on time.  My brother has kindly offered to give us a lift and so we don’t have to worry about organising taxis.  He may even pick us up when it ends at midnight. 



M: Wow, what an amazing film.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

F: It was good but not that great.  I thought the main actress was excellent.

M; She was ok. 

F: But what about the bad guy? He gets my vote as best actor.  Not only was he good-looking but an excellent actor.

M: He was alright.

F: One thing that I’m sure of is that it wasn’t worth paying all that money to come to this cinema.  What a rip off!

M: I know.  Let’s try somewhere new next time. 



F: How much longer is your brother going to be in hospital?

M: The doctors are saying a few more days but it all depends on the infection.

F: Worrying times for everyone.

M: Not really.  He was a lot worse and so it’s reassuring to know that he’s recovering and that he’ll be out soon.  At one stage they thought they were going to have to operate. 

F: Well, at least that didn’t happen.

M: True.  It was really frustrating when he first went in as the doctors weren’t really telling us much.  There was a real lack of communication.

F: Really? That sounds awful.

M: Yes, for days we didn’t know what was going on.  



F: You must be pleased you don’t have to work weekends anymore. 

M: I am.  And the fact I don’t have to tidy up in the changing rooms and put clothes away is a real blessing.

F: I bet.  So, what’s it like in your new job?

M: I love it.  I’m working on the reception desk.  So I get to check in all the guests.

F: Oh, so you’re not at the travel agent’s?

M: No, I passed on that job.  I thought this one was more interesting.

F: I didn’t know.



Well, after last night’s downpour, we can certainly feel the humidity.  We expect temperatures this morning to continue to rise.  But as the day progresses, the clouds will roll in from the south and with the clouds we can expect slightly lower temperatures. 



M: So, did you get your essay done?

F: Yes, thank you.  It took me all weekend.

M: I’m so glad I don’t have to study anymore.  I wouldn’t know where to begin. 

F: It’s not that bad.  It has put a bit of a dampener on my social life though.  I can’t go out with all my friends as much and I hardly play tennis anymore.

M: Well, it’s bound to.  But, at least it’s not affecting your work. 

F: That’s true.  I would say, that as my boss, you have nothing to worry about. 



1.      B

2.      A

3.      B

4.      A

5.      B

6.      A

7.      C

8.      A


Part 2 (Recording 21.2) 

Interviewer: Carol, this year has started extremely well with two big wins and a runners up cup.  You’re certainly off to a good start. 

Carol: Yes, I’m quite positive.  In the Country Champions tournament in Paris, I got through to the final but was beaten in the last set.  It was such a shame as I had been training so hard but clearly my opponent was better on that occasion.

Interviewer: What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

Carol: Well, I’m off to Dubai next week and I was due to be in Sydney in April but it looks like the competition has been cancelled due to the bad weather they’re experiencing.

Interviewer: That surprises me.

Carol: Yeah, it’s a bit of a disappointment but it will mean I have more time to train for Wimbledon which is what I’m aiming to win this year!

Interviewer: We would all love you to win.  So, it sounds like a busy couple of months ahead. 

Carol: Yes, definitely.

Interviewer: So, how did it all begin?

Carol: Well, when I was 6 years old my grandma bought me a racket for my birthday.  My parents laughed as I had never shown a great interest in sport.  Apparently, I wasn’t the outdoors type, but I proved them wrong!

Interviewer: How was that?

Carol: I would spend hours in the back garden with my racket and ball.  I loved that racket so much that I even took it to bed with me sometimes!

Interviewer: That is dedication.

Carol: I know! Then at the age of 10, my parents paid for me to join the local tennis club.  I had lessons and immediately my coach told my parents that I had true potential.  That’s when we all started taking it a little more seriously.

Interviewer: Did you give up school?

Carol: No, I used to go to school every day and then train for two hours every evening.  My friends were really jealous of me...I would get out of doing the homework.

Interviewer: I bet.

Carol: Then, often at the weekends I would travel to other cities or sometimes even countries to compete in tournaments. 

Interviewer: At that age it must have been really exciting?

Carol: Yes, it was, but it was also really tiring as often I had to go back to school on Monday.   I never took time off my parents wouldn’t allow me to do that.  They always said my education was as important as my tennis.

Interviewer: That’s certainly the right attitude.


9.   Two wins

10. Paris

11. Cancelled

12. Win

13. 6

14. Tennis lessons

15. Coach

16. Two hours

17. Compete

18. Allowed



Part 3 (Recording 21.3) 


I had always dreamt of working in a primary school.  When I left university, I applied for many different jobs but no luck.  I was getting desperate and so I widened my field and I started applying for jobs at secondary schools.  I got an interview at one school and they immediately offered me the job.  I turned it down as I wasn’t convinced it was the right job for me.  When I told everyone about it they told me it would be a good experience.  I rang them back then next day and accepted it.  Luckily they hadn’t given it to someone else.


It’s a bit embarrassing really how I landed my job.  I guess my profession is quite unique but, even so, I didn’t expect to be the only person interviewed.  Apparently another guy was supposed to turn up but he pulled out of the process at the last minute.


I’ve been at the company where I work now for five years.  I love it here.  As soon as my friend told me about the position, I wanted it.  It was her boss that was looking for a new PA.  There weren’t many of us that applied but apparently it was between me and this other girl.  I got it!  


I remember waiting for about an hour to see the board of directors.  It was a terrifying interview process.  I hated every minute of it.  They made the six of us that applied hang around afterwards to tell us who had got the job.  “I’m sorry”, they said “but there was a stronger candidate.  Try again next time!”  I was really disappointed.  But, the next day they rang me and told me that the person they originally offered the job to was no longer interested and they asked me if I would be happy to accept.  “Of course”, I said. 


I wasn’t particularly qualified for the position but I applied anyway.  Nothing to lose, I thought.  During the interview, they highlighted the fact that they were looking for someone with a good sense of humour, a good job history and an outgoing personality.  They asked me to demonstrate how I had these features.  I tried my hardest to give them examples and then I told them that they could check all these features with my previous employer.  They did and I got the job. 

19. D

20. A

21. C

22. B

23. F


Part 4 (Recording 21.4) 

Interviewer: Welcome to cultural corner.  On the programme today we are going to be finding out about a new museum which has recently opened just outside the centre of town.  To tell us about it, we have Rebecca, the museum’s general manager.  Welcome!

Rebecca: Thank you.

Interviewer: So, what can you tell us about the museum?

Rebecca: Ok, so the museum is devoted to English cooking.  It’s aimed at both adults and children alike and in the museum, people can learn about English food through the ages. 

Interviewer: This must be the first museum of its type.

Rebecca: Yes, we believe so.  The founder of the museum chose it because of its innovative nature and also because he felt that British food is disappearing and his aim is to make some of the old traditional dishes popular again.

Interviewer: That sounds like an ambitious task.  How does he hope this will be done?

Rebecca: Well, in the museum, there are four separate kitchens.  In each kitchen, there is a chef.  During a visit, visitors can attend a cookery demonstration in two of the kitchens.  They can watch the chefs make a sweet or a savoury dish.

Interviewer: They have a choice?

Rebecca: Yes.  And what makes things even more exciting, is that , not only do they get to take the recipes home with them, but they also get to try each dish after the demonstration.  

Interviewer: It sounds like a fun museum to visit.

Rebecca: Yes, it’s not your typical museum where you just walk around and see things and read about them.  This museum is different.  You get to see, smell and taste things during each visit.

Interviewer: What has the feedback been like so far?

Rebecca: It’s been extremely positive.  A lot of people have commented on the museum shop as they love the fact that it sells food from all different eras and also measured ingredients for people to use to make the dishes they see during the demonstrations.

Interviewer: Do you think it will encourage people to cook more English dishes?

Rebecca: I hope so.  Food nowadays is too convenient.  People buy microwave dishes or food already prepared and they forget about cooking.  Cultural dishes are being left behind as a consequence and it’s our job to promote what is ours, before we lose it.

Interviewer: So, when can people visit the museum?

Rebecca: Well, we’re open for educational visits from Monday to Friday and then to the general public from Tuesday to Saturday. 



24. F

25. F

26. T

27. F

28. T

29. T

30. F


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