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Recording C

Cutting Edge Placement Test

You will hear five short recordings (A-E)
Before each recording you will have one minute to
read the questions.

Listen to telephone conversation between two people

preparing to go on a trip. Mark the four statements
which are correct. [4 marks]

Neil asks Lucy to pack his town shoes.

b) They are going to go walking in the mountains.

You will hear each recording only once.


Neil doesnt think it will rain.

Recording A

d) Lucy suggests they pack some smart clothes.

Listen to someone speak about their childhood in

Scotland in the 1930s. Mark the four statements
which are correct.


They are planning to hire a car when they arrive.


They are going to a country where everyone speaks



In the 1930s, my family lived in a village in


g) Lucy thinks they should pack sun cream.

b) We didnt have a TV but we listened to the radio

every morning.

h) Neil is going to the airport now.


Lucy will phone Neil if she thinks of anything else.



Theyre going to meet at the airport at 5 oclock.

The school was six miles from our house.

d) We walked to school every day.

[4 marks]


When I was 14, I left school.


I went to the cinema in our village every Saturday


g) My family left Scotland when I was 15 and moved

to England.
h) I often go back to the village in Scotland.

Recording D
Listen to a woman talking about her shop Mark the
four statements which are correct. [4 marks]

Denise has owned the shop for two years.

b) She lives next door to the shop.

[4 marks]


Most of the things she sells are handmade.

d) She sells some ceramics imported from Greece and


Recording B
Listen to an interview with a man called Bob Kessler.
Choose the correct option (A-D) for each question (14) [4 marks]
1 a) Bob Kessler has a wife and daughter.
b) Bob Kessler has two sons.
c) Bob Kessler is a bachelor.
d) Bob Kessler was married before.


The interviewer likes the Japanese dresses in the



The shop also sells kitchen equipment like washing



Unfortunately, its noisy because it is on a busy

high street.


Denise would like to have richer customers, rather

than the students who come into the shop.

a) Bob Kessler is English.

b) Bob Kessler lives in West Hills California, USA.
c) Bob Kesslers wife isnt American, shes British.
d) Bob Kessler is American but he lives in England.
a) Bob Kessler writes two or three books a year.
b) Bob Kessler writes travel books about England
and other European countries.
c) Bob Kesslers job is selling books in Italy and
d) Bob Kessler likes Italy and France more than the
a) Bob Kesslers wife works at a school in England.
b) Bob Kesslers daughter has many English
c) Bob Kessler never drinks tea without milk.
d) Bob Kessler always drives his daughter to
[4 marks]

g) A lot of the jewellery is made by local artists.

h) Denise would like to move somewhere else.

[4 marks]
Cutting Edge Placement Test
Test A

Read the text and mark the correct answer (ac)

to each question (58).

Estelle Dupont was 100 years old in 2000. She was born
near Bordeaux in France, where her father was a rich
businessman.Today she lives in an old peoples home in

My father was a rich businessman and we lived in a

chateau about ten kilometres from Bordeaux. Our home
was very comfortable. The house was very big there
were twenty bedrooms, beautiful gardens and lots of
servants. But my childhood wasnt happy. I was an only
child, and my mother was always ill. She died when I
was eight, and my father died two years later when I
was ten. It was a very bad time. I was a very unhappy
child, but life is better now.

Did she like the gardens at the chateau?

a) Yes, she said they were beautiful.
b) Yes, she said they were very big.
c) No, because she had no one to play with.
What happened to her parents?
a) Estelles mother died two years after her father.
b) Her father died two years after her mother.
c) She was an only child.

Mark the correct word (ac) to complete each

sentence (912).

My sister likes Mexican food, but I dont like ____.

b) you

c) yours

My parents havent got calculators, but ______

have a computer at home.
a) it

c) her

Does _______ friend like classical music?

a) your

b) them

c) they

I really like Craig Davids music. My older brother

gave ____ some of his CDs.
a) me

b) them

c) my
[4 marks]

Read the utterances (1316). Mark the place (a

c) where you would hear them.

Look at exercise 6 on page 21.

a) restaurant

b) classroom

c) shopping mall

10 How much is an sandwich and a bottle of water?

a) caf

b) restaurant

c) living room

11 What time does the main film start?

a) video shop

b) cinema

[4 marks]

Mark the correct word (ac) to complete each

sentence (1724).

13 We are looking for a green car _________.

b) at the moment c) yesterday

a) on Thursdays b) last week

[4 marks]

c) aeroplane

14 I dont usually play tennis ________.

Where did she live when she was a child?

a) She lived in the city of Bordeaux, France.
b) She lived in an old peoples home in Paris.
c) She lived in a chateau near Bordeaux.

b) them

a) police station b) train

a) every day

How old was Estelle Dupont in 1967?

a) She was living in Bordeaux.
b) She was 67 years old.
c) She was a hundred years old.

a) it

12 Fasten you seatbelts, put the backs of your seats in

the upright position and fold away your tables.

C) library

c) tomorrow

15 John isnt going to buy a new house _______.

a) next year

b) last month

c) yesterday

16 Where were you at 6 oclock ________?

a) tomorrow

b) in the summer c) this morning

17 What time did you leave home ________?

a) tomorrow

b) on Thursday

c) at 6 oclock

18 There are a lot of clouds in the sky _______.

a) on Tuesday

b) yesterday

Do you like going to the beach _______?

a) in summer b) tomorrow


c) at the moment
c) last month

She never drives her car ________.

a) today

b) next day

c) at weekends
[8 marks]

Test B

Read the text and choose the best answer (ad)

for each question (58).

Tim Berners-Lee looks ordinary he is about 45 years

old and has brown hair. His life is quite normal he was
born in England, but his home is now in Massachusetts,
USA. But, in 1989, Tim had a very important idea. He
invented the World Wide Web.
Tim went to school in London. His parents both worked
with computers, so it isnt surprising that he loved
computers from an early age. When he was eighteen, he
left school and went to Oxford University, where he
studied Physics. At Oxford he became more and more
interested in computers, and he made his first computer
from an old television. He graduated in 1976 and got a
job with a computer company in Dorset, England. In
989, he went to work in Switzerland, where he first had
the idea of an international information network linked
by computer and he decided to call it the World Wide
Web. In 1994, he went to live in the United States,
where he now works. In 1995, he wrote an article in the
New York Times where he said The Web is a Universe
of information: it is for everyone. His idea of a web
where people from all over the world can exchange
information, is now real.

Where was Tim Berners-Lee born?

a) in Massachusetts
b) in Oxford
c) in Dorset
d) in England

What did Tim study at Oxford University?

a) computers
b) school
c) the world wide web
d) physics

[4 marks]

Choose the best answer (ad) for each question


Do you sell toothpaste?

a) No, we dont. Try the pharmacy.
b) No, we cant. Its too late.
c) Did you go to the pharmacy?
d) No, it isnt.

10 Excuse me, are you Mr Rogers?

a) I dont know.
b) No, he isnt there.
c) No, Im not. I think hes in the restaurant.
d) No, hes from Scotland.
11 Whats the time?
a) Its rather hot at the moment.
b) Ill tell you later.
c) Im sorry, I dont know.
d) Its the 15th August.
12 Would you like a drink?
a) Thanks. Id like an apple juice.
b) Excuse me, are you drinking?
c) Tea or coffee?
d) I dont know. Can you ask someone else?
[4 marks]


What did he make when he was at Oxford?

a) a television
b) the first computer
c) a computer company
d) a computer
When did he invent the world wide web?
a) 45 years old
b) in Switzerland
c) in 1989
d) in 1994


[4 marks]

Choose the best answer (ad) for each question


Which verb is the opposite of sell?

a) cost
b) bid
c) bye
d) buy
Which word means very good?
a) expensive
b) brilliant
c) important
d) beautiful

Which word is not about family?

a) aunt
b) grandfather
c) wide
d) wife
Which word is not a language?
a) Russian
b) Italian
c) France
d) Japanese


Choose the correct word or phrase (ad) to

complete each sentence (1724).
_______ Peter come from Dublin?
a) Do
b) Does
c) Is
d) Was
Do you like ________ house over there?
a) those
b) this
c) these
d) that
Where did you ___ when you were a child?
a) live
b) lived
c) lives
d) living
______ it raining in Amsterdam?
a) Do
b) Does
c) Is
d) Are
Are you _____ Jos tomorrow?
a) see
b) will see
c) seen
d) going to see
You _______ clean your car.
a) mustnt to
b) dont have to
c) dont want
d) cant have to
I went home ______ my new baby.
a) to see
b) for to see
c) seeing
d) see
This is _____ picture of my friend.
a) some
b) any
c) a
d) an
[8 marks]

b) about
Test C

1 Read the four texts quickly and choose the

correct answer (ad) for each question (58).
During the last ten years, Ameet had had ten different
jobs: he has worked in an import-export business, he has
been an estate agent and now he has just started his own
company which sells mobile phones but he hasnt
made a million pounds yet!
Edward has moved to the United States, where he now
works, designing computer games. His most popular
game, Death Rider, has already sold over ten million
copies, and has made him very rich! He isnt married, in
fact, hes never had a girlfriend, and he still spend most
of his time playing computer games in his bedroom.

In the last ten years, Hannah has been married three

times, and has lived in Italy, Egypt, France and
Australia. At present, shes running a bar on the Greek
island of Kos with her third husband, Nikos.
[4 marks]

a) up

c) out

b) forward

d) on

Im looking ____ my coat. Have you seen it?

a) out

c) for

b) after

d) towards

Choose the best answer (ad) for each question


Your letter begins Dear Sir, what do you write

above your signature?
a) Yours faithfully
b) Yours sincerely
c) With love
d) Your obedient servant,

10 Where exactly is New York?

a) On the east coast of the USA.
b) On the right hand side of the USA.
c) In the east coast of the USA.
d) On the side of the USA.
11 You walk into a shop. What does the shop assistant
say to you?

Who has earned the most money?

a) What do you want?

a) Ameet

c) Hannah

b) Can I help you?

b) Lucy

d) Edward

c) Do you want to buy something?

d) What would you like to buy?

Who works in a bar?

a) Ameet

c) Hannah

b) Lucy

d) Edward

Your restaurant bill says service not included.
What should you do?
a) Pay by credit card.

Who has appeared on television?

a) Kate

c) Hannah

b) Lucy

d) Edward

b) Get your own food.

c) Leave a tip for the waiter.
d) Ask for a receipt.

Who worked for no money?

a) Edward

c) Hannah

b) Lucy

d) Kate

Choose the correct word (ad) to complete each

phrase (912).

Im looking _____ to seeing my friend next week.

Can you look ____ Bills address?

[4 marks]

Lucy is an actress and a part-time waitress. In the last

few years, shes appeared in several plays and a couple
of TV commercials but there has been no call from
Hollywood yet!
Since leaving university with a brilliant degree, Kate
has worked for Greenpeace and other similar
organisations, first as a volunteer and now as a manager.
Shes just had her first baby.

d) same

a) forward

c) for

b) about

d) out

She thinks all Spanish men look ____ Antonio

a) after

c) like

[4 marks]

Choose the correct word or phrase (ad) to

complete each sentence (1724).

13 The Roxy Cinema closed seven years _____.

a) ago

c) before

b) yet

d) on

14 You ____ park your car on the pavement.

a) dont have to

c) neednt

b) cant

d) shouldnt

15 My hair is _______ than my sisters.

a) straightest

c) more straight

b) straighter

d) straight

16 Shes been in India ______ 1999.

a) for

c) since

b) in

d) at

17 How long _____ you _____ a student?

a) have/ been

c) did / be

b) has / been

d) were / being

18 Yes, Ill come to the party but I _____ arrive late.

a) might

c) may be

b) perhaps

d) should

19 Stop _____ lazy. Go out and dig the garden!

a) being

c) be

b) been

d) to be

20 She said that she _____ never seen him before.

a) had

c) has

b) would

d) havent
[8 marks]

Miss Longtree Julia

Test D

Read this text quickly and match the correct

word (ad) with each definition (58).

The majority on Inuit people from Alaska are nomads,

moving from one place to another, hunting and fishing
to survive. They dont tend to live in houses, preferring
tents or houses built from ice, called igloos. Even
today, it is quite common for a man to have several
In some parts of Kentucky and Virginia, USA, it is quite
normal for girls of twelve or thirteen to get married and
start a family. Often their husbands are only sixteen or
seventeen, so young couples tend to live with their
parents until they finish their education. Many schools
in these areas have crches to look after their pupils
babies while they are studying.

a) I am Peter Thomas.
b) Hello. Who are you?
c) 412 3663 Peter Thomas speaking.
11 How would you recommend that someone should
visit the Grand Canyon?
a) Why dont you go to the Grand Canyon?
b) You really should go to the Grand Canyon.

c) Alaskans

b) tend

c) tent

an imprecise number, more than a few, but not a lot.

a) normal

b) Inuit

b) couple

c) You could go to the Grand Canyon if youve

nothing better to do.
12 You want to borrow a dictionary from a friend.
What do you say?
a) Can I borrow your dictionary, please.

c) several

b) Would you be so kind as to lend me your

dictionary, please?

not more than a particular amount, number etc.

a) quite

b) only

c) often

c) Give me your dictionary.

[4 marks]

Mark the word (ac) which has the same vowel

sound as the word in CAPITAL LETTERS in
each sentence (912).

I CANT read your handwriting.

a) aunt

b) sort

c) tough

Im studying LAW at university.

a) floor

c) sent

She OUGHT to stay at home and study.

a) out

b) want

b) know

c) flour

Have you READ Tolstoys War and Peace?

a) seed

b) said

c) sighed
[4 marks]

Choose the correct answer (ac) for each

question (1317).

Which is the normal way to write an address on an


London Road 28

Miss Julia Longtree

28, London Road

10 What should Peter Thomas say when he answers

the telephone?

to do sth: to usually do something

a) prefer


people who have no permanent home, but move

from place to place according to the time of year.
a) nomads

Miss Julia Longtree
28, Road London

[4 marks]

Read these pairs of sentences carefully.

Do they have the same or different meanings?
Mark the correct answer (a or b).

13 I havent seen her for four days.

I havent seen her since four days ago.
a) Same

b) Different

14 Dont let me forget my umbrella.

Please remind me to forget my umbrella.
a) Same

b) Different

15 Jills shorter than her brother.

Jills brother is not as short as Jill.
a) Same

b) Different

16 I remember opening the door.

I remembered to open the door.
a) Same

b) Different

17 It was raining when I arrived.

When I arrived, it started to rain.

a) Same

b) Different

18 She taught here for 35 years.

Shes taught here for 35 years.
a) Same

b) Different

19 I wont come to see you if the weathers bad.

Ill come to see you if the weathers good.
a) Same

b) Different

20 They werent allowed to enter the military base.

They didnt have permission to enter the military
a) Same

b) Different
[8 marks]

a) about
Test E

Read the text. Which of the four statements
(aj) are really true and not beliefs or opinions?
Rather than investing in expensive scientific equipment
to predict earthquakes, perhaps scientists should spend
more time watching their pets. Many researchers now
believe that the behaviour of certain animals might help
them to predict natural disasters. For example, Chinese
scientists in the 1970s thought that reports of farm
animals running around in circles, and of dogs barking
al night may indicate an impending natural disaster.
They decided to evacuate the city of Haichin, which
shortly afterwards was hit by a huge earthquake.
Thousands of lives were probably saved as a result.
Japanese scientists have also discovered that catfish
become livelier several days before moderately strong
earthquakes. Many scientists now accept that this cant
be pure coincidence; they believe the explanation may
be linked to slight changes in the Earths magnetic field.
Although human beings cant perceive such changes, it
is thought that the sensitive nervous systems of some
animals must be affected by them. Now scientists must
discover exactly which animals are affected in this way,
so that they can save many more lives in the future.

Scientists spend money on expensive scientific

equipment to predict earthquakes.

b) out

c) up

If you dont understand, ask your teacher to go

________ it again with you.
a) through

b) into

c) towards
[4 marks]

Select the most suitable sympathetic response

(ac) to each utterance (1316)

My son is having an operation in hospital today.

a) Calm down!
b) You must be really worried about him.
c) What a shame!

10 That wasp is really annoying me!

a) Just try to ignore it.
b) How awful for you!
c) Never mind, these things happen.
11 My girlfriend said she didnt like my moustache!
a) Dont worry, shell get used to it.
b) How terrible for you!
c) Dont take any notice of her.
12 Ive been waiting for my bus for 15 minutes!
a) Calm down! Im sure it will arrive soon.

b) Animals can predict natural disasters.

b) Try not to worry about it.


c) Maybe it will never come.

In the 1970s, Chinese scientists heard reports of

animals behaving strangely near Haichin.

[4 marks]

d) The scientists knew this was a sign that an

earthquake was coming.

The city of Haichin was evacuated before the

Japanese scientists noticed an increase in activity of
catfish during earthquakes.

g) Some animals are more sensitive to magnetic

changes than human beings are.
h) All scientists believe this is not a pure coincidence.

Scientists have discovered which animals are

affected by magnetic changes.


They will be able to save more lives in the future.

[4 marks]

Choose the correct preposition (ac) to complete

each sentence (912).

The car stopped because I had run ____ of petrol.

a) out

c) over

She apologised ______ being late.

a) over

b) down
b) for

c) from

She has brought ______ a family of five healthy


Read these pairs of sentences carefully.

Do they have the same or different meanings?
Mark the correct answer (a or b).

13 Ill phone you the moment I get home.

Ill phone you as soon as I get home.
a) Same

b) Different

14 Parking is very difficult in Cambridge.

It is very difficult to park in Cambridge.
a) Same

b) Different

15 The criminals had escaped when the police arrived.

The criminals escaped when the criminals arrived.
a) Same

b) Different

16 More foreign cars are being sold than last year.

People are buying more foreign cars than last year.
a) Same

b) Different

17 She accused me of lying.

She said I was lying.

a) Same

b) Different

18 His nervousness prevents him from being a good

What prevents him from being a good speaker, is
his nervousness.
a) Same

b) Different

19 The people, who shouted at the minister, were

The people who shouted at the minister were
a) Same

b) Different

20 I wish you were more helpful around the house.

I wish youd be more helpful around the house.
a) Same

b) Different
[8 marks]