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Youll hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions I to 8, choose the best
answer, A, B or C.

One. You hear a man talking on the phone to a computer technician. Why has he called?

A to make a complaint

B to ask for some advice

C to apologise for a mistake

The problem is that whenever I switch it on, it takes a long time to start up: perhaps 15 or 20
minutes. This didnt use to happen, and I think it started when all the electricity went off during
that really bad thunderstorm last month and the programs I was running all ended suddenly. I
know everythings supposed to be closed down properly, so that was probably the cause. Anyway,
what I was wondering was whether I can sort this out myself, and if so, how? Or whether itll
need to be repaired. Ive really got to do something soon - the kids are complaining about how
long it takes to load their computer games!

Two. You hear a teenager talking about the summer job he does. How does he usually feel when
he is working?

A bored

B tired

C relaxed
My friends keep saying how dull and repetitive their jobs are, how theyre watching the time and
just thinking about the evening, but I dont feel that way about mine. I suppose its because Im
working with people all day, showing them around the town centre and telling them about its
history, so I dont have the time to get bored. But theres no hurry to do anything, so I never feel
stressed either, because in this job I can take it easy. The hours are quite long and some people
might find that tiring, but I dont.

Three. You overhear a young man talking to a friend. What does he regret?

A not telling the truth.

B not spending enough

C not staying at home

The evening started well, and Im glad I didnt miss that part of it. I was out with Ben Francis
and his friends, and although they were older than me and had lots more money, we all got on
fine. We went to some great places in town and then Ben suggested having dinner at Harveys,
you know, that really smart restaurant overlooking the river. On our way there, Ben asked if I
could afford it and I told him I had plenty of money on me, though later on I wished I hadnt said
that. Anyway I forgot all about it and had a really fantastic meal. But when I saw the bill I just
couldnt believe it. There was no way I could pay my share of that.

Four: You hear two people talking. How does the man feel now?

A very relieved

B highly amused

C quite worried

Women: So in the end did you find out whatd happened to your car?

Man: Yes, but it took me several phone calls to find out that itd been taken away by the police
because it was badly parked. Ive got it back now.

Women: So you can relax now, right?

Man: Definitely. Its just as well that it hadnt been stolen thats what was really worrying me.
Its not insured for theft.
Women: What did your friends say about it?

Man: Oh, they laughed when I told them. But I had to pay a big fine and it also cost me a taxi
fare. I cant say I thought it was very funny.

Five. You switch on the radio during a programme. What is the programme about?

A wildlife history

B history

C farming

In the late 19th and 20th century, the entire wolf population disappeared from this part of the
country, in most cases shot by farmers protecting their sheep and other livestock. Now, however,
there is a plan to reintroduce these marvelous creatures, not least because scientists say they
play an important role in maintaining the ecological balance of regions like this. Perhaps not
surprisingly, though, not everyone is happy about this proposal, with strong opposition coming
from local nature groups who see them as a serious threat to the red deer population in forest

Six. You turn on the radio and hear part of a play. Where is the scene taking place?

A in a railway station

B in the street

C on a bus

Woman: Dont look now, but theres a man quite close behind you. Hes just got on, I think.

Man: Whats he doing?

Woman: Hes talking into his phone at the moment, but he keeps looking at you.

Man: Is it the same guy who was following us down the road earlier?

Woman: Im not sure. If there was anyone following you, that is.
Man: There definitely was. And in case its him again wed better get off at the next stop, split up
and head for the station. Ill meet you on platform nine in about 20 minutes. Make sure youre
not followed.

Seven. You hear a teenager talking on the phone about where she lives now. What does she think
of her new home?

A Its like her previous house.

B Its too far from her school.

C Its difficult to get used to.

I suppose it was a bit strange at first, after spending all my life in just one house, but that soon
passed. Actually, Im feeling quite at home here now, though I wish it was a bit closer to
everything. Particularly the shops and the cinemas and all the other places I used to go with my
friends. And school, of course. But the areas not all that different to where I grew up, with two
very nice parks within easy walking distance, and for the first time weve got a little garden. The
house is bigger, too, so my sisters and I all have our own rooms. Thats a definite improvement!

Eight. You overhear a young man talking about a job he had. Why did he leave work?

A he wanted to travel.

B he didnt like his job.

C his boss sacked him.

Id already been working there for three years, and although I was still getting a lot out of the
work I was starting to feel it was time I saw the world. Most of my friends had taken a year out
between school and university to do so, but Id only been overseas once, and that was just for a
fortnight. So I spoke to my line manager and asked him if I could take a year off, but he said the
company probably wouldnt allow it. In the end I decided to resign he said it was a shame to
have to lose me.

Teacher: We have with us Ms Joanna Riley, whose work as a ranger involves taking care of an
area of countryside near here. This morning shes going to tell us a little about her work, which
Im sure youll find very interesting. Ms Riley

Joanna: Hello everyone. Yes, Ive got a lovely job, and its the only one Ive done, or ever
seriously thought about doing I made up my mind that this was the work for me long before I
went to university. Actually, it was when I was doing coursework on a class trip when I was
about your age that I first saw the kind of things that a ranger does, and it looked great. Of
course, it helped that at the time the sun was shining!

So what does the work consist of? Well, lots of different thing. From putting up signs and
maintaining them to forest and wildlife conservation, from reporting any flooded or blocked
footpaths to doing minor repairs to things like wooden gates. And, one of my favourites:
accompanying groups of school students.

As it happens, theres more to do in my area than most. Not because of its size some of the
others are much bigger but owing to the simple fact that its so popular with the public, all
year round. Partly thats due to its beauty there really are some lovely hills and valleys but
also because it never gets really hot or cold there.

In general I think its great that it attracts so many people, but that does bring with it some
disadvantages. For instance, many of them drive here and need somewhere to leave their cars,
but suitable parking places are limited. I also have to remind people to be careful not to start
fires, as they could spread quickly in the summer months. Though what really takes up time is
dealing with kinds of things that are bound to happen when large numbers of people from the
cities often bringing their dogs with them start walking on or near agricultural land. They
think they have the right to go anywhere they like, but the farmers see things differently. At least,
though, there arent the problems they have in other parts of the country, such as people shooting
or setting traps for wild animals and birds, which is of course completely illegal in my area.

Most of the time, I really enjoy my work, and being on my own nearly all day isnt something that
ever really bothers me. Even in the coldest, darkest months it has its benefits: seeing the clear
nights and so on. The one thing that gets me down, though, is coming across piles of cans and
packets and other stuff that people cant be bothered taking home with them. Its so lazy and
selfish of them. It spoils the countryside for everyone else it can be harmful to wildlife, too.
One of my jobs is to provide bins, and I just dont understand why some people dont, use them.

I was pleased recently when a law was passed giving rangers some quite useful powers. One I
particularly like is being able, in certain circumstances and for a limited amount of time, to
prevent the public entering the part of the countryside Im responsible for. I would also like to
have the right to fine anyone who starts fires or destroys things on purpose, but I dont think
thats likely to happen. A colleague of mine actually thinks we should be able to make arrests,
but I think thats really a job for the police.

So now youve heard about some of the good things, and the not so good things, about a
rangers work, what should you do if youre interested in becoming one? Well, youll probably
need a degree. Mine is in geography, but I think biology of environmental studies would be more
useful. Then, in your student vacations, get some unpaid work helping rangers with things like
tidying footpaths or cutting hedges. That will impress employers when you get to an interview,
but please dont make the mistake many applicants do of insisting on working near where you
live. Youre unlikely to be successful if you do that. Well, thanks very much for your time, and if
you do decide this is the job for you: good luck! Now it there are any [fade]


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