HomeAdvanced Listening Part 1


  • Part 1 consists of three short recordings, each with two three-option multiple-choice questions.
  • Each recording lasts about one minute and is played twice.
  • The recordings are about unrelated topics.
  • The recordings are taken from a wide range of contexts and cover a range of topics, styles of delivery and voices.
  • Each recording involves more than one speaker.
  • The questions may focus on a variety of aspects of the recordings (for example, detail, gist, speakers’ opinions, feeling, attitude, purpose, function, agreement and listener course of action).

Understanding different aspects of the recording

  • Questions can have different focuses. Being aware of some of these different focuses can give you a better understanding of spoken language.
  • There will usually be something in the recording that might distract you into choosing the wrong option, so make sure you listen carefully.

Listen to the recording and answer these questions about it.

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  1. Context: Where are the speakers?
  2. Relationships: What is the most likely relationship between the speakers? 
  3. Opinion: What do the speakers agree about?
  4. Detail: What does the man remind the woman to find out about?
  5. Function: What are the speakers trying to do?

Why are the other options incorrect?

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Man: I’m not sure I like the look of this place. It’s a bit dingy.

Woman: Mm, I don’t know. It’s a bit quaint perhaps. Anyway, I’m so shattered, I’d settle for anything. And you’ve been behind the wheel all day, so I dread to think how you’re feeling.

Man: Mm. I am pretty exhausted. And at least it’s probably not too late to grab a bite here before turning in. I’m starving.

Woman: Well, I’m not sure I fancy anything at the moment myself. Anyway, it certainly doesn’t look too expensive. So, shall I see if they’ve got any vacancies?

Man: Sure. And check about where to leave the car too, if they have anywhere. I’ll be sorting out the luggage while you find out.


exam practice


  1. Use the listening preparation time to read the questions and think about possible answers.
  2. Underline key words in the question or statement.
  3. Choose all the correct answers you can the first time you listen to the recording.
  4. Do not worry about missing a question; leave it and listen for the answer to the next question.
  5. Check your answers when you listen to the recording for the second time and answer any questions you have missed.
  6. Do not leave any answers blank. Make a guess if you are not sure.
  7. At the end of the test, carefully transfer your answers to the answer sheet.


You will hear three different extracts. For questions , choose the answer (Ⓐ, Ⓑ or Ⓒ) which fits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each extract.

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Extract One

You hear two students discussing a lecture.


❶ What surprised the woman about the lecture?

❷ What do the speakers agree?


❶ Listen to the whole recording before you answer either of the questions relating to it.

The word ‘agree’ is important – both speakers must share this opinion.



Extract Two

You hear two business people discussing a meeting they attended.


❸ Why did they go to the meeting?

❹ How does the man feel about the meeting?



❸ You get information from both speakers.

❹ This question focuses on detail. What do each of the other five Part 1 questions focus on – gist, relationship, opinion, function, etc.? Before you listen, think carefully about what each of the adjectives in the options means in this question.


Extract Three

You hear a scientist being interviewed about her career.


❺ What is the woman’s attitude to her career?

❻ What does the woman say is the most important quality she looks for in young scientists hoping to work in her lab?



Before listening, think about what kind of language the speaker might use to express the ideas.

Look carefully at the meaning of the three options. How might the woman use different words to express these ideas?


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You will hear three different extracts. For questions 1 to 6, choose the answer (A, B or C) which fits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each extract.

Extract 1
You hear two students discussing a lecture. Now look at questions 1 and 2.

Woman: That was a really interesting lecture, don’t you think, Jack?

Man: Not bad at all. I’d heard that the lecturer was brilliant from some students he taught last year, so I was expecting quite a lot.

Woman: Really? I hadn’t heard anything about him before. Anyway, I never imagined anyone managing to make a topic that’s basically quite tedious into something so fascinating – just by looking at it from a fresh angle.

Man: Mm, I just wished I’d read a bit more about that period in history beforehand. I think I’d have got a bit more out of it if I had.

Woman: I was OK on that score. But I certainly want to go and find out more about it now, even though it’s not an essential part of our course.

Man: Me too. Pity he didn’t include a bibliography on any of the handouts he gave us.

Woman: Oh well, it won’t be too hard to find something relevant, I’m sure.

Extract 2
You hear two business people discussing a meeting they attended. Now look at questions 3 and 4.

Man: Well, I’m glad that meeting’s over now. I thought they were never going to bring things to an end!

Woman: I know. I kept thinking they were on the verge of wrapping things up and then someone raised some other issue.

Man: Yes. Still, we achieved what we set out to. I wasn’t sure it’d be worth it at first, but I think it was, don’t you?

Woman: Certainly. We’ve got a pretty good picture now of what’d be involved if we do decide to do business with them. And I think you gave them a sense of what we could offer them.

Man: Well, I could have done that better, I think, but never mind. So, do you feel ready to give a full report to our management committee tomorrow?

Woman: Yes, but I’m not sure whether I’d advise them to pursue the partnership or not.

Man: Well, that’s up to them. We’ve done our bit by seeing how the land lies.

Extract 3
You hear a scientist being interviewed about her career. Now look at questions 5 and 6.

Interviewer: You’ve had a long and successful career as a biochemist. Would you say that you’ve achieved everything that you would’ve wished?

Woman: I don’t imagine anyone would ever say that. But I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve been able to do far more than I ever dreamt when I started out. It’s amazing to have ended up heading the leading research lab in my field.

Interviewer: And that’s on top of having four children.

Woman: That’s right. My family has always been as important to me as my career. But I’ve been able to enjoy both. Thanks to a great support network, of course.

Interviewer: What quality do you look for in young scientists who want to work in your lab?

Woman: Well, they should have a natural inquisitiveness about the world. They notice what’s going on around them and they want to find out more. I’m looking for people who pay great attention to detail, of course. You have to value precision as a scientist. But I guess the key thing for me is someone who understands that you also learn from experiments that don’t work. Of course, it’s disheartening to spend six months on something that fails. But a true scientist appreciates that that is also part of working towards the truth.

That is the end of Part 1.



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