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B1 Preliminary (PET)
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Test 1 / 20

Listen to six short dialogues and understand the gist of each.


You will hear two friends talking about a new clothes shop

What does the girl say about it?

You will hear two friends talking about a pop band’s website.

They think the site would be better if

You will hear a woman telling a friend about an art competition she’s won.

How does she feel about it?

You will hear two friends talking about the girl’s flatmate.

The girl thinks that her flatmate

You will hear two friends talking about a football match.

They agree that their team lost because

You will hear two friends talking about a tennis match they played

The boy wants the girl to

You will hear two friends talking about a new clothes shop.

M: I see you’ve been to that new clothes store in the shopping centre.
F: Oh, you saw the logo on these bags! Yes, it’s really popular. I got a couple of tops and some trousers.
M: Who did you go with?
F: On my own, but the assistants were nice – telling me whether things suited me or not, and getting me to try different sizes. The coolest most fashionable stuff has already gone, but I was glad I found things I liked that didn’t cost too much. They weren’t expensive compared to some things there.
M: I’d better tell my sister to get down there.

You will hear two friends talking about a pop band’s website.

M: I’ve got tickets for the Blue Angels concert on Saturday. Would you like to go?
F: Yes, great! How did you get them?
M: From their website.
F: I tried to do that once but I had to give up. It wouldn’t let me pay for some reason.
M: Yeah, it’s confusing. I had to phone the help line. They showed me how to do it.
F: They should just make it simpler. Otherwise I’ve no problem with the website. It posts new stories about the band members nearly every day.
M: Yeah, and some of the replies to fans from the two guitar players are really funny.

You will hear a woman telling a friend about an art competition she’s won.

F: You’ll never guess. I’ve won first prize in that art competition I went in for.
M: Wow! Congratulations! What’s the prize?
F: A weekend in New York with free entrance to all the art galleries there.
M: That’s fantastic!
F: I know. But I have to go before the end of the month and I can’t get the time off work.
M: Oh, no!
F: Yes, I can’t believe I have to miss such a great chance.
M: At least you know the judges thought highly of your work.
F: I suppose so, but it wasn’t one of my best pictures.

You will hear two friends talking about the girl’s flatmate.

F: My flat-mate’s driving me crazy!
M: I can’t believe that! She’s so shy.
F: Yes, never says a word – I do all the talking. I’ve got nothing to complain about there!
M: She has her music a bit loud. I can see that’d be annoying when you’re trying to study.
F: Actually, it’s the way she never picks anything up that bothers me. Her stuff is all over the living room and bathroom as well as her bedroom. Her music helps me concentrate, so I don’t mind that.
M: You should speak to her.

You will hear two friends talking about a football match.

M: Not a great day for our team.
F: Well, they didn’t win. But, actually, considering how many guys couldn’t play because of injury, they didn’t do so badly.
M: They played well actually. I heard they’re putting more effort into their training  programme, and we’re beginning to see the benefits of that.
F: That’s right. I think the main trouble they had tonight is that they just don’t believe enough in their own ability.
M: Yeah.

You will hear two friends talking about a tennis match they played.

F: Pity we didn’t win, but we played quite well.
M: You played well – I was rubbish. I need to practise a lot harder.
F: It’s difficult to find a time when we’re both free for more practice.
M: I know. And I must improve my fitness first. You can run all over the court and attack every ball. I’m not a good athlete like you. How do you do it?
F: Well. I go to the gym four times a week.
M: That’s what I need! Can I come with you? I want to be in really good shape for our next competition.

Test 2 / 20

Listen to six short dialogues and understand the gist of each.


You will hear two friends talking about a music performance.

The friends agree that

You will hear two friends talking about a play they have seen recently.

What surprised the girl about the play?

You will hear a boy telling a friend about an art course he went on.

What did the boy enjoy most about it?

 You will hear two friends talking about getting to school.

The girl thinks that walking to school with her friends

 You will hear a boy talking to a friend about his new house.

How does the boy feel about it?

You will hear a girl talking about a day out with her family.

Why did the girl’s family choose to go to the river?

Girl: I enjoyed that.

Boy: Me, too. I don’t think either of them played a wrong note in the whole performance.

Girl: I think I heard a few – perhaps they hadn’t had enough time to play together before the concert.

Boy: Maybe. I still wish they’d played a little longer, though – maybe a few more songs.

Girl: I thought it was about right as it was. That kind of music sounds so much better in a smaller place – I don’t know why they chose to have it there.

Boy: The two guitars are too quiet for somewhere that size.

 

Girl: That was an amazing play.

Boy: It was. Over half the people watching were school students like us.

Girl: I guess that’s not so unusual for an afternoon performance. Most adults are working then.

Boy: I wonder what it’s like being an actor. They must have to practise so hard.

Girl: The ones in this play certainly had. I found it difficult to believe how realistic they managed to make all of the characters.

Boy: Yes, and I couldn’t predict what would happen at the end.

Girl: I studied this play in literature classes last year, so I already knew what was going to happen.

 

Girl: How was the art course?

Boy: Fantastic – I learned so much.

Girl: So what was the best bit?

Boy: There were so many, but if I could only choose one, I think it’d be how the teacher got us to practise techniques in a number of different ways. I thought I’d spend most of the time drawing or painting, but we did so many other activities, all of which were quite useful for developing our skills.

Girl: Sounds good.

Boy: And I never knew there were so many jokes about artists! Our teacher seemed to know them all, which was great fun.

 

Boy: Are you walking to school with us tomorrow?

Girl: I might go on my own, actually. I don’t want to be late.

Boy: But you’ll enjoy it more if you come with us.

Girl: It’s often no different to walking by myself because you all walk slowly along with your headphones on.

Boy: We show each other things on our phones, too.

Girl: That’s true, which is great in our free time, but not when it means arriving half an hour later than I would if I was by myself. At least you’re polite enough to move out of the way for other people on the pavement, though.

 

Girl: How’s your new house?

Boy: I like it. The colours aren’t what I’d ever choose, but my mom says we can easily fix that. My bedroom’s much bigger than the one at the old house, which annoyed my brother as his is quite small – like the rest of the house.

Girl: I thought people usually moved to be somewhere bigger …

Boy: Sure, but where it is is important, too, and the new one’s much closer to my parents’ work and to school, too. I can walk there in five minutes, which means I get to stay longer in bed in the morning.

 

Boy: How was your weekend?

Girl: Good, thanks. We went for a day out by the river.

Boy: The river near here? It’s easy to walk to, but it’s not like there’s lots to do there.

Girl: I know. That’s why we went somewhere else, about an hour away in the car. It’s dangerous for swimming because the river’s really deep and wide there, but we’ve never found a better place to sit and eat. I know you’d probably prefer somewhere which has lots of activities, but it’s really peaceful, so we just sit on the grass, enjoy our food and relax.

Boy: Sounds nice.