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Đề 3

1. Section 1

You will hear a conversation between two students about buying a used car.

First, you have some time to look at questions 1 to 6.

Notice that an example has been done for you this time only. The conversation relating to the example will be played first.

E: Hello.

J: Hello. Can I speak to Elena please?

E: This is Elena speaking.

J: Hi. My name is Jan. I'm calling about the car that was advertised on the notice-board in the student union building. Is it still for sale?

E: Yes, it is.

J: Your ad says it's a 1985 Celica, in good condition.

The car is a 1985 model, so you write 1985 beside year. Now let's begin. Answer the questions as you listen. You will not hear the recording a second time. Listen carefully to the conversation and answer questions 1 to 6.

E: Hello.

J: Hello. Can I speak to Elena please?

E: This is Elena speaking.

J: Hi. My name is Jan. I'm calling about the car that was advertised on the notice-board in the student union building. Is it still for sale?

E: Yes, it is.

J: Your ad says it's a 1985 Celica, in good condition.

E: It's old but it has been well looked after. My family has had the car for ten years. I'm just the third owner and my mother had it before me, so we know its history. We've got all the receipts and records. It's had regular maintenance and the brakes were done last year. It runs really well, but it looks its age.

J: Why are you selling it, by the way?

E: Well, I'm going overseas next month to study. I'll be away for at least 2 years so I have to sell it, unfortunately. It's been a good car.

J: Do you want $1,500? Is that right?

E: I was asking $2,000 but since I need to sell it quickly, I've reduced the price. Would you like to come and take it for a drive? I don't live far from the university.

J: Yes, I'd like to have a look. What time would suit you?

E: Any time this evening is fine.

J: Well, I finish classes at 6 o'clock. How about straight after that? Say 6:30?

E: Great! I'll give you directions, when you leave the main gate of the university, turn left on South Road and keep going until you get to the Grand Cinema. Take the first right. That's Princess St ... I'm at number 88, on the right.

J: So, it's 80 Princess St.?

E: No, it's 88 Princess St. and the suburb is Parkwood. You'll see the car parked in front. It's the red one with the 'for sale' sign on it.

J: OK. Thanks, Elena. I'll see you later.

E: Bye.

Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 7 to 10.

Later that day, at the university, Jan meets up with her friend, Sam, and tells him about the car.

J: Hi Sam!

S: Hi Jan! What's happening?

J: I'm glad I ran into you. I've decided I have to get a car.

S: You're going to buy a car? Do you really need one? I'd probably still be driving except that my car broke down last year. Instead of getting another one, I just moved closer to the university and went back to riding a bike - better for the environment, better for my health and I save a lot of money.

J: Did it really cost that much?

S: Well, when you think of registration, insurance, rising petrol costs, parking, plus maintenance and repairs, it adds up.

J: I know it's going to be expensive but I really need my own transportation. It takes half an hour by bus each way to university as it is. But now I'm working at night in the city. There's no way I want to hang around waiting for a bus late at night then walk 3 blocks home alone.

S: Hey, I think you've got a point there. So what kind of car are you looking at?

J: It's an 85 Celica, same kind as I used to have. The owner's asking $1,500.

S: That's pretty old. How many kilometres has it done?

J: You know, I forgot to ask. I'll have to check tonight when I go to see it. Would you be able to come with me to have a look? At about 6:30?

S: Sure, I'll come, but I don't know a lot about cars. I do know one thing, though. I wouldn't buy an old car without having a mechanic look at it first.

J: That's a good idea but won't it cost a lot?

S: Not really. You can get a check done through the Automobile Association for $80 and it comes with a report on the condition of the car. It can save you a lot of money in the long run.

J: I'll keep that in mind. So, we have to get to Parkwood at 6:30. Do you want to take the bus? It goes straight down South Road every fifteen minutes. Or maybe we could walk. I don't think it's that far.

S: Actually, I could borrow my roommate's motorbike for an hour or so. He's working all evening in the library.

J: Do you think he'd mind?

S: No way. He owes me a favour or two.

J: OK. Great! See you at six, outside the Student Center.

That is the end of section 1. You have half a minute to check your answers.

2. Section 2

Listen to the introduction about Tower Bridge and complete the summary. Use words or phrase from the box. There are more words in the box than you need. First, you have some time to read the questions. Now listen to the talk.

Tower Bridge is located in one of the most interesting parts of London. On either top of the Tower, you can get a bird's eye view of the wonderful scenery all round Tower Bridge. On its south side are many tall, old buildings, and on its north side stands the Tower of London itself. But Tower Bridge, the first bridge over the Thames, as you travel to London from the sea, is the most famous of them all.

Although they look the same age, the Tower is almost a thousand years old, and Tower Bridge, which was built in the 1890s, is just over one hundred. Because of the tall ships up and down the Thames, it was proposed in 1850 that a bridge across the Thames near the Tower was most necessary.

However, the designers argued about the new bridge for about thirty years. They took so long because they had two big problems.

One is that the new bridge must look like the old Tower, and the other is that the bridge must not look like a modern bridge. They made it look like the Old Tower, so everyone was happy. Besides, the most surprising thing about Tower Bridge is that it opens in the middle while big ships are going through to the Pool of London. If you are lucky enough to see the bridge with its two opening arms high in the air, you will never forget it.

The bridge took eight years to build and cost 900,000 pounds — a lot of money in those days. But it was a wonderful success and became a famous tourist attraction in London on the day when the bridge was completed. A hundred years ago, the Thames was once London's busiest traffic route so that the bridge opened at least twelve times a day. Today, big ships don't go so far up the Thames. Tower Bridge opens perhaps only twice a week, but the same wonderful machinery is still in good condition. Green, yellow and red, the colourful wheels and engines look smart and new, not a hundred years old. They still lift the two heavy opening arms — each 1,000 tonnes — leaving seventy metres for the ships to go through. And they still can open and close the bridge in one and a half minutes. Things are changing greatly now at Tower Bridge. The horses that used to help with pulling have gone, and so have the tugs, for they are no longer necessary. The walkways from one tower to the other at the top of the bridge were closed years ago because so many people jumped off them into the Thames, which is said to open again soon. In addition, the beautiful wheels will be part of a special exhibition for the public to visit. There will be a restaurant in one of the towers, and a pub in the other. But whatever happens in its exciting future, Tower Bridge will always mean London.

Now turn to section 3.

3. Section 3

You're going to hear a university tutor interviewing a candidate for a place on a post graduate diploma course in teaching geography.

First, you have some time to look at questions 21 to 27. Now listen carefully to the first part interview and answer questions 21 to 27.

TUTOR: Hello. Jonathan Briggs, isn't it?

JB: Yes, that's right.

TUTOR: Do come in and sit down.

JB: Thanks.

TUTOR: Right. Well, Jonathan, as we explained in your letter, in this part of the interview we like to talk through your application form ... your experience to date, etc .... and then in the second part you go for a group interview.

JB: Group interview ... yes, I understand ...

TUTOR: So ... your first degree was in Economics?

JB: Yes, but I also did Politics as a major strand.

TUTOR: And you graduated in 1989. And I see you have been doing some teaching ...

JB: Yes. I worked as a volunteer teacher in West Africa. I was there for almost three years in total from 1990 to ... umm ... 1992.

TUTOR: How interesting. What organisation was that with?

JB: It's not one of the major ones. It's called Teach South.

TUTOR: Oh. right. Yes, I have heard of it. It operates in several African countries, doesn't it? And what kind of school was it?

JB: A rural co-operative.

TUTOR: Oh, a rural co-operative, how interesting... and what did you teach?

JB: A variety of things in different years... ummm... I did... with Forms 1 to 3 mainly Geography and some English with Form 5. Then in my final year, I took on some Agricultural Science with the top year... that's Form 6.

TUTOR: Right. Quite a variety then...

JB: I also ran the school farm.

TUTOR: How interesting!

Before the interview continues, you have some time to look at questions 28 to 30. Now listen to the rest of the interview and answer questions 28 to 30.

TUTOR: ...And how did you find the whole experience?

JB: I'll be honest with you. At the end of the first year I really wanted to leave and come home.

TUTOR: Why was that?

JB: Well... I was very homesick at first and missed my family...

TUTOR: Umm... I can quite understand that.

JB: ...and I also found it frustrating to have so few teaching resources, but I did decide to stay and in the end I extended my tour to a third year.

TUTOR: Right. Things must have looked up then?

JB: Yes. We set up a very successful project breeding cattle to sell locally.

TUTOR: Really?

JB: And then after a lot of hard work, we finally got funds for new farm buildings.

TUTOR: And you wanted to see things through?


JB: Uh-huh.


TUTOR: And is that why you want to train to teach Geography?

JB: Yes. I've had a couple of jobs since then but I now realise I like teaching best. And I chose Geography because... because it is my favourite subject... and also because I think it has so many useful applications.

TUTOR: Well... you certainly have had some interesting work experience. I'll ask you now to go on to the next stage of...

That is the end of section 2. You now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn to section 4.

4. Section 4

You will hear a lecture about how to choose building materials. First, you have some time to look at questions 31 to 40. Now listen carefully and answer questions 31 to 40.

We’ve been talking about choosing building materials in the last week. Now, a great many factors influence the choice of building ma­terials. You can’t make a house of cards, right? And “people who live in glass houses...” and all that... Anyhow, today I’d like to say a few words about flooring.

Some artificial materials can be used, like plastic for instance, which offer mixed blessings when used as a flooring surface. On the one hand, plastic is cheaper than nearly any other alternative, short of bare ground. Plastic also does not warp like wood. On the other hand, the best that can be said about plastic is that it “looks like” wood or stone. However, it cannot replace the real materials. As I have men­tioned, I’m fixing up a new house. The decorator my wife hired told me, “Plastic does a great job of looking exactly like plastic.” Besides, it scratches easily, fades or discolours, and starts cracking within a year or two. So, if you’re fitting out a sleazy hotel or plan to live in a trailer park, go with the plastic. Really, though, for all intents and purposes, this leaves us with wood or stone as choices for flooring.

Stone and wood are alike in at least one respect: both go through processing before they can be put to use. Since few of us cut our own lumber or quarry our own stone, this is not perhaps a pressing con­cern. Still, do-it-yourself would do well to remember to buy only properly seasoned wood. Unseasoned wood warps and a warped floor quickly becomes firewood (and its owner quickly becomes poorer). Likewise, except for dull-hued materials like slate or sandstone, most stone floors are polished before installation. The choice goes well be­yond just wood or stone - each type requires many further consider­ations. A few special remarks are called for when considering wood, for example. As always, aesthetics, personal taste, and layout all play roles as well as the type of house or room. Oh, and certainly don’t forget the cost. When it comes to cost, a rule of thumb is that the softer and less exotic the wood, the lower the cost. In the US, for instance, pine is both ubiquitous and cheap. Mahogany is imported and exorbitantly expensive. If you’re on any kind of budget when remodelling, it’s really helpful to remember to go for the softer woods.

Aside from cost, there are still lots of different factors that are im­portant in choosing the best flooring for the job. Continuing with the example of wood, one must consider the effects of each type of wood on the mood of the room. When selecting the best wood to use, particular attention needs to be paid to its grain patterns, texture, and colour. In rooms where relaxation or deep thought is the aim - say bedrooms or the study - dark, strong grained woods are the rule.

Here the grain ought to match the furniture for a feeling of homo­geneity. In rooms where activity and motion are typical - the dining room or living room - lighter, finer-grained lumber is more suitable.


In such a setting, the wood grain might be useful in offering a contrast to the furniture. This leads to a feel of subconscious excitement, in keeping with the room’s function.


In either case, though, consult a decorator. It is a decorator’s job to know what materials to use to fit the function of the room. Though some things about putting together a room are subjective and based on one’s individual taste, materials appropriate to a room’s function are much more straightforward. A decorator takes the needs of the customer and uses a mathematical formula, rather than subjective words. Since feelings vary from person to person, verbal descriptions of wood types tend to be ambiguous. You want the wood you select, not something approximate! And if you do decide to do it yourself, remember that all wood must be treated with preservatives to en­hance its appearance and preserve its natural beauty.


In the case of stone, or “quarry tile” as flat-cut flooring stone is prop­erly called, a new set of considerations must be weighed up. Simple colour aside, the degree of reflection must be kept in mind. This is called the “reflectance rate”, which is expressed in a number between 0.0 and 1.0, depending on the amount of light it reflects.


At one end of the scale is polished silver. At a rating of 1.0, this shiny surface reflects nearly all of the light directed at it. Numbers closer to zero describe materials that absorb more light. Moving down the scale a bit, we see the plastic that has been painted white has a rate of 0.8, which makes sense. We know that the colour white reflects all other colours while black absorbs all colours, and plastic itself is a relatively reflective material.


Materials that are denser and darker have reflectance rates much closer to zero. The quarry tile I mentioned a while ago has a rate of 0.1. As you may know, quarry tile is generally dark brown and made from clay, so it is quite dense. Of course, there is considerable vari­ation among types of quarry tile because of the hue or treatment of the clay during its creation.


Does anyone have any guesses as to what materials may have a rate of almost 0.0? We can guess most of these materials are black in colour, but plastic, wood, and even stone reflect some light. One material with a rate of almost 0.0 is black velvet. The texture produces almost no shine at all.


Carrara marble, despite its white hue, is actually lower in reflectivity than black onyx! In any case, the fact that tiles vary somewhat should not be forgotten. A highly reflective floor would not be suitable in a library; it would be indispensable in a ballroom (should your home be large enough to feature one). Again, a rule of thumb is that “light means lively”. Since form and material follow function, one should only use the more reflective materials in rooms where the cultivation and expression of energy is important. Bear in mind too that most types of stone cost more than all but the rarest of woods.


Of course, there is no reason why some rooms of a house should not feature wood floors or other stone tiles. You can even mix the two. A room with wood panels on the walls can have a beautiful stone floor. My bedroom has white birch walls and a light blue slate floor. The place looks like a Russian hunting lodge. Remember, though, go with what feels right for you. Good taste and the “laws” of interior design are the homeowner’s servants, not his master. It’s only beautiful when you decide it is. I mean, you’re the one who lives there, not the decorator, right? OK, are there any questions?

That is the end of section 4. You now have half a minute to check your answers.

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