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Đề 3

You will hear a number of different recordings and you will have to answer questions on what you hear. There will be time for you to read the instructions and questions and you will have a chance to check your work. All the recordings will be played once only. The test is in 4 sections. Write all of your answers in the listening question booklet. At the end of the real test, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet. Now turn to section 1 of your booklet.

1. Section 1

You're going to hear a conversation about purchasing a cellular phone.

First, you have some time to look at questions 1-6. Before we start the test, look at the example of your question booklet and listen to the tape.

Man: Excuse me, can you give me some information about purchasing a cellular phone?

Woman: Of course, my pleasure. We carry all sorts of phones from the most basic phones to very sophisticated web enabled phones. I will do my best to help you find a phone that suits your needs.

In the tape, the man says he will purchase a cellular phone, therefore A is the correct answer. Now we will play the whole record. Now listen to the tape and answer questions 1-6.

Man: Excuse me, can you give me some information about purchasing a cellular phone?

Woman: Of course, my pleasure. We carry all sorts of phones from the most basic phones to very sophisticated web enabled phones. I will do my best to help you find a phone that suits your needs.

Man: Thanks, I'm looking for two cellular phones, one for me and one for my son. I think I won't need anything too sophisticated, just your basic phone functions. But maybe my son would like something with more functions.

Woman: Sure, well, let's take a look, so you have no preferences at all. What about the size or color? How about the brand?

Man: Well, I don't really care what brand the cellphone is. But I guess I don't want anything that's too big or too small. I want a phone that can fit nicely in my hand and in my pocket. If it's too big, it might be too heavy and if it's too small, I might lose it. Color I don't really care about either. Well, I don't want a pink phone.

Woman: Okay, so let's look for something suitable for a working person. How about this one? This one is the R55, it is black, not too big, not too small, all the usual functions. The best feature of the R55 is that it can be used worldwide even in Europe or Asia.

Man: It looks good. How much does it cost?

Woman: It is only $100. If you sign up for a calling plan, then we will give you a $50 discount on the phone.

Man: How old is this model though? I don't want anything that's too old.

Woman: This model was introduced into the market about 3 years ago, so it is a bit older but be assured it will still work fine.

Man: Well, I think I still want something not as old. How about from last year? Any good phones around that time?

Woman: Yes. There are some how about this one, it's the new model of the phone you just looked at called the W55. Most of the features are the same, there are some new features on the W55 though. The battery will last up to 2 days longer and the overall weight of the phone is lighter.

Man: How much is this one?

Woman: This is selling $150. If you purchase it along with a phone plan, then it will be only $100.

Man: Okay, I think I'll take this one. Now I need to pick up a phone for my son. I think he'll want something more trendy, so how about a new model for him? Nothing too extravagant or expensive, though.

Woman: This right here is the newest offering from the leading company in the cellular phone business. The phone is called the Rocket. It is well suited for teenage users among the teen friendly features are 10 songs to choose from a free messaging system that allows friends to send text to each other and voice recognition dialing. The thing most younger users like about the Rocket is that it has a screen that changes colors, all this for only $100 with a purchase of a one-year phone plan.

Man: Sounds like something my son will like. Can I sign us both up at once?

Woman: Yes, of course. Both of you can share one plan, you will pay only $50 a month for both of you to share a plan.

Man: That's it, only $50 a month.

Woman: Yes, that's all.

Now look at questions 7-10. Now listen to the tape and answer questions 7-10.

Woman: Okay, I will need your information, name and address please.

Man: Richard Derrick Jones.

Woman: What's your profession?

Man: I'm an engineer.

Woman: Address, please.

Man: 322 First Street, San Francisco California.

Woman: And phone number, please.

Man: 621-360-7601, oh sorry, that's the wrong number. 621-360-7610.

Woman: How many phones do you want activated on your plan?

Man: 2 - For now.

Woman: Thank you very much. Your phones will be ready in a minute.

This is the end of section 1. You now have 30 seconds to check your answers.

2. Section 2

In this section, you will hear a program on the city of Brisbane.

First, you have some time to read questions 11 to 20. Now, listen to the conversation and answer questions 11 to 20.

Woman: Today, in our around the world program, Mr. White is going to recommend a charming city to you, Brisbane.

Man: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Have you ever been to Brisbane?

Well, if you are looking for a mild climate, a relaxed atmosphere and a lot of culture, Brisbane might be the place for you. It’s sunny cafes and offshore islands attract surfers and sun lovers, but it is also the art capital of Queensland with many museums and art galleries. This’s thriving artistic setting mixes well with Brisbane’s beach town atmosphere. Together these two qualities make Brisbane a very desirable place to live. No wonder since 1980 over a half a million Australians have moved here. Brisbane is now Australia’s third largest city.

English settlers living in Australia established Brisbane in 1842. At that time, more than a 100,000 Aboriginal Australians were living in Queensland, as the settlers discovered Queensland’s resources more and more of them moved in. Regretfully, the settlers drove the Aboriginal Australians from their lands. By 1859, Brisbane had grown into a prosperous city. In 1988, the world watched Brisbane hosted the World Expo. This International Fair showcased new technology, but it also showed off the city of Brisbane to the world.

Brisbane also hosts a wide range of events year-round. In April, everyone can enjoy a few laughs at the Comedy Festival and movie lovers will enjoy a film festival that takes place every August. For two weeks in September, there is an outdoor festival of the Arts. In October, a music festival draws a large crowd, and in January, you can see Brisbane’s most bizarre event. You may be surprised to hear that, the annual cockroach races. That’s right. People really do train and race cockroaches. Brisbane’s nice climate and compact design make it easy to explore on foot.

Follow the Golden Arrows in the footpath around the city centre, this will lead you on a tour of Brisbane’s historical district. From the city centre, take a boat across the Brisbane River to South Bank. This area is popular for its bike paths beach and weekend market. Hundreds of artists display their wares at this market. It’s a great place to pick up some interesting handicrafts.

Well, I think what you must be interested in is the unique native animals. Yes, you shouldn’t visit Australia without seeing its trademark animals, the koala and kangaroo. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has both. It is located just outside the city centre in beautiful parkland. You can hold one of the park’s 130 koalas or feed the kangaroos. Another quiet refuge from the city is Mount Coot-tha, about 8 kilometres from Brisbane. On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the city. It also has hiking trails and beautiful gardens.

Along the Brisbane River, a sunset cruise is also very relaxing. The areas around Brisbane are impressive. A coastal drive south of Brisbane will take you along the Gold Coast. This famous coastline boasts some of Australia’s best beaches. Stradbroke Island is another easy trip from Brisbane. A cliff on the island called Point Lookout offers a great view. From there, you can see dolphins swimming below. Brisbane Forest Park to the North of Brisbane is a great place for hiking and camping. These great gateways along with Brisbane’s own laid-back charm make this city an ideal place to visit.

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

3. Section 3

Listen to the news report about a robbery and then complete the notes from the detective's notebook.

First, you have some time to read the form. Now listen to the news report and fill in all the blanks.

  • P = Presenter
  • B = Brinks
  • L = Lawson

P: There has been an armed robbery this morning at the Halifax Building Society's branch in Edward Street. John Brinks is at the scene with Detective Sergeant Henry Lawson.

B: Detective Sergeant, can you tell us what you know about the robbery?

L: Yes, the raid took place this morning shortly after 11:30, when a man accompanied by a woman went into the offices of the... er... Building Society and asked to see the manager. Er... there were no other customers in the building at the time. They were let into the manager's office, and the woman produced a gun from her handbag. Then, they took the manager back out of his office and made him tell the cashiers to hand over all the money they had in the tills and in the safe. Er... it came to about $25,000.

B: Presumably, you have a number of witnesses.

L: Yes, we have a good description of both of them. Er... the man was about one metre eighty centimetres, around 35 years of age, with blue eyes and short, curly red or ginger hair. He was wearing jeans, a green sweater, and a three-quarter-length blue coat. When he spoke to the cashier when he came in, he called himself Mr. Ericson, but we doubt whether that is his real name. But we do know that may be his real name. He also spoke with a strong Scottish accent, which may help us to trace him.

B: And what about the woman?

L: Now, she is in her early twenties, slim, and quite tall — about one metre seventy centi-metres. She was wearing a long white raincoat, which was quite loose-fitting, and which she didn't take off, and she had a beige handbag, which they used to hide the gun in. She's got straight, shoulder-length blonde hair, blue eyes and, like the man, has a noticeable accent.

B: Do you have any other information?

L: Yes. The car they used was seen by two or three people. It's a blue or dark blue Ford Escort, and we have the registration number... and it's G595 ERI. I'll say that again, it's G595 ERI. Now, the car was stolen from Bishopstone just over a week ago, so if anyone has seen it in the last week, we would like to hear from them. We also know that the car's front left headlight was broken when it was stolen, and is still broken, we think.

B: So, you would like information from the public about the car.

L: Yes, and the people. We are appealing to anyone who thinks they may recognise the two robbers or know anything about the car. We've set up an incident room in Swindon, and the telephone number is 774529. So, we would like people to ring us if they have any information... er... and, of course, all calls will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

B: Thank you very much.

L: Thank you.

B: And the number again if you have any information is 774529. And now back to the studio.

Now turn to section 4.

4. Section 4

You will hear a woman giving a talk at a popular science convention. She is describing research into artificial gills designed to enable humans to breath underwater.

Now you have some time to look at questions 31 - 40. Now listen and answer questions 31 to 40.

In my talk today I’ll be exploring the idea of artificial gills. I’ll start by introducing the concept, giving some background and so forth and then I’ll go on to explain the technological applications, including a short, very simple, experiment I conducted.

Starting with the background ... As everyone knows, all living creatures need oxygen to live. Mammals take in oxygen from the atmosphere by using their lungs, and fishes take oxygen from water by means of their gills, which of course in most fishes are located either side of their head.

But human beings have always dreamt of being able to swim underwater like the fishes, breathing without the help of oxygen tanks. I don’t know whether any of you have done any scuba diving but it’s a real pain having to use all that equipment. You need special training, and it’s generally agreed that tanks are too heavy and big to enable most people to move and work comfortably underwater.

So scientists are trying a different tack: rather than humans carrying an oxygen supply as they go underwater, wouldn’t it possible to extract oxygen in situ, that is, directly from the water, whilst swimming?

In the nineteen sixties, the famous underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, for example, predicted that one day surgery could be used to equip humans with gills. He believed our lungs could be bypassed and we would learn to live underwater just as naturally as we live on land. But of course, most of us would prefer not to go to such extremes.

I’ve been looking at some fairly simple technologies developed to extract oxygen from water - ways to produce a simple, practical artificial gill enabling humans to live and breathe in water without harm. Now, how scientists and inventors went about this was to look at the way different animals handled this - fairly obviously they looked at the way fishes breathe but also how they move down and float up to the surface using inflatable sacs, called swim bladders.

Scientists also looked at animals without gills, which use bubbles of air underwater, notably beetles. These insects contrive to stay underwater for long periods by breathing from this bubble which they hold under their wing cases.

By looking at these animal adaptations, inventors began to come up with their own ‘artificial gills’. Now making a crude gill is actually rather easy - more straightforward than you would think. You take a watertight box ... which is made of a material which is permeable to gas, that is, it allows it to pass through, inwards and outwards. You then fill this with air, fix it to the diver’s face and go down underwater.

But a crucial factor is that the diver has to keep the water moving, so that water high in oxygen is always in contact with the gill, so he can’t really stay still. And to maximise this contact, it’s necessary for your gill to have a big surface area.


Different gill designers have addressed this problem in different ways, but many choose to use a network or lattice-arrangement of tiny tubes as part of their artificial gills. Then the diver is able to breathe in and out - oxygen from the water passes through the outer walls of the gill and carbon-dioxide is expelled. In a nut-shell, that’s how the artificial gill works.

So, having read about these simple gill mechanisms, I decided to create my own. I followed the procedure I’ve just described and it worked pretty well when I tried it out in the swimming pool ... I lasted underwater for nearly forty minutes! However, I’ve read about other people breathing through their gill for several hours.

So the basic idea works well, but the real limitation is that these simple gills don’t work as the diver descends to any great depth because the pressure builds and a whole different set of problems are caused by that ... Research is being done into how these problems might be overcome but that’s another story which has to be the subject of another talk!

Despite this serious limitation, many people have high hopes for the artificial gill and they think it might have applications beyond simply enabling an individual to stay underwater for a length of time. For example, the same technology might be used to provide oxygen for submarines ... enabling them to stay submerged for months on end without resorting to potentially dangerous technologies such as nuclear power.

Another idea is to use oxygen derived from the water as energy for fuel cells. These could power machinery underwater, such as robotic devices ... So, in my view, this is an area of technology with great potential. Now, if anyone has any questions, I’d be happy to answer ...

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

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