The Listening Script of UN SMA/MA 2010

In this section of the test, you will have the chance to show how well you understand spoken English. There are four parts to this section with special directions for each part.

PART I, Questions 1 to 3

Directions: In this part of the test you will hear some dialogues and questions spoken in English. The questions and the dialogues will be spoken twice. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers are saying. After you listen the dialogue and the question about it, read the five possible answers, and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard. Now listen to a sample question.

You will hear,

Woman : What do you want for your birthday present, Mike? A watch, a bicycle, a mobile phone or a Power Ranger Robot?

Man : I’d rather you bought me a Portable Play Station 3.

Narrator : What did Mike want for his birthday present?

A. A robot

B. A watch

C. A bicycle

D. A mobile phone

E. A play station 3

The best answer to this question is “ A play station 3”. Therefore you should choose answer (A).


1. X: Do you use the internet very often?

Y: Yes, I do. I use it for communication.

X: How do you communicate with it?

Y: I send and receive emails and I speak with my friends using voice mail.

What are they talking about?

A. How to use email

B. Internet usage

C. Receiving emails

D. Voice mail

E. Communication
2. X: Mom, may I use your car?

Y: You haven’t got a driver licence, have you?

X: No, but my friends haven’t got their lincences either, and their parents do not mind.

Y: I’m sorry, you can’t, Dear.

Why is the boy not allowed to use the car?

A. He doesn’t have a driver license yet.

B. His friend will drive him.

C. He is seventeen years old.

D. His mother will use it.

E. He drives carelessly.

3. X: Why don’t you take the bus to work? Driving in rush hour traffic is terrible.

Y: I would, but I’m afraid there will not be any seats left by the time the bus gets to my stop.

Why does the man not want to go by bus?

A. The man takes the bus to work.

B. The man wants the woman to go with him.

C. The woman prefers driving in the rush hour.

D. The woman wants to ride to work with man.

E. The man has to stand on the bus if he takes it to work.
PART II, Questions 4 to 6

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear some dialogues or monologues spoken in English. The dialogues or monologues will be spoken twice. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers are saying. After you listen to the dialogue or monologue, look at the five pictures provided in your test book, and decide which one would be the most suitable with the dialogue or monologue you have heard.

4. X: What sport do you like?

Y: Fencing.

X: O yeach? What do you need for that?

Y: Things like a shot, a helmet, and some special clothes.

Which picture goes with the dialogue?

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A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

E. 5

5. X: Have you started the assignment yet?

Y: Yes, but I haven’t finished it.

X: Why don’t we work on it together?

X: Ok, let’s go to the library.

Where will they probably go?

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A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

E. 5

6. Last week, I went to a plaza in town. When I was in front of a gift shop, I saw a hand bag on display. It was a beautiful leather hand bag with a strap. I wanted to buy it but I didn’t have enough money.

Which picture goes with the monologue?

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A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

E. 5

PART III, Questions 7 to 11

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear some incomplete dialogues spoken in English, followed by five answers, also spoken in English. The dialogues and the responses will be spoken twice. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers are saying. You have to choose the best response to each question.

Now listen to a sample question!

Man                 : I’ve got some bad news about my test.

Woman           : What? You failed again?

Man                 : …

Narrator        : What will the man most likely reply?

A.      Let me try again.

B.      Don’t worry. I’m fine.

C.      Sorry, I’ve disappointed you.

D.      Never mind. You’ve done your best.

E.       I’d like to apologize for my failure.

Narrator:  The best answer to the question “you failed again” is choice C. Therefore you should choose answer C.

7. X: I’ve heard some bad news about you while you were in London. Was it true?

Y: Yes, someone stole my laptop when I left it in the car.

What is the appropriate response?

A. Oh, good news.

B. Oh, you’re welcome.

C. Oh, I will go to London too.

D. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.

E. Oh, I also have a bag.

8.  X: What would you like to order for lunch?

Y: Just fish n chip, a glass of cock, and a strawberry sundae. Would you like to have the    same?

What would the man probably answer?

A. That would be great.

B. I don’t like it.

C. Let me order a burger.

D. Not now.

E. That is too much.

9. This is rock music. Do you want to listen to it?

What will the man probably say?

A. No, thank you. It’s enjoyable.

B. Why not. I hate it really.

C. It’s very expensive, I’m afraid.

D. I musn’t meet every body likes music.

E. Oh, no thanks. I can’t stand hard rock.

10. X: What’s the matter with you?

Y: I can’t do this test. It is very difficult.

X: I’m sure you didn’t drill last night. What did you do?

How might the student respond to the teacher’s question?

A. The movie was interesting.

B. I wasn’t busy last night.

C. I studied too late last night.

D. I watched an interesting movie until late last night.

E. The movie was easy to understand.

11. X: Where are we going to stay?

Y: At the Sun Hotel, near the beach.

X: Why there?

What reason does the woman give for choosing the hotel?

A. I’m free.

B. I stay there.

C. It is the most satisfactory service.

D. It’s on the beach.

E. There’s a hotel there.

PART IV, Question 12 to 15

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear several monologues. Each monologue will be spoken twice. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers are saying. After you hear the monologue and the question about it, read the five possible answers and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard.

The following text is for question 12 and 13.

The platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.

The body and the broad, flat tail of this animal are covered with dense, brown fur that traps a layer of insulating air to keep the animal warm. It  uses its tail for storage of fat reserves. It has webbed feet and a large, rubbery snout; these are features that appear closer to those of a duck than to those of any known mammal.

Weight varies considerably from 0.7 to 2.4 kg, with males being larger than females. A male averages 50 cm in total length while the female averages approximately 45 cm.

The platypus has an average body temperature of 32 °C rather than the 37 °C that is typical of placental mammals.

12. What animal is being described in the monologue?

A. Octopus

B. Rhinoceros

C. Platypus

D. Mosquitos

E. Hippopotamus

13. How much does the Platypus weigh?

A. 0.7 to 2.4 kg

B. 0.7 to 2.5 kg

C. 0.7 to 2.6 kg

D. 0.7 to 2.7 kg

E. 0.7 to 2.8 kg

The following text is for question 14 and 15.

Now is the news in detail.

Snow storm and blizzard had been blamed for at least 16 deads across the country. Wisconsin declared the stiff emergency after it was hit by up to 48 cm of snow early in the week. Across the country flights had been cancelled, roads closed, and power cut off, affecting thousands of people. Freezing temperature had also affected the Multanomah waterfall in Oregon. Some children took time out to play in the snow as schools were closed across the country. However the snow fell to bother thousands of snow geese hading to Washington for the winter season passing by Mount Baker.

14. How many people died because of the snow and blizzard?

A. 16

B. 48

C. 56

D. 60

E. 66

15. What was the weather like in Wisconsin?

A. Fine

B. Clear

C. Rainy

D. Terrible

E. Cloudy

This is the end of the listening section.

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