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How to prepare for the TOEIC Test ~0~ Test of English for International Communication (third edition) by Lin Lougheed Copyright 2003 by Lin Lougheed Published by Barron's Educational Series, Inc. Transcript for Listening Comprehension exercises, Mini-Tests, and Model Tests 1-6 ──────────────────────────────────────────────────── LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISES Target 1: Assumptions Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The pharmacist serves his customers. (B) The technicians are conducting experiments. √ (C) The laboratory animals are in a cage. (D) The shelves are empty. Target 2: People Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) Four people are looking at a map. √ (B) The men are wearing suits. (C) Both women are taller than the men. (D) The man with glasses is pointing to a chart. Target 3: Things Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The children are playing on the floor. √ (B) The television is off. (C) The father is playing the piano. (D) The curtains are open. Target 4: Actions Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The men are smoking pipes. (B) The earth is planted with crops. (C) The trench is being dug. (D) The workers are laying pipeline. √ Target 5: General Locations Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) Some shoppers want to buy new luggage. (B) Passengers are passing through airport security. √ (C) The police guard the bank. (D) The flight attendant seats the passengers. Target 6: Specific Locations Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The waiters are beside the table. √ (B) The man with glasses is next to the wowan. (C) A bottle is under the table. (D) There are four people in front of the first table. Target 7: Similar Sounds Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The fair operates all night. (B) The freight train is in the station. (C) The car door is open. (D) The men are loading cargo onto the plane. √ Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What the letter delivered today? (A) Yes, it came this morning. √ (B) The ladder was on the delivery truck. (C) He was late on Tuesday. Part III: Short Conversations - M: How new is your boat? - W: It's brand new. I'm really having fun with it. - M: Let's both go sailing one day. Choose the best answer to the question. What does the woman enjoy? (A) Wearing her new boots. (B) Talking on the phone. (C) Selling a new house. (D) Sailing her boat. √ Part IV: Short Talks - Attention shoppers. The market will be closing in ten minutes. Please proceed to the checkout counters. Choose the best answer to the question. What does the woman want people to do? (A) Mark all answers. (B) Change clothes. (C) Leave the store. √ (D) Buy some plant seed. Target 8: Related Words Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The man is shoveling snow. (B) The skiers are on the mountain. √ (C) The iceberg is very cold. (D) The voters went to the polls. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. How long have you been married? (A) Almost ten years. √ (B) About five feet. (C) The bride is my cousin. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Please return to your seat and fasten your seat belt. - W: Are we getting ready to land? - M: No, but there is some turbulence in the air. Choose the best answer to the question. Where are the speakers? (A) In a car. (B) In a plane. √ (C) At sea. (D) On a bus. Part IV: Short Talks - The weather this weekend will be perfect for those who want to play golf or do outside chores such as gardening. The temperature will be in the low 70s and the humidity will also be low. Choose the best answer to the question. What does this announcement concern? (A) Sporting events. (B) Auto repair garages. (C) Garden center hours. (D) The weekend weather. √ Target 9: Homonyms Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) They're rushing down the stairs. √ (B) They're being trained. (C) They're boarding the windows. (D) They're staring at the train. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. He leaves next week, doesn't he? (A) No, he's going tomorrow. √ (B) Yes, he's very weak. (C) The leaves are turning yellow. Part III: Short Conversations - W: Will you sew this button on for me? - M: I don't have time now. - W: I'll be glad to wait. Choose the best answer to the question. Why can't the man help? (A) The field is too wet to sow. (B) He's out of thyme. (C) He's too busy. √ (D) There are only four buttons. Part IV: Short Talks - The sun will shine this morning, but rain is likely by this afternoon. There may be some strong winds, too. Spring weather is unpredictable. Choose the best answer to the question. What is the woman talking about? (A) Whether to buy two storm windows. (B) The weather. √ (C) Her son. (D) The reign of the king. Target 10: Same sound and same spelling but different meaning Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) Math is the first class of the day. (B) The attendant works in first class. √ (C) This is a middle-class neighborhood. (D) The documents are classified. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. Is this bed too hard? (A) Yes, it's very difficult. (B) Not for me. I like it firm. √ (C) The flower bed needs water. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Why didn't you call this summer? - W: I was working on my bachelor's degree. - M: Now that summer's over, I'll give you a ring next week. Choose the best answer to the question. What will the man do? (A) Call the woman on the phone. √ (B) Give her an engagement ring. (C) Take a summer vacation. (D) Call the woman names. Part IV: Short Talks Tennis fans will not want to miss the final match at Forest Hills tomorrow. This championship match will be sponsored by Sporting Goods Company, the maker of Big Blue Racquets, a racquet without equal. Choose the best answer to the question. What does the man suggest people do? (A) Get married at Forest Hills. (B) See a tennis game. √ (C) Go to a night club. (D) Not use the last match. Target 11: Time Không dùng diêm quẹt cuối cùng Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) After the firefighter arrived, they extinguished the fire with water. √ (B) Before the fire started, the firefighters arrived. (C) Prior to extinguishing the fire, the firefighters put away their hoses. (D) While the fire blazed, the firefighters rested. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. When did you leave the office? (A) Before it started to rain. √ (B) After tomorrow. (C) While I was using the copy machine. Part III: Short Conversations - M: We have decided not to bid on the project. - W: Did you decide before or after you heard about your competition. - M: Our decision was made prior to their announcement. Choose the best answer to the question. When did the man decide? (A) Before he heard about the competition. √ (B) Long after he heard about the competition. (C) As soon as he heard about the competition. (D) Shortly after he heard about the competition. Part IV: Short Talks - Mr. Ahmed Saleh, Chairman and CEO, will retire at the end of the next quarter. He has been with the company for over twenty years and has been the Chairman since the company merged with Rotel International, five years ago. Choose the best answer to the question. How long has Mr. Saleh been Chairman? (A) Until next quarter. (B) About twenty years. (C) For five years. √ (D) Since his retirement. Target 12: Negation Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) None of the seats is occupied. (B) No one is sitting down. (C) Not one of the men is wearing a tie. √ (D) No one is wearing glasses. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. He hasn't done anything illegal, has he? (A) No, of course not. He's a law-abiding citizen. √ (B) He's a legal secretary, I think. (C) There is something illegible in this letter. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Do you have everything you need for your trip? - W: I even have what I don't need. - M: You can never take too much. (= you should take a lot) Choose the best answer to the question. What does the man advise the woman? (A) Take more than she needs. √ (B) Take less than she needs. (C) Buy what she needs later. (D) Take only what she needs. Part IV: Short Talks - At no time in the history of your company have we had such sales. Our profit margins are unprecedented. Our total revenues, unimaginable. This unparalleled success is due to the selfless dedication of our employees. Choose the best answer to the question. What word or phrase describes this report? (A) Extremely positive. √ (B) Extremely negative. (C) Unenthusiastic. (D) Mediocre. Target 13: Word Order Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) What a lot of brochures there are! (B) How many restaurants are there? (C) How delicious the food looks! √ (D) There is no food left. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. Nobody does as much as you. (A) No one does it better. (B) In won't do it again. (C) I like to stay busy. √ Part III: Short Conversations - M: I'm going to Europe this summer. - W: Isn't that great! How I envy you! - M: I'm trying not to think about it more than twenty hours a day. Choose the best answer to the question. What does the woman think about the trip? (A) It will be long. (B) It will be exciting. √ (C) She doesn't envy the man. (D) It will not be as great as he thinks. Part IV: Short Talks - How the weather changes! Yesterday morning, it was hot and sunny. By noon, the temperature was falling. Last night, it began to rain. And this morning, it has never been so windy. Choose the best answer to the question. What is the weather this morning? (A) Unchanged. (B) Hot. (C) Still. (D) Very windy. √ Target 14: Comparisons Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The man on the right is dressed more warmly. √ (B) Both men are wearing the same glasses. (C) Neither man has a beard. (D) Their pants are the same color. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What is the fastest way to your home? (A) At rush hour, a train is the fastest. √ (B) Take a plane to Rome. (C) My home is farther than yours. Part III: Short Conversations - M: This meeting will never end! - W: It's even longer than yesterday's, and I thought that was long. - M: This one holds the world's record for being the longest and the most boring. Choose the best answer to the question. What do they think about the meeting? (A) It's not long enough. (B) It will begin soon. (C) It's not very interesting. √ (D) It will end soon. Part IV: Short Talks - There never used to be as many cars on the road as there are today. It seem that as we improve the roads, more people want to drive. The more roads there are, the more cars there are on them. Choose the best answer to the question. What is said about roads and cars? (A) Fewer people drive nowadays. (B) The number of cars will increase as roads improve. √ (C) There will be less cars on the roads in the future. (D) There are fewer good roads today. Target 15: Modals Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) They had better wait in line. (B) They have checked their bags. (C) The plane should be on time. (D) The passengers will check in. √ Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. I'd rather go first class than economy. (A) I would too, but I can't afford it. √ (B) This is my first time here. (C) You'll save some money. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Did you attend the reception last night? - W: I would have gone if I had been free. - M: I wish I had been someplace else. Choose the best answer to the question. Did the woman go to the reception? (A) She didn't go because she was busy. √ (B) She went because she had nothing else to do. (C) She went because there was no charge. (D) She didn't go because there was an admission fee. Part IV: Short Talks - The presentation could have been more interesting if the speakers had used some visuals. Colorful visuals projected on a screen would have made it easier for the audience to follow the main points. Without this support, most of us felt lost. Choose the best answer to the question. How does this critique describe the presentation? (A) Interesting. (B) Confusing. √ (C) Visually exciting. (D) Colorful. Target 16: Used to Part I: Picture Choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. (A) The chefs are used to the heat. √ (B) I used to cook on Sunday. (C) The pans are used to mix paint. (D) The food used to be better. Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. I'm used to working all night. (A) Me, too. I don't need much sleep. √ (B) When did you stop working at night? (C) I used all my sick days. Part III: Short Conversations - M: I used to be a frequent speaker at conferences. - W: On what subject? - M: Anything that people wanted to hear. Choose the best answer to the question. What does the man say about himself? (A) He recently started giving more speeches. (B) He often gave presentations at conferences. √ (C) He never speaks in public. (D) He can't think of anything people want to hear. Part IV: Short Talks - Before the photocopier, people used to type multiple copies of their letters using carbon paper inserted between white pages. These copies would be called "cc's," which stands for "carbon copies". We are now used to making many copies of our correspondence, whereas before we were satisfied with just one. Choose the best answer to the question. What changes did the photocopier bring about? (A) People no longer use carbon paper. √ (B) People don't write as much. (C) People don't type as well. (D) People are not yet used to making many copies. Target 17: People Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What did you say her title was? (A) She's the Marketing Director. √ (B) She's worked here for ten years. (C) She's been talking about her book. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Sand this wall until it is smooth. - W: Then I'll put the first coat of paint on, right? - M: Yes, but I'll mix the color for you. Choose the best answer to the question. Who are the speakers? (A) Lifeguards at the beach. (B) Painters. √ (C) Salespeople selling coats. (D) Bartenders. Part IV: Short Talks - Our flight attendants will be passing through the cabin now, passing out immigration forms. These forms must be completed by everyone before we land. Please present these forms with your passport at customs. Choose the best answer to the question. Who is listening to this announcement? (A) Migrant workers. (B) Airline passengers. √ (C) Gas station attendants. (D) Customs officers. Target 18: Occupations Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. We need more towels in Room 233. Whom should we call? (A) The housekeeper will bring them to you. √ (B) I'll call the plumber for you, sir. (C) How about the restaurant manager? Part III: Short Conversations - M: I'd like you to put one in each room. - W: I'll have to run wires along the baseboard. - M: No problem. I don't want to run every time the phone rings. Choose the best answer to the question. What is the woman's occupation? (A) Running coach. (B) Baseball player. (C) Telephone operator. (D) Telephone installer. √ Part IV: Short Talks - It is a state law all employees who handle food must wash their hands before leaving the rest room. Choose the best answer to the question. Who will listen to this announcement? (A) Chefs. √ (B) Restaurant patrons. (C) School children in a cafeteria. (D) Guests at a dinner party. Target 19: Speakers' Relationship Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What should we do, son. While we wait for Father? (A) Judge, I am innocent. (B) Let's browse in this store, Mom. √ (C) I finished my homework. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Would you like more coffee? - W: No, just the check please. - M: Here you are. Please pay at the cashier. Choose the best answer to the question. What is the relationship of the speakers? (A) Banker and client. (B) Accountant and cashier. (C) Waiter and customer. √ (D) Coffee grower and bean picker. Part IV: Short Talks - The library's representative is authorized to collect a fine for each day that a borrowed book is overdue. If a book is not returned, the borrower may lose his or her library privileges. Choose the best answer to the question. What two people might pay attention to this message? (A) Librarian and patron. √ (B) Author and publisher. (C) Police officer and speeder. (D) Bookseller and customer. Target 20: Location Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. Where will you be waiting? (A) On the corner. √ (B) In the envelope. (C) Under the cushion. Part III: Short Conversations - M: I left the letter here on top of these books. - W: You mean the books on the shelf? - M: No, the stack on the desk. Choose the best answer to the question. Where did he put the letter? (A) On the shelf. (B) Under the books. (C) On top of the books on the desk. √ (D) In the drawer. Part IV: Short Talks - Mail that is important for everyone is routed to every office. Please initial the routing next to your name and pass the communication to the next person on the routing list. Choose the best answer to the question. Where should you put your initials? (A) At the bottom of the communication. (B) Next to your name. √ (C) Under your name. (D) On every list. Target 21: Time Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. When does your train leave? (A) At 5:42. √ (B) By car. (C) With my colleague. Part III: Short Conversations - M: I need to go in about ten minutes. - W: Please stay for another hour. - M: Let's compromise. I'll leave in a half-hour. Choose the best answer to the question. How much longer will the man stay? (A) 10 minutes. (B) 15 minutes. (C) 30 minutes. √ (D) 60 minutes. Part IV: Short Talks - Snow has fallen every day now for the last week. If it keeps up, we will have accumulated over sixty inches in the last two months. Choose the best answer to the question. How often has it snowed? (A) Every hour. (B) Daily. √ (C) Only once last week. (D) Twice a month. Target 22: Activities Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What are you doing with this report? (A) I love watching sports on TV. (B) I'm going to read it over the weekend. √ (C) We're going to the movies. Part III: Short Conversations - M: I think we're lost. Turn left here. - W: I can't. This is a one-way street. - M: I knew we should have bought a map. Choose the best answer to the question. What are they doing? (A) Taking a walk. (B) Taking a nap. (C) Buying a map. (D) Driving a car. √ Part IV: Short Talks - In the event of rain, the picnic will not be postponed. It will be held as scheduled but will take place in the office cafeteria. Choose the best answer to the question. What will happen if it rains? (A) The picnic will be rescheduled. (B) The office cafeteria will be closed. (C) The mail will not be delivered. (D) The picnic will be held inside. √ Target 23: Events or Facts Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What happened to you last night? (A) I had to work late. √ (B) It was last Friday. (C) About 8 PM. Part III: Short Conversations - M: The shipment is still in customs. - W: If it isn't released by Friday, production will be delayed. - M: That means we will have to redo our advertising plan. Choose the best answer to the question. What will happen if the goods don't clear customs? (A) Production will be postponed. √ (B) The advertisers will complain. (C) More customs duty will be paid. (D) They will wait until Friday. Part IV: Short Talks - This past week there have floods in the Midwest, fires in the Northwest, earthquake in the West, hurricanes in the Southeast, and a blizzard in the Northeast. Never have so many disasters happened at one time. Choose the best answer to the question. What is unusual about this past week? (A) The earthquakes in all regions. (B) The absence of disasters. (C) The large number of disasters. √ (D) The blizzard in the South. Target 24: Emotions Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. How are you today? (A) Fine, thanks. √ (B) My name is Bob. (C) I'm by the window. Part III: Short Conversations - M: I'm starving. My stomach is growling. - W: Me, too. I haven't eaten all day. - M: Let's go find something to eat. Choose the best answer to the question. How do the speakers feel? (A) Hungry. √ (B) Worried. (C) Angry. (D) Lost. Part IV: Short Talks - Our neighbors have requested that employees park their cars on the street or in designated parking parking areas. They are not pleased that some of you have been leaving your cars on their lawns. Choose the best answer to the question. Why are the neighbors upset? (A) There is no parking for them. (B) Cars are parked on their property. √ (C) Employees leave early. (D) No one waters the lawns. Target 25: Reasons Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. Why don't you use milk in your coffee? (A) I take milk for my cough. (B) I prefer it black. √ (C) Tea, thank you. Part III: Short Conversations - M: I can't read when I travel by car. - W: Me, neither. That's why I travel by plane or train. - M: I get a lot of work done on the train. Choose the best answer to the question. Why don't they travel by car? (A) It's being repaired. (B) They like to read while traveling. √ (C) The train is cheaper. (D) They need to get to work faster. Part IV: Short Talks - Because of a work slowdown, all flights will be delayed. We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience and hope to have them on their way as soon as possible. Choose the best answer to the question. Why is there a delay? (A) Workers are staging a work action. √ (B) The weather is bad. (C) There are flight control problems. (D) Passengers are boarding slowly. Target 26: Measurements Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. I had only 10 minutes to finish my work, but you gave Tim a half-hour. (A) Tim had three times the work. √ (B) I did more than Tim. (C) Tim finished in thirty minutes. Part III: Short Conversations - M: It's almost thirty degrees outside. - W: Yes. This is a record low temperature for this late in the winter. - M: At least it's not snowing. Choose the best answer to the question. What do they think about the weather? (A) It's cool. (B) It's warm. (C) It's really cold. √ (D) It's hot. Part IV: Short Talks - When ordering supplies it is advisable to order in quantity. Products sold in bulk are cheaper. Buying a gross of pencils is less expensive than buying 144 individual pencils. Often suppliers will take off an additional ten percent when the total order exceeds $100.00. Choose the best answer to the question. What is the potential discount on an order of $200? (A) $10. (B) $15. (C) $20. √ (D) $25. Target 27: Opinions Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. Did you like the book? (A) No, it was too violent. √ (B) I bought the book. (C) Yes, we always do. Part III: Short Conversations - M: That speaker was really funny. - W: I've never laughed so hard. - M: Where did he find those jokes? Choose the best answer to the question. What did they like about the speaker? (A) His short presentation. (B) His humor. √ (C) His clothes. (D) His folks. Part IV: Short Talks - Moviegoers, take out your handkerchiefs. This is a four-hanky movie. You will start crying within ten minutes of the opening credits and will continue until the lights go up at the end. Choose the best answer to the question. What kind of a movie is it? (A) A short one. (B) One with four stars. (C) One without credits. (D) A sad one. √ Target 28: Main Topics Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. What are you talking about? (A) We're listening to the radio. (B) I'm talking about my vacation. √ (C) It's about over. Part III: Short Conversations - M: Would you consider yourself a generous person? - W: Not at all. I'm very tight with money. - M: What a shame. I won't ask for your help then. Choose the best answer to the question. What does the man mean? (A) He is a generous person. (B) The woman has no shame. (C) He needs a loan. √ (D) The woman's clothes are too small. Part IV: Short Talks - I regret to announce that as of this afternoon I will no longer serve as your Managing Director. The Board of Directors asked me to submit my letter of resignation and I have done so. They told me to leave by the close of business today. I want to thank you for the privilege of having worked with you all. Choose the best answer to the question. What changes are taking place in the company? (A) The Board of Directors resigned. (B) The Managing Director was fired. √ (C) The workers went on strike. (D) All letters will be sent by computer. Target 29: Conditionals Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. If you can get up early, we leave at dawn. (A) Sure. I'll set my alarm clock. √ (B) We left in the afternoon. (C) If we had thought about it. Part III: Short Conversations - M: If we had asked for less money, the budget would have been approved. - W: But then we wouldn't have had enough to complete the project. - M: Now, we don't have money or a way to complete the project. Choose the best answer to the question. What should the speakers have done? (A) Submitted a budget. (B) Asked for more money. (C) Asked for less money. √ (D) Completed the project anyway. Part IV: Short Talks - If the prices of stock continue to fall, investors will wait for the prices to hit bottom and then begin to buy. A down market has a positive side. Choose the best answer to the question. What will investors do if stock prices decrease? (A) Decrease their holdings. (B) Wait until fall. (C) Change brokers. (D) Buy at the lowest point. √ Target 30: Suggestions Part II: Question-Response Choose the best response to the question. Shouldn't we leave more time to get there? (A) I left my watch at home. (B) I don't drive anymore. (C) Yes, let's leave earlier. √
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