In this part of our test we have a multiple choice question type.
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Listening Section 1 Part 1
Listening Section 1 Part 2
Listening Section 2 Part 1
This type of question requires you to complete a sentence by choosing one of a number of options. Use our tips to help you answer the listening test questions below.
Let's use these tips on the next question set. Good luck!
Questions 18 - 20
Choose the correct answer A-C
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Understanding of the meaning of phrases is very important is this question type. We can see that from the very first question:
In the audio recording we hear ‘it is necessary to find people with an interest in whatever type of club you want to set up’. Like-minded people matches with the description of people with a similar interest. The words used are different but the meaning is the same!
Answer A is a trick. Friends are mentioned in the recording but the speaker doesn’t say that they WILL support you. You must listen carefully for words that show how certain the speaker is. Words such as will/may/might/won’t are useful for this.
Answer C is incorrect as the speaker mentions that it MAY be hard to find support (not will be hard). Again, words that show how certain the speaker is help us to get the correct answer.
The speaker states ‘It is a good idea to treat the society as a business’. Business and company are synonyms.
We hear ‘Of the many issues and problems such as drumming up funds and dealing with problem members, the most common and arguably most significant for new societies is initially increasing membership’.
The most significant refers to the most difficult thing. Increasing membership and gaining members are synonyms.
We hope today's free lesson was useful. Listen to the recording again and read the tapescript below for further practice. Write down and repeat any interesting vocabulary and sentence forms.
The Complete Tapescript
The vast majority of clubs are for fairly regular areas of interest such as sports, academic subjects and music. However, there are a lot of niche clubs such as the fantasy game society who dress up as characters from their favourite fantasy novels and act out stories or the Jane Austen book club, which through the year, read and discuss the books of the famous English author whilst dressed in period costume.
You may find that you attend the club fair and that you don’t find a club or society which you wish to join. You may feel that you want to set up your own club. This could also happen later in the academic year if you develop a new interest or realize you want to pursue an old interest with new people, so what can you do in this situation?
Well, the most important thing to do is to set up the group as fast as possible, there is some time consuming paperwork to go through at the beginning. It takes around 2 weeks to do the paperwork and get permission for your group. Of course, it is necessary to find people with an interest in whatever type of club you want to set up. Advertise with posters at the student union bar and tell all your friends about the society. Ask them to tell their friends and in no time you’ll find at least a few people who are into whatever your niche is and you’re certain to make a few knew friends along the way. Even if you struggle to find people, keep persevering and people will slowly start joining. Don’t lose heart if it’s difficult to start with!
It is a serious affair running your own club since there is a fair amount of responsibility that you will have, and initially you will have to take care of everything. It is a good idea to treat the society as a business, appoint a treasurer and a manager who can organize the members. Many societies fail as the people running them don’t treat them as important and fail to organize members effectively. Don’t do all the work yourself as it could lead to stress and it’ll take up all your time. Be strict but friendly with members so that people don’t take advantage of you, remember the aim is to pursue an interest of some sort and so meet ups should always be fun and friendly.
There may be problems that you face with the society but if you appoint motivated people to key positions you’re likely to be successful overcoming the issues. The student union offers advice and support to all societies so if you have a serious problem then make an appointment to meet the clubs and societies manager for professional help. Of the many issues and problems such as drumming up funds and dealing with problem members, the most common and arguably most significant for new societies is initially increasing membership but perseverance should overcome this and marketing will attract people.
If you are keen to set up your own society, please check the union website on how to do so.
Completing a Table
We start section 2 of this listening test with a 'Complete the Table' question set. First, read the tips below then use them on the questions. When you finish, check our answer guide to help you with the more difficult questions.
Let's follow these tips for the questions.
|Type of society/group||Examples|
|International Students||Latin American Students
|History||Classics and Ancient History
Society of Student Musicians
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We hear that ‘Those interested in the visual arts will also not be disappointed as there are many groups for them to join. Groups such as the oil painting society and the sculpting society provide lessons and spaces for people to practice the respective artistic disciplines and at the end of the year they hold an exhibition.’
Notice that we can guess the answer to this question as the charities Oxfam and Amnesty are in the examples list.
You are listening to the University’s digital radio station.
Here we are at the beginning of a new year, so today we’re going to find out about some of the clubs and societies you will be able to join on campus this year. Club day is Saturday and if you go to the central square of the university you will find all of the clubs running booths where you can find out information and sign up if you’re interested.
Here to tell us more about what clubs to expect is Peter from the Students Union.
Hi Mark, thanks for inviting me on the show.
You’re very welcome. What clubs have we got to look forward to this year then?
Well as we all know we have a very vibrant student body here at this university. People from all over the world with a really wide range of interests are represented. In fact, if you’re interested in something, no matter how wacky or unusual, then you can bet there will be a club for you. But let’s start with the more well-known clubs.
Sports societies are some of the oldest and best known on campus. The sports union is the biggest group on campus and within it, all major, and many minor sports are represented. Major sports such as rugby have a big following with 6 different teams for different levels of ability. The Rugby team has an active weekend and midweek evening schedule of games competing with the other universities in the region. The tennis club also has a big following and produced the UK university champion last year of whom we are all very proud.
There are many clubs that fall into the world interest category. The Geographical, Anthropology, and linguistic clubs are good examples.
Connected to this are the national and regional societies which are very popular with the international students as a way of meeting others from the same country or region of the world. One of the most active of these groups is the Latin American society which often has meet ups and frequently screens movies from South America. The Indonesian society is another active one on campus which often gives out delicious, free food close to the main lecture building and hosts dancing and arts classes to inform people about the rich culture of their country.
There are many societies found on campus related to specific academic subjects. These are great forums to meet people with similar academic interests and to exchange ideas and make contacts.
As everyone knows, history is one of the subjects this university is famous for and so the classics and ancient history group and the Archaeology society are very well represented and active. The latter enables students to volunteer on archaeological digs in the local area during holiday time.
Science groups such as the Neuroscience society and the Physics societies regularly find guest speakers to provide free lectures on fascinating topics for members.
As you can imagine the arts societies are very popular amongst students of all ages and nationalities. The music society is the second biggest on campus after the sports union. There are many individual music societies ranging from popular music such as rock to more avant-garde styles such as jazz. Musicians should make sure to join the student musicians’ society in order to gain use of practice rooms and instruments provided by the university and to meet like-minded individuals to make music with.
Those interested in the visual arts will also not be disappointed as there are many groups for them to join. Groups such as the oil painting society and the sculpting society provide lessons and spaces for people to practice the respective artistic disciplines and at the end of the year they hold an exhibition.
In contrast to the light hearted groups are the charity groups that aim to raise funds and awareness for certain charities and issues. Prominent examples of these groups are the Oxfam Society and Amnesty International Society.
Whatever you are interested in, I can guarantee there is a society for you, so make sure you come to the main square on campus this Saturday to see what’s on offer.
We are now ready to move on to Section 2 Part 2 of the Listening Test.
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First we need to look closely at the task.
Before we listen we should think about
- key words - What are the key words in the list and in the questions?
- any synonyms / paraphrasing (different words with the same meaning) that the recording might use to express the same meaning?
As we listen
- We should listen out for synonyms that match the key words we identified before.
- For each answer just write the letter.
- If it’s difficult to identify the answer, we should just make a guess. It’s always a good idea to answer every question.
Complete the Table
Before we listen we should think about
- the instructions – How many words can we use?
- the headings and the examples – What kind of information is needed? Are they nouns/verbs etc?
- the answers – we should try to guess what the answers might be.
As we listen
- Use the information that is already in the table to follow the recording so you are prepared for the gaps.
- Write your answers in the gaps using words from the recording. Are they similar to your guesses?
first (1st) year
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Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
General Writing Task 1
General Writing Task 2
Listening Section 1
Listening Section 2
Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Speaking Part 1
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