CAE Advanced Listening Part 1

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Listen to this sample exam for Cambridge Advanced (C1) and answer the questions.

You’ll hear three different extracts. For questions 1 to 6 choose the answer (A, B or C) which fits best according to what you hear. There are two questions for each extract.

These are the questions – When you are ready, press ‘START’ and check your answers below. Use this notebook to write your provisional answers.

NOTEPAD: Your ideas


  1. You hear two people on a music programme talking about the singer Nancy Graham. What is the man’s opinion of Nancy’s second album?
  • He thinks it is very experimental.
  • He appreciates the continuity of style.
  • He wonders if she is lacking inspiration.

2. What do the two speakers agree about?

  • The freshness of the music.
  • The lack of real emotion in the music.
  • The calming effect of the music on the listener

3. You hear part of a radio interview with a woman who trained the winning horse in a top showjumping competition. Why does she compare herself with an Olympic athlete?

  • To demonstrate how tough she had to be.
  • To explain how she reacted to her victory.
  • To emphasise how fortunate she was to win.

4. How did she feel before her horse won the competition?

  • Uncertain of the rider’s ability.
  • Frustrated with the worsening weather.
  • Doubtful whether the horse was fit enough.

5. You hear part of an interview with a food writer called Richard Capstick. Richard decided not to become a chef because he lacked…

  • adequate organisational skills.
  • a talent for inventive cooking.
  • the ability to make quick decisions.

6. What did Richard think about food writing before he got involved in it?

  • He considered himself well suited to it.
  • He regarded as a hobby rather than a career.
  • He imagined a qualification was needed to do it.

Now Press ‘START’ and choose the correct option. If you have any problems with the quiz, click here to see it in an external link.