Part I Writing (30 minutes)
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay based on the picture below. You should start your essay with a brief description of the picture and then discuss whether there is a shortcut to learning. You should give sound arguments to support your views and write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.
Part II Listening Comprehension (30 minutes)
Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
1. A) The man's tennis racket is good enough. B) The man should get a pair of new shoes. C) She can wait for the man for a little while. D) Physical exercise helps her stay in shape.
2. A) The woman will skip Dr. Smith's lecture to help the man. B) Kathy is very pleased to attend the lecture by Dr. Smith. C) The woman is good at doing lab demonstrations. D) The man will do all he can do assist the woman.
3. A) The woman asked the man to accompany her to the party.
B) Steve became rich soon after graduation from college. C) Steve invited his classmates to visit his big cottage. D) The speakers and Steve used to be classmates.
4. A) In a bus. B) In a clinic. C) In a boat. D) In a plane.
5. A) 10:10. B) 9:50. C) 9:40. D) 9:10.
6. A) She does not like John at all. B) John has got many admirers.
C) She does not think John is handsome. D) John has just got a bachelor's degree.
7. A) He has been bumping along for hours. B) He has got a sharp pain in the neck. C) He is involved in a serious accident. D) He is trapped in a terrible traffic jam.
8. A) She is good at repairing things. B) She is a professional mechanic.
C) She should improve her physical condition. D) She cannot go without a washing machine.
Questions 9 to 11 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
9. A) Some witnesses failed to appear in court. B) The case caused debate among the public. C) The accused was found guilty of stealing. D) The accused refused to plead guilty in court.
10. A) He was out of his mind. B) He was unemployed. C) His wife deserted him. D) His children were sick.
11. A) He had been in jail before. B) He was unworthy of sympathy. C) He was unlikely to get employed.
D) He had committed the same sort of crime.
Questions 12 to 15 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
12. A) Irresponsible. B) Unsatisfactory. C) Aggressive. D) Conservative.
13. A) Internal communication. B) Distribution of brochures. C) Public relations. D) Product design.
14. A) Placing advertisements in the trade press. B) Drawing sketches for advertisements. C) Advertising in the national press. D) Making television commercials.
15. A) She has the motivation to do the job. B) She is not so easy to get along with. C) She knows the tricks of advertising. D) She is not suitable for the position.
Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passage and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
16. A) The cozy communal life. B) Innovative academic programs. C) The cultural diversity.
D) Impressive school buildings.
17. A) It is very beneficial to their academic progress. B) It helps them soak up the surrounding culture. C) It is as important as their learning experience. D) It ensures their physical and mental health.
18. A) It offers the most challenging academic programs. B) It has the world's best-known military academies. C) It provides numerous options for students. D) It draws faculty from all around the world.
Questions 19 to 21 are based on the passage you have just heard.
19. A) They try to give students opportunities for experimentation. B) They are responsible merely to their Ministry of Education. C) They strive to develop every student's academic potential. D) They ensure that all students get roughly equal attention.
20. A) It will arrive at Boulogne at half past two. B) It crosses the English Channel twice a day. C) It is now about half way to the French coast. D) It is leaving Folkestone in about five minutes
21. A) Opposite the ship's office. B) At the rear of B deck.
C) Next to the duty-free shop. D) In the front of A deck.
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the passage you have just heard.
22. A) It is the sole use of passengers travelling with cars. B) It is much more spacious than the lounge on C deck. C) It is for the use of passengers travelling with children. D) It is for senior passengers and people with VIP cards.
23. A) It was named after its location. B) It was named after a cave art expert. C) It was named after its discoverer. D) It was named after one of its painters.
24. A) Animal painting was part of the spiritual life of the time. B) Deer were worshiped by the ancient Cro-Magnon people. C) Cro-Magnon people painted animals they hunted and ate. D) They were believed to keep evils away from cave dwellers.
25. A) They know little about why the paintings were created. B) They have difficulty telling when the paintings were done. C) They are unable to draw such interesting and fine paintings. D) They have misinterpreted the meaning of the cave paints. Section C
Direction: In the section, you will hear a passage three times. When the passage is read for the first time, you should listen carefully for its general idea. When the passage is read for the second time, you are required to fill in the blanks with the exact words you have just heard. Finally, when the passage is read for the third time, you should check what you have written.
If you are attending a local college, especially one without residence halls, you'll probably live at home and commute to classes. This arrangement has a lot of __26__. It's cheaper. It provides a comfortable and familiar setting, and it means you'll get the kind of home cooking you're used to instead of the monotony (单调) that __27__ even the best institutional food.
However, commuting students need to __28__ to become involved in the life of their college and to take special steps to meet their fellow students. Often, this means a certain amount of initiative on your part in __29__ and talking to people in your classes whom you think you might like.
One problem that commuting students sometimes face is their parents' unwillingness to recognize that they're adults. The __30__ from high school to college is a big one, and if you live at home you need to develop the same kind of independence you'd have if you were living away. Home rules that might have been __31__ when you were in high school don't apply. If your parents are __32__ to renegotiate, you can speed the process along by letting your behavior show that you have the responsibility that goes with maturity. Parents are more willing to __33__ their children as adults when they behave like adults. If, however, there's so much friction at home that it __34__ your academic work, you might want to consider sharing an apartment with one or more friends. Sometimes this is a happy solution when family __35__ make
Part III Reading Comprehension (40 minutes)
Directions: In this section, there is a passage with ten blanks. You are required to select one word for each blank from a list of choices given in a word bank following the passage. Read the passage through carefully before making your choices. Each choice in the bank is identified by a letter. Please mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre. You may not use any of the words in the bank more than once.
Questions 36 to 45 are based on the following passage.
Children are natural-born scientists. They have __36__ minds, and they aren't afraid to admit they don't know something. Most of them, __37__. lose this as they got older. They become self-conscious and don't want to appear stupid. Instead of finding things out for themselves they make __38__ that often turn to be wrong.
So it's not a case of getting kids interested in science. You just have to avoid killing the __39__ for learning that they were born with. It's no coincidence that kids start deserting science once it becomes formalised. Children naturally have a blurred approach to __40__ knowledge. They see learning about science or biology or cooking as all part of the same act—it's all learning. It's only because of the practicalities of education that you have to start breaking down the curriculum into specialist subjects. You need to have specialist teachers who __41__ what they know. Thus once they enter school, children begin to define subjects and erect boundaries that needn't other-wise exist.