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Test 1

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud. 

     Since 2007 high-speed trains have become a common type of transport in Europe. They make it possible to cut travel times by hours. The trains travel at 350 kilometres an hour, and this is not the limit! The only problem for the engineers is the loud noise the trains produce. People living in the areas the trains travel through suffer from the noise greatly. For the passengers, the situation is different. For their comfort, all the carriages are made sound-proof from the inside. Travelling on high-speed trains is comfortable and pleasant. In the future, a high-speed railroad network could cover most of Europe. For example, a trip from Paris to Rome could take only 3 hours!

 

Task 2. You are going to take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions.

Give full answers to the questions.

 

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about TV.  You will have to start in  1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes (10-12 sentences).

Remember to say:

  •  whether watching TV is still a popular pastime with teenagers, and why, or why not

  •  how many hours a week you watch TV

  • whether you watch the same programmes as your family members

  • what you dislike most about TV

 

You have to talk continuously.

Test 2

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

      Each of the Harry Potter books has been a great success and some of them have even been made into Hollywood films. Both children and adults seem to like the characters and the entertaining stories. The adventures of Harry Potter, the young wizard, and his friends at Hogwarts School have brought pleasure to millions of readers of all ages. But what about the creator of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling? What is the story behind this best-selling author? Joanne Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury, a small town in the west of England, near the city of Bristol. She always wanted to be a writer, even from a very young age and would entertain her sister, Di, with her stories.

 

 

Task 2. You are going to take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions.

Give full answers to the questions.

 

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about clothes. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes. 

 

Remember to say:

•  what clothes modern teenagers enjoy wearing;

•  what you like and don’t like wearing and why;

•  how the weather affects what you wear;

•  what your attitude to fashion is.

 

You have to talk continuously. 

 

 

Test 3

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 01.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

     Table tennis is the third most played sport in the world after football and cricket. It is considered to be an indoor version of Lawn Tennis. However, they have a lot of differences. Table tennis has a different scoring system, a smaller ball, smaller rackets, and a smaller playing area. Modern table tennis was invented at the end of the 19th century in England. Very soon the new sport became popular all over the world. In 1901, competitions with over 300 participants were already being held. According to numerous studies, table tennis has great effects on human health. It keeps the brain sharp and improves the player’s coordination. Since 1988, table tennis has been an Olympic sport.

 

Task 2. You are going to take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about weather. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes. 

 

Remember to say:

 

• what the weather is like where you live;
• whether you follow weather forecasts and why;  
• how weather changes during the year; 
• what kind of weather is your favourite, and why. 

 

You have to talk continuously. 

 

 

Test 4

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 01.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

      A zoo, also known as a zoological park or a zoological garden, gives people the opportunity to watch animals from different continents. There are hundreds of zoos all over the world. However, most of them are located in major cities. The first zoo in Russia was opened in 1864, in Moscow. It was a small zoological garden. On the opening day, only 287 animals were on display. Nowadays, the Moscow Zoo is one of the largest in Europe. The unique collection of the Zoo includes over 8000 kinds of animals and birds. Scientists study the animals’ behavior and reproduction. They also breed rare animals there to stop them dying out.

 

Task 2. You are going to take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

 

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about books. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes (10-12 sentences).

Remember to say:

  • whether reading is still popular with teenagers, and why, or why not

  • what kind of books you like reading

  • why many people prefer e-books to paper books

  • where you read a lot

 You have to talk continuously.

 

 

Test 5

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 01.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

     The Caspian Sea is one of the world’s natural wonders. It shares the characteristics of both a sea and a lake. In the past it was called a sea because of its great size and salty water. However, the Caspian Sea is listed as the largest lake in the world. There are about 130 rivers which bring their water to the Caspian Sea. But it is not a freshwater lake – its water is very salty. The Caspian Sea is famous for its wildlife. More than 850 kinds of animals and 500 different plants can be found in this unique sea. The Caspian Sea region is also one of the oldest oil-producing areas in the world. It is also rich in other natural resources.

 

 

Task 2. You are going to take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

You have to talk continuously.

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about holidays. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes.

 

Remember to say:

 

•  why people go on holiday; 
•  what people usually do on holiday; 
•  where you have spent your most memorable holiday;
•  what kind of holiday you enjoy and why.  

You have to talk continuously. 

 

 

Test 6

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

      Studies of the atmosphere first received technical support in 1912. Equipment to measure temperature and pressure was invented in Germany. But the question was how to raise it high into the air. In 1921, Russian engineers suggested using planes. The special equipment was put on planes that made regular flights. Thanks to this, scientists got a lot of new information about the structure of the atmosphere. Nowadays scientists use modern flying laboratories to study the structure of clouds at different levels. Unlike the first planes, these laboratories can work in any weather and are able to predict climate changes.

 

Task 2. You are going to take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about your school. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes (10-12 sentences).

Remember to say:

  • what your typical school day is like

  • what your favourite subject is, and why

  • what you like most about your school

  • whether pupils in your school have uniform

 

You have to talk continuously.

 

 

Test 7

 

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

 

      Taking a gap year is now an increasingly popular activity for many young people in Britain according to a recent report. Every year, around a quarter of school leavers who are going on to university decide to defer the start of their course and take a year out before starting their degree course. Some do it to get work or life experience, others just want to take a break from their studies.  Some teenagers spend the year volunteering in schools, hospitals or NGOs in the UK or abroad. Others prefer to spend part of the year working to save up money and then spend several months travelling. South America, Asia and Australia are popular destinations.  Gap years aren’t only for school leavers – some people take a career break later in life, but they are certainly most popular with 16 to 25 year olds.

 

 

Task 2. Take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about your school homework. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes
(10-12 sentences).

Remember to say:

  • how long it takes you to do your homework

  • what subject you usually start with, and why

  • whether schoolchildren should be given more or less homework, and why

  • where you always do your homework

 

You have to talk continuously.

 

 

 

Test 8

 

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

 

      Qualifications in Britain used to depend completely on exam performance, but now more courses are assessed on a mix of coursework, done over time, and exams. In some subjects, up to 40% of the final mark comes from continuous assessment of assignments. Students who get nervous doing exams have welcomed this change, because they feel that their average mark is better than their exam results.  A-levels are very important for getting into further education, so it’s common for schools to have mock exams in January, to give students a chance to practise before they do the real thing in June. No-one wants to do re-takes, and many universities require specific A-level grades to get onto a course, so many students spend much of May and early June doing revision. 

 

 

Task 2. Take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about travelling. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes (10-12 sentences).

Remember to say:

  • why most people enjoy travelling

  • what people like doing while travelling

  • what place you would like to go to, and why

  • what transport people use for travelling

 

You have to talk continuously.

 

 

Test 9

 

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

 

 

     The first thing you need to know about travel in the UK is that there are several railway companies offering different prices and options. It’s important to ask for the best deal before you buy your ticket. Normally the ticket clerk will give you a standard ticket so please tell them if you want to travel first class.  The time you travel is also a factor. For example, if you’re coming back to the departure station on the same day as your outward journey, you should ask for a day return, but if you’re going to come back days or weeks later, you need a period return.   Students should bear in mind that they will often pay a cheaper fare if they can demonstrate that they are in full-time education through showing a student travel-card.

 

 

Task 2. Take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about your career plans. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes (10-12 sentences).

Remember to say:

  •  what job you want to do in the future

  •  what two subjects you think are the most important for your future job, and why

  •  wheter  English is necessary in your future job, why

  •  whether your family approve of your career choice or not

 

You have to talk continuously. 

Test 10

 

Task 1. You are going to read the text aloud. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, and then be ready to read it aloud. Remember that you will not have more than 2 minutes for reading aloud.

 

Venus is one of the hottest planets in the Solar system. The temperature on its surface is 482 degrees. This unfriendly place looks much the same as the Earth 4 billion years ago. Both planets were formed from the same gas cloud, but Venus lost most of its water and atmosphere. This happened because the planet turns very slowly. As a result, now it has no magnetic field to protect it from the Sun's winds. The planet has turned into a lifeless desert. Most space modules that were sent to Venus, could not work on the planet more than two hours. The acidic clouds and high pressure quickly made them absolutely useless.

 

 

Task 2. Take part in a telephone survey. You have to answer six questions. Give full answers to the questions.

Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.

 

 

Task 3. You are going to give a talk about school trips. You will have to start in 1.5 minutes and speak for not more than 2 minutes.

 

Remember to say:

 

•  what kind of trips are organised in your school;
•  how often you go on school trips;
•  if you enjoy school trips or not, and why; 
•  where you went last time.

 

You have to talk continuously. 

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