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Practice Test 1: Written test
Level 4 Advanced
February 2011
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Please check the table below for the total time given to complete the written test at this

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level and score points available for each section. Please use the accompanying audio files

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for sections 1-3. Answer keys and transcripts are provided at the back of this paper.

Sections 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Skills Score points A1

1

2

3

4

5

Listening
Listening and writing

10
10 (5 listening 5 writing)

1 hour, 15 mins

1 hour, 35 mins

1 hour, 35 mins

2 hours

2 hours, 2 hours, 30 mins 55 mins

Listening

10

Reading

5

Reading

5

Reading

8

Reading

7

Writing

10

Writing

10

The written test is scored out of 75 points in total at all levels. Please see the Guide to PTE General at this level for further information.
Please note: The design of the practice tests is not identical to actual PTE General tests.

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SECTION 1

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You will have 10 seconds to read each question and the corresponding options. Then listen to the recording. After the recording you will have 10 seconds to choose the correct option.
Put a cross in the box next to the correct answer, as in the example.

Example. What is this an extract from?

A

an announcement

B X an advertisement

C

a message

1. What is the speaker describing?

A

how to study

B

research results

C

improving sleep

2. What is the speaker giving?

A

convincing evidence about benefits of employing apprentices

B

praise for a method of helping young unemployed people

C

advice on how to make a regular profit by hiring cheaper staff

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3. What is the speaker doing?

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A

hinting emotional intelligence can’t be taught properly

B

criticising the teaching methods of some business schools

C

underlining the need for teaching morality in business

4. What abilities made Napoleon a great leader according to the speaker?

A

He was a master planner while keeping his goals in mind.

B

He had common sense combined with intelligence.

C

He could hold several options in mind to prevent disasters.

5. What is the speaker implying?

A

The fashion industry is facing a lot of problems.

B

Departments in the fashion industry are listened to.

C

Government wants to support the fashion industry.

6. Why does the speaker use the expression ‘flirt with’?

A

The collection uses ethnic African prints for the first time.

B

The designs incorporate some aspects of African patterns.

C

The style reflects narrow interpretations of African fabrics.

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7. What is the speaker's opinion?

A

New models of leadership need to be considered.

B

Case studies only featured well-known individuals.

C

Business schools are becoming old fashioned.

8. What does the man think about leadership skills?

A

not age dependant

B

learnt at an early age

C

always obvious

9. What is the speaker doing?

A

describing the workings of the brain

B

giving advice on problem solving techniques

C

persuading students to read differently

10. Who are the speakers?

A

teacher trainers

B

university students

C

business colleagues

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SECTION 2

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You will hear a recording about design education. Listen to the whole recording once. Then you will hear the recording again with pauses for you to write down what you hear.
Make sure you spell the words correctly.

11.

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SECTION 3

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You will hear a broadcast about Charles Worth. First, read the notes below, then listen and complete the notes with information from the broadcast.

Example. Worth started his professional life in drapery shops.

12 His wife worked as a

.

13 Customers liked the style of his wife’s

.

14 His partners considered dressmaking as

.

15 He was the first to put on

.

16 He turned dressmaking into

.

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SECTION 3 CONTINUED

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You will hear an interview. First, read the notes below then listen and complete the notes with information from the interview.

Example. Tom works as a trainer in developing leaders.

17 Tom has practical experience and has studied the

of business as well.

18 Tom spends a fixed amount annually on

.

19 Tom says change comes from

the person wanting to change.

20 You can find more of Tom’s advice on leadership in his

.

21 The advice given here is to pass problems to a

level.

(10 marks) That is the end of the listening section of the test. Now go on to the other sections of the test.

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SECTION 4

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Read each text and put a cross (X) by the missing word or phrase, as in the example.

Example.

The value of older books is determined by many of the same criteria as modern books –

condition, content, and edition. Many people think that just because a book is old, it is

valuable, but a book has no collectible value by

.

A X age alone

B

normal standards

C

today’s collectors

22.
We are seeking to appoint a qualified and experienced lecturer to course lead the Diploma in Photography. The successful candidate will be forward thinking with
and a desire to inspire learners wishing to pursue a career within the creative arts sector. Experience of course leading is desirable.

A

an extensive fine arts background

B

professional photographic expertise

C

proven leadership skills in education

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23.

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Assume that your references will be followed up, so don't

. Don’t feel

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anxious about what referees will say about your potential - employers are interested

in facts, rather than how you will perform in the future. References are information

on how you have been in the past.

A

count on the take up

B

use all your referees

C

try to fake it

24.

When Greenery, the ethical clothing website, sashayed on to the stock market last

year, it was going to turn the industry on its head with the promise of guilt-free

fashion. But the company's ambition to become a green

came to

an abrupt end last week.

A

online fashion empire

B

national chain of stores

C

market of the future

25.

I enjoyed reading your excellent article. I was interested in your reference to the

expectation of perfection.

aren’t characteristics of effective leaders. On the

contrary, the antics of the people who hold them have contributed significantly to the crisis

in confidence in business leadership you've written about.

A

ability to accept failures

B

delusions of infallibility

C

holding on to successes

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