Listening Practice Exam

What’s in the Listening paper?

The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Listening paper has four parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.

Summary

Time allowed: About 40 minutes
Number of parts: 4
Number of questions: 30
Recordings may be from: Monologues: radio broadcasts, speeches, talks, lectures, anecdotes, etc.; or interacting speakers: radio broadcasts, interviews, discussions, conversations, etc.

Part 1 (Multiple choice)

What’s in Part 1? Three short extracts from conversations between interacting speakers. There are two multiple-choice questions for each extract and you have to choose A, B or C.
What do I have to practise? Listening for feeling, attitude, opinion, purpose, function, agreement, course of action, gist, detail, etc.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Sentence completion)

What’s in Part 2? A monologue lasting approximately 3 minutes. You have to complete the sentences on the question paper with the missing information which you hear on the recording.
What do I have to practise? Listening for specific information, stated opinion.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 3 (Multiple choice)

What’s in Part 3? A conversation between two or more speakers of approximately 4 minutes. You have to answer some multiple-choice questions by choosing the correct answer from four options (A, B C or D).
What do I have to practise? Listening for attitude, opinion, agreement, gist, feeling, speaker purpose, function and detail.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Multiple matching)

What’s in Part 4? A series of five themed monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. On the question paper, there are two tasks and for each task you have to match each of the five speakers to one of eight possible answers.
What do I have to practise? Listening for gist, attitude, opinion, main points, speaker purpose and feeling; interpreting context.
How many questions are there? 10
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.