CHARLOTTE: Hey Nicole how’s it going?
NICOLE: Hiya, you’ll never guess what I’ve just seen on the news. That low-cost airline is doing flights from Europe to America starting from £15.
CHARLOTTE: What a coincidence, I was just about to tell you that, I was reading an article on a news website before. Hopefully they will have started in time for us to plan our trip to the East coast. I don’t know though, it seems too good to be true.
NICOLE: Well yeah I thought the same. I bet there’s a catch.
CHARLOTTE: You know what these companies are like with the charges they add for baggage allowance and taxes.
NICOLE: True, but I guess it won’t come to more than £100 overall which is an absolute bargain!
CHARLOTTE: Yeah that would be amazing! I mean, it’s definitely worth sacrificing the comfort of a more expensive flight to save money, right?
NICOLE: I think so! Just think, then we have more spending money for when we get there.
CHARLOTTE: Absolutely, I’m going to have another look at my budget with all this in mind. I can’t wait!
SYNONYM or DEFINITION
to estimate, to reckon, to gauge
a low-cost airline
a relatively inexpensive airline
a co-occurrence, providence
to be about to + verb
to be on the verge of
in time for
not late, punctual
too good to be true
to lay a wager, to gamble, to put/lay money
a trap, a stumbling block
the baggage allowance
the amount of luggage permitted on the plane
compulsory contribution to state revenue
a good buy, a giveaway
to give up, to renounce
money available to be spent on pleasures and entertainment
financial plan, statement
with all this in mind
with all to remember, with all this noted
The Listening exam is comprised of 4 parts. Let’s focus on Part 2!
You will be focusing on:
This test contains 10 questions each preceded by a recording / listening passage you will have just listened to. You have to complete each of the 10 gaps with 1 to 3 words from the recording. You are not given any options to choose from so you must pay attention to the listening passage. The gap can be completed with 1 to 3 words which could be heard in the recording, as they are spoken (they do not need to be changed in any way). The missing word(s) can be words, numbers or phrases. You must try and spell the words correctly. Minor spelling errors are not penalised.
Listening passages may include broadcasts, monologues, or classroom presentations. So expect a specialist topic to appear in this recording!