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Short Talks


Format:      - This part has ten short talks with a total of 30 questions.

                   - For each talk there are three questions.

                   - For each question there are four possible answers.

                   - You hear the talks and read the questions & answers.

                   - Choose the correct answer.

                   - Each talk is usually less than one minute long with only one speaker.



- Listen carefully to the introduction to the talk; it will tell you what kind of talk it  is; Listen to the following commercial.

- Always look at the questions while you listen, don’t look away!!

- Begin answering the questions as soon as the talk is over, don’t wait for the tape.

- If the next talk starts before you are finished move on.

- Preview the next questions if you have time. 

- Try to eliminate wrong answers.

- Don’t leave any blanks.  Guess if you don’t know.


Different types of Questions for Part Four

Overview Questions

These questions require you to have an overall understanding of the dialogs that you hear. 

They usually ask about the main idea or purpose of the lecture, or about the speaker, the audience, or the location of where the talk is taking place.


- Who is speaking?                                                         - What is the purpose of the talk?

- What is happening in this talk?                                    - Where is the announcement being made?

- What kind of people would be interested in this talk?


Detail Questions

Detail questions ask about specific points of the talk.  You still have to understand the total conversation. 

Examples:  Questions usually begin with these words. (There are more then mentioned here)

- Who…?             - What…?            - Where…?

- Why…?             - How…?             - How much…?

Some are negative questions; they ask what was not mentioned in the talk:

Which of the following is not true about…?


Inference Questions

The answers for these questions are not directly stated in the talk.  Instead you have to draw a conclusion (an inference) – based on the information in the talk.


- What is probably true about…?                       - What can be inferred from the talk?

- What does the man/woman mean?                   - What can be said about…?                    


Different types of Talks for Part Four


Public Announcements

These talks are brief informational messages like those given to groups of people in public places.

Example: Announcements given in,        - Airports            - Stores

                                                                  - Airplanes           - Sporting events

                                                                  - Schools              - Parking lots.


News, Weather, and Public Service Bulletins

These talks are similar to the ones you might hear on the radio and television.  Questions usually ask what is being reported and about details given in the talk.


Commercial Messages

These resemble the advertisements you might hear on the radio and television.    Questions often ask about the product being advertised, who would be interested in the product, and sometimes, how much it cost.


Business Talks

These talks are similar introductions or remarks made at business meetings, or to announcements made at work settings.  Questions often deal with the location, the speaker or the audience, as well as details brought up in the talks.


Recorded Messages

These talks are similar to the recorded messages you might hear on the telephone and in other situations.  Questions usually focus the situation, the audience, and the details in the recording.



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