Listening Practice for CPE Part 3 Type Questions

Look at the following phrases or word which are used in the listening you are going to be tested on. If you like you can scroll down to do the test first, and see how you do before yoy look at these phrases/words. Then go through the phrases/words below and gp through the interactive listening transcript further below. Then you can see how you do the second time round.

to honour a promise/ contract/ agreement etc…

to do what you have agreed to do

Examples from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

Once again, the government has failed to honour its promises.
We pray that both sides will continue to honour their commitment to the peace agreement.

in somebody’s name/in the name of somebody

if something is in someone’s name, it officially belongs to them or is for them to use 

The house is in my husband’s name.
I’ve booked a table in the name of Steinmann.

Entry (in a competition)

something that you write, make, do etc in order to try and win a competition 

The winning entry will be published in our April issue.
What’s the closing date for entries.

submit /səbˈmɪt/ verb [transitive] (submittedsubmitting   


to give a plan, piece of writing etc to someone in authority for them to consider or approve

submit a/an application/claim/proposal/competition entry. etc 

All applications must be submitted by Monday.

inevitable /ɪˈnevətəbəl/ adjective    


certain to happen and impossible to avoid 

A further escalation of the crisis now seems inevitable

point-blank adverb  


if you say or refuse something point-blank, you do it directly and without trying to explain your reasons 

He refused point-blank to identify his accomplices.
told him point-blank that I didn’t want to get involved.

not the faintest/slightest chance/doubt/difference etc

no chance, doubt, idea etc at all 

I didn’t have the slightest idea who that man was.
I don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about.

evade /ɪˈveɪd/ verb [transitive   

to not do or deal with something that you should do 

You can’t go on evading your responsibilities in this way. 
You’re simply trying to evade the problem.

cost somebody their job/life/marriage etc

when something makes you lose your job etc 

Joe’s brave action cost him his life.
His strong stand on the issue could have cost him his job.
Bad management could be costing this club a chance at the title.

not have a leg to stand on

informal to be in a situation where you cannot prove or legally support what you say 

If you didn’t sign a contract, you won’t have a leg to stand on.

draw up phrasal verb

draw something ↔ up to prepare a written document, such as a list or contract 

Draw up a list of all the things you want to do.

erstwhile /ˈɜːstwaɪl/ adjective [only before noun] 


formal    former, or in the past 

She found herself ostracized by erstwhile friends. 

blacklist /ˈblæklɪst/ noun [countable]


list of people, countries, products etc that are disapproved of, and should therefore be avoided or punished

Friends of the Earth have produced a blacklist of environmentally damaging products.

spell noun /spel/ [countable]


 a period of a particular kind of activity, weatherillness etc, usually a short period

After a brief spell in the army, I returned to teaching.

spell of

a spell of bad luck

cold/wet/dry/dizzy/winning/winless spell

Water the young plants carefully during dry spells.
He began to suffer from dizzy spells.

reputable /ˈrepjətəbəl/ adjective


respected for being honest or for doing good work SYN reliable OPP disreputable

reputable firm/company

If you have a burglar alarm fitted, make sure it is done by a reputable company.

contemplate /ˈkɒntəmpleɪt $ ˈkɑːn-/ verb


[transitive] to think about something that you might do in the future SYN consider

He had even contemplated suicide.

contemplate doing something

Did you ever contemplate resigning?

mainstream /ˈmeɪnstriːm/ adjective [only before noun]


accepted by or involving most people in a society

Deaf children can often be included in mainstream education.
the mainstream political parties

phoney (also phony American English) /ˈfəʊni $ ˈfoʊ-/ adjective informal


 false or not real, and intended to deceive someone SYN fake

a phoney American accent

estimate /ˈestɪmeɪt/ verb [transitive]


to try to judge the value, size, speed, cost etc of something, without calculating it exactly

be estimated to be/have/cost etc

The tree is estimated to be at least 700 years old.

estimate something at something

Organizers estimated the crowd at 50,000.

[plural] a good reason for doing, believing, or saying something

Grounds Noun [plural]

a good reason for doing, believing, or saying something

grounds for (doing/saying/believing) something

Mental cruelty can be grounds for divorce.

have grounds to do something

Did the police have reasonable grounds to arrest him?

abide by something phrasal verb

to accept and obey a decision, rule, agreement etc, even though you may not agree with it

You have to abide by the referee’s decision.

You can now go through the listening with the interactive transcript below (SCROLL DOWN TO PAUSE, STOP or RE-PLAY):

Cambridge Proficiency Listening Test 2 Part 3

You will hear part of a radio phone-in programme about consumer competitions that appear in magazines or are run by shops, in which advice is given to people who regularly enter them. For each question, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.

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