江苏省外语口语/口译证书英语考试(中级)
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Oral English Certificate Examination (Intermediate Level)
(Sample)

江苏省外语口语/口译证书英语考试(中级)
(样卷)

This exam asks you to complete four tasks in English: (I) answer three simple questions; (II) answer three questions based on a reading; (III) again answer three questions based on situations drawn from everyday life; (IV) give a talk based on the picture(s) given to you.

Task I: Answering Simple Questions

A tape shall pose three short questions, allowing fifteen seconds for you to respond to each. You will hear each question ONLY ONCE. Please speak loudly and clearly, so the equipment can record your replies.

Now, let’s begin.

Question 1: How long have you been studying English?

Question 2: Why do you study English?

Question 3: What difficulties do you find with your English?

Task II: Reading Comprehension

Please take two minutes to read the following passage before answering three questions. You will hear each question TWICE, and after the second reading, you will have thirty seconds in which to complete your answer. Please speak loudly and clearly, so the equipment can record your voice.

Now, read the following passage:

Jiangsu, an eastern Chinese province, has a 1000-kilometer coast along the Yellow Sea. The Yangtze River and the Jing-HangGrand Canal cross the province, one from west to east and the other from north to south. Han, Hui, Manchu, and other ethnic groups occupy Jiangsu’s 100,000 square kilometers. Their populations total 73.54 million. Shandong borders Jaingsu to the north, Anhuito the west, and Shanghai and Zhejiang to the south.

An annual average temperature ranging from 13°to 16°C renders Jiangsu’s climate semi-humid and temperate. Four distinct seasons including cold winters and hot summers vary its climate. Sixty percent of its average annual rainfall of 800 to 1,200 millimeters, concentrated more heavily in southeast than northwest, occurs during the summer. Spring and autumn accordingly mark the best seasons for tourism.

Now listen to the questions:

Question 1:

What does this passage tell you about Jiangsu Province?

Question 2: According to the passage, which nationalities reside in Jiangsu Province?

Question 3:

When would you invite a delegation of outsiders to visit your company in Jiangsu? Why?

Task III: Situational Questions

A tape shall pose three questions based on situations drawn from everyday life. You will hear each question TWICE, and after the second reading, you will have thirty seconds in which to complete your answer. Please speak loudly and clearly, so the equipment can record your voice.

Let’s listen to an example.

You will hear:

An international student has become your friend and would like to borrow your bicycle, but the brakes on your bike are not working well. What should you say to this friend?

You may answer:

“Sure, you may take it, but be careful: the brakes are not working well.”

Or   “Well, I’m afraid you cannot take it. Its brakes need repairing.”

Now, let’s begin.

Question 1:

You are working in a joint venture company and Mr. Davis, a western colleague, is inviting you to visit him over a weekend. You know, however, you will be very busy at that time. How should you politely decline the invitation?

Question 2:

Mr. Davis is a western colleague, and you share the office with him. His chain-smoking greatly upsets you. What should you say to him?

Question 3:

You have caught a cold and cannot go to work. How should you ask your boss, Mr. Davis, for a leave by telephone?

 

Task IV: Describing a Picture

Please study the following picture for one minute before interpreting it in a short talk. Your interpretation must include answers to the questions below the picture. You will have two minutes to complete your talk. Please speak loudly and clearly, so the equipment can record your voice.

The sun is coming out.

Questions:

What are the people doing in this picture?

What can we learn from this picture?

Now, begin your talk after the beep.

You have completed the exam. Thank you.