English Speaking Board ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International All Modes (Entry 3) (B1)

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ESB Entry Three Listening (Part One)
You are going to hear 10 passages. For questions 1 – 10, choose the correct
answer A, B or C.
You will hear each recording TWICE.
You now have one minute to read the questions.
1. Why do Richard and Frank decide not to go swimming?
A. They would have to go to another town.
B. Richard has been sick all week.
C. They decide to go to the cinema instead.
2. What did Anna and Christina enjoy most about their holiday?
A. The expensive hotel.
B. The markets.
C. Camel riding.
3. What is the main reason why Aris is studying Spanish and
A. To make more friends.
B. To work abroad.
C. To help him find a job.
4. Why does Jane NOT find a blue or green dress?
A. She doesn’t like the flowered patterns.
B. Dresses in those colours are too short.
C. Those colours are not in fashion this year.
5. Which perfume does the woman buy for her sister’s birthday?
A. Oriental.
B. Peaceful.
C. Love Story.
6. Which job does Martin NOT want to do?
A. Footballer.
B. Fire fighter.
C. Doctor
What do the mother and son decide to do while waiting for a bus?
A. Look for a mobile phone shop.
B. Look for a restaurant nearby.
C. Go to the café at the bus station.
8. What doctor’s appointment does the man take?
A. Friday at 6.00 pm.
B. Friday at 2.25 pm.
C. Monday at 10.30 am.
9. What kind of exercise do Lydia and Mary decide to do?
A. Judo.
b. Ballroom dancing.
C. Salsa.
10. Which show do the man and woman decide to see?
A. A ballet.
B. An opera.
C. A play.
Remember to transfer your answers onto the Optical Mark Form.
ESB Entry 3 Listening (Part Two)
You are going to hear someone describing the country of Peru. For questions
11 - 20, decide whether the sentences below are TRUE (T) or FALSE (F).
You will hear the recording TWICE.
You have one minute to read the questions.
11. Peru is one of the largest countries in South America. True / False
12. The majority of people live in the cities. True / False
13. All the people were originally either from Africa or Europe. True / False

14. Some people still speak an ancient language in Peru. True / False
15. In the coastal area, there is a lot of rain each year. True / False

16. Temperatures can be very low in the highlands at night. True / False
17. Tourists cause all the damage at archaeological sites. True / False
18. The speaker thinks all Peruvian people love music. True / False

19. At some festivals, people fight as part of the celebration. True / False
20. Dancers have to wear special costumes for some dances. True / False
Remember to transfer your answers onto the Optical Mark Form
ESB Entry 3 Reading (Part One)
You are going to read a text about tall buildings.
For questions 21 - 24, match the headings below (A - G) with the paragraphs.
There are TWO headings which you do not need.
The first heading has been done as an example.
A History Of Tall Buildings
Example: G. The First Tall Buildings
Tall buildings have existed for centuries – think for example of the Pyramids of Egypt
or the huge churches and cathedrals of Europe. Large buildings were built for many
reasons. They displayed the power and wealth of a country and honoured its kings
and leaders. Buildings sometimes showed the religious beliefs of a nation or what
its architects could achieve. In modern times, buildings have attracted visitors to
many countries.
Tall buildings, or skyscrapers as we know them today, originated in the nineteenth
century. In 1871, the city of Chicago was damaged by a terrible fire and parts of it
had to be rebuilt. This rebuilding work was carried out very quickly and by the 1880s
there was no more available land to build on. The simple solution was to build
upwards rather than outwards and thus the skyscraper was invented. The
development of the elevator in 1853 meant that people had a way of getting to the
top of even the highest building.
Since the first skyscrapers were built, engineers and builders have tried to make
them stronger, taller and lighter. They must be made from strong materials that can
resist bad weather. Also, they must not be expensive to construct. Glass walls
became increasingly popular after World War II because of these reasons. Glass is
an important material because it protects the building against the wind and rain. It
also provides a lot of light and is cheaper than other materials.
During the early twentieth century, companies started to build high buildings as a
way of advertising themselves. For example, some of the earliest skyscrapers were
the Bank of Manhattan (282 metres) and the Woolworth Building (241 metres). The
race to build the world’s tallest building now began. The famous Empire State
Building in New York, a popular place for tourists to visit, was the world’s tallest ESB Dec 2008 C B1
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building for forty-one years until 1972 until it was replaced by The Sears Tower in
Chicago. Until recently, the Tapei 101 in Taiwan (508 metres) stood as the highest
In July 2007, the builders of the Burj Dubai claimed that it had become the world’s
tallest building even though it was unfinished. The tower was then 512 metres tall,
four metres taller than Tapei 101. The Burj Dubai will be completed in 2009 and will
reach 693 metres and will be one of the world’s most fantastic buildings. It will have
over 160 floors with apartments, shops, swimming pools and even a hotel – who
could ask for more?
A. The Building With Everything
B. How To Build A Cheap Skyscraper
C. Why A City Had To Build Upwards
D. The Competition To Build The Highest Building
E. What Is Used To Build Skyscrapers?
F. Which Will Be The Next Tallest Building?
G. Example: The First Tall Buildings