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2011 EDITION

City & Guilds

Achiever - Level B1

Succeed in the City & Guilds Level B1 Achiever IESOL & ISESOL
The Succeed in the City & Guilds Level B1 Practice Tests includes 5 Complete Tests for the Level B1 Achiever IESOL exam (Listening, Reading and Writing) and another 5 Complete Tests for the Level B1 Achiever ISESOL exam (Speaking). The book is accompanied by two Audio CDs for the listening section.

Andrew Betsis ELT 31 Pyrgou - 18542 - Greece Tel.: 210 4920871, 4900735, Fax: 210 4933661, e-mail: orders@andrewbetsiselt.gr, abetsis@otenet.gr All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher. Components: l Succeed in City & Guilds Achiever B1 - Teacher's Book ISBN: 978-960-413-351-2 l Succeed in City & Guilds Achiever B1 - Student's Book ISBN: 978-960-413-352-9 l Succeed in City & Guilds Achiever B1 - Audio Cds ISBN: 978-960-413-353-6

Contents

Contents
IESOL
Listening-Reading-Writing
PRACTICE TEST 1 PRACTICE TEST 2 PRACTICE TEST 3 PRACTICE TEST 4 PRACTICE TEST 5 Page 6 Page 20 Page 34 Page 48 Page 62 IESOL ACHIEVER IESOL ACHIEVER IESOL ACHIEVER IESOL ACHIEVER IESOL ACHIEVER

ISESOL Speaking
ISESOL ACHIEVER ISESOL ACHIEVER ISESOL ACHIEVER ISESOL ACHIEVER ISESOL ACHIEVER PRACTICE TEST 1 PRACTICE TEST 2 PRACTICE TEST 3 PRACTICE TEST 4 PRACTICE TEST 5 Page 76 Page 80 Page 84 Page 88 Page 92

The Teachers Book also includes: Audioscripts: page 97

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Achiever - Level B1

City & Guilds IESOL Level B1 Achiever MARKING


Overall Result Determination
The IESOL examination comprises three parts: Listening, Reading and Writing. To pass the examination, you need to achieve at least a pass in two of the three parts and at least a narrow fail in the third part. There are three possible overall grades: First Class Pass, Pass and Fail. The table below shows what the requirements for each grade are.

First Class Pass


3 First Class grades 3 Pass grades or 2 First Class + 1 Pass grades or 1 First Class + 2 Pass grades or 2 First Class + 1 Narrow Fail grades or 1 First Class + 1 Pass + 1 Narrow Fail grades or 2 Passes + 1 Narrow Fail grades

Fail
1 or more Fail grades or 3 Narrow Fail grades or 1 Pass + 2 Narrow Fail grades or 1 First Class + 2 Narrow Fail grades

Assessment of Listening and Reading


The Listening and Reading Sections of the examination are assessed based on the number of correct answers you give. No marks are deducted for wrong answers, so your total for each of these sections is the total of your correct answers. The only exception to this is questions 1 and 2 in Part 4 of the Reading Section of the C1 (Expert) level, which are worth 2 marks each. All other questions in all listening and reading tasks at all the levels of the IESOL assessment are worth one mark each.

Achiever Assessment

City & Guilds B1

City & Guilds IESOL Level B1 Achiever MARKING


Assessment of Writing
The Writing Section of the IESOL exam requires the candidate to produce two pieces of written language. At level B1, there are also closed tasks requiring the candidates to fill in forms and identify and correct errors. Details of the task content of each part as well as the maximum marks awarded are given below. City & Guilds IESOL : Assessment Guide Summary 4 B1: 3 parts Total Marks: 32 Part 1 correcting errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar - 8 marks Part 2 writing to produce a neutral or formal text for a public audience - 12 marks Part 3 writing to produce a letter using informal language - 12 marks

Levels of Performance and Marks


The table below shows the minimum marks required for each level of performance at level B1 of the IESOL examination. B1 Grade FCP Pass NF Fail Listening Total Marks = 24 19 - 24 12 - 18 10 - 11 0-9 Reading Total Marks = 30 24 - 30 15 - 23 13 - 14 0 - 12 Writing Total Marks = 32 26 - 32 16 - 25 14 -15 0 - 13

City & Guilds ISESOL Level B1 Achiever


Overall Result Determination for the ISESOL exam - Speaking
The maximum available marks for the ISESOL exam are 12, regardless of the level. There are three possible overall grades: First Class Pass, Pass and Fail. The table below shows what the requirements for each grade are. Grade First Class Pass Pass Narrow Fail Fail Total marks: 12 10 - 12 6-9 5 0-4

Please note that it is no longer necessary for the candidate to achieve a pass in each Part of the ISESOL examination in order to earn an overall pass.

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Part 1

Test 1

LISTENING

You will hear six sentences twice. Choose the best reply to each sentence. Listen to the example and choose the best reply. If you hear: Do you know where the park is? Do you know where the park is? the best reply is b). Example: a) b) c) d) I doubt it. Yes, just around the corner. We'll see how it goes. Of course I can.

1. a) Quite well, thank you. b) It wasn't a good idea. c) Of course. d) I don't think so. 2. a) I will. b) I think so. c) Yes, I did. d) Not right away. 3. a) I think so too. b) Unfortunately I have other plans. c) We won't. d) It is a shame you can't. 4. a) Last week. b) It wasn't long ago. c) We're on time. d) About ten minutes. 5. a) Back home to sleep. b) Asleep. c) Three or four minutes away. d) The store is open. 6. a) I can't tonight. b) I won't. c) I have to go. d) Because I'm tired.

(Total: 6 marks) 6

LISTENING
Part 2

TEST 1

You will hear three short conversations. Listen to the conversations and choose the best answer to complete the sentence. You will hear each conversation twice. Look at the questions for Conversation One.

Conversation 1 1.1 The man is the womans: a) father b) brother c) friend d) server 1.2 The a) b) c) d) woman is: switching careers moving in with her parents moving trying to become a chef

Conversation 2 2.1 The woman spent this much on her computer: a) 600 pounds b) 700 pounds c) 500 pounds d) 400 pounds 2.2 The a) b) c) d) woman currently uses this type of computer program: word processing photo software music editing design software

Conversation 3 3.1 The woman is the mans a) customer b) employer c) friend d) wife 3.2 The a) b) c) d) woman wants her couch to be off-white bright blue blue bright white

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Part 3

Level B1

Listen to the announcement by the radio presenter. Write short answers about the announcement (1-3 words). First, look at the notes. An example is done for you. You will hear the announcement twice.

Message Pad
Show: The Brad and Andy Show
Mothers Day Contest in honour of: ............................................................ 100 or less Number of words to tell why your mom is special: ....................................................... 5 How many people get to go on show: ........................................................................... 100 pounds Gift is worth over: ........................................................................... May 1st Contest begins: ........................................................................... Brad Call station and ask for: ...........................................................................

(Total: 6 marks)

LISTENING
Part 4

TEST 1

Listen to the conversation between Adam, the man, and Amy, the woman, about exercise, and answer the questions. Put a circle around the letter of the correct answer. First look at the questions. The first one is done for you. You will hear the conversation twice. Example: Who is looking to begin an exercise program? a) Amy b) Adam c) both Amy and Adam d) neither Amy nor Adam

1. Why doesnt Amy want to run or bike outside? a) she doesnt enjoy those exercises b) it is summer and too hot c) she can only run or bike in the morning d) she cant because of work 2. What way of getting exercise does Amy think would be expensive? a) going to the recreation center b) going to the gym near her sisters house c) yoga d) biking 3. What does Amy see wrong with going to the gym near her sisters place? a) it is too expensive b) it is too far away c) it isnt a nice gym d) she doesnt think shell get good exercise there

4. What does Amy think about yoga? a) it makes her tired b) when she does it she feels like shes exercising c) she thinks it is relaxing d) she thinks it is invigorating 5. How many calories does Amy think swimming for an hour burns? a) 700 b) 400 c) 100 d) 200 6. What way does Amy ultimately decide to exercise? a) run b) yoga c) go to a gym d) swim

(Total: 6 marks) (Total marks for Listening: 24

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Level B1

READING
Part 1
Read the five short texts. Each text is incomplete. Choose a, b, c or d to complete the text. Put a circle around the letter of the correct answer. First look at the example.
Example: 1) Track and Field is an exciting sport! Many students enjoy the individual competition as well as the supportive team atmosphere. And plus, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

a) it's not bad. b) it's good exercise, too. c) it's expensive. d) people are interested

1.

Mr. Mike Kaelin President, Corporate Consulting

..................................
Phone: 03993-684433

a) Email: MikeK@email.com b) Sales Representative c) Michael Mark Kaelin d) Corporate Consulting, Incorporated

2.

Alexander loves football. He has been playing since he was 5 years old, sometimes on two teams at one time. He hopes someday to play ..................................

a) professional b) professionally c) profession d) professed

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READING

TEST 1

3.

Dear Journal, This has been an exhausting week. I had classes and then tennis practice every day until very late and then once I got home I still had homework. I'm really looking forward to the weekend when I ..................... .

a) will now relax. b) did just smile. c) can just relax. d) could only smile.

4.
Cooking isnt difficult if you're only willing to put some time and effort into it. Start off slow, making small breakfasts and simple meals and _ _ _ _ _ _ _ you'll be making complicated recipes with ease!

a) soon enough b) in other words c) because of this d) before that

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Level B1

5.
Many people have air conditioning to keep their homes cool in the summertime. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ air conditioning can be very expensive because it uses a lot of energy.

a) But then again b) As a result c) Then d) However

(Total: 5 marks)

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READING
Part 2

TEST 1

Read the text. Use the sentences labelled (A-H) to complete the text. Write the letter of the missing sentence in the box in the correct gap. There are two extra sentences you will not need.

A Pain in the Back


The weight of rucksacks has become such an issue for schoolchildren that some schools are banning their use during school hours, weighing those that look too heavy for the student and even calling in special doctors to warn students about the dangers of carrying heavy loads.

A H
For a

Oftentimes students as young as 8 or 9 carry around books for all of their classes each day. 2 young and undeveloped child this could cause back pain and other serious injuries. started to use rucksacks with built-in wheels so they can roll their books around.

3 4 E

Some students have

The heavy backpack problem has become so common that many schools, especially secondary schools, have backpack policies. This means that teachers who think that a student is carrying a backpack that is too heavy may tell that students to lighten their load. 5

Often, schools provide lockers or cubbies for students to keep books

in when they aren't being used. Another technique becoming popular is called "double booking," in which two sets of books are used, one for students to keep at home and another set kept in the classroom. The middle grades are of most concern because primary school students do not carry as many books and older students are presumed to be more physically developed or able to bring books to school in cars. On average, secondary school students have about five textbooks.

Experts say that for every 20 lbs. of bodyweight, you should only carry 3 lbs. in your backpack. This equals 15%. Other recommendations go as low as 6% of your body weight. This means many students are at risk for real injuries!

A. These doctors are called chiropractors and specialize in back and neck pain. B. Usually, students will be given a place to put their books after they've been asked to take some out of their bag. C. However, some schools have not addressed this issue yet. D. For example, pulled muscles or weakened bones. E. This takes the burden off their bodies, but rolling-backpacks aren't always easy to move around. F. Some of those books weigh up to two kilograms. G. Heavy books are important for learning. H. In some schools that means up to 8 books at a time.

(Total: 6 marks)

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Part 3

Level B1

Read the four texts below. There are ten questions about the texts. Decide which text (A, B, C or D) tells you the answer to the question. The same text may be used more than once. The first one is done for you.

A.
EllenBard@email.com

Bed Delivery

Mrs. Bard, We are writing to confirm the delivery of your woodframed bed to the following address on May 6th at 2 pm: 34 Bennington Road, Brookfield. Thank you, Eileen Tanger Sales, Brigdon Beds

B.
Hello Ellen, I can't believ e you I'm se guys a riously re mo ving! depres except sed ab I know out th is, you'll 30 min only b utes a e mov way. H ing going? ow is e Are yo veryth u all s ing day do et to m you m ove? W ove in hat Have to the you so new p ld you lace? Also, h r old p lace ye ow is t t? he new makes job? I sense guess that yo it Brook u wan field s t to liv ince yo e in work n u'll be ow! G so clos ive me e to too bu a call sy! if you'r e not Sharon

C.
Brookfield Regional Bank Memo I would like to thank all of you for making my promotion to manager so easy. You are the best employees a manager could have and I hope we all continue to work together long into the future. I will be taking a few days off work next week (from the 5th to the 8th) because I'm moving to a new place, but I should be back on Monday! Ellen Bard Brookfield Regional Bank, Manager

D.

FOR SALE

Apartment on 50 Moose Way, Hancock Sellers: Ellen and Bob Bard Price: 100,000 pounds or best offer

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READING

TEST 1

Which Text: 1. is advertising something? 2. is meant for employees to read? 3. confirms a delivery? 4. is from a friend?

D C A B

Which text gives the answers to the following questions? 5. How much are Ellen and Bob Bard selling their old house for? 6. When will Ellen take time off to move? 7. When will Ellen be back to work? 8. How far away is Ellen moving? 9. What is the address of Ellen and Bob's new apartment? 10. When will Ellen's bed be delivered?

D C C B A A

(Total: 9 marks)

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Part 4

Level B1

Read the text and answer the questions. Do NOT use more than three words in your answer. An example is done for you.

If it were up to me, the weather would be hot and sunny every day. Good thing it's not up to me. The Earth needs rain and snow. Without a reliable supply of water, we would have nothing to drink, nothing to sustain our crops. Swimming pools would be empty. Lawns would have no grass. Electricity would be expensive. Plants would die; animals would follow.

Such a water shortage may sound extreme, but it's happening right now in parts of the western United States. An area called the Colorado River Basin, which stretches from Wyoming to Arizona, is in the middle of the worst drought in at least 500 years. Rivers in this region are at their lowest levels ever recorded. If the drought continues, the results could be disastrous. The river basin is a major source of water for big cities, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Entire ecosystems depend on this water, as do ranchers and many other people who live and work in the area.

Extreme weather and natural disasters are a normal part of life on Earth. Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes destroy houses and kill people. Droughts are also menacing. They can last for decades. No one knows how to predict or stop them. In fact, many things that people do make the problem worse. The worst thing that people do is waste water.

Experts say that major droughts in the 1200s and 1300s may have driven the Native American Anasazi out of places such as Mesa Verde in Colorado and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. "Water is life," says geologist John Dohrenwend of Teasdale, Utah. "If you don't have it, the land can't support life." Out West, rivers and flood plains make up just 3 percent of the land area, Dohrenwend says. But these 3 percent support a full 90 percent of the region's plant and animal life.

Scientists are just beginning to understand the conditions that lead to droughts. They're finding that small changes in the flow of air and water can have a huge effect on climate around the globe.

If people want to continue living with cheap electricity and clean water, they'll need to find ways to use less of the precious liquid. In fact, the drought in the western U.S. might just be a wakeup call for all of us, no matter where we live. "In some ways, the problem sounds like a simple one of not enough water" Dohrenwend says. But it's really more complicated than that. "When you start to look at what goes on in a river flowing from the mountains to the sea, all the things we as human beings use it for, and all of what actually happens during a drought, a lot of what is going to happen isn't necessarily obvious," he says. "It could cause things we don't want to happen much sooner than we might think."

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READING

TEST 1
hot and sunny ............................................................

Example: What kind of weather does the author prefer? 1. Where is there a drought right now?

Western U.S.A/Colorado River Basin .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2. How high are rivers in the Colorado River Basin? Very low/lowest in decades .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3. The Colorado River Basin provides water for many big cities including Los Angeles, Phoenix and: Las Vegas .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4. How long can droughts last? Decades .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5. What is something people do to make droughts worse? Waste water .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6. What made the Native American Anasazi leave Colorado and New Mexico in the 1200s and 1300s? Droughts .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7. What percent of the United States west is made up of rivers and flood plains? 3 percent .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8. What percent of life is supported by the few rivers and flood plains in the western U.S.? 90 percent ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 9. What kind of changes affect the climate globally? Changes in the flow of air/water ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 10. Is there an obvious solution to the problem of droughts? No .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Level B1

WRITING
Part 1
Read the text and circle each mistake. There are 8 mistakes. Write the correction at the end of the line. The first three lines are examples. There are two more spelling mistakes, three more punctuation mistakes and three more grammar mistakes. Some lines have no mistakes.

Dear ben, I hope you're having a good trip. I can't believe your going to be gone two more weeks. Things are going well hear. I just finished all my exams and I'm happy to have some time of. Tomorrow Sally and I go to the ocean for the day. It should be fun. Other than that I don't have a lot whole planed for the next few weeks. Basically; I just want to relax and enjoy myself. Bethany and Ira are going on a camping trip next week on their families. It seems like everyone is going away however me! Anyway, what are you doing on your trip; I bet you're having fun! Have seen you anything interesting yet? when you get back you'll have to tell me all about your adventures. I really am jealous for you! Love, Jessica

Ben ......................................... you're .......................................... here .......................................... off ......................................... are going ......................................... planned ..........................................

, ...........................................
with ......................................... except .......................................... ? .......................................... When ..........................................

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WRITING
Part 2

TEST 1

Read the article about a water park. You have just been there. You thought some things were great but other things were not as described in the article. Write a letter to the newspaper to:
l l l

give your own opinion say what you did and didn't like. make some suggestions for improvements

Write between 70 and 100 words.

Silly Slides Water Park


Silly Slides Water Park, which just opened in Kittery Falls is a fun and exciting way to spend a day. It is Kittery Fall's premiere family park. Silly Slides features a full day of fun for the entire family whether you make a splash in the cool blue waves, take a thrilling ride down any of our 29 water slides, or just float around the lazy river. Silly Slides Water Park has 22 acres of action packed attractions, with something fun for everyone.

Dear _ _ _ _

Part 3
Write a letter to a friend. Tell your friend about the beach house you're staying in for the summer. Invite your friend to come for a visit. Write between 100 and 120 words.

Dear Allie, I'm finally here! _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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