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ACADEMIC

PRACTICE
TEST 1

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Academic Practice Test 1
Listening

Listening Section 1 Listening Section 2


Questions 1-10 Questions 11-15

Questions 1-5 Complete the sentences below.


Complete the notes below Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR answer.
A NUMBER for each answer.
Lee’s Summit is located in a city in the
11. _____________ of the United States.
Example Answer
Accommodation: Red River Lodge The suburb is keen on maintaining its link to
12. ____________.

The central downtown part of Lee’s Summit was


Arrival date: 1. September _________ originally called 13. __________.

Accommodation type: 2. ___________ Lee’s Summit marks the 14. __________________


on the train journey between Kansas City and St
Train departure time: 3. _________ pm Louis.

Ticket cost: 4. $__________ After the American Civil War, large numbers of
people migrated to the area from the 15.
_____________.
Train departs from: 5. _____________________
Station

Questions 16-20
Questions 6–10
Chose the correct letter, A,B, C or D.
Complete the table below
16. Why is Lee’s Summit special?
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS A. It has changed so much
AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
B. It appreciates its past
C. It is a small town
Cardholder’s name: Barbara G. D. It is very old
6. _______________

Visa card number: 7. ______________________ 17. Who established the town that became Lee’s
Summit?
Expiry date: March 2025
A. Robert E. Lee
Train arrival time: 8. ___________ pm B. Pleasant Lea

Fishing equipment and 9. ____________ provided. C. Cole Younger


D. William B. Howard
Lake tour cost: 10. $__________________

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Academic Practice Test 2
Listening

18. St. Louis is well known for its… Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.
A. food
26. What is Holly confused about?
B. monument
C. music A . The relationship between social media and
marketing.
D. rail line
B. How to ensure that her assignment data is up-to-
19. Cole Younger was a popular… date.
C . Ways that she can profit from her social media
A. criminal
footprint.
B. soldier
C. policeman
27. How does Jessica feel about studying social
D. businessman
media marketing?
20. Who helped Harry S. Truman become an A. confused
American President? B. disappointed
A. Pat Metheny C. bored
B. Tom Pendergast
28. Why is it possible for some essays to be handed
C. R.A. Long in after the deadline?
D. J.J. Pryor A. The personal circumstances of a student might
justify an exemption.
Listening Section 3 B. A one-week extension has been granted to
some advantaged students.
Complete the sentences below. C. The assignment due date that was originally
announced was incorrect
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR 29. How does Dr. Ross summarise the advantages
A NUMBER for each answer. of social media marketing over search methods?

Questions 21-30

21. Meaning of social media: anything on the


internet that lets us perform a
__________________.

22. Businesses and organizations utilize social


media to handle tasks such as _______________
and ________. A. It is more reliable and not as costly.
B. It is more expensive but yields better results.
23. Businesses have focused their marketing C. It is sometimes unreliable but is much cheaper.
efforts away from _________ toward social media.
30. What proportion of companies have a social
24. ______________ regarding social media is media marketing presence?
better than older search techniques.
A. 85%
25. Companies and organizations spend many B. 70%
millions on social media _______________ C. 80%

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Academic Practice Test 2
Listening

Listening Section 4
Questions 31-40
Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.
Complete the table as you listen. WRITE NO MORE
THAN TWO WORDS FOR each answer. 36. Why did the speaker turn to self-publishing?

Development Impact A) It offered a financially fairer deal for him than


Time
traditional publishing.
Period B) He wanted to increase sales of his books and
Project Receives little reach a wider audience.
Guttenberg attention. Internet use C) Too many traditional publishers had turned down
his books.
publishes first restricted mainly to
1971
digital document university 37. What kind of assistance does the speaker
31. ____________ get from interacting with his readers?
Some Limited readership.
Used for storage of A) Advice on possible directions his stories could
newspapers and
take.
magazines archival material and
1980's B) Encouragement to pursue writing his stories to
32. __________ old editions completion.
CD ROMs C) Opinions/Feedback on the editorial changes
Number of Commercially made to his stories.
internet users unsuccessful 38. What does the speaker believe is the main
soars. First 33. ___________ are reason why people plagiarize other writers’
Early
electronic books on sale work?
1990's
(e-books)
obstacle to A) They see an opportunity to make money easily.
appear B) They have a desire to gain the admiration of
others.
Late E-bookstores. Little demand. Many C) They understand the difficulties of proving plot or
1990's First people find them text ownership.
34. ________ difficult to use.
released 39. Which can be a problem with bringing legal
proceedings against those suspected of copying
Japanese Sales do not reach or stealing the work of others?
company brings anticipated levels. E-
out an e-reader reader and online A) The copied or stolen work is not published under
2006 the plagiarist’s real name.
with a screen bookstore are not
that resembles user-friendly B) The copied or stolen work is released in a
country different to that of the plagiarized author.
paper.
C) The copied or stolen work is cleverly disguised
2007 American online Sales of e-books by the plagiarizing writer using different techniques.
and book retailer begin to grow.
releases its own Publishing books 40. According to the speaker, why do
after
traditionally published authors lack respect for
e-reader becomes cheaper
the self-publishing industry?
Device Easier, attracting
35. _______ the interest from writers. A) Self-published books need to be publicized by
their authors to achieve sales.
features of the
B) Self-published books were usually rejected by
Japanese traditional publishing companies.
Modern
companies e- C) Self-published books are rarely reviewed and
day
reader but is their authors don’t win any literary awards.
easier to use and
more appealing
to readers.

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Academic Practice Test 2
Reading

This, and the availability of electric traction, brought


Reading Passage 1 about London Underground's switch to bored
tunnels at a level much lower towards the end of the
You should spend about 20 minutes on
19th century. These circular tunnels – which give
questions 1-13 which are based on The
rise to its nickname ‘the Tube’ – were dug through
Reading Passage 1 below.
the London Clay at a deeper level.
LONDON’S SUCCESSFUL SUBTERRANEAN
SUBWAY SYSTEM There are numerous hidden lines, strange uses and
disused stations down there under London. It is a
In London, the best way labyrinth down there of lines – both in use and not in
to get from point to point use. For example, the postal system uses special
is to take the tube, lines that are not well known about, but are in fact a
boasting 11 lines and very efficient way of moving both parcels and letters
carrying approximately around.
1.34 billion passengers
per year. It is the world’s One of the reasons for the success of this modern
eleventh busiest metro day metro is in the simplicity of its ticketing system,
system and was ground-breaking both in concept which is a ticketing system that is thankfully straight-
and construction at the time of its first proposal and forward to use in London. Locked in with the London
development, becoming the world’s very first Oyster Card system whereby one can top up their
underground railway. From humble beginnings back Oyster travel cards, it is very much a user-friendly
in the 19th century, the system now runs 402km of concept, widely praised by commuting Londoners
lines (55% over-ground interestingly) serving 270 and travelling tourists. A day pass or a week pass
stations. The idea of an underground railway system is the most affordable, efficient, and practical way
was first proposed in the 1830s, with the very first for tourists to get around London. Simply handover
line opening in January 1863, and more recently your payment for your travel card and you can get
London Underground celebrated 150 years of from The British Museum to Hyde Park to Wembley
operations in 2013. Stadium even if you don’t know the city’s layout.
One of the standout positives of this form of rapid
Unfortunately, the system is not perfect as it does
transport is that it is much faster than taking the
suffer from some unpleasant socio-economic
public bus, and much cheaper than taking the iconic
aspects that offset the obvious benefits. Primarily
but costly black cabs. Possibly the most famous
there is the issue of strikes, which are highly
transport system in the world is the London
frustrating and annoying to those affected at the
Underground system, with its miles of lines, distinct
time. Many travellers have been in London and
sounding station names and the characteristic tube
suffered from this before trying to attend a football
map. The schematic Tube map, designed by Harry
game or a theatre show when a city wide strike was
Beck in 1931, was voted a national design icon in
in operation. It is at these times, that London really
2006.
struggles, and folks of all walks of life struggle to get
The system's first tunnels were built just below the to their destination using other modes of transport
surface using the cut and cover method, which is a on those days.
relatively simple process of construction for more
shallow tunnels where a trench is excavated and Getting lost on these subway systems is another
roofed over with an overhead support system strong secondary imperfection on the lines as they can be
enough to carry the load of what is to be built above hard to navigate for those unaccustomed to using
the tunnel. Whilst being comparatively cheap and them, which tends to affect the tourists much more
straightforward, a major disadvantage of cut-and- than the local citizens. There are maps, of course,
cover is the widespread disruption generated at the but they can often look like a plate of spaghetti for
surface level during construction. those not familiar with using them.

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Academic Practice Test 1
Reading

Questions 8-13

Being a very well used system – one of the Complete the notes below.
fundamental problems is over-crowding on the Choose ONE WORD from the passage for each
trains and platforms – in particular during rush-hour. answer.
So how can we ease congestion and make it train
travel a less stressful experience for commuters? Write your answers in boxes 8-13 on your answer
sheet.
This may be achieved through extending the hours
of usage (which at times is limited), or alternatively
increasing the frequency of the trains themselves, The Tube is arguably the most 8. _________
and of course in the construction of brand new lines. commuting scheme on Earth.
In addition, phone signal and WIFI access are next
in line to drag the system screaming and kicking in The 9. _______ of the underground system won a
to the modern techno-focused world. Substantial national award more than 70 years after was
fund investment has been committed and numerous created.
research projects commissioned by major
The Tube plays an effective, if very low profile role
telecommunications companies to accomplish this
as a part of the 10. ________ service.
latter issue.
Purchasing a 11. _________ for a short, fixed
Questions 1-7
period is the best subway option for holiday visitors
to the U.K.’s capital.
Do the following statements agree with the
information given in the reading passage? An immediate priority for London’s subway is to
reduce 12. __________, thereby making city
In boxes 1–7 on your answer sheet write: journeys more pleasant.
TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information There has been major 13. _________ in the
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this modernisation of electronic communication
facilitation due to the involvement of key
1. The design of London’s metro system was based corporations in this field.
on other busy metros.

2. The system is mostly underground.

3. In the original tunnel construction process, Reading Passage 2


ditches were dug and then covered with load-
supporting structures. You should spend about 20 minutes on
Questions 14-26 which are based on The
4. UK government departments readily provide Reading Passage 2 below.
citizens with information about all the unusual uses
of the Tube.
THE BOOM IN THE BIKE-SHARING BUSINESS
5. Tube strikes sometimes happen when metro
workers stop work to demand more free time. A
The boom in smartphones and associated
6. London Underground maps are difficult for non- development in apps has seen an added boost for
residents to use. the bike sharing business. Bike sharing itself as a
usable concept has been around since the mid-60s
7. Today, the London Underground is attractive to in Europe, but the relatively recent information
fans of communication technology. technology explosion from the middle of the 2000s
has made it a genuinely viable format that is more
practical nowadays across the board.

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Academic Practice Test 1
Reading

B E
The practicality of these bikes now provides the last Government funding, charitable sources and
piece of the jigsaw puzzle for many commuters, advertising are the three commonly used methods
being cited as the way to solve ‘the last mile’ to support community bike sharing projects as they
problem when connecting people from the public are mostly unable to fund and support themselves
transport network to both home and the workplace. using the available revenues of membership
In addition, these programs appeal to tourists as subscription and other user. There are various
well as local citizens. As one of China’s larger cities ways to implement these schemes based on one or
and a very popular tourist destination, Hangzhou more options. These include being unregulated
was pro-active in creating what was at one time the whereby bikes are released into a given area for
largest bicycle sharing system in the world. use by anyone. That given area could be a city or
more typically an enclosed organisation such as a
C large company site or a university campus. The
Community bike programs and smart bike programs massive disadvantage here is that the bikes are
alike can be seen, with the former being organised often simply not available and the loss rate of the
by locally community groups and/or non-profit bicycles is very high owing to a lack of locks,
groups, and the latter being implemented by security and user identification. A deposit-based
government agencies often in partnership with system releases the bikes from a designated
private enterprises. The fundamental aim of these terminal and that deposit can only be retrieved by
systems is to provide affordable access to bicycles returning the bike to another official terminal. Again,
for short-distance trips in cities and towns as an loss of bikes is a serious issue as the deposit to cost
alternative option to vehicle public transport or of bike ration is unbalanced and so does not deter
bike theft.

F
The membership structured approach has shown to
be more effective, and the key within the system
here is the member must register their authorised
identity and a valid credit card to be allowed to have
access to the bikes. If the bike is not returned within
the subscription period, or returned with significant
damage, the bike sharing operator withdraws
money from the user's credit card account. A
system has been developed whereby a member
need not return the bike to a kiosk; rather, the next
user can find it by GPS.

G
private cars, thus easing traffic jams and Bike-sharing systems have undergone a plethora of
congestion, noise pollution, and nasty emissions. changes which can be categorised into three key
phases, or generations. These include the first
D generation, called white bikes (or free bikes); the
second generation of coin-deposit systems; and the
Theft of one’s own personal bike is a primary third generation, or information technology (IT)
concern for most users who have switched over based systems. The technological and operational
from riding their own bike to the shared bikes on improvements of recent years are also paving the
offer. In addition, vandalism and damage, concerns way for a probable fourth generation, known as the
regarding upkeep, safe storage and safe parking demand-responsive, multimodal system. E-bikes are
are contributing worrying factors for the common the proposed next benefactor of a potential fifth
cyclist. Other driving factors are of course primarily generation as both software and hardware
economic, time-saving, health / fitness, and the ever technologies continue to advance.
looming environmental reasons.

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Academic Practice Test 1
Reading

H
The popularity of these schemes comes with a
22 Became so popular that tight controls had to be
price. In March 2017, for example, Beijing saw well
established.
over 200,000 bikes entering service. The bikes are
accessible via an app, and cost 1 RMB per hour 23 Are sometimes unregulated as long the riding
plus a refundable damage deposit of a few hundred area is restricted.
RMB. In April 2017, the government in Beijing is
requesting a temporary ban on the introduction of
new shared bikes as serious issues with the sheer Letter Types of bike-sharing schemes
volume of bikes on the streets, bikes in parking
stations and bikes left scattered around the city is A Deposit reliant
becoming an issue to resolve in itself.
B Approved by Beijing municipality
Questions 14-19 C Community based
Reading Passage 2 has eight paragraphs, A-H
D Provided by the city of Hangzhou
Which paragraph contains the following
information? E European

Write the correct letter, A-H in boxes 14-19 on your


answer sheet. Questions 24-26
NB You may use any letter more than once.
Complete the summary below.
14 Sources of finance for schemes that do not
Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for
directly charge users. each answer.
15 An instance where unrestrained introduction of
Write your answers in boxes 24-26 on your answer
schemes led to serious problems.
sheet.
16 The provision of the long-awaited missing link in
the typical commuting chain. THE TWO-WHEELED RIDE-SHARING
REVOLUTION
17 The catalyst for this seemingly simple transport
Recent technological advances mean urban bike-
option to become more practical.
sharing schemes, once limited and somewhat
18 The inadequacy of requiring riders to pay a small unrealistic, are now without a doubt 24 __________
refundable fee before use. appealing for both commuters and tourists.
19 The differences marking the development of the Cyclists who opt for
underlying technology. public bikes say
goodbye to worries
Questions 20-23 about 25 ___________,
storage or unintended
Look at the following statements (Questions 20-23)
damage. Free and
and the list of different bike-sharing schemes below.
deposit-based systems
Match each finding with the correct bike-sharing have given way to third generation IT-based
scheme, A-E. schemes, while demand responsive, multimodal
systems are just over the horizon. Without controls,
20 Proved effective half a century ago without the however, these schemes could be victims of their
use of modern technology.
own success as large cities are only just beginning
21 Requires payment but still suffers from a high to grapple with the problems that 26 __________
rate of bicycles being stolen. brings.

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Academic Practice Test 1
Reading

Reading Passage 3
Mauritania that would pump desalinated water
You should spend about 20 minutes on across the dry continent. Along the way, the pipeline
questions 27-40 which are based on The would serve Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan,
Reading Passage 3 below. Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and
Mali.
A PIPE DREAM
E.
A. Along the pipeline would run solar panels to create
“Water, water renewable energy and sustainable power to drive
everywhere, but the desalination plants, pumping stations and
not a drop to irrigation systems. The water would be a vital source
drink.” is the most of life for the communities along the way, with more
than half of the water to be used in creating local
famous line from
farming oases.
Samuel T.
Coleridge’s 18th century poem, Rime of the Ancient
F.
Mariner, and these words could not be truer today. It
The entire project is estimated to cost US$20.1
is said that in the future, wars will not be fought over billion, which seems like a lot until you consider how
oil and gas, but water, that vital substance that many people could be saved, how many lives could
makes up 70% of our bodies. be changed and how much could grow in the future.
For example, it is estimated that in the Sahel region,
B. more than 18 million people –including 1 million
According to the Woodrow Wilson Center for children — are directly at risk for food and water
Scholars, 97% of the world’s water is saltwater or shortages this year. Eight million already require
‘brackish’ water. Of the 3% remaining, 99% is “in emergency assistance, according to Oxfam.
inaccessible polar ice caps, glaciers or deep
aquifers”, leaving only 0.03% of all the water on G.
earth accessible and fresh. Water is such an Tennyson, along with his wife, journalist Daphne
important base for all Earth’s ecosystems that when Lavers, first came up
we look for life on other planets, the main indicator with the TAP project
while watching BBC
we look for is water. We cannot imagine a life form
coverage of the G8
that exists without it, yet there are millions of people
summit and the rallies
today suffering from a severe lack of fresh water.
and concerts that
were taking place to
C. push the leaders to
Professor Rod Tennyson of the University of fund projects in Africa.
Toronto in Canada has a proposal that may change Many of these
the fate of millions in the heart of one of the world’s projects funded the
driest areas: the Sahel region of Africa. building of wells and
distribution of food
D. packages. At the time,
The idea is literally a pipe dream. A dream of Tennyson was involved in developing safety
constructing a water pipeline called the Trans monitoring technologies for large-scale pipelines.
African Pipeline (TAP), which would run 8,800km “We developed and manufactured fiber optic
(5,500 miles) across the northern part of the Sahel sensing systems, and with the accumulated
desert, running east to west across the entire knowledge I had gathered about pipelines, it
African continent to provide water for more than 28 occurred to us that a water pipeline across Africa
million people. Linking 12 countries together, there could solve the water problem for good, not these
would be two large desalination stations set up on band-aid solutions,” Tennyson said.
each coast, one in Djibouti and the other in

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Academic Practice Test 1
Reading

H. 32. The astronomical cost of the project can be


Thus, the TAP project was born. Tennyson and his balanced against the great benefits it may
wife wrote their first feasibility study report and provide.
presented their paper at the international Water for
Africa conference held in Hull, Quebec, to the large 33. Only a very tiny proportion of the water available
number of African attendees, many of whom were on the planet is deemed as obtainable and clean
engineers and government officials. Happily, he enough to use.
“found that the TAP concept was very well-received.
There were the standard questions about how 34. A research study was prepared to look in to the
difficult it would be to carry this off in many of the possibility of going ahead with this project, and
African countries, but one African member came to was shown to at a gathering of professionals in
see me with tears in his eyes, and said this was the Canada.
best idea he had heard of, and as far as he was
concerned, this was the most important concept to 35. Providing power to the pipleline to run the
emerge from this conference. I was hooked on required equipment that would assist farmers.
making TAP a reality!”
Questions 36-40
I. Do the following statements agree with the
The project is starting to gather a following. It has information given in the reading passage?
officially been incorporated as a not-for-profit in
Canada and is made up of a team of professors of In boxes 36–40 on your answer sheet write:
engineering and geography, lawyers, economists TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
and agronomists from Canada, the Netherlands, the FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
United Kingdom and China. The project is now NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this
moving quickly with a major benefactor on board to
help promote awareness of the project and to 36. Conflicts in the coming years will be fought over
initiate a formal study. TAP is working on raising $1 oil and gas.
million in start-up funds from a private investor and
will be applying to the G8 countries to cover the 37. The fresh water available to us on Earth is only
costs as part of their money pledged toward aid. available in the larger lakes and rivers.

Questions 27-35 38. The pipeline will flow in one direction only.

Reading Passage 2 has nine paragraphs, A-I 39. According to a leading charity, eight million
children are in need of urgent aid immediately.
Label each paragraph with a title from below.

Write the correct letter, A-I in boxes 27-35 on your 40. The distribution of food parcels are considered
answer sheet. to be only short terms solutions.

27. Original concepts for such projects were formed.

28. Conflicts in coming decades will be attributed to


a lack of a certain valuable resource.

29. Altering the lives of many in the centre of one of


Earth’s regions with the least precipitation.

30. A dozen countries will be joined from one side of


the continent to the other.

31. Gaining a strong following of backers and the


pace is picking up on the project.

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Academic Practice Test 1
Writing

Writing Task 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task

The chart below compares housing prices in three different countries and shows the percentage
increases in each country from 1998-2005.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

House Prices, percentage increase on a year earlier


30

25

20

15

10

0
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Britain Australia USA

Write at least 150 words.

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Academic Practice Test 1
Writing

Writing Task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Vehicle technology is advancing rapidly and cars that drive themselves have already been developed. In the
near future, most people will use driverless cars.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words

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Academic Practice Test 1
Speaking

Speaking PART 1 Speaking PART 3


Initial questions about name, where you live, TUTORS
work or study and other personal topics.
- Why do some students have their own
RUNNING personal tutors/ private teachers?
- Is a good idea for a child to have a personal
- Have you ever run a long distance? (Why?/ tutor?
Why not?) - What can parents do if they can’t afford a
- Where is a good place to go running in your tutor for their child?
city/ town? (Why?/ Why not?)
- Why do you think some people enjoy
running in races? (Why?) MENTORS
- Do you think running for exercise will be
more popular in the future? (Why?/ Why - What might be the advantages of learning
not?) from someone who is not a parent or a
teacher?
- Why might it be helpful to have a mentor at
PAYING FOR THINGS (USING CASH, CREDIT work?
CARDS OR MOBILE PHONE) - Could there be any disadvantages of having
a mentor for a long time?
- How do you usually pay for small items in
shops? (Why?)
- Is it common in your country to pay for LEARNING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
things without using cash? (Why?/ Why
not?) - What kinds of international assistance (other
- Why do some people still prefer to use cash than financial) might an undeveloped country
to buy things?? (Why?) seek?
- Do you think people will still be using cash - Why might a country not want assistance
50 years from now? (Why/ Why not?) from a particular country?
- Why disadvantages are there for countries in
continuing to learn from other countries for a
Speaking PART 2 long period?
-

Describe something interesting you learned from


another person (not a school/college teacher)

You should talk about:


- Who instructed you
- Where you were
- What you learned

and explain why you think it was interesting

You will be expected to talk about the topic for one


to two minutes. You will have one minute to think
about what you are going to say before you stop
talking. You can make some notes to help if you
wish,

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