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This paper has 8 pages.
LISTENING: You will hear each text three times. The first time, only listen;
the second time write; the third time check your work.
When the tape finishes, write your answers on your answer paper.
LISTENING 1 (Items 1 – 6)
You will hear a telephone conversation between two people.
Listen, and for each item, choose the correct option: A, B or C.
1. The speakers are ______________.
A. mother and son B. husband and wife C. brother and sister
2. The woman is ___________
A. in a furniture shop B. at the office C. at home
3. The man buys a table with __________ chairs.
A. four B. six C. eight
4. He buys a bed made in ____________.
A. Italy B. India C. England
5. Next, he will go to the _____________.
A. clothes shop B. bank C. printer's
6. He is getting married ___________.
A. next week B. next month C. next year
LISTENING 2 (Items 7 – 11)
You will hear a teenager talking about a visit to a factory.
Listen, and for each question, write a short answer (ONE WORD only).
7. Where is the factory? _________________
8. What does it make? ________________
9. How long has it been operating? ____________ years
10. What must visitors wear? A special ___________
11. Where do they go at the end of their visit? To the factory ______________
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education page 2
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
LISTENING 3 (Items 12 – 15]
You will hear four people speaking. What are they talking about? For each speaker,
choose ONE of the items in the box. Write A, B, C, etc, as in the example.
Example: “I got it from the school library. It’s really good.
I’ve read it three times!” ___F___
12. (1) ________
13. (2) ________
14. (3) ________
15. (4) ________
an accident
a football match
an island
a hospital
a meeting
a book
a photo
VOCABULARY 1 (Items 1 – 5)
Complete the text. Use five of the words in the box. Write ONE word in each space.
(There are three extra words in the box.)
become disagree generate graduate
invent suggest solve spend
Nowadays, many people (1) __________ a lot of time working on computers. Because of
this, they don’t get enough exercise and (2) ____________ overweight and unhealthy. A
team of scientists now have an interesting idea which could (3) ___________ this problem.
They (4) ____________ putting bicycle pedals under the desk! These pedals would not only
be good for exercise; they would also (5) ______________ electricity for the computer!
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education page 3
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
VOCABULARY 2 (Items 6 – 10)
Complete each sentence. Choose the correct option: A, B, C or D.
6. “She sat in her bedroom for two hours ___________ her homework.”
A. doing B. making C. having D. taking
7. “Look ___________ grandfather while I’m out. Don’t forget to give him his medicine.”
A. up B. after C. forward to D. for
8. “You can’t go that way. The police have ____________ the road because of the rain.”
A. locked B. destroyed C. repaired D. closed
9. “We don’t know how to ___________ this machine. We should call the technician.”
A. operate B. discover C. increase D. compare
10. “Coal, oil and natural gas are valuable __________ of energy.”
A. stations B. sources C. situations D. systems
VOCABULARY 3 (Items 11 – 15)
For each item, read the definition and write the word in the space provided.
You are given the first letter(s) of the word.
Write the whole word (e.g. ‘kitchen’, not just ‘-chen’) in your Answer Book.
Make sure you spell the word correctly.
Example: ___kitchen ___ (noun) a room where food is prepared and cooked
e.g. They keep the fridge in the kit……………
11. ____________ (noun) a place where films are shown
e.g. There’s a very good ci............ in the town centre.
12. ____________ (noun) a long journey by sea
e.g. The vo............ from England to Australia takes three weeks.
13. ____________ (adjective) not dirty
e.g. That’s better! Now the whole house is cl.............. and tidy.
14. ____________ (verb) to pay somebody to work for you
e.g. The new factory will em............ five hundred workers.
15. ____________ (noun) money that you borrow from a bank
e.g. I asked the bank for a lo............ to buy a new car.
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education page 4
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
GRAMMAR 1 (Items 1 – 5)
Complete the text. For each space, choose the correct option: A, B, C or D.
X: “Hey, Amna, why (1) ___________ we go to the beach this afternoon?”
Y: “I’m sorry, I can’t. I (2) ___________ to Muscat after lunch. I’ve got
(3) ___________ interview tomorrow morning (4) ___________ eight o’clock.”
X: “Oh, yes! You (5) ___________ me about that last week! Sorry, I forgot.”
1. A. not B. doesn’t C. aren’t D. don’t
2. A. ‘m driving B. drove C. driving D. ‘ve driven
3. A. the B. a C. to D. an
4. A. on B. to C. at D. in
5. A. ‘ve told B. ‘re telling C. told D. tell
GRAMMAR 2 (Items 6 – 10)
Complete each sentence with ONE WORD only.
6. I used __________ smoke, but I stopped last year.
7. Tokyo is more expensive __________ New York.
8. Cars __________ use unleaded petrol cause less pollution.
9. How __________ people are coming to the party?
10. I went to New York __________ plane.
GRAMMAR 3 (Items 11 – 15)
Look at the sentences. If the sentence is correct, put a tick (  ).
If the sentence is not correct, write it correctly.
Do not change the meaning of the sentence.
Example 1: Ahmed lives in Muscat. _____________________
Example 2: Siham live in Salalah. __ Siham lives in Salalah.__
11. His father is doctor. _____________________________________________
12. I’ve lived here for ten year. _____________________________________________
13. This mosque was built in
1989. _____________________________________________
14. I didn’t saw her yesterday. _____________________________________________
15. Has your sister arrived yet? _____________________________________________
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education page 5
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
READING 1 (Items 1 – 6)
Match the six cues on the left with the responses in the box.
Write A, B, C, etc, as in the example. (There are three extra responses.)
e.g. Have you finished the report? __H_
A Tomorrow’s weather will be fine in the
south, but wet and cloudy in the north.
1. Those shoes are nice. Where
did you get them? ____
B But I’ve never been there before. I might
get lost. Could you draw a map for me?
2. Have you heard the news?
Huda’s applied for a new job! ____
C There was a sale at the shopping centre
last week. I bought four pairs, actually!
3. My mother phoned me today.
She’s worried about Rashid. ____
D My office is on the third floor. If you can’t
find it, just ask somebody.
4. I’m reading a really good
book about climate change. ____
E Why? What’s wrong? Is he having
problems with his health again?
5. It’s easy to get to her house.
Just follow the main road. ____
F I don’t believe you! She always says how
happy she is, working at the bank.
6. So, you’re a scientist. That’s
interesting. What are you
working on at the moment?
G Medical research. I’m trying to find a cure
for Alzheimer’s disease.
H No I haven’t, but I’ll give it to you
I I think I’ll go shopping this evening. I
want to buy some new clothes.
J That sounds interesting. Could I borrow it
when you’ve finished?
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education page 6
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
READING 2 (Items 7-12)
Read the following two texts by the same writer. Then answer the questions.
Text 1 For each question, write a short answer (not more than THREE WORDS).
As you probably know, Vienna is the capital city of Austria, a German-speaking
country in Central Europe. It’s a famous old city, so when I was offered the chance
to take a six-month course at Vienna University, I immediately accepted.
I arrived there in early October 1993, and at first I really enjoyed it. But then, in
November, the winter came, with horrible freezing winds straight from Siberia! I’ve
never been so cold in all my life! The problem was that, as a student, I was always
very short of money, so I couldn’t afford to stay in a nice warm flat or to buy good
clothes to protect myself from the cold. Anyway, being in Vienna was not a pleasant
experience for me, so after finishing my course, I was very happy to leave.
7. What was the writer doing in Vienna? _____________
8. What did he dislike about the city? _____________
9. How long did he stay there? _____________
Text 2 For each question, write a short answer (not more than THREE WORDS).
After leaving Vienna in 1994, I always said to myself, “I’m never going back there
again!” But, in fact, I did! It was ten years later, and I was already working for a
travel company. A group of American tourists needed a guide; they wanted to visit
some of the capitals of Europe, including Vienna. Three guides were available, but the
boss knew that I could speak German, so he chose me!
To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. But funnily enough, it was one of the
best trips I’ve ever had. The food, the museums, the concerts — everything in Vienna
was fantastic! Of course, this time, it was summer, the weather was perfect and I had
enough money to enjoy myself!
10. When did the writer go to Vienna again? ______________ (year)
11. Why was he chosen for this trip? Because he ________________
12. Who travelled with him? Some _________________
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education page 7
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
Reading 3 (Items 13 -20)
Read this magazine article, and then complete Task 1 and Task 2.
For centuries, the region now known as Bangladesh has been famous for producing
materials such as cotton, wool and silk. These products do not come from large factories;
they are made by weavers working in small workshops in the villages, using traditional
methods and simple equipment. One million people in the country — weavers and their
families — make their living from this industry.
For these people, the floods which hit the country in July 1998 were a disaster. A huge
area of land was covered by water, and millions of people became homeless. When they
were able to return to their homes, the weavers found that all their tools and machines
had been damaged or destroyed by the floods. What could they do now?
Fortunately, most of the weavers were able to survive, thanks to help from the Grameen
Bank. First, the bank lent them the money that they needed — about two hundred dollars
— to replace the damaged equipment. Then a project was set up, known as ‘Fashion for
Development’. In this project, 35,000 weavers have been helped to find export markets
for their products. Traditional materials and clothes from Bangladesh are very popular
abroad and can be sold at high prices, because of their excellent quality and the beauty of
their brightly-coloured designs. In fact, fashion shows, such as ‘Stars of Bangladesh’ in
London in April 2001, have been a great success in Western countries.
However, ‘Fashion for Development’ would not have been possible without the work of
one very special person, a fashion designer called Bibi Russell. Born into a rich family in
Bangladesh, she became the first woman from that country to study at the London
College of Fashion. After graduating in 1975, she had a successful career in Europe until
returning home in 1990. Five years later, she set up her own company, Bibi Productions,
working closely with local weavers in the villages and with the 'Fashion for Development'
project. She is a modern woman, but is also very proud of her country’s traditions.
Task 1 For each statement, write ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘DNS’ (= ‘Doesn’t Say’).
13. Weaving is a new industry in Bangladesh. _________
14. The population of Bangladesh is 140 million. _________
15. Bibi Russell comes from a poor family. _________
16. She set up Bibi Productions in 1995. _________
Task 2 Choose the correct option: A, B or C.
17. The weavers lost their equipment because of _____________.
A. a fire B. an earthquake C. floods
18. Buying new equipment for weaving costs _____________ dollars.
A. 20 B. 200 C. 2000
19. Foreigners buy Bangladeshi fashion products because they are __________.
A. cheap B. colourful C. modern
20. 'Stars of Bangladesh' is the name of a _____________.
A. film B. company C. fashion show
Certificate for General Education page 8
Semester Two, First Session, 2006 – 2007
Describe and comment on the picture. Write 20 – 30 words.
Write a PARAGRAPH about a ship called the Ocean Queen. Use ALL the information
in the box. Your paragraph should be correct and well-organised.
The Ocean Queen
ticket/ $ 1,000 biggest/ world
4,300 passengers sail/ France > USA
cross/ Atlantic/ 3 days passenger ship
1360 crew built/ Finland/ 2004
speed: 40 km/h 18 decks/ 4 swimming pools
Complete the following task. Write at least 100 words.
Situation: Imagine you went to a restaurant last night with your family, and it was a very
bad experience. You are very unhappy, so you have decided to write a letter to the
manager of the restaurant. Tell him what happened. Then say what you think he should do.
Start your letter with “Dear Sir, I wish to complain about…”
Your name is Nasir/ Nada Al-Hinai.. Do not write an address.
Your letter should be clear and polite.
Write your answers on your answer paper.

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