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Name __________________________________ Date ___________

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Section 1: Grammar and Lexis
Part A
Complete the sentences using has to, have to, doesnt have to or dont have to and the
verbs in the box.
deal with

take

do

use

work

My job isnt stressful because I _________________________ many decisions.

A receptionist _________________________ the public.

Most people in modern business _________________________ a computer.

Were very busy at the moment so I often _________________________ late.

Its Sunday so she _________________________ anything!

Part B
Choose the correct word (a, b or c) to complete these telephone phrases.
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Can I __________ extension 305, please?

have

take

put

Ill __________ him the message as soon as hes free.

transfer

give

call

Im afraid the line is engaged. Will you __________?

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hold

listen

return

Can I ask her to call you __________?

repeat

through

back

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Could you __________ me through?

give

check

put

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Im phoning __________ your advertisement.

to

about

at

Part C
Re-organise the letters in the box to form words. Then use the words to complete the
sentences. See the example.
Example:
bewseit
A website is a group of pages on the Internet.

stocs

yemlop

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sulluay

conemicoal

teljag

rutovner

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You can lower staff __________ if you reduce stress.

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We __________ over five hundred people.

14

Our __________ have increased this year.

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Ive flown from New York to Delhi and now I have terrible __________.

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I __________ go for a brisk walk in the morning.

17

A Chevrolet is more __________ than a Maserati.

Part D
Find the extra word in each sentence and cross it out. See the example.
Example:
We are make a profit every year.
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What sort of company do you did work for?

19

How many are employees does your company have?

20

I have met her last year at a conference.

21

Ill to send breakfast up to your room.

22

The Porsche is the most attractive than car.

23

We did had a good time but it did cost a fortune.

Part E (2429)
(2 marks per sentence)
Read the telephone conversation between a hotel receptionist and a guest. Then
write the e-mail from the receptionist to the guest to confirm the reservation using
the prompts in the box.

TELEPHONE CONVERSATION:
A:

Good morning, Id like to reserve a room for two nights.

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B:

Certainly. Double or single?

A:

Double please. With breakfast.

B:

And for what dates?

A:

The twenty ninth and thirtieth of June, please.

B:

And your name?

A:

Luis Violi.

B:

Would you like me to confirm that by e-mail?

A:

Yes, please. My e-mail address is..

YOUR E-MAIL TO CONFIRM THE RESERVATION:


confirm / reservation / June.
reserve / room / breakfast.
cost / 190 euros.

Dear Mr Violi
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
Best regards

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Section 2: Reading
Part A
Match the links from a business news website (questions 3035) to the readings from
the different web pages (AF).

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Business News

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31

People in business

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32

Work and life

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33

Business advice

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34

Questionnaire

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35

Contact us

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A certain amount of pressure brings out the best in our work. In the initial stages

of stress there is a sensation of excitement and increased mental concentration. However,


too much stress is negative. It is bad for you, your company and your family
B

Inditex, one of the worlds largest fashion groups, has opened 300 shops in Spain

in the last four years and net profits this year have risen again
C

We always like to hear from you. E-mail us with your views and comments.

When you think of farming do you think of worms? Simon Taylor does. As a

business worm farming has low start-up costs and a potential market of fishermen using
around 250 tons of worms every year
E

Is modern business too stressful? This week we want to know what you think

about stress in the workplace. Answer these questions


F

I think you should change your job. Your boss shouldnt talk to you like that and

its time to look for a new position with a better salary

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Part B
Six sentences or parts of sentences (ag) are missing from the article below. Put
them back into the article. There is one extra sentence.
a

who is also a doctor

They say that a healthy body is a healthy mind

Business people should stop taking exercise

any exertion is not recommended

Just enjoy lazing around

They are also less likely to suffer from professional stress

the subtitle of his book is How best to use your energies

(36) ____________, but according to a German expert it is lazy people who lead longer
and healthier lives. Professor Peter Axt recommends avoiding strenuous activity like
aerobics or working out in a gym. People who prefer to laze in a hammock instead of
running a marathon or who take a midday nap instead of playing squash have a better
chance of living into old age, says this scientist. (37)_____________.
He cowrote On the Joy of Laziness with his daughter, (38)___________. In the book he
advises people to waste half your time. (39)____________. Those who get up early in
the morning usually feel stressed for the rest of the day, so his advice is to take it easy.
However, Professor Axt stresses that laziness is only one of the keys to a longer life. In
fact, (40)_____________. He argues that if you are too fat, you need more energy to
maintain body functions, and is in favour of moderate exercise like meditative jogging
or brisk walks to relax body and spirit at the same time.
On the other hand, (41)______________ , especially for middle-aged people who should
be particularly careful about doing too much sport. Professor Axt believes we have only a
limited amount of energy, and people who use up their supply more quickly live shorter

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lives. Research shows that people who run distances into their 50s are using up energy
they need for other purposes.

Section 3: Listening
Part A
(Listening script 1.1)
Listen to Nick Jenkins describing his company. Choose the best answers (a, b, or c)
to complete sentences 4246. You will hear the listening twice.
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Customers of Nicks company

print and post cards.

choose and personalise cards.

operate and customize the website.

43

He believes the product is

better than what you buy in a shop.

similar to any products in a shop.

something that shops dont sell.

44

92% represents Nicks

current market.

potential market.

profit margin.

45

In six months Nick will

increase customers from 15,000 to 300,000.

increase turnover by 50%.

make a profit.

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Two to three million pounds will pay for

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a

direct mail campaigns.

a website in the USA.

marketing.

Part B (4750)
(Listening scripts 7.1 and 7.2)
Here is a list of facilities available in a hotel room. Listen to two conversations in the
hotel. Tick the facilities that the guests want to use. You will hear the listenings once.

Guest 1 (1st listening):


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widescreen television
breakfast in room
swimming pool
fitness room
24-hour room service
in-room e-mail terminals
sauna
early morning call

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Guest 2 (2nd listening):


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widescreen television
breakfast in room
swimming pool
fitness room
24-hour room service
in-room e-mail terminals
sauna
early morning call

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Section 4: Speaking (5160)


Prepare a short presentation about your company or a company you know well.
Include details of:
- where and when it started
- who the founder was
- what the line of business is
- the company organisation
- recent changes
Present your company to your partner or teacher. Your partner or teacher will mark
you using the following:
0 = not very well
1 = well
2 = very well
The speaker described
where and when it started.
who the founder was.
what the line of business is.
the company organisation.
recent changes.
Total Marks (maximum 10) =

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Circle 0, 1 or 2
0 1 2
0 1 2
0 1 2
0 1 2
0 1 2

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