PART I DICTATION [15 MIN ]
Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be done at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third readings, the passage will be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 seconds. The last reading will be done at normal speed again and during this time you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET ONE. Now, listen to the passage.
When a store sells goods or services at a cost lower than usual, it is called a sale. Sales last for a limited time. Then the cost is returned to its usual amount. There are many kinds of sales. For example, a back-to-school sale is held near the beginning of the school year. Parents can save money on clothes and school supplies for their children. A midnight madness event starts very late at night. An early bird special sale starts very early in the morning, usually before the sun rises. This kind of sale is popular the day after Thanksgiving in November. A favorite sale among many people is the buy one, get one free sale. You buy one thing and get a second one without cost. Another kind of sale is a going out of business sale. This is when a store owner tries to sell all the goods in the store before closing the business permanently.