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.
TOEIC, which stands for the Test of English for International Communication, measures the ability of people to communicate in the workplace using everyday English. More than 9,000 organizations use the test in more than 90 countries. Non-native English speakers take the test to demonstrate their English skills when seeking a new job or a promotion. Some organizations use the TOEIC to measure progress in English training programs and as a placement test. The cost of the test is set locally in each country. The TOEIC is really two tests. People can take one or both of them. One is a paper-and-pencil test, which measures listening and reading skills. The other test given on a computer measures speaking and writing skills. Eleven questions on the computer test require speaking. For example, the test taker is asked to read out loud or describe a picture. Eight other questions require written answers, including an opinion essay.
TOEIC是Test of English for International Communication的缩写，考查人们在工作场合使用日常英语的能力。90多个国家的9000多个组织使用这项考试。母语非英语者参加这项考试，以在求职或晋升时证明自己的英语能力。有些组织使用托业来评估英语培训课程的进步或者把它当作分级考试。考试费用每个国家不一样。托业考试实际上是两门考试，人们可以选择一种或两种参加。一种是纸质考试，测试听力和阅读技能；另一种是计算机考试，测试说话和写作技能。计算机考试有11道题要求说英语。例如，参考者会被要求大声朗读或者描述一幅图片。另外有8道题要求写出答案，包括一篇意见表述类文章。