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Not many people in fact. It’s strange how we feel our voices don’t sound like we believe them to when we hear them recorded. Read More
There are 6 short recordings in Listening Part B. Before you hear each audio, you have 15 seconds to read the question and answer options. During this time, don’t forget to spend a few seconds reading the context sentence next to the question number. This sentence contains useful information such as the profession of the speaker and who they are speaking to e.g. colleagues, a patient etc. Spend the rest of the minute reading the question carefully and noticing the important differences between the 3 answer options.
As you are listening, you might like to cross out information in the answer options which doesn’t get mentioned to help you identify which is the best answer. You can also make notes if you want to about the content of what you hear but make sure writing doesn’t stop you from listening carefully enough.
At the end of the audio you have 5 seconds to shade in your answer on your booklet.
This format is the same for all 6 recordings. If you use the most of every second of the timing, you shouldn’t feel pressured.
If you read or heard this statement, would you know whether this baby was:
B healthy weight?
Chances are if you live or work in the UK or US you would. In these 2 countries, babies’ birth weights are measured in the imperial system (lbs) rather than the metric system (kg) used in many other parts of the world.
Being from the UK myself, I know my weight in stones and ounces and my height in feet and inches. Ask me what they are in kilograms and centimetres and I haven’t got a clue.
In the US, they use pounds (lbs) for their weight while Australia and New Zealand use kilograms. So, a man weighing 90kg would give his weight as 198 lbs in the US and just over 14 stone in the UK.
The US and the UK both measure height in feet and inches so a woman giving her height as 5ft 6’ in those countries would say they were around 168 centimetres in Australia or New Zealand.
You might like to use this handy converter to find out your own measurements!
Oh, and by the way, the baby in the example is a fairly average weight.