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CERTIFICACIÓN DE NIVEL - INGLÉS B2
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PART 1: COMPOSITION
Write an answer to EACH of the questions below. Use between 125-155 words in an
appropriate style for each task.
1. You have just received this email from an old friend that you haven’t seen for a
while. Write a reply answering their questions in an appropriate style and using
the notes below.
From: Sarah
To: You!
Hi There,
Do you remember me? I used to be in the same class as you at
school, but I moved away.
It’s been ages since we last saw each other. What have you been
doing since we last met?
I recently moved back to the area and would love to meet up
again – are you free any time next week?
Anyway, hope to hear back from you and to see you soon to catch
up on all the gossip,
Sarah.
NOTES
• Yes! I remember…
• Tell her.
• No, but suggest another
date.
• Ask for news about her.
Now write your email.
2. The director of your university has suggested closing down the cafeterias and
replacing them with student recreation rooms, with TVs and a pool table. You
have been asked to write a report on the advantages and disadvantages of this
idea.
Now write your report.
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PART 2: READING COMPREHENSION/USE OF ENGLISH
Question 1:
Read the text below carefully and for questions 1 – 8, choose the answer (A, B, or C)
which you think fits best according to the text.
Trafficking of baby gorillas poses new threat to endangered species
David Smith, Africa correspondent
A surge in the trafficking of baby gorillas is posing a fresh risk to the endangered species in
the Democratic Republic of Congo, wildlife officials have warned. Poachers demanding
$40,000 for one of the animals were caught by park rangers earlier this month in an
undercover sting operation. It was the fourth such incident since April, making this a record
year for the poachers trying to feed a growing black market caught with baby gorillas.
Mountain gorillas are critically endangered, with around 790 remaining in the world –about
480 in the Virunga Volcanoes Conservation Area (shared by DR Congo, Rwanda and
Uganda) and just over 300 in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Eastern lowland
gorillas are more numerous but largely outside protected areas and still in decline.
Emmanuel de Mérode, Director of Virunga National Park, said: “We are very concerned
about a growing market for baby gorillas that is feeding dangerous trafficking activity in rebelcontrolled areas of eastern DRC. We are powerless to control the international trade in baby
gorillas, but our rangers are doing everything they can to stamp it out on the ground.” He
added: “Four baby gorillas seized in less than a year is unusually high … but it’s only the tip
of the iceberg, as we only manage to catch a small proportion of the offenders because the
wildlife service is under-resourced in the Congo.
An infant gorilla was rescued on 6 October when a team of park rangers went undercover
posing as potential buyers in the town of Kirumba, near the western border of the park.
Dressed in civilian clothes, they made contact and agreed a price for the one-and-a-halfyear-old male eastern lowland gorilla that poachers were hiding in a small backpack.
Rangers arrested the three poachers once they had possession of the gorilla. Christian
Shamavu, the leader of the operation, said: “It’s very likely that the mother and other gorillas
were killed because it’s very difficult to take a baby gorilla from its family. The poachers will
never admit to this, though.”
Baby eastern lowland gorillas were confiscated from poachers in DR Congo in April and
June, and Rwandan police recovered a baby mountain gorilla as poachers attempted to
smuggle it over the border in August. The animals suffer physical anguish during the
process. Dr Jan Ramer, a vet with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinarian Project, partners with
Virunga National Park, said: “Many of these infants are injured from ropes around their
hands, feet or waist, and some are quite ill, which is not surprising as they are generally in
close contact with their human captors, extremely stressed, and with very poor nutrition.”
But the newest orphan gorilla, named Shamavu after the ranger who rescued him appears to
be in good health, Ramer added. “He appears to be quite healthy other than some parasites
and dry skin.”
The market price for infant gorillas can reach $40,000, but officials say they lack the
resources or jurisdiction to investigate where the gorillas are headed or who is behind the
trafficking.
International experts said they believe the route lies east. Ian Redmond, Chairman of the
conservation group the Ape Alliance, said: “We think the Middle East is a likely source of
demand – wealthy animal collectors and a tradition of giving big gifts to curry favour – and
maybe wealthy Russians, but there is little hard evidence.
“What we do know is that just the rumour that someone is looking to buy a baby ape can be
enough for penniless hunters to think: ‘I could get one of those and sell it for $$$$!’ And in
eastern DRC, once one is captured it is likely to be smuggled eastwards through either
Rwanda or Uganda, the traditional trade routes for all goods in that area.” A report on ape
trafficking by Karl Ammann, an investigative film-maker, claimed that dozens of gorillas and
hundreds of chimpanzees have been taken from Cameroon via Nigeria to Egypt.
Emmanuel de Mérode added: “Surveillance is the key – at the borders, in the towns, along
the roads. The local community are the best surveillance system, if they are on our side. A
lot more could be done with respect to international trade, especially in the market countries
where there is demand for baby gorillas. There, it’s a question of enacting legislation and
enforcing. As far as I know, very little has been done that’s effective with respect to baby
gorilla trafficking.”
Adapted from an article taken from © Guardian News & Media 2011
First published in The Guardian, 17/10/11
1. What does the word ‘sting’ mean in line 10 of the article?
A To cause to suffer harshly.
B A deception carried out by agents in order to catch a criminal.
C A sharp or piercing wound often inflicted by an animal.
2. Why are only a small number of gorilla traffickers caught?
A because the international trade in baby gorillas cannot be controlled
B because the wildlife service in the Congo doesn’t have enough resources
C because not enough is done in the market countries
3. How was the baby gorilla rescued on 6th October 2011?
A Park rangers pretended to be potential buyers and arrested the poachers.
B Rwandan police found it when the poachers were trying to smuggle it over the
border.
C The local community informed the police.
4. What often happens when a baby gorilla is taken from its family?
A It suffers mental anguish during the process.
B The mother and other gorillas are killed.
C The poachers are injured by other gorillas.
5. What is the most likely destination for baby gorillas?
A Cameroon.
B Russia.
C The Middle East.
6. Animal collectors are one potential destination for the gorillas, what is another?
A to gain favour through flattery
B to show off to potential investors
C to use in traditional cooking
7. What attracts poachers to target baby gorillas?
A the prospect of getting it across the border.
B the prospect of making a lot of money.
C the prospect of meeting contacts in other countries.
8. What does Emanuelle think of the local community’s role?
A They are the ones responsible for the problem
B They should receive better resources and education to help tackle the
problem
C They are the most effective means of monitoring the situation.
Question 2:
For questions 1-12, read the text and think of a word which best fits each gap. Use only
one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).
Mars ‘astronauts’ are still friends after 520 days locked up together
The six men say they are now like family at their first public appearance since
they undertook a simulated mission to Mars
After 520 days locked (0) ___ a container in a Moscow car park with just each other for company,
the six would-be astronauts who are seen (1) ___ Russia’s newest pioneers have made their first
public appearance. The three Russians, two Europeans and their fellow volunteer from China took
the stage still dressed in the blue jumpsuits they wore at their exit ceremony on Friday, and sat
quietly as officials attempted to repair a broken translation system. The fact they emerged alive, and
unbruised, is enough for Russian space officials to shower the six men with awards and endless
praise as though they (2) ___ actually travelled the millions of miles to Mars.
“We are very good friends, even family members now,” said Wang Yue of China as they were
presented to the press in the state-run news agency, RIA Novosti. He said that during leisure time he
kept busy by working on his Chinese calligraphy and reading books. Roman Charles of France
taught him how to play guitar, (3) ___ he preferred Hey Jude over Charles’s favourite song, Rocket
Man. “First of all, thank you for coming back,” said Alexander Kovalev, Space Reporter for RIA
Novosti, forgetting, perhaps, that the mission (4) ___ went anywhere. “It’s a personal victory for each
of you.”
Yet questions remain: Were there really no fights? (5) ___ everyone really get along all the time?
And (6) ___ did these six men, starved of the affection of loved ones, cope among each other?
“There (7) ___ no conflicts,” Sukhrov Kamolov, (8) ___ of the Russian volunteers, told The Guardian.
“If people are together for a long time, this can happen, but we understood in space it (9) ___
become serious.” The solution? “We had a sign up that said: ‘a fly can grow into an elephant’” – a
Russian saying which is similar to ‘don’t make a mountain out of a molehill’.
“It was known from the start that for one and a half years I wouldn’t see my girlfriend,” said Charles.
“We coped like all people living far from (10) ___ other cope – we exchanged messages and talked
about the moment we would meet again.” Charles said (11) ___ he missed most were “cheese,
wine and a nice crunchy baguette”. Alcohol was only broken out for birthdays and holidays. “It was
powdered wine. As a Frenchman, I can say, it was not wine.”
The Russians were more stoical. “I served in the army,” Alexander Smolevsky told the press
conference. “After living through that, you can live through (12) ___ experiment.”
© Guardian News & Media 2011
Adapted from an article published in The Guardian, 08/11/11
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Question 3:
For sentences 13-20, complete the second sentences so that it has a similar meaning
to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must
use between two and five words, including the word given. Here is an example (0).
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I regret not buying that fabulous car.
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I burnt the sausages and caused the smoke alarm to go off.
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Joe tends to feel superior to people who don’t earn as much money as he does.
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Joe tends to __________________________________ people who don’t earn
as much money as he does.
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The police are investigating the possibility that the two crimes are linked.
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two crimes are linked.
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I don’t think Andrew will pass all his exams.
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I _______________________________________ his exams.
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I’m definitely not taking the blame for this accident!
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accident.
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‘I know you stole the money’, said Martin to Sally.
ACCUSED
Martin _______________________________________ the money.
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‘Don’t go into that part of town after dark’, said Richard to Lisa.
WARNED
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In spite of the freezing weather, we had a great holiday in Canada.
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We had a great holiday in Canada, ___________________________________
freezing.
Question 4:
For questions 21-30, read the text. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of
the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line. The word will always
change. There is an example at the beginning.
Some (0)
UNUSUAL
Christmas food…
There's no point in beating about the bush: when we get home late from a party after a
few drinks, having had nothing to eat all evening (or, come to think of it, when we
wake up the morning after, feeling the worse for wear), the thing we want more than
any other is fat. Don't get me wrong: I'm not talking junk food here. Rather, I mean
good, honest fat on which we can stock up and (1) ___ the body's batteries, ready for
the next onslaught of festive drinks (which will (2) ___ be the very next night). It's no
accident that the good old bacon sandwich is the (3) ___ breakfast on mornings like
these.
The other crucial (4) ___ to bear in mind with post-party eating is time. What we're
after is something that can be put together quickly, not something that takes ages to
prepare and even longer to cook. We're (5) ___ , we're tired, and some of us may even
be a little bit (6) ___; what's more, we've somehow got to get up for work tomorrow.
That's not to say there's no effort involved in these dishes, just that, with a little
forward (7) ___, you can treat yourself to something tasty and healthy(ish) after a night
on the town, rather than just grabbing a greasy kebab on the way home and (8) ___ up
with bright red chilli sauce all over your best party gear.
One example is Christmas pudding ice-cream. It’s a great way to use up leftover
Christmas pudding, and a fabulous late-night treat. Not something you're going to
knock up on the night, obviously, rather something to have in the (9) ___ for when you
need it.
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PART 4: LISTENING COMPREHENSION
Question 1
You are going to listen to a radio programme about a new Bob Marley documentary.
For questions 1-8, choose the best answer (A, B, or C).
1. How many fans does Bob Marley have on his Facebook page?
A 14 million.
B 40 million.
C 44 million.
2. Marley’s daughter says she’s never watched a documentary on him before
because
A she feels his story has never been told in his own words.
B she has been too upset by his death.
C she knows the story of his life too well so they don’t interest her.
3. She mentions the fact he had a stroke because
A it had a massive impact on the family when it happened.
B it affected Marley’s music.
C it was something she didn’t know had happened.
4. Kevin Macdonald says he was interested in making the documentary because
A he read a book which inspired him.
B Marley is his favourite artist.
C he doesn’t rate any other film that has been made about the singer.
5. He believes part of the singer’s motivation came from the fact
A that he came from an inter-racial background
B that his mother was very young when she had him.
C that he never met his father.
6. Bob Marley began making music in
A Kingston.
B Trenchtown.
C the village where he was born.
7. The director says Bob has been most influential
A in the music world as many people say he is their inspiration.
B in dealing with the fight against racism.
C in dealing with the fight against poverty.
8. The example of the Arab Spring is given because
A of the graffiti problem caused by Marley’s supporters.
B of the influence Marley still has in comparison to other music legends.
C of his popularity in the Middle East.
Question 2
You are going to hear an extract from the news. For questions 9-18, complete the gaps
with the word or short phrase you hear on the recording. Do not change the word.
The Chancellor George Osborne gave an interview to 9. ______________________________.
The study carried out by HM Revenue and Customs concluded that the highest earners
only paid 10. _____________________________ on average of their earnings.
The Chancellor has decided to focus on 11. _______________________________
instead of cutting taxes any further.
There are new plans to introduce 12. _______________________________ for
cigarettes in an attempt to stop young people from smoking.
More than 13. _______________________________ children under 16 try smoking
every year in the UK.
A BBC investigation has found that despite an
14.________________________________ on elephant poaching, it is actually on the
rise.
It is now possible to use 15. _________________________________ to identify where
the elephants have been killed.
Football clubs in Britain currently pay for the costs of police on match days inside an
area which is known as the 16. __________________________________.
The Association of Chief Police Officers recently paid for
17. ________________________________ which shows that crime increases on
match days up to a kilometre away from the football grounds.
Football clubs in the UK currently pay 18. _________________________________ a
year in tax.