Here are some test materials based on the topic of Cambridge, home of LT123. You can try out a few listening and reading tasks and watch two short videos on further examples. Please note that these tasks are just a small selection of what we can produce. We hope you enjoy them.
This is a listening comprehension task with multiple choice questions. Although the recording contains some difficult vocabulary, the questions focus on A2 level language. This task helps elementary learners to understand that they can pick out key information from more challenging texts or recordings. The photos help the learners get a good sense of what the recording is about. In this example, the questions all focus on detail, but this task type can also be used to test whether a test taker can identify the speaker's purpose, their attitude or opinion, or the gist of what is said, among other things. For this sample task, we have given you the answers immediately after the question. In an actual exam, the answers would not be visible.
Location: corner of
See correct answerThe correct answer is Bridge Street.
Built in about:
See correct answerThe correct answer is 1130.
Number of round churches in England:
See correct answerThe correct answer is 4.
St Bene't's Church
Age of tower:
See correct answerThe correct answer is 11th century.
Location: near to
See correct answerThe correct answer is Corpus Christi College.
School of Pythagoras
See correct answerThe correct answer is around 1100.
See correct answerThe correct answer is private house.
Currently part of:
See correct answerThe correct answer is St John's College.
See correct answerThe correct answer is 1125.
See correct answerThe correct answer is to east of Cambridge.
Last leper admitted to hospital:
See correct answerThe correct answer is 1279.
In this Listening task, a video is used to illustrate the recording script, which helps the test taker to understand the topic of what they are listening to. The true/false questions test listening comprehension, but they can also be used for testing reading comprehension of a text. As in the previous task, a variety of testing focuses can be assessed using true/false questions.
Look at the video about punting (going on a special type of boat) in Cambridge. Are the statements true or false?
In this sample task, the questions are used to test reading comprehension, but this task type also works well for testing listening comprehension. This question type can also be used for productive purposes by asking test takers questions about an image or by asking them vocabulary questions to which there is one clear answer. The correct answer options can be tailored to include various spellings.
Reading: open-answer questions
Read the text and answer the questions about it. Answer with one word or a short phrase.
To what extent are the cultures of the two ancient English universities, Oxford and Cambridge, the same? It has often been pointed out that Oxford has a tradition of loyalty whereas Cambridge favours dissent. Oxford has produced five of the seven most recent Prime Ministers while Cambridge is better-known for turning out spies. Famous Cambridge graduates include Bertrand Russell, a philosopher who was put on trial in 1916 for producing a pamphlet advocating pacifism, Oliver Cromwell, the 17th-century politician who made England briefly into a Republic and Charles Darwin the natural scientist whose theory of evolution caused anger in the Church.