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ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL

International - All Modes
(Entry 3) 500/3646/4 (B1)
Contents of this Paper

Section Number of Questions Weighting for Section

Part One 10 20%
Part Two 10

Part One 10 20%
Part Two 5

Use of English
Part One 10
Part Two 10 20%
Part Three 10
Part Four 5

Writing 1 20%

The remaining 20% is for your speaking test.

Total time allowed: 2 hours. You should attempt all sections of this paper.

The use of dictionaries, notes or any electronic device is not permitted in this

Put your answers for Listening, Reading and Use of English on the OPTICAL
Writing Section. This question paper WILL NOT BE MARKED.


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ESB Entry Three Listening (Part One)

You will hear people talking in ten different situations. For questions 1 - 10,
choose the correct answer A, B or C.
You will hear each passage TWICE.
You have one minute to read the questions for Part One.

1. Which film do Alan and Karen decide to see that evening?

A. A science fiction film.
B. A comedy film.
C. A romantic film.

2. What are Adam and James going to look at on Saturday?

A. iPods.
B. Mobile phones.
C. Bicycles.

3. Which country did Anna and Richard choose for their homework?
A. India.
B. Japan.
C. Mexico.

4. When did Tanya leave her sisters house?

A. Sunday afternoon.
B. Saturday evening.
C. Sunday morning.

5. What time does the supermarket close?

A. In ten minutes.
B. At ten o clock.
C. At six o clock.

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6. How did David go to work in the past?
A. By car.
B. By bus.
C. By train.

7. Where does Mrs. Wilson think Mary is?

A. At the library.
B. At the shopping-centre.
C. At her cousins house.

8. What will the weather be like in London tomorrow?

A. Mostly raining.
B. Mostly sunny.
C. Raining and sunny.

9. Which job do Andrew and Peter think is the most exciting?

A. A pilot.
B. A fire-fighter.
C. A footballer.

10. Alison and Nicola think Julie, the new girl at school, is
A. unhappy.
B. shy.
C. unfriendly.

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ESB Entry Three Listening (Part Two)

Listen to a talk about the growing number of fat children in Britain.

For questions 11 - 20, decide whether the sentences below are TRUE (T) or
You will hear the recording TWICE.
You have one minute to read the questions in Part Two.

The Increasing Number of Fat Children in Britain

11. In Britain, more girls than boys are overweight. True / False

12. The number of overweight children has increased by True / False

50% since the 1980s.

13. Children living in Wales are often fatter than children True / False
living in Scotland.

14. Children living in richer parts of Britain are often fatter True / False
than children living in poorer parts of the country.

15. In Britain, about 2 billion is spent on medical treatment True / False

for overweight children every year.

16. Over 30% of mothers did not know their children were too True / False

17. British children eat five pieces of fruit every day. True / False

18. Older children have better diets than younger ones. True / False

19. British children do one hour of exercise every day. True / False

20. Some doctors believe parents may live longer than True / False
their overweight children.

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ESB Entry Three Reading (Part One)

You are going to read a text about young people and the news.
For paragraphs 21 - 24, match the headings below (A - G) with the paragraphs.
There are TWO headings which you do not need.
The first heading has been done as an example.

Young People Do Not Read The News

Example: Adults are more interested in news than teenagers are.

Most adults are interested in world news and like to read about it in newspapers or
watch at least one news programme on television every day. However, this may not
be the same for young people who often show little interest in what is happening in
the world around them.
Research in the United States found that many American teenagers were unaware
of world events, such as war and politics. Researchers interviewed 1,800 young
people between the ages of twelve and seventeen and discovered that 60% of them
paid little attention to world news. Another 32% said they were only slightly
interested in finding out about the latest events. Those between the ages of
eighteen and thirty also did not show much interest in what was happening in the
world. 48% of this age group said they hardly ever read or listened to the news. In
contrast, many older Americans regularly read a newspaper and only 23% said they
had little interest in the news.
The internet is probably the most popular way for teenagers and young adults to get
information. However, even this is not being used to find out about the latest world
events. When using the internet, young people can easily become distracted by
playing games or looking at social networking sites, such as Facebook, rather than
reading the news. Newspapers are different because it is very difficult to ignore the
most important news stories that are on the first few pages.
So what type of news stories interests teenagers and young adults? In general,
stories about celebrities often attract young people more than political news stories.
Everyone has a favourite celebrity and many young people like to read about their
life and try to copy the way they dress and look. The media also like to feature

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photographs and interviews with famous people as these encourage individuals to
buy more magazines and newspapers.
As young people grow up, they generally become more aware of what is happening
in the world. They may prefer to read the news on the internet rather than buying
newspapers like their parents. However, they will probably still like reading about
famous people just as adults do.

A Interest in the news increases with age.

B Newspapers are less distracting than the internet.

C All young people use social networking sites.

D Facts and figures about young people and the news.

E Young people do not like politics.

F Teenagers prefer celebrity news stories.

G Example: Adults are more interested in news than teenagers are.

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For questions 25 30, decide whether the sentences below are TRUE (T) or
FALSE (F), according to the text.

25. The writer believes that most adults read a newspaper True / False
every day.

26. Teenagers in America know a lot about politics. True / False

27. Over 50% of American teenagers said they were not very True / False
interested in world news.

28. Most adults get their information from the Internet True / False

29. The researchers only interviewed young people and did True / False
not speak to any adults.

30. Articles about famous people can help to sell newspapers. True / False

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ESB Entry Three Reading (Part Two)

You are going to read a text about the Icehotel in Sweden. For questions 31
35, choose the correct answer A, B, C or D.


Many people enjoy holidaying in a warm climate and staying in a comfortable hotel
with a swimming pool. However, there are some people who would rather stay
somewhere unusual, even in a hotel made of ice. The worlds first ice hotel was built
in the small village of Jukkasjrvi in Sweden. Only about 1,000 people live in the
village which is situated on the Torne River. The Sami people were the first to live in
Jukkasjrvi, which now has a mixture of Sami, Finnish and Swedish cultures and

The Icehotel is rebuilt every year by a team of architects, snow builders and
designers. The work starts when the River Torne freezes and the ice is used to build
the hotel, usually in the middle of November. Building is completed in several
stages. As one part of the hotel is finished, it is opened to visitors and overnight
guests, while the other parts are still being built. This year, the Icehotel will have 60
guest rooms for visitors to sleep in, but the number may be different each year.

The Icehotel has many unusual facilities, such as a bar made of ice serving alcoholic
drinks in glasses made of ice. The hotel also has an ice church which is built by 23rd
December each year. Couples can arrange to marry any time between that date and
April, as the church melts in the springtime along with the rest of the hotel. Visitors
who would like to get married in the summer can marry at Jukkasjrvis 400-year-old
church instead.

The hotel offers several different types of accommodation. Most people stay one
cold night in the Icehotel and several warm nights in a nearby hotel. Inside the
Icehotel, the temperature is between -5 and -8 Centigrade. Visitors sleep in a
sleeping bag on an ice bed and have to wear a hat and gloves during the night.
Guest rooms are decorated with fantastic ice sculptures and many artists compete
each year to display their work.

In Sweden each year, there are 100 days of sunshine without any night time at all.
This year, another version of the Icehotel is being built which is much smaller than
the winter one. Many summer visitors to Jukkasjrvi have said they would like to
experience the cold Icehotel during the warm summer, which is the reason it is being
built. To stop it from melting, the hotel will be surrounded by several thousand
tonnes of giant blocks of ice. Instead of winter sports, summer visitors will be able to
go canoeing, hunting, fishing or take part in other activities under the midnight sun.
Whether guests stay in summer or in winter, a stay at the Icehotel is a unique
experience that will never be forgotten.

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31. The writer says
A. the population of Jukkasjrvi is very small.
B. Finnish people were the first to live in Jukkasjrvi.
C. Sami people no longer live in Jukkasjrvi.
D. people from many ancient cultures live in Jukkasjrvi.

32. At the Icehotel

A. guests cannot stay until the hotel is built.
B. the guests are asked to help complete the hotel.
C. guests can stay before the hotel is finished.
D. there are always 60 guest rooms.

33. People get married at the ice church

A. only on 23rd December.
B. between 23rd December and April.
C. during the Spring.
D. after the month of April.

34. Many people who stay at the Icehotel

A. cannot sleep in the cold temperatures.
B. do not need to wear warm clothes in bed.
C. stay some nights in a warm hotel as well.
D. are artists who enter the competitions.

35. The summer Icehotel is being built because

A. visitors want to do summer activities.
B. there are 100 days of sunshine each year.
C. many people cannot visit the hotel in winter.
D. visitors want to experience a summer Icehotel.

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ESB Entry Three Use of English (Part One)

For questions 36 45, complete the sentences below by choosing the correct
word or phrase A, B, C or D.

36. I hope ____________ a manager after I finish my studies at university

A. becoming C. become
B. to become D. will become

37. He ____________ breakfast before he left for school.

A. has been eating C. had eaten
B. has eaten D. is eating

38. ____________ are those books on the table? Please move them now.
A. Who C. When
B. Where D. Whose

39. Simon ____________ home when he saw a car accident.

A. had walked C. has walked
B. was walking D. has been walking

40. ____________ the bad weather, we still went to the park.

A. As a result C. Although
B. In spite of D. However

41. I go to the gym ____________, at least four times a week.

A. occasionally C. regularly
B. rarely D. sometimes

42. You should avoid ____________ out late at night.

A. gone C. to go
B. go D. going

43. Alice ____________ her homework now, so she can watch television.
A. had finished C. has finished
B. finishes D. finished

44. Sally is not feeling well. I think she ____________ flu.

A. might have C. can have
B. should have D. will have

45. I do not have __________ money. I must go to the bank soon.

A. many C. any
B. some D. a lot

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ESB Entry Three Use of English (Part Two)

For questions 46 - 55, complete sentences below by choosing the correct word
or phrase A, B, C or D.

46. Dave got in trouble because he did not __________ his homework.
A. do C. offer
B. make D. put

47. To stay healthy, it is very important to be ____________ and eat well.

A. physical C. active
B. inactive D. athletic

48. My mother is going on a ____________ around the Mediterranean on

a huge ship.
A. cruise C. travel
B. drive D. flight

49. A king and queen usually live in a ____________.

A. flat C. church
B. cottage D. palace

50. My sister is very ____________. She always wears modern clothes.

A. fashionable C. bright
B. colourful D. pleasing

51. It was very __________ last night. We could not see anything when
we were driving home.
A. sunny C. foggy
B. cloudy D. windy

52. This dress has a small hole in it but Ill buy it if you give me
A. a receipt C. an exchange
B. a discount D. a refund

53. Jill is sick. She has a very high ____________.

A. temperature C. stomach ache
B. sore throat D. injury

54. A car is usually parked in a ____________ at night.

A. shed C. garage
B. garden D. park

55. I need to take my coat to the ____________ because it is very dirty.

A. dressmakers C. hairdressers
B. dry cleaners D. florists

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ESB Entry Three Use of English (Part Three)

For questions 56 65, read the following text about bananas.

Decide whether the underlined words or phrases are grammatically correct or
incorrect. The first one is done for you as an example.

Bananas have become one of the (0) most popular fruits in 0. Correct/Incorrect
Britain. Last year, the British (56) ate 3.5 billion bananas, which 56. Correct /Incorrect
pushed the home-grown apple into second place. The bananas
popularity (57) is shown by the fact that people in Britain 57. Correct /Incorrect
(58)spends more money on bananas than on any other 58. Correct /Incorrect
supermarket item, except petrol and lottery tickets. More than
95% of families buy them every week.

One hundred years ago, however, hardly anyone in Britain

(59)has tasted or even seen a banana. Bananas had to be 59. Correct /Incorrect
transported in ships from hot countries to Britain. When they
(60 )arrived they were in poor condition. The banana trade 60. Correct /Incorrect
started with the development of refrigeration and (61) faster 61. Correct /Incorrect
shipping, which meant that bananas could be moved (62) quick 62. Correct /Incorrect
to distant places. On arrival in Britain, bananas (63) was taken 63. Correct /Incorrect
in bunches to ripening houses where they were stored until they
turned a greenish-yellow colour. Then they were transported to
stores and markets and sold.

There are hundreds of varieties of banana available. In Africa,

people eat red bananas, which can (64) sometime be bought in 64. Correct /Incorrect
Britain. There are also bananas that can be used for (65) cook. 65. Correct /Incorrect
Whatever way they are eaten, bananas will remain one of the
nations most popular fruits.

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ESB Entry Three Use of English (Part Four)

For questions 66 - 70, choose the sentence A, B, C or D which is closest in

meaning to the first sentence.

66. I used to play tennis every day, but now I only play once a week.
A. I still play tennis every day.
B. I would like to play more tennis now.
C. I play tennis more often now than in the past.
D. I play tennis less often now than in the past.

67. If it rains, I might go to work by bus but I will not go by train.

A. If it rains, I will go to work either by bus or by train.
B. If it rains, I may go to work by bus or by train.
C. If it rains, I would probably go to work by bus rather than by train.
D. If it rains, I will not go to work either by bus or by train.

68. I will tidy my bedroom when I have finished my dinner.

A. I had already tidied my bedroom when I finished my dinner.
B. I want to finish my dinner before I tidy my bedroom.
C. I cannot finish my dinner until I tidy my bedroom.
D. When I have tidied my bedroom, I will finish my dinner.

69. I usually work as a taxi driver, but Im working in a supermarket

this month.
A. I always work in a supermarket.
B. I have two jobs at the moment.
C. I am not working as a taxi driver now.
D. I am working as a taxi driver now.

70. I could not do any exercise because I hurt my leg last week.
A. I hurt my leg before I did some exercise.
B. I hurt my leg so I did not do any exercise.
C. I hurt my leg after I did some exercise.
D. I hurt my leg when I did some exercise.

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ESB Entry Three Writing

Choose ONE of the following options. Write between 120 150 words in

1. Your aunt has given you an expensive gift for your birthday. Write a letter
thanking her for the gift. Tell her why you like it so much and about the other
presents you received from friends and relatives.

2. I went into the shopping centre and was looking around the stores when I
noticed a large group of people laughing at something. I went over to find out
what was happening.
Write a story which begins with the sentence above.

3. Spending too much time on the internet stops young people taking part in
leisure activities and prevents them from making friends.
Giving examples and reasons, say how far you agree or disagree with this

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