Part I Writing (30 minutes)
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay. Suppose you have two options upon graduation: one is to find a job somewhere and the other to start a business of your own. You are to make a decision. Write an essay to explain the reasons for your decision. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
Find a Job or Start a Business?
(1)With the growing number of universities graduates being turned out each year, the situation in the job market is getting tighter and tighter.Starting a business on one’s own becomes another alternative. (2) However, as for me, I prefer to find a job.
In the first several years after graduation, (3)if a graduate intends to accumulate working experience and learn from the seniors, it is advisable for him to find a job.Moreover, making a good start of one’s own business requires plenty of money and working experience which is exactly what graduates are lack of. Besides, theoretical knowledge is of great importance, however, (4)only under the integration with practice can the rigid knowledge be useful for their future development.(5)Take Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and Taobao, for example. He also finds some jobs before establishing his own career, laying a solid foundation for his later success.
(6)In conclusion, it is of great necessity to find a job first after graduation.
(6) it is of + n. + to do sth.意为“做……是……”本句再次重申观点：毕业后先找工作十分必要。
Part II Listening Comprehension (25 minutes)
Directions: In this section, you will hear three news reports. At the end of each news report, you will hear two or three questions. Both the news report and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
News Report One
Questions 1 to 2 are based on the news report you have just heard.
1．A) It was dangerous to live in.
B) It was going to be renovated.
C) He could no longer pay the rent.
D) He had sold it to the royal family.
2．A) A strike.
B) A storm.
C) A forest fire.
D) A terrorist attack.
[点睛]考点：细节题。录音开头提到“the castle’s owner John Gordon, 76, was forced to move out his property after the River Dee swept away about 60 feet of land, leaving the castle dangerous close to the river ”由此可知，城堡主人John Gordon，因为迪河肆虐，冲走了约60英尺的土地，他也不得不从河边的这座危险的城堡里搬出来。故选项A正确。
[点睛]考点：细节题。由录音中后半部分“as Scotland continues to clean up the after Storm Frank hit the country last Wednesday ”可知，苏格兰正在继续清扫上周三暴风雪Frank留下的积雪。故选项B正确。
A 16th century castle in Scotland is close to collapsing after lumps of soils were washed away by floods, threatening its foundations.
On Sunday, the castle’s owner John Gordon, 76, was forced to move out his property after the River Dee swept away about 60 feet of land, leaving the castle dangerous close to the river.According to the Scottish Daily Record.
Abergeldie castle located in Aberdeen shire, Scotland was built by Sir Alexander Gordon of Midmar who later became the Earl of Huntly.
The castle which is located on 11,700 acres was leased to members of the royal family between 1848 and 1970, including King Edward VII and George V.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued more than 35 flood warnings covering several regions, as Scotland continues to clean up the after Storm Frank hit the country last Wednesday.
“This means that rivers will rise more slowly, but then stay high for much longer.” the environmental agency said.
Q1. Why did John Gordon move out of Abergeldie castle?
Q2. What happened in Scotland last Wednesday?