General Listening Quiz

“College Graduation”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy college studies man – woman 00:55

Pre-Listening Exercise

How long does it take to graduate from college in your country? Explain. 


pass with flying colors” = pass a class or test with high marks
Many students passed the test with flying colors.”

drop out of school” = stop attending school; quit school
My sister dropped out of school because she didn’t have money to pay for tuition.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man needs to take ______ more classes to graduate from college.

Well, did you finally Actually, I just found out that I only need to take three more classes to finish, so I’m graduating next semester.

The man lives _______.

Woman: Well, did you finally move out of your parents house? I mean you weren’t paying rent.

He is graduating in the ______.

Man: No. I just found out that I only need to take three more classes to finish, so I’m graduating in the summer.

The man is majoring in _______.

Woman: That’s sounds great. So, what are you going to do with your finance degree after you graduate?

He is going to _______ if he doesn't work for his father.

Man: Well, that’s still up in the air, but I’m thinking about working for my dad. He owns a computer software company, and he needs helps in their accounting department. And if I don’t do that, I might go back to school and get an MBA.

Post-Listening Exercise

How do people find a job before or after they graduate from college? Do colleges in your country help students find jobs, or are students responsible for getting a job on their own? 

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find out how much college tuition costs at one or more of these schools for one year (two semesters of classes):

  • University of Utah (where I teach)
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University