Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 2 passages in English. After you have heard each paragraph, interpret it into Chinese. Start interpreting at the signal... and stop it at the singal... You may take notes while you are listening. Remember you will hear the passages only once. Now let's begin Part A with the first passage.
The knowledge-based economy represents a new strategic era that human beings are entering. So knowledge is becoming the most important source of growth as well as productivity.//
The knowledge-based economy has one characteristic, that is innovation. Innovation means the ability to generate and use knowledge to innovate. It is not only a determinant of wealth; it is also the basis of competitive advantage.//
The first step towards the knowledge-based economy can be made if one is able to effectively develop a vision of the future, exploit one's self-potential and stay open-minded.//
I am very glad that China will soon carry out the National Medium-to-long Term Program for Education Reform and Development. This program, I'm sure, will encourage your young people to absorb new knowledge and apply it in science and technology.