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Happy New Year 2010 to the Readers of IELTS-Blog!

Oh no, today is the day Simone goes sentimental. But how can I help it? Every day I am wrapped up in the routine tasks, writing posts in IELTS-Blog, searching for more resources to offer you, looking for new partners to offer much needed IELTS preparation services, liaising with the evaluation team, chasing my tail like a dog on the beach. But the last day of the year is always different. On this day I take a break to look back and see what I have done and to make plans for the future.

Did 2009 treat you nicely? I sure can’t complain. Here are some of our accomplishments in 2009:

“Ace the IELTS” book was published on Amazon following a great demand for a printed version, in addition to the digital version.

“Ace the IELTS” was also added to Google Books, and now you don’t need to download it – you can read it online in your favorite browser.

– A free online IELTS preparation course was made available.

– Benchmark institute and IELTS-Blog have joined forces to offer you 2 more services, writing and speaking evaluation – all very popular.

– The range of free IELTS practice exercises has expanded.

IELTS-Blog has gained many new readers in 2009. Frankly, I find it hard to believe – we had about 1.5 million visitors over the year and they downloaded over 6 million pages! I won’t even try to count how many emails I answered in 2009, that number will be too scary 🙂

Jokes aside, I really can’t put into words how much I value your support. I owe this success to my readers – the best readers in the world, my new friends and old pals, my gratitude to you is endless. Every one of your emails touches my life and gives me one more opportunity to help, to fix, to give advice, to make someone’s life a little bit easier – the greatest gift a person could ask for.

Thank you all for that, and I hope that 2010 will be wildly successful and enormously prosperous for you.

Happy New Year 2010 from Simone Braverman and the IELTS-Blog team!

IELTS test in Hungary – December 2009 (General Training)

IELTS test in Hungary was shared by our loyal reader Z., who says that all the sections were the same as in France, except for the Speaking. Here are the questions Z. was asked:

Speaking test

Interview
– Do you work or study?
– What do you prefer, an individual or or a team work? Why?
– What is your job?
– Tell me about your daily activities.
– What is your best time in a day?
– What kind of sport facilities do you have near your home?
– What kind of sports do you like?

Cue card
Describe an advertisement that influenced you to buy a product, you should say:
– What was the advertisement about?
– Where did you see it?

Discussion
Advertisement related topics.
– What types of media are used for advertising?
– What is the most effective of them?
– Is it necessary to restrict advertisements? Why?
– How can advertisements influence children?

 

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