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IELTS test in Kuwait – March 2012 (Academic Module)

The IELTS exam below was shared by A from Kuwait (thank you!). Here is what he remembered:

Listening test IELTS test in Kuwait

Section 1. A woman was lodging a claim with insurance company for a broken window.

Section 2. The captain was giving safety instructions to passengers on a cruise ship.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A conversation between two researchers about several kinds of bees.

Reading test

Passage 1. Importance of fingerprints for criminal investigations and painting discoveries.

Passage 2 – 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph describing the usage of different kinds of fuels in electricity production (coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear fuel) in the UK between 1990 and 2006.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many university students live with their families while others need to live away from home because their universities are in different cities. What are the advantages and disadvantages in both situations?

Speaking test

Interview

– What is the importance of email?
– How often do you send emails?
– Do you keep your emails after reading them?
– Do you think you will continue sending emails in the future?

Cue Card

Talk about a positive change in your life. Please say

– What was the change?
– When did it happen?
– Why do you think it was positive?

Discussion

– Do people need changes in their life?
– How do changes affect people socially?

Ankush Abat (Band 8) shares practical IELTS tips

Ankush Abat is a 33 year old IELTS test taker, whose first language is Hindi. When Ankush won our monthly IELTS results competition, we asked if he had any advice for the other candidates. Here is what he said:

Band 8 in IELTS “I am a working professional. I am sure that most people such as myself are generally out of touch with their English skills (in IELTS perspective) for a long time before they decide to appear for IELTS.

Therefore, I was not getting good scores when I initially started my preparation. Also, for various reasons I had to get a high score in IELTS in less than two months which added to the pressure.

So here is my advice to aspirants and also what I did when I prepared for the exam:

Speaking and Writing
Try to speak in English as much as you can. Sometimes in non English speaking countries it is not always possible to find people all the time who can speak in English with you.

So, do NOT just speak. Force yourself to start thinking in English as well. For instance, If I am traveling and I see an accident on a street, I would try to think in English about it in my subconscience instead of thinking in my native language. This will do good to both writing and speaking tests scores as you may get confidence in expressing yourself.

Listening
Listen to English music or watch English channels on TV. It will also be good to watch debates in English over a particular topic which are usually shown on News channels.

Reading
Read good English newspaper editorials and magazines (The Economist / Harvard Business Review, etc) for at least an hour daily. While reading, do NOT just read. Read critically and try to appreciate how the writer has come up with ideas so brilliantly in a short article. Read as if you can make use of the same words or ideas in your own essays.

The most important thing is that after each test, give yourself ample time to analyze why you got an answer wrong. For example, in writing, it will be good to get your essay/letter evaluated and get feedback by an English teacher or a friend or anyone who you think is good in English. Then try to rephrase and analyze what would be a better way to write the same sentence or an idea. Then, re-write the essay using better words and presenting the same idea in a concise manner.

In Reading, re-read the paragraph and see why you made a mistake when an answer was actually right in front of you in a paragraph. Also, be very sure of FALSE and NOT GIVEN questions. If you are getting confused in those then, take some time looking at the correct answer and paragraph again and try hard to figure out the rules of when an answer will be FALSE and when NOT GIVEN.

Although regular test practice matters a lot, I feel that the most important thing is to evaluate and re-evaluate each test you give and force yourself in NOT repeat the same errors again.”

 

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