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    When M took the IELTS Speaking test in Iran he was asked the following questions:

    Speaking testIELTS test in Iran

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – Describe the building where you live.
    – What does it look like?
    – What do you see from the window?
    – What do you do when there are guests at your home?
    – What do you prefer, being a guest at someone’s home or being a host? Why?
    – Do you like chocolate?
    – What kind of chocolate do you like?
    – Why do you like it?
    – Why is chocolate so popular?
    – Have you ever given chocolate as present to someone? Why?

    Cue Card

    Describe a situation in your life that made you laugh a lot. Please say

    – What was the situation?
    – When and where did it take place?
    – How did you feel about it later?

    Discussion

    – What is your idea of funny advertisement?
    – Do men and women like the same comedies? Why?
    – What is the difference between comedies on TV and comedy books?

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    Today we are sharing with you the story of Felix Moon, a young man from Korea who lives in Norway now. Felix is 18 years old and his first language is Korean. Here is what he did to achieve an Overall Band 8 in IELTS, in his own words:

    Band 8 in IELTS“I went to an international school in Norway from 1st grade to 10th grade which really helped a lot. In addition to that, I do have a few tips for future IELTS candidates:

    Listening

    The best practice one can do is to listen to any type of English recording (news, IELTS listening samples etc.) and write down the main idea, and eventually answer the questions following the IELTS listening drill disc. When taking the real test, it is important not to go off track, meaning writing down your own predictions. The smartest thing to do is to literally write down what you hear, word by word. As far as I have understood, the people that mark the listening and reading part of the test are part-time workers that look at the answers, and mark your test according to the answer sheet. Therefore it is important not to write down your own thoughts, but to listen to what the recording says, and write down exactly what you heard.

    Reading

    For the reading section of the test, the best advice I can give you is to read a lot and write down the main points/ideas. Again, I cannot stress more not to write down your own thoughts. All you need to do is to look for the answer in the text, and write down exactly what you read (while staying under the limit to the amount of words you are allowed to use). What I did during the reading section was to read the questions first, and look for the answers in the text as it is easier to memorise the questions than memorising the whole text. When it comes to “true, false and not given” questions, DO NOT PREDICT ANSWERS! Simply read the text, and answer according to what you read.

    Speaking

    Confidence is the key to success. If you are unsure on what you are talking about, there is no doubt that the examiner won’t notice this. The examiner is not looking for what is true or not, but simply grading your speaking skills. Therefore it is totally fine to make up things for the various questions. NEVER GIVE NEGATIVE ANSWERS! When given a question such as: “Do you enjoy reading books?”, do not say: “No, I do not like reading books”. It gives an impression that you are not interested in what you yourself are talking about. If you really must say no, then I would recommend saying something like: “I am not really interested in reading books because… But if I had to choose a favourite book it would be…”. The reason you need to make the sentence not only longer, but explain why you do not like books and choose (eventually make something up) your “favourite book” is because you do not want the examiner to ask “Why?” or “If you had to choose, which book would you recommend to others?”. If the examiner ends up asking this, it means that you have not given enough information, and is a sign of your grades being lowered. Moreover, I would like to say that the best way to practice is to talk to people in English. If you cannot do this for one or another reason, it is really easy to find sample questions for the speaking section on the internet. Prepare for any type of question, as you do not know what topic you will get. For part 2 of the speaking section, where you have to talk for roughly 2 minutes, try practicing with a stopwatch, and make yourself realise how long 2 minutes is. This really helped me a lot, as I spoke for about 1 minute and 50 seconds. Do not be afraid of going over time though. The examiner will stop you, and as I have heard, this does not lower your grades, unless you have talked about the same thing over and over again. You should obviously not talk for less than 1 minute and 30 seconds.

    Writing

    There are many people that are stressed out about this section of the test, I was stressed out as well. All you really can do is to write a whole lot, and if you look around the internet, you can find sites where you can send in your writings and get them graded, together with comments and revisions. As you do not have much time during the test, quickly read through the question, and start writing. There is barely any time to brainstorm, and if you do not finish within the given time, that will have a negative effect. The most usual questions on writing task 1 is analysing different diagrams (pie-charts, bar graphs, maps etc.) The main point is to pick out the trends and write a text consisting of 150 words. Writing task 2 will consist of various themes, where you will have to choose between 3 different topics. The word count limit is 250 words, meaning that you cannot write useless information. If you do have some time to brainstorm, jot down the most significant ideas, and start writing.

    I would personally recommend practicing to write in PEEL format. PEEL is the abbreviation of
    Point – this is your argument, which should be no longer than 2 sentences
    Explanation,
    Example – come up with examples to support your argument, no more than 2 examples
    Link – go back to you point/blueprint and conclude your paragraph.

    Try to use many academic vocabulary and transition words (additionally, moreover, thus, nevertheless and so on). DO NOT USE ABBREVIATIONS and try to avoid contractions (don’t, won’t, I’m, etc). These sound too informal, and it is better to use ‘do not’, ‘would/will not’, ‘I am’ instead.

    I hope my advice helped a little, and wish you all luck on the test!”

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    Our friend E took the IELTS test in Sri Lanka and remembered the following about the Reading, Writing and Speaking parts:

    Reading testIELTS test in Sri Lanka

    Passage 1. Information about hotels and other accommodation options.
    Questions: short-answer questions, match information to paragraphs.

    Passage 2. An article about project management.
    Questions: diagram labeling.

    Passage 3. There were eight paragraphs about the history of maps.
    Questions: match statements to paragraphs.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a letter)

    You and your friend have bought tickets to the theatre. However, you can’t go with him/her for a certain reason. Write a letter to your friend and say

    – Apologize about the situation.
    – Explain the reason why can’t you make it.
    – Suggest what to do with your ticket.

    Writing Task 2 (an essay)

    All over the world people spend more time on sports and exercises these days. Does this development have more advantages or disadvantages? Give your opinion with supporting examples from your own experience.

    Speaking test

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What do you do?
    – Do you wear hats or caps?
    – When do you usually wear them?
    – Do you feel it is important to wear hats or caps?
    – Why do you think so?

    Cue Card

    Talk about an artist that you admire the most. Please say

    – What are his/her qualities?
    – Why do you like him/her?
    – What are his/her greatest achievements?

    Discussion

    – Do you know other local artists?

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    Our friend S took the IELTS Speaking test in Australia and was asked the following questions:

    Speaking testIELTS test in Australia

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What is your job?
    – Why did you choose this job?
    – Let’s talk about flowers.
    – Do you like flowers?
    – When do people like to gift flowers in your country?
    – On what occasions are flowers used in your country?
    – When did you buy flowers lately?
    – Do you like to give presents to others? Why?
    – Is it easy to choose a gift for someone?
    – When do people normally give or receive presents in your country?

    Cue Card

    Describe a physical activity that you regularly do for fitness. Please say

    – What is it?
    – Who do you like to do it with?
    – Do you think it is important to keep fit? Why?

    Discussion

    – Why do you prefer morning walks alone?
    – How do people stay fit in your country?
    – Do you think technology adversely affects our health?
    – Do you think exercises are important for young people as well?
    – How should people motivate themselves to do physical exercises?
    – How can the government help in this matter?

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    Thanks to S who took the IELTS test in Algeria we know this much about it:

    Listening testIELTS test in Algeria

    Section 1. Friends spoke about different types of trips including all disadvantages and advantages of each trip type.
    Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).

    Section 2. Two college students were discussing their research topic about elderly people and retirement homes.
    Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).

    Section 3. Don’t remember.

    Section 4. About the life of chimpanzees and their critical thinking skills.
    Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).

    Reading test

    Don’t remember.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given a table showing a gender-based analysis of workers in five different countries with different tertiary education levels in 1999.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    Nowadays young people prefer going to shopping centres rather than spending their time in organised activities such as sport or music. Do you think this is a positive or a negative development? Give reasons to support your opinion using your own knowledge and experience.

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    Abraham Lincoln once said “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Looking at the 15 winning IELTS results of December 2016, anyone would agree – these people had an amazing year, and their lives can only get better from this point on! Can you imagine what it feels like to leave IELTS behind and start a new life in 2017? Our winners sure can!

    I am delighted to announce the best IELTS results in December 2016:

    Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

    • Anubhav Gupta from India, Band 8.5
    • Natasha Sequeira from India, Band 8.5
    • Urvashi Dhar from India, Band 8.5
    • Stanley Thai from Malaysia, Band 8.5

    Academic Module – 2nd place

    • Jidapha Setthajan from Thailand, Band 8
    • Felix Moon from Korea, Band 8
    • Lyka Villanueva from the Philipines, Band 8

    Academic Module – 3rd place

    • Sagar from Pakistan, Band 7.5
    • Belinda Dufie from Ghana, Band 7.5
    • Anjuja Mathew from India, Band 7.5
    • Jellyann Calvadores from the Philipines, Band 7.5
    • Kenneth Ikwegbue from Nigeria, Band 7.5
    • Rahul Chakraborty from India, Band 7.5

    General Training Module – 1st place

    • Joseph Spiteri from Malta, Band 8.5
    • Heta Ardeshana from India, Band 8.5

    Congratulations to the winners! As a token of our appreciation we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. Winning IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – so if you won, please feel free to show them off to your friends!

    I’m very happy to report that Felix Moon and Belinda Dufie used our Writing Correction Service to prepare for their exams.

    We’d love to find out what IELTS books other winners used, how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to share will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

    P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.

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    When N took the IELTS Speaking test in Algeria, the following questions were asked:

    Speaking testIELTS test in Algeria

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What do you do?
    – What are your future plans?
    – Do you go on holidays?
    – How often do you do it?
    – Where do you usually go?
    – With whom do you travel? Why?
    – How much time do you need for a great holiday? Why?
    – Do you like photography?
    – What do you do with pictures you take?

    Cue Card

    Describe a time when you had to use your imagination. Please say

    – When and where was it?
    – What did you do?
    – How difficult was it for you?

    Discussion

    – Would you do it again?
    – Explain why.
    – Do you think kids have imagination?
    – Would you give a child a toy or a computer / iPad game?
    – Do you think a teacher plays an important role in fostering the imaginative capacities of children?
    – How can technology affect our children?
    – Do you think having a rich imagination is good for future work opportunities?
    – What kind of jobs require such a skill?

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    An IELTS test taker from Vietnam (thanks, N!) remembered the following information about his recent exam:

    Listening testIELTS test in Vietnam

    Section 1. A conversation of a man and a woman about tourist attractions in Arizona.

    Section 2. About Pacific languages.
    Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

    Section 3. Don’t remember.

    Section 4. A short lecture about puffins in Canada.
    Questions: filling in blanks, short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).

    Reading test

    Passage 1. The text was describing some ancient place.
    Questions: summary completion.

    Passage 2. A text about phenology.
    Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, True/False/Not Given.

    Passage 3. About the decision-making process.
    Questions: True/False/Not Given.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given a bar chart describing the top ten sports in Canada in 1995 and 2005.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    International travel brings benefits to travelers and countries visited, but it also causes problems for the environment. Do the disadvantages outweigh the advantages? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

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    Our friend H took the IELTS test in Punjab, India and remembered the following topics and questions:

    Reading testIELTS test in India

    Passage 1. It was about the history of light that included candles, oil lamps, gas lights and electric bulbs.

    Passage 2. About Tasmanian tigers that seemed to be extinct, but were seen by several scientists.

    Passage 3. How women compare to men in terms of visualization.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given a bar graph showing the production levels in Asia, Europe and other countries in the last 160 years.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    It is important to construct common areas such as parks, playgrounds and squares in all towns and cities. Do you agree or disagree?

    Speaking test

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What do you do?
    – Why did you choose this job?
    – In your country do people wear hats and caps?
    – Do you wear hats and caps?
    – Did you wear hats as a child?
    – Why do people wear hats and caps?
    – Do you think it’s mostly for practical reasons or because of fashion?

    Cue Card

    Describe a method that helps you to save money. Please say

    – What is it?
    – How do you do it?
    – Is there a better way, in your opinion?

    Discussion

    – Do other people also save money using this method?
    – Which natural resources are overused by people, in your opinion?
    – Do you think technology affects the environment?
    – In what way?

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    When X took the IELTS Speaking test in Vietnam she was asked the following questions:

    Speaking testIELTS test in Vietnam

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What subject are you studying?
    – Do you live in a house or an apartment?
    – What can you see from your window?
    – Do you usually take photos? Why?
    – Do you prefer watching videos or looking at pictures?
    – Do you like reading?
    – Did you read a lot of books when you were a child?
    – What kind of books did you like to read? Why?

    Cue Card

    Describe a time when you were very busy. Please say

    – When and where was it?
    – Why were you busy?
    – How did you feel about it?

    Discussion

    – Do children study a lot nowadays?
    – Do you think kindergarten children should study or play more?
    – Do children need more holidays in your opinion?

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