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    When D took the IELTS test in Canada, he got the following questions in the Writing and Speaking sections:

    Writing TestIELTS test in Canada

    Writing Task 1 (a letter)

    You will be moving to a new office soon. Write a letter to the general manager to request some necessary equipment for your future office. In your letter say

    – What equipment will you need and when?
    – Explain why you will need it.
    – Suggest where to get it from and why.

    Writing Task 2 (an essay)

    Many people believe sport lessons are important in school timetable. Both boys and girls should take part in sports. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Give your opinion and include relevant 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 is your job?
    – Do you like it?
    – Will you change it in the future?
    – Why do you think people like jewellery?
    – Why do people buy jewellery?
    – Do you like it?
    – Did you buy it for anyone?
    – Was it a friend or a family member?
    – How could we teach children to be helpful members of the society?
    – What is the role of community in this?
    – Do you think people nowadays have become more selfish?

    Cue Card

    Talk about a friend who studied with you or helped you in any way. Please say

    – Who is he/she?
    – Where and when did you meet?
    – Why did he/she do it?

    Discussion

    – Do you help others?
    – Why do you do it?
    – How do you feel after that?

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    IELTS test in India – September 2017 (Academic Module) http://www.ielts-blog.com/recent-ielts-exams/ielts-test-in-india-september-2017-academic-module/ http://www.ielts-blog.com/recent-ielts-exams/ielts-test-in-india-september-2017-academic-module/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:30:37 +0000 http://www.ielts-blog.com/?p=25250
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    Our Indian friend remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions after his recent IELTS exam:

    Writing testIELTS test in India

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given two pie charts. One was showing the amounts of water used for certain agricultural products in Australia in 2004. The other was showing their value to Australian economy in the same year. The two pie charts described 5-6 agricultural products.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    Billions of dollars are spent on Space research every year. Instead, this money could be used to improve living conditions of people on Earth. To what extent 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?

    Cue Card

    Talk about an activity you had done for the first time, that you were excited about. Please say

    – What and where did you do?
    – Who was there with you?
    – Why did you like it so much?

    Discussion

    – Was it a dangerous activity, in your opinion?
    – Do people get enough information about it?
    – What do you want to try next?
    – Why?

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    When N took the IELTS Speaking test in Australia she 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?
    – Would you consider taking a course related to your job in the future?
    – Do you like when it rains?
    – Did you ever go out when it rained without an umbrella?
    – Why do you like/dislike rainy weather?
    – Does rain affect your work? In what way?
    – What do you do with your family on holidays?
    – Where would you like to go on your next holiday?

    Cue Card

    Describe your perfect home (a house or an apartment) that you would like to have in the future. Please say:

    – When you would like to have it
    – Where it would be located
    – What it would look like

    Discussion

    – What is the difference between contemporary and old buildings?
    – Why do people migrate to big cities?
    – How can it affect city life?
    – What changes do you see happening to future buildings?
    – Would traditional houses diminish in the future?
    – Why were people happy in the past living in traditional houses?

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    Our friend D took the IELTS test in Lebanon and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given a report showing the percentages of bottled water and soft drinks consumed in a certain country.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    Many people believe that economic development is necessary for a country’s success. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such approach?

    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?
    – Will you continue your job in the future? Why?
    – What do you like the most about your job?

    Cue Card

    Talk about a child you spent some time with. Please say

    – who the child was
    – what you did together
    – how you felt after spending time with this child

    Discussion

    – Describe your vision of raising children and the relationship with them.
    – Do all children like music?
    – Why do you think it is so?
    – What is the relationship between children and music?

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    An IELTS test taker from India remembered the following details (everything except for the Listening)

    Reading testIELTS test in India

    Passage 1. About a certain job and benefits to employees.

    Passage 2. About rodeo festival in Canada.

    Passage 3, 4. Don’t remember

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a letter)

    Write a letter to an airline manager to find out about something you forgot on the plane during your travel. In your letter

    – give details about your flight
    – describe the item you forgot
    – explain why it is important that you get it back

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    Many people make friends through social sites and chat rooms. Others believe that it is not a good idea to make friends without meeting them face to face. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

    Speaking test

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What is your job?
    – Do you like it?

    Cue Card

    Talk about an invention that is changed the world in a good way. Please say

    – What was the invention?
    – How do you use it?
    – Why do you like it?

    Discussion

    – Can you name other inventions that you think are great?
    – What inventions might be made in the next 20 years?

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    An IELTS test-taker from Qatar (thanks, R!) remembered the following details after a recent exam:

    Listening testIELTS test in Qatar

    Section 1. A person was making a booking for a bed in a showroom.

    Section 2. About educational training.

    Section 3. About research skills and how to develop them.

    Section 4. About crocodiles and how they migrate.

    Reading test

    Passage 1. About the development of radio using bakelite.

    Passage 2. About agroforestry, a land use management system.

    Passage 3. The evolution of a person.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given a bar chart showing different sports’ participation numbers by boys and girls. The sports were swimming, football, netball, and basketball.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    Nowadays people from different countries watch and enjoy the same films, advertisements, music, and fashion. Do you agree or disagree? What are advantages and disadvantages of this development?

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    When S recently took the IELTS Speaking test in India, he was asked the following questions:

    Speaking testIELTS test in India

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – Do you like it?
    – How hard is your major?
    – How do you usually spend your weekends?
    – Why did you choose this activity?
    – How often do you talk with your friends?
    – Do you like spending time with friends?
    – What do you usually do together?
    – Do you think you’ll make a lot of friends in the future?
    – What kinds of things do you have to bring when you go out?
    – Do you carry different things in the morning and evening?
    – How do you remind yourself not to forget anything?
    – Did you ever forget to bring something?

    Cue Card

    Talk about a well paid job that you would like to have in the future. Please say

    – What is it?
    – Why do you want to do it?
    – How will you achieve it?

    Discussion

    – Do you think you will be able to get this job?
    – What occupations should be paid better? Why?
    – Is high salary important when looking for a job?
    – What other aspects of a job are important apart from the salary?
    – What do you think is important for job satisfaction?
    – What should workers do if they are not provided incentives?
    – What is important for motivation?
    – Does company get any benefits by providing motivation to its workers?

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    Our friends took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and remembered the following details:

    Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

    Section 1. A conversation between a salesman and a lady who wanted to buy a refrigerator.

    Section 2. About a charity organization named ‘Eyesaver’.

    Section 3. A discussion between a math teacher and two students about a certain book selection.

    Section 4. A lecture about restraining bear and red deer populations to save the environment.

    Reading test

    Passage 1. About desalination plants.

    Passage 2. About Australian parrots.

    Passage 3. About multi-tasking, its pros and cons.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a report)

    We were given two graphs, for 1950 and 2010, showing percentages of people born in and outside Australia, living in cities, towns and rural areas.

    Writing task 2 (an essay)

    Rich countries help poor countries financially to eliminate poverty, but this is not working well. To what extent you are agree or disagree? What are the other factors required to solve this problem?

    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?
    – Will you continue your job in the future? Why?
    – What do you like the most about your job?
    – Let’s talk about neighbors.
    – How important are they to you?
    – What type of neighbors, young or old, are good to live with in your opinion?
    – Did you receive any help from your neighbors?

    Cue Card

    Talk about a person who helped you with studies or at work. Please say

    – Who is he/she?
    – How did he/she help you?
    – Why did he/she help you?

    Discussion

    – Do you read magazines?
    – What magazine did you read when you were a child?
    – What do you think, who reads magazines more, teenagers or adults?
    – What is the difference between online and paper magazines?
    – Who is a better help at workplace, men or women? Why?

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    How Hanson went from 6.5 to IELTS Band 8 in 3 weeks http://www.ielts-blog.com/ielts-test-results-competition/ielts-preparation-tips-from-winners/how-hanson-went-from-6-5-to-ielts-band-8-in-3-weeks/ http://www.ielts-blog.com/ielts-test-results-competition/ielts-preparation-tips-from-winners/how-hanson-went-from-6-5-to-ielts-band-8-in-3-weeks/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:30:08 +0000 http://www.ielts-blog.com/?p=25240
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    This post is dedicated to the success of a bright young man, Hanson Fuh from Cameroon, who took his IELTS score from 6.5 to Band 8 in 3 weeks, and consequently won in our monthly results competition.

    When we asked Hanson to share his story, he was more than generous and shared many things that are easy to do, and can have a significant positive effect on your score.

    Band 8 in IELTSHere is what he said:

    “The first time I took the IELTS test for migration to Australia I had the following results:

    Listening 6
    Reading 6.5
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 6
    Overall 6.5

    Which didn’t add any points to the EOI.

    I simply got to this point because I thought as an English-speaking Cameroonian I know English very well and any English test won’t be a problem for me, but that was a big lie. Even a born and bred British man can still have less than 4 in IELTS.

    So as I decided to retake this test because my migration agent advised me to do so, and I started pondering, should I go to coaching classes? That was quite acceptable, but with my busy schedule I won’t be having time for that. So I decided to search online. I got many options online but IELTS-Blog.com offered the most affordable and acceptable offer for my situation so I decided to buy their products.

    It should be noted that I studied using materials from IELTS-Blog within 3 weeks from the test.

    As I got the study materials, I discovered that I was very good at listening and reading (my results can tell) so I focused more on speaking and writing.

    For the Reading, these are the tips I used to get Band 9:

    Firstly, the time given for this section (1 hour) is extremely short so what you need to do is read the question before going to the passage and you need to build your scanning skills, because once you’re scanning the passage after reading the questions its much more easier for you to answer the questions.

    Another thing I discovered and it helped me a lot, was that the last part of the reading test (questions 28 to 40) was quite difficult because by the time you are getting there, you are left with a very short time. It should be noted that this section usually comprises of 2 or three parts so make sure you read all the questions of all the parts of this section before you start reading the text, because each section may have questions in a paragraph of this section and that saves you a lot of time.

    Note: in the reading test always answer the questions directly on the answer sheet, as there will be no time accorded to transfer the questions to the answer sheet later.

    For the Listening, these are the tips I used to get Band 8.5:

    Listening is quite difficult if you lack concentration because 1 second lost in listening can never and will never be regained, so I did my best to concentrate.

    The time given for reading the questions is very long so make sure you read all the questions for that section before the CD starts playing again. As I started answering if I missed any question(s) I make sure I go to the next or to where I think the CD is now, because if you concentrate on what you have missed then you will miss the rest and remember, you have a certain score to achieve.

    Another thing I did was, that when the CD gives you time to review your answers in each section – don’t waste valuable time doing that unless you still remember something you heard and never wrote. Instead move to the next section and start reading the questions as that will make it easier to answer those questions.

    The last part of the Listening test which has questions 30-40 is where I lost a lot of marks during practice, so I concentrated more on this area during the test.

    For the Writing test:

    I spent a lot of time on the practice material and also on the dictionary, learning new complex vocabulary in order to give the assessor the impression that I know the English language very well. In fact I practiced each of the essays and letter writings about four times before the test.

    For the Speaking test:

    I practiced alone and discovered that it was not working because generally am a slow speaker, so I decided to include my wife in this part. She was the assessor and I was the test taker and we went through this exercise about 3-4 times for each of the question sets and it’s quite remarkable that I scored band 7 as I had a major limitation in this section.

    It should be noted that there is no magic to getting your desired band in the IELTS test. The only secret is getting the right material which for me was via IELTS-Blog.com and practice is the key!

    And finally, the Almighty God is all in all. Always pray for him to inspire you before, during and after the test and rest assured you will have good success at the end.

    Thumbs up for IELTS-Blog and I pray that you keep the work up.”

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    When S took the IELTS Speaking test in India he was asked the following questions:

    Speaking testIELTS test in India

    Interview

    – What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What are you studying?
    – Do you enjoy this field? Why?
    – Have you ever been on a boat? Why?
    – Would you like to buy a boat?
    – What kind of activities do you do with your family on holidays?
    – Did it change since your younger years? Why?

    Cue Card

    Describe a science study that you did in your high school years. Please say

    – What did you study?
    – Did you like that subject?
    – Describe your teacher in that subject.

    Discussion

    – Are any changes needed in science study approach in schools?
    – What kind of changes happened to science recently?
    – Who can understand science better, boys or girls?
    – Why do you think it is so?
    – Do you think that girls are getting better grades than boys nowadays?
    – Why is that?

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