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IELTS exam in Mexico – February 2009 (Academic Module)

Our friend from Mexico sent this update right after his Academic IELTS exam. Thanks, I!

Listening test

Listening was pretty similar to exercises found online at various sites. I clearly remember there was two “no more than tree words” sections, and two “filling up a table” sections, and one about filling something like a school data card, and at least a couple of multiple choice questions.

Reading test

The first passage was about the Tea and the Industrial Revolution.
The second was about research of different scientists (mentioning names) about children and the developing of their mental abilities.
The third passage was about the developing of the tree/wood industry in England, and how now areas are being protected to preserve forests.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a bar graph of eight countries (Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, China, etc.) that exported clothes to the European Union, comparing their cost per kilogram in 1997 and 2003.

Writing task 2 (Essay)
Nowadays many countries have people from many different nationalities living together.
What do you think this happens?
What are the positive and negative aspects of this?

Speaking test

Interview
– Do you work or do you study?
– What kind of activities do you do at work?
-Do you rather work on your own or with people?
-What do you like the most about your work?
– What don’t you like about your work?
– What kind of transportation do you use?
– How often do you go out with your friends?
– When was the last time you went out with your friends?

Cue card
Describe a situation in which you faced a traffic jam. You should say
– when it happened,
– how did you feel about it and
– what consequences it had for you.

Discussion
Do you get stuck in traffic jams a lot?
How do you think traffic jams affect the environment?
What do you think about hiring cabs?

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