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Update from a General IELTS exam, Holland

Straight from Amsterdam, this update was shared by an anonymous student, who is planning immigration to New Zealand – good luck, pal!

Listening test

Section 1. A male person was complaining over the phone to a female person about items which were broken during transportation. They spoke BBC English. There was an easy table to fill in the gaps.

Section 2. The story was about a female person telling what kind of employees they are searching for, for their clothing company. The task was a filling in the gaps. They spoke BBC English.

Section 3. A student was talking about a survey held about fat (food) replacements. Not so clear to hear, because of an accent. Questions: Multiple choice, filing in the gaps, table completion.

Reading test

Passage 1. A leaflet about different sightseeing tours in London.
Questions: Multiple choice, easy stuff.

Passage 2. Library rules.
Questions: true/false/not given, headings matching. Not that difficult, but you had to read carefully.

Passage 3. The differences between men and women.
Questions: headings matching, true/false/not given. Difficult to read, even if it was in my native language (Dutch) it would be difficult to match the right headings.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to a friend asking for help with a short holiday in the area where this friend lives, ask for information, etc.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Sometimes students are working for companies for free. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Speaking test


– The examiner started with general questions, such as where do you live, do you like your village etc.
– How about the weather in Holland, are there problems with it?

Cue Card

Talk about a postcard or a letter that you recently received.


Don’t remember.

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