IELTS exam in China – March 2009 (Academic Module)

Our Chinese friend is reporting about his Academic IELTS exam, thanks Z!

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
We had a table on employment of the students who graduated from the UK in the first year. It showed rates of permanent employment, temporary employment, overseas employment and total employment. Countries of employment were England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
In some countries nowadays more people prefer to live alone than in the past. Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– What kind of job do you have?
– How do you interact with your colleagues?

Cue card
Describe a garden you visited, you should say:
– Where it is
– What people do there
– Why it is important to visit gardens.

Do you think people in your country like gardening?
Do you think people in your country prefer growing flowers or veggies in their gardens?

My friend had another cue card, here are his questions:
Talk about some news that you recently heard, you should say
– What was happening
– Why was it happening
– Why you found this news interesting

And there was a different topic for the discussion:
– Should health education be included in our kids education system?
– How Health education in this country is different from your country?
– Did you involve your friends in your fitness exercises?
– Role of Advertisements in keeping people healthy.

IELTS exam in India – March 2009 (General Training)

A friend from India is reporting about his General Training IELTS exam:

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
You are renting an apartment and the neighbors are disturbing you. Write a letter to your landlord explaining what the problem is, what did you do to solve the problem and what action you want the owner to take.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
It’s important for the government to spend more money on promotion of people’s health rather than medical treatment.
Do you agree or disagree? Please give your opinion.

Speaking test

– Tell me something about your workplace.
– Tell me about the city you live in and whether you like / dislike it, why.
– What do you think about bicycles, are they popular in your country, if so why? What are the advantages of a bicycle?

Cue Card
Describe a recent sports event that you participated in or watched in the audience. Describe the event, where it took place, what happened and what was so special that made you remember it.

– Do you think sports is a popular industry/plays a major role in the social life of a country?
– Should schools encourage students to play more sports?
– How can sports create a competitive atmosphere?
– Are there any specific advantages to sports that have fewer individuals (like tennis) compared to larger teams like football? If not, why not?
– Discuss competition in a class room in general: what are all the typical factors that contribute to competitive atmosphere? Is it good or bad? How do they compare?



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