IELTS in Birmingham, UK – July 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Birmingham, UK was described as follows by M, who managed to remember and share the questions. Later on I found out from another student that IELTS in Hyderabad, India was exactly the same.

Listening test

Section 1: Opening a bank account.
Questions: There was a form to fill.

Section 2: A conversation between a student and a local person regarding a sports club and other services of the town.

Section 3: HR of a clothing company giving out details on the recruitment process in the company.

Section 4: A teacher who started a new website for online studies.

Reading test

Passage 1: Difference between traditional methods of IQ testing and the recent ones.

Passage 2: Gestures and how different countries have different meaning for the same gestures.
Questions: Find a paragraph with the given statement, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3 : Complicated text on marine biodiversity and the threat to marine life because of human activities – a little confusing and difficult.
Questions: Multiple choice, matching headings to paragraphs, matching sentences to paragraphs, filling in the gaps words from passage, overall rather difficult.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a simple table with 2 columns showing number of motor vehicles per 1000 population in 8 countries in the years 1999 and 2000.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Looking into family history is considered very valuable by some. Others live for the present and for the future. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

– Full name?
– What should I call you?
– Tell me about where you live now.
– Transportation facilities where you live, what are they?
– Fruits and vegetables – what do you think of them as a part of your diet?
– Do you read?
– Should kids be encouraged to read?

Cue card
Talk about a conversation you had with someone, you should say:
– Whom you had it with.
– What made it important to you.

– Have you had this conversation with anyone else?
– In which situations do strangers talk to each other?
– What are the conversations that are usual in your country?

IELTS in Indonesia – July 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Indonesia, as remembered by Blue (not real name) – thanks for sharing! Here is what they had (looks a lot like IELTS in New Zealand to me):

Listening test

Section 1: Sports, running, racing.

I ) Multiple choice:
1. what should be brought during the race.
2. whether he can join this year’s competition
3. what should be brought to the accommodation (snake bite kits, etc).

II) Filling Detailed Form:
1. Family name: spelling
2. Mobile/phone
3. email address
4. where he found out about that race (advertisement).

Section 2: Australian honey bees
Multiple choice:
1. The effect of the incoming bees on Australia
2. Something about these bees having parasites on their body.

Section 3: Preschool for children
Filling the blanks:
1. The ages of the children
2. The cooperation from parents.
3. What conditions should be met by parents before enrolling their children to school (attend some meetings, make some visits, etc).
4. The funding from government.

Section 4: Railway
Questions: Filling the blanks about the history of the railway.

Reading test

Passage 1: Type of organization (traditional and neurolytics organization) and the point of views of some experts about that.
Questions: Matching the paragraph to heading, Matching the name of the expert to the given statement.

Passage 2: Revolution in Britain
Questions: Find a paragraph with the given statement, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3 : Something about Research (Physics, Chemistry), why does Physics major most of the research rather than Chemistry.
Questions: Matching paragraphs to headings, Filling in the gaps words from passage.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
Table that shows the number of visitors in World Holistic Sites (there are 6 sites) in Australia in 1996, 1998 and 2000.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Boarding schools are becoming more popular, people study and live far away from home (in or out of their country). Is it a positive development? Give your reasons.

Speaking test

– Full name?
– What should I call you?
– Tell me about your house.
– What is the part of the house that you like the most?
– What you can do to improve your house?
– What do you think about the Internet?
– How did you learn to use the Internet?
– What time do you like shopping?
– Do you prefer small shops or big shops?s
– What kind of shops do you like?

Cue card
Talk about what kind of music you liked in your childhood, you should say:
– What you felt about that music.
– What made it important to you.

– How does the role of music in culture change over time?
– Do you think music reflects age-group of people?
– How do you think we can keep the music in the culture?



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