IELTS Test Dates for 2009 (July – December)

Most of you probably know about, the official IELTS website. In the past they used to have a list of official IELTS dates and those dates had a pattern, 4 dates a month for Academic exam and 2 dates a month for General Training.

Since a couple of months ago they have changed this system and now there are common dates, when you’re likely to have your IELTS exam – but still they change from country to country. And, of course, there is the availability – sometimes you will find that many exam dates ahead are booked and the first available date is months from today.

I’ve looked through most of the countries and compiled a list of IELTS dates for the second half of 2009:

August 2009 :
General Training test: 8th, 22st
Academic test: 8th, 22th

September 2009:
General Training test: 5th, 26st
Academic test: 5th, 17th, 26st

October 2009:
General Training test: 8th
Academic test: 8th, 24th, 31st

November 2009:
General Training test: 7th, 19th
Academic test: 7th, 19th, 21st

December 2009:
General Training test: 5th, 12th
Academic test: 5th, 12th

This list will help to get an idea of possible dates, but I would still recommend that you visit and get the available dates in your country and your city, before you start planning. They keep changing their website, so the location of the dates search can move – right now it’s in the right upper corner on the homepage, where it says “Search Test Date”.

Good luck, everybody!

IELTS in Australia – July 2009 (General Training)

IELTS in Australia was described as follows by our friend S. Thank you for remembering and sharing the questions!

Listening test

Section 1: about organic agriculture
Questions: Fill in the gaps.

Section 2: A conversation between two people about skills.
Questions: Fill in the gaps.

Section 3: Don’t remember the topic.
Questions: Multiple choice.

Reading test

Note: unfortunately S didn’t remember all the topics. He did remember the types of questions though.

Passage 1 and 2: the questions were gap-fills.

Passage 3: the text was about different types of fish.
Questions: headings matching to paragraphs.

Passage 4: the topic was related to Passage 3.
Questions: True/False/Not given.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (letter)
A sports club in your area is about to be closed and you oppose to that. Write a letter to the manager and make suggestions why it is important that the club stays open.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Some people think that in primary schools science and technology should be compulsory subjects rather than history and geography, because these subjects are a waste of time. What is your opinion?

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– What can I call you?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you study?
– Why did you choose this course?
– Do you want to continue studying?

Cue card
Talk about a change you would like in your life, you should say
– how will you make this change happen
– how much time will you spend on this change

– What type of changes people want in their lives?
– Did they make more efforts for these changes?
– What types of changes are happening in your country related to education?
– Are all the people satisfied with the changes?
– When was your last time shopping?
– Did you buy anything different than you did before?
– Where so you usually go shopping?



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