IELTS test in the USA and Venezuela – September 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam below was shared by our kind friend P, who managed to remember quite a bit. Enjoy!

Listening test IELTS test in the USA

Section 1. Job interview.
Questions: about the address, zip code, past jobs, whether accommodation and new school were needed.

Section 2. New bookstore employee’s orientation.
Questions: map labeling – a map of the store was given for us to figure out locations of things, and choose the correct letter.

Section 3. Two students were writing a research project about birds.
Questions: listen for the 3 requirements given by their professor; what type of food they should use (nuts), how big the project should be, how many feeders there would be and where they will be situated (on trees); when the observation should take place, how long it would last (5 min), what information should be provided to the observers.

Section 4. A lecture about the way drama classes can affect children.

Reading test

Passages 1 and 2. Don’t remember.

Passage 3. Description of different amusement parks.
Questions: fill in the correct letters corresponding to each park.

Passage 4. Article about the Loch Ness monster.
Questions: when was it last seen, what it looks like, about people that were involved in the mystery and named the monster.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are preparing an event (picnic) in the countryside. Write a letter to a friend and ask to help you with the arrangements. Please say:

– What is the reason for the event?
– What arrangements have you already made?
– How can he/she help to organize the event?
– What activities have you decided on?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

The number of older people is increasing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– What do you do: work or study?
– What do you do exactly at your job?
– Would you like to do this job in the future?
– What foods are popular in your country?
– Do people eat together in your country?
– Do you like taking photographs?
– Is photography a big issue in your country?
– What kind of photographs do you like?
– Do you prefer to buy postcards as souvenirs or to take your own photographs?

Cue Card

Talk about something that you are learning. Please say

– What is it?
– How do you learn this?
– Is this knowledge useful nowadays?


– What do you think about learning process for children?
– Do you think the learning process is changing?
– What is better, learning alone or with a teacher? Discuss advantages and disadvantages of both methods.

IELTS Results competition winners in September 2011

People often ask me “Is it possible to get Band 8 or 9 in IELTS?” and today it is my pleasure not only to answer “Yes”, but also to prove it and show you some real test takers, whom I know, who did it. Many of our results competition winners in September got 8.5 or even 9 in more than one section of the test.

And now that I got your attention, let me introduce the winners:

Academic Module – 1st placeIELTS results competition winners

  • Ayesha A Sayed from Pakistan, Band 8.5 (with Band 9 for Reading and Speaking!)
  • Linsey Crichton-Navias from South Africa, Band 8.5 (with Band 9 for Listening and Speaking!)

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Samer Alameddine from Lebanon, Band 8
  • Sylviya Todorova from Bulgaria, Band 8 (with Band 9 for Reading!)

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Srihari Venatile from India, Band 7.5
  • Varghese Paul from India, Band 7.5
  • Sumon Kyiwin from Myanmar, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Jimmy Bangun from Indonesia, Band 8.5 (with Band 9 for Reading!)

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Krishna Mishra from India, Band 8 (with Band 9 for Listening and Reading!)

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Sujatha Pagadala from India, Band 7.5

Dear winners, congratulations! Your names are now part of the IELTS-Blog hall of fame. These are terrific results, and I know many test takers would gladly trade places with you. Your success means a lot not only to you, personally – but also to others, because its a hard proof that Band 8 or even 9 is achievable.

How did they do it?

I am sure everyone can’t wait to learn how they did it. Well, here is what we know so far:

Linsey Crichton-Navias said: “Just want to say a huge thank you for helping me get the required band 8 for my IELTS test. From South Africa, I do speak English, but I believe it is more about knowing how to approach the test and knowing what the assessors are looking for. I used the Target Band 7 book, downloaded practice test sets and submitted writing tasks for assessment. And I did it!”

Krishna Mishra said: “… thank you for your immense support in my IELTS preparation. I received my result on Thursday and it was unbelievable. I got overall score Band 8 and individual module scores were Listening 9, Reading 9 , Writing 7.5 and Speaking 7. I would like to add that your online material, Ace the IELTS book and 12 practice tests had helped me lot.”

But there are still 8 winners we haven’t heard from – so please don’t be shy, reply and we promise to share your tips with the whole world.

P.S. Our competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.



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