IELTS Books Giveaway – Celebrating 30,000 subscribers!

As of a few days ago has reached 30,000 subscribers to our RSS feed (in addition to roughly 25,000 people subscribed to our IELTS tips, exam topics and a free IELTS course).

This is obviously a big milestone for us, and we invite everyone to celebrate with us!

Participate in our giveaway of IELTS study books and win ‘Target Band 7’ or ‘Ace the IELTS’, the choice is yours (to find out more about these books read the testimonial below or click here)

IELTS Books testimonial


Update: the giveaway is now closed, we are not accepting any more entries.

All you need to do is answer this question: “If there was an ideal IELTS preparation book, what would it be like?”
to tell us what features and content you’re looking for in a great IELTS study book.

  • If you send us the answer in an email, you get 1 entry.
  • If you email us your answer and share this post on Facebook with your friends, you get 5 entries.
  • If you have a camera in your computer, laptop or a mobile phone, record a video response to this question, send it to us and get 10 entries (meaning your chances are 10 times better with a video response!)
  • All the participants will go into a lottery, and the winners will be randomly picked out.

    We are giving away 7 e-books – meaning 7 lucky winners will get to download ‘Target Band 7’ (for the Academic module) or ‘Ace the IELTS’ (for the General Training module), along with 5 full IELTS practice tests including answers, 2 more e-books written by an IELTS examiner on the IELTS Writing and Speaking modules, and more free bonuses.

    The giveaway opens on the 1st of September and closes on the 15th of September at midnight (AEST). Winners will be announced on the 17th of September.

    Those of you who were subscribed to for a while know that we very rarely give the books away for free, because they are the only source of funding for IELTS-Blog. Use this chance as it may not return for a long time – don’t delay, send us your answers, share this post on Facebook, or record your video responses and email them to

    IELTS test in Qatar and India – August 2012 (General Training)

    The following exam update was shared by our friends P and A (thank you!).

    Listening testIELTS test in Qatar

    Section 1. About an island.
    Questions: filling in blanks.

    Section 2. About a cave.
    Questions: filling in blanks.

    Section 3. Don’t remember.

    Section 4. About national theater.
    Questions: multiple choice, True/False/Not Given.

    Reading test

    Don’t remember.

    Writing test

    Writing task 1 (a letter)

    You are working in a very busy office. A particular piece of office equipment is not working properly. Write a letter to the manager and say

    – What is happening with the equipment?
    – How does this affects your work?
    – What do you suggest to be done?

    Writing Task 2 (an essay)

    In some countries people are not taking care of their elderly relatives – instead trained professionals are used to care for the elderly. Do you see this as a positive or a negative development?

    Speaking test


    – What is your full name?
    – What can I call you?
    – Do you work or study?
    – Where are you from?
    – What was your hometown like in the past?
    – What do you think about the developments in your hometown currently?
    – What do you think about weddings in your country?
    – What do you think about weddings in the past?
    – What do you think about the weddings at present?
    – Who do you invite to the wedding?

    Cue Card

    Talk about a famous person in your country. Please say:

    – Who is he/she?
    – What is he/she doing?
    – Why is he/she so famous?


    – How do you think people become famous?
    – What are the problems they face?
    – Why do they want to be famous?
    – Which people can be famous?
    – What do you think about the children of the famous people?
    – What problems do they face?



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