IELTS test in India – January 2014 (General Training)

An IELTS test taker from India (tnanks, M!) shared this recent exam update:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Section 1. A discussion between two friends who want to send various gifts to their school/college friends with a courier/mail service.

Section 2. A discussion of a man and a woman about their habits, opinions, daily routines, and also about a career as a football player or a referee.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A research into sleeping habits of various mammals.

Reading test

Passage 1. About a train company called Southpress. Description of their process, system, equipment, details required for routine upkeep, housekeeping and cleanliness of train coaches.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. An advertisement of various shops selling antiques located at the local market.
Questions: locate information from the passage.

Passage 3. Safety policy of a company regarding ergonomics while working on computers.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. An overtime work policy of a company stating eligibility criteria, hours, wages and so on.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 5. A research report about African Grey Hornbill (a bird).
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, match the author’s opinion to a paragraph.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You want to book a conference hall at the hotel for a meeting with your colleagues. Write a letter to the hotel manager stating your requirements and say

– How many days will be required for a meeting?
– How many people will be there?
– What other arrangements do you require?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays people are purchasing more than they need. Is this a positive or a negative trend? Give your opinion and examples based on your experience and knowledge.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– How often do you use a computer for work?
– What purpose do you usually use a computer for?
– Do you think using the Internet is beneficial for you?
– Should we restrict use of the Internet and computers for children?

Cue Card

Talk about a situation when you saved some money. Please say

– What was the reason?
– How long did it take to save this money?
– Who helped you with saving it?


– Do you think nowadays youth believe in saving money?
– Are women better at saving money then men?
– Do you save money? Why?

How Raj raised his IELTS score from 6.5 to 7.5

Today we are happy to share the success story of Raj, a young man in his 20s from India. Raj is a native Tamil speaker, who needed to pass IELTS with at least Band 7 for his immigration application. In his previous attempt Raj couldn’t score higher than Band 6.5, and so he began searching for help online. He found, purchased our e-book Ace the IELTS in the end of November, began studying and 3 weeks later took the test again, this time scoring Band 7.5 Overall, with an 8 in the Listening section.

Here’s what he wrote to us right after receiving his IELTS results:

“Hi IELTS-Blog Team,Band 7.5 in IELTS

I’m extremely happy to inform you guys that I got the required score in IELTS today.

Listening 8, Reading 7.5, Writing 7, Speaking 7, Overall Band Score 7.5

I needed 7 in each sub test to support my Immigration application. In my previous attempt, I scored 6.5 only in each module. With the help of your materials and tips given by the writing correction team, I got to know my mistakes and corrected them in my last attempt.

I would like to thank you all once again for all your help. After seeing the care and support you show to test takers, I must say that you guys are doing a service, not business.

Please keep it up and help others. Thanks.”

No wonder that will such a good score Raj became one of the winners in our monthly results competition. When we asked him what would be his advice to other test takers, he said:

“I strongly believe that practice is the key to success in IELTS. Before sitting the IELTS exam, I assessed myself and did more than 20 sample tests.

I subscribed to the Writing correction service at and found out my most frequent mistakes. Also I read “Learn from the Examiner” materials provided by and tuned my way of presentation.

I would suggest to test takers to practice at least 10-15 sample tests and read all the materials provided by”



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