IELTS test in the UK and Sri Lanka – May 2014 (Academic Module)

IELTS test takers from the UK and Sri Lanka (thank you M and P!) shared the following information about their exams, which were the same.

Listening testIELTS test in the UK

Section 1. A telephone conversation between a woman and a man regarding a first aid training program.

Section 2. Information on holidays and bookings at Australian tourist sites.
Questions: multiple choice, map labelling.

Section 3. Two people were talking about their experience in different areas at their workplace.
Questions: short-answer questions.

Section 4. A talk on helping people with disabilities.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Reading test

Passage 1. About an ancient plant which can help people.
Questions: filling in blanks, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. About stress at work with views of different researchers.
Questions: 4 questions on matching the correct person with the comment followed by filling in blanks.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram describing how a desalination plant works (extracting fresh water from sea water). We had to explain the process in detail.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays many young people get involved in criminal activity. Why is this happening? Give reasons followed by examples and suggest preventive measures to eliminate this problem.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Tell me about the place you live in.
– What do you dislike about this place?
– Will you stay in this place or do you plan to move away?
– Who does the cooking at home?
– Do you help with cooking?
– What do you think about involving children in cooking?

Cue Card

Describe a beautiful garden that you have visited. Please say

– What garden is it?
– When did you visit it?
– What did you do there?


– Do you think more places on earth should be green? Why?
– Do you think gardens are destroyed for the purpose of building new apartments?
– Do you go to nature parks a lot?
– Why do you do it?

The right way to move your mouth when speaking English

Everyone knows that the person’s first language affects the way they sound when they speak English. For example a person whose first language is Arabic will sound different speaking English from a person whose first language is Polish. But do you know why?

The answer is simple: mouth position. Mouth position means whether your mouth is open or closed most of the time when you speak (whether your jaws, upper and lower teeth, are close together or wide apart).

Many people automatically use the mouth position typical to their first language when speaking English and it makes their speech harder to understand. The reason we’re bringing this up is that once you know what affects your pronunciation, you can work on it, and thus improve your Speaking IELTS score.

Georgie Taylor, a Speech Pathologist and accent specialist with over 9 years of experience, says that to speak English more like a native speaker (and therefore more clearly) you need to open and close your mouth quite a lot – compared to languages such as Japanese, Cantonese or Russian, for example.

In this short video Georgie explains about the right way to move your mouth in English and even gives you a great exercise to start your day. To make sure you understand every word we prepared a transcript of the video – click here to download.

If your pronunciation needs a bit of work, here is another great resource to try – this page (click here) allows you to record and compare your own pronunciation to that of a native speaker. Mimicking a native speaker’s pronunciation is a very good way to improve your own.

P.S. The website you will be visiting, Star Pronunciation, offers online pronunciation courses that Georgie created after working face-to-face for many years with international professionals and university students. If you decide to seriously improve your pronunciation using any of Georgie’s courses, copy this text IELTSBlog and paste it at the checkout and you will get a $45 discount (the discount text is case sensitive). This price reduction is exclusive to visitors, not available anywhere else.



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