IELTS exam in Australia – July 2009 (Academic Module)

A recent IELTS test in Australia had the following questions and topics – thanks to a kind anonymous student who sent me an update.

Listening test

Section 1: A man asking for information on walking trails.
Questions: Fill in the blanks (easy).

Section 2: About a part-time job for uni students.
Questions: Fill in the blanks and multiple choice questions.

Section 3: About an assignment (the speaker has a fairly strong English accent – hard for me to understand).
Questions: Fill in the blanks.

Section 4: About a shipping company.
Questions: Fill in the blanks and multiple choice.

Reading test

Passage 1: The text was about dinosaurs.
Questions: True/False/Not Given and fill in the blanks.

Passage 2: About tree canopy research.
Questions: Match the paragraph to the researcher’s name.

Passage 3: A text about advertising.
Questions: Name the paragraph, match the paragraph and fill in the blanks.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
We had two bar charts for the years 1970 and 2000 comparing percentage of men and women that are employed in four countries, namely Belgium, USA, Japan and Australia.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Money for postgraduate research is limited. Financial support from the government should be put for scientific research instead of other less important subjects. To what extend do you agree?

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– Are you studying or working?
– What do you think about using museums and art galleries for educational purposes?
– What can students learn from them?

Cue card
Talk about something that you don’t know how to do now and would like to learn, you should say
– What it is
– How you will learn
– Who can teach you

– When did you start learning about the Internet?
– What are the advantages of the Internet?
– Will computers ever replace teachers? Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS exam in London, UK – July 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in London, UK was very interesting. Today I’ve received an update from S who took Academic Module and here’s what he says:

In preparation I used the IELTS-Blog and your book, Target Band 7, and nothing else to practice for my test. And I think it went OK.

Listening test

Section 1: A lady was calling a person working at an activity center. She was doing some research on a trip she was going on with some colleagues. It was about hiking, camping, equipment, price, what skills they would learn.
Questions: Filling in gaps.

It wasn’t hard but it started quite suddenly, so I didn’t catch the first word for the gap.

Section 2: A radio interview about a tree-festival, why it is important to plant trees and also some questions about some other festivals.
Questions: Filling in gaps, multiple choice.

Section 3: A guy sees his lecturer because he has hurt his hand and needs to rearrange his plans for test, assignments and so on.
Questions: Filling in gaps.

Section 4: About a psychology study on how the old style lectures should be superseded by new types where students are more actively involved and have more breaks.
Questions: Sentence completion, fill in gaps.

Reading test

Passage 1: about Jupiter and some comet, there were many numbers and details about chemicals and so on.
Questions: Labeling of a figure, filling in gaps, multiple choice questions.

Passage 2: Children’s diet and how it was influenced by campaigns and ads. It was a bit confusing because it was like a review study with a lot of different opinions and research results that were mentioned were contradicting one another.
Questions: Filling in gaps, multiple choice questions.

Passage 3: A very difficult text about psychology, talent and how it can be defined, how companies can recruit the best staff. Questions: Headings to paragraphs matching, which was very hard.

Overall, in the reading test I didn’t manage to spend least time on the first, a bit more on the second and most on the last. I would strongly advice others to do that, because 20 minutes for the last were not enough.

Writing test

Writing Task1 (report)
There was a bar chart showing how five different age groups used the internet daily over 4 years. That means every age group had 4 different percentages: quite a lot of information to try to group together, but fairly easy.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Many countries face violent football supporters. Write from your own experience and knowledge about the reasons and how this problem could be solved.

I hated this topic since I have no interest in football, but used your template with introduction, reason 1 and so on, and managed to write two pages.

Speaking test

– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you intend to do more courses?
– Why do you think people have paintings in their homes?
– Have you got paintings?
– Did you have art classes as a child?
– Do you think it is important for children to have art classes?

Cue card
– Talk about a film you saw recently at home or cinema, you should say:
– What kind of film was it?
– When , where, who did you see it with?
– What was it about?
– Why did you like it?

– What do you think is the difference between seeing a movie at home or on DVD?
– What do you prefer and why?
– What does a movie need to be good?
– Do you prefer dubbed or subtitled films, why?
– What actors do you like?
– About vegetables:
– Do you think they are important to get?
– Can you get fresh vegetables in your country?

Overall, I think the oral test was easy, but as has been noted on the blog, it feels a bit awkward in the beginning because it’s a lot of questions and you try to answer short but not staccato.

Practicing with a watch as you recommend helped me sense when to stop talking in order for the interviewer to move on.

Thank you and good luck to everyone,
– S.



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