IELTS in New Zealand – July 2009 (Academic Module)

Academic IELTS in New Zealand was described by R, who kindly shared the questions she remembered:

Note: according to people from Taiwan their exam was the same.

Listening test

Section 1: Traveling to Sahara Desert.
Questions: Multiple choice, Filling in the gaps.

Section 2: Preschool family center.
Questions: Filling in the gaps.

Section 3: Honey bees in Australia.
Questions: Multiple choice, Filling in the gaps.

Section 4: Australian railway between Darwin and Adelaide.
Questions: Filling in the gaps.

Reading test

Passage 1: Industrial Revolution.
Questions: matching headings to paragraph, find a particular sentence, where it belongs to.

Passage 2: Classical, Neoclassical approach to work. Weber, Gregor’s opinion and criticism.

Passage 3: Science and Chemistry in 18th century
Questions: Matching paragraphs, Filling in the gaps.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
World Heritage sites (there was about 7) in Australia visited by tourists. There was a table, with 3 columns for the following years 1996, 1998, 2000. In the rows there were numbers for heritage sites
Great Barrier Reef 1500000 1980000 3210000
Blue Mountain 450000 470000 550000
Rainforest 700000 650000 600000
asmania don’t remember the numbers
Macqaurie Island 330 310 300

These are not the exact numbers, but similar ones.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Some parents let their children live in another country or a bigger city and study in a college. Is it a positive development? What are the reasons? Give examples and state your opinion.

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– What do you do, study or work?
– Did you have to have training for your job?
– Where do you live?
– What do you think about advertisement?
– Did you buy any product, because it was advertised?

Cue card
Tell me about a conversation, which happened recently, you should say:
– why was it important
– who was that person that you had the conversation with
– when was it
– describe what did you learn from that conversation

– Talk about conversations between women and men, what is the difference, if there is a difference.
– Is conversation important?
– How can you improve it?

IELTS in Ireland – July 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Ireland was described very well by a caring student M, who sent me this update this morning.
Later on I learned that IELTS in London had the same topics and questions.

Here is what the exam was like:

Listening test

Section 1: A lady who had recently moved to the place was inquiring about a drama club with the chairman of the club.
Questions: Fill in the blanks, multiple choice, information matching.

Section 2: A conversation between 2 students about books, their authors and contents of the books. The books were about insects and wild animals.
Questions: fill in the blanks.

Sections 3 and 4 M didn’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1: The text was about disabled children, their difficulties in education, the steps taken by the government of New Zealand and what else can be done.
Questions: Which paragraph has the following sentences.

Passage 2: The text was about “Tulip Mania”, how the Europeans were crazy about tulips, how tulips trading had its success and then declined.

Passage 3: The text was about believing in serendipity in scientific research and business amongst different scientists.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
Explain the difference between the two diagrams. The 2 diagrams showed the school buildings in 2003 & 2010.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Express your views regarding sufficient respect towards older people. What can be the reasons? How does it affect the society? Support your answer with your personal experience.

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– Where do you live at the moment? Describe that place.
– Do you eat fruit and vegetables?
– How important are the fruit and vegetables? Is it easy to get them?
– Why do you think new generation doesn’t like their old culture/outfits?
– Do you have any of your childhood toys?
– Do you think nowadays kids have more toys? Why?

Cue card
Talk about one of your childhood’s memorable events, you should say
– why do you remember it?
– when did it happen?
– what happened during the event?



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