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?

IELTS in New Zealand – July 2009 (General Training)

IELTS in New Zealand – here is what they had very recently. Huge thanks to R for remembering and sharing, we all hope you get a great score.

Listening test

Section 1: A call to a travel agency, making a reservation.
Section 2: Was related to art.
Section 3: Two students are talking about a subject they study.
Section 4: About four shopping mall aisles organization, where do you put the products.
Questions: multiple choice.

Reading test

Passage 1: About Rottem Camp, California.
Questions: True/False/Not given.

Passage 2: About Learndirect (courses?).
Questions: Fill in the gaps.

Passage 3: About art galleries.
Questions: Matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 4: About Otzi the Iceman.
Questions: True/False/Not given and matching headings to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
You have been offered a job overseas that you applied for. Write a letter to your friend who already knows about that job as well
– tell what kind of job is it
– explain why you applied for this job
– ask your friend about the country

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Some people are living in the high-rise apartments, which makes them feel lonely and unhappy. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in apartments.
Give reasons and provide examples.

Speaking test

– Tell me about your city.
– Describe the room where you live.

Cue card
Speak about success that you experienced in your life recently, you should say
– when it happened
– what was it
– why you feel it was a success

– Talk about success:
– How does it affect peoples lives?
– How can a person become successful?
– What do you have to do?
– How long does success last?



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