IELTS exam in Sunshine Coast, Australia – April 2009 (General training)

And the reports from the latest IELTS exam started to roll in. Here is what guys at Sunshine coast had (thanks to E for letting us know):

Listening test

Section 1 – a girl was looking for a part-time job.
Section 2 – a student-tutor conversation.
Section 3 – it was about a museum (with multiple choice questions A,B,C)
Section 4 – about graduates and employees, can’t remember exactly, but wasn’t hard at all.

Reading test

Passage 1 – a tourist attraction, the questions were of “true or false” kind.
Passage 2 – Something about university, who do you need to contact, what should students do in a certain situation, that sort of questions.
Passage 3 – students’ opinions about their course and college, “who says what” sort of questions.
Passage 4 – about children speaking more languages.
Overall, reading wasn’t too hard.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (letter)
Your friend is asking for your advice, she goes to a university and can’t decide whether to study music or business management. Write a letter and in it
say how you felt when you got the letter,
what the good points are for both sides and
what your advice is.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Home cooking tends to be a disappearing skill in some countries. How is it in your country? Do you think all children should be taught about home cooking?

Speaking test

the questions were about holidays, riding bicycle, formal and informal clothing, uniforms.

Cue card
Describe a special occasion when you were wearing a dress, you should say:
– What was the occasion,
– what dress did you wear,
– when did you buy it,
– what other people said about it.

Some other cue card topics (from other students): the house you live in, a speech, a stage in your life when you were very happy.

IELTS in Brussels, Belgium – just a short update

Today instead of a full size update I have only a short one. An email arrived from a Belgian student and it said that their IELTS exam was a lot like the one I’ve posted about in India, New Delhi (click here to read it). The only difference was in the Speaking test:

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– What do you do? Do you study or work?
– Do you have visitors sometimes?
– What preparation do you make for visitors?
– Do you think it’s difficult to offer gifts? Why?
– Is that different for men and women? Why?

Cue card
Tell me about a sculpture (or a painting) that you like. Describe what it is and what does it represent. Why do you like it ? When and where did you see it for the first time?

– What kind of art is popular in your country? Why ?
– Why do you think it is popular ?
– Why do you think cartoons are not always considered art? Do you think it’s related to the age of the audience?



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