IELTS exam in New Delhi, India – April 2009 (Academic Module)

One of our Indian friends reports about his recent IELTS exam, here’s what they had:

Listening test

I found the listening test to be simple and the questions were pretty straight forward.

Reading test

Passage 1 was about co-education vs single sex education. It was pretty simple, 4 paragraphs, Trye/False/Not given questions.
Passage 2 was about Charles Babbage and his invention.
Passage 3 was about taste and flavors. A little bit difficult, tricky.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a line graph showing number of people from different countries given UK citizenship. 2 more charts were comparing the origin of new citizens in 4 different countries.

Writing task 2 (essay)
In most of the societies the role played by a mother and a father is different. What is the reason and how it will change in the future.

Speaking test

Cue card
Talk about your best friend, you should say
– How you met,
– What you liked about him/her
– Why is he/she your best friend.


– Why do you think friends are important?
– Why it helps if you can make friends easily?
– How friendship between men and women is different?
– Do you like to party?
– What do you dislike about parties?
– Can an employer and an employee be friends?
– How can their relationship be improved?

IELTS exam in USA – April 2009 (Academic Module)

Here is what T from the US remembers about his IELTS this month:

Listening test

The listening was quite hard because almost all of the questions were multiple choice with a long description. I didn’t have time to read all the choices.

Reading test

The reading was really hard with long paragraphs, many multiple choice questions, many True/False/Not given questions, a lot of headings matching. The last section was about an avalanche..

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had an easy table regarding employment and unemployment in the UK and four more countries.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
We were asked to discuss whether a person should spend public money on a lifestyle that prevents illness or should that money be spent to help other people who are critically ill.

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– What is your job?
– Tell me about your family.

Cue card
Talk about the change in your life you want to make, you should say
– What kind of change you want,
– Why you want to make this change.

The topics were about family, friends, whether I cook or not.
– Why teaching children to cook in important?
– What are the things you should teach your children?



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