IELTS exam in Australia – April 2009 (General training)

Here is what our Aussie friend Y remembers about her General training IELTS exam this month:

Listening test

The recording was a little bit faster than I expected, sections 3 and 4 were both related to science. I heard a lot of uncommon words.

Reading test

The number of passages was reduced from 5 to 4 and the last one was the longest. It was about a scientific report about a lake under ice.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (letter)
The letter was on booking a hotel room, number of people, general plan while staying there and any special requirements.

Writing task 2 (essay)
The essay is on women’s role as police officers. Although there are more and more women police officers in reality, are they really suitable for this job?

Speaking test

– What is your home like?
– How long have you been living there?
– How do you want do decorate it?
– Do you like sports?
– What sports facilities do you like and what are the most popular in your city?
– When did you start using internet and what do you use it for?

Cue card
Describe a radio or TV program that you would like to talk about with your family and friends these days. You should say:
– What is it?
– What do you like about it and dislike about it?

The questions were mainly about radio and TV programs.
– What effect will they have on people’s life, on children?
– What are future benefits we can get from computers and the Internet?

IELTS exam in India – April 2009 (Academic Module)

Our Indian friend sent this report about his recent Academic IELTS exam. Thanks, K!

Listening test

The four sections were about a waste disposal, an employment procedure, a course and in the last one there was a railway route chart.

Reading test

Passage 1 was about single sex education vs. co-education.
Passage 2 was about a person who discovered a mathematical tool, but whose work was only recognized after his death.
Passage 3 was about the sense of smell and other senses related to brain receptors.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
I was asked to compare data included in a bar chart and a pie chart about prices in two Australian cities.

Writing task 2 (essay)
In today’s world, career is the only vital thing for a person in their life, what is your opinion?

Speaking test

– Do you write letters?
– What are the importance of letters?
– How often do you think people write letters?

Cue Card
Talk about an advice you gave someone, you should say
– What kind of advice it was
– Who you gave it to
– Why you gave that advice

In the last part I was asked to speak about human relationship of today’s world.



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