IELTS exam in Jalandhar, India – April 2009 (General Training)

One of our Indian friends (excellent memory, S!) reports about his General Training IELTS exam:

Listening test

Section 1: A woman describing her lost bag to a railways official; the questions were on filling in the form of personal details.

Section 2: Art gallery students being introduced to the course & campus; the questions were on completing the course information & a map of campus.

Section 3: Talk by a university lecturer on an expedition to sea & a natural museum for students; the questions were multiple choice.

Section 4: A university professor giving information on research schedule; the questions were on completing the information.

Reading test

Passage 1 – a paragraph on bicycle expedition; the questions were “short answer questions” (three words).

Passage 2 – a paragraph on use of library; the questions were True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3 – a paragraph on getting a motorcycle license made; the questions were True/False/Not Given.

Passage 4 – can’t remember exactly but the questions were of matching information type.

Passage 5 – a paragraph on different types of calculators, very difficult reading. The questions were on matching the types of calculators with characteristics given and also matching given themes with paragraphs.


Writing test

Writing task 1 (letter)
You have moved to a new place. Write a letter to a friend giving reasons why you moved to that place. Describe that place. Invite your friend to visit you.

Writing task 2 (essay)
People find it very difficult to speak in public or to give a presentation before an audience. Do you think public speaking skill is really important? Give reasons. Some people say public speaking should be taught at school. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS exam in Turkey – April 2009 (Academic Module)

Our friend M from Turkey reports about his Academic IELTS exam, here is what he remembers:

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
There was a chart describing reasons for not going to work in three periods. The reasons were illness, stress, unexpected events, family responsibilities.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Children are experiencing social, educational and commercial pressure. What are the causes to this pressure? What measures can we take to reduce this pressure?

Speaking test

– What’s your job?
– Is your job easy or not? Why?
– Do you think there will be any changes in regards to your job in the future?
– When did you go on holidays last time? Where?
– What would you like to do during the holidays?
– What do you not like doing in that time?

Cue Card
Describe a good cook that you know, you should say
– who this cook is
– which meal made by this cook you prefer
– how she/he learned cooking

The examiner was asking me some complex questions related to cook, future eating habits and so on.



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