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Recent IELTS exams

Real students tell about their recent IELTS exams: IELTS questions, topics, tasks, answers.

IELTS exam in the UK and in Germany – November 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS exams in the UK and Germany were the same. IELTS-Blog readers K. and P.(thank you very much!) managed to remember the following details:

Listening test

Section 1: A phone call, Patrick was asking about taking part in Sahara race.
Questions: Multiple choice questions and fill in the blanks.

Section 2: A talk about a pre-school co-operative.
Questions: Fill in the blanks.

Section 3: Asian honey bees in Australia
Questions: Multiple choice.

Section 4: Australian railway.
Questions: Fill in the blanks, multiple choice questions.

Reading test

Passage 1: Seaweed in New Zealand.
Questions: Matching headings, fill a flow chart.

Passage 2: Scientific theories about communication / teaching process of ants.
Questions: Matching statements to a person named in the text, True / False / Not given.

Passage 3: About an Arctic explorer and about an author who wrote a book about the explorer.
Questions: Multiple choice, summary completion, matching paragraphs to statements.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)
There was a 4-line graph about development of new homes in a specific region in the UK between 2000 and 2008, plus a prediction about 2010.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Influence of advertisements on children: parents object to the pressure, while advertisers say that they also give some useful information in their spots. Discuss both sides and state your opinion.

Speaking questions that P. and K. remembered will be published tomorrow.

IELTS in Australia – November 2009 (General Training)

I have to interrupt the sequence of IELTS tips we were so lucky to get from Debashis, our Band 9 achiever, to update you on the latest IELTS topics people are sharing with me. All credits for today’s report go to S. from Australia, who remembered this much about her exam:

Listening Test

The only thing S. remembered was many questions of “fill in the blanks” type, using one – three words, and a few of multiple choice questions.

Reading Test

Passage 1: A tour package.

Passage 2: Medical policy for university students.

Passage 3: Studies about differences between men & women throughout history.

Questions: Filling in the gaps (one,two or three words), Multiple choices (a,b or c), Matching headings to paragraphs.

Writing Test

Writing task 1 (a letter)
Write a letter to the head of the department of education to show your appreciation of a course you attended. In you letter
– explain about the course,
– how have the course benefited you in your life/work.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Machines have taken over domestic jobs that used to be done by hand. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this? Give examples from your own experience.

strong>Speaking Test

– What is your name?
– May I see your ID?
– Where do you live?
– Why did you choose to live there?

Cue Card
Talk about the climate in your country, you should say:
– How hot or cold is the climate?
– How much rain do you get?

– Do you think your friends will like the weather here, in Australia?
– Compare the Australian weather to the one of your home country.
– What kind of weather do you like and why?
– How do you think weather affects economy?