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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS in Australia – September 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Australia was shared by P (thanks a lot!), who remembered many details:

Listening test

Section 1: A lady puts her daughter in a new school.

Questions: Fill the form with her address, phone number and some details about her daughter, a little bit about school: how many students and which subjects her daughter will be taking.

Section 2: A newly opened shopping centre.

Questions: how many car parks, how many department stores, public transport access, then a table about events in that shopping centre.

Section 3: 2 students were discussing their assignment/survey.

Questions: Charts in one question asking about proportion in their survey result, Multiple choice questions, then choose 3 options which were mentioned in the conversation, that schools need to improve or rebuild.

Section 4: A lady presented her research/project. She talked about how she got the info, the details of her project, agriculture in the past, how to fertilize the soils, why poorer farmers could produce more crops than richer farmers.

Reading test

Passage 1: Development in child education (how the first kindergarten has been settled). It was about the theory of child education that was invented by 2-3 child behavior experts.

Questions: Matching headings to paragraphs, Yes/No or True/False questions, Match the period with events, Match the persons name with the things they have done.

Passage 2: Malaria in Italy. The cause and the regulations of Malaria in Italy in the past.

Questions: Yes/No or True/False questions, Gap fills (no more than 2 words).

Passage 3: How to clean the beaches that were soiled by leaking oil in several countries.
Questions: Gap fills (no more than 3 words), Multiple choice questions.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a line graph about energy sources used to produce electricity in The UK between 1996-2006 (not sure about the period) There are 4 kinds for energy sources: natural fuel, oil, coal and nuclear energy. The trends were as follows: 2 lines quite stable, one was upwards and one was downwards.

Writing task 2 (essay)
What in your opinion is better, encouraging young people go to university or train to be car mechanics and builders, which are needed by the local community.

Speaking test

– Where do you live?
– How convenient is the transportation from your place?
– What were you reading when you were young?
– What are you reading at present?
– Do you shop for fruit and vegetables?
– How important is it to eat fruits and vegies?

Cue card
Describe a conversation you had and that was important to you in some way.
– Who you had it with,
– Where you had it,
– What it was about.

– Conversation in family: what kind of conversatios do you have as a family?
– Conversation between 2 men and 2 women – how different are they?

IELTS in Bahrain – September 2009 (General Training)

IELTS test in Bahrain was shared by A., who told us everything he remembered (and he has an excellent memory!). Apparently exams in Sharjah, UAE and Kiev, Ukraine were the same. Many thanks to A from us all, and here goes:

Listening test

Section 1: A conversation between a lady & customer service agent with regard to house moving from one part of Australia to another (from Somerton to Sydney).

Questions: Fill in the blanks ( one word / number only).

Section 2: Narration about bushfires, precautionary measures, things needed during the bushfires and requests for volunteers.

Questions: Fill in the blanks (no more than 2 words).

Section 3: Discussion between students regarding a University Course & facilities.

Questions: Multiple choice (3 options: agree / neither agree or disagree / disagree), fill in blanks (no more than 2 words).

Section 4: Naration on US marsh Lands.

Questions: Fill in blanks (no more than 2 words).

Reading test

Passage 1: Water quality, maintenance & efficiency.
Questions: Match the paragraph to given numeric.

Passage 2: Auckland Public Library.
Questions: True/False/ Not Given.

Passage 3: Membership in a certain firm
Questions: Match the letters to the different paragraphs and give an appropriate heading to the passage.

Passage 4: Exploration Trips & Organizations (this was very very tricky, but the cues given in your training material, those came in very handy).

Questions: Match the Organization (a letter) to the given sentence. Fill in the blanks (no more than two word

Passage 5: A big text on Volunteerism with five kinds of societies mentioned.

Questions: Which society corresponds to what (information matching), filling in the gaps.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
A friend had a new born baby, you have picked up a present for the and want to visit to give it to him / her. Write a letter to
1. Congratulate your friend.
2. Tell him why you picked up the mentioned present.
3. Suggest arrangements for the visit.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Many people in cities are living in apartment blocks. Your views of advantages / disadvantages of living in apartment blocks, with personal experiences or instances if any.

Speaking test

– What is you name?
– Where are you from?
– Do you have many festivals in your country?
– Do you invite guests to your home during these festivals?
– How do you prepare for your guests visiting your home?
– Do you give presents?
– Do you find it easy choosing presents?
– Do you think it is important to give expensive presents?

Cue Card
Talk about a thing you have planned to buy in the near future:
1. Describe the thing (what it does).
2. What it looks like.
3. Why do you want to buy it

1. Consumerism – is it essential?
2. Effect of consumerism on the environment.
3. Is this situation reversible?