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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS in the UK – December 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in the UK was described by N. – thanks a lot for your good memory and kind heart. Here goes:

Listening test

Section 1: A conversation between a father and a daughter about the facilities of restaurants for a wedding.

Section 2: A talk about a polar bear in a zoo, a supervisor was giving instructions and information to short term

Section 3: A dialogue about wind energy in Australia.

Section 4: A lecture, can’t remember the topic.

Questions: Filling in the gaps, multiple choice, information matching (facilities to restaurants, etc.)

Reading test

Passage 1: About roller coasters.

Passage 2: About what we can learn from sports champions (mentally).

Passage 3: About some French architects and historians that built a castle using only the same resources that were available in the 13th century.

Questions: True/False/Not Given, match headings to paragraphs, match information to a paragraph, match statements to persons, multiple choice questions, filling in the gaps.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)
We had to describe a flow chart on cocoa beans processing.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
International exchange programmes for teenage school students have more advantages than disadvantages. To what extent do you agree? Give examples from your own experience.

Speaking test

– Where do you come from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your work?
– What are your duties at work?
– What do you write at work?
– Do you like handwriting or on the computer?
– Do you think handwriting is still important?
– Do you like working with people or working alone?
– Who cooks in your home?

Cue card
Talk about a course you want to attend in the future. You should say:
– what kind of course it is,
– why you would like to do it,
– whether it will be difficult for you,
– what you would like about it.

– When are you going to attend this course?
– Teaching: what makes a good teacher?
– Do you think school lessons and teachers are necessary for successful learning?
– Do you think we learn differently in different ages? How?

IELTS test in Melbourne, Australia – December 2009 (General Training)

IELTS test in Melbourne, Australia was shared by S. (thanks a million!) who remembered quite a bit. Unfortunately S. didn’t remember anything about the Speaking test, but did a very god job describing the other sections:

Listening test

Section 1: A conversation between a drama teacher and a parent regarding the drama lesson of his daughter.
Questions: Multiple choice and information matching.

Section 2: A tourist island and its facilities.
Questions: Multiple choice, match the correct letters to the questions and sentence completion.

Section 3: A conversation between 2 lecturers and 2 students regarding 2 books.
Questions: Table completion (no more than 3 words).

Section 4: About a conference.
Questions: Sentence completion.

Reading test

Passage 1: About an off-road bicycle trail.
Questions: True / False / Not Given and multiple choice questions.

Passage 2: Motorcycle driving exams.
Questions: short answer (use no more than 3 words).

Passage 3: Food Safety.
Questions: short answer (use no more than 3 words).

Passage 4: History of Kauri Gum Trees in New Zealand.
Questions: Matching of statements to relevant section in the
text, short answer question (use no more than 3 words), multiple choice question.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are planning to go on a holiday in an English-speaking country where one of your friends reside. Please write him a letter and let him know about the upcoming trip. In your letter:
– Ask for recommendations for places to visit during your trip.
– Ask about accommodations.
– Advise on an program that you and your friend can do together once you will meet him.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
It is common in several cultures that people change their hair color, use cosmetics, use jewelery and have cosmetic surgeries performed. In your opinion, why people do so? Do you think that it is good to make such changes? Give reasons or use our own examples to support your answer.