IELTS exam in Ireland – April 2009 (General Training)

This report came from Ireland where J had an IELTS exam and was very depressed and disappointed with it. Here are the topics and the questions:

Listening test

Section 1: Online shopping
Section 2: Information about a new library.
Section 3: Advantages and disadvantages of SUV (sport utility vehicles)
Section 4: Exporting fruit from Indonesia (this section was quite difficult, I could not get any question right and normally I score 7 or higher in the Listening test).

Reading test
Passage 1: About different library services provided to students, the questions were of matching information type.
Passage 2: About various means of public transportation in London, the questions: gap-filling.
Passage 3: About the history of pen, questions: matching and T/F/NG
Passage 4: About different driving directions to college, including motorway and national roads, the questions: matching and T/F/NG.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
You should write a letter to your friend who is coming to stay in your home while you are away for holidays. In that letter:
– give necessary instructions
– explain where he or she can get help if there is a problem.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
People should change their job at least once in their life time instead having just one, do you agree or disagree. (I saw this topic in a practice book before I went for the test, sadly, I forgot everything. What a day.)

Speaking test

In the interview there were some questions about a bicycle.

Cue card
Describe an item you would like to buy, you should say:
– What does it look like?
– How long have this purchase been planned?

Discussion
The questions were about advertisement on TV, what are its positive and negative features.
From business’ or consumer’s point of view, what will they do in future about advertising?

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