IELTS exam in Malaysia – March 2009 (Academic Module)

A caring student from Malaysia is telling us about her Academic IELTS exam:

Reading test

Surprisingly, the first two paragraphs were tougher than the third. One of them was about the planet Venus, and the questions were “fill in the blanks”.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a 4 – line graph on vehicle production by 4 US manufacturers over 5 years

Writing task 2 (essay)
Do you think the number of sporting facilities should be increased for the benefit of the public, discuss, what is your opinion?

Speaking

Interview
– Describe the house that you live in now (so I described the house, giving details on how many bedrooms, restroom, kitchen, and living area)
– Which room is your favorite?
– Do you like shopping?

– When was the last lime you went shopping? With whom?
– When do you normally I go shopping?
– Have you ever dislike shopping?
– Do you love writing?
– How did you learn writing when you were a child?
– How do we go about teaching the children how to write? .
– Do you prefer conventional writing using a pen or digital using a computer? ( of course I chose computer, it’s easier and very practical.)

Cue Card
Describe your favorite speaker, you should say:
– Who it was
– Where did you meet him,
– What was the topic of his speech

At the beginning I managed to say who he is and what was the topic was. But then, after 1 minute or so, I started to lose focus. When the examiner gave me the time-up sign, only then I concluded my statement. Bottom line, I messed up in part 2.

Discussion
– What makes a good speaker?
– Do visual aids help in a presentation?
– Do school children need to be motivated by speakers, what kind of speakers?
– Were there any speakers that came to your school?

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