IELTS in Birmingham, UK – July 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Birmingham, UK was described as follows by M, who managed to remember and share the questions. Later on I found out from another student that IELTS in Hyderabad, India was exactly the same.

Listening test

Section 1: Opening a bank account.
Questions: There was a form to fill.

Section 2: A conversation between a student and a local person regarding a sports club and other services of the town.

Section 3: HR of a clothing company giving out details on the recruitment process in the company.

Section 4: A teacher who started a new website for online studies.

Reading test

Passage 1: Difference between traditional methods of IQ testing and the recent ones.

Passage 2: Gestures and how different countries have different meaning for the same gestures.
Questions: Find a paragraph with the given statement, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3 : Complicated text on marine biodiversity and the threat to marine life because of human activities – a little confusing and difficult.
Questions: Multiple choice, matching headings to paragraphs, matching sentences to paragraphs, filling in the gaps words from passage, overall rather difficult.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a simple table with 2 columns showing number of motor vehicles per 1000 population in 8 countries in the years 1999 and 2000.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Looking into family history is considered very valuable by some. Others live for the present and for the future. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

– Full name?
– What should I call you?
– Tell me about where you live now.
– Transportation facilities where you live, what are they?
– Fruits and vegetables – what do you think of them as a part of your diet?
– Do you read?
– Should kids be encouraged to read?

Cue card
Talk about a conversation you had with someone, you should say:
– Whom you had it with.
– What made it important to you.

– Have you had this conversation with anyone else?
– In which situations do strangers talk to each other?
– What are the conversations that are usual in your country?

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