IELTS in Ireland – July 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Ireland was described very well by a caring student M, who sent me this update this morning.
Later on I learned that IELTS in London had the same topics and questions.

Here is what the exam was like:

Listening test

Section 1: A lady who had recently moved to the place was inquiring about a drama club with the chairman of the club.
Questions: Fill in the blanks, multiple choice, information matching.

Section 2: A conversation between 2 students about books, their authors and contents of the books. The books were about insects and wild animals.
Questions: fill in the blanks.

Sections 3 and 4 M didn’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1: The text was about disabled children, their difficulties in education, the steps taken by the government of New Zealand and what else can be done.
Questions: Which paragraph has the following sentences.

Passage 2: The text was about “Tulip Mania”, how the Europeans were crazy about tulips, how tulips trading had its success and then declined.

Passage 3: The text was about believing in serendipity in scientific research and business amongst different scientists.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
Explain the difference between the two diagrams. The 2 diagrams showed the school buildings in 2003 & 2010.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Express your views regarding sufficient respect towards older people. What can be the reasons? How does it affect the society? Support your answer with your personal experience.

Speaking test

Interview
– What is your full name?
– Where do you live at the moment? Describe that place.
– Do you eat fruit and vegetables?
– How important are the fruit and vegetables? Is it easy to get them?
– Why do you think new generation doesn’t like their old culture/outfits?
– Do you have any of your childhood toys?
– Do you think nowadays kids have more toys? Why?

Cue card
Talk about one of your childhood’s memorable events, you should say
– why do you remember it?
– when did it happen?
– what happened during the event?

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