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IELTS in Sydney, Australia – August 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Australia was kindly shared by V, who wishes everybody good luck and excellent score in their exam. Right back at you, V!

Listening test

Section 1: Mr. Northwaite was filing complaints about a removal company which broke/lost several of his items.

Section 2: A responsible/teacher explaining to new university students how things work in the campus.

Section 3: A research that showed wind turbines can be dangerous for birds, and the possible solutions to avoid turbines being a threat to the birds.

Section 4: Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1: A research concerning the healing powers of magnetism on human body, the application of magnetism in modern medicine and in ancient ages, arguments about whether it is effective or not, where can you buy magnetic stones.

Questions: Matching headings to various paragraphs.

Passage 2: A research concerning the possible causes of the extinction of mammoths in North America 11,000 years ago. The opinion and theories of various experts, one blaming human hunting, another blaming deadly diseases introduced by humans, yet another blaming the climate instability.

Questions: Mainly about recognizing was who said what, completing phrases with quotes from the document given.

Passage 3: The psychology of young children aged 12-36 months, about how they interact with the external world and how aware they are of society at those ages. The capacity of understanding and elaborating lies, jokes, etc. The opinion of experts.

Questions: Answer general questions, True/False/Not Given questions.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
A graph that was showing popularity of 6 sports (football, rugby, snooker, swimming, tennis, golf) among UK residents in the years 1995, 2000, 2005.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Similarity between cultures in the world is increasing. What are the possible reasons in your opinion, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this phenomenon. Discuss including personal opinions and experiences.

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– Where do you come from?
– Do you drive a car?
– Do you think it is important to drive safely?
– What age would you like your kids to start driving?

Cue Card
Talk about an electronic device you would like to have.
– Describe it.
– Explain its functions.
– Why do you want it?
– Do you plan to buy it?

The final part was a discussion about the role of teachers in school during modern ages, and if they were still important figures in a classroom, with all the technology available. I was asked to discuss this theme and express my opinion.

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