IELTS test in England – July 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS exam in England was shared by our kind friend I, a native English speaker who had to take the IELTS test (yes, that happens!). She relied on the resources in IELTS-Blog for preparation and wanted to give back. Here is what she remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A man was contacting an emergency service because he had a strong pain in his back. He was asking what he should do to get rid of the pain, the nurse on the phone was suggesting him to take painkillers, etc.

Section 2. A conversation between a student and a person who was selling his car.

Section 3. A lady telling a group of people where they can watch Killer Whales at a certain coastline. She also explained where they were allowed to camp there.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. A report on various types of the cattle family (family Bovidae – antelopes being one of them), where they live and what they eat, which ones are extinct and which ones are endangered, and which ones have survived.

Passages 2 and 3 – don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

There were two layouts of the same town, one in the year of 1996 and the other in present day. We were asked to compare the two layouts. There were changes in shops in the shopping malls, one university expanded and a library and a cafe were added, a road also expanded and a footpath was added, a big car park in the old picture turned into a park in the present picture.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

People should take care of there health as a duty for the society, regardless of benefits it has for themselves. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test

Interview

Don’t remember.

Cue card

Talk about a well known TV or radio presenter, in your speech
– describe the presenter,
– say what the show was about,
– what characteristics the presenter had.

Discussion

– What do you think about TV news presenters expressing their opinions on certain news topics?

– Are newspapers neutral in the way they report certain topics?

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