IELTS test in Pune, India – April 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam below was shared by our kind friend A, who took his test in Pune, India.

Listening test

Section 1. A phone conversation between a zoo operator and customer.
Questions: form completion (customer information) and site map based questions.

Section 2. A recorded message providing information about retirement services for the elderly.
Questions: table completion.

Section 3. A chat between two postgraduate students about selection of courses.
Questions: multiple choice with 4 options.

Section 4. A lecture / monologue on how business education emerged in the USA from the 19th to 21st century.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Reading test

Passage 1. Instructions to local residents from a water supply company.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. Auckland city library instructions for visitors / customers.
Questions: True / False / Not Given.

Passage 3. Advertisement by recruitment agency stating various advantages for job seekers.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. An article on handwriting and is relation to personality, opinions and experiments of different experts.
Questions: True / False / Not Given, filling in blanks, multiple choice with 4 options.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You are planning to join a part time course and have come to know about an organization that can sponsor your studies. Write a letter to the head of the organization mentioning

– your educational background and work experience,
– how the organization can help you to do this part time course,
– what is the benefit of doing this course.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that international sports events create problems for the hosting country and they are a waste of time and money. Do you agree or disagree with this view?

Speaking test


– How are you? May I know your full name, please.
– May I see your identification, please?
– Where are you from?
– Do you like animals?
– What is your favorite wild animal?
– When was the last time you gave a gift to someone? What was it?
– Do you think it is easy to buy gifts for others?
– What type of gifts you would like to receive from others?

Clue Card

Talk about a historical building you visited recently
– describe the building,
– say what is it used for,
– explain why you visited it.


– Why do people visit historical buildings?
– Do you think reading about historical buildings is better than actually visiting them? Why?
– Do you think the government is making enough effort to promote historical buildings in our country? Why?
– Do you think the government should repair such buildings? Why?

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