Update from an Academic IELTS exam, France

Special thanks to our French friend G. who told us what his Academic exam was like:

IELTS test in France

Listening test

Section 1. A real-estate information form to fill (with phone numbers and name spelling).
Section 2. Sport venue locations to find on a map and a table completion task on them.
Section 3. A filling-in-the-gaps exercise about requirements for a master degree for South-American students (quite hard as they were speaking fast).

Reading test

Passage 1. Cow manure-made water filters (I found the text: click here to read), task type: a gap-fills exercise.
Passage 2. About Pioneer 10 & 11 satellites going astray, task type: headings matching.
Passage 3. Prehistoric research struggles of the scientists in Australia, task type: multiple choice questions.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

We were given a table showing visits to London in 1996 and 2001 by UK-residents and overseas visitors. Visitors were sorted by categories (business, family, holidays, other).

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Machines are becoming very sophisticated and workers are benefiting from that. Discuss to what extent advantages of machines outweigh the disadvantages.

Speaking test


Discussion of bicycle.

Cue Card

Talk about a good advice you were once given.


How to give advice to others and in particular to children and teenagers.

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