IELTS test in Sydney, Australia – July 2017 (General Training)

Our friend N recently took the IELTS test in Sydney, Australia, and remembered the following details:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. A drama teacher and a parent were having a discussion.

Section 2. A lecturer talked with students about their research. Advantages and disadvantages of the research were discussed.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About the history of the pen and its development.

Reading test

Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You recently met a couple who will be visiting your town. Write a letter to them and say

– Suggest what to bring
– Recommend where they should stay
– What places they should visit

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many nations like to host international sporting events, but people are against it. Describe both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you think your job is hard?
– Why do you think so?
– Do you play any musical instruments?
– Why / Why not?
– Do you have one friend or lots of friends?
– Why is it so?

Cue Card

Describe your neighbour. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– Where did you meet?
– Do you meet often?

Discussion

– How is the neighbourhood in your home country?
– Is it difficult to get along with neighbours in city areas?
– What can be done if your neighbours are loud and noisy?

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IELTS Speaking test in Lahore, Pakistan – July 2017

When Q took the IELTS Speaking test in Pakistan, he was asked the following questions:

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Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your major?
– Why did you choose this field?
– What is the most important part of your study program?
– How do you celebrate your birthdays?
– What age is important in your country and celebrated the most?
– Did you enjoy your birthdays as a child? Why?
– Is your birthday important to you? Why?
– Let’s talk about sunshine.
– How important is sunshine in your country?
– Do you normally get out and catch some sun or not?

Cue Card

Describe something you have not done so far but would like to do in the future. Please say

– What is it?
– When and where would you do it?
– Why would you like to do it?

Discussion

– Do you believe that you will do this?
– Is it important to set goals for younger generation in your country?
– What is the difference between men’s and women’s goals?
– Do you think a person can be successful without having any goals?
– Don’t you think that younger generation must have some goals for the progress of their country?
– What steps should the government take to reduce poverty?
– Should the government focus more on poverty rather than literacy?
– What is your own opinion on that?
– Do you have any solution in mind?

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IELTS test in Taiwan – July 2017 (General Training)

Following are topics and questions that K remembered from a recent IELTS exam in Taiwan:

Listening testIELTS test in Taiwan

Section 1. A phone call about student placement.

Section 2. Two students were talking about the topic of their study.

Section 3. A manager introduced a new employee to the office and payroll on the first day of new employment.

Section 4. The history of wallets and purses.

Reading test

Passage 1. A description of different museums.

Passage 2. About an internship opportunity in Ireland.

Passage 3. About London fog and its history.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You found a room at your company office that can be used as a relaxation room. Write a letter to your manager and ask to use it for this purpose. In your letter say

– Explain why you suggest this.
– Which room is it? Why?
– What changes will need to be done there?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

There is a trend of increasing amount of noise in our life. Why could this be a problem? What can be done to reduce it? Give your own opinion support it by examples.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live?
– Is it an apartment or a house?
– What type of place would you like to live in, in the future?
– Who is your favourite pop star?
– What is the difference between live performances and recordings?

Cue Card

Describe a drama series that you like to watch. Please say

– Who are the characters?
– What is it about?
– Why do you like it so much?

Discussion

– What are popular topics on TV in your county? Why?
– What is the difference of TV shows in the past and now?
– Is there any positives in watching TV?
– Why did TV become so popular?

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Young man from Nigeria got Band 8 in Academic IELTS – here is how

When we asked Oladeji Bamisile, a young man from Nigeria, how he managed to achieve Band 8 in his Academic IELTS exam, the answer was quite simple – lots of practice, early arrival, some warm up before Speaking and a prayer!

We felt his perspective was important to share with you, because quite a few of our students said they feel that Band 8 is nearly impossible to get. Oladeji’s experience proves the opposite – that with the right preparation and dedicated work, it is possible, doable, achievable and manageable!

Here is what he said about preparing for IELTS:

Band 9 in IELTS“Firstly, I practiced and read thoroughly the road to IELTS application materials, I took several tests there.

Secondly, I also practiced the test on the IELTS CD given alongside the material I received from the test centre, it was helpful.

Thirdly, I bought some materials online. These materials accounted to about 70% of my success, it included reading materials and also lots of tests and answers, listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Fourthly, I arrived at the exam venue hours earlier, so as to be in a calm mood and serene state of mind, free from pressure. On the day of my speaking test I made sure I raised a topic for discussion among the students sitting the test, and it was a good confidence booster, as it put me in the mood to talk. When I now got to the examiner I was calm and relaxed.

Lastly, I prayed to God to help me pass with excellence and he did!

The fact remains when practicing, time yourself and follow the timing keenly, I used 1 hour timing in Reading / Writing and it helped me finish most of my questions before the time was up.

Thanks so much, I hope my technique will work for someone else”.

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IELTS Results competition winners in June 2017

We are just about to present the 11 top scorers who won in our IELTS Results competition in June. All of them obviously managed to do a very good job of preparing for their exams. June’s winners come from many different countries – Egypt, India, Jordan, Nigeria, Spain and Uzbekistan – and seeing such great IELTS results being achieved all over the world is very encouraging.

Here are the proud owners of the best IELTS results in June:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Nihal Zubair from India, Band 8
  • Mohammed Qaim Rizvi from India, Band 8
  • Mus’ab Eldali from Jordan, Band 8
  • Ashish Mishra from India, Band 8
  • Oladeji Bamisile from Nigeria, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Karn Murti from India, Band 7.5
  • Kanwarjit Arora from India, Band 7.5

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Pedro Elizalde from Spain, Band 7

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Andrew Mikhael from Egypt, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Aiswarya Kannan from India, Band 8
  • Sarvinoz Hamzaeva from Uzbekistan, Band 8

Dear winners, we’re applauding your efforts and sending your special certificates of achievement to your email addresses. Your IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

And now it remains to find out how these lucky people were able to score so well – we want the details! This is why we’re asking all the winners to share their stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to share will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.

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Rhyming Riddles

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IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka – July 2017

Our friend K remembered the following questions from her IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka:

Speaking testIELTS test in Sri Lanka

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What part of your country do you live in?
– Do you like this place?
– Why is it so interesting?
– What are the interesting places to see there?
– Do you like to do house chores?
– What type of chores do you usually do around the house?
– Do you think it is important to learn housework nowadays?
– What house chores do you really dislike?

Cue Card

Talk about an interesting book that you would like to read again. You should say

– What book is it?
– When did you read it?
– Why would you like to read it again?

Discussion

– Do you think children have good imagination?
– Why do you think it is?
– Is reading important to our lifestyle?
– Do you think people read less nowadays?
– What are the factors influencing our reading habits?

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IELTS test in India – July 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friends L and V took their IELTS exams in India and remembered the following details:

Writing testIELTS test in India

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing the process of smoked foods production. These goods are popular worldwide for their flavour and good taste. We had to summarise the process.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that radio is the best way to get news while others think that TV is better for this purpose. Discuss both views, give your opinion and relevant examples.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Is it a hard job, in your opinion?
– Do you like it or not? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a person who helped you at a new workplace. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– What did he/she do to help you?
– How did you feel about it later?

Discussion

– Is it good to help others?
– Do you like doing it?
– How do you feel after helping somebody?
– Would you help a stranger?

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IELTS Listening: Making the impossible possible

IELTS Listening: Making the impossible possible

The problem

‘We have to listen and read and write all at the same time — that’s impossible!’

This is a common comment from students preparing for the IELTS Listening test. It is not easy to do all of these things at the same time — especially as you only hear the listening once — but it is not impossible.

The most important step you can take to do all these things effectively is preparation. IELTS Listening tests give you time, often 45 seconds or so, to read the questions in advance of listening and this is your golden preparation opportunity.

You need to use that preparation time effectively.

The solution

There are some key things you need to do to prepare in this time:

  • Identify the keywords in each question
  • Think of possible synonyms for those keywords (you often hear different words with the same meaning as keywords in the Listening test)
  • Identify the type of answer you need — for example, is it a name, number, or adjective? Then think of possible answers to the questions (you might think this is impossible, but try — you might be surprised when you guess correctly)

Try this now on one section of one of our IELTS Listening practice tests. You can find the whole set here.

practice test 1

You will probably think this is impossible to do in 45 seconds. At first you might be right. With practice of this technique you will get quicker and more effective. Keep trying, be persistent, and you will see improvement.

This technique is helpful as you are mentally preparing yourself for the listening audio — so your mind is more receptive when the listening starts. It is like tuning into the content of the listening test.

For more advice on the listening test check this video:

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