IELTS Speaking test in Egypt – April 2017

Our friend E took the IELTS Speaking test in Egypt and was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Egypt

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Please describe your city.
– Do you like it? Why?
– What is your favorite TV program?
– Why is that?
– What do you do in your spare time?

Cue Card

Describe an interesting neighbour of yours. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– When and where did you meet him/her?
– What do you do together?

Discussion

– What is the importance of neighbours in our society?
– Do neighbours nowadays differ from the past? Why?
– Do you think smaller communities have better communication than big ones?
– Why do you think so?
– Do people of small community do a better job of developing their community?
– How are small and big businesses involved in developing small communities?

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IELTS Speaking test in Australia – April 2017

When H took the IELTS Speaking test in Australia he was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Australia

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you usually do at work?
– What kind of activities do you do at home?
– Are there any household tasks you do not like? Why?
– Did you study music when you were a child?
– Do you play any instruments now?
– Do you think it is easy to learn to play a new instrument?

Cue Card

Talk about a neighbour that you know well. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– How did you meet him/her?
– Do you like him/her? Why?

Discussion

– Do you know other neighbours in your neighbourhood?
– What kind of people do you think are important for the neighbourhood?
– Do you think local businesses are important to the community?
– Do you have an example of a community becoming better or worse?
– What do you think about the impact of technology on the community?

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IELTS test in Singapore – April 2017 (General Training)

Our friend K took the IELTS test in Singapore and remembered the following details:

Listening testIELTS test in Singapore

Section 1. About Grand Sands Bay hotel holiday packages.

Section 2. A home store improvement plan.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. The impact of Australian cars between 1940s and 1990s.

Reading test

Passage 1. About museums.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. About world tour holiday options.
Questions: match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 3. About the Chartered Institute of Marketing and members’ benefits.

Passage 4. About Benchmark institution, its staff and apprenticeship program.

Passage 5. About volunteering program suitable for all ages.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

One of your colleagues from another country comes to your office for an official meeting. Write a letter to him/her and say

– Describe how to get from the airport to his/her hotel.
– Describe the hotel he/she will be staying in.
– Describe the arrangement for the meeting.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe it is better for children to grow up in the city while others say it is better to grow up in the countryside. Discuss 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?

Cue Card

Talk about an instance when you were prevented from using a mobile phone. Please say

– Where and when did it take place?
– Why did you need to use your phone?
– How did you feel then?

Discussion

– Why was the phone usage prohibited there?
– Don’t remember the other questions.

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Jasmeen’s 3 basic steps to IELTS Band 8.5

Jasmeen is a delightful young lady from India, whose mother tongue is Hindi. She took IELTS a few weeks ago and scored Band 8.5, with two straight 9’s in Reading and Listening. This certainly isn’t an IELTS score we get to see every day, and so we simply had to ask Jasmeen for her best IELTS tips.

Here’s what she said YOU can do to follow her footsteps to success:

Band 8.5 in IELTS“Preparation for any exam requires 3 basic steps:

1. Understand the requirements and grading criteria of the exam.

2. Gauge your level on a practice test to come up with a strategic study plan based on your score, the desired improvement and study material available.

3. Dedication and patience is the key, stick to your schedule and practice daily.

The basics for preparing for IELTS reading and listening is making the least number of mistakes. Therefore, aim for reducing the incorrect answers rather than looking for a specific band score. When you reduce your wrong answers daily, the band score rises automatically.

In addition, examine your weak spots i.e. question types you frequently lose marks on. Once you are able to correct your own mistakes, you will be able to find faster methods and tricks to solve those types of questions thereby ensuring a perfect score on these sections.

Moving on to the other modules. I believe Writing and Speaking can be prepared together. If one is good at organizing and expressing their thoughts in English in writing, then they can surely do the same in Speaking and vice versa. The key here is to be able to logically explain your viewpoints.

In addition, writing is graded on 4 criteria as mentioned in the IELTS exam guide. So make sure to fulfill all of criteria to score high. That would be completing the task by answering the entire question in full, using proper linkers and connectors to make sure your essay is developed and bound properly, keep the grammatical and spelling mistakes to the minimum and ensure using diverse range of words to express the same thing (synonyms, idioms and vocabulary).

For speaking, practice daily and record you self to review your fluency and pronunciation also don’t forget to time your responses especially for the cue card.

Last bit of advice, do not forget to practice with pencil and do a full IELTS test before exam day, as erasing and writing again might consume more time then one would imagine.

I was able to score high using the above mentioned approach and I hope others reading this would benefit from my experience.

Good luck to all the test takers!”

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IELTS test in Australia – April 2017 (General Training)

An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks, D!) remembered the following topics and questions from a recent exam:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You recently visited a store to repair your computer, but they couldn’t fix it. Write a letter to the store manager and say

– What was the problem with your computer?
– What happened in the store?
– What do you want them to do about it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that you need more money to be happy, while others prefer to have more free time than money. Discuss 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?
– What subject are you studying?
– How do you see your future career?
– Why is that?
– Do you like writing?
– Would you consider becoming a writer?

Cue Card

Talk about a place you use for relaxation. Please say

– What and where is this place?
– How often do you go there?
– How did you find this place?

Discussion

– How do people in your country like to relax?
– How were people relaxing in the past?
– Is it different today?
– Why do you think so?

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IELTS test in Malaysia – April 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend S took the IELTS test in Malaysia and remembered the following questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Malaysia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two diagrams showing the layout of a college building. The first one was showing a 30-year-old layout and the second its current redevelopment. We had to compare and summarize both diagrams.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays most developing countries receive financial aid from international organisations. However, many people believe that help in a form of advice and skills is more important and useful than money. Discuss 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?
– What subject are you studying?
– Do you like photography?
– What is more valuable, photo or video?
– Why do you think so?

Cue Card

Talk about a nice place for relaxation that you know and use. Please say

– Where and what is this place?
– Why do you go there?
– Who do you go there with?

Discussion

– What do you think about work for big corporations?
– Would you like to work for one? Why?
– What are the pleasant and unpleasant things about such workplaces?
– How should the manager and staff communicate in your opinion?
– Why do you think this is important?

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