IELTS test in the UK in December 2011

The following questions were asked on an IELTS (Academic module) exam held in the UK in December 2011. Source (www.ielts-blog.htm)

Listening test

Section 1

A dialogue between a police inspector and a lady who reported burglary at her residence. Questions were of the form completion type.

Section 2

A tourist guide was heard explaining the various locations and activities on a tour. Questions were of the match locations with activities type.

Section 3

Students were heard discussing their aircraft engine design presentation. Questions were of the table completion type.

Section 4

A lecture about children’s psychology.

Reading test

Passage 1 was about the choices people make in their lives and their effect on happiness.

Passage 2 was about Tulips and their popularity in Holland in the 17th century.

Passage 3 was about bitterness and its commercial significance.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

Test takers were given a pie chart showing the water consumption data in Australia by various sectors and a bar graph showing water usage of a typical household.

Writing task 2 (essay)

Richness plays an important role in helping people. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

You can find a model answer to this at http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/exams/ielts-model-essay.htm.

Speaking test

Interview

What’s your name?

Are you working or studying?

Where are you coming from?

Do you like the city you live in?

Cue Card

Talk about a newspaper or a magazine that you recently read. Please say

Which article in the newspaper/magazine did you like most?

What role do newspapers play in influencing public opinion?

Are other forms of media important too?

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