IELTS test in Malaysia and Australia – July 2013 (General Training)

IELTS test takers from Malaysia and Australia shared their Writing and Speaking topics (it was all they remembered). Thank you, K and M!

Writing testIELTS test in Malaysia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You saw an advertisement for a position to look after a house in Scotland while the owner is away, write a letter to the owner and say

– Introduce yourself.
– Why are you interested in this job?
– Ask some questions about the job.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

The popularity of mobile phones among young people is a growing rapidly. Is it a good or a bad development? Give your own opinion and relevant examples from experience.

Speaking test

Interview

 

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Did you play with toys when you were a child?
– What kinds of toys did you like? Why?
– In your country, do boys and girls play with the same types of toys?
– Do you still have your toys? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a party that you would like to arrange for your friends or family. Please say

– Who would you invite to the party?
– When and where would you hold the party?
– What would you and the guests do at the party?
– Explain why you would hold this party.
– What preparations would you need for this party?

Discussion

– What kind of parties do people like to give in your country?
– Is there any change in this trend at present compared to the past?
– What reasons do you think can bring such changes?
– What is the relevance of international festivals or celebrations to the world’s community?

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Finite and non-finite verbs

Finite and non-finite verbs

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Wed, 07/31/2013 – 07:03 — Chris McCarthy

 

Verbs express an action or make a statement about a person or thing.

John gave Sarah a present.
Sarah was very surprised.

A finite verb is a ‘working’ verb with a subject; it can be any tense. A non-finite verb which is also called in infinitive verb has no subject and can’t be in all the tenses.

A non-finite verb can be:

an infinitive               walk/to walk              be/to be                      be interested/to be arrested
a present participle  walking                      being                          being interesting
a past participle        walked                       been                           interested

Asentence must have at least one subject and finite verb.

A sentence:               I woke up early because of the noise from the street.
Not a sentence:        Because of the noise from the street.

A sentence:               I saw john and Sarah arguing just outside their house.
Not a sentence:        Arguing outside their house.

A sentence:               I went out to buy the things I needed for the party.
Not a sentence:        To buy the things I needed for the party.

Lesson by Tristan, English teacher at EC Malta English school

Decide which of the following are sentences or not:

  • 1) Walking in the morning before going to work to exercise.
    a sentence 
    not a sentence

  • 2) I keep telling my friend to stop smoking and start exercising.
    not a sentence
    a sentence

  • 3) I hope to save up as much money as possible.
    a sentence
    not a sentence

  • 4) He was so angry about wasting so much time at the post office.
    a sentence
    not a sentence

  • 5) To save up as much money as possible.
    not a sentence
    a sentence

  • 6) Helping my mum in the kitchen to prepare the Sunday lunch.
    not a sentence
    a sentence

  • 7) I was helping my mum in the kitchen to prepare the Sunday lunch.
    not a sentence
    a sentence

  • 8) Angry because of wasted time at the post office.
    a sentence
    not a sentence

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IELTS test in Australia – July 2013 (Academic Module)

 

Our kind friend F remembered the following details about the recent IELTS exam in Australia:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. A conversation between a receptionist and a dad who was applying for his son’s job (gardening or admin job).

Section 2. A conversation between students about their academic assignment, deadline and ideas.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. How the endangered water birds were saved in Australia using different methods.

Passage 2. Different views of two writers on how language has been learnt by people and how many millions of years ago it started.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

 

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph comparing the waste in kilogram per person, recycled in a country every year from 2000 to 2007. Also there was a bar graph showing the amount of recycled and non-recycled waste.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Space tourism: will it bring positive or negative effects on the world’s development? Give your own opinion. Use examples based on your experience.

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 a person in your life who is very polite. Please say

– Who is that person?
– How long have you known him/her?
– Why do you think he/she is so polite?

Discussion

– Why is it important to respect each other?
– In what ways teachers can teach children to respect others?
– Do you think it should be learnt in schools?
– To what extent do teachers succeed in this process?

 

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IELTS Speaking test in Auckland, New Zealand – July 2013

The speaking questions below were shared by E who took the IELTS test in Auckland, New Zealand:

Speaking testIELTS test in New Zealand

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– How many hours do you spend studying every day?
– Did you make some new friends in the place where you study?
– Do you watch TV in another language normally?
– Tell me about a TV program that you find interesting.
– Do you think TV helps you to learn a new language?

Cue Card

Talk about a historical event that interests you. Please say

– What is the event?
– How did you know about it?
– When and where did it take place?

Discussion

 

– Why do you think people study history?
– Do you like history?
– How can teachers improve the way they teach history?
– What do you think future historians will study about us?
– Tell me about a building constructed recently that might be considered an historical symbol in the future.

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Relative pronouns

Relative pronouns

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Mon, 07/29/2013 – 06:04 — Chris McCarthy

 

Relative pronouns are used to link two statements about a person or thing.

Relative pronouns as subjects of the verb.

I know the girl. She lives next door to you.
I know the girl who lives next door to you.

This is the shop. I bought my laptop from there.
This is the shop which I bought my laptop from.

The relative pronouns are:
Who, that, which, whose, and whom.

Who
We use who to refer to people but not things. It is the subject of the verb that follows it.
People who live in warm countries hate winter.
Do you know the family who lives opposite the post office?

Which
We use which to refer to things but not people. It is the subject of the verb that follows it.
This is the camera which takes panoramic photos.
I love the painting which is in the living room.

That
That is used to refer to people and things and it can replace who or which in all the sentences above.

Relative pronouns as objects of the verb

In some sentences the relative pronoun is the object of the verb ( it is not followed by a verb). In this situation it can be left out. Most native speakers tend to omit the relative pronoun in this situation.
These are the shoes. I bought them from Italy.
These are the shoes which/that I bought from Italy.
Or
These are the shoes I bought from Italy.

Lesson by Tristan, English teacher at EC Malta English school

Decide which relative pronoun should go in the following:
(who/that, which/that or – no pronoun)

  • 1) That’s the man __ helped me change my flat tyre.
    no pronoun is possible
    which/that
    who/that

  • 2) The politician __ was accused of corruption was arrested yesterday.
    who/that
    no pronoun is possible
    which/that

  • 3) I can’t find the recipe __ you gave me last week.
    who/that
    no pronoun is possible
    which/that 

  • 4) That’s the actor __ we saw performing in London.
    who/that
    no pronoun is possible
    which/that

  • 5) People __ live near the sea are usually excellent swimmers.
    which/that
    who/that
    no pronoun is possible

  • 6) Peter said he met a girl __ can speak more than five languages.
    no pronoun is possible
    which/that
    who/that

  • 7) Art is a subject __ most people know very little about.
    which/that
    no pronoun is possible
    who/that

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Irregular Comparatives and Superlatives

Irregular Comparatives and Superlatives

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Sat, 07/27/2013 – 05:43 — Chris McCarthy

We usually form Comparative/Superlative adjectives by adding –er/the + -estor    more/the most to the adjective:

The Nile is longer than the Amazon.
The Nile is the longest river in the world.

That flower is more beautiful than this one.
She is the most beautiful girl in the world!

However, there are some adjectives which take irregular forms:

Nancy is a good swimmer, but Caroline is better.
Stephanie is the best swimmer I know.

Do you know the correct form of these commonly used adjectives:

Adjective

Comparative

Superlative

good

bad

far

farther

the farthest

little

many

more

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Lesson by Nasreen, teacher at EC Cape Town English school

  • 1) The weather is ___ than last week. It’s so windy!
    bad
    the worst
    worse

  • 2) My house is ___ from school than yours.
    far
    farther
    further

  • 3) Mike earns ___ than Sheila.
    much money
    the more
    more money

  • 4) This book is ___ than the last one I read.
    the best
    good
    better

  • 5) Brian scored ___ marks than Shane in the test.
    few
    least
    less

  • 6) That’s the ___ chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten!
    good
    better
    best

  • 7) Susan won the ___ prizes in the competition.
    much
    more
    most

  • 8) Of all the sisters, she has the ___ patience.
    lose
    less
    least

  • 9) You are the ___ driver I know!
    worst
    worse
    bad

  • 10) Tommy swam the ___ of all the children.
    most far
    far
    farthest

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IELTS test in the UAE, India, Qatar – July 2013 (General Training)

Three of our students (thank you S, O and S!) reported the same IELTS exam in three counties: UAE, India and Qatar. Here is what they remembered:

Listening testIELTS test in the UAE

Section 1. Lifeguard application form.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Section 2. Two students were planning a dissertation with their lecturer.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 3 words).

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. A flowchart showing how to deal with arguments between colleagues.

Passage 2. An airline was trying to redesign the interior of a double decked aircraft and done a survey to see passengers’ preferences.

Passage 3, 4. Don’t remember.

 

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to your friend and ask to take care of your children while you are away on a business trip overseas. In your letter include

– What their likes and dislikes in food are.
– What activities they like the most.
– Suggest an arrangement for you to pick them up after the trip.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Doctors say that many people have health problems due to lack of physical activity. What is your opinion on this issue? What might be the reasons for this? What are the ways to improve the situation?

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like the transportation system in your country?
– What would you suggest to improve it?

Cue Card 1

Talk about someone whom you know as a very polite person. Please say

– How did you meet him/her?
– Why do you think this person is so polite?
– Do you enjoy spending time with him/her?

Discussion 1

– Are you a polite person?
– What mode of transport do you prefer?

Cue Card 2

Describe a time when you had missed something important. Please say

– Where and when was it?
– What could have been done to avoid it?
– How did you feel about it later?

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