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Our friend M took the IELTS Speaking test in Dubai, UAE and remembered the following questions:

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Where do you live?
– What is your favourite room where you live?
– Do you like traveling? Why?
– What touristic attraction did you visit last when you were in your country, and with whom?
– Do you like reading?
– What type of book is your favourite?
– Do you like reading e-books?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when you were travelling and your car had a breakdown. Please say

– Where you were going
– With whom you were going
– How you handled the situation, and
– How you felt about the situation.

Discussion

– What is the best way to move around in your home town?
– In your country is it common for young people to own a car?
– Are there more older people who own a car than young people?
– Which group of people uses the public transportation the most in you country?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of a modern railway transport system, compared to private cars?
– What are the effects of a modern railway system on the environment, compared to cars?

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Our friend H from India took an Academic IELTS test and remembered the following questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph showing the prices of bananas in four different countries.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays consumer goods have become the most important part of people’s lives. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

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?
– Where are you from?
– Do you like to travel?
– Is travelling very popular in your country?
– How old were you when you started studying math?
– Did you use electronic devices while studying math?
– How did you do all the calculations?

Cue Card

Describe the type of clothing that you like to wear. Please say

– What is it?
– Why do you like it?
– Where do you buy it?

Discussion

– Are designer clothes more popular in your country now?
– Why do you think people like to wear designer clothes these days?
– Are these clothes very expensive in your area?
– Where do you like to buy these clothes?

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Six months into 2019 and the number of people participating in our IELTS results competition, and winning, is steadily increasing! Today we have the pleasure of announcing the 11 winners who sent their IELTS results to us in June 2019. Let’s take a moment to appreciate their achievements:

Academic Module – 1st place

  • Jojy George Koshy from India, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Tusheen Narang from India, Band 8
  • Marie Augustine from Mauritius, Band 8
  • Shamsudeen Bello from Nigeria, Band 8
  • Nishal Sequeira from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Funmilayo Ajayi from Nigeria, Band 7.5
  • Sudhanshu Avasthi from India, Band 7.5
  • Habib Abiola Kelani from Nigeria, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Preetha Rajan from India, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Komal Romil Chandarana from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Rohitkumar Pokiya from India, Band 6.5

Congratulations! We applaud the winners and send their certificates of achievement to their emails – let’s make this day a little bit special. The winning IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – if you won, please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

Just in case you were wondering, ‘What did they do to score so well, and can I do the same?’, we sure hope to find out very soon! So far we know that one of the winners is our student – Abiola Kelani from Nigerua, who got Band 7.5. He wrote to us and said “Your website and writing correction service was of great benefit to me during my study for IELTS Academic.” – and we were really happy to see him achieve a massive improvement in writing.

But we have 10 more people who can share their IELTS secrets! In fact, Preetha Rajan (a proud owner of IELTS Band 8.5) promised to share her tips on the blog as soon as possible, which is amazing, and we hope that other winners will be just as generous! 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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P took the IELTS test in Perth, Australia and remembered the following topics and questions:

Reading test

Passage 1. An advertisement of services and products.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Passage 2. A description of events at a festival.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3. About lifeguards and water safety in Australia.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage4. A research about twins.
Questions: filling in blanks, match information to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently visited a theater and had an accident there. The staff were very helpful. Write a letter to the manager and say

– Describe the accident.
– How did the staff help you?
– How can similar situations be prevented in the future?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that protecting the environment is the government’s responsibility. Others believe that every individual should be responsible for it. 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?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when you had to wake up really early. Please say

– When and where was it?
– What was the occasion?
– How did you feel about it?

Discussion

– Why do people wake up early?
– What are the benefits of it?
– Do you like waking up early?
– Why or why not?

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Thanks to our friend A from Indonesia we can share the following recent IELTS questions:

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– What is the name of your home town?
– Where do you live now?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you like your job?
– Would you like to change it in the future?

Cue Card

Describe a job that one of your grandparents was doing. Please say

– What was it?
– Where and when was he/she doing it?
– Did he/she have any other job apart from this?

Discussion

– Would you like to do the same job?
– Explain why or why not.
– What are the most difficult jobs in your opinion? Why?
– Are they always well paid?
– What jobs are challenging, in your opinion?
– Why do you think so?
– What are the main skills required to do a challenging job?
– What are the benefits of training for employees and employers?

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Our friend V took an Academic IELTS test in India and below are the questions he remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. It was about the bicycle invention.

Section 2. A conversation about hotel booking.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a pie chart and a table showing information about visitors to different holiday resorts in Europe.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that schools should select students according to their academic abilities. Others believe that it is better to have students with different abilities studying together. 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 do you do?
– Where do you do your grocery shopping?
– Do you like street supermarkets? Why/Why not?

Cue Card

Talk about a person you know who has some great ideas or an interesting opinion. Please say

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

Discussion

– Do children usually have the same ideas as their parents?
– Why do you think it happens?
– When should children choose their own opinions?

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Our friend B remembered the following IELTS Writing and Speaking questions from a recent test in Nigeria:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Some new employees have just joined your company to gain work experience. Write a letter to them and say

– What work do you do?
– What will they be doing on their first day at work?
– What should a person bring along on the first day?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays newspapers publish information about private lives of individuals. Some people think the government should maintain certain control over the information that gets published, while others disagree. 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?
– Where do you work?
– What do you do?
– Why did you choose this place to work?
– What do you do at your job?
– Do you like perfumes?
– What type of perfumes do you like?
– Did you ever give a perfume as a gift to someone?
– What would make you buy an expensive perfume?
– Do you like traveling?
– How often do you travel?
– Where did you travel recently?
– Why did go there?
– Did you like the place?

Cue Card

Talk about someone you know who has studied a foreign language. Please say

– Who is that person?
– Why did he/she learn it?
– How often does he/she speak it?

Discussion

– What are the benefits of a foreign language to a person?
– How did he/she feel about learning the language?
– Does he/she speak other languages?
– What is easier, speaking or writing in a foreign language?
– What is easier, to learn a foreign language or a foreign culture?
– Can you learn a foreign language and speak it like a native speaker?
– Do children have the ability to learn a foreign language easier than adults?
– Should the government support people studying languages in foreign countries?

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Nowadays many people choose ready-made food and refuse to cook at home. Why do you think it happens? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a choice?

It is a very popular practice in the modern society to order ready-made food from restaurants, rather than cooking at home. The main reasons for such a tendency may be cheap prices in some restaurants and people’s desire to save some time . Even though ordering food some obvious advantages, its disadvantages should not be underestimated.

On the one hand, ordering prepared food may be the best choice for a busy person, who does not have time for cooking and cleaning. Cooking food at home requires a considerable amount of time, moreover the cleaning process may take even more time and resources than cooking itself. For example, cooking a simple dish such as chicken with rice home requires significant amounts of water and electricity for electrical appliances such as the oven and dishwasher. Hence, having an opportunity to order food from a restaurant will save a lot of time, electricity and water.

On the other hand, delegating the process of cooking to some restaurant a dramatic disadvantage of not having the information about the ingredients used in the meals. With high demand, grow the volumes of required products, which sometimes can affect the quality of purchased produce. For example, it is a very common practice in some restaurants to make salads from products that are about to go bad and mask the rotten scent by adding some chemicals and spices. Hence, some restaurants may use poor quality products or chemicals for boosting taste and preservatives, which may have a negative effect on the customer’s health in the long run.

In conclusion, ordering food from restaurants may be a tempting choice for people who have no time for cooking at home, but this approach has a critical disadvantage of being not informed about the ingredients used in the meal, which can have destructive consequences.

This response covers the task requirements by giving a reason why people would choose to buy ready-made food and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this trend. The ideas are conveyed quite clearly and supported by examples, paragraphing helps to present the information in a neat and easy to follow way, and the level of coherence is adequate in this essay. A range of complex sentence forms and advanced vocabulary is used and there are very few instances of erroneous grammar or inaccurate expressions (see corrections underlined in blue). Overall, this essay is likely to score Band 8 in IELTS.

Click here to see more IELTS essays of Band 8

‘by not having to cook’ is the correct expression
‘has’ is the correct verb form
‘at’ is what the writer meant to say
‘comes with’ is a better way to say this
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Our friend A took IELTS in Malaysia and remembered the following questions from the Speaking test:

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?
– Do you like your job?
– What do you like about your job?
– Do you like perfumes?
– Do you use them much?
– What kind of perfumes do you like?
– Would you let a stranger borrow your mobile phone?
– Do you think friends should borrow money from each other?
– Why do you think so?

Cue Card

Describe a special item that you have brought back from holidays. Please say

– What is it?
– Where and when did you get it?
– Why is it so special to you?

Discussion

– Do you still have it?
– Why do people like to tell others about their holidays?
– Why do people buy souvenirs?
– Why do people write travel blogs?
– What are the disadvantages of bringing a camera on holidays?
– Why is it so?

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If you’ve been visiting IELTS-Blog.com for a while, you would have heard about the monthly IELTS results competition we have, where every winner gets a chance to explain his or her strategies and study methods.

Whether YOUR personal challenge in IELTS is writing, speaking or running out of time, try what these high scoring test takers did and see how it works!

Mohadese

Mohadese lives in Iran and speaks Farsi. She got an Overall Band 8 in IELTS, and told us this much about her exam preparation:

“I got familiar with this website while I was looking for a reliable person or website to assess my writing before the main exam. Plenty of my friends had experiences with IELTS-Blog.com, so I decided to send you what I was writing.

As getting a band score of 7 in writing has become really difficult in recent years, I was worried about it, but accurate assessment done by your website was undeniably beneficial to me.

In addition, I studied useful tips and samples on your website which were absolutely helpful.

In this way, I could improve my writing score from 6.5 to 7.

Apart from that, I should acknowledge my tutor, Mr. Hosseinzadeh, who provided me with great deal of valuable advice and helped me achieve my goal.

Thanks again to IELTS-blog for providing us with expert tutors.”

Mohammed

Mohamed got an overall IELTS Band score of 8, with a 9 in Reading and 8.5 in Listening. He has some good tips how to improve your speaking:

“I’d suggest other candidates to take up a lot of practice tests. Reading books, newspapers and business magazines helps. Engage in conversation with your friends, or at least speak to yourself in the mirror for some time to develop your speaking skills.

Use questions for speaking test sent by email from IELTS-Blog.com. Try not to repeat words such as “actually”, “like”, etc. while you speak. Be patient while speaking. Speak until you’re asked a different question.”

Jeffin

Jeffin lives in India and speaks Malayalam. He got Band 7 in Academic IELTS, and here is what he recommends that you do to increase your score:

“Practice boosts your self-confidence in all the 4 modules.

For the Speaking test, find a friend to practice speaking with IELTS sample cue cards.

For writing, be familiar with different types of questions. For example, how to approach agree/disagree questions or questions that ask to discuss both view points, and also try to read sample essays as well as graphs or charts available in IELTS-blog.com.

For reading and listening the only suggestion I can give is to practice Cambridge listening and reading samples as much as possible.

Time management is also very important for every module, practice daily with the help of a timer. Finally, dedicate at least 4 hours per day and practice for minimum one month prior to your test.”

Many thanks to our winners for sharing their tips, and congratulations once again on doing so well!

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