Welcome to your first IELTS Test

Let’s get started!

The Reading Test

  • Choose the Academic OR General Training (GT) test below. (Print it off if you can – the answers are on the last page)
  • Use the Answer Sheet if you want to see what it looks like.
  • Set your timer for 60 minutes.
  • Write your answers on the ANSWER sheet as you read of you want real practice for the paper-based test (there is no extra time to transfer answers).
  • Stop after 60 minutes.
  • Check your answers (last page on the question paper) and check the results with the Band Score Calculator.

The Listening Test

  1. If you want to, print the Listening Question Paper and Listening Answer Sheet (or just watch the video and write your answers on paper.)
  2. Spelling IS important, so make sure you check this when you check the answers.
  3. Play the video from start to finish.
  4. Write your answers on the QUESTION Paper as you listen.
  5. Take 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet (NB in the Computer-Delivered test you do NOT have 10 minutes, but you have 2 minutes between sections).
  6. Check your answers (last page on the question paper) and use the Band Score Calculator to find your Band.

The Writing Test

 

  • Choose either Academic or General Training – click the link below.
  • Set your timer for 60 minutes.
  • Spend 20 minutes on Task 1 (150 words) and 40 minutes on Task 2 (250 words).
  • Stop after 60 minutes.

Academic Writing Test

General Training Writing Test

The Speaking Test

You will record yourself speaking for 2 minutes. You can do this on your phone, tablet or computer.

Please email me for the code.

You have 1 minute to prepare your answer.

Describe a time when you had to return something to a shop. You should:
– describe the item
– say what you bought it for
– say what the problem was
and explain what happened when you took it back to the shop.

Click on the green button below. It will take you to Flipgrid. Simply click on the big green button to record your video.

Check your Reading/Listening scores 

Academic Task 1 Model Answer 

Click here AFTER you've submitted your Academic Task 1

The charts compare the popularity of part-time and full-time further education courses in the UK among male and female students over a 20-year period. 

Overall, it can be clearly seen that numbers in general increased for both genders studying part-time. The number of women in full-time education also rose, but this was not true for men, whose numbers decreased.

Looking more closely at the figures for part-time education, there was a noticeable increase in the number of women in part-time education at the start of the period, jumping from just under 50 to almost 200 in a decade, and finishing at the same level as male students a decade later. For men, the increase was more gradual, going up by about 50 per decade.

As for the full-time students, men outnumbered women in 1970 (1000 men compared with just 700 women) but then the trend was downwards, falling to about 800 in 1980 before recovering in 1990 when there were about 900 male students on full-time courses. Meanwhile, numbers for women increased significantly, overtaking the men by 1990 (1100 women as opposed to 900 men).

To conclude, despite differences between the genders in terms of numbers, it is obvious that full-time education was by far the most popular choice for both men and women throughout the whole period.

(218 words)

General Training 1 Model Answer 

Click here AFTER you've submitted your General Training Task 1

The charts compare the popularity of part-time and full-time further education courses in the UK among male and female students over a 20-year period. 

Overall, it can be clearly seen that numbers in general increased for both genders studying part-time. The number of women in full-time education also rose, but this was not true for men, whose numbers decreased.

Looking more closely at the figures for part-time education, there was a noticeable increase in the number of women in part-time education at the start of the period, jumping from just under 50 to almost 200 in a decade, and finishing at the same level as male students a decade later. For men, the increase was more gradual, going up by about 50 per decade.

As for the full-time students, men outnumbered women in 1970 (1000 men compared with just 700 women) but then the trend was downwards, falling to about 800 in 1980 before recovering in 1990 when there were about 900 male students on full-time courses. Meanwhile, numbers for women increased significantly, overtaking the men by 1990 (1100 women as opposed to 900 men).

To conclude, despite differences between the genders in terms of numbers, it is obvious that full-time education was by far the most popular choice for both men and women throughout the whole period.

(218 words)

Task 2 Model Answer 

Click here AFTER you've submitted your Task 2

Mobile phones have had an enormous impact on many aspects of our lives. They have significantly changed the way we communicate with each other in both our personal and our professional lives and they clearly have many advantages. However, there are several drawbacks to being constantly available and connected to the internet, which I will outline below.

By far the most common criticism of mobile phones is the fact that we are now expected to be available 24/7. Before mobile phones were invented, the time spent away from work was our own, but now it seems that the separation between work and free time has disappeared. In addition, mobile phones pose certain health risks and can be dangerous if drivers use them at the wheel or if people cross busy roads while texting. There have been several mobile-phone related accidents and fatalities. A final negative effect is that in public places such as on the train or at the cinema, there is no escape from the noise of annoying ringtones and loud, one-sided conversations.

On the other hand, there are several obvious benefits. The most powerful argument in favour of mobile phones is that they can be used to call for help in the most inaccessible places, for example when a car breaks down in a remote area, and emergency services can be called to the scene of an accident without delay. Moreover, being easily contactable every minute of the day has real advantages for business people and for working parents.

 

To sum up, I feel that although there are some clear drawbacks to mobile phones, their efficiency, portability and multi-functional abilities have greatly enhanced most aspects of our lives and the plus points certainly offset the downsides.

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