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The questions I got on my IELTS – General Training Exam

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Hello, everyone!
Today I would like to share some info about my IELTS exam. This is a good thing to know whether yours is coming up soon or even if you are a Teacher that would like to share it with your students and help them get prepared for their test.



A little background info…

If you’re new to Why I Post, let me tell you a quick background on me. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.

I’m Marcelle and I started my website Why I Post so I could share all my travel-related experiences with as many people as possible so that everyone would feel more confident when applying for a visa, a citizenship process, book a trip overseas, go abroad as an international student or work overseas.
I am such a big nerd when it comes to exchange programs, visas and citizenship applications. I find it really enjoyable to search for all the rules and requirements mandatory for those applications. But I know that’s not for everyone. I understand you may not like those boring things like me. So to help you guys out, I try to simplify and summarize them on my blog.
The information I share comes from countries’ official websites and my personal experience in applying for international processes. And having traveled to 16 countries and having lived abroad a couple times, you can imagine how many application and paperwork I had to go through.

Because of my experience, I have written to other travel blogs and have even given an interview.

Above are just a few of the reasons for why I enjoy blogging about travel experiences.
I’d like to show you that you can have better travel experiences and you should not hate planning your next international trip.
You can make changes to your life by traveling and it doesn’t have to be scary.
Yes, an international experience helps you to tick places off your bucket list. But it’s more than that!
I see traveling as an exclusive experience, that’s all about being present, tasting, learning, trying, seeing and doing.
Going abroad is about indulging in unique local experiences: living the moment and making remarkable memories, the best ones!

I want you to have fun & create your own history while having THE time of your life abroad, truly enjoying the life you are living!

Now let’s get back to the questions I got on my IELTS.

I took IELTS twice: first time in 2015 and last time in July 2016.
I didn’t write anything down after my first exam. But the last time I took the test I made sure to write down everything I could remember, so I could share it with other test takers like you and teachers.

Both times I did the General Training IELTS.
In this last time particularly, the Speaking part of the test was on the same day of the rest of the exam.
Below you can check the subjects of each part of my exam.

Consumer behavior / Shopping habits / Marketing
Do you think people buy too much nowadays?
The ways people buy today
What do people buy
Online X in stores: whats more popular now?
2 min talk = Tell me about an item you recently bought and that you are very pleased with: what is it / where did you buy it / why are you happy that you bought it.
Computers: do you think you still have a lot to learn about computers so that you can succeed in your job?

What computers skills do you have?
Which computer skills would you like to learn?


Audio #1 (over the phone) is about a woman asking help to lose weight.Exercise plan to fill in as you listen.
Audio #2 is about a study of two groups of tortoises. Fill in the blanks.
Audio #3: Museum Tour Guide person giving an explanation about the story behind the Blue Moon Ship that sank years ago.
Audio #4: Academic situation: teacher tutoring a student on her research writing.


Text #1: Work agency: job hunting, work contract, maternity leave and sick days text.
Text #2: Plumbing Services: company offering services and monthly/annual fee maintenance packages
Text #3: Text about a group that gets together for Job Interview Practices, networking, raise of funds, Discussions, etc.
Text #4: The origin of the tea.
True – False – Not Given: twice in the reading test



Task #1

Your manager asked you to write about some suggestions to help the environment.
Tell him what your suggestion is
How it will help the environment
What it needs in order to be successful.

Start as follows: Dear……..,

Task #2

Young children have their own mobile phones nowadays. Some people think this is good, others think it is bad. What is your opinion about this?
Give examples to support your ideas. Use your own knowledge and experience.


Test date: 30 July 2016.
I hope this helps you practice for your exam. And if you want to learn how this test can help you immigrate to Canada, then check out this post.

I have put a list of Essay Topic Ideas to help you with the writing part of the exam. Make sure to subscribe below so I can get it to your inbox.

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