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A1 Speaking and Listening Sample Test A

IELTS Life Skills

Examiner: Hello Mina, hello John. My name is Richard.

Phase 1a (4–5 minutes)

The Examiner will select questions from those provided in the test pack, in a variety of areas such as name, nationality, work/study, where candidates live, and free time activities.

Name:

  • What is your (full) name?
  • Can I have your name please?
  • Could you tell me your full name please?
  • Can you spell it for me?

Nationality/where candidates live:

  • Where do you come from?
  • Which country are you from?
  • Where is your hometown located?
  • How long have you lived here?

Work/study:

  • What do you do?
  • Do you work or are you a student?
  • What are you studying now?
  • What do you like about your job? / What do you like about studying?
  • Do you enjoy your work? Why? Why not?

Free time activities:

  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • What are some of your hobbies?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

IELTS Life Skills Tip

The questions in this phase are on general topics about your life. Your answers are from your life and experience. There is no right or wrong answer.

Remember there are different topics in each exam. Do not memorise a speech on a topic for the exam.

Phase 1b (5 minutes)

Examiner: Now I'd like you to ask each other some questions. Mina, I'd like you to ask John about his neighbours. John, I'd like you to ask Mina about her favourite time of year. Now think about the questions you want to ask. You have one and a half minutes. You can write down your questions if you want to. If you don’t understand, please ask me.

one and a half minutes for preparation...

Examiner: Mina, are you ready? Please ask John your questions.

two minutes...

Examiner: Thank you.

Examiner: John, are you ready? Please ask Mina your questions.

two minutes...

Examiner: Thank you.

Phase 2a (4 minutes)

Examiner: In this part of the test, you are going to listen to two recordings and answer some questions. You can make notes if you want to. You hear two people talking about their plans for the weekend. Where do they want to go at the weekend? To a town, to the mountains, or to the park?

IELTS Life Skills

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Examiner: Mina, in the first recording, where does the woman want to go at the weekend? To a town, to the mountains, or to the park?

Mina:   ............

Examiner: John, in the second recording, where does the man want to go at the weekend? To a town, to the mountains, or to the park?

John:   ............

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Examiner: Now listen again, and answer these questions.

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Examiner: Mina, in the first recording, who can the woman see in Littlegate? And how much is a return ticket?

Mina:   ............

Examiner: John, in the second recording, how many hours does it take to climb the mountain? And what is the man worried about?

Mina:   ............

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Phase 2b (3-4 minutes)

Examiner: Now you’re going to talk together about places you like to go to at the weekend. Talk to each other about places that you like to go to, and what you like to do there.

Weekend plans – prompt questions

  • Who do you like to go out with at the weekend? (What do you do?)
  • Do you like going to new places? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Which places are good for children to go to?
  • What do people in your country like to do in their free time?

Examiner: Thank you. That is the end of the test.

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