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Free IELTS Practice Test

If you’ve been searching for a free IELTS practice test online, well done! It’s a great idea to practice for the exam using full-length tests. After all, on test day, you won’t just do a handful of problems at a time—you’ll have to answer many in a row. But you can train yourself for this by building endurance! How? By taking IELTS sample tests.

Even more good news: we at Magoosh are excited to announce that we are launching our own IELTS mock test! Written by our exam experts, this IELTS sample test is exactly like what you will see on test day.

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Table of Contents

Before we take you to the test, let’s take a quick look at all the great things about IELTS practice, just in case I haven’t already convinced you…

 

Why You Should Take an IELTS Sample Test

When you’re studying for the IELTS, practicing specific skills is important. However, you won’t know if you’re fully prepared to succeed on the exam until you take a full-length IELTS sample test. Building your endurance is an important part of IELTS exam practice: not all skills you’ll need on test day are related to IELTS Reading practice or IELTS Listening practice! In fact, it is so important to take these tests that you should make them a cornerstone of your IELTS review.

Now, you may be asking: how many IELTS practise tests should you take? About one each week is ideal.

I know, I know! It sounds like a lot. And it is a lot. But just think about everything you can learn from taking and reviewing these exams…

If you’re a beginner, you’ll see an IELTS exam sample, and you’ll know what to expect on test day. The sample exam can also act as an IELTS diagnostic test, showing your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re in the middle of your prep, an IELTS sample paper can show you what’s working in your preparation and what’s not. And if you’re about to take the exam, taking an IELTS practice test can give you an idea of what IELTS score range you can anticipate getting (although remember that tests vary and factors like anxiety may make your actual score different).

Convinced now? I thought so! Without further ado, let’s take a look at Magoosh’s IELTS free test.

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Magoosh’s Free IELTS Practice Test PDF

Click this link to get your copy of the free, full-length IELTS sample test.

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What exactly is it you ask? Well, the Magoosh IELTS Practice Test is a full-length exam. Inside this PDF (and at the bottom of this post), you’ll find questions that reflect what you’ll see on test day.

There’s an IELTS Reading sample test, an IELTS Listening practice test, and even IELTS Speaking practice and IELTS Writing practice. In terms of IELTS preparation online, you’ve just hit the jackpot!

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Now, the big question becomes…

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How to Take an IELTS Mock Test

You’ll want to take all of your IELTS practice tests correctly. By this, I mean you’ll need to take the practice tests under the same conditions as the real IELTS exam. Be careful: this is an Academic IELTS; if you’re taking the General IELTS, your test will be structured slightly differently (check out the Magoosh IELTS eBook for the full explanation of how)!

Use the Correct IELTS Test Structure

Here’s a quick refresher of what your IELTS test day will probably look like, as well as the item counts and distribution you’ll see on the Magoosh IELTS mock test!

Structure of IELTS Listening Practice Test
Number of questions: 40
Number of audio tracks: 4
Type of audio tracks: 2 conversations, 2 monologues
Time limit: 30 minutes to answer questions, 10 minutes to transfer the questions over to your answer sheet

IELTS Reading Practice Test for Academic Exam
Number of questions: 40
Number of reading passages: 3 long academic passages
Type of reading passages: long academic passages
Time limit: 60 minutes

IELTS Academic Writing Practice
Number of tasks: 40
Types of tasks: TASK 1: essay that summarizes info from a chart or table, TASK 2: academic opinion essay on a social issue
Task lengths: TASK 1: minimum of 150 words, TASK 2: minimum of 250 words
Time limit: 60 minutes

IELTS Speaking Practice Test
Type of task: 3 part interview
Number of questions: approximately 13 (5 short questions in part 1, 2 long questions and 2 short questions in part 2, 5 short questions in part 3)
Time limit: 11-14 minutes
Interviewer: In the IELTS Speaking section, you’ll be interviewed by an actual human being. To correctly practice the interview, find a speaking partner if possible.
Additional details on structure: See Magoosh’s Complete Guide to IELTS Speaking.

IELTS Sequence: In What Order Should You Do the Practice Sections?

At most IELTS test centers, the sequence of the sections is the same as the list immediately above. You will complete the Listening section, followed by the Reading section. Then you’ll complete your two IELTS Writing tasks. And finally, you’ll enter the IELTS Speaking interview.

However, the Speaking section’s place in the sequence can be different at different test centers. While most IELTS test sites give the Speaking interview last, some centers handle Speaking very differently. You may be asked to complete the interview first, before the remaining three sections. And some centers, you may even sit the IELTS Speaking interview on a different day or week than the rest of the exam.

Obviously, you’ll want your sequence for Speaking to match your real exam. Talk to your test center to see how they schedule the Speaking section, in relation to the other IELTS sections.

IELTS Practice Tests: When to Take Breaks

There are no breaks during the first three sections of the IELTS test. For a truly IELTS-like practice test, you should go straight from Listening to your IELTS practice test Reading section, and then straight from Reading to the IELTS Writing section.

There will usually be a break between IELTS Speaking and the rest of the exam. To know how long that break will be, check with the exam center where you’ll sit your IELTS. Then use the correct break time in your own IELTS sample tests.

Timing Your IELTS Practice Tests

On test day, two things will help you keep an eye on your IELTS section time limits: a wall clock, and the invigilator, or proctor. The invigilator is the person who supervises students during the exam.

The invigilator will announce the time limit at the beginning of the test. Then, the IELTS exam invigilator will announce time checks during the test section. The invigilator tells students when there is 40 minutes left, 20 minutes left, and 5 minutes left. The invigilator also announces when the time is up. And during all this, you can of course also look at the wall clock.

Obviously, you won’t have a invigilator present during your practice tests. But that added detail isn’t necessary. What’s most important is that you have some kind of timer system that matches the IELTS time limits.

During your practice tests, keep a clock in plain view. Use that clock with an timer app such as Google Timer. For your virtual timer, set 30 minutes for Listening, 10 minutes for transferring Listening answers to the answer sheet, 60 minutes for your IELTS mock test Reading section, and so on.

Learn to monitor your own time, without glancing at the clock too frequently. With enough practice, you’ll get a strong sense of the IELTS time limits. By test day, you may not even need the proctor’s guidance at all.

Pacing and Endurance on Your IELTS Sample Test

Time-consciousness is good. But there’s more to time management than just watching the clock.

On your IELTS practice tests, you should also practice pacing skills. This means making the best use of the time you’re given for a section or task. It also means learning how to work quickly enough to finish all the questions on time, without rushing and making mistakes.

Remember though—answering IELTS questions well and answering them quickly are not the same thing. Accuracy and pacing are two separate skills. Of these two skills, accuracy is the most important. You can give your answers as quickly as you want. But if you’re not giving good answers, no amount of speed will get you a good score.

So when you first start doing IELTS practice tests and IELTS practice questions, don’t stop when your time is up. Instead, take as long as you need. This allows you to focus on accuracy—the most important IELTS skill—first.

For instance, if you get to 60 minutes in an IELTS practice test Reading section and you’re still not quite done yet, keep working. You should even take time to go back and double check your Reading answers if you need to. To give another example, in your first few IELTS practice test Writing sections, keep writing until you are sure you’ve written both tasks well.

Make note of how long your first IELTS practice tests take you. If you’re over time, keep practicing. As you get more comfortable with the IELTS questions and tasks, you’ll also get faster. Soon, you’ll be ready to hold yourself to the time limits. But you don’t need to follow them at first.

The same is true of your endurance skills—that is, your ability to work on the IELTS without getting tired and needing breaks.

When you first start doing practice tests, stop and rest if you absolutely have to. Make note of how much that slows you down. Then learn to take slower breaks as you get more comfortable. By test day, be ready to do the first three sections without breaks. But you don’t need to do that in your earliest practice tests.

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How to Score Your IELTS Sample Test

Once you’ve successfully taken a full-length IELTS sample test, the next step is to score it. There are a number of good tools out there for scoring your IELTS practice test. Read on!

IELTS Review: Scoring Your IELTS Practice Test Reading Listening Sections

To score your IELTS practice test Reading and Listening sections, check the answers and explanations page after you finish your practice IELTS test. After checking your answers, refer to the score chart and scoring video, which will help you find your raw score. The raw score is the number of questions you got right.

Once you have your raw scores for Listening and Reading, you can convert them into IELTS band scores. The IELTS itself does have an official chart to do this. You can find this on the “IELTS Scoring in Detail” page from IELTS.org.

Unfortunately, the official score conversion chart for IELTS Listening and Reading is incomplete. The chart only covers some of the bands, without showing raw score conversions for the highest and lowest IELTS bands.

That’s frustrating, but there is a fix. In my experience, the unofficial IELTS Raw Score Calculator website is pretty accurate for scoring either an IELTS test sample for Listening or an IELTS practice test Reading sample. You can enter your raw scores into that website. Or you can look at the following very useful chart, based on the website:

how to convert IELTS Practice test Reading section raw scores on an IELTS sample test, and how to convert Listening scores too

Source: Wikipedia

Scoring Your IELTS Sample Test: IELTS Practice Test Writing and Speaking Sections

The IELTS practice test Writing and Speaking sections don’t come with an answer key, but that doesn’t mean we don’t help you out! The Writing test comes with high-scoring sample essays. Plus, you can record your Writing and Speaking answers in the Magoosh IELTS online product, which will help you grade them at a later date. You may also use the IELTS band descriptors for Writing Task 1, Writing Task 2, and Speaking. These give good descriptions of the score levels for these two sections.

To score your IELTS Speaking practice section and IELTS practice test Writing section, you can look at the band descriptors on your own. However, it’s hard to assess your own English. If possible, IELTS essays and speech should be reviewed by a tutor or uploaded to an IELTS forum such as the IELTS Network. For your IELTS practice test Writing and Speaking sections, it’s always best to have someone else help you estimate your band scores.

Estimating your Whole-Test Score for an IELTS Practice Exam

The first step to getting your whole test score is to calculate your individual scores for IELTS practice test Writing, Listening, Reading, and Speaking sections (as described above).

Once you have those four scores, average them together. Then round up or down to the nearest 0.5. For example, if the average of your four sections is 6.25, that rounds up to a band 6.5 for your IELTS practice test. Following that pattern, a 6.125 would round down to 6, and a 5.75 would round up to Band 7.

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Learning from Your Mistakes in IELTS Sample Tests

You can always learn from mistakes. But the best time to learn from your mistakes is before test day. An IELTS sample test is a chance to make mistakes, risk free. Learn from your mistakes now, and you won’t make as many mistakes once you’re sitting in the real IELTS test center.

So keep an error log. What’s an error log, you may ask? It’s just what you’d expect. It’s a log, or record, of the errors and mistakes you make on your IELTS practice test.

When you get a wrong answer in IELTS Listening or Reading, make note of this in your error log. Write down the question number, and note the IELTS Reading question types or IELTS Listening question types that you’ve missed. Be sure to also make note of what concepts and skills were tested, such as word meaning, listening for number words, and so on. Finally, make note of what you could do in order to avoid similar mistakes in the future. (EX: notice the context around an unfamiliar word, work on distinguishing between the sound of “17” and “70,” and so on.)

For Writing and Speaking, and error log will work a bit differently. In these sections, record any problems you might have with pacing, organization, pronunciation, grammar, and so on. You can adjust your studies based on the log, focusing on your weaknesses in these two sections.

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Where to Find More Full-Length IELTS Practice Tests

Of course, we recommend taking many IELTS practice tests before your official exam—which means that just one IELTS practice test isn’t going to be enough? So once you’ve completed this exam, where can you find more IELTS sample papers?

The answer to that question? All over the web! A quick Google search will pull up tons of IELTS practice tests, and many an IELTS practice test free download. (Most of these come in the form of an IELTS practice test PDF, but there are many other formats too.)

Of course that’s only a partial answer. The trick is to find IELTS sample tests that are of truly good quality. Not all IELTS practice tests have questions that are like the ones on the real test. Truly IELTS-like practice questions are important. If you take a practice IELTS test that’s not much like the real one, you won’t be prepared for the actual exam.

Free Resources: Official and Unofficial IELTS Online Tests

The Internet is an excellent source of free IELTS practice tests. And there are certainly some good full length IELTS sample tests out there, if you know where to look.

The best IELTS online tests are the ones from the official IELTS websites. Every website offers a free IELTS practice test PDF, or rather multiple IELTS practice test PDFs. Below, I’ve gathered links to the official free IELTS practice tests, with some notes on how to use these resources.


The British Council’s IELTS Practice Online

  • One full practice test for Academic, one full practice test for GT
  • The Academic and General Training Tests share the same questions for Listening and Speaking.

IELTS Sample Tests on IELTS.org

  • PDFs focus on question types rather than test sections.
  • PDFs can be combined to make one full Academic or GT practice test.

Free IELTS Practice Tests From Cambridge

  • Sections and full tests for both GT and Academic.
  • Free registration and login required for access.

IELTS Liz: The Best Unofficial Source For Free Practice Tests

  • The website and practice questions are made by a former IELTS examiner.
  • Practice questions are not organised into full tests, but there is enough material for at least one practice exam each for Academic and GT.

More Details on How to Access the Official Tests Above, and How to Access an Official IELTS Course Material Free Download As Well

Putting together the material for your free official tests can be tricky, especially on IELTS.org and Cambridge. For more information on how to use these free practice exam services, see our blog post on how to use the official IELTS websites.

And remember, these websites also give you access to support material for your IELTS test sample. Follow the instructions in the linked article above, and you’ll be able to get an IELTS course material free download from each website, in addition to your IELTS practice test free download.

Paid Resource: Cambridge Books

Cambridge publishes all official IELTS books. And the majority of Cambridge’s IELTS books contain full-length practice exams. These exams are truly authentic, with questions that are taken from real previous IELTS tests.

I especially recommend the practice tests in three particular Cambridge IELTS books: Official IELTS Practice Materials Vol. 1, Official IELTS Practice Materials Vol. 2, and the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS.

There are other IETLS books out there, of course, but they vary in quality.


 

Before Your IELTS Sample Test…

As you dive into your <IELTS practice test experience, remember not to be discouraged by your early results. They’re only reflective of what you would get on the exam if you took it today. Instead of focusing on the score, focus on areas in which you can improve…and taking IELTS practice tests will become less of a chore and more of an experience that provides interesting insights into your language skills!

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Free IELTS Practice Test (Blog Version)

Here is the blog version of the IELTS Practice Test! This is the same full-length IELTS Practice Test that you will find in the PDF that we’ve talked to much about. It contains all four sections of Magoosh’s highest-quality, student-tested practice questions. Taken from our premium online IELTS Prep, these questions have been adapted to mimic the official IELTS exam that you will encounter on test day…with one key difference.

What’s the difference? Well, at the end of this test, you will find an answer key and a guide to grading your practice test. That’s pretty normal. But, you will also find a link to text and video explanations that show you how to solve every single question in this practice test. In these video explanations, our IELTS experts walk you through each question step-by-step. They explain:

  • Which concept the question or problem is testing.
  • Which strategies you can use to answer the question quickly and correctly.
  • Which answer choices are trying to trick you (and how to avoid those traps!).

You sure won’t find all of that in a standard IELTS book!

These video explanations help you take your IELTS prep to the next level. Because it’s one thing to take a practice test and call it a day—but if you can learn from your mistakes, then you’re setting yourself up to do better when it really counts.

 

Let’s Get Started!

Taking a timed, full-length practice test is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the real IELTS. Mimicking test-like conditions will help improve your stamina, pacing, and
understanding of your personal strengths and weaknesses. While you may choose to
take this test online (and save some trees while you’re at it), remember that the official
IELTS exam is paper-based. We’ve made the PDF version of this test printable so that you can print it out and take it like the official exam if you want—it’s totally up to you!

A quick note: IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia, which neither sponsor nor endorse this product.

 

What to Expect from this IELTS Practice Exam

  • A full-length IELTS practice test
  • An answer key
  • Information on grading your test


 

What You’ll Need to Take the IELTS Practice Test

  • A pencil
  • A timer
  • Answer sheets to record your answers
  • Click the links below to view and print answer sheets for the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of this practice IELTS test. The Speaking section does NOT require an answer sheet.


 

IELTS Practice Test Tips

  • Set aside approximately three hours of uninterrupted time to take the test.
  • Try to take the entire practice test in one sitting.
  • Take the test in a quiet place where you won’t be distracted.
  • Mimic test day conditions by turning off your phone and leaving it in another room.
  • Use a countdown timer and remember to reset it for each test.
  • Eat a healthy, energizing snack before taking the practice test.
  • After the test, check your answers and make note of any questions you missed.
  • Visit ielts.magoosh.com to sign up for Magoosh IELTS Prep and gain access to
    more practice questions and explanation videos.

Good luck!

 

IELTS Listening Practice Test

Time: 40 minutes

(You will have approximately 30 minutes to work, plus 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet.)
 

Instructions to Candidates

Listen carefully. You will hear instructions for each part of the paper.

Answer each question.

While you are listening, record your answers in the question booklet.

When the recording has finished, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Use a pencil.
 

Information for Candidates

This test has four parts.

You will hear each part only 1 time.

This test contains 40 questions.

Each question is worth one point.

Throughout the test, you will be given time to study the questions and check your
answers.
 

IELTS Listening Practice Test Audio

This link contains all the audio that you will need for Questions 1-40.

Click the link. The audio will automatically begin to play in a new tab.

Scroll down and follow the cues in the audio track.
 

Section 1: Questions 1-10

Questions 1-6

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

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Questions 7-10

Choose the correct letter, A, B, or C.

7) The woman describes her piano as being

A special
B small
C narrow

8) The woman’s current apartment and her new address

A may have some steps
B are on the bottom level of her building
C do not allow pianos

9) The customer service representative says that the move, with the piano, will cost

A $375
B $475
C $575

10) The customer service representative instructed the woman to send him a photo and

A the size of her piano
B the type of her piano
C the weight of her piano
 

Section 2: Questions 11-20

Questions 11-13

Choose the correct letter, A, B, or C.

11) Most of the animals at Moray Bay Aquarium come from

A different parts of the world
B the same region as the aquarium
C nearby lakes and rivers

12) One of the two main goals of the aquarium is to encourage people

A to take better care of the local ocean environment
B to appreciate the aquarium more
C to increase youth program participation

13) The purpose of the Beach Bash is

A to throw a party for volunteers
B to raise money for a kids program
C to increase aquarium attendance
 

Questions 14-20

Label the plan of the Moray Bay Beach Event Center below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
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Section 3: Questions 21-30

Questions 21-28

Complete the sentences below.
Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD from the lecture for each answer.

21) The video shows chimpanzees using sign language to talk to one another, people and ………………………

22 Since the videos appear dated, a student questions whether scientists currently perform similar ………………………

23) The professor admits that the examples in the videos are ……………………… ones.

24) A student did not expect that chimpanzees would be so ……………………… with human language.

25) Recent research found that chimpanzees used sign language to communicate in the ………………………

26) It is mentioned that the way people control their vocal cords, ………………………, teeth and lips is unique to humans.

27) The use of a voice is not a ……………………… in all human languages.

28) Unless they are ……………………… by humans, chimpanzee sign language is very simple.
 

Questions 29-30

Choose the correct letter, A, B, or C.

29) One reason that wild chimpanzees can only say a few things is

A they have a limited vocabulary
B they suffer from displacement
C they can’t learn new words

30) The professor believes that displacement and productivity are

A common among wild chimpanzees
B special features of human language
C not closely related to human language
 

Section 4: Questions 31-40

Questions 31-34

Complete the sentences below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A
NUMBER
for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 31-34 on your answer sheet.

31) Approximately 2 billion people live in desert ……………………. globally.

32) People living in dryland zones often over-use their own ……………………., such as water.

33) Drought is an example of how desertification can occur …………………….

34) Historically, increasing populations led to the need for irrigated …………………….
 

Questions 35-37

Choose the correct letter: A, B, or C.

Write your answers in boxes 35-37 on your answer sheet.

35) What creates very rich soil?

A chemical fertilizers
B decaying organisms
C animal grazing

36) Healthy topsoil can reduce desertification by

A preventing evaporation
B absorbing more water
C fostering plant growth

37) Trees prevent desertification by

A limiting animal migration
B reflecting sunlight
C keeping soil in its place
 

Questions 38-40

Which THREE features below are mentioned as methods to address the problem of desertification? Choose three letters: A-G.

Write your answers in boxes 38-40 of your answer sheet.

A shielding plans from sunlight
B rotating crops
C watering plants responsibly
D eliminating harmful plant life
E stopping invasive species
F planting trees strategically
G limiting overfishing
 

END OF LISTENING TEST



 
 

IELTS Academic Reading Practice Test


Time: 1 hour
 

Instructions to Candidates

Carefully read the instructions for each section.

Answer each question.

Write your answers on the answer sheet in pencil.

You must record your answers within the time limit.

On test day, you will hand in this question paper and the answer sheet when the time limit ends.
 

Information for Candidates

This test has 40 questions.

Each question is worth one point.
 

Reading Passage 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-14, which are based on Reading passage 1.
 

THE CICADA’S SONG

Section A

Cicadas are insects famous for their ability to generate a distinct sound with an auditory power that can rival the decibel level of a rock music concert and exceed the engine roar of a motorcycle. With close to 3,000 species of cicada identified and documented, this family of insect is found worldwide. For the majority of its life, the cicada remains underground, where it is nourished and sustained through sap secreted by the roots of trees. When mature, the insect tunnels to the surface and sheds its skin to reveal its adult form. This life cycle varies among the species, with certain types maturing and ready to reproduce in just one year. One of the most eagerly anticipated and studied species of cicada is Magicicada Septendecim, a periodical brood that attracts plenty of media attention for its emergence every 13 or 17 years across the Midwestern United States in vast, swarming numbers. In these swarms, the cicadas generate their “music,” signaling their presence, and the onset of summer, for anyone and anything to hear for miles and miles around.

Section B

Only male cicadas are able to generate the sound their species is known for, utilizing a unique physical trait and noise-making process that differentiates them from crickets, which many people incorrectly assume to be similar to cicadas. While crickets generate their distinctive chirp through stridulation, or the rubbing together of body parts, cicadas essentially produce a drumbeat amplified very much in the same way that the sound of an acoustic guitar is created. Males are blessed with a body part known as a tymbal, which is a rigid and pliable exoskeleton-based appendage that can move in a wave-like manner, producing a clicking when it strikes the inside of the abdomen of the cicada. Because the abdomen of the cicada is for the most part hollow, the clicking sound is amplified, giving the cicada’s song its famous power.

Section C
The primary purpose of the male cicada’s song is to attract a female with which to breed. Cicadas tend to be very well camouflaged, and can blend into their surrounding tree-based environments easily. The song of the cicada provides the clues through which the female cicada can find the nearest male. However, the cicada also appears to use its song for defensive purposes in a unique way. Whereas most insects and animals aim to scare off potential dangers by increasing the volume of their warning sounds (e.g. the rattlesnake), cicadas, when threatened, actually diminish the noise that they make. The reason for this is that cicadas are hardly ever alone in a given area, and thus it is difficult for a hunter to pick out the song of an individual insect while distracted by its neighbors. Should a predator be detected, nearby cicadas become very quiet to decrease the odds that they will be singled out among the roar of their more distant kin.

Section D

Scientists who study the cicada raise interesting observations about the evolutionary development of the cicada song and the cicada’s short breeding period. Cicadas live underground for most of their lives and only rise to the surface for several days or weeks at most to find a mate and then die. The reason for this lies in the sedentary nature of the cicada, which makes the insect an easy target for birds and other predators, which consume the insects in great numbers. However, by emerging in the millions all at once, cicadas increase their chance of survival as a species into the next generation, as predators simply cannot significantly impact the numbers of their prey in such a brief period. Meanwhile, the power of the cicada song has proven to be an effective tool for collective breeding, as each insect must locate a mate quickly while outlasting potential predators.

Section E

Cicadas garner the attention, adoration, and sometimes scorn of the general public for the distinctive sound that they create and their occasionally suffocating abundance. In temperate environments all over the world, the ubiquitous buzz of the cicada’s song dominates the backdrop. One must be careful not to come too close to the most powerful of cicadas, whose sound, if heard from just outside the human ear, is known to cause long-term or irreversible physical damage. The cicada’s unique tymbal structure, hollow abdomen, and stamina allow it to generate noise for up to 24-hour cycles, leading to the love/hate relationship people may have with the insect. The cicada plays to its evolutionary strength, with the power and majesty of its song as the key to its survival.
 

Questions 1-8

The essay “The Cicada’s Song” has five sections, A–E.

Which section contains the following information?

Choose the correct letter, A– E, in boxes 1–8.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1) cicadas can be very difficult to see among the trees, where they live while mating
2) cicadas become quieter when they perceive danger
3) an insect that is often compared to cicadas by mistake
4) a specific species of cicada that periodically attracts a lot of human attention
5) a way that cicadas can harm humans
6) The process by which cicadas produce sound is similar to certain musical instruments
7) the approximate number of different types of cicadas worldwide
8) cicadas do not move around very much, so they are easily hunted
 

Questions 9-14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text?

In the boxes, choose:

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

9) Cicadas are well known for the unique noise they can produce very loudly.
10) Cricket and cicada noises seem similar to many people, but the sounds they produce serve very different purposes.
11) At most, cicadas can take up to 12 months to develop to full maturity.
12) Cicadas spend most of their lives hiding from predators in trees.
13) Cicadas appear above ground at the same time in very large numbers as a survival strategy.
14) When necessary, a cicada can move quickly enough to evade predators like birds.
 

Reading Passage 2

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 15-28, which are based on Reading passage 2.
 

Questions 15-18

Reading passage 2 has four sections, A-D.

Choose the correct heading for sections A-D from the list of headings below.

Choose the correct number i-ix for each section for questions 1-4.

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15) Section A
16) Section B
17) Section C
18) Section D
 

The Art of Pompeii’s Influence on Neoclassicism

Section A

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was famously destroyed and buried by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. According to researchers and historians, ash and pumice rained down on the city and residents of Pompeii for over six hours, blanketing city streets and homes with up to 25 meters of sediment. Temperatures in the city during the eruption reached 250 degrees Celsius (480 degrees Fahrenheit) and many residents died due to exposure to the extreme heat. With Pompeii effectively preserved under a literal mountain of volcanic ash, many everyday items were kept intact, including several of the city’s mural paintings. The rediscovery of these paintings in Pompeii provided audiences in Europe with a genuine glimpse into ancient Roman art. These artifacts were idealized and romanticized, prompting an 18th century artistic movement that would be known as Neoclassicism, an imitation of classic Roman art.

Section B

Art historians have categorized the discovered art of Pompeii into four distinct styles. The first style, which prevailed from 200 to 80 BCE, is characterized by the way large plaster walls were painted to look like colorful, elegant stones; it is known as the “structural” or “masonry” style. The second style, which dates from 100 BCE to the start of the Common Era, is characterized by “illusionist” imagery, with murals featuring three-dimensional images and landscapes, seen through painted windows that conveyed a sense of depth. The third style, popular from 20-10 BCE, is known as the “ornate” style, and is characterized by two-dimensional, fantastical perspectives, rather than the realistic, three-dimensional vista-like views associated with the illusionist style. Murals painted in the ornate style focused less on realism and instead were created to depict whimsical scenes in highly structured arrangements. The fourth Pompeian style, which dates from 60-79 CE, combined the strict structures and complexity of the ornate style with the illusionist methods of the second style and the stonework of the first style; the fourth style was essentially a hybrid of its predecessors.

Section C

The art of Pompeii was first excavated in 1748 when archaeologists began the painstaking work of identifying, removing, and collecting artistic artifacts from the ash and soil. As knowledge of the art of Pompeii spread across Europe in the 1760s, interest in Greco-Roman art increased and captured the imagination of a new generation of artists in countries like England, Germany, and France, prompting them to emulate a “classical” style. The art of Pompeii most notably influenced an artist in Paris named Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), who would become one of the most successful and dominant artists of his time. David worked through the lens of Pompeii’s illusionist style, with a sense of depth and realism generated in a number of his more famous works, echoing the three-dimensional landscape views typified by Pompeian art’s second style. A number of works put forth by other painters in England, Germany, and France would also contain elements of the four styles of the art of Pompeii.

Section D

The influence of Jacques-Louis David on his contemporaries and future artists only expanded the popularity of Roman art and the influence of Pompeii’s four artistic styles for most of the 1780s and 1790s. Neoclassical art proved to be wildly popular with art collectors and enthusiasts in Europe who commissioned more and more paintings from David and his contemporaries. David’s most famous piece, Oath of the Horatii (1784), contains elements from at least three of the four styles of Pompeian art. In this particular work, one can see the first style in the colored slabs of stone on the ground, the three dimensional perspective of the second style in the dimmed space behind the arches in the background, and the realistic yet fantastical look of the fourth style in the hero figure in the middle of the painting. David serves as just one example of the 18th century artists inspired by the classical Roman works exemplified in the four art styles of Pompeii; indeed, David would pass along his inspiration from Pompeian art to his students. English architect Robert Adam (1728-1792) would create stuccos with elements very similar to the first Pompeian style; he would become known as
the leader of the revival of “classical” art in England. The extraction of the art of Pompeii took 32 years to complete, but once re-discovered and integrated into the work of artists of the 18th century such as David, its impact proved to be quite significant and abiding.
 

Questions 19-23

Look at the following list of artistic characteristics (questions 19-23) and the list of Pompeian Styles listed in the box below.

Classify the following characteristics with the correct Pompeian Style, A, B, or C.

Write the correct letter, A, B, or C, in boxes 19-23 on your answer sheet.

19) It did not attempt to mimic the appearance of actual physical objects.
20) A wall was painted to look like it was built out of a different substance.
21) The scenes involved elaborately organized and planned compositions.
22) It depicted realistic vista-like scenery.
23) It Included playful and amusing subject matter.

Pompeian Styles

A 1st Pompeian Style
B 2nd Pompeian Style
C 3rd Pompeian Style
 

Questions 24-28

Choose the best answer A, B, C, or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 24-28 on your answer sheet.

24) Which of the following resulted from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius?

A The resulting ash in the atmosphere returned to earth trapped in water
droplets.
B Those who tried to aid were unable to unearth buried buildings.
C Many inhabitants living nearby the volcano died of severe burns.
D It attracted the attention of artists living elsewhere in Europe.

25) The fourth Pompeian style

A was popular because it integrated styles that were already well known.
B adhered to strict aesthetic rules that were common from 60 to 79 CE.
C contained aspects of multiple previously distinct Pompeian styles.
D was most often painted onto particular types of ornate stonework.

26) The author first mentions Jacques-Louis David as an example of

A an artist from the 1700s who drew visibly from historical Pompeian styles.
B one of the leaders who dictated the values of the French art community.
C a figure who was integral to the discovery of lost Pompeian artwork.
D a painter who worked predominantly in the “ornate” style of Pompeian art.

27) The painting the “Oath of the Horatii”

A inspired a clear shift in the artistic trends of its time.
B was painted shortly after the discovery of Pompeii.
C contained elements from a range of the artistic eras of Pompeii.
D depicted a famous event in Roman history.

28) Architect Robert Adam

A reused materials excavated in Pompeii in his own artwork.
B mimicked several Pompeian styles in his stucco works.
C spearheaded renewed interest in artistic styles from the “classical” era.
D combined “classical” English styles with the first Pompeian style.

 

Reading Passage 3

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 29-40, which are based on Reading passage 3.
 

Consumer Purchasing Decisions

Section A

The psychologist Carl Jung posited that people make decisions in two distinct ways: by taking in a great deal of information and over time, rationally making a choice, or by making an intuitive decision quickly. However, these categories do not necessarily reflect the full complexity of decision-making, particularly when it comes to purchases. In general, purchasing goods or services involves five steps: problem recognition, information search, evaluation of alternatives, purchase decision, and post-purchase behavior. These steps can happen in an instant, and although they are seemingly only affected by taste and available resources, what looks like an intuitive process is actually more intricate and involves many decision points, both conscious and subconscious.

Section B

All purchases, from small to large, are affected on the most fundamental level by subconscious motivations—a set of factors that cannot be easily simplified. Psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of needs to explain human motivation, in which necessities such as food and shelter must first be met in order for humans to seek fulfillment of higher order needs such as acceptance and love. Maslow’s hierarchy is usually shown as a pyramid, with fundamental physiological needs at the base, underpinning needs concerning safety, such as financial security and physical health. After those first two tiers have been satisfied, an individual can focus on needs for love and belonging. The penultimate tier consists of the need for esteem and self-respect. Only once someone has met the four more basic needs can he or she strive for the peak, self-actualization. If this final need is met, the individual has reached his true potential. Where one is on that scale may subtly affect what one will concentrate on in a purchasing decision. For instance, someone who aspires to be accepted by the members of a community will subconsciously start buying clothing that mimics what is worn by that group.

Section C

In terms of conscious decisions, psychologists have divided the process into three different styles: the single feature model, the additive feature model, and the elimination of aspects model. The single feature model means that the decision maker focuses on one aspect of a product. Here one might look at cost over all else, since it might be the most important factor to someone who is not quite secure economically. For this person, buying a set of plastic plates is a better decision than investing in fine porcelain dishware. This model works best for simple and quick decisions.

Section D

The additive feature model works better for more complex decisions, such as buying a computer. Here one would look at the types of computers and their range of features. A consumer might weigh the mobility of a laptop against the power of a desktop. This is all compounded, of course, by where the consumer is in Maslow’s hierarchy. If the person has a good job and is using the computer to develop community or find a relationship, that may affect what he is looking for.

Section E

The elimination of aspects model is similar to the additive feature model but works in reverse. Here the consumer evaluates various choices feature by feature, and when a selection doesn’t have that feature, it is eliminated until only one option is left.

Section F

Clearly, explaining purchasing behavior is a complex endeavor. In fact, beyond the subconscious factors and conscious decision models are mental shortcuts that help consumers reduce the effort in making decisions. Psychologists have identified a number of these shortcuts, or heuristics, which are used frequently and help with difficult choices in particular. For example, the availability heuristic comes into play when a consumer has a previous experience with a product or brand and then makes a decision to either buy that brand or avoid it the next time. Similarly, marketers frequently capitalize on the representative heuristic, in which a consumer presented with two products will often choose the more visually familiar option. This explains why the brandings of many products look similar to one another. And even more easily understood is the price heuristic, in which a product is perceived to be of higher or lower quality based on cost, as was shown in a recent study in which consumers were presented with the exact same wine at two price points, but preferred the taste of the “more expensive” sample.
 

Questions 29-34

Choose the best answer A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 29-34 on your answer sheet.

29) The process of making a purchase

A was of special interest to Carl Jung.
B may be more complex than that of other decisions.
C involves conscious decisions made in five stages.
D happens more quickly when based on intuition.

30) The five levels of Maslow’s hierarchy

A are ordered according to the individual needs of specific people.
B must be completed separately, in isolated events.
C occur in a sequence.
D focus mainly on emotional needs.

31) The highest level of Maslow’s hierarchy of need is

A admiration.
B realization of potential.
C protection from the elements.
D clothing.

32) According to the single feature model, some will prefer to buy plastic plates instead of fine dishware because

A they are most concerned about price.
B they are emotionally insecure.
C they do not have time to make a careful decision.
D they are focused on how others will react to their choice.

33) The “additive feature” decision model

A offers a method to analyze the hierarchy of person’s needs.
B exposes flaws in Maslow’s theories.
C can be combined with Maslow’s hierarchy for deeper understanding.
D influences a consumer’s stage in Maslow’s hierarchy.

34) The “elimination of aspects” model

A involves detailed comparison.
B conflicts with the “additive feature” decision model.
C works best with simple purchasing decisions.
D is largely subconscious.
 

Questions 35-40

Match each item with the theory it relates to according to the article.

Choose the correct letter A–C for questions 35-40 below.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

Write the correct letter A, B, or C, in boxes 35-40 on your answer sheet.

35) Physical needs take priority over emotional or intellectual needs.

36) All possible features are considered carefully.

37) A product is bought based on only one attribute.

38) A consumer buys a more expensive product hoping to receive higher quality.

39) The desire to be included in a social group influences decisions.

40) A negative experience with a brand influences future purchase decisions.
 

Theories

A Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
B Conscious Decision Making Models
C Decision Heuristics
 

END OF READING TEST


 

IELTS Academic Writing Practice Test


Time: 1 hour
 

Instructions to Candidates

Carefully read the instructions.

You must respond to both tasks.

Write at least 150 words for Task 1.

Write at least 250 words for Task 2.

Write clearly in pen or pencil. You may make changes, but your writing must be easy to read.

On test day, you will hand in this paper and the question sheet at the end of the test.
 

Information for Candidates

This test paper has two questions.

Task 2 is worth twice as many points as Task 1.
 

Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below gives attendance figures for Grandville Stadium from 2017, which are projected through 2030 after a major improvement project.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

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Writing Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

An increasing number of schools provide tablets and laptop computers for students to use in school, replacing books and other printed materials like exams and assignments.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

Write at least 250 words.
 

END OF WRITING TEST



 

IELTS Speaking Practice Test


Time: 11-14 minutes

Format: Interview

Note: These questions are designed to help you simulate the IELTS speaking exam. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to recreate the IELTS interview fully on this practice test. However, there is a lot you can do to prepare for this section of the exam! Here are some ideas to help you get the most out of the questions in this section:

BEST OPTION: If possible, find a native English speaker (or someone more fluent in English than you) to act as your interviewer and read the questions to you. He or she can give you useful feedback about your pronunciation and grammar, and help you think about ways to improve your responses.

GOOD OPTION: Ask a friend or family member to read the questions to you. Even if this person’s English skills are not strong, it is best to answer questions provided to you verbally, rather than reading them on a screen. Make sure to record your answers so you can analyze what you said and think of ways to improve.

JUST DO WHAT YOU CAN!! (OPTION): If nobody is around to help you, just read the questions and answer them yourself. Again, record your answers to get the most out of the experience.

Content: This test contains three sections.
 

Part 1 Introduction and Interview

  • This section is 4-5 minutes.
  • You must introduce yourself and confirm your identity.
  • You will answer general questions on basic topics from daily life such as school,
    work, family, holidays, etc.

 

Part 2 Individual Long Turn

  • This section is 3-4 minutes, including 1 minute preparation time.
  • You will receive a question card with a topic and some bullet points to discuss in
    your talk.
  • You will have one minute to prepare and record notes if you wish.
  • You should talk for 1-2 minutes.
  • The examiner will ask some follow-up questions after you finish your talk.

 

Part 3 Two-Way Discussion

  • This section is 4-5 minutes.
  • You must respond the examiner’s questions, which will be related to the topic in
    Task 2.
  • The topics and questions will be more abstract.
  • The following practice materials give you an example of the kinds of questions you might encounter on the Speaking exam.

 

IELTS Speaking Test Materials

Part 1

Let’s talk about travel….

Where is an interesting place you’ve travelled?

Do you like to fly on airplanes? Why or why not?

Do you prefer more active vacations, or do you prefer to relax and do very little?

What place would you really like to visit?

What do you like to do when you visit a new city?
 

Part 2

Candidate task card:

Describe something important you learned from a teacher.

You should say:

the grade in which you took the teacher’s class
the subject of the class
the important thing you learned

and explain why this lesson was meaningful to you.

You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.

You have 1 minute to think about what you are going to say.

You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Rounding off questions:

Do you use what you learned from this teacher in your life today?

Did you ever tell this teacher about your appreciation?
 

Part 3

Let’s consider teaching and learning more deeply…

What qualities make an excellent teacher?
By contrast, what are some mistakes teachers make that make them less effective?
Would you enjoy being a teacher? Why or why not?

Finally, let’s consider the current climate of education…

Do you think kids face too much or too little pressure related to school these days?
 

END OF PRACTICE TEST



 

Grading Your IELTS Practice Test: Answers & Explanations

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