IELTS Life Skills A2 – Model Test 2

This test should not exceed 20 minutes.

[Note: You will take the test with another candidate. During the test, you will be allowed to take notes to prepare your answers. The examiner will not mark your notes, only your speaking and listening skills are marked.]

Examiner: Hello Sarah, hello James. My name is Michael Nicholas and I will be your examiner today. Let’s begin…

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:
Q. Could you tell me your full name, please?
Q. Can you spell it for me?
Q. And what shall I call you?

Neighbours:
Q. How well do you know the people who live next door to you?
Q. How often do you see them? [Why/Why not?]
Q. What kinds of problem do people sometimes have with their neighbours?
Q. How do you think neighbours can help each other?


Phase 1b (6 minutes)

[In this part of the test, you are each going to talk for about one minute. While you are talking, your partner will listen to you. Your partner will then ask you two questions about what you have said.]

Sarah, you’re going to tell James about the types of stories you liked when you were a child and why you liked them.

James, you’re going to tell Sarah about something interesting you heard in the news and why you thought it was interesting.

Now you both have one minute to think about what you want to say. You can make notes if you want to. If there’s anything you don’t understand, please ask me.

🕑 One minute for preparation…

Examiner: Sarah, are you ready? Please tell James about the types of stories you liked when you were a child and why you liked them.

James, listen, and ask two questions at the end.

🕑 One minute…

Examiner: Thank you, Sarah.

Examiner: James, please ask Sarah your questions now.

Examiner: Thank you.

🕑 One minute…

Examiner: James, are you ready? Please tell Sarah about something interesting you heard in the news and why you thought it was interesting.

Sarah, listen, and ask two questions at the end.

🕑 One minute…

Examiner: Thank you, James.

Examiner: Sarah, please ask James your questions now.

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 phoning from different places. Where are they? At home, at the dentist’s, or in hospital?

Where are they?

At home
at home
At the dentist's
at the dentist’s
In hospital
in hospital

Play the Recording & Listen to the information:

[You will listen to the recording only once.] Audio Copyright – Cambridge IELTS

Examiner: Sarah, in the first recording, where is the woman? At home, at the dentist’s, or in hospital?

Sarah: ………………..

Examiner: Thank you.

Examiner: James, in the second recording, where is the man? At home, at the dentist’s, or in hospital?

James: ………………..

Examiner: Thank you.

Now listen again, and answer these questions.

Examiner: James, in the first recording, when was the woman’s baby born? And how long does she have to stay in hospital?

James: …………

Examiner: Sarah, in the second recording, what time is the man’s appointment? And when is the party?

Sarah: …………

Examiner: Thank you.


Phase 2b (4-5 minutes)

Examiner: Now you’re going to talk together about the people you live with. Talk to each other about the people you live with or the people who live near you.

People you live with – prompt questions

Q. Is it better to live alone or with other people? (Why?)
Q. Is it good for people of different ages to live together? (Why?/Why not?)
Q. What’s a good number of children to have in a family? (Why?)
Q. Do you know the people who live near you? (Tell us about them.)

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


Answer Section: 


Phase 2a:

Where are they?

Script 1: (in) hospital.
Script 2: (at) (the) dentist’s.

Q. When was the woman’s baby born? Answer: this morning.
Q. How long does she have to stay in hospital? Answer: two (more) days.
Q. What time is the man’s appointment? Answer: nine thirty / half past nine (this morning).
Q. When is the party? Answer: tomorrow (night).

📻 Listening script 1:
Hi. It’s Sally here. I had the baby this morning – it’s a little girl, but she hasn’t got a name yet! She’s fine and so am I. Actually, I really want to go home but the doctor says I have to stay here for two more days. It would be great if you could visit – the nurse says I can have visitors from tomorrow. If you can’t come, then just give me a call. OK then speak soon. Bye!

📻 Listening script 2:
Hi. It’s Pavel. I’m in the waiting room. I was lucky to get an appointment for nine thirty this morning. So it isn’t long to wait. I feel really nervous, I never like coming here. My tooth really hurt yesterday, and this morning it was so bad I had to stay at home. I couldn’t eat or drink anything. I hope he doesn’t have to take it out. Anyway, I’m definitely going to the party, whatever happens, so I’ll see you there tomorrow night! Bye.


[That is the end of the answer section.]

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