IELTS Life Skills B1 – Model Test 1

This test should not exceed 22 minutes.

Examiner: Hello. My name is Michael Nicholas and I will be your examiner today.

Phase 1a ( 🕑 3 minutes)

[The Examiner will ask Candidate A and Candidate B in turn questions about name and nationality. A candidate takes the test with another test taker and an examiner.]

Name:
Q. What’s your name?
Q. Can you spell it for me?

Nationality:
Q. Where do you come from?
Q. How long have you lived here?

Examiner: Thank you. Could I have your marksheets?

Examiner: Thank you.

Now you are going to ask each other some questions. I want you to find out from each other about another town or city you have visited and why you like it. You have two minutes to talk to each other.

🕑 Talk to each other for two minutes…

Prompt questions:

Q. What did you do in …………… /there?
Q. How is …………… different from ……………, and how are they similar?
Q. What is the best time of year to visit …………… and/or ……………?
Q. What other places would you like to visit in the future?

Examiner: Thank you.


Phase 1b (🕑 7 minutes)

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

Examiner: Robert, you’re going to tell Maria about the kinds of things that make you laugh and the people who make you laugh.

Maria, you’re going to tell Robert about something you’d like to be good at and why you’d like to be good at it.

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: Robert, are you ready? Please tell Maria about the kinds of things that make you laugh and the people who make you laugh.

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

🕑 One minute…

Examiner: Thank you.

Examiner: Maria, please ask Robert your questions now.

Examiner: Thank you.

🕑 One minute…

Examiner: Maria, are you ready? Please tell Robert about something you’d like to be good at and why you’d like to be good at it.

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

🕑 One minute…

Examiner: Thank you.

Examiner: Robert, please ask Maria your questions now.

Examiner: Thank you.


Phase 2a (🕑 5 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 messages about different types of transport. What type of transport is each message about? A plane, a train or a car?

Play the Recording & Listen to the information:

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

What type of transport is each message about?

A plane
a plane
A train
a train
A car
a car

Examiner: Robert, in the first recording, what type of transport is the message about? A plane, a train or a car?

Robert: ………………..

Examiner: Thank you.

Examiner: Maria, in the second recording, what type of transport is the message about? A plane, a train or a car?

Maria: ………………..

Examiner: Thank you.

Now listen again, and answer these questions.

Examiner: Maria, in the first recording, what is the new departure time of the flight? And what must the woman do if she has a problem?

Maria: …………

Examiner: Robert, in the second recording, what time will the train arrive? And why is there a delay?

Robert: …………

Examiner: Thank you.

[At the end of the recording the examiner will ask each candidate, in turn, their two questions again. After each question, he/she will wait for the candidate’s response.]


Phase 2b (🕑 7 minutes overall)

[🕑 3 minutes for this part…]

Examiner: Now you’re going to plan something together.

Examiner: I’d like you to imagine that a friend is planning a weekend away in the countryside with her family.

First, talk together about which transport she should use for the weekend away and choose the one you think would be best.

Then plan and decide what to do about these things.

Examiner: You have two minutes to talk about this, so don’t worry if I interrupt you.

Examiner: Would you like to start now?

Which transport? & Plan and decide

Examiner: Thank you.

[🕑 4 minutes for this part…]

Now you’re going to talk together about transport. Talk to each other about the transport you use every day and why you use it.

[The examiner might prompt candidates with questions from the box below if they are experiencing difficulty in continuing the interaction or if they stray from the topic. He/she may also encourage candidates’ interaction by eliciting agreement or alternative opinions from candidates by asking questions such as “What do you think?”, “Tell us what you think.”, “And you?”]

Transport you use every day –prompt questions

Q. Do you ever cycle in (candidate’s town/area)? What are the advantages of cycling?
Q. How often do you travel by car? Where do you go?
Q. Do you ever travel by train? Do you like it? (Why?/Why not?)
Q. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of travelling by bus?

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


Answer Section:


Phase 2a:

What type of transport is each message about?

Script 1: (a) plane
Script 2: (a) train

Q. What is the new departure time of the flight? Answer: (at) 15.40/twenty to four/3.40.
Q. What must the woman do if she has a problem? Answer: (she must) call (the) ticket office.
Q. What time will the train arrive? Answer: (at) 10.30/half past ten.
Q. Why is there a delay? Answer: (because of the) bad weather.

📻 Listening script 1:
This is a message for Mrs Suzy Thompson regarding your flight FA216 to Edinburgh on 19th September. Unfortunately, there is a change to the departure time which will now be at 15.40 and not 16.30 as previously informed. If you have any difficulty with this new departure time, please call the ticket office as soon as possible. We apologise for making this alteration, which is beyond our control. We remind you that you can only check in one piece of luggage. Also, remember that we have reduced rates for parking at the airport when you book online.

📻 Listening script 2:
Hello. This is a station announcement. Mainline Rail is very sorry to announce that the 9.30 service from Cambridge to Stansted Airport is running approximately an hour late. This service is now expected at 10.30. In view of this delay, we would like to offer all ticket holders a free hot drink which you can obtain from the cafeteria situated on Platform 1. We apologise again for the delay to this service, which is because of the bad weather. That is the Stansted Express service which is running… (fade).


[That is the end of the answer section.]

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