Cambridge IELTS 13 contains four authentic IELTS examination papers from Cambridge Assessment English, providing excellent exam practice.
The Student’s Book with answers allows students to familiarise themselves with IELTS and to practise examination techniques using authentic tests. It contains four complete tests for Academic candidates. An introduction to these modules is included in the book, together with an explanation of the scoring system used by Cambridge Assessment English. There is a comprehensive section of answers and tapescripts at the back of the book. Audio CDs containing the material for the Listening Tests, and a Student’s Book with answers with downloadable Audio are sold separately.
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- Introduction 4
- Test 1 10
- Test 2 32
- Test 3 54
- Test 4 76
- Audio scripts 97
- Listening and Reading Answer Keys 118
- Sample answers for Writing tasks 126
- Sample answer sheets 136
- Acknowledgments 140
MARKING THE PRACTICE TESTS
Listening and Reading
The Answer Keys are on pages 118–125. Each question in the Listening and Reading tests is worth one mark. Questions which require letter / Roman numeral answers
- For questions where the answers are letters or Roman numerals, you should write only the number of answers required. For example, if the answer is a single letter or numeral you should write only one answer. If you have written more letters or numerals than are required, the answer must be marked wrong. Questions which require answers in the form of words or numbers
- Answers may be written in upper or lower case.
- Words in brackets are optional – they are correct, but not necessary.
- Alternative answers are separated by a slash (/).
- If you are asked to write an answer using a certain number of words and/or (a) number(s), you will be penalized if you exceed this. For example, if a question specifies an answer using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and the correct answer is ‘black leather coat’, the answer ‘coat of black leather’ is incorrect.
- In questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the answer sheet. For example, to complete ‘in the …’, where the correct answer is ‘morning’, the answer ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect.
- All answers require correct spelling (including words in brackets).
- Both US and UK spelling are acceptable and are included in the Answer Key.
- All standard alternatives for numbers, dates, and currencies are acceptable.
- All standard abbreviations are acceptable.
- You will find additional notes about individual answers in the Answer Key. Writing The sample answers are on pages 126–135. It is not possible for you to give yourself a mark for the Writing tasks. We have provided sample answers (written by candidates), showing their score and the examiner’s comments. These sample answers will give you an insight into what is required for the Writing test.
The Practice Tests have been checked to ensure that they are of approximately the same level of difficulty as the real IELTS test. However, we cannot guarantee that your score in the Practice Tests will be reflected in the real IELTS test. The Practice Tests can only give you an idea of your possible future performance and it is ultimately up to you to make decisions based on your score.
Sample Unit from Cambridge IELTS 13
The examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies, and other familiar topics.
EXAMPLE: Television programs
• Where do you usually watch TV programs/shows? [Why?/Why not?]
• What’s your favorite TV program/show? [Why?]
• Are there any programs/shows you don’t like watching? [Why?/Why not?]
• Do you think you will watch more TV or fewer TV programs/shows in the future? [Why?/Why not?]
Describe someone you know who has started a business.
You should say:
- who this person is
- what work this person does
- why this person decided to start a business
- and explain whether you would like to do the same kind of work as this person.
You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Choosing work – Example questions:
- What kinds of jobs do young people not want to do in your country?
- Who is best at advising young people about choosing a job: teachers or parents?
- Is money always the most important thing when choosing a job?
Work-Life balance – Example questions:
- Do you agree that many people nowadays are under pressure to work longer hours and take less holiday?
- What is the impact on society of people having a poor work-life balance?
- Could you recommend some effective strategies for governments and employers to ensure people have a good work-life balance?