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IELTS test in Singapore and Australia March 2015

(General Training)
Thanks to K and R who took the IELTS test in Singapore and Australia, we know that their exams were
the same, and here are the questions they remembered (only the Writing and Speaking questions
were shared).
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
The company you work for introduced a work-from-home scheme. Write a
letter to your manager asking for the work-from-home option. In your letter
say
- What part of your job can be done from home?
- How many hours will you be able to work from home?
- How will it be helpful to you as well as your employer?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Usually students have to study a range of different subjects. Some people believe that learning
subjects without being interested in them wont be beneficial. Do you agree or disagree with this
statement?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you go on weekends?
Do you plan your holidays or vacations?
How do you plan them? Why?
How did you learn to do it?

Cue Card
Talk about a famous public figure that you like. Please say
- Who is this person?
- Why do you like him/her?
- When did you first come to know about him/her?
Discussion
- Sometimes old musicians come back to perform. Why?
- Why is there a need for them to perform again, in your view?

IELTS Speaking test in Nepal March 2015

An IELTS test taker from Nepal (thanks, B!) shared the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you live in an apartment or a house?
Do you like living there?
Are there any shops close to your place?
How do you manage your time?
Where did you learn to do it?

Cue Card
Describe a song that you remember from your childhood. Please say
- What kind of song is it?
- Why do you remember this song?
- How do you feel while listening to it?
Discussion
-

What music is popular with people in different age groups in your country?
Does the kind of music we like change as we grow older? Why?
How does a song become a symbol of cultural identity of a country?
How important is teaching a child about music or to play a musical instrument? Why?

IELTS test in the USA March 2015 (General


Training)
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An IELTS test taker from the USA (thanks, S!) remembered the following topics after a recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A lady wanted photos of her son from a newspaper office.
Section 2. A talk about saving energy at home and a company that can help
with it.
Section 3. A professor and two students were discussing their field trip.

Section 4. Dont remember.


Reading test
Passage 1. An article about H1N1 (swine flu) virus and the vaccine for it.
Passage 2. An article on swimming pools and memberships.
Passage 3. An article on federal work, study and students work schedules.
Passage 4. An article on the difference between professional and non-professional tennis.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have recently joined a sports centre and encountered some issues during your visits. Write a
letter to the centre manager about it and say
- What do you like about the centre?
- Mention the problems that you have had there.
- Give your view on how to solve those problems.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays people get married and have children after the age of 30. Is it a positive or negative
development? Give your opinion and examples based on your experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you have many trees or other vegetation in your city?
Do you like gardening? Why?
Did you ever plant a tree?

Cue Card
Talk about a situation when you came across a stranger and helped him/her. Please say
- Describe the situation and what you did.
- When and where did it take place?
- How did you feel after helping that stranger?
Discussion
- Lets talk about volunteering jobs.
- Should older children volunteer?

- What happens when you volunteer?


- Do you think speaking one language globally is good?

IELTS test in Canada March 2015 (Academic


Module)
Our friend J took the IELTS test in Canada and remembered the following Writing and Speaking
questions (unfortunately J couldnt recall the Listening or Reading topics):
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a graph describing the population aged 60+ around the
world and in 6 different regions. We had to compare the data.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
A recent study showed that both developed and developing countries prosper because of the economic
growth. People from developing countries are happier than before while people from developed
countries are not as happy as they were in the past. Why is this happening? How can this situation be
improved? Give your opinion including relevant examples and your own experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you have a lot of leisure time?
What do you do in your free time?
How often do you do it?

Cue Card
Talk about a book you have read recently. Please say
- What book was it?
- Why did you choose to read it?
- What did you like or dislike about it?
Discussion
-

Would you recommend it to other readers?


Is it important for adults to read books? Why?
What is the popular book that most children in your country usually read?
What changes occurred in adults reading habits since the introduction of e-books?

IELTS test in India March 2015 (General Training)


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Our friend V took the IELTS test in India and remembered the following Writing and Speaking
questions:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are in a hospital with a broken leg. Your colleagues sent you get well
cards and gifts. Write a letter to them and include the following:
- Thank them for everything.
- Explain how you spend time in the hospital.
- Inform them about your recovery process.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that a car is the best way to travel in cities while others believe a bicycle is a better
way. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do at your job?
Which season do you like? Why?
How many seasons are there in your country?
What changes do you see between seasons?
Do you like to live in a place with one season or different seasons?
What do you do in different seasons?

Cue Card
Talk about a book that you read recently. Please say
- What is the name of the book?
- When did you read it?
- What did you like or dislike about it?

Discussion
-

What books do children like to read? Why?


Do adults choose to read magazines instead of books? Why?
How can parents inculcate their children with the reading habit?
Can parents or teachers make a child read books? How?
Do you see any change in reading habits now compared to the past?
What do you prefer, e-books or print books?
Do you think e-books will replace print books completely in the future? Why?

IELTS Speaking test in India March 2015


An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, P!) remembered the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Which room at home is your favorite? Why?
What facilities are there near your place?
Do you like watching the sky?
Do you prefer to do it during the day or at night?
How do you usually watch it?
What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Are there many clothing shops in your area?
What clothes do you wear for different situations? Why?
What color do you like the most in clothes?

Cue Card
Describe someone you know who is a good cook. Please say
- Who is this person?
- What kinds of food does he/she cook?
- Explain why he/she is good at cooking.
Discussion
-

Do you like cooking?


Who is cooking in your family?
When you were a child, who was cooking for you?
What do you usually eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Why?
What age do you think children should be taught to cook? Why?
Do you think its important to know how to cook well?
What nutrition is good for children in your opinion? Why?

IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Bulg aria March


2015 (Academic Module)
Thanks to IELTS test takers V and M we know that recent IELTS exams in Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria
were the same, and here are the questions they remembered:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a table comparing types of food consumed daily in Europe in
1987, 1997 and 2007. We had to summarise the data.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people believe that the government should pay for and offer housing to people who lost their
homes or cannot afford them. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion. Use
specific reasons and examples to support it.
Speaking test 1
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject are you studying?
What makes your major interesting to you?
Do you like to visit nature places?
What is the best way to learn about the nature?

Cue Card
Describe something that you dont know and would like to learn. Please say
- What is it you want to learn?
- How do you want to learn it?
- Who would you choose to teach you?
Discussion
- Is it your dream to become a teacher?
- Is there a teacher special to you? Why?
- When do you think a teacher becomes a professional?
Speaking test 2
Interview
- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?

Do you work or study?


Do you try to manage your time?
How do you do it?
Where do you look for time management tips?

Cue Card
Describe your favourite famous person. Please say
- Who is he/she?
- What does he/she do?
- Why do you like him/her?
Discussion
- Do you want to be famous?
- How do children of famous parents feel?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a famous persons child?

IELTS test in Turkey March 2015 (General


Training)
An IELTS test taker from Turkey (thanks, S!) shared the following questions from a recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A street survey about good and bad aspects of living in a city.
Section 2. Information on how to get a driving license in the UK and various
traffic features of different British towns.
Section 3. Two students talked about elephants and how bees negatively
affect them.
Section 4. A talk about a course on food technology with a diploma.
Reading test
Passage 1. A short description of various scientific exhibitions and information about the National
Health Services.
Questions: True/False/Not Given, match headings to paragraphs.
Passage 2. A text describing how to write a proper CV and send it via email.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Passage 3. About working hours, night shifts, young workers and extra pay at some organisation.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Passage 4. About Kuala Lumpur Train Station.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.
Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)


Write a letter to your friend in another town and invite him/her to a party. Explain
- Why are you having this party?
- Why do you want your friend to be there?
- Give directions how to get there.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Sometimes tourists may damage touristic sites. Explain what some of the negative effects may be.
Suggest some solutions to this problem.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live?
Is it a house or an apartment?
What is your favorite room?
Do you take breaks during work/studies?
What kind of breaks?
How do these breaks affect you?
Where do your parents live?
Is it your hometown?
Is this a good place to live?

Cue Card
Talk about a situation when you were stuck in a traffic jam for a long time. Please say
- When and where was it?
- What did you do?
- How did you feel about it?
Discussion
-

Can public transport help decrease traffic jams?


Can motorway/highway system improvements help?
What are the effects of traffic on the environment?
Do you think that only the government should provide solutions to traffic jams?
Would heavy taxes help decrease the number of large vehicles (SUVs) on the roads?

IELTS Speaking test in India March 2015


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Thanks to S who took the IELTS test in India we can share the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


What can I call you?
Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you like to watch TV?
How often do you do it?
What programs do you usually watch?
Do you think children are addicted to TV these days?
Do you think your way of work or work culture will change in future?

Cue Card
Talk about a colourful place that you have visited. Please say
- When and where did you go?
- What did you do there?
- Why did you visit this place?
Discussion
-

Do you think colours can affect a persons mood? Why?


Do men and women prefer the same colours?
Do you think a colourful book can influence a child more?
Does a colourful street advertisement grab your attention?
Does a city painted in bright colours look better?

IELTS test in Australia March 2015 (General


Training)
An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks M!) shared the following topics and questions:
Listening test
Section 1. Two students were discussing their research work about criminal
activities, evidence and witnesses.
Questions: multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.
Section 2. A map of university campus and its facilities, such as a swimming
pool, bus stop, dormitory location.
Questions: map labeling.

Section 3. A comparison between a house, a hostel and a flat in terms of facilities included (garden or
outdoor area, garage, alarm system and so on).
Section 4. About plastic and recycling.
Reading test
Passage 1. There were some hotel advertisements and we had to find which option is available in
which hotel/resort options included vegetarian food, horse rides, function rooms available for
wedding receptions, etc.
Passage 2. About a phone card that allows making international and local phone calls.
Passage 3. On how temporary staff can apply for a permanent job at the supermarket, through an
internal recruitment process.
Passage 4. About several types of crocodiles such as the pancake crocodile, rat crocodile and duck
crocodile, with their respective differences.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Write an application letter to an organisation working with children to volunteer for a part-time job.
Please say
- Why do you want to work there?
- Why are you suitable for this job?
- When will you be able to start?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Computers have made the world a better place to live. Do you agree or disagree with the statement?
Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your apartment.
Do you like watching the sky?
Do you prefer to do it during the day or at night?
How do you watch it?
Do you go somewhere special?

Cue Card
Describe a movie that you watched a while ago and liked. Please say

- When and where was it?


- What was so special about it?
- Why did you like that movie?
Discussion
-

Do you think people should see dubbed movies or only movies in their own language?
Do you think many people still visit cinemas these days?
What is the importance of actors in movies?
Does the plot play an important part in a movies success? Why?

IELTS test in Hungary March 2015 (Academic


Module)
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An IELTS test taker from Hungary remembered the following topics and questions:
Listening test
Section 1. An interview with a resident about properties in her city.
Section 2. Facts on how to obtain a diving license in the UK including traffic
features in some cities.
Section 3. Two students were talking about how to deter elephant herds
from attacking Kenyan villages.
Section 4. Features of a course on food technology.
Reading test
Passage 1. About some strange paleontological findings in the Burgess shale in Canada.
Passage 2. About certain techniques helping people cope with stress. Also about attitudes positive
versus negative and its influence on health.
Passage 3. New aspects of research on childrens literature.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a diagram showing how coal is transformed into electricity.
Writing task 2 (an essay)

In many countries there are people with extremely high income. Some say it is good for the country,
while others claim that governments should limit salaries. Discuss both views and give your own
opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
How long have you been living there?
Which is your favourite room? Why?
What is your favourite colour? Why?
What do you think about wearing bright colours?
What is the best colour to paint house walls? Why?
Is the colour of a car important to you?

Cue Card
Talk about a job that is important in your country. Please say
- What is the job?
- Why is it so important?
- What do you have to study for that job?
Discussion
-

What makes a job desirable?


At what age should people start a full-time job? Why?
Why can it be good to spend some time abroad after graduation?
Why do you think many people leave their country to work abroad?
Is it good for a country if it receives many immigrants?
Some people think that immigrants cause more harm than good. What is your opinion?

IELTS Speaking tes t in India March 2015


When R took his IELTS Speaking test in India he was asked the following questions:

Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your job.
Did you face any difficulties at your job?
Do you think your work pattern will change in the future? Why?
Do you think clothes represent the personality of a person? How?
How important are clothes to you?
Do you wear any particular outfit on weekdays or weekend? Why?
Will you change it in the future? Why?

Cue Card
Describe a famous person. Please say
- Who is he/she?
- What is he/she famous for?
- How did you know about this person?
Discussion
-

Does he/she inspire you? How?


Do you want to be famous? Why?
Why are people curious about personal and professional life of a famous person?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?

IELTS test in Melbourne, Australia February 2015


(General Training)
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Our friend K remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions after taking the IELTS test
recently in Australia:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are organising a party. Write a letter to invite your friend and say

- What is the reason for a party?


- What do you plan to do at the party?
- Why is it important for your friend to attend the party?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays as a part of the educational process students are working for a company for a short period
of time without pay. Are there more advantages or disadvantages to this? Give your own opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your home please.
Which room do you like the most?
Do you like long travels? Why?
Where do you like to go?

Cue Card
Describe a recent long trip that you went on and enjoyed. Please say
- Where did you go?
- Did you use a vehicle to get there?
- What did you do there?
Discussion
-

Did you spend a long time there?


Is it okay to travel alone? Why?
What problems can occur during long travels?
Is it difficult to organise such a trip?
What sorts of things do you need to organise before travelling abroad?
What problem may arise?
How do young people select a tourist destination before the trip?

IELTS Speaking test in India February 2015


Thanks to T who took the IELTS test in India we can share the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?

Do you work or study?


What do you do?
Do you like your profession?
Do you like shoes?
What kind of shoes do you like? Why?
What do you prefer to have many or few friends?
What do you usually do together with your friends?
Do you meet them often?

Cue Card
Describe a band or a singer that you like. Please say
- What kind of music do they play?
- Where and when did you hear them for the first time?
- Why do you like their music?
Discussion
-

Should we focus more on traditional music? Why?


Do you think having a good voice gives you an edge over others? Why?
What main qualities are required to be a good singer?
Do you think the government should promote music in schools?

IELTS test in Hong Kong February 2015 (Academic


Module)
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An IELTS test taker from Hong Kong (thanks C!) remembered the following writing and speaking
questions:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a diagram showing the process of making clean drinking
water using a simple filter with sand, charcoal and small stones. We had to
describe the process.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people believe that the use of mobile phones in public is as annoying as smoking and should be
banned, similarly to smoking. Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.
Speaking test

Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe the climate in your country.
What are the seasons in your country?
Do you enjoy distinctive seasons?
Would you like the weather to stay the same all year round?

Cue Card
Describe an experience that was a complete waste of your time. Please say
- What happened?
- Why do you think it was a waste of time?
- How did you feel after that?
Discussion
- What tasks are a waste of time in your eyes?
- What do you know about time management?
- Do you think time management is important for children? Why?

IELTS Speaking test in Iran February 2015


An IELTS test taker from Iran (thanks, Z!) shared the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Can you describe your home?
What is your favorite room?
Lets talk about shoes.
Do you prefer comfortable or fashionable shoes? Why?
Did you ever buy shoes in online stores?

Cue Card
Describe an old person that you respect and admire. Please say
- Who is he/she?
- When did you first meet?
- Why do you admire him/her?
Discussion

How was his/her life as a young person?


Do you think old people can be helpful?
In what ways?
Do you think older people occupy positions of young people in companies?
How can older people help and be beneficial in a company?
What are the benefits of older people compared to a younger generation?
What are the benefits of younger generation compared to older people?
How can technology help older people?

IELTS test in Iran February 2015 (General


Training)
Thanks to B who took the IELTS test in Iran we have the following topics and questions to share:
Reading test
Passage 1. About the construction process of new buildings.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.
Passage 2. About quality control in the food industry.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Passage 3, 4. Dont remember.
Writing task 1 (a letter)
One of your friends wants to move to the city you live in. Write a letter to him/her and say:
- Give some information about the city.
- Recommend a place to stay.
- Why is it a good idea to move there?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays many people follow fashion trends and think that its very important. Is it a good or a bad
development? Include reasons and examples from your personal experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you like your job? Why?
How old are you?
Are you married?
How many brothers and sisters do you have?

Cue Card
Talk about the last book that you have read. Please say

- What book is it?


- How did you find it?
- What was interesting about it?
Discussion
-

Do you like to read?


Do adults have to read or not in your view? Why?
Who should encourage children to read books: parents or teachers?
Is it useful at all to read books?

Note: the test taker B didnt remember the Listening part.

IELTS test in Singapore February 2015 (Academic


Module)
Our friend A who took the IELTS test in Singapore remembered the following topics and questions:
Listening test
Section 1. Inquiry about a job at the swimming pool, including a job
application form.
Section 2. A conversation between a student and a lecturer about the choice
of courses for occupational therapy in a health science school.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. A conversation about a national cultural event.
Reading test
Passage 1. The history of the pencil.
Passage 2. An article about the global warming including a scientists review about an ice age.
Passage 3. About an author that wrote a famous childrens book.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a triple line graph showing the sales of childrens, educational and adult fiction books
from 2003 to 2006.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people say that noise made by people should be strictly controlled while others say they should
be free to make noise without limitation. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Note: the test taker A didnt share the Speaking questions from this exam.

IELTS Speaking test in Vietnam February 2015


Thanks to our friend Y we can share the Speaking questions from a recent exam in Vietnam:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Are there many holidays in your country?
Do you think there should be more holidays in your country? Why?
What do you usually do during holidays? Why?

Cue Card
Describe an instance when you waited for someone for a long time. Please say
- Whom were you waiting for?
- Where was it?
- What did you feel while waiting?
Discussion
-

What did you do while waiting?


What are common situations when people have to wait for others?
Some people can wait for a long time while others get angry soon. Why?
Some people are waiting for a long time for new (modern) technology. What do you think about it?
Do you think children should be allowed to use modern technology?

IELTS test in India February 2015 (Academic


Module)
An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, M!) shared the questions from a recent exam. M didnt
remember the Speaking part, unfortunately.
Listening test
Section 1. Sailing club application form.
Section 2. A map of products popularity around the world.
Section 3. A discussion about a project helping reduce child obesity.
Section 4. About different research methods, their purpose and feedback.
Reading test
Passage 1. About transportation in rural areas.

Passage 2. The importance of awareness of cultural differences for successful overseas business.
Passage 3. About the pollination process of honeybees.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a table showing solutions given by consumers and researchers to reduce global
warming.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people say that mobile phones should be banned in public places such as libraries, shops and
public transport. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Speaking test in Vietnam February 2015


An IELTS test taker from Vietnam (thanks, G!) remembered the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subjects did you study at school?
What is your future dream job?
Do you like reading?
What is the perfect reading place for you?
Do you like to read alone or with friends?

Cue Card
Talk about an interesting place that you have visited recently. Please say
- What and where is it?
- With whom did you go there?
- What did you like there?
Discussion
-

Did you see tourists coming back to your town?


Do you think you will come back? Why?
Why do you think people visit the same place again and again?
Is there a difference between your first visit to a place and your later visits there?
Do you think it is important for tourists to respect and follow the culture of places they visit?

IELTS test in Vietnam and Singapore February


2015 (Academic Module)
Two IELTS test takers from Vietnam and Singapore (who had the same exam) remembered the
following questions:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation between two friends about job vacancies. One of
them has also commented on each company.
Section 2. A student was talking to a tutor about his work on the history of
football.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. The result of a survey about childrens nutrition in 3 areas.
Reading test
Passage 1. Tattoo as a cultural characteristic of people of Polynesian islands.
Passage 2. How different (Eastern and Western) mentality affects peoples approach in life.
Passage 3. About apes and animal rights.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a bar chart illustrating the population in the US, China, India and Japan as a
percentage of the worlds total in 1990, 2009 and a projection for 2050.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Many people think that too much attention and resources are given to protection of wild animals and
birds. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?
Describe the amenities around your place.
Lets talk about fashion.
Do you like fashionable things?
Do you dress differently on weekends and weekdays?
What is your favourite colour? Why?
Do you think it will change as you grow older?

Lets talk about body language.


Do Asian people use body language?
Can we communicate without words?
Is there a particular form of body language that you find offensive?
Do impatient people get their way?
Is it possible to be too nice?

Cue Card
Describe a situation when you had to be nice to someone you dislike. Please say
- Who is this person?
- Why dont you like him/her?
- Why did you still have to be nice to him/her?
Discussion
Dont remember.

IELTS test in India February 2015 (General


Training)
Three IELTS test takers from India (thanks K, R, and D!) collectively remembered the following
Writing and Speaking questions from a recent exam:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Your employer wants to recruit a new person for the office. Write a letter to
your friend about this vacancy and say
- What job is it?
- Why is this job suitable for him/her?
- How can he/she apply for it?
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people believe that money is the most important factor for achieving happiness. However,
others believe that happiness has nothing to do with money. Do you agree or disagree? Give your own
opinion and examples.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Which part of the country are you from?
How long do you and your family live there?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?

- What do you think about public holidays in your country?


- Do you think there should be fewer public holidays in your country? Why?
- What is your favourite public holiday? Why?
Cue Card
Talk about an instance when you invited friends or relatives for a meal in a restaurant or at home.
Please say
- Whom and why did you invite?
- When and where to did you invite them?
- Describe what happened during the meal.
Discussion
-

Is it common to go to restaurants in your country?


What do people cook on special occasions?
Will people stop cooking in the future? Why?
Why do you think people cook special food on special occasions?

IELTS Speaking test in the UAE February 2015


An IELTS test taker from the UAE (thanks C!) remembered being asked the following questions in a
recent Speaking test:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you think your job is easy? Why?
Do you like reading?
Do you like to read in a group?
When do you like to read? Why?
Do you have experience reading in public places?

Cue Card
Talk about the favourite song of your childhood. Please say
- Where and when did you hear it for the first time?
- Why do you remember it?
- How do you feel about this song now?
Discussion
-

Do you think music is important? Why?


Where do you usually listen to music?
Many shopping centres are playing music. Why?
What is the best music to be played in the childrens department?
When does music become just a white noise in your opinion?

- When is the right time to stop playing music?


- How does music represent your culture?

IELTS test in the Netherlands and India February


2015 (Academic Module)
Three IELTS test takers J, G and R remembered the following topics from their recent exam
(apparently India and the Netherlands had the same test):
Listening test
Section 1. About different Insurance policies.
Section 2. About some repair contractors.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. About some historical monuments.
Reading test
Passage 1. About pine forests.
Passage 2. About different gestures and mimics.
Passage 3. About a theatre in England.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a flow chart showing the process of making canned fish. We had to describe it.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that children should have some classes outside their schools, visiting local
companies or public enterprises for some real life experience. To what extent do you agree or
disagree? Give your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subjects are you studying?
Why did you choose those subjects?
What will you do after finishing your studies?
Lets talk about advertisements.
Do you watch advertisements on TV or the Internet?

Do you enjoy watching advertisements showing up in the middle of a TV program?


Do you like watching advertisements on the street?
Lets talk about colours.
What is your favourite colour? Why?
What other colours do you like?

Cue Card
Describe a person that you would like to be similar to. Please say
- Who is that person?
- What is he/she doing?
- Why would you like to be similar to him/her?
Discussion
- What is the difference between children in the past and nowadays?
- Do you think famous people should be good role models in your country?
- Do you think companies should use famous people in advertisements to attract children?

IELTS Speaking test in Bangladesh February 2015


Thanks to the IELTS test taker M from Bangladesh we can share the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you study or work?
Do you think your study subject is easy? Why?
Do like weekends?
What did you do last weekend?
Have you ever worked on the weekend?

Cue Card
Talk about a movie you recently saw, please say
- Where did you see it?
- With whom did you see it?
- Did you enjoy it?
Discussion
-

Why do you think movies are important?


How often do you like to see a movie?
Are movies always based on facts?
Why do our preferences in movies change with our age?
Do you like writing emails or letters more?
What types of letter are difficult to write?
Who usually sends you emails?
Why is email considered a standard medium of communication?

IELTS test in Singapore February 2015 (Academic


Module)
An IELTS test taker from Singapore (thanks, T!) remembered the Writing and Speaking questions
below:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a bar chart showing the average time spent per day on five
different household activities by males and females in the UK in 2008. There
was also a table comparing the average time spent a day on three leisure
activities by both genders.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists, not the local people. Why is this so? What
could be done to encourage more local visitors? Please include relevant examples from your own
knowledge and experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you think your job is easy?
Why is it so?
Do you watch TV programs?
What is your favorite?
Did you watch more TV as a child?
What kind of programs were you watching?
Do you think TV is good for children? Why?
Do you think children these days watch TV more often than in the past?

Cue Card
Describe a place near water that you have visited recently. Please say
- Where and when was it?
- What did you do there?
- How did you feel after that?
Discussion
- Do you think water is important for people? Why?
- Is there a difference in water consumption in urban and rural areas?

- Is there a problem of fresh water supply in your country?


- What do you think about the demand for water in the future?
- Is it possible to reduce this demand? How?

IELTS test in Australia February 2015 (General


Training)
Three IELTS test takers from Australia (thanks G, A and M!) remembered the following questions from
a recent exam:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You saw an advertisement requiring volunteers for an organisation that
helps children. Write a letter and offer to volunteer part time. Include the
following in your letter:
- Why are you applying for this position?
- What makes you suitable for it?
- When will you be available?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people believe that computers help to make the world a better place. To what extent do you
agree or disagree? Give your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject did you study?
Do you like to write emails?
Do you prefer to receive a phone call or an email?
What type of emails do you receive mostly?
What type of email is hard to write for you? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about news that you saw on TV or the Internet recently. Please say
- When and where was it?
- What was the news?
- How did you feel after that?
Discussion
- What news would you like to see on TV?

IELTS Speaking test in Uganda February 2015


An IELTS test taker from Uganda (thanks S!) remembered the Speaking topics below:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your accommodation please.
Is there any market or shop nearby?
What kind of sky do you like? Why?
Do you see the sky from your home?
Which season do you like? Why?
Do you think the weather has any effect on traveling?
Do you check the weather forecast daily?
Do you use the Internet to check it, or watch it on TV?

Cue Card
Describe a toy from your childhood that you liked a lot. Please say
- What was it?
- When and how did you get it?
- Why was it so important to you?
Discussion
-

Do you still have that toy?


What type of toys do children like today?
Do you think toys have an influence on the mental development of children?
How do toys help children to develop physically?
Do you think nowadays children get too many toys? Why?
What toy would you give to your child?

IELTS test in Singapore January 2015 (Academic


Module)
Thanks to T who took the IELTS test in Singapore we can share the topics and questions below:
Listening test
Section 1. A backpacker was interested to apply for a fruit picking job.
Section 2. A talk between two university students about the selection in the
electives process.
Section 3. A discussion about evening classes.

Section 4. About migration to a rural area.


Reading test
Passage 1. About a place called Bondi.
Passage 2. The correlation between the temperature and success of a country.
Passage 3. About the rules of a verbal/non verbal communication study.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a graph showing the percentage of Internet users from different age groups, daily from
2003 to 2006.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Most leaders or directors generally belong to an older age group, but some people believe that young
leaders are better. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your home.
What room do you like the most?
Which season do you like the most?
What do people do during their free time in each season?
Do you prefer to live in a country with all four seasons?

Cue Card
Talk about something that you dont know and would like to learn in the future. Please say
- What is it?
- Why are you interested in it?
- How will you learn it?
Discussion
-

Do you think education for young children is important?


What dont they learn at school that they should know about?
Do you think parents are too busy to teach their kids nowadays?
Why is it so?

IELTS test in Pakistan January 2015 (Academic


Module)
The questions from a recent IELTS test in Pakistan were shared by A (unfortunately he didnt
remember the Listening part):
Reading test
Passage 1. About language studies.
Passage 2. About the use of technology for security purposes in shopping
centres.
Passage 3. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two graphs, one was showing males and females who had driving licenses between
1996 and 2006, and the other graph was showing the percentage of people 17-20 years of age who
had their driving licenses during this period.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that the government should fund music, dance and arts lessons for children.
Others think that they should be funded by private businesses or by childrens families. Discuss both
views and give your own opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Is this your first job?
Describe your home.
What do you like the most about your home?
What facilities are close to your home?

Cue Card
Talk about a subject that you did not like at school, but would like to study now. Please say
- What subject is it?
- When did you study it?
- Why would you like to study it now?
Discussion

Lets talk about clothes.


What type of clothes do you wear?
Do you wear the same type of clothes all week?
Would you like to wear the same type of clothes as you grow old?
Lets talk about the Internet.
Do you think the information we get from the Internet is authentic?
What kind of information do we get from the Internet?
Do you get any information from TV?

IELTS Speaking test in India January 2015


Thanks to P who took the IELTS test in India we can share these Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you think time management is important?
How do you manage your time?
Where did you learn it?
Are there a lot of trees near your home?
Do you like trees?
What is the importance of trees?
Have you ever planted one?

Cue Card
Describe good news that you saw on TV or the Internet. Please say
- What and when was it?
- Why do you think its good?
- How did you feel after that?
Discussion
-

What sort of news do we usually read in newspapers?


What age group is interested in the news more? Why?
Is it necessary to get updated information? Why?
Do you think we get too much information nowadays?
Do you think the way we receive news will change in the future?

IELTS test in India and Sri Lanka January 2015


(General Training)
Two IELTS test takers from India and Sri Lanka (thanks, K and P!) remembered the following topics
and questions:

Listening test
Section 1. About the method of booking theater tickets.
Section 2. A mentor was matching programs for foreign students.
Section 3. A discussion between a tutor and a student about the research of
a coffee shop.
Section 4. About houses with underground shelters in the UK.
Reading test
Passage 1. A description of a theater.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.
Passage 2. About fashion shops in Wellington.
Passage 3. About train driver recruitment and training process.
Passage 4. The history of clocks, from sundials and pendulum to modern clocks.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Your friend and his/her family are moving to your hometown. Write a letter to him/her to provide
information about the town and say
- What types of housing are available in your area.
- Give information about the schools in your town.
- How they can meet and get to know residents living in this area.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays in many countries people are following the latest fashion, hairstyles and so on. Why are
they so influenced by fashion? Is it a positive or a negative development?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What are your duties there?
Do you like your job?
Do you like nature?
What is the best way to learn about it? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a game that you play as a good practice for your health. Please say
-

What game is it?


Why did you start playing it?
Do you enjoy playing it?
Why is it good for your health?

Discussion
-

What other activities do people do for their health?


Why should people care about their health?
Should employers take care of their employees health?
What should they do about it?
Should governments do something about public health?

IELTS test in Thailand January 2015 (Academic


Module)
The topics and questions below were shared by P who recently took the IELTS test in Thailand:
Listening test
Section 1. A phone call regarding car rental.
Section 2. About local attractions in and around a national park.
Section 3. Students discussed their work methods with a teacher.
Section 4. About soil improvement techniques.
Reading test
Passage 1. Classification and characteristics of wild animals.
Passage 2. Psychological experiment and the theory about social development of children.
Passage 3. About some famous people who built an amazing botanical garden.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a diagram showing the process of canned fruit production. We had to describe all the
stages on the diagram.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays scientists and tourists can travel to remote natural environments such as the South Pole.
What are the advantages and the disadvantages of this development?

Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you think about tourists in your city?
How often do they come to your city?
What would you recommend tourists to do in your city?
Do you watch any TV programs?
Do you like watching TV? Why?
Did you watch TV when you were young?
Do you think children today watch too much TV? Why?

Cue Card
Describe a friend who is also a good leader. Please say
-

Who is he/she?
When did you meet him/her?
Describe his/her personality.
Why do you think he/she is a good leader?

Discussion
-

Who should be the leader in a family?


In your culture, who is the leader in a family?
Who should make a decision when there are some difficulties?
Are there some decisions that can be made by women or men better?
What is the personality of a good leader in a workplace?
Do you agree that the leader in a workplace should make decisions for the employees?

IELTS Speaking test in India January 2015


An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, P!) was asked the following questions in the Speaking test:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject are you studying?
What weather do you like the most? Why?
Do you prefer any particular season?
Would you like it to continue throughout the year or should the seasons keep changing?

Cue Card
Describe an occasion when you received a very good service from a company or a shop. Please say

- What company/shop was it?


- What was the product that you purchased?
- Describe the person that helped you there.
Discussion
-

Do you think that customers should always receive good service?


If you received a faulty product, would you prefer to repair or to replace it?
What jobs do you know that deal with public?
Do you think that they need a special training? Why?

IELTS test in Singapore and UAE January 2015


(General Training)
The IELTS questions below were shared by two test takers from the UAE and Singapore (thank you, F
and S!). Unfortunately they didnt remember the Reading or the Listening topics.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Write a complaint letter to the manager of the airport about a problem with
something you have encountered that is important to get fixed. In your
letter
- Provide details of your flight
- Explain about the problem that you had
- Suggest a solution
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some say that music is as important as other subjects in schools, especially at the preschool level. Do
you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.
Speaking test 1
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What is your job description?
What exactly do you do?
Do you like it?
Why did you choose this industry?
Will you stay at this job for a long time? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about a person who impressed you with his/her beauty. Please say

- Who is this person?


- How do you know him/her?
- Why do you think he/she is so beautiful?
Discussion
- Are clothes important for showing personality?
- How would you describe beauty?
Speaking test 2
Interview
-

Do you like to live in the city or in the countryside? Why?


Did you buy anything after seeing an advertisement on TV?
Do you like to watch ads on TV, the internet or in magazines?
Do road side posters with advertisements attract your attention?
Do you think cities are developed in a natural way?
Do you like to be in nature?
Do you like camping?
Have you been camping lately?
How did you feel about it?
Was it near a mountain or a lake?
Can you describe that landscape?

Cue Card
Talk about any sports person who did well in a sporting event. Please say
- Who is this person?
- What sport does he/she play?
- Do you like him/her and why?
Discussion
Dont remember.

IELTS test in the UAE and Iran January 2015


(Academic Module)
IELTS test takers from the UAE and Iran (thank you, A and S!) shared the following information about
a recent exam which apparently was the same in these two countries.
Listening test
Section 1. A friend was giving advice to another friend who planned to visit
Arizona in the USA.
Section 2. About a Ski centre in a mountain area and its facilities available
to tourists.

Section 3. A discussion between students about the history of the Pacific region and Moire language.
Section 4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. About sustainable development allowing to keep people safe from harm and risks
associated with cooking in the kitchen.
Passage 2. About migration of birds.
Passage 3. The psychology behind a coffee-drinking habit.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a diagram showing the process of paper recycling in a factory.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some schools agree that fast food restaurants and supermarkets can promote their products in school
and that schools benefit from it. Is it a positive or a negative development?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What colours do you like?

Cue Card
Describe a traffic jam that you were in recently. Please say
- When did it happen?
- Where exactly was it?
- How did you feel about it?
Discussion
-

What are the main causes of traffic jams?


What can be a potential solution for the traffic problem?
Can the public transport system be improved further?
Will it help to reduce traffic?

IELTS Speaking test in India January 2015


Thanks to the IELTS test taker N from India we can share the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you like cold weather? Why?
Are there different seasons in your country?
What are they?
Are advertisements important?
Do they help people buy products?
Do you watch advertisements on TV or the internet?

Cue Card
Talk about your favourite application (app) on a mobile device. Please say
- What app is it?
- How is it useful to you?
- Will you use it in the future? Why?
Discussion
- How long have you been using it for?
- Why is technology so useful today?

IELTS test in India January 2015 (Academic


Module)
The IELTS test topics and questions below were shared by M from India:
Listening test
Section 1. About a house for rent by an agent.
Section 2. About grading machines.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. About Australias animal species.
Reading test
Passage 1. About Albert Nobel prize.
Passage 2. About digital music industry.
Passage 3. The UK framework policy.
Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)


We were given four pie charts showing the statistics of clothing imports to the USA and Japan from
different countries.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people are reducing their walks, however many health experts say that walking is the best
exercise to maintain health. Why do people walk less? What might encourage people to walk longer
distances?
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Why did you choose this profession?
What position did you get when you first started working?
Do you organise your time?
With whom do you usually spend it?
Do you usually plan your weekends?
What do you do in your free time?
Do you like to write letters or emails?
To whom do you write?

Cue Card
Describe a place that you visited for a short time. Please say
- Where did you go to?
- Why did you choose that place?
- With whom did you go there?
Discussion
- Why do people visit the same places over and over again?
- What are popular short journey destinations in your country?
- Would you like to go there for a short visit?

IELTS Speaking test in Iran January 2015


The Speaking questions below were shared by M who took the IELTS test in Iran.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Is there any shopping center near your place?

Have you ever been to a museum?


What do you like about museums?
Do you prefer to go to a museum alone or with friends?
Would you like to work in a museum?
Do you like to write letters or emails?
To whom do you usually write?
On what occasions do you do it?
Do you prefer to receive a phone call or a letter? Why?
What type of letter is the most difficult for you?

Cue Card
Describe a type of vehicle that you would like to have in the future. Please say
- What vehicle is it?
- Why do you like it?
- What is so special about it?
Discussion
-

Have you ever driven such a car?


What are the types of passenger cars?
What are the differences between transportation today and in the past?
What will the transportation look like in the future?
What are the main reasons for traffic jams in your opinion?
What is the main problem related to traffic jams?

IELTS test in Indonesia January 2015 (Academic


Module)
The topics and questions below were shared by V who took the IELTS test in Indonesia:
Listening test
Section 1. A man was looking for a part-time summer job. We had to fill in
the form information about his previous work experience, relevant skills,
where he found this job advertisement and so on.
Section 2. Two students had a discussion with their professor about the
upcoming courses they are going to take.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. A monologue about four different approaches to tackle unauthorized employee absence
problem.
Reading test
Passage 1. The history of graphite and pencils.
Passage 2. Scientists prediction that the Earth is heading for the new Little Ice Age.

Passage 3. A story about a famous New Zealand author Margaret Mahy and some of her most popular
books.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a graph comparing sales of different types of books over a period of time.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that they can make as much noise as they want, while others think that the
amount of noise people make should be strictly controlled. Discuss both views and include your own
opinion and examples.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you enjoy your work?
Why did you choose this career?
How was your first day at work?

Cue Card
Talk about a foreign language (other than English) that you would like to learn in the future. Please
say
- What language is it?
- Why do you want to learn it?
- What will you do to learn it?
Discussion
-

What are the positive and negative impacts of learning a foreign language?
What language do you think will become a new international language in the future?
Why do you think so?
Do you think your first language is influenced by any other languages?
Does English influence your first language too?

IELTS Speaking test in Oman January 2015


An IELTS test taker from Oman was asked the following questions in his Speaking test:

Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Tell me about your house.
Which room is your favorite?
How long have you been living in this house?
Do you prefer to have many friends or one very good friend? Why?
What do you do on weekends?

Cue Card
Describe an interesting conversation between you and your friend that you had in the recent weeks.
Please say
- Who is this person?
- What was your conversation about?
- Where did you meet him/her for this conversation?
- Why do you think it was an interesting conversation?
Discussion
-

What are the differences between topics that women and men usually discuss?
What is the difference between opinions of women and men?
Do you prefer wearing fashionable shoes or regular shoes? Why?
Why are some people afraid of public speaking?

IELTS test in Malaysia January 2015 (General


Training)
An IELTS test taker from Malaysia (thanks, S!) shared the following topics and questions.
Update: we heard from a test taker from Singapore that his exam was the same.
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation between a job-seeker and a company
representative about a fruit picking job.
Section 2. A conversation between two students who were discussing next
semesters subjects.

Section 3. An introduction of different language teachers in a particular language institute.


Section 4. A monologue by a professor who was speaking about pros and cons of living in urban and
countryside areas.
Reading test
Passage 1. A summary of various types of tourist destinations and deals provided by different
companies.
Passage 2. About different types of holiday leaves including terms and conditions in a company.
Passage 3. Dont remember.
Passage 4. A research done by a professor related to agriculture.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have bought a ticket for a live concert, but cannot attend it. So you decided to offer the ticket a
friend. Write a letter to him/her and say
- Give details about a concert.
- Explain why you wouldnt be able to attend the concert.
- Suggest how your friend will receive the ticket.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays the amount of garbage we produce is increasing and it becomes a global problem. Please
say
- What are the reasons behind this?
- What can be done to solve this problem?
- Who should take more responsibility, companies or individuals?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you find your work interesting? Why?
Lets talk about sleep.
How many hours of sleep do you need?
Did you sleep more or less hours when you were young?
Is it necessary to have a nap after lunch? Why?
Is reading books important before going to sleep?
What is the best time for reading? Why?
What is the best place for reading?
What do you like to read? Why?

Cue Card
Describe a famous person whom you like. Please say
- Who is this person?
- What is he/she famous for?
- Why do you like this person?
Discussion
-

Would you like to be famous? Why?


What kinds of people become famous in your country?
What are the good things about being famous?
What are the disadvantages?
Why do you think people are interested in lives of celebrities?
Do you think that the children of famous people have an easy life?

IELTS Speaking test in Australia January 2015


Thanks to R who took the IELTS test in Australia we can share these Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your name?


Can I see your ID?
Do you study or work?
How do you spend your weekends?
Are your weekends different to your weekdays and why?
How did you spend your last weekend and why?

Cue Card
Describe a vehicle that you want to own in the future, please say
- What is it?
- Why do you want to buy it?
- How would you use it?
Discussion
- Do you think the traffic has increased rapidly in big cities like Sydney? Why?
- What do you think about traffic causing air pollution?
- How can we overcome this problem of pollution?
- Are there any other problems that traffic causes?
- Do you think the government should spend money on building more roads by wiping out parks in the
cities? Why?
- What are some of the ways the government can fund the roadworks?

IELTS test in Saudi Arabia January 2015


(Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Saudi Arabia (thanks, K!) shared the following information about a recent
IELTS exam. Unfortunately K didnt remember was the Listening topics.
Reading test
Passage 1. About different types of worms.
Passage 2. About memory types.
Passage 3. About the process of globalization.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a graph comparing the consumption of fruits by males and females in different age
categories over a certain period of time.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Many people think that the government should spend money to explore life in the outer space, while
others think that its a waste of public money. Discuss both views and include your own opinion and
examples.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What is your job?
Do you live in an apartment or a house?
Do you like living there?
What activities are there in your neighbourhood?

Cue Card
Talk about one of your ambitions in life. Please say
- What is it?
- When did it become your ambition?
- How will you achieve it?

IELTS test in Budapest, Hungary January 2015


(General Training)
An IELTS test taker from Hungary (thanks, C!) shared the following topics and questions from a recent
IELTS exam:

Listening test
Section 1. A man who has to travel to Arizona was calling one of his friends
to ask about the weather, tourist attractions and so on.
Section 2. Two students were talking about their upcoming presentation.
The subject was threatened minority languages in the Pacific region.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. A monologue about the results of a study of nesting habits of puffins.
Reading test
Passage 1. A description of 6 different markets.
Passage 2. A description of a cultural festival, including performers, opening hours, ticket booking
options and so on.
Passage 3. About night shifts, the obligations of employers such as resting time, health assessments
and the rights of different types of workers.
Passage 4. About a study carried out on Mt Everest. Mountaineers were studied at different altitudes.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Your friend is arriving at the city where you live and you offered a ride to him/her from the airport, but
you cannot pick him/her up. Write a letter to your friend and say
- Explain your reasons.
- Give him/her advice how to get into the city.
- Tell him/her what you have planned for his/her visit.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people say that schools should spend more money on computers, others say that more money
should be spent on teachers wages. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe the place where you live.
Do you live in a flat or a house?
Do you like living there?
Are there any shops close to you place?
What do you do on weekends?
Do you usually plan your weekends?

- What kinds of things are collected by people in your country?


- What is the reason for collecting such items?
Cue Card
Describe a famous person. Please say
- Who is this person?
- What is he/she famous for?
- How did you know about him/her?
Discussion
-

What are the advantages of being famous?


What are the disadvantages of this in your opinion?
Do famous people have something to be afraid of?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a child of a famous person?

IELTS Speaking test in Canada January 2015


The following IELTS Speaking questions were shared by I who took the test in Canada:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do for a job?
Why did you choose this profession?
Was it difficult when you first started this job?
Do you use maps?
How often do you use them?
Do you prefer to use electronic or paper maps?
Where did you learn to use a map?
Do you ask people for directions sometimes?

Cue Card
- Describe a situation when you have got an advice from somebody. Please say
- Where and when was it?
- What was the advice?
- How useful was it? Why?
Discussion
-

Do you often give advice to others?


Do you think its a good idea to look for advice? Why?
How can it affect someones career?
Is it good when young people get advice?

- Whose advice should you usually seek?


- Who could give a better advice in your opinion? Why?

IELTS test in Canada January 2015 (General


Training)
An IELTS test taker from Canada (thanks, J!) remembered the following information about a very
recent IELTS exam:
Listening test
Section 1. An arrangement for a birthday party.
Section 2. About the sport of Curling.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.
Section 3. Seracini investigation of Da Vinci code painting.
Section 4. A discussion about environmental sustainability.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).
Reading test
Passage 1. Information about different sport clubs such as a fitness club, a swimming club, and also a
tennis club.
Questions: match clubs to descriptions.
Passage 2. About some prehistoric events in the Sahara desert. It talked about Palaeolithic and
Neolithic periods, and rock engravings and paintings of that era.
Passage 3. About the importance of letter-writing ability, for example a cover letter for gaining
employment.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 2 words).
Passage 4. About grievances resolution with an employer.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have visited another city in your country. Prior to the visit you requested some information from a
tourist centre, but the information was incorrect. Write a letter to the manager of the centre and say
- What information were you looking for?
- What was incorrect in it?
- What happened to you because of it?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Many people spend a lot of money on clothes, haircuts, and beauty products to enhance their
appearance. Some people think that it is a good way to spend money, while others think that there is
a better way to spend it. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What kind of work do you do?
Do you like it? Why?
Do you do household chores?
Did you do chores as a child?
What could be done to make chores fun for kids?
When did you meet you best friend?
What do you and your friends usually do together?
Would you prefer a small or large circle of friends? Why?

Cue Card
Describe an older person whom you know well and respect. Please say
- Who is he/she?
- What do you know about his/her younger life?
- What do you usually do together?
Discussion
-

Why do you respect and admire this person?


What qualities should people looking after the elderly have?
How could neighbours help the elderly?
How is technology helping the elderly to live better?
What can be difficult to accept for old people in the modern lifestyle?

IELTS test in Pakistan December 2014 (Academic


Module)
Two IELTS test takers (thanks B and P!) remembered the following information about a recent IELTS
exam in Pakistan. The writing topics seem very similar to those in a recent exam in India.
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation between students.
Section 2. Description of buildings and their purpose at school.
Questions: map labelling.
Section 3, 4. Dont remember.
Reading test

Passage 1. A text on plants.


Passage 2. About technological advancements nowadays.
Passage 3. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a line graph showing spending on cars by UK residents from 1971 to 2006.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Over the last few years more and more students enroll in universities. This situation creates
competition among individuals. Do you agree or disagree? Is it a good or a bad development?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you like photography?
What type of photos do you like to take? Why?
When do you usually do it?

Cue Card 1
Describe an indoor game that you used to play as a child. Please say
- What is this game?
- When and where did you play it?
- With whom did you play it?
Discussion 1
- What other indoor games do you know?
- Do you think these are essential for childrens development?
- How can games help develop critical thinking skills?
Cue Card 2
Talk about an old person that you know well. Please say
- Who is the person?
- Do you like the person?
- How much time do you spend with the person?
Discussion 2

- Is there an old person that you are impressed by?


- Why do old people like to interact with children?
- Why do old people interact with teenage groups?

IELTS test in India December 2014 ( Academic


Module)
An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, P!) remembered the following information about his recent
exam:
Listening test
Section
Section
Section
Section

1.
2.
3.
4.

Two people were talking about booking a flight for holidays.


A description of a map of a college.
Dont remember.
A speech on how to raise children better.

Reading test
Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a like graph describing car ownership in foreign countries such as the UK, etc.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
People are now choosing universities over colleges. Is this a positive or a negative trend?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your name?


What can I call you?
Describe the different seasons of your country.
Do you prefer to stay in one location for all seasons or different locations for different seasons?

Cue card
Talk about an important conversation that you had with your friend or family member. Please say
- What was it?
- With whom did you have it?
- How did you feel after having that conversation?
Discussion
- After having that conversation with your friend did you discuss it with anyone else?
- What do men and women discuss when they get together?
- Do you like to have many just friends or a few close friends?

IELTS Speaking test in Kuwait December 2014


An IELTS test taker from Kuwait shared the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject are you studying?
Can you describe your home?
What part of your home do you like the most?
Do you like to watch advertisements on TV?
Did you buy any product after watching an advertisement? Why?

Cue Card
Describe an occasion when you received a very good service from a company or a shop. Please say
- What company/shop was it?
- What was the product?
- Describe a person that helped you there.
Discussion
-

Do you think that customers should always receive good service?


If you received a faulty product, would you prefer to repair or to replace it?
What jobs do you know that deal with public?
Do you think that they need a special training? Why?

IELTS test in Sri Lan ka and Saudi Arabia


December 2014 (General Training)
Two IELTS test takers H and E remembered the following information about their recent exams. They
didnt recall the topics in the Listening or the Reading sub tests, but apparently the Writing questions
were the same in the two exams.
Writing test
Writing Task 1 (a letter)
You are planning a party for your colleagues from work. Write a letter to
them and say
- Why and when did you arrange the party?
- What activities have you arranged for the party?
- Explain how to get to your place.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that students at school need to learn practical skills such as repairing a car or
maintaining a bank account, in addition to traditional academic subjects. To what extent do you agree
or disagree? Give your opinion and support it with examples.
Speaking test 1
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Tell me about your neighbours.
Do you think this place is good for families with children? Why?
Do you use maps?
What is the difference between electronic and paper maps?
How did you learn to use maps?
What is the best time for reading, morning or evening? Why?
Do you like to study in a quiet or crowded room?
How can you keep your concentration when studying for a long time?

Cue Card
Discuss an instance when you shared information with someone. Please say
- With whom did you share it?
- What information did you share?
- How did you feel after that?
Discussion
- What do you know about data privacy?
- Do you think sharing it over the Internet is good?
- Why do researchers share information online?
Speaking test 2
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do for work?
Do you like the summer or winter season?
How is the weather in your country?

Cue Card
Describe something you do to keep yourself healthy. Please say
- What activity is it?
- When do you usually do it?
- How often do you do it?

Discussion
- Why do you think its a good way to look after your health?

IELTS test in Canada December 2014 (Academic


Module)
Two IELTS test takers from Canada (thank you A and C!) remembered and shared the following
information about their recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A map with description and a talk about its different
characteristics.
Section 2. About gender differences in a workplace.
Section 3, 4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. About Ecotourism.
Passage 2. About people with different temperament and their characteristics.
Passage 3. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two graphs showing the survey results of people who smoke in one European country,
divided into two categories. A bar graph was showing the percentage of male and female smokers in
six different age groups in 2004 and a line graph was showing the trends of male and female smokers
between 1974 and 2004.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some say full time students should spend most of their time studying, others believe that they should
do other activities as well. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use examples to support your
answers.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What is your favourite day of the week? Why?
What is your busiest day of the week?

- Do you like the place where you live now?


- Would you recommend it to your friends or family?
Cue Card 1
Talk about a thing that you own and never used. Please say
- What is it?
- When did you get it?
- Why didnt you use it?
Discussion 1
-

Lets talk about recycling.


Give an example of things that can be recycled.
What are the advantages of recycling to our environment?
Do you believe that children in school should be taught to recycle?

Cue Card 2
Describe an old person that you know well. Please say
- Who is this person?
- What is he/she like?
- How much time do you spend with the person?
Discussion 2
- What can grandparents learn from their grandchildren and vice versa?
- How can technology help old people?

IELTS Speaking test in Australia December 2014


An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks S!) shared the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Are you satisfied with your job?
What do you do for a job?
What is the busiest day of the week for you?
In your job do you have to repeat the same tasks every day?
During your work do you have breaks?
What types of weather do you like the most? Why?
Tell me about holidays in your country.

Cue Card

Talk about a meal or a celebration that you were invited to. Please say
- What was the occasion?
- Who was there with you?
- How did you feel after that?
Discussion
- What type of food do you like?
- What is better, restaurant food or homemade food?
- Is it good to eat restaurant food? Why?

IELTS test in Australia December 2014 (General


Training)
Thanks to two IELTS test takers R and D from Australia we can share the following Writing and
Speaking questions (unfortunately they didnt remember the Reading or the Listening topics).
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You recently went on a business trip to another country and you faced an
issue at the airport. Write a letter to the airport management and say
- What were the details of your flight?
- What was the problem at the airport?
- Give some suggestions for improvement.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people believe that subjects such as Music, Arts, Drama and Creative Writing will contribute a
great deal to childrens development; therefore they should take a large part of the school timetable.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Describe your hometown.
Is it a good place to grow up?
Do you like comfortable or fashionable shoes?
How often do you buy shoes?
Do you like to visit gardens or parks?
What is your favourite one?

Cue Card 1

Describe a famous person who is not from your country. Please say
- Who is he/she?
- What is this person famous for?
- Would you like to meet him/her, and why?
Discussion 1
- What makes people famous?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of being famous?
- Why do you think so?
Cue Card 2
Talk about something that you dont know how to do, but would like to learn in the future. Please say
- What is it?
- Why would you like to learn this skill?
- How would you learn this skill?
Discussion 2
-

What is the best way to learn about computers?


Why do you think it is easier for young people to learn to use a computer compared to older people?
Do you think a computer can distract children from their study? Why?
Do you believe children are looked after in a child care centre better than at home? Why?
Where can children learn discipline better, at home or at school? Why?

IELTS test in Vietnam December 2014 (Academic


Module)
Two IELTS test takers from Vietnam (thanks, T and A!) remembered the following information after a
recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation about a surf course in Mexico.
Section 2. About a new office building. Description of a map and rooms
location.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. About some living organisms.
Reading test
Passage 1. About Bristol pines and their preservation.

Passage 2. Literature critics about the theory of Marx and Engels.


Passage 3. About the impact of laughter on the mood.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a table showing waste production percentages in six different counties in three years
(1980, 1990, 2000). We had to compare them.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some say that shops should sell only the healthy and good food and drinks to consumers. To what
extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

IELTS Speaking test in Hong Kong December 2014


Thanks to J who took the IELTS test in Hong Kong, we can share these Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you like your job?
Why did you choose it?
Do you like to travel by car?
What do you prefer, to receive or to give gifts?
When do you give gifts usually?

Cue Card
Describe something that you brought back home from holidays. Please say
- When and what was it?
- Whom was it for?
- What happened to it?
Discussion
-

Do you prefer to buy souvenirs or useful things? Why?


Is it acceptable that local people sell souvenirs?
What is your opinion about the asking price for souvenirs?
What would you like to buy when you are on holidays?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking photographs?
Why is it so?

IELTS test in Colombia December 2014 (General


Training)
An IELTS test taker from Colombia (thanks, G!) remembered the following information about a recent
IELTS exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A ranger was giving instructions to people who were going to a park.
She talked about parking, what to bring, activities and so on.
Section 2. A teacher was explaining to his students about confidential policies,
patents, copyright rights and so on.
Section 3, 4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. There were different publications intended for tourists, talking about different attractions
such as parks, a farm and an old ship. These publications helped visitors understand how people spent
their time traveling many years ago an so on.
Passage 2. About ants and their roles in a colony (the queen, workers, soldiers and so on).
Passage 3, 4. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have seen a man a few days ago in your local park, causing damage. Write a letter to the park
management and say
- What did you see?
- Who are you?
- What do you think should be done about it?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that modern technology has more negative effects on our lives than positive ones.
Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?


- Why did you choose this career?
Cue Card
Describe a primary school that you went to. Please say
- How was it?
- What things were there?
- Do you remember your first teacher?
Discussion
- Do you still have any friends from primary school?
- What are the benefits of being a primary school teacher?
- Do you think that teachers demand more or less from children now compared to the past?

IELTS Speaking test in the UAE December 2014


Below are the Speaking questions from a recent IELTS exam in the UAE, as remembered by S:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do for a job?
What do like about this job?
Why did you take this career path?
Will you continue it in the future?
Would you recommend this job to anybody?

Cue Card
Talk about a place that you would like to visit. Please say
-

What activities would you do there?


How long would you stay there?
What is the best time to visit this place?
What do you particularly like about this place?

Discussion
-

Lets talk about tourism.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of tourism?
Does tourism have a negative impact on the environment? Why?
What can be done to address these issues?
What is the difference between visiting a place and staying there for long period of time?
Do you need to adapt to the local culture if you stay there longer?
Do you think travels always bring good experiences?

IELTS test in Portugal December 2014 (Academic


Module)
A recent IELTS exam in Portugal was shared by F here is what we know:
Listening test
Section 1. A hotel brochure.
Section 2. About South Pole penguins.
Section 3. Nursing school students at the end of their first year talking
about their future plans.
Section 4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. Bridge quality control.
Passage 2. About Ghana.
Passage 3. About the Greek language.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a bar graph showing the percentage of drug company sales in a few regions (North
America, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia) between 2002 and 2006.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
These days more fathers stay at home and take care of their children while mothers go out to work.
What are the reasons for it? Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your home.
Lets talk about seasons.
What is your favorite season? Why?
Do you prefer to live in a place with one season or different seasons?

Cue Card
Talk about an occasion when you invited friends over. Please say

- How was it?


- How did they like it?
- Were you cooking for them?
Discussion
-

Do you think food is basic in invitations and occasions?


What is the difference between cooking a regular meal and for a family gathering?
Do you think the production of food has changed recently?
How can seasons affect food production?

IELTS test in Australia December 2014 (General


Training)
The Writing and Speaking questions below were shared by W who took the IELTS test in Australia:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Your friend visited you in your country and stayed in a hotel that you have
recommended. Write a letter to the hotel manager about your friends
unsatisfactory stay. In your letter
- tell about your friend
- describe the problem
- suggest some improvements.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that mothers should spend most of their time raising family, and therefore the
government should support them financially. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and
examples based on your own experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you enjoy the study?
Would you like to be a teacher in the future?
Why?

Cue Card
Describe a long journey that you had in your life. Please say
- How long was it?
- What did you see there?
- Did you buy any souvenirs?

Discussion
-

Do you like long journeys?


Do you prefer to travel on your own or with family?
Do you think children can make decisions about a journey?
Lets talk about the weather.
Do you like cold or hot weather?
What season do you prefer?

IELTS Speaking test in Korea December 2014


The following Speaking questions were shared by C who took the IELTS test in Korea:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
What room do you like the most?
How long will you stay in this house?
Do you like the nature? Why?
Do you think living in the countryside is good? Why?

Cue Card
Describe an occasion when you received a good service from a company or office. Please say
- What and when was it?
- How did it happen?
- Do you remember the person who helped you?
Discussion
-

Do you think that company should continue providing good service?


What factors are important to provide good service?
What kind of company provides better service than others?
What government organization can provide service to public?
Do companies need training for their staff to improve service quality?
What kind of training would be useful?
What companies can avoid providing service to public?

IELTS test in Vietnam and Australia December


2014 (Academic Module)
Two IELTS test takers from Vietnam and Australia (thanks, P and N!) remembered the following
information about their exams:

Listening test
Section 1. A conversation about a studio rental.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Section 2. A description of a fitness center map.
Questions: multiple choice, map labeling.
Section 3. A conversation between a tutor and two students comparing ecology courses in two
universities.
Questions: filling in blanks, match universities to statements.
Section 4. A presentation on Nano technology.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Reading test
Passage 1. About the history of wallpaper.
Questions: filling in blanks, True/False/Not Given, diagram labeling.
Passage 2. A research about twins.
Questions: multiple choice, match statements to paragraphs.
Passage 3. About graffiti in New York.
Questions: multiple choice, True/False/Not Given, match a statement to a person.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a triple line graph showing football audiences in Italy, England and Germany from 1994
to 2008.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people believe that a vertical city in which people work and live in tall buildings is a good idea.
Others say that horizontal living is better. Discuss both views and express your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you like your job?
Do you celebrate your birthday?
Do you like birthday celebrations in general?

Cue Card
Talk about a foreign movie that you liked. Please say

- What was the movie?


- When and where did you watch it?
- Why did you like it?
Discussion
-

Do people in your country watch English movies?


How do people find them, especially elderly people?
Do movies reflect the truth about the country they belong to?
What movies other than English are popular in your country?
Do you think foreign movies can teach us something?

IELTS test in Iran November 2014 (General


Training)
An IELTS test taker from Iran shared the following information about a recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. About a hotel brochure that needs many changes.
Section 2. About a map of hiking routes and facilities for children around the
area.
Section 3. Two nursing students talked with their teacher about their
attitude to nursing.
Section 4. About penguins that live in Africa.
Reading test
Passage 1. Advertisements and information on different kinds of exhibitions.
Passage 2. An article about the relationship between a manager and staff members in a company.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Passage 3. An article about different kinds of shifts, such as 2 days / 2 nights or 3 days / 3 nights and
their advantages and disadvantages.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Passage 4. An article about tea including its history and effects on health.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Your neighbour burns his garbage near your house. Write a letter to him and include the following:
- Complain about the situation.
- Explain about the effects of his actions on your family.
- Suggest a solution.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)


Some people believe that media (such as newspapers) should be allowed to publish information about
the private life of people. Others say that people have a right to privacy and the issue must be
controlled or even stopped. Discuss both views.
Speaking test
Dont remember.

IELTS Speaking test in the Philippines and India


November 2014
Our friends M and N who took their IELTS exams in the Philippines and in India remembered the
following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Can you describe your place?
Which part of the house do you like the most?
What places in your hometown are special to you?

Cue Card
Describe a friend with a habit that you would like to develop. Please say
- Who is your friend?
- What habit does he/she have?
- Explain why you would like to develop it.
Discussion
-

Do you think children develop habits quickly?


Do you think it is better to wait until they grow up to reinforce good habits?
Lets talk about older peoples habits.
What are their popular habits?
Is it possible to change their habits?
How hard is it?

IELTS test in Spain and Qatar November 2014


(Academic Module)
The IELTS exams in Spain and Qatar, according to two test takers S and M, were identical. Here are
the topics and questions they remembered:

Listening test
Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. About a roller coaster, its origin and evolution throughout the
decades.
Passage 2. About the effect of noise on people, mainly on childrens process of concentration and
learning.
Passage 3. About DNA.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two bar graphs comparing family spending per month in 1997 and 2007 in a country in
Europe.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
In the past people used to live in one house their whole life. Nowadays people live in several different
places during their life. What are the reasons for this change? Is it a positive or a negative trend?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What is your favourite colour? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about an old friend that you had at school. Please say
- Describe him/her.
- When did you meet him/her?
- Why did you become friends?
Discussion
-

Do you like street markets?


What are their benefits?
Are street markets common in your country?
Lets talk about maps.
How often do you use maps?
Do you prefer electronic or paper maps?

IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka November 2014


The Speaking questions below were shared by C who took the IELTS test in Sri Lanka.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject are you studying?
Why do you think people choose such a subject in your country?
Do you like reading books?
What type of books do you read?
Are you reading a book presently?
Would you like to write a book in the future?

Cue Card
Talk about a situation where you have got an advice from somebody. Please say
- Who gave it to you?
- What was the advice?
- What impact did it leave on you or your life?
Discussion
-

Was it a good or bad advice overall?


What do you think about giving or receiving advice now?
Would you rather take advice from parents or friends?
Do you drive a car?
What is the importance of having good driving skills?

IELTS test in Australia November 2014 (General


Training)
Thanks to the IELTS test taker B from Australia we can share the Writing and Speaking questions from
a recent exam:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are organising a party for your colleagues. Write a letter to them and
say
- What happened at the last years party.
- Give suggestion how to make it better.
- Mention the venue, date and time to meet.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)


Some people think that students who finished high school need to have a year of break or a holiday
before continuing their study in a university. Do you agree or disagree?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Why did you choose this course?
Are you enjoying the course?

Cue Card
Talk about the high school you went to. Please say
- What was your school like?
- Describe your teachers.
- Did you like the schooling system?
Discussion
- Do you see any differences between schools now and in the past?
- Do you think students now are studying harder than before?

IELTS test in Ukraine and Azerbaijan November


2014 (Academic Module)
Two IELTS test takers from Ukraine and Azerbaijan remembered the following information about their
(apparently identical) exams:
Listening test
Section 1. Registration for a club we had to fill in a date, course type and
other data according to a membership application form.
Section 2. Two students were discussing their project.
Section 3. A person was talking about an experiment in which he had
participated.
Section 4. An explanation about materials and specifics of Iron Age buildings.
Reading test
Passage 1. About seeds and their expansion.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. A text about an IQ test and intellect in general.


Questions: match headings to paragraphs, match an opinion to a person.
Passage 3. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two pie charts and had to describe them.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people say that with the development of modern technology printed books, newspapers and
magazines lose their importance. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your apartment.
Do you like your handwriting?
Do you prefer to type or to write on paper?
Do you like receiving postcards?

Cue Card 1
Describe your last journey. Please say
- When and where did you go?
- Did you like that journey?
- Would you recommend it to your friends?
Cue Card 2
Talk about a good law in your country. Please say
- Where did you hear about it?
- What is it about?
- Why is it important in your opinion?
Discussion
Dont remember.

ing test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What did you do after finishing your studies?
Do you like your work or study?
Tell me about a teacher that you liked.
Are you still in contact with him/her?
Do you want to become a teacher? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about an instance when you had to wait for someone. Please say
- When and where was it?
- How long were you waiting for him/her?
- What did you do during that time?
Discussion
- When do you think people wait?
- What is the difference between waiting for a person and waiting in a restaurant for your order, for
example?
- Why do you think some people are patient and others arent?
- Why do you think businesses try to use time effectively?
- Do you think being short-tempered can cause problems at work?
- How can you make people use their time effectively at work?

IELTS test in Venezuela November 2014 (General


Training)
Thanks to the good memory of J who recently took the IELTS test in Venezuela we can share the
following topics and questions:
Listening test
Section 1. A man was looking for a job at an agency.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Section 2. About the cleaning and packing process of coffee beans.
Section 3. About different types of coffee after the beans are processed.
Section 4. Dont remember.
Reading test

Passage 1. A description of several restaurants.


Passage 2. About prices of a train company.
Passage 3. About benefits of working at some hospital.
Passage 4. About a hiking adventure.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You recently read an article in a magazine, which was very useful for your work. You would like to
recommend it to a friend. Write a letter to him/her and say
- What was the article about?
- Where did you read it?
- Why is it useful for your job?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that giving their children a certain amount of money every week will help them
have fewer financial problems in the future. Do you agree or disagree?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you like your job?
What do you think about handwriting?
Do you think it is possible to know somebody by their handwriting?

Cue Card
Describe a prize that you would like to win. Please say
- What prize is it?
- Why would you like to win it?
- What do you have to do in order to win it?
Discussion
- Do you think employers should reward their employees more?
- How do you think they should do it?
- Do you think professional athletes earn too much money?

IELTS test in Australia November 2014 (Academic


Module)
Two IELTS test takers (thanks, J and A!) remembered the following topics and questions from their
recent exam in Australia:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation regarding Fresco club membership.
Section 2. A conversation about submarines and underwater vehicles.
Section 3, 4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two tables showing information about foreign students from China and India in the US
and Canadian universities.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays online shopping becomes more popular than in-store shopping. Is it a positive or a negative
development? Give your reasons and examples.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?

Cue Card
Talk about the country that you want to visit. Please say
- What country is it?
- When do you want to go there?
- How long will you stay there?
Discussion
- What destinations do people in your country prefer to go to?
- Is it important to celebrate birthdays?
- When and where did you celebrate your last birthday?

- How is it important for kids and adults to celebrate birthdays?


- Is it good to make a birthday special?

IELTS Speaking test in India November 2014


Below are the IELTS Speaking questions that a test taker from India remembered (thanks, C!):
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Do you know any of your neighbours?
What does your house look like?
Can you read maps?
How frequently do you use them?
Is there any difference between paper and electronic maps?
What kind of maps do you use?

Cue Card
Talk about a holiday destination that you have visited, please say
- When was it?
- What was the place?
- With whom did you go?
Discussion
-

Did you bring any souvenirs from that trip?


Why do you think people bring gifts or souvenirs from their holidays?
What kind of things do you prefer to bring?
Do you realise that local people earn money selling them?
Nowadays everyone is carrying a camera, is it an advantage or a disadvantage?
What kind of photographs do you take?
Why do we need these photos?

IELTS test in Hungary and India November 2014


(General Training)
IELTS test takers from Hungary and India (thanks, E and V!) remembered the following details about
their apparently identical exams:

Listening test
Section 1. About a Rhino hostel and its services.
Section 2. A map of Energy park, explaining about each building and its
purpose.
Section 3. A conversation between two students about bricks which are
made from waste products.
Section 4. A link between food and climate change.
Reading test
Passage 1. About car insurance types in the UK.
Passage 2. About certain type of toys for children.
Passage 3. About workplace environment which includes lighting, temperature, noise and so on.
Passage 4. About chocolate, its origin, production and commercial use.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have recently participated in a training course. Write a letter and give feedback to the organiser.
- Give details about the course.
- What did you like about the course?
- Give some suggestions for improvement.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays young people deliberately damage public places. Why is it happening? What could be a
solution for it?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?

Cue Card
Talk about a piece of equipment you have bought that didnt work. Please say
- What was it?
- What was the problem with it?
- Did you solve it? How?

Discussion
-

Lets talk about inventions.


Can you name one?
Do you think inventions directly affect human life?
Compare the inventions in the past and nowadays.

IELTS test in Canada November 2014 (A cademic


Module)
Thanks to V who took the IELTS test in Canada we can share the topics from a recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. On how to organise a surprise party.
Section 2. About hotels reservation.
Section 3. Two students were discussing their thesis.
Section 4. Description of a new resort and its facilities.
Reading test
Passage 1. About graffiti.
Passage 2. About a father and sons shipping company.
Passage 3. About home advantages in baseball, soccer and ice hockey.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given three pie charts showing the production, consumption and profits in the coffee
industry.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
News / Media has an influence on our life and some people think it can have a negative effect. Do you
agree or disagree? Give your own opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Is this place safe for children?

- Can you read maps?


- How often do you use a map?
- What do you prefer, paper or electronic maps?
Cue Card
Talk about a family member with whom you like to spend time. Please say
- Who is he/she?
- Why do you like to spend time with him/her?
- How often do you meet?
Discussion
-

What do you think about social media?


What are its advantages and disadvantages?
Do you believe in online friendship?
Do you prefer to spend time with family or friends?

IELTS Speaking test in Bangalore, India November


2014
The speaking questions below were shared by M who took the IELTS test in Bangalore, India.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What work do you do?
Do you like it? Why?
Why did you choose this profession?
How was your first day at work?
Are you going to work there in the future?

Cue Card
Describe an indoor game that you enjoy playing in your free time. Please say
- What game is it?
- How did you learn to play it?
- Where do you usually play it?
Discussion
- Explain why you enjoy playing this game.
- What are the rules of the game?
- What other games are popular in your country?

IELTS test in Jordan and the UAE November 2014


(General Training)
Thanks to U and K who took their IELTS exams in the UAE and Jordan we bring you the recent Writing
and Speaking questions:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are planning to spend a holiday in a country where your friend lives.
Write a letter to him/her and say:
- What is your travel route?
- What activities do you plan to do there?
- Ask for suggestions about places worth visiting.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Shopping has developed from a necessary activity to a kind of entertainment. To what extent do you
agree or disagree? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development? Give reasons for
your answer and examples from your own knowledge and experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Is it an apartment or a house?
What is your most favourite place at home?
What are your favourite colours? Why?
What colour is your bedroom?
Do people in your country like to use bright colours?
What is your favourite colour for a car?

Cue Card
Describe your favourite TV show or a program. Please say
- What is it?
- Why do you like it?
- How often do you watch it?
Discussion
- What is the main difference between TV, radio and the Internet?
- Is there a need to have government restrictions on the Internet and TV?
- What is the potential risk of TV and the Internet for children?

- Can TV and the Internet be used for educational purposes?


- What is the best way to do it?

IELTS test in the UAE November 2014 (Academic


Module)
An IELTS test taker from the UAE (thanks, A!) remembered the following questions from a recent
IELTS exam:
Listening test
Section 1. About an international art exhibition.
Section 2. About a travel through parts of Russia, China and Mongolia by
train.
Section 3. Information about different courses at the university.
Section 4. A lecture about vitamins in fruits. There was also a comparison between fruits grown in the
USA, Kenya, Indonesia, New Zealand and their vitamin content.
Reading test
Passage 1. About the history of malaria in Italy.
Passage 2. Comparison of fruits and vegetables in Africa and Europe.
Passage 3. Comparison of animals in Australia and Africa.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a line graph showing four categories of car owners in the UK. The graph showed people
owning one, two, three and four cars respectively between 1975 and 2005.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people say that advanced technology can prevent most crimes. Do you agree or disagree?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you have a lot of friends?
Do you prefer few or many friends?
Do you have a lot of shoes?
Do you like comfortable or fashionable shoes? Why?

- What shoes do you wear to work?


- How often do you buy shoes?
Cue Card
Describe a mobile device or a tablet that is important in your life. Please say
- What is it?
- When did you buy it?
- How often do you use it?
Discussion
- Why do you think its so useful?
- How does technology affect people?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of technology on a personal level?

IELTS Speaking test in Australia November 2014


Thanks to an IELTS test taker from Australia we can share these Speaking questions from a recent
exam:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe the place where you live.
Do you like it there? Why?
What can you do there?
Is it a good place to raise a child?
Will you stay there in the future?

Cue Card
Describe a city that you have visited recently. Please say
- When and where was it?
- What did you do there?
- What did you like or dislike about it?
Discussion
-

Did you go there by yourself or with somebody?


Why do most people live in cities?
Why were cities established where they are?
Do you think city planning is important? Why?
Why are there better education offers in cities?
What type of people live in cities?
What are the main differences between cities and small towns?
Would you prefer living in a city or a small town with family?

IELTS test in the Philippines October 2014


(General Training)
Thanks to A, an IELTS test taker from the Philippines, we can share the following topics and questions
from a recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation between a customer and sales assistant in a
furniture store.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).
Section 2. About a preschool centre and its facilities.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 3 words).
Section 3. About a place called Stony Point.
Questions: multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.
Section 4. About swimming.
Questions: multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs, short-answer questions (no more than 1
word).
Reading test
Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You recently moved to a different city and are looking for a place to stay. Write to a real estate agent
and say:
- Why did you move?
- What location would you prefer?
- Describe the accommodation type that you need.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some say that young and energetic employees are the most valuable for the company, others argue
that older employees have more experience and knowledge. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give your opinion and examples, based on you own experience.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe your home.
What is your favourite spot there?

Lets talk about shoes.


Do you like comfortable or fashionable shoes?
Why is it so?
What is your favourite type of shoes?
How often do you buy shoes?
Is price important when you chose shoes? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about a prize that you would like to win. Please say
- What is the prize?
- What do you need to do to win it?
- How would you feel after winning?
Discussion
-

Are prizes given to children in school important to them?


Will forcing children to study help them achieve anything?
Is it good to give rewards to children? Why?
How can an employer show appreciation to the best employees? Why?

IELTS test in Pakistan October 2014 (Academic


Module)
An IELTS test taker from Pakistan (thanks, K!) remembered the Reading, Writing and Speaking
questions from a recent exam:
Reading test
Passage 1. About different fish species.
Passage 2. About farmland in Ireland.
Passage 3. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two diagrams showing the development of Bridgetown between 1970 and 2000. We
had to summarise the information by selecting and reporting main features and making comparisons
where relevant.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Every one of us should become a vegetarian because eating meat can cause serious health problems.
To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and examples.
Speaking test
Interview

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Describe your home.
What are its advantages and disadvantages?
What is your favourite room at home? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about a recent event where you gathered with your friends. Please say
- What was the event?
- Why was it special for you?
- What were peoples remarks after the event?
Discussion
-

What made that event memorable?


Do you like shopping?
When do people usually go shopping in your country?
Do you think technology changed our food production?

IELTS Speaking test in Nigeria October 2014


The Speaking questions below were remembered by S who took the IELTS test in Nigeria:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you enjoy your job? Why?
What do you do?
Lets talk about colours.
What is your favourite colour?
Why do you like it?
Did it change since your childhood?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet?

Cue Card
Talk about something you dont know yet, but would like to learn. Please say
- What is it?
- Why would you like to learn it?
- How are you going to achieve it?
Discussion

- Do you think it would be helpful to you? Why?


- From whom would you like to learn it?
- How can parents and teachers contribute more to learning of a child?

IELTS test in Canada and El Salvador October


2014 (General Training)
Two IELTS test takers from Canada and El Salvador (thanks S and A!) remembered the following
questions from their exams:
Listening test
Section 1. A farm manager was recruiting a man with ability to work in hard
and hot conditions.
Section 2. About the biggest vault used for keeping seeds.
Section 3. A shopping centre map and description.
Section 4. About childrens social activities in the class.
Reading test
Passage 1. About an autistic person with amazing linguistic abilities.
Passage 2-4. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
Write a complaint letter to a cafe manager about tables and chairs in front of the cafe obstructing the
footpath. In your letter
- Explain what the problem is.
- What do you suggest as a solution?
- What action will you take if the problem isnt resolved soon?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people view giving presents as an important way to show care to family and friends, others
think there are more important things that can be done to show care and appreciation. Do you agree
or disagree?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?

Why did you chose this job?


What kind of food do you like?
When do you usually eat this food?
Lets talk about the weather.
What is the weather like in your country?
What weather do you like more, hot or cold? Why?
Do you talk about the weather with your friends?
Do you think you can live in extreme hot or extreme cold conditions? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about your best school friend. Please say
-

How did you meet him/her?


Describe him/her.
What did you do together?
Why do you remember him/her?

Discussion
-

Do you think it is hard for people to be in contact with friends?


What is the most common way to communicate with friends?
Why do you think Internet is useful for that?
Why do you think people can care more about friends than family?

IELTS test in Malaysia and Singapore October


2014 (Academic Module)
Our kind friends F and N who took their IELTS exams in Malaysia and Singapore remembered the
following topics/questions:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation about application as a lifeguard at a community
centre.
Sections 2,3,4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. About epigenetic genes in rats.
Passages 2,3. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a diagram showing a process of a small scale production of smoked fish.
Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that it is necessary to travel to other places to learn about other cultures. Others
say that books, films and the Internet can be used as a source of information about different cultures.
Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.
Speaking test 1
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you enjoy your study?
What are your future plans?
Do you like the nature?
Do you like camping?
Do you often see advertisements on TV or the Internet? Why?
Do you like seeing advertisements on the road?
How do advertisements influence people?
What do you think about living in the countryside?

Cue Card
Describe a book that you have read recently. Please say
-

What book is it?


When did you read it?
What was it about?
Did you enjoy reading the book?

Discussion
-

What is the importance of books?


Do reading habits change as people grow older?
What will be the role of books in the next 25 years?
Is reading books more beneficial than watching films or TV? Why?

Speaking test 2
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
How do you usually relax?
Where do you prefer to relax? Why?
Do you like to travel?

Cue Card
Talk about a country that you would like to visit. Please say

- Why would you like to go there?


- What time of the year do you want to go there?
- What do you like about the place?
Discussion
Dont remember.

IELTS Speaking test in Qatar October 2014


Our friend A took the IELTS test in Qatar and remembered the following Speaking questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe the home where you live.
Do you think it is a good place to live in?
What do you like the most about your home?
Is it a good place for children?
Do you think it is good for study?
If you have to study for a long time what do you do to concentrate?
Can you concentrate when its noisy or only when its quiet? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about an important letter that you have sent to someone. Please say
- Why did you send it?
- What was it about?
- To whom did you send it?
Discussion
-

What types of letters do you usually send?


Do you think people these days mostly use letters, e-mails, phone or SMS(text messages)?
What is the best way of sending letters, using mobile phone or e-mail?
What presents are good to give to people in your opinion?

IELTS test in India and UAE October 2014


(General Training)
Two IELTS test takers (thank you R and B!) remembered the following topics from their recent exam.
Apparently India and the UAE had the same test:

Listening test
Section 1. Obtaining a driving license in New Zealand.
Section 2. About ships.
Section 3, 4. Dont remember.
Reading test
Passage 1. Production of ice packs.
Passage 2. Project management procedure.
Passage 3, 4. Dont remember.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have recently noticed an increase in traffic in your residential area. Write a letter to the
responsible person at the local council to inform him/her about the problem and say
- Introduce yourself and describe the problem.
- What are the reasons for the traffic in your view?
- Suggest a solution to the problem.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Almost every successful company is using advertisements to increase their sales. What features make
an advertisement effective? Is advertising good or bad for the society?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Describe the area where you live.
Do you like the place where you live?
Is this area good for children?
Do you like to visit parks or gardens?
When was the last time you visited a park or a garden?
What kind of weather do you like?
Do you like to talk about the weather?

Cue Card
Talk about a recent celebration (a wedding, a party and so on) that you have attended. Please say

- What was the reason for the celebration?


- What were you doing there?
- Did you enjoy the celebration?
Discussion
- Do you think people spend a lot of money on weddings these days?
- Do you think people get married late nowadays? Why?
- Do you think attending such events is important? Why?

IELTS test in India, UAE and UK October 2014


(Academic Module)
The recent IELTS exams in India, UAE and UK appear to be the same according to S, A and R, who
collectively remembered the following topics and questions:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation between a college student and a university staff
member. The student was enquiring about some Arts courses.
Section 2. A conversation between a university supervisor and two students
about some research.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. A conversation with the owner of a forest railway track and how he is progressing. He was
telling about what he and his family does there.
Reading test
Passage 1. About facial impressions recognition and body language reading.
Passage 2. About women and their performance at work compared to men. Their ability to outperform
men even at managerial roles.
Passage 3. About the library, its role in our life and its evolution over the years.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a table showing the figures of unskilled, technical, managerial and skilled workers
available throughout the years 2003-2004 and the difficulty to find a workforce required by
employers.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that social networks such as Facebook have a negative impact on individuals and
our society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Speaking test

Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do during the day with a baby at home?
How did you feel holding a baby for the first time?
Can you read maps?
How often do you use this skill?
When was the last time you used it?
Do you prefer electronic or paper maps?
When you go abroad do you use maps?
Is there a lot of traffic in your city?
When does it usually get busy?
Should women learn to drive? Why?
Did you take a cab recently?
When was it?
Where did you go in it?

Cue Card
Describe an occasion when you were given an advice. Please say
- Who and when gave it to you?
- What was the advice?
- How did it turn out later?
Discussion
-

What should the qualities of a good adviser be?


Is it good to get advice from parents or friends? Why?
Is it good to get advice from teachers? Why?
In your country who usually gives advice, parents or teachers? Why?

IELTS Speaking test in Dubai, UAE October 2014


Thanks to A from the UAE we can share the Speaking questions from a recent IELTS exam:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Why did you choose it?
Do you like your job?
How was your first day there?
Do you drive or use public transport?
Why is it better?
What is your favourite day of the week? Why?

- What is the busiest day of the week for you?


- What can you do to avoid it?
Cue Card
Talk about an item that you bought but rarely use. Please say
- What is the item? Describe it.
- Where and when did you buy it?
- Did you actually need it? Why?
Discussion
-

What is shopping like in your country?


Is online shopping popular in your country?
What is an effective advertisement in your view?
What kind of media is better for ads, TV or magazines? Why?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of advertising supervision by the government?

IELTS test in the UAE and India October 2014


(General Training)
Thanks to the good memory of P, A and W we can share the Writing and Speaking questions from a
recent IELTS exam in the UAE and India. Apparently, these two countries had the same questions.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have recently read an article in a newspaper about your favourite
restaurant. The writer did not like the restaurant, but you disagree with
his/her opinion. Write a letter to the editor and say
-

Where the restaurant is and its name


Describe your last visit to the restaurant
Why you disagree with the writers opinion
What should the editor do about this

Writing Task 2 (an essay)


Today people spend more time travelling to work than before. Some people suggest employers should
allow employees to do some work from home. Do you think the advantages of this outweigh the
disadvantages?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?

Do
Do
Do
Do

you
you
you
you

like it there?
like museums?
visit them often?
think schools should take students there? Why?

Cue Card 1
Talk about one of your friends success story in their life. Please say
- What is the story?
- How did it affect you?
- What do you consider success in general?
Cue Card 2
Talk about a foreign language that you would like to learn. Please say
- What language is it?
- Why do you want to learn it?
- How and when will you do it?
Discussion 1
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of learning a foreign language?

IELTS Speaking test in Ireland October 2014


Our friend M who took the IELTS test in Ireland remembered the following Speaking test questions:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live now?
Describe your home.
What are its advantages and disadvantages?
What is your favourite spot at home?
What is your favourite colour?
Are you used to wearing bright colours?
Do you like cooking or baking? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about things that you do to live a healthier lifestyle. Please say
- What do you do?
- When do you prefer to do this activity?
- When did you start doing this? Why?

Discussion
- Why is it important to do physical exercises?
- Why do you think people dont do them regularly?
- Who is responsible for the healthy lifestyle of children? Why?

IELTS test in Australia October 2014 (Academic


Module)
Below are the topics and questions we received from Y (thank you!) after a recent IELTS exam in
Australia. She didnt remember the Reading or the Listening, but had a good recollection of the
Writing and Speaking sub tests:
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a graph and a bar chart showing the percentage of
population per square kilometer in 7 countries in 2003. We had to compare
and describe the data.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
The government is funding universities and providing scholarships for the best students. To what
extent do you agree with this approach? Shouldnt it be supported by private organizations and
students paying their own tuition fees?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject are you studying?
Why did you choose such a subject?
Do you like reading books?
What type of books do you read?
Are you reading a book presently?
What is it about?

Cue Card
Talk about an interesting conversation that you had recently. Please say
- What did you discuss?
- With whom were you discussing it?
- Why was it so interesting?
Discussion

What do you think about advertisements on TV?


Do you like them? Why?
Do like to watch them on TV or through the Internet? Why?
Do you think they are helpful?
Do you think advertisements on TV can help spread the awareness of healthy lifestyle?

IELTS Speaking test in India October 2014


When K took the IELTS test in India, he was asked the following questions in Speaking:
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
What is your favourite room?
How long do you live in your house?
Who is your favourite teacher?
What is the role of teachers?
Would you choose this as your future profession?
Do you like shopping?
When do you usually go shopping?
What was the last thing that you bought?

Cue Card
Describe a singer or a band that you listen to. Please say
- What band/singer is it?
- Where and when did you hear them for the first time?
- Do you still like their music?
Discussion
- What music do people like these days?
- Do you think music producers are mostly money-minded or that they actually care about the quality
of music?

IELTS test in Australia October 2014 (General


Training)
Thanks to our kind friend B we can share the Writing and Speaking questions from a recent IELTS
exam in Australia:

Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You forgot a coat at your friends house last weekend. Write a letter to
him/her and say
- Where do you think it might be?
- What does the coat look like?
- Suggest some options to get it back.
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays people are getting married and having children in their thirties. Does it have a positive or a
negative impact on the society? Give your opinion and examples.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do you like advertisements?
Where do you see ads mostly?
Do you like ads on the streets?
What does your home look like?
Do you like to spend time outside your home?
What is the best way to spend time in nature?

Cue Card
Talk about a prize that you would like to win in your life. Please say
- What is the prize that you want to win?
- What do you need to do, to get it?
- How would you feel if you won it?
Discussion
- Which kind of prizes are given to children in your country?
- Do you think kids in your country are forced to study?
- Is it a good or a bad approach?

IELTS Speaking test in Iran October 2014


Thanks to R who took the IELTS test in Iran we can share these Speaking questions:

Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What subject are you studying?
Why did you select this subject for study?
Do you think computers have more advantages than disadvantages?

Cue Card
Describe a food product which is produced in your region. Please say
- what the product is
- where you can buy it
- who usually buys it and why.
Discussion
-

Do you personally like this product?


Do you prefer local or imported products?
Do you think it is right for famous brands to export their food products anywhere?
Should people buy food products of their own country? Why?
Name some of the food products which are popular in other parts of the country.
What types of food products are imported to your country? Why?

IELTS test in Ireland, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia


October 2014 (Academic Module)
Three IELTS test takers from Ireland, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia (thanks P, A and R!) remembered the
following information about their exams:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation between a construction company representative
and a customer.
Section 2. About ways to become a millionaire.
Section 3. A description of three different kinds of sharks.
Section 4. A holiday plan, including sightseeing and places to visit.
Reading test
Passage 1. The history of pencils.
Passage 2. About different kinds of parrots.

Passage 3. About children, literature and education.


Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a diagram showing the process of production of electrical energy using both black and
brown coal. We had to write a report on energy production and loss using these two energy sources.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that our behaviour, customs and traditions are no longer relevant, and have to
change due to the influence of modern ways of life. Do you agree or disagree? Include any relevant
examples in your response.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you like your job?
Do you like wearing comfortable or fashionable shoes?
How often do you buy shoes?
What kind of shoes are convenient for you?

Cue Card
Describe a nice conversation that you had with someone you know. Please say
- Who was that person?
- Where was it?
- What were you talking about?
Discussion
-

Why did you like that conversation?


Nowadays what do men and women like to talk about?
Why do people feel nervous when talking in front of a big audience?
Do you think the use of pictures and graphs helps during public speaking?

IELTS test in Iran and Pakistan September 2014


(Academic Module)
Two IELTS test takers from Iran and Pakistan (thanks N and F!) remembered the following information
about a recent exam. It appears that these two countries had the same exam.

Listening test
Section 1. Information about a camping trip.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Section 2. Project discussion between two students.
Questions: filling in blanks.
Section 3. A student was getting some advice from a friend about a course in Arts.
Questions: multiple choice.
Section 4. About an air pollution problem.
Questions: filling in blanks, information matching.
Reading test
Passage 1. About waste recycling in different countries.
Passage 2. About the mobile phone technology and its use in real life.
Questions: multiple choice, True/False/Not Given, summary completion, match information to
paragraphs.
Passage 3. About a corporation and production of body spray.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a table that compared percentages of 7 different social groups in Australia that use
public transport.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Decreasing levels of fresh water sources are becoming a global issue. What are the reasons? What can
be done by governments to prevent it?
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Where do you live?
Describe the home where you live.
Is spending holidays in a countryside better than in the city? Why?

Cue Card
Describe a project that you did during your studies. Please say

- What was the project?


- Why did you choose this topic?
- How did you feel after finishing it?
Discussion
-

What do you think about homework?


Is it good for children to have homework?
If children do their work at school, how will they spend time at home?
Should they spend some time learning something at home?

IELTS test in Australia September 2014 (General


Training)
Three IELTS test takers from Australia shared the following information about their recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A gym membership application.
Section 2. Application for a fishing license.
Section 3. Dont remember.
Section 4. About Air New Zealand.
Reading test
Unfortunately, no one remembered the Reading topics.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have recently attended a conference and found it very informative. Write a letter to your manager
and ask their permission to give a presentation on the same topic to your colleagues. Include the
following details in your letter:
- What was the presentation about?
- Where was the conference held?
- How can it be useful to your colleagues and the company?
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people think young people are more influenced by their friends than their parents or teachers.
Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.
Speaking test
Interview

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you think about shoes?
Do you like fashionable or comfortable shoes?
How often do you buy shoes?

Cue Card 1
Describe an app that you have downloaded from the Internet and how it is useful to you. Please say
- What app is it?
- How long have you had it for?
- Is it useful in your daily life or not? Why?
Discussion 1
- How do you thick technology affects our daily life?
- Nowadays people are more attracted to technology than in the past, is that right? Why?
- Is life without technology really that difficult? Why?
Cue Card 2
Talk about a sportsman whose performance you have seen. Please say
- Where did you see him?
- What sport was it?
- Why did you like his performance?
Discussion 2
- What sports are popular in your country?
- Do favorite sports vary from boys to girls?
- Do you think sportsmen should be paid more than doctors and teachers?

IELTS test in India and Saudi Arabia September


2014 (Academic Module)
Thanks to the collective effort of our IELTS-taking friends from India and Saudi Arabia (great job K, D,
V and A!), here are the topics and questions from a recent exam:
Listening test
Section 1. A conversation about different cars and their fuel efficiency.
Section 2. Dont remember.
Section 3. About the Salsa dance.
Section 4. About obesity in children, including a tutorial on how to avoid it.

Reading test
Passage 1. About food flavour.
Passage 2. About coastline nature sculptures.
Passage 3. About the global warming and its impact on New Zealand.
Writing test
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two maps of Sydney international airport. The first was from 1930 and the second was
a recent map of the airport. We had to identify and describe the changes.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
The government should allocate more funds to public services instead of wasting money on arts such
as music, painting and so on. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion.
Speaking test
Interview
-

What is your full name?


Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
What do you do?
Do you like your job?
Do you prefer to have a lot of just friends or a few good friends?
When was the last time you went shopping?
Do you like to buy things from small or big shops? Why?

Cue Card
Talk about an old person in your life. Please say
- who he/she is
- how often you see him/her
- how you feel about spending time with him/her
Discussion
- Should we spend more time with old people?
- Should we take advice from them?