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IELTS test in the UK – January 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend Q took the IELTS test in the UK and remembered the following questions from the Reading, Writing and Speaking sub-tests:

Reading testIELTS test in the UK

Passage 1. About peacocks in Australia.

Passage 2. About music and its positive effect on some disabled people.

Passage 3. About class size reduction and its effect on students’ performance.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two maps of an island in 1990 and now. We were asked to summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and to make comparison where relevant.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

New parents should attend parenting classes to learn how to bring up their children well. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement? Give your opinion, supported by examples from your own experience.

Speaking test


– 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 this subject?

Cue Card

Describe a website that you like and use a lot. Please say

– What is the website?
– How did you find it?
– Why do you like it?


– Do you like internet shopping?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of online shopping?
– Do you think online shopping will increase or decrease in the future?
– Why do you think so?

IELTS Speaking test in Australia – January 2017

When S took the IELTS Speaking test in Australia, the following questions were asked:

Speaking testIELTS test in Australia


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What kind of job do you do?
– Does it require hard work?
– Let’s talk about dreams.
– Do you have dreams while you sleep?
– What kind of dreams?
– Lets talk about shoes.
– Do you like shoes?
– What kind of shoes do you prefer?
– Why is that?
– Where do you usually buy them?

Cue Card

Describe a job that you would like to do in the future. Please say

– What job is it?
– What are the basic requirements for such a job?
– Is it a high paying job?


– Do you think you will get that job? Why?
– Are people in your country paid well in all jobs?
– Do people choose their jobs according to salaries?
– Do employees need motivation at work? Why?
– Would motivating employees benefit the company eventually?
– What are the highest paid jobs in your country?
– Why do you think it is so?



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