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IELTS test in London, UK – February 2018 (General Training)

Our friends L and K took the IELTS test in London and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in the UK

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have a neighbor who is often burning rubbish at their house. Write a complaint about it to the local council and say

– What is happening?
– How is your family harmed by that?
– What could be the solution, in your opinion?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that several short holidays from school are better, while others think one long summer holiday for the year is better for children. Discuss and include your own opinion and relevant examples from your 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 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 1 (that L had)

Talk about a situation where you had to be very polite. Please say

– What was the situation?
– How did you keep being polite?
– How did you feel after that?

Cue Card 2 (that K had)

Talk about a museum you have visited. Please say

– What did you like or dislike there?
– What was the theme of this museum?
– Who did you go there with? Why?


– Do you like to travel long distances?
– Why or why not?
– Would you like to travel to the space?
– How many public places do you know?
– Do young people like to visit the same public places as old people?

IELTS test in New Zealand – February 2018 (Academic)

The topics and questions below were shared by an IELTS test taker from New Zealand:

Listening testIELTS test in New Zealand

Section 1. A phone conversation between a staff member and a lady interested in a part-time job as a cycling leader.
Section 2. Map of a zoo.
Section 3. Don’t remember.
Section 4. History of bicycles.

Reading test

Passage 1. The history of graphite pencil.
Passage 2. Innovation in sports.
Passage 3. Different theories on the formation of planets.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a pie chart describing the satisfaction level of full-time and part-time students with the services offered by the university library.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

These days the tradition of families eating meals together is declining. Why is this happening? What are the effects on families?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– When is your favorite time to study?

Cue Card

Think of a time when you had to be polite. Please say

– Where did this happen?
– How did you do this?
– Why did you have to be polite?


– Should children be allowed to say what’s on their mind or do they need to be controlled by parents?
– What are your thoughts on showing respect as a tourist traveling to a different country?



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