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IELTS test in China – April 2014 (General Training)

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These writing and speaking questions were contributed by T (thank you!) who took the IELTS test in China:

Writing testIELTS test in China

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are interested in a short course in a certain college. Write a letter to that college and say

- What course are you interested in? Why?
- State your education background and practical experience.
- What do you like about the college?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that international competitive sports such as football bring conflict between people of different age groups and nationalities. Others think sport is helping reach understanding between people and nations. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when you were talking to complete strangers. Please say

- Where did you meet them?
- What were you talking about? Why?
- How did you feel after this?


- What could be the reason for people to start a conversation with a stranger?
- Do you like to start a conversation with strangers?
- How often do you do that?
- What is the advantage of network communication, for example through Facebook or Twitter?

IELTS test in Malaysia and Australia – April 2014 (Academic Module)

Three IELTS test takers contributed to this exam update (thanks G, D and J!), here are the questions from Malaysia and Australia:

Listening testIELTS test in Malaysia

Section 1. About an insurance company for households.

Section 2. About a theme park.
Questions: multiple choice.

Section 3. A conversation between a tutor and a student about an assignment and its presentation.
Questions: multiple choice.

Section 4. A research on dolphins.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Reading test

Passage 1. About some botany books and studies of plants.

Passage 2. An article about icebergs in Antarctica.

Passage 3. A study about music and language.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph showing the quantities of goods transported in some European countries from 1980 to 2010 including prediction for 2015. There were four different methods of transportation used: railways, roads, water and pipelines.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that the purpose of education for individuals is to be useful to the society, while others argue that the purpose is to fulfill personal ambitions of an individual. Discuss, what is your opinion?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Do you like the city you live in?
- What do you do for a job?
- Do you like it?
- Do you have plants at home?

Cue Card

Describe a tourist attraction that you have recently visited. Please say

- Where was it?
- Why did you go there?
- Whom did you go there with?
- Did you enjoy visiting it? Why?


- What are the tourist attractions in your country?
- Should they be free for everyone to visit?
- Do foreigners visit these attractions?
- What are the benefits of foreigners visiting tourist attractions in your country?
- What are the disadvantages of it?
- Do you know about any environmental issues associated with it?



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