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IELTS test in Hong Kong and Singapore – September 2013 (General Training)

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Our friends from Hong Kong and Singapore say their IELTS exams were the same – here is what they remembered:

Writing testIELTS test in Singapore

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have been advised by the manager to conduct a short session in school and share your work experience with the students. Write a letter to the headmaster of the school and say

- Who are you and what kind of job do you do?
- What are you planning to talk about?
- What equipment will you need to use?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe money is a less important factor than free time for quality of life. What do you think about it? What other factors are necessary to live a good quality of lifestyle?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Do you think that decision making is a difficult process?
- Does your organization rely on you to make decisions frequently?
- What was the most important decision that you have made in your life?
- Did it take you long to make it?
- What do you think about it now?

- Why is media more important in lives of the younger generation compared to the past?
- Do you read newspapers? Why?
- What kind of news is the most interesting to you? Why?
- When did you start using a mobile phone?
- Did you climb trees as a child?
- Would you like to stay in places with lots of trees? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a very old person that you know and respect. Please say

- How and when did you meet?
- Who is this person?
- Why do you respect him/her?


- What do you think about sending an old person to an age care facility?
- What can young people learn from old people?
- What can old people learn from the younger generation?

IELTS test in Hong Kong and Singapore – May 2013 (General Training)

IELTS test takers from Hong Kong and Singapore (thank you, A and P) shared this exam update:

Listening testIELTS test in Singapore

Section 1. A conversation between a client and an agent about a rental property.

Section 2. An instructor was briefing on driving tests and nearby places.
Questions: multiple choice, diagram/map labeling.

Section 3. Two students were discussing a language learning project.

Section 4. A zoo keeper from Brisbane, Australia was talking about the extinction of some animal species.

Reading test

Passage 1. Description of various natural tourist attractions.
Questions: multiple choice.

Passage 2. About NHS Direct which is a health care hotline service in the UK.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 3. How to write a good Curriculum Vitae (Resume).
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. A briefing on self-access IT training.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 5. About a great barred frog by the researcher in NSW, Australia.
Questions: multiple choice, True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You work for an international company. Recently your job has changed and you believe that more training is needed. Write a letter to your manager and say

- How has your job changed?
- Describe a type of training you will need.
- Suggest the arrangements incorporating training and your work.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that cooking food at home is a waste of time. They claim that good restaurants are better and can make modern living easier and less stressful. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Do you enjoy cooking?
- What was the first thing you cooked in your life?
- Who is responsible for cooking in your family?

Cue Card

Describe a historical event that you know well. Please say

- When did it happen?
- Give some other details about this event.
- How did you know about the event?


- Does the government in your country protect historical sites well?