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IELTS test in Jamaica – August 2014 (General Training)

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An IELTS test taker from Jamaica (thanks, S!) remembered the following questions from the Writing and Speaking sections:

Writing testIELTS test in Jamaica

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You looked after your friend’s house while he/she was away on holidays. During the period you have damaged something in his/her house. Write to him/her and say

- Explain how it happened.
- What is the estimated cost of repairs?
- What are you going to do about it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that children should have formal training at school to become good parents. Do you agree or disagree? Give you own opinion.

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?
- Where do you live?
- Do you like this place?
- Is this place suitable for living with children?
- Do you use a map?
- In your country do people usually use a map?
- When you were young did you use one?

Cue Card

Talk about someone who has an interesting job. Please say

- Who is this person?
- What does he/she do?
- Why do you like this person?


- Do you prefer a part time or full time job?
- What do most people do in your country?
- Why do some companies invest in educated employees by offering them high salaries?

IELTS test in Singapore – August 2014 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Singapore (thanks, E!) shared the topics and questions from a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in Singapore

Section 1. About student accommodation.

Section 2. Students talked about their electives.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About extinct ancient languages.

Reading test

Passage 1. About London coffee houses.

Passage 2. A discussion about the global warming.

Passage 3. About things that motivate people to work.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two bar graphs showing the expenditure of the European Union as a whole.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

The 20th century had a huge breakthrough in air travel and communication. This brought benefits to many nations through close contact with foreigners on different levels, from tourism to business. Some people, however, say there were more drawbacks than benefits. Discuss and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Where do you live now?
- What do you like about this place?
- What don’t you like? Why?
- Do you plan to stay there longer? Why?
- Do you like shopping?
- Where do you usually shop?

Cue Card

Describe an object that your family kept and passed on to you. Please say

- What is it?
- Since when do you keep it?
- Why is it so important to your family?


- Do you think it’s important to keep historical buildings?
- Why is it so?
- Is it important for people to remember the past or history? Why?
- Do you have any old items in your house that you are still using today?