IELTS test in Sydney, Australia – April 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Sydney, Australia was shared by our kind friend B who used IELTS-Blog in his exam preparation and wanted to contribute as well. A big “thank you” goes to B, and here are the topics:

Listening test

Section 1. A telephone conversation about mail order delivery, the name of the phone sales operator was Jane Long.

Section 2. Don’t remember.

Section 3. Living in the Iron Age Village.

Section 4. Synesthesia (a neurological condition).

Reading test

Passage 1. About autism in children.
Questions: matching headings.

Passage 2. Tulips in the 17th century.
Questions: matching headings.

Passage 3. Serendipity.
Questions: matching headings.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

There was a table with information regarding marriages in Australia between 1960 to 2000. The number of religious and civil marriages and the age of the bride and the bridegroom.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

It is suggested that everyone in the world wants to own a car, a TV or a fridge. Do the disadvantages of this development to the society outweigh the advantages? Discuss you view including relevant examples and your own experience.

Speaking test

Cue Card

Talk about a day in your life when you took a break and relaxed at the end of your work or studies, please say:
– Who were you with?
– Where did you spend it?
– How did you relax?


– Discuss the meaning of relaxation to every person.

IELTS Speaking questions from Ireland and Portugal – April 2010

IELTS exams in Ireland and Portugal were identical to the test in the UK (as expected), and here are another two versions of the Speaking test, shared by our kind friends X and P:

Speaking test Ireland

– What is your full Name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you live in a house or a flat?
– What do you like about your house?
– Would you recommend people to live there?
– Why?

– Do you read newspapers or magazines?
– What articles do you like reading in a newspaper?
– Why do you like them?
– Have you ever read a newspaper in a foreign language?
– Do you think reading a newspaper in a foreign language is a good way of learning the language?

Cue Card
Tell me about a shop that you like, please say:
– What is the name of the shop?
– How did you know about it?
– Why do you like shopping there?

Is there a difference between men’s attitude and women’s attitude to shopping?

Speaking test Portugal

– What is your full name?
– What do you do (work, study)?
– Why did you choose to study at your University?
– Do you like cooking?
– Who does most of the cooking where you live?
– Do you think classes with less students are better than classes with lots of students?

Cue Card
Describe a school where you studied, please say:
– where it was,
– what the classrooms were like,
– how the teachers were in that school.

– What is the role of school in students’ education?
– Do schools care about whether their students have access to a sports facility?



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