IELTS test in the US and Israel – July 2010 (General Training)

IELTS exams in the US and Israel were remembered and shared by our kind friends N and A, and here is what they told us about the Writing and the Speaking parts:

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You were sent to a training to another country and are doing a course. You wish to stay there for longer than was planned. Write a letter to your boss, in your letter

– say what you gained from the training,
– explain why you wish to stay longer, and
– how much longer you wish to stay.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people are saying that children shouldn’t wear uniform to school because they can’t express themselves. Do you agree or disagree? Give examples from your own experience.

Speaking test


– Do you work or are you a student?
– What kind of job do you have?
– Do you like your job?
– Are there many people in your country in the same kind of job as you are?
– Do you like animals?
– Do you keep a pet at home?

Cue Card

Talk about a subject you liked studying in a high school or in a university, please say
– what the subject was,
– who the teacher was and
– why you liked studying that subject.


– What is the difference between studying in a university versus high school?
– Do you think people like university studies better than high school? Why?
– What subject is the most popular in your country?

IELTS Speaking test in South Africa – July 2010

IELTS exam in South Africa was identical to the test in Australia, according to B and her husband (thank you guys!). Here are two versions of the Speaking test they remembered:

Speaking test 1


– What is your name?
– Which country do you come from?
– Where in South Africa are you from, what city?
– Would you recommend someone to visit in your city?

Cue Card

Talk about a wild animal that you like:
– describe the animal,
– say why you like it


– Should government support the prevention of extinction of animals?
– Do you like cooking? Why?
– Do you like to travel?
– Where would you like to travel? Why?

Speaking test 2


– The usual questions.
– How many languages do you speak?
– Is it important to know more than one language?

Cue card

Describe a walk in the park with your best friend, please say
– where you went,
– why you went there, and
– what happened


– Do you think fairness in the workplace is important? Why?
– Is it necessary to reward staff?
– Do you think people use vehicles to drive short distances?
– Why do you think they do it?
– What can be done to change their minds?



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