IELTS test in Pakistan and France – August 2010

IELTS exams in Pakistan and France (yes, they were the same) were shared by our kind friends S and A. They collectively remembered the following about the writing and speaking modules:

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You have recently bought some sports equipment recommended by a shop assistant. However, you found a problem while using it. Write a letter to the shop manager, saying
– when and what equipment you bought,
– what was the problem with it,
– what you want him/her to do about it.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some countries require that school children are taught one foreign language, while other countries do not require any foreign languages to be taught. Discuss the advantages of both approaches and give your opinion.

Speaking test


– May I ask what your name is?
– Are you working or studying?
– What kind of job do you have?
– Why did you choose this job?
– Tell me about the seasons in your country.
– Which season do you like?
– Why do you like it?

Cue card

Talk about a TV program you watched that you did not like, please say

– When did you watch it?
– What was it about?
– Why didn’t you like it?


What should be the qualities of a TV actor?
Do you think there should be educational programs on TV?
Do you think there is a difference between programs on TV now and in the past?

IELTS Speaking test in Australia – August 2010

Not surprisingly, the IELTS exam in Australia was just like the one in China. Here is another set of speaking questions (thanks to A for the contribution!)

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– What can I call you?
– Where are you from?
– What are you doing, working or studying?
– Where are you doing your studies?
– What is the importance of reading for kids?

Cue card

Describe a garden where you often go to spend your time, please say
– where it is,
– what is special about it,
– why you go there.


– What outdoor activities people prefer to do?
– What do you think about the city development?
– How countryside is being affected by the city development?
– Do you think government should take care of the natural resources?
– What are the men-made effects on natural resources?



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