IELTS test in Riga, Latvia – August 2010 (Academic Module)

This update came from B, who used IELTS-Blog to prepare for her exam. Here is what B said:

“Thank you very much for your great web-page, the book and invaluable advice! My English is quite good, so my only preparation was reading them all to get a better understanding what IELTS exam really is, and what am I supposed to do there”.

Listening test

Section 1. A woman was applying for an Arts course.

Section 2. About a summer camp.
Questions: in this section a map was included and we were given instructions to find where different buildings in the campus were located.

Section 3. About a new study program offered to the students – courses on business and textile.

Reading test

Passage 1. About coral reef fishes.
Passage 2. About groups of different world languages, the history of how their spread, etc.
Passage 3. About life on Mars.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

We were given a table which described various types of transport ( car, bus, walking etc.) used for traveling in 1977 and 2007 and the average distance they covered a year. The task was to compare the usage of different types.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many people think that giving aid to the poorer countries has more negative aspects than positive ones. To what extent do you agree/ disagree?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Where do you come from?
– Do you work or study?
– Were your parents happy about your choice?
– What do you think, will it be difficult to find a job in your field?

– What kind of clothes do you usually buy?
– Where do you buy your clothes?

– Which music style is the most popular in your country?
– Why is it popular?
– What people are listening to it?
– Where are they listening to it?

– Can some music be called noise pollution?
– Why our musical taste is changing when we get older?
– What is your favorite style of music?
– Why do older people have different taste in music?
– Does music influence our decisions while we are shopping? If yes, in what way?
– Does an aggressive music influence people who are listening to it? If yes, in what way?

IELTS test in Mongolia – August 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS exam questions were shared by E from Mongolia (thank you!), who remembered the following:

Reading test

Passage 1. About sleep, sleeping at workplace in the afternoon.
Passage 2. About eggs and chicks of various kind of birds.
Passage 3. About distance training (E-learning) for staff.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We had a bar chart that described online content downloaded by adults in different countries.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

People celebrate occasions such as “Independence day” and “Mother’s day”. Do you think it is important? What advantages of celebrating such days are there?

Speaking test


– Where are you from?
– Please talk about your hometown.
– Do you live together with your family?
– Which place would you suggest you friends to visit in your hometown?
– Please talk about the way you like to travel.
– Where do you travel often?
– What kind of books you would like to read?
– Lets talk about TV programs. What kind of TV programs do people watch in your country?

Cue card

Talk about a TV program you like to watch, please say
– What is the name of that TV program?
– Where do you watch the TV program?
– Why do you like to watch this TV program?


– Are TV programs changing in your country in the recent years?
– What qualifications should be required to become a TV star?
– How much money is wasted on TV stars? Is it justified?



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