IELTS Speaking tests in Switzerland and Kazakhstan – September 2010

IELTS tests in Switzerland and Kazakhstan, according to our friends S and L, were the same as in France and Italy. Here are the speaking questions that L and S were asked:

Speaking test Kazakhstan


– Talk about your hometown.
– What do you like the most about your hometown?
– Do you like shopping?
– What things do you like to buy?
– Where do you like to do the shopping?

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite subject in primary/secondary school, please say
– what subject it was,
– why you liked it and
– how long you have studied it.


– Are math and physics important subjects?
– Do you think that usage of the advanced technology at schools is beneficial for pupils’ education?

Speaking test Switzerland


– Where are you from?
– What kind of books did you read when you were a child?
– What are you reading now?
– Do you like books as a gift?

Cue Card

Talk about an outdoor activity that you like, please say
– Where do you do it?
– How often do you do it?
– Why is this activity important?


– What kinds of jobs exist where you have to work outdoors?
– What are the differences between countryside and towns?
– What are the advantages of working indoors and outdoors?
– What are the disadvantages of working indoors and outdoors?

IELTS test in Canada – September 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS in Canada was described by our kind friend A. Here is what he remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A dialogue between two people about renting a room.
Section 2. Presentation by the founder of exchange services on-line.
Section 3. A conversation between a student and a university professor about her research on a coffee company.
Section 4. Information about first Japanese settlers and their livelihood.

Reading test

Passage 1. About the history of printing books.
Passage 2. The sense of smell.
Passage 3. Can’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

There were two tables about potato production and consumption on five continents in 2006.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Machines start to replace humans in many jobs, discuss both negative and positive points of this development.

Speaking test


– Introduce yourself.
– What is your name?
– Do you work or study?
– Talk about your job.
– Was this job easy to get?
– Let’s talk about fashion and style of clothes.
– Where do you buy your clothes?
– Do you do anything to relax?
– Is relaxation important?
– Are men and women different in their way of relaxation?

Cue card

Talk about a place in your country that has changed, please say:
– what place it is,
– how it has changed,
– why this change occurred, and
– what made you remember this place.


– Why do people not like changes?
– Have the traditions changed in your country?
– Do you think people should preserve their traditions?
– What are the benefits of changing traditions?



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