IELTS test in Manila, Philippines – February 2011 (General Training)

IELTS exam in Manila was shared by M from the Philippines, who remembered the writing and speaking topics.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You have attended a short course training at Canada. Your friend wants to attend the same course and he/she sent you a letter to ask about it. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

– Tell what you did in the short course.
– Explain how it has helped you.
– Tell what benefits your friend can get from it.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Older people often say that their life was better in the past than it is now. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test


– Can I see your ID?
– What is your full name?
– What do you want me to call you?
– Let’s talk about your hometown. Where is it?
– What is your hometown famous for?
– Have you studied about the history of your hometown at school?
– Why do you think that students need to study their hometowns’ history at school?
– Do you like meeting people?
– What are the common places where people prefer to meet?
– What were the places where people liked to meet in the past?
– What sports did you like to play when you were a child?
– What things can children learn from playing sports?
– Would you like your future children to play sports too?

Cue Card

Talk about a job that you would like to have. Please include in your answer:

– What job would it be?
– Why do you want to have that job?
– What skills are necessary to do the job?


– Is it easy to find a job here in your country?
– What do you think people do first to have a job?
– What are the qualities that people must have so they can be employed easily?
– What are the qualities the bosses must have so they will be followed by their employees?
– Do you think it is important for the boss and employees to have a good working relationship?
– What do you think are the common complaints of the workers?

IELTS test in Romania and Iran – February 2011 (Academic Module)

IELTS exam questions and topics below were contributed by M from Romania and A from Iran, whom we thank very much. Here is what they remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A man was calling an information center to find the closest medical clinic in the area and to ask about the services that they offer.

Section 2. A story about the progress in robotic technology.

Section 3. A description of a factory and the rooms it consists of: security, manager’s office, storing room, cafeteria, unloading room.
Questions: map labeling.

Section 4. Information about a company’s work and holiday schedule for its employees.

Reading test

Passage 1. A text about space satellites.

Passage 2. A text about the art of tattoos in a certain country.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

There were 3 bar charts that described 4 packaging materials (glass, aluminum, plastic and paper) and their usage in Japan, UK and USA in kilograms per capita.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that the government is responsible for aged care and financial support for the elderly, others argue that its the role of individuals. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test


– Tell me your full name please.
– What is your native city/town?
– Did you learn about the history of your city at school?
– What is your city famous for?
– What kind of sports do you like?
– Do you think that girls and boys are interested in the same sports?
– Do you like the sea?
– Would you like to live near the sea?

Cue Card

Describe a teacher you had in school, please say

– who the teacher was,
– why this teacher was important to you,
– whether you would like to meet that teacher in the future again and why.


– How would you describe an ideal teacher?
– What teaching methods did help you the most?
– What other methods would also be effective?



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