IELTS Speaking test in the UK – March 2011

The following IELTS Speaking questions were shared by M, who remembered them from her recent exam in the UK.

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Tell me about your home town.
– What were your favorite books when you were a child?
– What do you know about the history and civilization of your country?
– What did you learn in high school about the history of your country?
– What is your country famous for now in the world?

Cue Card

Talk about something that you have bought as a gift to someone. Please say

– What is it?
– Why have you decided to buy it?
– Who was the person you purchased it for?
– When did you buy it?


– Is it common in your country to buy and send a gift to your friends using the Internet?
– Why?
– Is it easy to buy a present for somebody?
– Why?
– What is better as a present, to give money or to buy something?
– Why?

IELTS test in Italy and Sri Lanka – March 2011 (Academic Module)

IELTS exams in Italy and Sri Lanka were the same, according to our friends N and V. Here is what these kind people collectively remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between a receptionist at the hotel and a man booking rooms for a group of college workers.
Questions: filling a form, multiple choice.

Section 2. A student talks to his study adviser about his experience in a volunteers’ organization and about his thesis status.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Section 3. A lecture by a university lecturer about the history of Bergers and Tuareg people (nomads).
Questions: filling in blanks.

Section 4. A lecture by a wild life photographer regarding photographing red squirrels.
Questions: multiple choice, filing a form.

Reading test

Passage 1. Research into dinosaurs.

Passage 2. An article dated 2003 about e-books and e-publishing.

Passage 3. A scientific article about planet formation and interstellar matter.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We had to write a report on a data table of total visits to the cinemas in three countries, namely Australia, Azerbaijan and Japan, between 1995 and 1999.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that individuals are depending a lot on each other and some say individuals are getting more independent of each other. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– What should I call you?
– Are you working or studying?
– What is your major?
– Is it easier for you to relate to the teachers or other students?
– Where are you from?
– Let’s talk about live music.
– On what occasions can people listen to live music in your city or region?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when you have helped someone. Please say

– Who is the person that you have helped?
– What kind of help was it?
– How did you feel when you were helping him/her?


Don’t remember.



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