IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka – March 2011

Our friend N has shared the questions she was asked in her IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka:

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– What shall I call you?
– Do you work or study?
– What is the most interesting thing about your job and why?

– Do you like flowers and why?
– Do any flowers mean something special in your community?
– What are the occasions on which flowers are given as presents?
– Do people in your community tackle housework by themselves or not?
– What part of housework do you enjoy most?
– Is it necessary for children to participate in household chores?

Cue Card

Talk about the aspects of your life that you would consider changing to improve your health. Please say

– What are they?
– How would you change them?
– Do you think you could change them?


– What are the most common exercises in your area?
– Do adults and younger people engage in different workouts?
– What type of exercise do you think is better? Outdoor or indoor?

– Are eating habits now the same as they were in the past?
– Are they healthier now than then or not?
– We discussed the aspects that you would like to change in your lifestyle, do you think you will be able to succeed in doing that?

IELTS test in the USA – March 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam in the USA was shared by our kind friend R. Here is what he remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A man was seeking a nursery school for his child.
Section 2. About Australian soil.
Section 3. Don’t remember.
Section 4. A lecture on where to plant different flowers in the garden.

Reading test

Passage 1. Different types of tours, with their cost and length.
Passage 2. About a job preparation club, where they talk about how to do well in an interview.
Passage 3. Don’t remember.
Passage 4. The invention of airplane, from the first man who ever tried to fly to where we are today.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to a friend in an English speaking country, telling them about your relative who is coming to their country. In your letter

– describe your relative,
– ask them to meet your relative,
– tell your friend why you want them to meet your relative.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Student are working for short periods of time in organizations for free, as a part of their education. Is it a disadvantage or an advantage? Provide examples to support your opinion.

Speaking test

– Talk about yourself.
– Do you like science?
– Do you like to spend time outdoors, and why?
– Do you know any adventurous person?
– Why do you think they do the things they do?
– What are some of the the activities that they do?
– Do you think children should be allowed to make their own decisions?
– Do you think children should develop leadership qualities, and what are some of the ways they can do this?
– Do you think children now have more freedom than back in the day? Explain.



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