IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka – July 2011

Following the exam topics from yesterday, here are the speaking questions as remembered by A from Sri Lanka.

Speaking test


– Do you work or study?
– Let’s talk about your work. What kind of work is it?
– Do you enjoy your job?

– How were your science classes at school, did you like them?
– Is there anything you didn’t like about science?
– Why is science important in everyday life?
– What kind of musical concerts are popular in your area?
– Do you think that musical concerts are the better option to enjoy music?
– What other options are there?
– Do you go to the musical concerts? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a house or an apartment you would like to live in.

– describe that house or apartment,
– say why you like it, and
– explain where it should be located.


– Would you like more to live in a large city or in a rural area?
– What are the differences between the village and city living?
– Why are villages becoming popular?
– What will be the future trends in lifestyle?
– What can be done by people themselves to minimize pollution?
– Will the governments eventually ban large cities?

IELTS test in Sri Lanka and Pakistan – July 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exams in Sri Lanka and Pakistan seem to be the same, according to our friends who remembered and shared the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between a parent and a music teacher about music lessons.

Section 2. Two students were talking about their presentation on alternative and renewable sources of energy.

Section 3. A lecture of archaeologist about findings in New Zealand.

Section 4. Basic Information for the new staff about a Museum built inside an old mine.

Reading test

Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You need to read a book that cannot be found in the book shops in your area. Write a letter to a bookshop in another city asking for the book. In your letter

– describe the book,

– explain why you need the book,

– and how you would pay for it.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Today many people tend to move to another country or a different region of same country after their retirement. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such move.



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