IELTS test in the UK – July 2011 (Academic Module)

Below are the writing and speaking topics that our friend C remembered from his IELTS exam in London, UK.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart comparing children of three different age groups (1-3 years old, 4-9 years old and 9-13 years old) by their bed time activities. The activities given were reading, watching TV, brushing teeth, and eating.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Lectures were the traditional way to teach large numbers of students in the past. Now new technology is being used to teach students. Is this a positive or a negative development?



– What do you do, studying or working?
– Do you like your present job?
– Would you like to continue in the present job?

Cue card

Describe one of your days off, please say

– Where would you go?
– With whom would you spend the day?
– What activities would you do?
– Please explain why you like a day off.


– Do you think people need a day off?
– Do you like to spend a day off with friends or family?
– Who is more important in life, friends or family?
– Do you prefer just one long holiday or many days off?
– Do you think money is important in life?
– Which is more important in your life, money or the relationship with family / friends?
– Do you think nowadays people are working more hours than before?
– What should be more important for people: earning money or building relationships within their family?
– Do men and women have different ways of spending leisure time?

IELTS test in Malaysia – July 2011 (Academic Module)

The IELTS update below was shared by B from Malaysia. He remembered almost every section (except for the Listening).

Listening test

Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. Eco-tourism.

Passage 2. About recycling.

Passage 3. A text on heritage.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We had pie charts comparing the amount of hours spent by male versus female workers, and employees versus self-employed in the UK in 2007.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays, many countries have advanced science and new technologies. There are also many artists, such as painters and writers. In your opinion, what things can art tell us about life that science can not? Give reasons and examples.

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Do you work or study?
– What part of your job is exciting?
– Which is more important – your job or the people you work with?

Cue Card

Describe an adventurous person that you know or read about. Please say

– Who is this person?
– Why do you find him/her an adventurer?
– What can you learn from him/her?


– What do you consider adventurous/challenging?



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