IELTS Speaking test in Australia – July 2011

The IELTS exam in Australia, as reported by M, seems to be similar to the ones in Tokyo and Vietnam. Here are the Speaking questions that M remembered:

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Where are you from?
– Do you live in a small town or a big city?
– Do you enjoy living there?
– What are the benefits of living in the city?

Cue Card

Talk about help you have provided to someone. Please say

– Whom have you helped?
– Why did you help?
– How did the person benefit from it?


– Did you ever mention to others helping that person?
– Did you help other people?
– Did you help any visitor in your country?
– Why do you think it is important to help visitors?
– Why do people help each other?
– How can members of a family help each other?

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

The questions below were shared by M and C, whose IELTS exam took place in the UK.

Listening test

Section 1. A discussion about space rental for an exhibition.

Section 2. Presentation of a questionnaire and information regarding it.

Section 3. Information about a volunteering program to help wild animals.

Section 4. Research questionnaire regarding hospitals and how they can be improved.

Reading test

Passage 1. About the history of the Olympic Games and Olympic torch tradition.
Questions: What type of torch was used in the previous Olympic Games? What is the difference? There was also a number of ‘filling in blanks’ questions.

Passage 2. About deep sea micro world including minerals and bacteria. How mining affects their existence. Pros and cons of mining in these areas and what is the researchers’ opinion regarding the matter.

Passage 3. A linguistic research – trying to find better ways for teaching reading, using psychological aspects of the human mind.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph with 3 children’s age groups: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 years old. And 4 columns with percentages of time spent: taking a bath, reading, eating and watching TV. The task was to compare how much time children of different age spend before bed time.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

In the past lecturers could teach a certain number of students in one lecture hall. With the development of new technology it’s hard to justify the reason to participate the lecture physically and not via the internet. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What is your personal opinion?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– What kind of music do you like?
– Have you ever been at a concert?
– Who was the star in this concert?
– Did you like him/her? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a child that you know. Please say

– What does he/she look like?
– What are your feelings for him/her?
– Who is he/she?


– Should children play console or computer games?
– What are advantages and disadvantages of it? Why?



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