IELTS test in Germany – July 2012 (General Training)

Our kind friend S sent the following update after a recent exam in Germany. S didn’t remember the Listening or Reading topics, but had a good recollection of Writing and Speaking. Enjoy!

Writing testIELTS test in Germany

Writing task 1 (a letter)

A reporter complained about a new TV program that you like. Write a letter to the newspaper editor.

– Describe your point of view.
– Say what you like about the show and why.
– Ask the newspaper to take some action.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Today more and more young children have mobile phones. Critics say that this is a negative development. Do you agree or disagree? What is your own opinion?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Do you work or study?
– How would you describe your job?
– What are you doing there?
– Why do you take the IELTS test?
– What colors do you like?
– What is your favorite color? Why?
– What color would you never use to paint your room? Why?
– Do you and your friends like the same colors?
– Can you remember your elementary school?
– Did you like it?
– Why did you like it?
– Do you still have friends from that time?
– What was your favorite subject?

Cue Card

Describe an old person that you recently met. Please say

– What was special about him/her?
– Do you like him/her? Why?


– When is someone called old in the society?
– Do you think there is a lack of respect in today’s society towards older people?
– Do you think it’s a good or bad thing to grow old?
– What do you think is the role of older people in the future?

IELTS test in London, UK – July 2012 (Academic Module)

The Writing and Speaking questions below were shared by S who recently took an IELTS exam in London.

Writing testIELTS test in the UK

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph describing the percentages of people in four different age groups who went to a cinema in one of the European countries between 2000 and 2011.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

In order to improve safety on our roads more severe punishment should be established for driving offenses. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test


– Tell your full name.
– What do you do?
– What do you like about your job?
– What kind of meal do you like?
– Which meal is more important to you: breakfast, lunch or dinner? Why?
– Do you prefer to eat once a day or three times a day? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a situation where you were close to a wild animal. Please say

– When and where was it?
– What animal was it?
– What was the animal doing?
– Why do you remember that day?
– How did you feel about it?


– Tell me about people’s attitude towards animals in your country.
– Why do people keep pets in their homes?
– What is the difference between keeping a fish and a dog?
– What do you think about people who don’t like to keep dogs in their homes?
– What is the role of the zoos in the society?
– Why are they important in educating people?



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