IELTS Speaking test in Indonesia – September 2012

Our friend A from Indonesia shared the Speaking questions he was asked in a recent IELTS test:

Speaking testIELTS test in Indonesia


– What is your full name?
– What do you do?
– Do you work or study?
– Let’s talk about birthdays.
– How do people in your country celebrate birthdays?
– What is your most memorable birthday?

Cue Card

Describe an interesting old person that you have met recently. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– Why is he/she interesting?
– How did you meet him/her?


– In your country what age is considered old?
– Do you think old people contribute to the community?
– What kind of contribution could they make to the community?

IELTS test in Nagoya, Japan – September 2012 (Academic Module)

The following update was shared by N who took the IELTS test in Japan:

Listening testIELTS test in Japan

Section 1. A new settler calls a local theater group to ask for details before joining.
Section 2. A discussion about assignments and how they are progressing.
Section 3. A lecture about insects, whether they are harmful or not.
Section 4. A lecture about pesticides and their advantages and disadvantages.

Reading test

Passage 1. The history of refrigerator and different techniques used for refrigeration.
Passage 2. Don’t remember.
Passage 3. A study about yawning.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We had two pie charts that compared reasons why students chose a particular UK university in 1990 and 2010.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

In many countries, young people become richer, healthier and live longer, but they are less happy. What is the reason and what can be done about it?

Speaking test


– Where are you from?
– Do you like the place?
– Do you like taking photos?
– Do you like to travel?

Cue Card

Describe a garden that you have visited and would like to return to. Please say

– Where is it?
– What do people do there?
– Why do you want to go there again?


– Do you like parks and gardens?
– Should the government help to develop and maintain parks?
– What do people do in parks in your country?
– What are your favorite sports?



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