IELTS Speaking test in Milan, Italy – March 2013

These Speaking questions were shared by N, who took the IELTS test in Milan, Italy.

Speaking testIELTS test in Italy


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– Do you like it there?
– What will your dream house look like?
– How many hours a day do you write?
– Do you like writing? Why?
– What are the subjects/topics you were asked to write about in school/university?

Cue Card

Talk about your best friend. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– How did you meet?
– What did you do together?
– Why did you become so close to each other?


– Would you remember a person that you only met once?
– Is it important to have a close friend? Why?
– Why do you think some friendships last for a long time?
– Is the relationship between workmates or colleagues the same as friendship?
– Is it more difficult to find a good friend or a partner for marriage?
– Do you think that modern technology has helped people to form friendships?

IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan – March 2013 (Academic Module)

IELTS test takers from Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan (thanks!) shared this exam update:

Listening testIELTS test in Uzbekistan

Section 1. A talk between two parents about children’s activities
Questions: filling in blanks.

Section 2. Don’t remember.

Section 3. A talk between a student and a tutor.
Questions: diagram labeling.

Section 4. A lecture given by a professor about the ship-making process.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Reading test

Passage 1. About the Nobel Prize.
Questions: filling in blanks, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. About animal research.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table showing the percentage of unemployment in some countries between years 1999 and 2009.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

These days many countries are facing different problems, so it is better that each country concentrates on solving its own problems, instead of cooperating with other countries. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What part of your job is the most challenging for you?
– Do you recommend this job to others? Why?
– Do you enjoy taking photographs?
– Is there any family photo that you like in particular? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about someone that you know, who made a wrong decision. Please say

– Who is this person?
– What was the decision?
– Why did he/she make this decision?
– Did you advise him/her before they made this decision?


– Do you think that you always make the right decisions in your life?
– How do you usually make your decisions?
– Do you think it is better to consult with others before making any decisions?
– Do you believe that emotions play a role in making a decision?
– Do you think that young people today ask their parent’s opinion before making a decision? Why?
– How do you think the government can make good decisions?
– Do you think that cooperation between countries helps governments to make the right decisions?



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