IELTS Speaking test in China and India – April 2013

The speaking questions below were shared by IELTS test takers from China and India (thanks, V and A), who were asked about the same things 🙂

Speaking testIELTS test in China


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Tell me about your job.
– What is the most challenging part of your job?
– Would you recommend it to others?
– Do you think that you are overloaded?
– What do you usually do after work?
– What time do you usually get up? Why?
– What is the ideal time for sleep?
– Is excessive sleep dangerous?
– What transportation do you often use?
– How would you improve the public transportation?
– Who do you think uses the internet the most in your country?
– What is the difference in internet use between different age groups?
– Do you know anyone who doesn’t use the internet?
– What is the life like for those people who don’t use the internet?

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite website for online purchasing. Please say

– What website is it?
– How did learn about it?
– What do you buy there?


– What are the benefits of the internet?
– Should internet use be compulsory for all students? Why?
– Can elderly people benefit from using the internet, as well?

IELTS test in New Zealand – April 2013 (General Training)

An IELTS test taker from New Zealand (thanks T!) remembered the following details about a recent exam there:

Writing testIELTS test in New Zealand

Writing task 1 (a letter)

A friend who is living overseas should visit you soon and would love to stay at your place. Write a letter and explain

– Why cannot he/she stay at your place this time?
– Suggest an alternative arrangement.
– Invite him/her to stay in the future.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that school studies are not useful and most important things are learnt outside the school. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and examples.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is the most used kind of transport in your country? Why?
– What needs to be done to encourage people to use public transport?
– Does your job require concentration and attention to detail?
– How do you concentrate, when you need to?

Cue Card

Describe an event where it was very crowded. Please say

– What event was it?
– Why did you attend it?
– How did you feel at the event?


– What do you think about traveling in groups?
– What are the advantages or disadvantages of such a trip?
– Who do you think travels in groups more: younger or older people?



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