IELTS test in Vietnam – August 2013 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Vietnam (thanks, P!) shared the following topics and questions he remembered after a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in Vietnam

Section 1. A man wanted to join a race and was having a conversation with a representative who works there.

Section 2. A radio advertisement about a healthcare centre.

Section 3. A student was asking for advice on his presentation.

Section 4. About an architectural aspect of school buildings all over the world.

Reading test

Passage 1. About an eco-tourism resort in Australia.

Passage 2. About technology being used in shops and malls to help the owners know more about customer’s ideas, profiles and other patterns.

Passage 3. About online training and companies using computers to train their employees. The passage was about advantages and disadvantages of this new way of training.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two line graphs showing the number of train passengers on a particular route and the percentage of trains arriving on time, along with the target they had between 2000-2009.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Restoration of old buildings in major cities involves enormous government expenditure. Some say this money should be used to build new housing and roads instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Tell me about holidays and festivals in your country.

Cue Card

Talk about a party that you would like to give to your family and friends.


– What festivals are there in your country?
– How do people celebrate them?

IELTS test in Australia – August 2013 (General Training)

An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks C!) shared the topics from a recent exam, below:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. A conversation between a representative and a client regarding concert performances.

Section 2. About bike shops and what each shop offers.

Section 3. A conversation between two students about the university’s satisfaction survey.

Section 4. A talk about the new building that will be built in London.

Reading test

Passage 1. University parking guidelines and procedures.

Passage 2. A list of different art exhibition centres and galleries.

Passage 3. An article about paper origins – who and where has first developed it, who and when started paper mills.

Passage 4. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Invite a friend to join you for your next vacation. Please say

– What are your plans?
– Why do you want to travel with him/her?
– Why do you think he/she will like it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Public places are noisy. What are the causes of this and what do you think should be done about it?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do at work?
– Does your name have a meaning?
– Is your name popular in your country?
– What are the common names in your country?

Cue Card

Talk about your experiences with public transport. Please say

– Where did you use it?
– Why did you take the public transport?
– Describe your experience.


– Do you think people should use public transport more often?
– What should the government do to encourage people to use public transport?
– What environmentally-friendly public transport solutions should the government invest in?
– What should the government do to discourage people from buying private cars?



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