IELTS Speaking test in India – January 2014

An IELTS test taker N from India shared the questions asked in a recent exam:

Speaking testIELTS test in India


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Do you work or study?
– Where are you from?
– Tell me about your home town.
– What do you like about your home town?
– When you were a child what activities did you enjoy more?
– What did you like to do the most?
– What type of games have you played?
– Did you play more indoor or outdoor games?
– Were there any changes in children’s games?
– Do you think there is a difference between a child growing alone or with other kids?
– Do you like plants in your home? Why?
– How important are the plants to you?

Cue Card

Talk about something that you cannot live without on a daily basis (except mobile phone or computer). Please say

– How did it become so important?
– When did you buy it?
– Why do you like it?


– Do your friends feel the same about it?
– Do you like giving it to someone?
– Nowadays young people pay more attention to new technology launches, is it true?
– How do you feel about it, is it important to you?
– Why are young people giving so much importance to the latest mobiles and computers’ releases?
– Why do children keep things or toys with them?
– Why do they give such importance to them?

IELTS test in Michigan, USA – January 2014 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Michigan, USA (thanks, P!) shared the following questions from a recent exam (P didn’t remember the Listening or the Reading).

Writing testIELTS test in the USA

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two diagrams showing stones used as a cutting tools in different periods. The first diagram showed cutting tool of early ages (1.4 million years ago). The second showed cutting tools of a later age (80000 years ago). Front, side and back view of the tools were given. We had to summarise the information by selecting and reporting main features and making comparison between the tools.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Public health is a major issue nowadays. Some people say the government should make laws to restrict fast foods and to change nutrition habits of people for healthier ones. Others argue that this is a totally personal issue and everyone should take care of it on their own. Do you agree or disagree?

Speaking Test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– What do or don’t you like about the place you live in?
– Do you like flowers?
– How are flowers used in your country?

Cue Card

Talk about a garden you have visited recently. Please say

– Where is it located?
– When did you visit this garden?
– What did you do there?
– What was the most interesting thing about this garden?


– Do you think people should have their own gardens at home?
– What are the benefits in your view?
– Some people grow vegetables by themselves, why do they do it?
– Do people grow vegetables at home in your country?
– Do you think gardening habits have changed compared to the past?
– Why don’t people grow their own vegetable in cities?



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