IELTS test in Nigeria and Sri Lanka – June 2014 (General Training)

IELTS test takers from Nigeria and Sri Lanka (thank you, P and S!) shared the following speaking and writing topics (the exam was the same in these two countries).

Writing testIELTS test in Nigeria

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have been selected for a training course on computer skills that you cannot attend. Write a letter to your employer and say:

– Explain how this training course would help you.
– Why won’t you be able attend it?
– Suggest a way to have that training again.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

In some countries young people at the age of eighteen are considered adults and can drive a car, vote and get married, while other countries don’t allow it. What age do you think is the best to be considered an adult? Give reasons and examples from your own knowledge and experience.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where are you living now?
– Do you like the place?
– Why do you like it so much?
– Do you interact with your neighbours?
– How well do you know them?
– Is your neighbourhood suitable for children?
– Do you like gifts? Why?
– Do you like to give or receive gifts?
– Do you have time for leisure?
– Do you prefer open spaces or gardens?

Cue Card

Describe the school you went to when you were young. Please say

– Where and what school was it?
– Why did you like it?
– Describe a teacher that you liked the most.


– Do you think teachers should have psychological skills?
– Do you think young children would benefit from extra classes? Why?
– What do you prefer, smaller or larger classrooms?

IELTS test in Australia – June 2014 (Academic Module)

Our kind friend A who recently took the IELTS test in Australia shared the following questions:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. A young woman was on the phone to an agency, trying to find work as a nanny. They talked about her tasks, the family and conditions: salary, holidays, insurance and so on.

Section 2. A guide was talking to people on the bus tour before they get off. She was explaining about different shops, markets, their location (street names and corners), opening times and what they sell.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A student was presenting his research about windmills and their effect on the environment, in particular on birds.

Reading test

Passage 1. About forests and the wood industry in New Zealand. Comparison of native wood versus plantations. About the use of timber in the construction industry, wood export and competition from other countries.

Passage 2. About the difficulty of reconstructing faces in three dimensions from mummies and other old head fragments and different techniques that have been used.

Passage 3. On how to keep our brain and memory working when we become older. What seems to work, suggestions of some scientists what methods are actually working and what methods aren’t working.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two maps of the village park, ten years ago and now with some changes. Certain areas were twice or 2.5 times bigger, some were modified and improved. New facilities were added: toilets and a cafe, a bike path, a small pond became a boating area with more parking, less woods and so on.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays people tend to change a few careers during their life. What are the reasons for this, in your opinion? Do you think it is good for the society as a whole?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you study?
– Where do you study it?
– Why did you choose this university?
– Let’s talk about gifts.
– What type of gifts do you like to receive? Why?
– What type of gifts do you like to give? Why?
– What do you think about online shopping for gifts?

Cue Card

Talk about your favourite place that you visit often. Please say

– Where is it?
– Why do you like it?
– Would you live there?


– What do people in your country like in a house?
– What kind of houses do they like the most? Why?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of old houses?
– Which one would you choose: an old or a contemporary style house?



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