IELTS test in the Philippines and India – August 2014 (General Training)

Thanks to the IELTS test takers M and D we know this much about the recent exam, which was the same in the Philippines and in India:

Listening testIELTS test in the Philippines

Section 1. A phone conversation about dance lessons.

Section 2. About cars.

Section 3. A conversation between a student and his professor about the research on obesity.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. A guide book about different museums.
Questions: True/False/Not Given, match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. Online job application form for electricians in Canada.
Questions: sentence completion.

Passage 3. About dream weaving and the future of clothing.
Questions: match headings to paragraphs, summary completion.

Passage 4. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently had a problem in your area. Write a letter to the council and say

– Where do you live?
– What was the problem?
– What action should be taken by the council?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that competition is good for children’s development while others believe it is bad. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is the meaning of your name?
– What do you do for work?
– Which tax do you like? Why?
– What is your favourite food ?
– What food was you favourite as a child?
– Did your mother allow you to eat it?
– When did you cook something for the first time?
– Do you like to take photos?
– Which type of photos do you like?

Cue Card

Talk about a foreign country that you visited or would like to visit. Please say

– What country is it?
– Why did you choose it out of many others?
– Whom did you travel with?


– Why do people travel in your opinion?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of travelling for local people?
– How often do you travel?

IELTS test in India – August 2014 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, V!) remembered the following topics and questions from a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Section 1. A tourist was asked a few questions about his opinion on attractions at a famous beach, as a part of a survey. The questions were about the number of visits he made, reasons for his previous and latest visits, the best and worst attractions, suggestions for improvements, his personal details.

Section 2. A guide was giving instructions to tourists about a pick-up point, number of places to visit, and also about famous monkeys they will be visiting at the zoo.

Section 3. Two students discussed an ancient building as a part of their assignment. A map of the building location was provided, and they were trying to locate particular places on it.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About ancient coins.
Passage 2. About historical features of West Africa.
Passage 3. About literature, in particular science fiction.

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two bar graphs showing the number of hours Australian parents spend with their children during weekdays and weekends. The bar graphs presented the data by different age groups.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

It is believed that everyone should have an ambition to become successful in life. Is it really important to have these ambitions? Is being ambitious good or bad?

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 your work?
– Do you enjoy your job?
– Let’s talk about photography.
– Do you prefer to take photos with your mobile or a camera?
– How did people take photos in the past?
– Why do people take photos during special occasions?
– Would you like to become a professional photographer?
– Do you read blogs before planning your travel?

Cue Card

Describe a special gift that you have given to someone that was brought from your recent travel. Please say

– What was it?
– Where was the gift brought from?
– Whom did you give it to?
– Did he/she like it?


– Let’s talk about gifts.
– Do you like gifts? Why?
– What type of gifts do you like to give to someone?
– What gifts would you like to receive? Why?
– What gifts did you like when you were young?
– What is the importance of preserving souvenirs?



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