IELTS test in the USA – March 2015 (General Training)

An IELTS test taker from the USA (thanks, S!) remembered the following topics after a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in the USA

Section 1. A lady wanted photos of her son from a newspaper office.

Section 2. A talk about saving energy at home and a company that can help with it.

Section 3. A professor and two students were discussing their field trip.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. An article about H1N1 (swine flu) virus and the vaccine for it.

Passage 2. An article on swimming pools and memberships.

Passage 3. An article on federal work, study and students’ work schedules.

Passage 4. An article on the difference between professional and non-professional tennis.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently joined a sports centre and encountered some issues during your visits. Write a letter to the centre manager about it and say

– What do you like about the centre?
– Mention the problems that you have had there.
– Give your view on how to solve those problems.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays people get married and have children after the age of 30. Is it a positive or negative development? Give your opinion and examples based on your experience.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you have many trees or other vegetation in your city?
– Do you like gardening? Why?
– Did you ever plant a tree?

Cue Card

Talk about a situation when you came across a stranger and helped him/her. Please say

– Describe the situation and what you did.
– When and where did it take place?
– How did you feel after helping that stranger?


– Let’s talk about volunteering jobs.
– Should older children volunteer?
– What happens when you volunteer?
– Do you think speaking one language globally is good?

IELTS test in Canada – March 2015 (Academic Module)

Our friend J took the IELTS test in Canada and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions (unfortunately J couldn’t recall the Listening or Reading topics):

Writing testIELTS test in Canada

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph describing the population aged 60+ around the world and in 6 different regions. We had to compare the data.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

A recent study showed that both developed and developing countries prosper because of the economic growth. People from developing countries are happier than before while people from developed countries are not as happy as they were in the past. Why is this happening? How can this situation be improved? Give your opinion including relevant examples and your own experience.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you have a lot of leisure time?
– What do you do in your free time?
– How often do you do it?

Cue Card

Talk about a book you have read recently. Please say

– What book was it?
– Why did you choose to read it?
– What did you like or dislike about it?


– Would you recommend it to other readers?
– Is it important for adults to read books? Why?
– What is the popular book that most children in your country usually read?
– What changes occurred in adults’ reading habits since the introduction of e-books?



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