IELTS test in China – July 2016 (General Training)

Our friend R took the IELTS test in China, and remembered the following details:

Writing testIELTS test in China

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are going to travel soon. Write to your neighbor and ask for help. In your letter say

– Why do you need help?
– What do you need him/her to do, and when?
– What should he/she do if anything happens?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many people spend large amounts of money on celebrating birthdays and weddings. Others think it is unnecessary to spend so much on these events. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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?
– Describe a place you live in now.
– Do you like this place? Why?
– How long do you intend to live there?
– Do you prefer to read newspapers or magazines? Why?
– Talk about the first magazine you bought.
– Do you think reading news in English is helpful to you?
– Do you think newspapers and magazines will still exist in the future?
– Do you wear hats or caps? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a famous company in your home country that you know. Please say

– What company is it?
– How did you come to know about it?
– Why is it so famous?


– Would you like to work in this company? Why?
– Do you agree that a large company provides better services?
– What issues will companies face as they become bigger?
– Are there any advantages to working in such a big company? Why?

IELTS test in Scotland – July 2016 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Scotland (thanks, F!) remembered the following details about a recent exam. F didn’t remember the Listening topics, but had a good recollection of everything else:

Reading testIELTS test in Scotland

Passage 1. About lie detection.

Passage 2. About the clever pill (brain boosting medicine) and its future.
Questions: filling in blanks, short-answer questions (no more than X words), multiple choice.

Passage 3. About the process of making violins.
Questions: match headings to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing the land damage in four parts of the world (Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe) caused by over-grazing, tree destruction and farming.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many people believe that schools should teach students good behavior as well as other subjects. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you originally from?
– Where do you live now?
– Do you like it? Why?
– Is there a public transport available near your home?
– Do you intend to live there for a long time? Why?
– Do you like flowers?
– Do you have any plants in your home?
– What kind of plants are there?
– When was the last time you bought a plant?
– Have you ever had a garden?
– On what occasions do you use flowers in your country?

Cue Card

Talk about an instance when you received some good news. Please say

– What was the news?
– How did you receive the news?
– What did you do after that?


– Let’s talk about news.
– Do you think people have the right to know the true news?
– Do you think public organizations should tell people bad news?
– What is the best way to say it?
– Do you prefer to read or to listen to the news? Why?
– What qualifications should a person have to work in a top position of news corporation?
– Let’s talk about an online business.
– Do you think an online business is a good or a bad thing?
– How helpful is it in your opinion?



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