Our friend O. remembered the following IELTS Speaking questions from a recent test in Nigeria:
Part 1 (Interview)
– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Where do you live now?
– Do you like it there?
– Would you like to live there in the future?
– What languages do you speak?
– Would you like to learn any other language?
– Why do you like it?
Part 2 (Cue Card)
Talk about a toy that you were playing with as a child. Please say
– What was it?
– Where did you get it from?
– Why did you like the toy?
– Who did you play with?
Part 3 (Discussion)
– Do you think toys that you played with in your childhood are different from modern ones?
– Why do you think it is?
– Do you think parents let their children play with toys for too long instead of engaging them in other activities?
– What is your opinion about commercial advertisements aimed at children?
– How do you think children can easily learn English?
– Do you think it is easier to do now compared to the past?
When E took the IELTS exam in Russia, the following questions appeared in the test paper:
Section 1. Children sport camp application form.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).
Section 2. An art gallery description.
Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 2 words), multiple choice.
Section 3. Dialogue between a student and a teacher, including feedback for a previous session and then a discussion about choice of profession.
Section 4. Lecture about genetic disorders.
Passage 1. About development of video games.
Passage 2. About the difference between arts and engineering.
Passage 3. Lecture about Darwin’s theory and work.
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a line graph showing different sources of air pollution such as industry, households and transport.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays many students live with their families while others go to another city to study at a university. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of both scenarios. Include relevant examples in your answer.