Recent IELTS exams

Real students tell about their recent IELTS exams: IELTS questions, topics, tasks, answers.

IELTS exam in the UK – January 2009 (Academic Module)

R.S from the UK has kindly sent me this update after her Academic IELTS exam. Here’s what they had:

Listening test

The tasks were quite easy but I don’t think I answered the questions perfectly. Well, nobody’s perfect anyway 🙂

Reading test

The reading passages were difficult.
Passage 1 was about Tea Discovery
Passage 2 and 3 – I can’t remember the topics but I found them difficult, especially the last 2 parts of the test.

Writing Test

Writing Task 1 (report)
We had a bar graph about the percentage of unemployment in EU between 1996-2002 (all workers, manual and professional workers)

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Manual jobs are being done by sophisticated machines. Does the positive effects outweigh the negative effects?

Speaking test

1. Tell me your full name.
2. Are you a student or you work?
3. What is your work?
4. Do you enjoy your work?

Cue card
Topic:About Photography
1. What, when and who did the photograph?
2. Did you dislike or like the photograph you saw?

Followup questions to part 2:
1. Is photography important to you?
2. Do you agree that it is important to take all photos?(I answered yes, even on sad days)
3. So the examiner asked if I took sad photographs? Do you practice it in your country?

Another Discussion topics:

1. Is birthday important to you? How did you celebrate birthdays?
2. Is birthday more important to kids or to adults?
3. What National Museum do you like? What museums have you visited when you were little?
4. In your country what are the common photos taken by the artist?

IELTS exam in India, Delhi – January 2009 (Academic Module)

This update was brought to me by T.K. from Delhi, India who sat Academic IELTS exam some days ago. Thank you for sharing!

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had to describe a bar graph with figures of unemployed people in European Union in the period between 1990 to 2002 (comparison in 4 years groups, i.e. 1990..1994..1996..2002).

Writing task 2 (essay)
Increasing the number of machine has helped us to reduce the number of people involved in hard physical work, which is a good outcome. Some people disagree with this point of view, discuss.

Speaking test

– What do you do
– Are you satisfied with what you do
– Then there were questions about a museum
– How often do you go to a museum
– What kind of museums do you go to
– What is the importance of museums in our life
– Do you do gardening
– What do you grow in your garden
– Do you grow vegetables of flowers

Cue Card
Describe any new law you know, you should say
– what is it
– what it does
– what is the importance of law in our life
– under what conditions we can break the law

– TV news are more interesting than informative, please comment
– What kind of news do you watch
– What do you like to see in the news in newspaper
– How often you read newspapers and when, on what occasions