Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam – an update from Vietnam

As you may have noticed, there is a new category in IELTS-Blog – Recent IELTS exams. You can find there everything my students are sharing about their IELTS exams : topics, tasks, stories.

This post is also about a recent IELTS – our friend D. P. Hieu from Vietnam sent an update from an Academic IELTS test he took on 29/7/06.

Listening :

Part 1: Complete a Table about the Recycling process.
Part 2: About Orientation Day.
Part 3: Foods for children.
Part 4: A lecture about a successful company run by a woman in India.

Reading :

Very, very hard.
Part 1 & 3: too complex to describe.
Part 2: About fishing in Alaska (US).

Writing :

Part 1: We were given a normal bar chart showing (and comparing) the number of employed workers in 7 sectors (trading, tourism, manufacturing, etc) in New Zealand in percentages between 1990 and 2000.

Part 2: Earlier developments in technology were more significant than the recent ones. Discuss and present your own ideas.


Quite a lot of questions. The test lasted for exactly 22 minutes (too long, isn’t it?). Yes, that’s true. Phew….
Examiner’s name : Peter Braigtain (or something that sounds like that).

Interview questions

  • Greeting. Please show me your ID.
  • Are you a student or do you work?
  • Where are you studying?
  • Do you like it? In what way?
  • Have you many friends? How about close friends?
  • How can you use time with your friends?
  • According to you, what is a good friend?
  • Are you spending time with your family?
  • Let’s talk about eating at home versus eating out
  • Advantages of cooking at home.
  • Please tell me about the person who cooks in your family
  • Cue Card

    Topic: Talk about your dream vehicle.


  • Vehicles’ effect on society in general
  • Are car ads on TV or radio effective?
  • Private vehicle VS Public Transport
  • Let’s talk about the advantages of Public Transport. What do you like best?
  • What are the disadvantages of Public Transport? What do you dislike the most?
  • Should the government play the main role in developing public transport? How can it be improved?
  • More Fresh IELTS Tasks And Topics

    Thanks to my thoughtful students, Kimunn (Cambodia) and Huma (Pakistan), I can share with you more IELTS exam tasks and topics, all from Academic IELTS.

    This is what Huma told us about her IELTS exam:

    Writing Task 1 (a report)

    You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

    The bar chart shows the percentage of internet users and non-users in Australia in 2001 in different age groups. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below..

    Download the bar chart here

    You should write at least 150 words.

    Writing Task 2 (an essay)

    You are advised to spend the maximum of 40 minutes on this task.

    What are the possible effects of living long on an individual and on the whole society?
    Give some examples for and against according to your knowledge.

    You should write at least 250 words.

    Speaking test


    What is your name, student or employee, what is your job? If a guest suddenly comes to your home, what do you do? What you will show to a visitor?

    Cue Card

    Questions about favorite shopping center

  • Where it is?
  • What kind of shops are there?
  • Why do you like it?
  • What influences you mostly to shop there?
  • Discussion

    Related to shopping

  • Online marketing, its advantages and disadvantages
  • Comparison of cheap shopping center and branded shopping center
  • And this is what Kimunn remembered:

    Writing Task 1 – describe the process of making cement and concrete.
    Writing Task 2 – discuss the advantages and disadvantages of private secondary school.
    Speaking section – they asked about what is the meaning of flowers in my country.