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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS test in the USA – April 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in the USA was shared by M (thanks a lot!) and here are the topics and questions she remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A person wants to find a job at the university; some information should be filled, name, address, telephone,and previous occupations.
Section 2. About a factory that manufactures cars and its past and present locations.
Section 3. Somebody talking about learning Japanese.
Section 4. The effect of computer games on learning; comparing different theories.

Reading test

Passage 1. A text about Boobies (a kind of bird).
Passage 2. About Charles Babbage.
Passage 3. About the cinema industry.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)
We had a chart with percentage of land covered with forest in seven different countries, the task was to write a report comparing them.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)
News is playing a vital role in our life today and people are getting much influenced by the news now. Is this a positive/negative development?

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Are you a student?
– Where do you study?
– Why have you chosen this university?
– Can you remember your first day at your university? How was it?
– Do you think it was a good day?
– Do you think it is important for a first day at a university to be a good day?
– What type of sound do you like most?
– What type of sound reminds you of your childhood?

Cue Card

Talks about a famous person from abroad whom you want to meet, please say:
– What is his/her name?
– Why/how is he/she famous?
– Why do you want to meet this person?


– Do you think famous persons can influence general public? How?
– Do you think there can be any negative influence?
– Do you think a country needs internationally famous persons to represent the whole nation?

IELTS Speaking questions from Melbourne, Australia – April 2010

IELTS test in Melbourne, Australia was the same as in Sydney (the exam was published yesterday), but here is another version of the Speaking test, shared by G (thanks!):

Speaking test


– What type of house do you live in?
– What are the advantages of your unit/house to you?
– Would you recommend this area to someone, and if yes, why?

Cue Card

Describe a journey that you would like to go on with your friend, please say:
– where you would like to go,
– why would you go there?
– whom would you choose to go with and why?
– how would you get there?


– How does traveling helps in one’s life?
– What is the difference between a business travel and travel for business?
– Does traveling offer any kind of help to older people and young children?
– Do you follow fashion, if yes, why?
– Do you like shopping?
– What do you like to buy?
– What kind of fashion people follow in your country? Has it changed a lot?

– What kind of movies do you like to watch?
– What kind of movies did you like to watch when you were a child?
– Is there any difference between watching movies at home and in cinema?
– Do you think you will have more tourism in your country?