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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS Speaking questions from Malaysia – March 2010

IELTS Speaking questions from Malaysia were shared by I. (thank you!), who remembered the following:

Speaking test


– What is your name? What should I call you?
– Do you work or study?
– What type of work do you do?
– What are your responsibilities at work?
– Do you eat fruits and vegetables?
– What kind of fruits do you eat?
– How often do you eat?
– Do you buy fruits yourself?
– Does your house have any machines?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of using machines at home?

Cue card

Talk about one of the machines/devices that you would like to buy, you should say:
– what it is ,
– why you would like to buy it,
– what its features are.


– Did you learn painting at school?
– Do you think schools should have a painting course? Why?
– Many university students nowadays are studying technology, what do you think about this?

IELTS test in Australia – March 2010 (General Training)

IELTS test in Australia was shared by K (thanks a lot!) and here is what we know:

Reading test

Passage 1. University/hostel regulations such as curfew after 8:30 pm, whether swimming is free for guests, etc.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. Guided tour from the university to the city, boating, cycling, wearing protective clothing.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3. Rott Island bridge building technique (involving bridge parts, community help, labor, aggregates and sand).

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to a friend that you can’t collect from the airport, as you have promised, because of some reason. In your letter
– explain why you can’t come,
– guide them regarding other options to get to your home,
– describe the plans/visits you made to show them around when your friend arrives.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Money is an important factor in achieving happiness, however some people say that feeling contented has nothing to do with money. Do you agree or disagree? Give your personal opinion explaining advantages/disadvantages.

Speaking test

The topics I remember were:
– Fashion and clothing.
– Should we follow fashion?
– Does it make a person feel happy?
– How does it affect everyone?