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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Pakistan – January 2010 (General Training)

IELTS exam in Islamabad, Pakistan was described by N., who found the updates from IELTS-Blog helpful and wanted to give back. We thank N. for his contribution, and here is what he remembered:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have just arrived in an English speaking country to study a course. Before you left, your English teacher invited you to a dinner. Write a letter to him describing your present situation. In your letter include the following:
– Thank him for the dinner.
– Tell about your studies.
– Say how his advice helped you.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that teenager years are the happiest years in a person’s life. Others believe adult life is much more happier despite of the family responsibilities. Discuss both, what is your opinion?

Speaking test

– What’s your name?
– How shall I call you?
– Where are you from?
– Can you tell me something about the place you came from?
– Tell me about sounds which you like and don’t like.
– How did you learn English?
– Tell me about a sound that reminds you of your childhood.

Cue card
Tell me about about a recent TV program that you didn’t like, you should say:
– what program it was,
– when you saw it,
– what it was about,
– why you didn’t like it.

Generally, the topics we talked about were about TV programs.
– Do you think that nowadays quality of TV programs has dropped?
– Do you think nowadays TV artists are getting a fair pay?
– What type of TV program do you like?

IELTS Speaking questions from Saudi Arabia – January 2010

IELTS Speaking questions from Saudi Arabia were shared by our kind friend R. He says that the rest of the exam was exactly like IELTS in India.

Speaking test


– Do you work or do you study?
– Do you like your work?
– What training did you have for this job?
– What other job do you think would you enjoy, apart from your present job?

Cue card

Talk about your favorite book from the childhood that you enjoyed, please say
– What is the title of this book?
– Who gave you this book?
– What was it about?


The questions in the discussion were focused on climate, fashion, shopping and books for children.
– What is the climate in your country?
– What kind of climate do you like? Why?

– What kind of clothes and fashion do you like?
– What changes have happened in the style of fashion in your country over the years?
– Do you like shopping?
– What benefits reading can give to children?
– What age do you think is the best for introducing reading to children? Why?
– What ways are there to motivate children to read books?