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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS test in Dubai, UAE – April 2010 (General Training)

IELTS exam in Dubai, UAE was remembered and shared by I (thanks a lot!), who described it as follows:

Listening test

Section 1. A phone conversation between a passenger and Train officer about lost items.
Section 2. A teacher was explaining about wild life.
Sections 3 and 4: Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. Mail order form.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. Travel and tourism related.
Questions: locate information in the passage.

Passage 3. Job Interview, hiring and recruiting policy of a company.
Questions: multiple choice.

Passage 4. Noise related text.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs, multiple choice, True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to one of your English-speaking friends, who is coming to visit you. You were supposed to meet him/her at the airport. Due to some reasons you are not able to meet him/her. In your letter explain:
– the reason why you are not able to meet him / her,
– how he/she can get to your house,
– what you have arranged for him/her during his/her stay.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

In some schools or colleges, cooking is taught to both girls and boys. How does it affect people’s habits in their adult life?

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Where is your home town?
– What is good about your home town?
– If someone was to visit your home town, what would he/she like?

Cue Card

Talk about the way you spend your time when you are tired from studies or work. Please say:
– How did you spend your time?
– Who was with you then?
– How did you feel about it?


– Why younger and older people have different ways of spending their time?

IELTS test in Indonesia and Australia – April 2010 (General Training)

IELTS exams in Australia and Indonesia were shared by two students (thank you!), who remembered the following:

Listening test

Section 1. Restaurant Booking Information.
Section 2. Site Plan of Rock Festival.
Section 3. South Africa Eco tour.
Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. BBC TV Program.
Passage 2. Holiday homes.
Passage 3. Professor’s advice to students regarding selecting study materials.
Passage 4. A text about fabrics development and different kind of designers using the fabrics. Different materials used in textile industry, including a set of names of designers who specialized in some special kind of clothing, for the future.(e.g. Liquid metal clothing-Ms. X, Radio clothing-Mr. Y).

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)
You and your family have just rented an apartment and one or two problems occurred. Write a letter to the landlord. Describe the problems and tell him what you want him to do.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays young children are using mobile phones. Some people think it is a positive development, while others think it’s a negative one. Discuss. What is your opinion?

Speaking test

– Tell me about yourself.
– Where are you from?
– What do you do?

Cue Card 1
Talk about something that you purchased and had not used much, please say
– what it was,
– where you bought it,
– why you bought it,
– why you didn’t use it.

Cue Card 2
Describe a school you went to when you were a child.

Discussion 1
– What advantage is there to moving from a large school to a small one?
– What is the difference between a large and a small school?
– What qualifications should a teacher have?
– Why teachers give so many assignments to pupils?