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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS in Sydney, Australia – September 2009 (General Training)

IELTS test in Sydney, Australia was shared by P., whose great memory and kind heart made it possible for us to enjoy the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1: A person wanted to send a courier from USA to UK.
Questions: Filling in the banks on a form, 2 short-answer questions about prices, etc.

Tip:Task 2 was comparatively fast for General Training, so don’t assume that only the last section will be a fast one.

Section 2: A map of a library.
Questions: A few multiple choice questions.

Section 3: Students’ discussion about planning their project.
Questions: Filling in the gaps.

Section 4: Exhibitions of a historical map in different countries.
Questions: Filling in the gaps in a table.

Reading test

Passage 1: A history of an author who was a famous writer of California.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2: Information about a recruitment agency.
Questions: Filling in the blanks in a table.

Passage 3: Information by company providing car parking services.
Questions: Filling in the gaps.

Task 4: History of maps’ evolution in different countries.
Questions: Matching sentences to paragraphs and True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
You received a letter from your friend informing you that his elderly parents are coming to visit in your area and he is asking for your advice on
– which places they should visit,
– where should they live,
– invite them to do something with you.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
People were not using computers in the past. Do you believe that positive impacts of computers outweigh negative impacts on our daily life? Explain this with your ideas and relevant examples.

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– May I check your identity please?
– Where are you coming from?
– Describe the home where you live.
– What activities do you do with your friends when you go out?
– Do you have sports facilities in your apartment?

Cue card
Talk about a change you want to make in your life:
– what the change is
– how you will do it
– how will the change be beneficial to you.

– Will the change will give you long term benefits?
– What kind of changes adults make in their life nowadays?
– What do you think about people who do not like changes in their lives?
– What are the human aspects that can never be changed?

IELTS in Iran – September 2009 (General Training)

IELTS test in Iran was shared by N., who remembered the questions in the Writing and Speaking tests. Thank you N., and here are the questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (letter)
Your close friend has a new born baby. Write a letter for her/him and say:
– congratulations,
– tell about your gift & explain why you have chosen it,
– suggest a time for your visit.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Advantages and disadvantages of living in apartment blocks. Explain and support your opinion.

Speaking test

– Tell me your full name.
– Where are you living at the moment?
– Why you choose this town?
– Which city is your favorite for living in future? Why?
– Do you like shopping? When were you shopping last time?
– Do you like go shopping alone or with somebody else?
– What was the last things that you bought for yourself?

Cue card
Explain about the last job that you did very quickly.
– what was it?
– who told you to do it?
– how difficult was it?
– explain what was the result.

– When you became familiar with a computer for the first time?
– Do you think computer helps to do work quickly today?
– For which subjects you search the internet?
– What do you think about time management?
– Do you think people have to do it?
– Do you think parents should be concerned with time management for their children?
– Do you know any strategy or technique for time management? Can you explain it?