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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Nigeria – November 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Lagos, Nigeria was described by O., who remembered the following topics and questions. Many thanks, O.!

Listening test

Section 1: There was a discussion between a man who wanted to rent an apartment and a property agent.

Section 2: This section was a monologue, a man gave a speech about the type of car one can buy, easy to maintain and how to maintain it, type of fuel to use and other related details. It was difficult for me to understand. Section 4 was usually the difficult one, but this time it wasn’t the case. I think it’s because of Australian accent which I am not used to.

Section 3: Two students were conducting a research about their town.

Section 4: Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)
We had a table with four sectors of company namely: Manufacturing, Building, Services and one other, information about numbers of workers (skilled workers, unskilled workers and technical/managerial staff) needed in 2003 and 2004 in percent.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)
People in the city do not get to interact and know their neighbors, thereby losing community life. What causes it and measures that could be taken to solve it.

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– What shall I call you?
– Talk about the apartment or flat that you live in.
– What part of the house do youi like most?
– How will you make you home better?
– Who does most of the cooking in the house?
– Do you prefer home cooked food to eating out?
– Do you go out a lot with friends?
– Where do you go with your friends and what do you do?

Cue Card
Describe a song / music you heard when you were little, you should say
– Who sang the song / played the music.
– What was the type of music.
– What was it all about.

– Do you like music?
– Is it good to have music on the background in a shopping mall?
– Do people in your country prefer their traditional music to foreign music?
– Do music contribute to noise pollution?

IELTS exam in Ireland – November 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Ireland was shared by our kind friend G., whose excellent memory is the reason we learned about the following questions:

Listening test

Section 1: A student was asking about the college accommodation details (there was a conversation between two people).

Section 2: A guide was giving brief introduction and instructions to an interviewer about a walking program from Tavy point.

Section 3: Two college students were discussing how to change a course.

Section 4: A radio show host was talking about a park and wild life conservation in Australia.

Reading test

Passage 1: About the life of seaweed – types, location, usage and how climate change affects it.

Questions: Matching headings to paragraphs, multiple choice questions.

Passage 2: About ants and their behavior. How they teach their youngsters to collect food, about research done this area and its controversy.

Questions: True / False / Not Given questions, choose four animal behaviors mentioned in the passage, matching information to the names of scientists.

Passage 3: It was about one of the famous sailors and his personality, stories and dramas written about him, etc.

Questions: Multiple choice questions, summary filling, matching information to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)
We had to describe a line graph that compared types of new houses construction in a particular part of the UK from 2000 to 2010.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some parents say that the increasing number of advertisements influences children to buy food, toys and other goods. However advertisers claim that they pass useful information. Discuss both points and express your opinion.

Speaking test

– Introduce yourself.
– Where do you live?
– Talk about transportation in your place.
– Do you think advertisements influence people?
– What did you buy under the influence of advertisement?
– Do you think top sports personalities can earn a great deal of money as compared to people in other important professions? Why?

Cue card
Talk about the following topics:
– What sports you enjoy playing,
– Why you think it is popular,
– Why it is easy to play.

– Why do you think sports and games are important?
– What is its impact on children?
– Do you think a talent or special training is more important? Why / Why not?