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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS Speaking questions from India and China – February 2010

Before we get to the questions, I’d like to thank two IELTS teachers for their generosity, P. from China and R. from India. These caring educators shared the questions that their students remembered, for the sake of all the IELTS test-takers out there.

I think this is a very good development for everybody, because clearly IELTS teachers have access to many students and they are in an excellent position to contribute to IELTS-Blog. I would be very happy if more teachers who use IELTS-Blog to prepare their students for the exam were sharing with me the IELTS topics they got from their students.

Speaking test (India)


– What is you full name?
– How can I call you?
– Tell me about your education.
– Why do you like to study?
– Which country would you like to go for further study? (The student answered “Australia”).
– Why Australia?

Cue Card 1

Talk about a place where you last spent a weekend, you should say:
– What is that place?
– Whom did you visit there with?
– What did you like about it?

Cue Card 2

Talk about a wild animal you would like to find, you should say:
– What is the animal?
– Where would you find it?
– Why that particular animal?


– What is the effect of humans on animals?
– Is animal conservation important?
– How can we contribute as citizens to the conservation of animals?

Speaking test China


– Which city have you visited or lived in?
– When?
– Why did you visit?
– Which time is the most suitable to visit this place?
– Explain how you feel about this city.

IELTS exam in Australia – February 2010 (General Training)

IELTS test in Australia was shared by A. and K.(thank you!), who remembered the following details:

Listening test

Section 1: A talk about a day trip, e.g rock climbing, picnic, the equipment required , and the price.
Section 2: School course availability.
Section 3: An injured student asks for a course extension.
Section 4: Different study methods, interactive study compared to traditional study.

Reading test

Passage 1: Selecting from the different organizations, which ones could meet a certain criteria.
Passage 2: Cherry picking jobs, introducing the criteria, payment, accommodation and transportation, etc.
Passage 3: Don’t remember.
Passage 4: Introducing different types of ants; small, medium, large, soldiers and the queen ant, their functions.
Questions: Filling in the blanks, matching certain characteristics to the types of ants.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are a football player, but you have to leave the team for a while, write a letter to your team-mate and say:
– why you have to leave,
– how much you love the football team,
– when you are coming back.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
There is a general increase in anti-social behavior and lack of respect to others. What are the causes? What can be done to address this problem?

Speaking test

The typical questions.

Cue card
Describe something that you have made by yourself. You should say:
– Why you have made it,
– When you have made it,
– What you needed in order to make it.

– What kind of things do people like making by themselves?
– What kind of skills do people need to make things?
– What is the difference between handmade products and factory made products?