Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Philippines – October 2008 (General Training)

Here is what M. had in the recent IELTS exam in Philippines – thanks a lot, M!


The tasks were fill-in the blanks from 1-10, its a little bit easier, then there was a multiple choice task from 11-40 in a discussion about the planning for school enhancement. The speaker often corrected him/herself so better watch out! The speaking speed becomes more intense as it progresses.


There were matching information questions, the rest I can no longer remember but one thing is for sure, the challenge is the TIME and not the reading exam – so manage it carefully.


Writing task 1 (letter)
You are studying in a foreign country and for some reason you have to go back to your country without finishing college/study. Write a letter stating the appreciation to the teacher, reason for leaving, what you like about the course


The examiner asked about the types of weather in the Philippines; is biking/cycling good and is it safe in the city; what is the advantage of summer as compared to rainy season; and other questions related to weather in the country

IELTS exams in India and Thailand – October 2008 (Academic)

Our friends from all over the world keep sharing – a student from India and a student from Thailand sat the IELTS test (an Academic module) and here’s what happened:

IELTS in India (thanks, R!)

Speaking test

– Your full name
– Where do you come from?
– Do you work or are you a student?
– Do you like holidays?
– Tell me about your last holiday
– Do you think there should be more holidays?


Describe your favorite season of the year.


– What kind of weather or climate is there in the summer and the winter season?
– Do you think that in your country there are any jobs affected by a particular season?
– Why do you think in some parts of the world people want the warm season?
– What difficulties do people have to face during the summer and winter seasons?

IELTS in Thailand (thanks, J!)

Listening test

The topics were about taxation and a library.

Reading test

The topics were about ‘why people come to study in Australia’ and censorship.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

We were given line graphs that compared CDs sold in music shops, supermarkets, and through the Internet

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Why many people like to live on their own. What are the social effects of this?

Speaking test

Cue Card

Describe a painting or a sculpture in your own country.