Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Canada – May 2009 (Academic Module)

Today we’ve got D from Canada telling about his recent IELTS exam. Here’s what he remembers:

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (report)
Two graphs were given to compare the performance of trains in October and November 2008. The categories were “delayed trains” and and “train cancellations”.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Some people say that teaching foreign language to children in primary school is good and that advantages of teaching foreign language early outweigh the disadvantages. What is your opinion?

Speaking test


We started by discussing my work.
– Do you find any difficulty in doing that work?
– Through which medium do you get the news?
– What is the importance of reading newspapers?
– How often do visitors visit your county?

Cue card
What famous person you would like to meet?
– Who is this person?
– Where did you hear about that person?
– Why is he/she that famous?
– Explain why you want to meet that person.

– Why do you think people want to be famous?
– Do famous person have privacy? How much of it?
– What do you think, are famous persons role models?
– What are the disadvantages of them not being role models?
– People say that adults are responsible for being role models for the young. What do you think?

IELTS exam in Australia – May 2009 (General Training)

This report came from R who took IELTS in Australia. Thanks, R!

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)

Write a letter to a manager in regards to an advertisement you saw about volunteering to helping old people. In your letter explain
– why you think you can do this job
– what kind of experience you have
– what is the time you can give to this job

Writing Task 2 (essay)

Some people say that the amount of international travel is likely to reduce in the future. Will it have a positive or a negative impact, what is your opinion?
Include some ideas from your personal experience.

Speaking test

– Do you work or study?
– Where do you work?
– Why did you choose that occupation?

Cue card
Speak about a piece of music you learned in your childhood and still remember.
– What kind of music was it?
– Where did you hear it?
– Why was it important?

– What kind of music do young generation prefer in your country?
– Is music played in every party in your country?
– What kind of music do older people prefer in your country?