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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS tests in Sudan and Tunisia – February 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS tests in Sudan and Tunisia were the same, according to the information I’ve received from 2 students (thank you S. and S.!), here is what we know:

Listening test

Section 1: A telephone conversation about the upcoming cultural events in the city.
Section 2: A conversation about rockets manufacturing.
Sections 3, 4: Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1: A text about happiness and psychology.
Passage 2: A text about research related to space and aliens.
Passage 3: Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)
We had a process diagram showing the life cycle of salmon fish, from eggs to adult salmon and the size of the fish in each of three stages.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays commercial advertising is targeting children and not parents. Why did the advertising change? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– What shall I call you?
– What do you think about your first day at work?
– Do you like cooking?
– Do you think you will cook more in the future? Why?
– Where do you usually like to travel?
– Do you think traveling is important?
– Have you ever been on a long trip?

Cue card
Talk about a family (not yours) where you were living for a short period, you should say:
– How did you know the members of that family?
– What were their interests?
– Why do you like them?

– What things are recycled in your home country?
– What is the most powerful kind of advertisement? Is it on TV or in newspapers?

IELTS test in Thailand – February 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS exam in Thailand was shared by L. (thank you!), and here is what we know:

Listening test

Section 1: A phone call from a woman asking for information about adventure courses: camping, rock-climbing, the equipment required , and the price.

Section 2: A man was talking about saving plants, reasons to save them, threats to plants and actions taken by other organizations.

Section 3: A discussion between a student who had broken his hand (or finger, I’m not sure) and his adviser about how to manage his presentation, essays, case studies, etc. with his broken hand. The student was asking for a course extension.

Section 4: Comparison of interactive learning with traditional learning.

Reading test

Passage 1: Multiple intelligence.
Questions: True/False/Not Given, Filling in the blanks.

Passage 2: About gestures.
Questions: Information matching (choosing heading for paragraphs), True/False/Not Given, one multiple choice question about the purpose of the writer.

Section 3: Marine life.
Questions: Information matching (choosing heading for paragraphs), True/False/Not Given, Filling in the blanks.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)
There was a graph about part-time employment of women and men in New Zealand in 2002.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Some people think that politicians and scientists have the greatest influence on the world, others disagree. Discuss both views and state your own opinion.

Speaking test

– How was your first day at school?
– Do you think the first day at school is important? Why?
– Do you cook? If you don’t, why?
– Do you think you will cook in the future? Why?
– Do you like reading books? Why?
– What kind of books do you read?
– Did you read when you were a child?
– In what way do you think reading is important for children?

Cue card
Describe a well-known person outside your country who you would like to visit.You should say:
– who this person is,
– what you know about him/her,
– how this person became famous,
– why you would like to visit this person.

– In what way can a person become famous?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?
– Do you think famous people have the effect on young people/ on environment / can help reduce the traffic jams?
– How do you think the celebrities should behave?
– Don’t you think that applying high standards to their behavior is unfair, because they are ordinary people?