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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS test in the UK and Spain – March 2010 (Academic Module)

Complete IELTS tests in the UK and Spain were shared by two kind people (thank you A and M!) who remembered quite a bit – even the pie charts! Enjoy:

Listening test

Section 1. A telephone conversation between a Veterinarian and someone from postal services discussing possibilities of redirecting mail.

Questions: filling the following details in a form – name, reason for changing the address, old and new address, etc.

Section 2. Two students and their professor are talking about a research they are doing about websites.

Questions: Filling in the gaps inside a table. In columns there were five different types of people who make a website: families, businesses, “networkers”, etc. In rows there were “group” (such as families), “characteristics” (such as women), “reason” for using a website.

Reading test

Passage 1. Comparison of human knowledge of ocean and moon. How oceans are explored, use of sound to retrieve details of the ocean floor. Other uses of sound in oceans.

Passage 2. A story about crocodiles, an experiment in Australia that tested how crocodiles are influenced by the drought, and how they have survived the changes in climate and time.

Questions: matching headings to paragraphs, filling in the gaps (a summary of the article).

Passage 3. A story about the invention of telegraph.

Questions: which of the paragraphs contains the following information, in which year happened the following… (a list of years and incidents).

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)
Three pie charts about young Australians secondary school leavers in years 1980, 1990 and 2000. Each pie showed the proportion of school leavers that continued studying, were employed or unemployed. Write a report to a university lecturer describing the pie charts below.
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Pie Charts

Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Many people say that air travel brings harm to the environment from air pollution, which is much higher from airplanes than from cars. Therefore it is necessary to persuade people to use cars more and air travel less. Do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– What would you like me to call you?
– Where do you come from?
– Do you like flowers?
– Do people in your country like flowers?
– When do people use flowers in your country?
– When did you last time give flowers to someone?

Cue Card
Describe an important conversation you had, you should say:
– what it was about,
– whom you had it with,
– why it was important.

– Did you tell someone about the conversation?
– Are you still in contact with this person?

IELTS Speaking questions from the UK – March 2010

IELTS Speaking test was shared by Z from the UK, who sent the following questions:

Speaking test

– Do you live in a house or a flat?
– What do you like the most about your house?
– Describe the area where you live.
– Do you like sports?
– Do you think children should be encouraged to do more sports?

– Do you like flowers? Why?
– On what occasions in your country people give flowers?
– Do many people in your country grow flowers?

Cue card
Describe a journey you want to go on with your friend, please say:
– where you want to travel,
– why you want to travel with your friend,
– how you want to travel.

– Why people choose to travel with friends/family?
– Why is it important to have holidays / to travel?
– Do people in your country travel a lot?
– Do they like long journeys / short journeys? Why?
– What is the difference between a holiday and a business trip?

– What are the reasons people travel?
– Do you think people can learn about a country from the TV and the Internet, rather than by traveling?
– Do you think government should do something to decrease the number of flights / long-distance journeys by plane?
– What do you think about media influencing travel decisions?