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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in New Zealand – November 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in New Zealand was described by PG, whom I’d like to thank on behalf of all readers of IELTS-Blog. Here is what PG remembered:

Listening test

Section 1: About a dinosaur park.
Section 2: About a marine desert students were taking a trip to.
Sections 3, 4: Do not remember, unfortunately.

Reading test

Passage 1: About different measures that were taken by scientists from time to time to check efficiency.
Questions: Diagram labeling.

Passage 2: Different senses of taste.

Passage 3: How active sports was related to our mental faculties, a very descriptive and technical piece.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)
We had a graph about four tourism-related industries and their employment opportunities over a 5 year period

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Why teenage criminals are on the rise world-wide? What are the causes and possible solutions?

Speaking test

– Do you work / are you a student?
– What kind of training did you have to undergo?
– Do you like vegetables?
– Did you like them when you were younger?
– Is fresh produce readily available where you live?
– Did you love reading as a child?
– Do you like reading now?

Cue card
Talk about sports that is popular in your country, you should say
– how did you first learn about this sport?
– is is easy to play this sport?

– Why do some people do dangerous sports?
– Do you find amount of sports shown on TV excessive?
– Should there be a regulation on sports shown on TV?

IELTS in Turkey and Saudi Arabia – November 2009 (General Training)

IELTS exams in Turkey and Saudi Arabia were the same, according to N. and A., who shared the details they remembered. Unfortunately none of them could remember the Reading or the Listening sections, but on the bright side, they did remember the questions in the Writing and Speaking sections. We all thank N. and A. and wish them a great score in their exams, and here are the questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)
You have been invited by your colleague to his farewell party. You are not able to attend the party, write a letter to the friend
– explain the situation,
– say why you are not attending,
– say something about the period you have worked together and his/her work.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some parents say that their children are wasting enough time reading entertainment books. Children should spend their time reading serious educational books. What is your opinion? Give relevant examples.

Speaking test (version 1)

– Are you student or working?
– What did you study?
– Do you watch TV? How many hours?
– Do you think TV is educational?
– Celebration in your country – how do people celebrate?

Cue card
You want to throw a party and invite your relatives. Talk about
– what is the reason for this celebration,
– where it will be held,
– what will you do.

– Do you have parties often? Do you like to give a party?
– Do you like to see your friends at parties?
– Do you invite people to your house for a party?

Speaking test (version 2)

– Where are you from?
– What should I call you?
– Currently where are you living?
– How long have you been living there?
– Which room do you like best? (Why / Why not)?
– What should you do to make your room look its best?
– Do you like outing with friends?
– Do you like going out with 1 or 2 friends or a group of friends? (why /Why Not)?

Cue card
Talk about a change you would like to make in your life, you should say:
– What kind of change it would be?
– When would you like to make it?
– Why?
– What is the main reason for this change?

My examiner asked me some questions regarding changes in life, why do people go to foreign countries and more similar questions.