Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Sri Lanka – May 2009 (Academic Module)

Thanks to our Sri Lankan friends, here are the topics and questions from a recent Academic IELTS exam there:

Listening test

Section 1: a telephone conversation with a delivery company.
Section 2: a student was in an iron village for 6 months, the questions were multiple choice, we needed to select one of 3 answers.
Section 3: about synaesthesia
Section 4: about a scientific student group research

Reading test

Passage 1, 2 – don’t remember
Passage 3: Ben & Jerry’s industry development

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
There was a table of age groups of Internet users in percentages in the UK and the reasons why they use the Internet.

Writing task 2 (essay)
In the present age, it is no longer necessary to use animal-derived products, for example food, clothes or medicine. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test

– What is your name
– Do you work or study
– What do you study
– Why did you chose this course
– Do you like swimming
– Are there places where you can go to swim near your home

Cue card
Describe a newspaper article you recently read, you should say:
– What news paper was it in
– What was it about
– Why you remembered this article

– Do you think that journalists twist the facts to make the story more interesting?
– Why do you think people buy magazines?
– Do you find the information in magazines relevant to your age group?

IELTS exam in Brunei – May 2009 (Academic Module)

This report is about a recent IELTS exam in Brunei – thanks to A for letting us know. Pay attention to the cue card in Speaking – apparently some questions can come as a complete surprise!

Listening test

Section 1: reservation through telephone regarding moving home.
Section 2: a talk about Fire training
Section 3: a discussion about a Horse Shoe crab

The 1st and 2nd were okay for me, but the 3rd was very confusing. The way the presenter spoke was very fast and it sounded like “bla..bla.. bla” to me.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a bar chart of population of six countries in percentages for 2000 and prediction of 2050.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Reading books can develop our imagination better than watching TV, do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test

Cue card

I did the speaking fluently but was a bit shocked at the 2nd stage, where I was asked to talk about

Honestly, in my whole life I never thought about any famous person I’d like to meet. This question made me waste my time just to think of who the person would be. I panicked and lost a chance to write down some points to talk about. I still managed to say something but not as good as I could if the question was a different one.


The follow-up questions were:
– Would you like to be famous?
– What is the most important thing the famous person you mentioned before should do, to make them a good role model?
– What is the difference between actors/actresses nowadays and in the past in you country?
– How and why your parents liked them back then, compared to the actors nowadays?
– When was your last holiday and what did you do?