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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS test in India – March 2010 (General Training)

IELTS test in India was shared by our caring friend G (thank you!) and here is what we know:

Listening test

Section 1, Part 1. Two people discussed events, their show time, venue and type of event.
Questions: filling in the gaps, Q1 – Q4.

Section 1, Part 2. Names of the authors and what they write about, for example: fiction, crime, etc.
Questions: filling in the gaps, Q5 – Q10.

Section 2. A scientist talked about types of inventions, material used and where the idea came from (Internet, TV programs, etc).
Questions: there were two diagrams but they were not to be looked at, because it was just to confuse. The questions were filling in the gaps, Q10 – Q17.

Section 3. A man was telling about the zoos and his responsibilities in the zoo, why he was interested in animals, etc.
Questions: multiple choice, Q18 – Q28.

Section 4. A seminar about the Physical Education (PE), why it is important,
Questions: Q28 – Q40.

Reading Test

Passage 1. Don’t remember the topic.
Questions: filling in the gaps, Q1 – Q6.

Passage 2. Don’t remember the topic.
Questions: True/False/Not Given, Q7 – Q12.

Passage 3. New government rules about paid leaves.
Questions: filling in the gaps, complete a map, Q13 – Q22.

Passage 4. Life in the Sahara Desert and how ants survive in these extremely hot conditions.
(a) Match a heading (A – H) to a paragraph, Q23 – Q27.
(b) Multiple choice, Q28 – Q34.
(c) Filling in the gaps, Q35-Q40.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are not satisfied with the changing room in the sports center that you visit. Write a letter to the manager, in your letter say:
– what the problem is,
– how you feel about this problem,
– what steps you want the manager to take.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people prefer to spend their free time with people of same age group, while others prefer to spend time with people of all age groups. Discuss, include relevant examples from your experience.

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– What should I call you?
– Do you work or do you study?
– Did you undergo any training to get this job?
– Do you think you need more training and why?
– Do you eat fruit and vegetables?
– Why do you think fruit and vegetables are important?
– Did you eat more fruit and vegetables when you were a child?

Cue card
If you were given a chance to change your job, please say what job would you
– how different it is from your current job,
– why this new job is important to you,
– whether or not you need more skills for this job.

– Why do people change their jobs?
– Who influences children when they choose their career?
– Do children need guidance in choosing their jobs?
– Do you think some parents force their children to choose a career that they think suits their child best?
– How can the children get help with choosing their career?
– Do you know anyone who has made a career change?

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?