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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Canada – November 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Canada was described by S., who remembered the questions in the Writing and Speaking sections. S. even managed to remember the table given in Writing Task 1 – well done S., thank you! Here goes:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)
Describe the following table in a report. The table shows energy used (in millions of tonnes) in 3 countries from 2000-2001 and the increase in usage since 1990 (in percent). Compare wherever relevant.
IELTS writing task 1 table

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Nowadays we see a lot of advertisement. Do the positives of this outweigh the negatives? Explain in your own words.

Speaking Test

– What is your name?
– Where are you from?
– Why are you taking the IELTS exam?
– How long have you been in Canada?

Cue card
Talk about your favorite toy as a child, you should say:
– What was your favorite toy?
– Who gave it to you?
– Why was it so important to you?

– Do you still have that toy?
– Why should children exchange their toys?
– Do children benefit from toys?
– What do you think about electronic toys?

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?