Recent IELTS exams

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

Update from a General IELTS exam, Australia

Reading test

Passage 1. About different courses and where one can take them.
Passage 2. About frogs in Australia.
Passages 3-4. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to your friend whose son will go on holidays to your country. In your letter
– Invite the son to stay with you
– Give some advice about things to do

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people prefer to be self employed rather than work for a company. Discuss, what is your opinion?

Speaking test

Interview

General questions about name, etc.

Cue Card

Don’t remember.

Discussion

– What is your opinion about reality shows?
– How are TV shows different in Australia and other countries?

Many thanks to Natalia for this report!

Update from an Academic IELTS exam, London

Listening test

Section 1. An easy part about museums.
Section 2. Work application form.
Section 3. Something about human resources/economics.
Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

This test was very complicated even compared to Cambridge test samples.
Passage 1. About transport.
Passage 2. Tissue reconstruction surgery.
Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

We had a very easy table (not even a line graph) describing money donations for the reconstruction of old buildings.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that private medicine is better for your health. Others say that healthcare should be free of charge and government-funded. Discuss, what is your opinion?

Speaking

Interview

General questions about my name, etc.

Cue Card

A card about the place/town I recently visited. Would I like to come back there? When? Why?
I was speaking to some other people about their cards, the topics were: a national costume, shopping habits, learning a foreign language(not English).

Discussion

– Do you think it’s better to live in the county or in a town?
– What difference is there between people from cities and those who live in the country?
– How are their characters different?
– What makes a small town become a megalopolis?

This report came from Natalie – many thanks!