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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Australia – January 2010 (General Training)

IELTS exam in Australia was kindly shared by T. and L. (thank you!), who collectively remembered the following details:

Listening test

Section 1: An interview in the airport.
Questions: about personal information of the interviewer, such as how often he flies, etc.

Section 2: An introduction about a motor show.
Questions: Compare the show this year and last year and find differences, for example the duration of the motor show, etc.

Section 3: A student was asking for information about a course.
Questions: Whether or not the course was compulsory, was it a seminar or not, etc.

Section 4: The history and development of bicycle.

Reading test

Can only remember the last part, an article about a study of taste prepared by some scientists.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)
Your telephone company made a mistake about sending your bill to a wrong address. Write a letter to the account manager to complain and explain what problems were caused by this and what you would like them to do.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
Many people are moving in to the big cities. Why would you think this occur? Is it a positive trend?

Speaking test

– Where do you live in your country?
– Where is it located?
– What places would you suggest that people come and visit in you country?
– How long has your family been there?
– Is it a good place to grow up?
– Do you like reading? Why?
– Do you like traveling? Why?
– Where do you travel often to?
– Where would you like to travel the most?
– Have you ever been to a long trip?

Cue card
Describe a modern building which you have seen, you should say:
– What building it was,
– Where it was located,
– Why it is interesting.

– Are the buildings these days different to the ones constructed in the past?
– What are the disadvantages and advantages of living in modern building?
– Why people destroy historic buildings?
– Should historic buildings be protected?
– Should civic buildings be built to look good? Why?
– Should a building be built in a nice looking way or rather be more practical? Why?

IELTS Speaking questions from Kazakhstan – January 2010

IELTS Speaking questions from Kazakhstan were shared today by L. (thanks a lot!), who remembered the following:

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– What do you do, do you work or study?
– What training did you have for this job?
– What do you think about advertisement? Do you like it?
– Have you ever bought and used products that you saw in an advertisement?
– Do you prefer advertisements in magazines or on TV?

Cue Card

Describe a sport which you amazed by. You should say:
– what it is,
– where it is popular,
– what is difficult in this sport.


– What do you think about dangerous sports?
– What personality should a person have in order to exercise dangerous sports?
– Do you think that governments should ban such dangerous sports?