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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS test in Malaysia – January 2010 (General Training)

IELTS in Malaysia was partially remembered by A. (thank you!), who shared the following questions:

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You have planned to study in Australia. You have sent a letter to a college, but you have not received a reply from the college.
Write a letter to the college principal. In your letter, you should
– give details of the course that you wished to do,
– say why do you choose to study at the college,
– say why do you need the reply soon.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that technology such as mobile phones (cell phones) is destroying social interaction. Do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What are you studying at school?
– Why did you choose that course?
– Do you like sports?
– What is the importance of sports?
– Do you think children should be encouraged to do sports?

Cue card

Describe a shop that you like, please say
– what shop it is,
– what they sell,
– why you like it.


– Why do you think people like shopping?
– What is it about shopping that makes people happy?
– What is the difference between men and women when it comes to shopping?
– Do you think online shopping will be popular in future?
– What do you think about credit cards?
– Do you think it is good for children to have credit cards?
– What impact on shopping credit cards have?

IELTS Speaking questions from India – January 2010

IELTS speaking test in India was shared by D., and thanks to his kindness we have the following questions:

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– How may I address you?
– Are you a student?
– Describe your hometown.
– What have you been doing / studying in last year?
– Did you know from the very younger age that you will learn about computers?
– What inspired you to learn about computers?
– How is it helping you in your education?

Cue Card

Talk about a trip that you missed, you should say
– when and with whom it was,
– where to,
– why you missed it (give a reason),
– whether or not you regret missing it,
– what you missed by not going on this trip.


– Define a business trip and a tourism trip.
– What is the difference between the two?
– How today’s technology is affecting air travel?
– Do you think that in the future air travel will decline or increase? Why?
– What are the main problems a tourist faces while touring a new country?
– What should a tourist do to tackle all these problems?