Recent IELTS exams

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

Another IELTS exam in the UK – January 2009 (Academic Module)

A student from the UK has kindly sent me this update after her Academic IELTS exam (thanks, F!). Here’s what they had:

Listening test

The tasks I remember from Listening were
– Campus buildings introduction
– Glass repairer phone conversation

Reading test
The passages were about
– History of children’s book
– Darwin related species of animals and plants.
– Do continents move?

Writing Test

Writing Task 1 (report)
We had 3 pie charts to write a report on:
– coffee production
– coffee consumption
– and coffee profits sharing

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Today different nationalities and cultures live in the same country. Does it help the development of a country or not? Discuss.

Speaking test
The examiner asked about
– my home,
– childhood,
– differences between boys and girls,
– different kind of toys for genders,
– creative toys,
– electronic toys, harms of them,
– benefits of team games

Cue Card
What was the most important toy when you were a kid?
– Who bought it for you?
– What made it different from other toys?

IELTS exam in Melbourne, Australia – January 2009 (General Training)

A very kind student, T. from Melbourne has shared the following topics and questions from the recent General Training IELTS exam:

Reading test:
In the last section the passage was about a desalination plant in USA somewhere, it was long and boring.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (letter)
Write a complaint to a manager of furniture company regarding the purchase you made and the problems you had when delivery arrived. You should describe:
-Things that you bought,
-The broken items in the furniture,
-What do you want the manager to do.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Young people nowadays tend to be less polite and respectful than in the past. What do you think are the reasons for this situation, discuss and suggest solutions.

Speaking test

The speaking was a bit tough, but I did well.

– How much do you like arts?
– Did you make any drawings or arts when you were young?
– How do people in your country spend weekends?

Cue Card
– What movie is your favorite?
– What have you learnt from it?
– How did it affect you?

– What do you think about the future of movies?
– How important is the movie industry for the country?
– What things are important in making movies?
– Is there a movie industry in your country?

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