Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Penang, Malaysia – November 2008 (General Training)

This update came straight from Penang, Malaysia from a student (thanks, C!) who sat for General Training exam:

“Hi Simone,
Firstly, I would like to thank you for your guidance in my essay writing and your blog is very helpful for my IELTS preparation. Keep up the good work. Below is what I can recall from the test. Hope this will be a useful piece of information to all potential IELTS candidates.

Writing test

Task 1 (Letter)
Feedback to local council on tourist facility condition, suggestion on how to improve the situation and why this is important to the people.

Task 2 (Essay)
Nowadays people communicate less among family as compared to the past. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test

Do you work or study?
What is the most difficult part of your job?
Would you recommend it to someone? Why?
Do you prefer to send email or to phone?
What kind of emails do you usually receive?
Do you like shopping? Why?

Describe a recent event that made you feel happy. You should say:
– Who was there,
– When was it,
– Where it took place and
– Why did it make you feel that way

What make elders happy?
Do you think health is important to elders?
What about wealth?
Why do you think people are happier in the past as compare to present?

IELTS exam in Holland- November 2008 (Academic Module)

Thanks to our friend O from Holland we know this much about their recent Academic exam:

Writing test

Task 1 (Report)
There were 3 pie charts about spending of university students. The graphs showed a breakdown of living costs, accommodation, leisure activities, other.

Task 2 (Essay)
People nowadays are changing often their job and place of residence because of their career. In your opinion is this a positive development or a negative development.

Speaking test

Where do you live?
Are you studying or working?
What kind of activities you like to do most?

Describe an event you enjoyed to watch. You should say:
– What kind of event it was
– Who with did you watch the event
– Where did you watch the event
– Explain why it was such a great event

What sort of things can make older people happy in their late years and why?
Did you like your secondary school teachers?
Do you want to become a teacher later in life?