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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS in Vietnam – August 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Vietnam, as I’m told, was very similar to the test in Australia, except the Writing and Speaking tasks were different. Here they are, thanks to a kind heart of T.N. who took IELTS in IDP in Hochiminh, Vietnam.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had a bar graph that was showing popularity of 6 sports (football, rugby, snooker, swimming, tennis, and golf) among UK residents in the years 1995, 2000, 2005.

Writing task 2 (essay)
In the past, there were many differences when people traveled to other countries. Nowadays, there were many similarity between cultures all over the world. What are the possible causes in this increasing similarity? Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this phenomenon?

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– What shall I call you?
– Where do you come from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do in your job?
– Do you like your job?
– Will you change your job in the future?
– Do you give presents?
– When do you give presents?
– Do you think it is important to give presents?
– Should you give expensive presents?

Cue Card
Describe a famous person who you would like to meet, you should say:
– Who is the famous person?
– What is his/her job?
– Where did you first know his/her from?
– What are his/her characteristics?
– And why do you want to meet him/her?

The final part was a discussion about the famous person. I was asked to discuss this theme and express my opinion.
– Why does everyone want to become famous?
– What will they do when they are famous?
– Compare the differences between famous people now and before?
– What are the disadvantages if they are famous?
– The last question I couldn’t hear clearly, and I asked my examiner to repeat it, unfortunately I still couldn’t follow him the second time. However, I answered in general, and I heard him saying um huh, …, uhm huh.

IELTS in Iran, Egypt and UK – August 2009 (Academic Module)

You probably guessed by now that IELTS exams in Iran, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Italy and the UK were identical. Well, almost identical – apart from the Speaking module, in which students had different questions. Thanks to 3 kind IELTS candidates (A, M and G) we know this much about the recent exam:

Listening test

Section 1: A phone conversation where a customer provides personal details such as name, telephone number, date of birth, etc.

Section 2: A map was given and the questions were about identifying places on it.

Section 3: A university lecture about a project in painting.

Section 4: A lecture about architecture.

Reading test

Passage 1: About Chimpanzee (kind of monkey), their similarities and differences. The text was very long.

Passage 2: About tourist and effect on nature, eco-tourism.

Passage 3: About the kind of technology that is more effective: small or large, cheap or expensive.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
We had two pie charts that compared the reasons why students are choosing a particular UK university in 1987 and 2007.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Some people think that governments should care about their citizens’ diet and health. Others think that people themselves should take responsibility for their own diet and health. Discuss. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test

– What is your name?
– Where are you from?
– Tell me about your home.
– Which room in your apartment is the best?
– What do you do for improving your home?

Cue Card
Talk about your best friend and how do you spend your time together, you should say
– Who the friend is
– What do you do together.

– What do you think about strong relationship within families?
– Discuss Tehran families.