Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Peru – October 2008 (General Training)

Let’s all thank our pal R. from Peru for telling us about his General IELTS exam. Here’s what he remembers:


I can’t remember well the topics from my listening exam, it passed too quickly! I have problems with my listening skills, I practice a lot and I read a lot of tips, however, I constantly have trouble and misunderstandings in the Listening section.


Passage 3 was about the importance to learn a foreign language, here is a little summary: “Children tend to have more abilities to resolve problems and develop their knowledge of many languages as compared to adults, they used to be more intelligent and adapt to foreign cultures. However, some people in New Zealand think that children shouldn’t learn another language because it means loss of their culture”.


Task 1 (Letter)
Write a letter to apply for a position to look after a house in Scotland where the owners are going away. Provide personal details, what qualities you have for this position and ask for information.

Task 2 (Essay)
“There are many technology games which have replaced the toys or traditional games. Why do you think it has happened?. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this situation?”.


I had to talk about music, the questions were:

  • Where people find music?
  • What kind of people like music?
  • How important is the technology for the music?
  • IELTS exam in USA – October 2008 (Academic)

    Here is what A. from USA is telling about her recent Academic IELTS exam:


    First part is Gym application filling (easy!)
    I forgot whats the second part about…
    Third part its really fast, it was about an author who wrote science fiction, the recording was fast and the answers followed one after another, by the time you write answer for one question, the answers to the next questions come…

    Frst passage – dead easy.
    Second passage was on some psychology topic. The tasks were to match the headings and multiple choice questions.


    Task 1 (report)
    We had 2 graphs. First graph was bit confusing: x-axis years, y-axis number of employees and the graph is working hours its in range like 16-32 hrs, 31-40 hrs etc, task is working hours of employees in years 1994-2004; Second graph was about number of paid holidays from 2994-2004. We had to compare where relevant.

    Task 2 (Essay)
    The essay was about protecting animal species from extinction.


    The questions were about food, nutritional awareness and the best cook I know