Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS exam in Poland – October 2008 (General Training)

I would like to thank P. from Poland for sending me this short story about his General IELTS exam. Here’s what he says:

“I was surprised that we didn’t have any brakes between the listening, reading and writing. I was exhausted after all.


Task1 (Letter)
Unfortunately P couldn’t remember the topic for the letter

Task 2 (Essay)
People try new dangerous sports such as sky diving or climbing. Should this sports be prohibited?


  • The advantages and disadvantages of your home town
  • Tell me about your teachers, whether or not they were strict, have they influenced you in any way.
  • What is the best place to listen to the music, where people go to listen to the music, etc.
  • IELTS exam in Philippines – October 2008 (General Training)

    Here is what M. had in the recent IELTS exam in Philippines – thanks a lot, M!


    The tasks were fill-in the blanks from 1-10, its a little bit easier, then there was a multiple choice task from 11-40 in a discussion about the planning for school enhancement. The speaker often corrected him/herself so better watch out! The speaking speed becomes more intense as it progresses.


    There were matching information questions, the rest I can no longer remember but one thing is for sure, the challenge is the TIME and not the reading exam – so manage it carefully.


    Writing task 1 (letter)
    You are studying in a foreign country and for some reason you have to go back to your country without finishing college/study. Write a letter stating the appreciation to the teacher, reason for leaving, what you like about the course


    The examiner asked about the types of weather in the Philippines; is biking/cycling good and is it safe in the city; what is the advantage of summer as compared to rainy season; and other questions related to weather in the country