Recent IELTS exams

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

Recent Academic IELTS exam

Thanks to our friends from Vietnam, I can share with you this update from a recent Academic IELTS test. Read more recent IELTS exam updates here.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given two line graphs, which showed percentages of employment amongst men and women in England from 1993 to 2000.

Writing task 2 (an essay)
In order to learn a new language well one should get to know the culture and the lifestyle of the country where it is spoken. To what extent do you agree with this idea?

Speaking test


– Can you please show me your ID?
– Do you work or are you a student?
– Where are you studying?
– Do you like it? In what way?
– Have you got many friends? How about close friends?
– What do you do to show you’re a good friend?

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite story as a child.


– How did the above story affect you?
– What are the differences between a person in a story/film and in real life?
– What are the characters of actors/actresses in movies that people in your country like?
– What could people learn after watching a film / reading a book?

IELTS exam – an update from Vietnam

As you may have noticed, there is a new category in IELTS-Blog – Recent IELTS exams. You can find there everything my students are sharing about their IELTS exams : topics, tasks, stories.

This post is also about a recent IELTS – our friend D. P. Hieu from Vietnam sent an update from an Academic IELTS test he took on 29/7/06.

Listening :

Part 1: Complete a Table about the Recycling process.
Part 2: About Orientation Day.
Part 3: Foods for children.
Part 4: A lecture about a successful company run by a woman in India.

Reading :

Very, very hard.
Part 1 & 3: too complex to describe.
Part 2: About fishing in Alaska (US).

Writing :

Part 1: We were given a normal bar chart showing (and comparing) the number of employed workers in 7 sectors (trading, tourism, manufacturing, etc) in New Zealand in percentages between 1990 and 2000.

Part 2: Earlier developments in technology were more significant than the recent ones. Discuss and present your own ideas.


Quite a lot of questions. The test lasted for exactly 22 minutes (too long, isn’t it?). Yes, that’s true. Phew….
Examiner’s name : Peter Braigtain (or something that sounds like that).

Interview questions

  • Greeting. Please show me your ID.
  • Are you a student or do you work?
  • Where are you studying?
  • Do you like it? In what way?
  • Have you many friends? How about close friends?
  • How can you use time with your friends?
  • According to you, what is a good friend?
  • Are you spending time with your family?
  • Let’s talk about eating at home versus eating out
  • Advantages of cooking at home.
  • Please tell me about the person who cooks in your family
  • Cue Card

    Topic: Talk about your dream vehicle.


  • Vehicles’ effect on society in general
  • Are car ads on TV or radio effective?
  • Private vehicle VS Public Transport
  • Let’s talk about the advantages of Public Transport. What do you like best?
  • What are the disadvantages of Public Transport? What do you dislike the most?
  • Should the government play the main role in developing public transport? How can it be improved?