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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS in Myanmar – August 2009 (Academic Module)

IELTS test in Myanmar was described by M.L – thanks a lot and we all are wishing you a great score. The questions were as follows:

Listening test

Section 1: Hotel reservation.
Section 2: Gardening.
Section 3: Submitting a research paper.
Section 4: Remarks and recommendations from a lecturer.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (report)
There was a bar graph showing depletion of cultivated land in 4 areas due to 3 causes, namely deforestation, animal farming and agriculture.

Writing task 2 (essay)
Some people say that news media is becoming more influential today peoples’ lives and it is a negative development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test

– What’s your name?
– Tell me about your apartment that you are now living in.
– Do you have plans to stay there for a long time?
– Are there many advertisements in your country?
– How many hours a day do you watch TV?
– Which adverts do you like the most?
– Which programs do you like best and is it helpful for your studies?

Cue card
Talk about an article that you read in a magazine or a newspaper, you should say
– Where you read it,
– What was it about,
– Why did you remember that article.

– What do you think, which news is more interesting , on TV or in magazines? Why?
– What class of people chooses what type of news? Eg. which type of news would upper class choose, etc?

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.