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Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS Speaking test questions – December 2008

Our friend L shares the speaking questions from a recent exam:

– Do you work or are you a student?
– What is difficult about your job?
– Would you recommend your job to someone else?
– What are the types of shops that you usually go to?
– What is the name of the shop?
– What changes have you seen in those shops these days?
– Do you read books? What kinds of books?
– Did you read books when you were a child? How often?
– Do children nowadays love reading?
– Would you give a book as a gift?

Cue Card
Describe a magazine that you read, you should say
– Why is it interesting?
– Who reads them?
– Is it popular with other people?
Explain why is it important to read them.

– Compare reading a newspaper and a magazine.
– How do people read them? Do they just read the headlines or the entire story?
– Why do people read magazines?
– Is reading the newspaper popular in your country?
– What are the other sources of news? Do people from the rural areas have the same access to these sources as people from the urban areas?
– What are the advantages of the Internet?
– Are there any disadvantages?
– Describe the impact of the internet in the lives of the students.
– Do you recommend that all countries adopt the latest trends in technology?

IELTS exam in Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2008 (General Training)

Thanks to M who sat for General Training IELTS recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh we know this much about the topics and the questions:

Writing test

Task 1 (letter)
You have seen an advertisement in the local newspaper about helping to improve the environment. Write a letter to the editor and explain
– Why you are interested in it
– How you can help
– When you are available

Task 2 (essay)
Some people believe that the whole family (grand parents, aunts, uncles) should be involved in upbringing children. What is your opinion?

Speaking test

Describe the best cook that you know, you should say
– Who that person is
– Why you think he/she is the best cook
– How has he/she learned it