IELTS test in Singapore and Japan – January 2020 (Academic Module)

Our friends N and E remembered the following questions after taking their tests in January in Singapore and Japan. The two tests were taken on the same day and the questions were identical.

Writing testIELTS test in Japan

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph showing information about population growth in some countries by different age groups. We had to summarize and compare the information.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that face to face communication is always more powerful than written communication. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and include relevant examples.

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do for work?
– Do you enjoy your work?
– How are things changing at your workplace?
– Let’s talk about numbers.
– What numbers do you consider good? Why?
– Are you good at math?
– Do you think you will be using more math in the future?
– Let’s talk about laughing.
– Do you think it is important to laugh with your friends?
– When was the last time you laughed?
– What was the reason?
– What usually makes you laugh?
– Do you laugh at yourself sometime? Why?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe an event that got you interested. Please say

– What was it?
– Where and when was it?
– Why was it interesting?

Part 3 (Discussion)

– What personal events do people celebrate in your country?
– Why do you think countries are holding international events such as the Olympic Games?
– What do they benefit from it?

IELTS test in Canada – January 2020 (General Training)

M took IELTS in Canada and remembered the following topics and questions (thank you M for sharing!):

Writing testIELTS test in Canada

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to a music concert. Please say

– Where and when does the concert start?
– What type of music will be played there?
– Why do you think your friend will enjoy it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

In many countries around the world young people decide to leave their parents’ home once they finish school. They start living on their own or sharing a home with friends. Is this a positive or a negative development? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples.

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– What do you like about living there?
– Would you like to move to a different home in the future?
– Are there many shops near your home?
– Who usually does the shopping in your household?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe something you have bought that was difficult to use at first. Please say

– What was it?
– When did you buy it?
– What does it do?

Part 3 (Discussion)

– Why was it difficult to use?
– What type of products are difficult to use at first?
– Do you think it is necessary to follow fashion and use the latest products?
– What are some jobs that help people?
– Why do you think advertisements are useful in selling products?



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