Recent IELTS exams

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

IELTS test in Iran – November 2022 (Academic Module)

The questions below were kindly shared by N. who recently took IELTS in Iran:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

The bar chart below describes the gross domestic spending on Research and Development in five countries between 2001 and 2011.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Bar Chart of spending on Research and Development in five countries between 2001 and 2011

* Note: this isn’t the actual chart given in the test, it was recreated for demonstration purposes.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

These days more and more people spend their free time doing dangerous activities. Why is this happening? Are there more positive or negative effects to this trend?

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Do you work or study?
– How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
– How are birthdays celebrated in your country?
– Do you think birthdays are important? Why?
– Can you remember a special birthday you enjoyed as a child?
– Are birthdays more important to children or adults?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about a book that you have recently read. Please say

– what book it was
– who encouraged you to read it
– what the book was about
– and explain whether or not you enjoyed reading this book, and why.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– Do people in your country prefer books written by local authors? Why?
– How can a book affect people’s thoughts?
– Can a novel written by a writer from one country be useful to people living in another country?
– Is it possible to learn how people of a certain country think from their writers’ novels and books?
– Why do some books become popular world-wide?

IELTS test in Saudi Arabia – November 2022 (Academic Module)

Our lovely friend S. recently took IELTS in Saudi Arabia and remembered the following questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

The graphs below compare the percentages of people who travelled to work by public transport and private cars in 5 Australian cities between the years 2000 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Line Graphs of Public Transport vs Private Car Use

* Note: these aren’t the actual graphs given in the test, they were recreated for demonstration purposes.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Most companies use interviews as the only method to select a candidate for a job. Some people think that this is not the best way. Do you agree or disagree?