IELTS test in Sri Lanka – January 2020 (General Training)

Our friend N. shared the following IELTS test questions after a recent IELTS exam in January in Sri Lanka:

Writing testIELTS test in Sri Lanka

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Your Manager has asked you to do a presentation at the upcoming training session. Write a letter to your manager and say

– What is the topic of presentation?
– What is the benefit of conducting a session on that topic?
– What are your requirements for conducting this presentation?

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays children watch too much TV. Why is this happening, and what can be done to prevent it?

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?
– What do you enjoy the most about your work?
– Let’s talk about voices.
– How did your voice change over the years?
– How different is your voice compared to others in your family?
– Do you like your voice? Why?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about an instance when you had to hide the truth from a friend. Please say

– Who was your friend?
– What happened there?
– Why did you have to do it?

Part 3 (Discussion)

– How did TV news change over the years?
– Is it necessary to be honest to become successful?
– How are celebrities affected by social media?

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?



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