IELTS exam – an update from Vietnam

As you may have noticed, there is a new category in IELTS-Blog – Recent IELTS exams. You can find there everything my students are sharing about their IELTS exams : topics, tasks, stories.

This post is also about a recent IELTS – our friend D. P. Hieu from Vietnam sent an update from an Academic IELTS test he took on 29/7/06.

Listening :

Part 1: Complete a Table about the Recycling process.
Part 2: About Orientation Day.
Part 3: Foods for children.
Part 4: A lecture about a successful company run by a woman in India.

Reading :

Very, very hard.
Part 1 & 3: too complex to describe.
Part 2: About fishing in Alaska (US).

Writing :

Part 1: We were given a normal bar chart showing (and comparing) the number of employed workers in 7 sectors (trading, tourism, manufacturing, etc) in New Zealand in percentages between 1990 and 2000.

Part 2: Earlier developments in technology were more significant than the recent ones. Discuss and present your own ideas.


Quite a lot of questions. The test lasted for exactly 22 minutes (too long, isn’t it?). Yes, that’s true. Phew….
Examiner’s name : Peter Braigtain (or something that sounds like that).

Interview questions

  • Greeting. Please show me your ID.
  • Are you a student or do you work?
  • Where are you studying?
  • Do you like it? In what way?
  • Have you many friends? How about close friends?
  • How can you use time with your friends?
  • According to you, what is a good friend?
  • Are you spending time with your family?
  • Let’s talk about eating at home versus eating out
  • Advantages of cooking at home.
  • Please tell me about the person who cooks in your family
  • Cue Card

    Topic: Talk about your dream vehicle.


  • Vehicles’ effect on society in general
  • Are car ads on TV or radio effective?
  • Private vehicle VS Public Transport
  • Let’s talk about the advantages of Public Transport. What do you like best?
  • What are the disadvantages of Public Transport? What do you dislike the most?
  • Should the government play the main role in developing public transport? How can it be improved?

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