Our kind friend A.N. recently took his IELTS test in Toronto, Canada, and here are the questions he remembered:
Passage 1. The challenges and benefits of hiring mature aged employees and how to deal with them.
Passage 2. About one of the most expensive and famous handmade violins in the world and why its sound is different from ordinary or manufactured ones.
Passage 3. About a garden designer who lived in the 18th century and his masterpieces in England.
Writing task 1 (a report)
We were given a line graph of the number of people granted the UK citizenship (in thousands) from 1992 to 2002, and a bar graph illustrating the number of people (in thousands) from Asia, Africa, America, Europe, Australia and ‘other’, receiving the UK citizenship in 1996 and 2002.
Writing task 2 (an essay)
Some people say that animals can be used in any way for the benefit of humans. Others say that exploiting animals for human purposes is not acceptable. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Part 1 (Interview)
– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you dislike about your work?
– What do you do in your leisure time to relieve stress?
– Do you have trees around where you live now?
– Do you like trees?
– Have you ever planted trees before?
– What kinds of trees are more common in your hometown?
Part 2 (Cue Card)
Talk about one valuable thing your family kept for a long time. Please say
– What was it?
– What did it look like?
– Why was it important for the family?
– And explain how you feel about that thing.
Follow up question: Do you like old things?
Part 3 (Discussion)
– Some people think that ancient countries whose old treasures were transferred (via trafficking or exploitation) should ask to have them returned.
– What do you think about the importance of this?
– Do you think children should be taught to prioritise their own achievements or the society?