IELTS test in Canada – September 2016 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Canada (thanks, D!) remembered the following details of a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in Canada

Section 1. A woman was getting information from a travel agent about accommodation and activities in Vancouver.
Questions: filling in a form.

Section 2. A women talked about a sport centre.
Questions: multiple choice, map labeling.

Section 3. Two students talked about Miao people living primarily in southern China’s mountains.
Questions: multiple choice.

Section 4: A lecture about food safety.
Questions: filling in a form.

Reading test

Passage 1. An article about global warming.

Passage 2. A text about the role of mistakes in studies.

Passage 3. An article describing a book about pirates.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given bar charts comparing the unemployment rates between manual and professional workers in 4 years.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people claim that governments should take action to ensure that people have a healthy lifestyle. Others, however, disagree and believe that people should decide themselves which way they prefer to live their lives.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Describe the place where you live now.
– Is it important to take vacations? Why?
– How do you spend the time on your vacation?
– Do you usually spend it with other people or alone?
– What was your best vacation? Why?
– Do you usually carry a bag?
– What kind of bag do you prefer?
– Is it important to have different bags?
– How do you choose a bag when you are buying one?
– Have you ever lost your bag?

Cue Card

Talk about a person whom you met recently and like. Please say

– When and where did you meet?
– Why do you like him/her?
– Would you like to spend more time with this person?


– Let’s talk about friends.
– Some people believe that you can only meet best friends in your childhood. Do you agree?
– Is it possible for people to become friends at work?
– Some companies organize leisure and sport activities at work places. Is it a good or bad idea?
– Why do you think so?
– What do you think about changes in friendship in the era of advanced technologies?
– Why is it different now?

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