IELTS test in Tokyo, Japan – August 2011 (Academic Module)

The IELTS exam below was shared by our Japanese friend M from Tokyo. He did a great job and managed to remember almost all of it, except for the Listening.

Reading test

Passage 1. About a psychological problem with choice. The more choice people have, the more uncomfortable they tend to feel, because they have to consider many factors to make the best decision.

Passage 2. About the history and value of tulips (bulbs and flowers) in the Netherlands.

Passage 3. About biochemistry and the technology needed to modify human sense of taste and underlying mechanisms using G protein and AMP.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing the number of part-time and full-time students in the UK over few years with separation of male and female students.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that governments should ban dangerous sports. Others claim that they should have freedom to choose their favorite activities. Discuss both views and present your opinion.

Speaking test


– Talk about the place you live in.
– What do you like or dislike about your home?
– What is your favorite room?
– Are there any possible improvements that can be done in your home?
– What TV programs do you like the most?
– What TV programs did you like in your childhood?

Cue Card

Talk about an unusual experience you’ve had recently.


– Let’s talk about photography. Do you like to take pictures?
– How often do you do it?
– What is your favorite type of photography?
– Is it common to take photos for people in your country?
– Does it vary for men and women?
– Do you prefer to buy pictures or postcards when you visit a place or to take a few photos of it?
– What are popular pastimes in your country?
– Are they different for men and women?
– Do men have more free time than women?
– Do you think the amount of free time has changed compared to your parents’ generation?

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