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Thanks to K and R who took the IELTS test in Singapore and Australia, we know that their exams were the same, and here are the questions they remembered (only the Writing and Speaking questions were shared).

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

The company you work for introduced a work-from-home scheme. Write a letter to your manager asking for the work-from-home option. In your letter say

- What part of your job can be done from home?

- How many hours will you be able to work from home?

- How will it be helpful to you as well as your employer?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

to you as well as your employer? Writing Task 2 (an essay) Usually students have to

Usually students have to study a range of different subjects. Some people believe that learning subjects without being interested in them won’t be beneficial. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Where do you go on weekends?

- Do you plan your holidays or vacations?

- How do you plan them? Why?

- How did you learn to do it?

Cue Card

Talk about a famous public figure that you like. Please say

- Who is this person?

- Why do you like him/her?

- When did you first come to know about him/her?

Discussion

- Sometimes old musicians come back to perform. Why?

- Why is there a need for them to perform again, in your view?

An IELTS test taker from Nepal (thanks, B!) shared the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you live in an apartment or a house?

- Do you like living there?

- Are there any shops close to your place?

- How do you manage your time?

- Where did you learn to do it?

Cue Card

manage your time? - Where did you learn to do it? Cue Card Describe a song

Describe a song that you remember from your childhood. Please say

- What kind of song is it?

- Why do you remember this song?

- How do you feel while listening to it?

Discussion

- What music is popular with people in different age groups in your country?

- Does the kind of music we like change as we grow older? Why?

- How does a song become a symbol of cultural identity of a country?

- How important is teaching a child about music or to play a musical instrument? Why?

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An IELTS test taker from the USA (thanks, S!) remembered the following topics after a recent exam:

Listening test

Section 1. A lady wanted photos of her son from a newspaper office.

Section 2. A talk about saving energy at home and a company that can help with it.

Section 3. A professor and two students were discussing their field trip.

at home and a company that can help with it. Section 3. A professor and two

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. An article about H1N1 (swine flu) virus and the vaccine for it.

Passage 2. An article on swimming pools and memberships.

Passage 3. An article on federal work, study and students’ work schedules.

Passage 4. An article on the difference between professional and non-professional tennis.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently joined a sports centre and encountered some issues during your visits. Write a letter to the centre manager about it and say

- What do you like about the centre?

- Mention the problems that you have had there.

- Give your view on how to solve those problems.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays people get married and have children after the age of 30. Is it a positive or negative development? Give your opinion and examples based on your experience.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you have many trees or other vegetation in your city?

- Do you like gardening? Why?

- Did you ever plant a tree?

Cue Card

Talk about a situation when you came across a stranger and helped him/her. Please say

- Describe the situation and what you did.

- When and where did it take place?

- How did you feel after helping that stranger?

Discussion

- Let’s talk about volunteering jobs.

- Should older children volunteer?

- What happens when you volunteer?

- Do you think speaking one language globally is good?

Our friend J took the IELTS test in Canada and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions (unfortunately J couldn’t recall the Listening or Reading topics):

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph describing the population aged 60+ around the world and in 6 different regions. We had to compare the data.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

We had to compare the data. Writing task 2 (an essay) A recent study showed that

A recent study showed that both developed and developing countries prosper because of the economic growth. People from developing countries are happier than before while people from developed countries are not as happy as they were in the past. Why is this happening? How can this situation be improved? Give your opinion including relevant examples and your own experience.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you have a lot of leisure time?

- What do you do in your free time?

- How often do you do it?

Cue Card

Talk about a book you have read recently. Please say

- What book was it?

- Why did you choose to read it?

- What did you like or dislike about it?

Discussion

- Would you recommend it to other readers?

- Is it important for adults to read books? Why?

- What is the popular book that most children in your country usually read?

- What changes occurred in adults’ reading habits since the introduction of e-books?

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Our friend V took the IELTS test in India and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are in a hospital with a broken leg. Your colleagues sent you get well cards and gifts. Write a letter to them and include the following:

- Thank them for everything.

- Explain how you spend time in the hospital.

- Inform them about your recovery process.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

them about your recovery process. Writing Task 2 (an essay) Some people think that a car

Some people think that a car is the best way to travel in cities while others believe a bicycle is a better way. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What do you do at your job?

- Which season do you like? Why?

- How many seasons are there in your country?

- What changes do you see between seasons?

- Do you like to live in a place with one season or different seasons?

- What do you do in different seasons?

Cue Card

Talk about a book that you read recently. Please say

- What is the name of the book?

- When did you read it?

- What did you like or dislike about it?

Discussion

- What books do children like to read? Why?

- Do adults choose to read magazines instead of books? Why?

- How can parents inculcate their children with the reading habit?

- Can parents or teachers make a child read books? How?

- Do you see any change in reading habits now compared to the past?

- What do you prefer, e-books or print books?

- Do you think e-books will replace print books completely in the future? Why?

An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, P!) remembered the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you live in a house or an apartment?

- Which room at home is your favorite? Why?

- What facilities are there near your place?

- Do you like watching the sky?

- Do you prefer to do it during the day or at night?

- How do you usually watch it?

- What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

- Are there many clothing shops in your area?

- What clothes do you wear for different situations? Why?

- What color do you like the most in clothes?

Cue Card

Why? - What color do you like the most in clothes? Cue Card Describe someone you

Describe someone you know who is a good cook. Please say

- Who is this person?

- What kinds of food does he/she cook?

- Explain why he/she is good at cooking.

Discussion

- Do you like cooking?

- Who is cooking in your family?

- When you were a child, who was cooking for you?

- What do you usually eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Why?

- What age do you think children should be taught to cook? Why?

- Do you think it’s important to know how to cook well?

- What nutrition is good for children in your opinion? Why?

Thanks to IELTS test takers V and M we know that recent IELTS exams in Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria were the same, and here are the questions they remembered:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table comparing types of food consumed daily in Europe in 1987, 1997 and 2007. We had to summarise the data.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

We had to summarise the data. Writing task 2 (an essay) Some people believe that the

Some people believe that the government should pay for and offer housing to people who lost their homes or cannot afford them. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion. Use specific reasons and examples to support it.

Speaking test 1

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What subject are you studying?

- What makes your major interesting to you?

- Do you like to visit nature places?

- What is the best way to learn about the nature?

Cue Card

Describe something that you don’t know and would like to learn. Please say

- What is it you want to learn?

- How do you want to learn it?

- Who would you choose to teach you?

Discussion

- Is it your dream to become a teacher?

- Is there a teacher special to you? Why?

- When do you think a teacher becomes a professional?

Speaking test 2

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you try to manage your time?

- How do you do it?

- Where do you look for time management tips?

Cue Card

Describe your favourite famous person. Please say

- Who is he/she?

- What does he/she do?

- Why do you like him/her?

Discussion

- Do you want to be famous?

- How do children of famous parents feel?

- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a famous person’s child?

An IELTS test taker from Turkey (thanks, S!) shared the following questions from a recent exam:

Listening test

Section 1. A street survey about good and bad aspects of living in a city.

Section 2. Information on how to get a driving license in the UK and various traffic features of different British towns.

Section 3. Two students talked about elephants and how bees negatively affect them.

talked about elephants and how bees negatively affect them. Section 4. A talk about a course

Section 4. A talk about a course on food technology with a diploma.

Reading test

Passage 1. A short description of various scientific exhibitions and information about the National Health Services. Questions: True/False/Not Given, match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. A text describing how to write a proper CV and send it via email. Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 3. About working hours, night shifts, young workers and extra pay at some organisation. Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. About Kuala Lumpur Train Station. Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to your friend in another town and invite him/her to a party. Explain

- Why are you having this party?

- Why do you want your friend to be there?

- Give directions how to get there.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Sometimes tourists may damage touristic sites. Explain what some of the negative effects may be. Suggest some solutions to this problem.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Where do you live?

- Is it a house or an apartment?

- What is your favorite room?

- Do you take breaks during work/studies?

- What kind of breaks?

- How do these breaks affect you?

- Where do your parents live?

- Is it your hometown?

- Is this a good place to live?

Cue Card

Talk about a situation when you were stuck in a traffic jam for a long time. Please say

- When and where was it?

- What did you do?

- How did you feel about it?

Discussion

- Can public transport help decrease traffic jams?

- Can motorway/highway system improvements help?

- What are the effects of traffic on the environment?

- Do you think that only the government should provide solutions to traffic jams?

- Would heavy taxes help decrease the number of large vehicles (SUVs) on the roads?

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Thanks to S who took the IELTS test in India we can share the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- What can I call you?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you like to watch TV?

- How often do you do it?

- What programs do you usually watch?

- Do you think children are addicted to TV these days?

- Do you think your way of work or work culture will change in future?

Cue Card

way of work or work culture will change in future? Cue Card Talk about a colourful

Talk about a colourful place that you have visited. Please say

- When and where did you go?

- What did you do there?

- Why did you visit this place?

Discussion

- Do you think colours can affect a person’s mood? Why?

- Do men and women prefer the same colours?

- Do you think a colourful book can influence a child more?

- Does a colourful street advertisement grab your attention?

- Does a city painted in bright colours look better?

An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks M!) shared the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1. Two students were discussing their research work about criminal activities, evidence and witnesses. Questions: multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.

Section 2. A map of university campus and its facilities, such as a swimming pool, bus stop, dormitory location. Questions: map labeling.

of university campus and its facilities, such as a swimming pool, bus stop, dormitory location. Questions:

Section 3. A comparison between a house, a hostel and a flat in terms of facilities included (garden or outdoor area, garage, alarm system and so on).

Section 4. About plastic and recycling.

Reading test

Passage 1. There were some hotel advertisements and we had to find which option is available in which hotel/resort options included vegetarian food, horse rides, function rooms available for wedding receptions, etc.

Passage 2. About a phone card that allows making international and local phone calls.

Passage 3. On how temporary staff can apply for a permanent job at the supermarket, through an internal recruitment process.

Passage 4. About several types of crocodiles such as the pancake crocodile, rat crocodile and duck crocodile, with their respective differences.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write an application letter to an organisation working with children to volunteer for a part-time job. Please say

- Why do you want to work there?

- Why are you suitable for this job?

- When will you be able to start?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Computers have made the world a better place to live. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Describe your apartment.

- Do you like watching the sky?

- Do you prefer to do it during the day or at night?

- How do you watch it?

- Do you go somewhere special?

Cue Card

Describe a movie that you watched a while ago and liked. Please say

- When and where was it?

- What was so special about it?

- Why did you like that movie?

Discussion

- Do you think people should see dubbed movies or only movies in their own language?

- Do you think many people still visit cinemas these days?

- What is the importance of actors in movies?

- Does the plot play an important part in a movie’s success? Why?

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An IELTS test taker from Hungary remembered the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1. An interview with a resident about properties in her city.

Section 2. Facts on how to obtain a diving license in the UK including traffic features in some cities.

Section 3. Two students were talking about how to deter elephant herds from attacking Kenyan villages.

Section 4. Features of a course on food technology.

Reading test

4. Features of a course on food technology. Reading test Passage 1. About some strange paleontological

Passage 1. About some strange paleontological findings in the Burgess shale in Canada.

Passage 2. About certain techniques helping people cope with stress. Also about attitudes positive versus negative and its influence on health.

Passage 3. New aspects of research on children’s literature.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing how coal is transformed into electricity.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

In many countries there are people with extremely high income. Some say it is good for the country, while others claim that governments should limit salaries. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Where do you live now?

- Do you live in a house or an apartment?

- How long have you been living there?

- Which is your favourite room? Why?

- What is your favourite colour? Why?

- What do you think about wearing bright colours?

- What is the best colour to paint house walls? Why?

- Is the colour of a car important to you?

Cue Card

Talk about a job that is important in your country. Please say

- What is the job?

- Why is it so important?

- What do you have to study for that job?

Discussion

- What makes a job desirable?

- At what age should people start a full-time job? Why?

- Why can it be good to spend some time abroad after graduation?

- Why do you think many people leave their country to work abroad?

- Is it good for a country if it receives many immigrants?

- Some people think that immigrants cause more harm than good. What is your opinion?

When R took his IELTS Speaking test in India he was asked the following questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Describe your job.

- Did you face any difficulties at your job?

- Do you think your work pattern will change in the future? Why?

- Do you think clothes represent the personality of a person? How?

- How important are clothes to you?

- Do you wear any particular outfit on weekdays or weekend? Why?

- Will you change it in the future? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a famous person. Please say

- Who is he/she?

- What is he/she famous for?

- How did you know about this person?

Discussion

famous for? - How did you know about this person? Discussion - Does he/she inspire you?

- Does he/she inspire you? How?

- Do you want to be famous? Why?

- Why are people curious about personal and professional life of a famous person?

- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?

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Our friend K remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions after taking the IELTS test recently in Australia:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are organising a party. Write a letter to invite your friend and say

Australia: Writing test Writing task 1 (a letter) You are organising a party. Write a letter

- What is the reason for a party?

- What do you plan to do at the party?

- Why is it important for your friend to attend the party?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays as a part of the educational process students are working for a company for a short period of time without pay. Are there more advantages or disadvantages to this? Give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Describe your home please.

- Which room do you like the most?

- Do you like long travels? Why?

- Where do you like to go?

Cue Card

Describe a recent long trip that you went on and enjoyed. Please say

- Where did you go?

- Did you use a vehicle to get there?

- What did you do there?

Discussion

- Did you spend a long time there?

- Is it okay to travel alone? Why?

- What problems can occur during long travels?

- Is it difficult to organise such a trip?

- What sorts of things do you need to organise before travelling abroad?

- What problem may arise?

- How do young people select a tourist destination before the trip?

Thanks to T who took the IELTS test in India we can share the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

following Speaking questions: Speaking test Interview - What is your full name? - Can I see

- Do you work or study?

- What do you do?

- Do you like your profession?

- Do you like shoes?

- What kind of shoes do you like? Why?

- What do you prefer to have many or few friends?

- What do you usually do together with your friends?

- Do you meet them often?

Cue Card

Describe a band or a singer that you like. Please say

- What kind of music do they play?

- Where and when did you hear them for the first time?

- Why do you like their music?

Discussion

- Should we focus more on traditional music? Why?

- Do you think having a good voice gives you an edge over others? Why?

- What main qualities are required to be a good singer?

- Do you think the government should promote music in schools?

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An IELTS test taker from Hong Kong (thanks C!) remembered the following writing and speaking questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing the process of making clean drinking water using a simple filter with sand, charcoal and small stones. We had to describe the process.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

We had to describe the process. Writing task 2 (an essay) Some people believe that the

Some people believe that the use of mobile phones in public is as annoying as smoking and should be banned, similarly to smoking. Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Describe the climate in your country.

- What are the seasons in your country?

- Do you enjoy distinctive seasons?

- Would you like the weather to stay the same all year round?

Cue Card

Describe an experience that was a complete waste of your time. Please say

- What happened?

- Why do you think it was a waste of time?

- How did you feel after that?

Discussion

- What tasks are a waste of time in your eyes?

- What do you know about time management?

- Do you think time management is important for children? Why?

An IELTS test taker from Iran (thanks, Z!) shared the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Can you describe your home?

- What is your favorite room?

- Let’s talk about shoes.

- Do you prefer comfortable or fashionable shoes? Why?

- Did you ever buy shoes in online stores?

Cue Card

Why? - Did you ever buy shoes in online stores? Cue Card Describe an old person

Describe an old person that you respect and admire. Please say

- Who is he/she?

- When did you first meet?

- Why do you admire him/her?

Discussion

- How was his/her life as a young person?

- Do you think old people can be helpful?

- In what ways?

- Do you think older people occupy positions of young people in companies?

- How can older people help and be beneficial in a company?

- What are the benefits of older people compared to a younger generation?

- What are the benefits of younger generation compared to older people?

- How can technology help older people?

Thanks to B who took the IELTS test in Iran we have the following topics and questions to share:

Reading test

Passage 1. About the construction process of new buildings. Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. About quality control in the food industry. Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Passage 3, 4. Don’t remember. Writing task 1 (a letter) One of your friends wants to

One of your friends wants to move to the city you live in. Write a letter to him/her and say:

- Give some information about the city.

- Recommend a place to stay.

- Why is it a good idea to move there?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays many people follow fashion trends and think that it’s very important. Is it a good or a bad development? Include reasons and examples from your personal experience.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you like your job? Why?

- How old are you?

- Are you married?

- How many brothers and sisters do you have?

Cue Card

Talk about the last book that you have read. Please say

- What book is it?

- How did you find it?

- What was interesting about it?

Discussion

- Do you like to read?

- Do adults have to read or not in your view? Why?

- Who should encourage children to read books: parents or teachers?

- Is it useful at all to read books?

Note: the test taker B didn’t remember the Listening part.

Our friend A who took the IELTS test in Singapore remembered the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1. Inquiry about a job at the swimming pool, including a job application form.

Section 2. A conversation between a student and a lecturer about the choice of courses for occupational therapy in a health science school.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

in a health science school. Section 3. Don’t remember. Section 4. A conversation about a national

Section 4. A conversation about a national cultural event.

Reading test

Passage 1. The history of the pencil.

Passage 2. An article about the global warming including a scientist’s review about an ice age.

Passage 3. About an author that wrote a famous children’s book.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a triple line graph showing the sales of children’s, educational and adult fiction books from 2003 to 2006.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that noise made by people should be strictly controlled while others say they should be free to make noise without limitation. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Note: the test taker A didn’t share the Speaking questions from this exam.

Thanks to our friend Y we can share the Speaking questions from a recent exam in Vietnam:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Are there many holidays in your country?

- Do you think there should be more holidays in your country? Why?

- What do you usually do during holidays? Why?

Cue Card

Why? - What do you usually do during holidays? Why? Cue Card Describe an instance when

Describe an instance when you waited for someone for a long time. Please say

- Whom were you waiting for?

- Where was it?

- What did you feel while waiting?

Discussion

- What did you do while waiting?

- What are common situations when people have to wait for others?

- Some people can wait for a long time while others get angry soon. Why?

- Some people are waiting for a long time for new (modern) technology. What do you think about it?

- Do you think children should be allowed to use modern technology?

An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, M!) shared the questions from a recent exam. M didn’t remember the Speaking part, unfortunately.

Listening test

Section 1. Sailing club application form.

Section 2. A map of products’ popularity around the world.

Section 3. A discussion about a project helping reduce child obesity.

A discussion about a project helping reduce child obesity. Section 4. About different research methods, their

Section 4. About different research methods, their purpose and feedback.

Reading test

Passage 1. About transportation in rural areas.

Passage 2. The importance of awareness of cultural differences for successful overseas business.

Passage 3. About the pollination process of honeybees.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table showing solutions given by consumers and researchers to reduce global warming.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that mobile phones should be banned in public places such as libraries, shops and public transport. Do you agree or disagree?

An IELTS test taker from Vietnam (thanks, G!) remembered the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What subjects did you study at school?

- What is your future dream job?

- Do you like reading?

- What is the perfect reading place for you?

- Do you like to read alone or with friends?

Cue Card

you? - Do you like to read alone or with friends? Cue Card Talk about an

Talk about an interesting place that you have visited recently. Please say

- What and where is it?

- With whom did you go there?

- What did you like there?

Discussion

- Did you see tourists coming back to your town?

- Do you think you will come back? Why?

- Why do you think people visit the same place again and again?

- Is there a difference between your first visit to a place and your later visits there?

- Do you think it is important for tourists to respect and follow the culture of places they visit?

Two IELTS test takers from Vietnam and Singapore (who had the same exam) remembered the following questions:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between two friends about job vacancies. One of them has also commented on each company.

Section 2. A student was talking to a tutor about his work on the history of football.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

on the history of football. Section 3. Don’t remember . Section 4. The result of a

Section 4. The result of a survey about children’s nutrition in 3 areas.

Reading test

Passage 1. Tattoo as a cultural characteristic of people of Polynesian islands.

Passage 2. How different (Eastern and Western) mentality affects people’s approach in life.

Passage 3. About apes and animal rights.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart illustrating the population in the US, China, India and Japan as a percentage of the world’s total in 1990, 2009 and a projection for 2050.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many people think that too much attention and resources are given to protection of wild animals and birds. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Where do you live now?

- Describe the amenities around your place.

- Let’s talk about fashion.

- Do you like fashionable things?

- Do you dress differently on weekends and weekdays?

- What is your favourite colour? Why?

- Do you think it will change as you grow older?

- Let’s talk about body language.

- Do Asian people use body language?

- Can we communicate without words?

- Is there a particular form of body language that you find offensive?

- Do impatient people get their way?

- Is it possible to be too nice?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when you had to be nice to someone you dislike. Please say

- Who is this person?

- Why don’t you like him/her?

- Why did you still have to be nice to him/her?

Discussion

Don’t remember.

Three IELTS test takers from India (thanks K, R, and D!) collectively remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions from a recent exam:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Your employer wants to recruit a new person for the office. Write a letter to your friend about this vacancy and say

- What job is it?

- Why is this job suitable for him/her?

- How can he/she apply for it?

Writing task 2 (an essay)

- How can he/she apply for it? Writing task 2 (an essay) Some people believe that

Some people believe that money is the most important factor for achieving happiness. However, others believe that happiness has nothing to do with money. Do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion and examples.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Which part of the country are you from?

- How long do you and your family live there?

- Do you work or study?

- What do you do?

- What do you think about public holidays in your country?

- Do you think there should be fewer public holidays in your country? Why?

- What is your favourite public holiday? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about an instance when you invited friends or relatives for a meal in a restaurant or at home. Please say

- Whom and why did you invite?

- When and where to did you invite them?

- Describe what happened during the meal.

Discussion

- Is it common to go to restaurants in your country?

- What do people cook on special occasions?

- Will people stop cooking in the future? Why?

- Why do you think people cook special food on special occasions?

An IELTS test taker from the UAE (thanks C!) remembered being asked the following questions in a recent Speaking test:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you think your job is easy? Why?

- Do you like reading?

- Do you like to read in a group?

- When do you like to read? Why?

- Do you have experience reading in public places?

Cue Card

- Do you have experience reading in public places? Cue Card Talk about the favourite song

Talk about the favourite song of your childhood. Please say

- Where and when did you hear it for the first time?

- Why do you remember it?

- How do you feel about this song now?

Discussion

- Do you think music is important? Why?

- Where do you usually listen to music?

- Many shopping centres are playing music. Why?

- What is the best music to be played in the children’s department?

- When does music become just a white noise in your opinion?

- When is the right time to stop playing music?

- How does music represent your culture?

Three IELTS test takers J, G and R remembered the following topics from their recent exam (apparently India and the Netherlands had the same test):

Listening test

Section 1. About different Insurance policies.

Section 2. About some repair contractors.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About some historical monuments.

Reading test

Passage 1. About pine forests.

Passage 2. About different gestures and mimics.

Passage 3. About a theatre in England.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

a theatre in England. Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given a flow

We were given a flow chart showing the process of making canned fish. We had to describe it.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that children should have some classes outside their schools, visiting local companies or public enterprises for some real life experience. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What subjects are you studying?

- Why did you choose those subjects?

- What will you do after finishing your studies?

- Let’s talk about advertisements.

- Do you watch advertisements on TV or the Internet?

- Do you enjoy watching advertisements showing up in the middle of a TV program?

- Do you like watching advertisements on the street?

- Let’s talk about colours.

- What is your favourite colour? Why?

- What other colours do you like?

Cue Card

Describe a person that you would like to be similar to. Please say

- Who is that person?

- What is he/she doing?

- Why would you like to be similar to him/her?

Discussion

- What is the difference between children in the past and nowadays?

- Do you think famous people should be good role models in your country?

- Do you think companies should use famous people in advertisements to attract children?

Thanks to the IELTS test taker M from Bangladesh we can share the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you study or work?

- Do you think your study subject is easy? Why?

- Do like weekends?

- What did you do last weekend?

- Have you ever worked on the weekend?

Cue Card

Talk about a movie you recently saw, please say

- Where did you see it?

- With whom did you see it?

- Did you enjoy it?

Discussion

- With whom did you see it? - Did you enjoy it? Discussion - Why do

- Why do you think movies are important?

- How often do you like to see a movie?

- Are movies always based on facts?

- Why do our preferences in movies change with our age?

- Do you like writing emails or letters more?

- What types of letter are difficult to write?

- Who usually sends you emails?

- Why is email considered a standard medium of communication?

An IELTS test taker from Singapore (thanks, T!) remembered the Writing and Speaking questions below:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing the average time spent per day on five different household activities by males and females in the UK in 2008. There was also a table comparing the average time spent a day on three leisure activities by both genders.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

activities by both genders. Writing task 2 (an essay) Museums and historical sites are mainly visited

Museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists, not the local people. Why is this so? What could be done to encourage more local visitors? Please include relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What do you do?

- Do you think your job is easy?

- Why is it so?

- Do you watch TV programs?

- What is your favorite?

- Did you watch more TV as a child?

- What kind of programs were you watching?

- Do you think TV is good for children? Why?

- Do you think children these days watch TV more often than in the past?

Cue Card

Describe a place near water that you have visited recently. Please say

- Where and when was it?

- What did you do there?

- How did you feel after that?

Discussion

- Do you think water is important for people? Why?

- Is there a difference in water consumption in urban and rural areas?

- Is there a problem of fresh water supply in your country?

- What do you think about the demand for water in the future?

- Is it possible to reduce this demand? How?

Three IELTS test takers from Australia (thanks G, A and M!) remembered the following questions from a recent exam:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You saw an advertisement requiring volunteers for an organisation that helps children. Write a letter and offer to volunteer part time. Include the following in your letter:

- Why are you applying for this position?

- What makes you suitable for it?

- When will you be available?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

it? - When will you be available? Writing Task 2 (an essay) Some people believe that

Some people believe that computers help to make the world a better place. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What subject did you study?

- Do you like to write emails?

- Do you prefer to receive a phone call or an email?

- What type of emails do you receive mostly?

- What type of email is hard to write for you? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about news that you saw on TV or the Internet recently. Please say

- When and where was it?

- What was the news?

- How did you feel after that?

Discussion

- What news would you like to see on TV?

An IELTS test taker from Uganda (thanks S!) remembered the Speaking topics below:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Describe your accommodation please.

- Is there any market or shop nearby?

- What kind of sky do you like? Why?

- Do you see the sky from your home?

- Which season do you like? Why?

- Do you think the weather has any effect on traveling?

- Do you check the weather forecast daily?

- Do you use the Internet to check it, or watch it on TV?

Cue Card

use the Internet to check it, or watch it on TV? Cue Card Describe a toy

Describe a toy from your childhood that you liked a lot. Please say

- What was it?

- When and how did you get it?

- Why was it so important to you?

Discussion

- Do you still have that toy?

- What type of toys do children like today?

- Do you think toys have an influence on the mental development of children?

- How do toys help children to develop physically?

- Do you think nowadays children get too many toys? Why?

- What toy would you give to your child?

Thanks to T who took the IELTS test in Singapore we can share the topics and questions below:

Listening test

Section 1. A backpacker was interested to apply for a fruit picking job.

Section 2. A talk between two university students about the selection in the electives process.

Section 3. A discussion about evening classes.

two university students about the selection in the electives process. Section 3. A discussion about evening

Section 4. About migration to a rural area.

Reading test

Passage 1. About a place called Bondi.

Passage 2. The correlation between the temperature and success of a country.

Passage 3. About the rules of a verbal/non verbal communication study.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph showing the percentage of Internet users from different age groups, daily from 2003 to 2006.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Most leaders or directors generally belong to an older age group, but some people believe that young leaders are better. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Describe your home.

- What room do you like the most?

- Which season do you like the most?

- What do people do during their free time in each season?

- Do you prefer to live in a country with all four seasons?

Cue Card

Talk about something that you don’t know and would like to learn in the future. Please say

- What is it?

- Why are you interested in it?

- How will you learn it?

Discussion

- Do you think education for young children is important?

- What don’t they learn at school that they should know about?

- Do you think parents are too busy to teach their kids nowadays?

- Why is it so?

The questions from a recent IELTS test in Pakistan were shared by A (unfortunately he didn’t remember the Listening part):

Reading test

Passage 1. About language studies.

Passage 2. About the use of technology for security purposes in shopping centres.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

3. Don’t remember. Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given two graphs, one

We were given two graphs, one was showing males and females who had driving licenses between 1996 and 2006, and the other graph was showing the percentage of people 17-20 years of age who had their driving licenses during this period.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that the government should fund music, dance and arts lessons for children. Others think that they should be funded by private businesses or by children’s families. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Is this your first job?

- Describe your home.

- What do you like the most about your home?

- What facilities are close to your home?

Cue Card

Talk about a subject that you did not like at school, but would like to study now. Please say

- What subject is it?

- When did you study it?

- Why would you like to study it now?

Discussion

- Let’s talk about clothes.

- What type of clothes do you wear?

- Do you wear the same type of clothes all week?

- Would you like to wear the same type of clothes as you grow old?

- Let’s talk about the Internet.

- Do you think the information we get from the Internet is authentic?

- What kind of information do we get from the Internet?

- Do you get any information from TV?

Thanks to P who took the IELTS test in India we can share these Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you think time management is important?

- How do you manage your time?

- Where did you learn it?

- Are there a lot of trees near your home?

- Do you like trees?

- What is the importance of trees?

- Have you ever planted one?

Cue Card

importance of trees? - Have you ever planted one? Cue Card Describe good news that you

Describe good news that you saw on TV or the Internet. Please say

- What and when was it?

- Why do you think it’s good?

- How did you feel after that?

Discussion

- What sort of news do we usually read in newspapers?

- What age group is interested in the news more? Why?

- Is it necessary to get updated information? Why?

- Do you think we get too much information nowadays?

- Do you think the way we receive news will change in the future?

Two IELTS test takers from India and Sri Lanka (thanks, K and P!) remembered the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1. About the method of booking theater tickets.

Section 2. A mentor was matching programs for foreign students.

Section 3. A discussion between a tutor and a student about the research of

a coffee shop.

a tutor and a student about the research of a coffee shop. Section 4. About houses

Section 4. About houses with underground shelters in the UK.

Reading test

Passage 1. A description of a theater. Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. About fashion shops in Wellington.

Passage 3. About train driver recruitment and training process.

Passage 4. The history of clocks, from sundials and pendulum to modern clocks.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Your friend and his/her family are moving to your hometown. Write a letter to him/her to provide information about the town and say

- What types of housing are available in your area.

- Give information about the schools in your town.

- How they can meet and get to know residents living in this area.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays in many countries people are following the latest fashion, hairstyles and so on. Why are they so influenced by fashion? Is it a positive or a negative development?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What are your duties there?

- Do you like your job?

- Do you like nature?

- What is the best way to learn about it? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a game that you play as a good practice for your health. Please say

- What game is it?

- Why did you start playing it?

- Do you enjoy playing it?

- Why is it good for your health?

Discussion

- What other activities do people do for their health?

- Why should people care about their health?

- Should employers take care of their employees’ health?

- What should they do about it?

- Should governments do something about public health?

The topics and questions below were shared by P who recently took the IELTS test in Thailand:

Listening test

Section 1. A phone call regarding car rental.

Section 2. About local attractions in and around a national park.

Section 3. Students discussed their work methods with a teacher.

Section 4. About soil improvement techniques.

Reading test

Section 4. About soil improvement techniques. Reading test Passage 1. Classification and characteristics of wild

Passage 1. Classification and characteristics of wild animals.

Passage 2. Psychological experiment and the theory about social development of children.

Passage 3. About some famous people who built an amazing botanical garden.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing the process of canned fruit production. We had to describe all the stages on the diagram.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays scientists and tourists can travel to remote natural environments such as the South Pole. What are the advantages and the disadvantages of this development?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What do you think about tourists in your city?

- How often do they come to your city?

- What would you recommend tourists to do in your city?

- Do you watch any TV programs?

- Do you like watching TV? Why?

- Did you watch TV when you were young?

- Do you think children today watch too much TV? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a friend who is also a good leader. Please say

- Who is he/she?

- When did you meet him/her?

- Describe his/her personality.

- Why do you think he/she is a good leader?

Discussion

- Who should be the leader in a family?

- In your culture, who is the leader in a family?

- Who should make a decision when there are some difficulties?

- Are there some decisions that can be made by women or men better?

- What is the personality of a good leader in a workplace?

- Do you agree that the leader in a workplace should make decisions for the employees?

An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, P!) was asked the following questions in the Speaking test:

Speaking test

Interview

questions in the Speaking test: Speaking test Interview - What is your full name? - Can

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What subject are you studying?

- What weather do you like the most? Why?

- Do you prefer any particular season?

- Would you like it to continue throughout the year or should the seasons keep changing?

Cue Card

Describe an occasion when you received a very good service from a company or a shop. Please say

- What company/shop was it?

- What was the product that you purchased?

- Describe the person that helped you there.

Discussion

- Do you think that customers should always receive good service?

- If you received a faulty product, would you prefer to repair or to replace it?

- What jobs do you know that deal with public?

- Do you think that they need a special training? Why?

The IELTS questions below were shared by two test takers from the UAE and Singapore (thank you, F and S!). Unfortunately they didn’t remember the Reading or the Listening topics.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a complaint letter to the manager of the airport about a problem with something you have encountered that is important to get fixed. In your letter

- Provide details of your flight

- Explain about the problem that you had

- Suggest a solution

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

that you had - Suggest a solution Writing Task 2 (an essay) Some say that music

Some say that music is as important as other subjects in schools, especially at the preschool level. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

Speaking test 1

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What is your job description?

- What exactly do you do?

- Do you like it?

- Why did you choose this industry?

- Will you stay at this job for a long time? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a person who impressed you with his/her beauty. Please say

- Who is this person?

- How do you know him/her?

- Why do you think he/she is so beautiful?

Discussion

- Are clothes important for showing personality?

- How would you describe beauty?

Speaking test 2

Interview

- Do you like to live in the city or in the countryside? Why?

- Did you buy anything after seeing an advertisement on TV?

- Do you like to watch ads on TV, the internet or in magazines?

- Do road side posters with advertisements attract your attention?

- Do you think cities are developed in a natural way?

- Do you like to be in nature?

- Do you like camping?

- Have you been camping lately?

- How did you feel about it?

- Was it near a mountain or a lake?

- Can you describe that landscape?

Cue Card

Talk about any sports person who did well in a sporting event. Please say

- Who is this person?

- What sport does he/she play?

- Do you like him/her and why?

Discussion

Don’t remember.

IELTS test takers from the UAE and Iran (thank you, A and S!) shared the following information about a recent exam which apparently was the same in these two countries.

Listening test

Section 1. A friend was giving advice to another friend who planned to visit Arizona in the USA.

Section 2. About a Ski centre in a mountain area and its facilities available to tourists.

to visit Arizona in the USA. Section 2. About a Ski centre in a mountain area

Section 3. A discussion between students about the history of the Pacific region and Moire language.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About sustainable development allowing to keep people safe from harm and risks associated with cooking in the kitchen.

Passage 2. About migration of birds.

Passage 3. The psychology behind a coffee-drinking habit.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing the process of paper recycling in a factory.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some schools agree that fast food restaurants and supermarkets can promote their products in school and that schools benefit from it. Is it a positive or a negative development?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What colours do you like?

Cue Card

Describe a traffic jam that you were in recently. Please say

- When did it happen?

- Where exactly was it?

- How did you feel about it?

Discussion

- What are the main causes of traffic jams?

- What can be a potential solution for the traffic problem?

- Can the public transport system be improved further?

- Will it help to reduce traffic?

Thanks to the IELTS test taker N from India we can share the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you like cold weather? Why?

- Are there different seasons in your country?

- What are they?

- Are advertisements important?

- Do they help people buy products?

- Do you watch advertisements on TV or the internet?

Cue Card

Do you watch advertisements on TV or the internet? Cue Card Talk about your favourite application

Talk about your favourite application (app) on a mobile device. Please say

- What app is it?

- How is it useful to you?

- Will you use it in the future? Why?

Discussion

- How long have you been using it for?

- Why is technology so useful today?

The IELTS test topics and questions below were shared by M from India:

Listening test

Section 1. About a house for rent by an agent.

Section 2. About grading machines.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About Australia’s animal species.

Reading test

Passage 1. About Albert Nobel prize.

Passage 2. About digital music industry.

Passage 3. The UK framework policy.

Writing test

1. About Albert Nobel prize. Passage 2. About digital music industry. Passage 3. The UK framework

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given four pie charts showing the statistics of clothing imports to the USA and Japan from different countries.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people are reducing their walks, however many health experts say that walking is the best exercise to maintain health. Why do people walk less? What might encourage people to walk longer distances?

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Why did you choose this profession?

- What position did you get when you first started working?

- Do you organise your time?

- With whom do you usually spend it?

- Do you usually plan your weekends?

- What do you do in your free time?

- Do you like to write letters or emails?

- To whom do you write?

Cue Card

Describe a place that you visited for a short time. Please say

- Where did you go to?

- Why did you choose that place?

- With whom did you go there?

Discussion

- Why do people visit the same places over and over again?

- What are popular short journey destinations in your country?

- Would you like to go there for a short visit?

The Speaking questions below were shared by M who took the IELTS test in Iran.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you live in a house or an apartment?

- Is there any shopping center near your place?

from? - Do you work or study? - Do you live in a house or an

- Have you ever been to a museum?

- What do you like about museums?

- Do you prefer to go to a museum alone or with friends?

- Would you like to work in a museum?

- Do you like to write letters or emails?

- To whom do you usually write?

- On what occasions do you do it?

- Do you prefer to receive a phone call or a letter? Why?

- What type of letter is the most difficult for you?

Cue Card

Describe a type of vehicle that you would like to have in the future. Please say

- What vehicle is it?

- Why do you like it?

- What is so special about it?

Discussion

- Have you ever driven such a car?

- What are the types of passenger cars?

- What are the differences between transportation today and in the past?

- What will the transportation look like in the future?

- What are the main reasons for traffic jams in your opinion?

- What is the main problem related to traffic jams?

The topics and questions below were shared by V who took the IELTS test in Indonesia:

Listening test

Section 1. A man was looking for a part-time summer job. We had to fill in the form information about his previous work experience, relevant skills, where he found this job advertisement and so on.

Section 2. Two students had a discussion with their professor about the upcoming courses they are going to take.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

they are going to take. Section 3. Don’t remember. Section 4. A monologue about four different

Section 4. A monologue about four different approaches to tackle unauthorized employee absence problem.

Reading test

Passage 1. The history of graphite and pencils.

Passage 2. Scientists’ prediction that the Earth is heading for the new “Little Ice Age”.

Passage 3. A story about a famous New Zealand author Margaret Mahy and some of her most popular books.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph comparing sales of different types of books over a period of time.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that they can make as much noise as they want, while others think that the amount of noise people make should be strictly controlled. Discuss both views and include your own opinion and examples.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you enjoy your work?

- Why did you choose this career?

- How was your first day at work?

Cue Card

Talk about a foreign language (other than English) that you would like to learn in the future. Please say

- What language is it?

- Why do you want to learn it?

- What will you do to learn it?

Discussion

- What are the positive and negative impacts of learning a foreign language?

- What language do you think will become a new international language in the future?

- Why do you think so?

- Do you think your first language is influenced by any other languages?

- Does English influence your first language too?

An IELTS test taker from Oman was asked the following questions in his Speaking test:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Tell me about your house.

- Which room is your favorite?

- How long have you been living in this house?

- Do you prefer to have many friends or one very good friend? Why?

- What do you do on weekends?

Cue Card

good friend? Why? - What do you do on weekends? Cue Card Describe an interesting conversation

Describe an interesting conversation between you and your friend that you had in the recent weeks. Please say

- Who is this person?

- What was your conversation about?

- Where did you meet him/her for this conversation?

- Why do you think it was an interesting conversation?

Discussion

- What are the differences between topics that women and men usually discuss?

- What is the difference between opinions of women and men?

- Do you prefer wearing fashionable shoes or regular shoes? Why?

- Why are some people afraid of public speaking?

An IELTS test taker from Malaysia (thanks, S!) shared the following topics and questions. Update: we heard from a test taker from Singapore that his exam was the same.

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between a job-seeker and a company representative about a fruit picking job.

Section 2. A conversation between two students who were discussing next semester’s subjects.

about a fruit picking job. Section 2. A conversation between two students who were discussing next

Section 3. An introduction of different language teachers in a particular language institute.

Section 4. A monologue by a professor who was speaking about pros and cons of living in urban and countryside areas.

Reading test

Passage 1. A summary of various types of tourist destinations and deals provided by different companies.

Passage 2. About different types of holiday leaves including terms and conditions in a company.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. A research done by a professor related to agriculture.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have bought a ticket for a live concert, but cannot attend it. So you decided to offer the ticket a friend. Write a letter to him/her and say

- Give details about a concert.

- Explain why you wouldn’t be able to attend the concert.

- Suggest how your friend will receive the ticket.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays the amount of garbage we produce is increasing and it becomes a global problem. Please say

- What are the reasons behind this?

- What can be done to solve this problem?

- Who should take more responsibility, companies or individuals?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What do you do?

- Do you find your work interesting? Why?

- Let’s talk about sleep.

- How many hours of sleep do you need?

- Did you sleep more or less hours when you were young?

- Is it necessary to have a nap after lunch? Why?

- Is reading books important before going to sleep?

- What is the best time for reading? Why?

- What is the best place for reading?

- What do you like to read? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a famous person whom you like. Please say

- Who is this person?

- What is he/she famous for?

- Why do you like this person?

Discussion

- Would you like to be famous? Why?

- What kinds of people become famous in your country?

- What are the good things about being famous?

- What are the disadvantages?

- Why do you think people are interested in lives of celebrities?

- Do you think that the children of famous people have an easy life?

Thanks to R who took the IELTS test in Australia we can share these Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Do you study or work?

- How do you spend your weekends?

- Are your weekends different to your weekdays and why?

- How did you spend your last weekend and why?

Cue Card

why? - How did you spend your last weekend and why? Cue Card Describe a vehicle

Describe a vehicle that you want to own in the future, please say

- What is it?

- Why do you want to buy it?

- How would you use it?

Discussion

- Do you think the traffic has increased rapidly in big cities like Sydney? Why?

- What do you think about traffic causing air pollution?

- How can we overcome this problem of pollution?

- Are there any other problems that traffic causes?

- Do you think the government should spend money on building more roads by wiping out parks in the cities? Why?

- What are some of the ways the government can fund the roadworks?

An IELTS test taker from Saudi Arabia (thanks, K!) shared the following information about a recent IELTS exam. Unfortunately K didn’t remember was the Listening topics.

Reading test

Passage 1. About different types of worms.

Passage 2. About memory types.

Passage 3. About the process of globalization.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

of globalization. Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given a graph comparing the

We were given a graph comparing the consumption of fruits by males and females in different age categories over a certain period of time.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many people think that the government should spend money to explore life in the outer space, while others think that it’s a waste of public money. Discuss both views and include your own opinion and examples.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What is your job?

- Do you live in an apartment or a house?

- Do you like living there?

- What activities are there in your neighbourhood?

Cue Card

Talk about one of your ambitions in life. Please say

- What is it?

- When did it become your ambition?

- How will you achieve it?

An IELTS test taker from Hungary (thanks, C!) shared the following topics and questions from a recent IELTS exam:

Listening test

Section 1. A man who has to travel to Arizona was calling one of his friends to ask about the weather, tourist attractions and so on.

Section 2. Two students were talking about their upcoming presentation. The subject was threatened minority languages in the Pacific region.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

in the Pacific region. Section 3. Don’t remember. Section 4. A monologue about the results of

Section 4. A monologue about the results of a study of nesting habits of puffins.

Reading test

Passage 1. A description of 6 different markets.

Passage 2. A description of a cultural festival, including performers, opening hours, ticket booking options and so on.

Passage 3. About night shifts, the obligations of employers such as resting time, health assessments and the rights of different types of workers.

Passage 4. About a study carried out on Mt Everest. Mountaineers were studied at different altitudes.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Your friend is arriving at the city where you live and you offered a ride to him/her from the airport, but you cannot pick him/her up. Write a letter to your friend and say

- Explain your reasons.

- Give him/her advice how to get into the city.

- Tell him/her what you have planned for his/her visit.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that schools should spend more money on computers, others say that more money should be spent on teachers’ wages. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- 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.

- Do you live in a flat or a house?

- Do you like living there?

- Are there any shops close to you place?

- What do you do on weekends?

- Do you usually plan your weekends?

- What kinds of things are collected by people in your country?

- What is the reason for collecting such items?

Cue Card

Describe a famous person. Please say

- Who is this person?

- What is he/she famous for?

- How did you know about him/her?

Discussion

- What are the advantages of being famous?

- What are the disadvantages of this in your opinion?

- Do famous people have something to be afraid of?

- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a child of a famous person?

The following IELTS Speaking questions were shared by I who took the test in Canada:

Speaking test

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 a job?

- Why did you choose this profession?

- Was it difficult when you first started this job?

- Do you use maps?

- How often do you use them?

- Do you prefer to use electronic or paper maps?

- Where did you learn to use a map?

- Do you ask people for directions sometimes?

Cue Card

map? - Do you ask people for directions sometimes? Cue Card - Describe a situation when

- Describe a situation when you have got an advice from somebody. Please say

- Where and when was it?

- What was the advice?

- How useful was it? Why?

Discussion

- Do you often give advice to others?

- Do you think it’s a good idea to look for advice? Why?

- How can it affect someone’s career?

- Is it good when young people get advice?

- Whose advice should you usually seek?

- Who could give a better advice in your opinion? Why?

An IELTS test taker from Canada (thanks, J!) remembered the following information about a very recent IELTS exam:

Listening test

Section 1. An arrangement for a birthday party.

Section 2. About the sport of Curling. Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Section 3. Seracini investigation of Da Vinci code painting.

Section 3. Seracini investigation of Da Vinci code painting. Section 4. A discussion about environmental sustainability.

Section 4. A discussion about environmental sustainability. Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 1 word).

Reading test

Passage 1. Information about different sport clubs such as a fitness club, a swimming club, and also a tennis club. Questions: match clubs to descriptions.

Passage 2. About some prehistoric events in the Sahara desert. It talked about Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods, and rock engravings and paintings of that era.

Passage 3. About the importance of letter-writing ability, for example a cover letter for gaining employment. Questions: short-answer questions (no more than 2 words).

Passage 4. About grievances resolution with an employer.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have visited another city in your country. Prior to the visit you requested some information from a tourist centre, but the information was incorrect. Write a letter to the manager of the centre and say

- What information were you looking for?

- What was incorrect in it?

- What happened to you because of it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many people spend a lot of money on clothes, haircuts, and beauty products to enhance their appearance. Some people think that it is a good way to spend money, while others think that there is a better way to spend it. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What kind of work do you do?

- Do you like it? Why?

- Do you do household chores?

- Did you do chores as a child?

- What could be done to make chores fun for kids?

- When did you meet you best friend?

- What do you and your friends usually do together?

- Would you prefer a small or large circle of friends? Why?

Cue Card

Describe an older person whom you know well and respect. Please say

- Who is he/she?

- What do you know about his/her younger life?

- What do you usually do together?

Discussion

- Why do you respect and admire this person?

- What qualities should people looking after the elderly have?

- How could neighbours help the elderly?

- How is technology helping the elderly to live better?

- What can be difficult to accept for old people in the modern lifestyle?

Two IELTS test takers (thanks B and P!) remembered the following information about a recent IELTS exam in Pakistan. The writing topics seem very similar to those in a recent exam in India.

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between students.

Section 2. Description of buildings and their purpose at school. Questions: map labelling.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

of buildings and their purpose at school. Questions: map labelling. Section 3, 4. Don’t remember. Reading

Passage 1. A text on plants.

Passage 2. About technological advancements nowadays.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph showing spending on cars by UK residents from 1971 to 2006.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Over the last few years more and more students enroll in universities. This situation creates competition among individuals. Do you agree or disagree? Is it a good or a bad development?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you like photography?

- What type of photos do you like to take? Why?

- When do you usually do it?

Cue Card 1

Describe an indoor game that you used to play as a child. Please say

- What is this game?

- When and where did you play it?

- With whom did you play it?

Discussion 1

- What other indoor games do you know?

- Do you think these are essential for children’s development?

- How can games help develop critical thinking skills?

Cue Card 2

Talk about an old person that you know well. Please say

- Who is the person?

- Do you like the person?

- How much time do you spend with the person?

- Is there an old person that you are impressed by?

- Why do old people like to interact with children?

- Why do old people interact with teenage groups?

An IELTS test taker from India (thanks, P!) remembered the following information about his recent exam:

Listening test

Section 1. Two people were talking about booking a flight for holidays. Section 2. A description of a map of a college. Section 3. Don’t remember. Section 4. A speech on how to raise children better.

Reading test

Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

Don’t remember. Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given a like graph describing

We were given a like graph describing car ownership in foreign countries such as the UK, etc.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

People are now choosing universities over colleges. Is this a positive or a negative trend?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your name?

- What can I call you?

- Describe the different seasons of your country.

- Do you prefer to stay in one location for all seasons or different locations for different seasons?

Cue card

Talk about an important conversation that you had with your friend or family member. Please say

- What was it?

- With whom did you have it?

- How did you feel after having that conversation?

Discussion

- After having that conversation with your friend did you discuss it with anyone else?

- What do men and women discuss when they get together?

- Do you like to have many just friends or a few close friends?

An IELTS test taker from Kuwait shared the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What subject are you studying?

- Can you describe your home?

- What part of your home do you like the most?

- Do you like to watch advertisements on TV?

- Did you buy any product after watching an advertisement? Why?

Cue Card

any product after watching an advertisement? Why? Cue Card Describe an occasion when you received a

Describe an occasion when you received a very good service from a company or a shop. Please say

- What company/shop was it?

- What was the product?

- Describe a person that helped you there.

Discussion

- Do you think that customers should always receive good service?

- If you received a faulty product, would you prefer to repair or to replace it?

- What jobs do you know that deal with public?

- Do you think that they need a special training? Why?

Two IELTS test takers H and E remembered the following information about their recent exams. They didn’t recall the topics in the Listening or the Reading sub tests, but apparently the Writing questions were the same in the two exams.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You are planning a party for your colleagues from work. Write a letter to them and say

- Why and when did you arrange the party?

- What activities have you arranged for the party?

- Explain how to get to your place.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

party? - What activities have you arranged for the party? - Explain how to get to

Some people think that students at school need to learn practical skills such as repairing a car or maintaining a bank account, in addition to traditional academic subjects. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and support it with examples.

Speaking test 1

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Where do you live now?

- Tell me about your neighbours.

- Do you think this place is good for families with children? Why?

- Do you use maps?

- What is the difference between electronic and paper maps?

- How did you learn to use maps?

- What is the best time for reading, morning or evening? Why?

- Do you like to study in a quiet or crowded room?

- How can you keep your concentration when studying for a long time?

Cue Card

Discuss an instance when you shared information with someone. Please say

- With whom did you share it?

- What information did you share?

- How did you feel after that?

Discussion

- What do you know about data privacy?

- Do you think sharing it over the Internet is good?

- Why do researchers share information online?

Speaking test 2

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 like the summer or winter season?

- How is the weather in your country?

Cue Card

Describe something you do to keep yourself healthy. Please say

- What activity is it?

- When do you usually do it?

- How often do you do it?

Discussion

- Why do you think it’s a good way to look after your health?

Two IELTS test takers from Canada (thank you A and C!) remembered and shared the following information about their recent exam:

Listening test

Section 1. A map with description and a talk about its different characteristics.

Section 2. About gender differences in a workplace.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About Ecotourism.

Don’t remember. Reading test Passage 1. About Ecotourism. Passage 2. About people with different temperament and

Passage 2. About people with different temperament and their characteristics.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two graphs showing the survey results of people who smoke in one European country, divided into two categories. A bar graph was showing the percentage of male and female smokers in six different age groups in 2004 and a line graph was showing the trends of male and female smokers between 1974 and 2004.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some say full time students should spend most of their time studying, others believe that they should do other activities as well. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use examples to support your answers.

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- What is your favourite day of the week? Why?

- What is your busiest day of the week?

- Do you like the place where you live now?

- Would you recommend it to your friends or family?

Cue Card 1

Talk about a thing that you own and never used. Please say

- What is it?

- When did you get it?

- Why didn’t you use it?

Discussion 1

- Let’s talk about recycling.

- Give an example of things that can be recycled.

- What are the advantages of recycling to our environment?

- Do you believe that children in school should be taught to recycle?

Cue Card 2

Describe an old person that you know well. Please say

- Who is this person?

- What is he/she like?

- How much time do you spend with the person?

Discussion 2

- What can grandparents learn from their grandchildren and vice versa?

- How can technology help old people?

An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks S!) shared the following Speaking questions:

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Are you satisfied with your job?

- What do you do for a job?

- What is the busiest day of the week for you?

- In your job do you have to repeat the same tasks every day?

- During your work do you have breaks?

- What types of weather do you like the most? Why?

- Tell me about holidays in your country.

Cue Card

do you have breaks? - What types of weather do you like the most? Why? -

Talk about a meal or a celebration that you were invited to. Please say

- What was the occasion?

- Who was there with you?

- How did you feel after that?

Discussion

- What type of food do you like?

- What is better, restaurant food or homemade food?

- Is it good to eat restaurant food? Why?

Thanks to two IELTS test takers R and D from Australia we can share the following Writing and Speaking questions (unfortunately they didn’t remember the Reading or the Listening topics).

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You recently went on a business trip to another country and you faced an issue at the airport. Write a letter to the airport management and say

- What were the details of your flight?

- What was the problem at the airport?

- Give some suggestions for improvement.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

some suggestions for improvement. Writing Task 2 (an essay) Some people believe that subjects such as

Some people believe that subjects such as Music, Arts, Drama and Creative Writing will contribute a great deal to children’s development; therefore they should take a large part of the school timetable. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test

Interview

- What is your full name?

- Can I see your ID?

- Where are you from?

- Do you work or study?

- Do you live in a house or an apartment?

- Describe your hometown.

- Is it a good place to grow up?

- Do you like comfortable or fashionable shoes?

- How often do you buy shoes?

- Do you like to visit gardens or parks?

- What is your favourite one?

Describe a famous person who is not from your country. Please say

- Who is he/she?

- What is this person famous for?

- Would you like to meet him/her, and why?

Discussion 1

- What makes people famous?

- What are the benefits and drawbacks of being famous?

- Why do you think so?

Cue Card 2

Talk about something that you don’t know how to do, but would like to learn in the future. Please say

- What is it?

- Why would you like to learn this skill?

- How would you learn this skill?

Discussion 2

- What is the best way to learn about computers?

- Why do you think it is easier for young people to learn to use a computer compared to older people?

- Do you think a computer can distract children from their study? Why?

- Do you believe children are looked after in a child care centre better than at home? Why?

- Where can children learn discipline better, at home or at school? Why?

Two IELTS test takers from Vietnam (thanks, T and A!) remembered the following information after a recent exam:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation about a surf course in Mexico.

Section 2. About a new office building. Description of a map and rooms location.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About some living organisms.

Reading test

Passage 1. About Bristol pines and their preservation.

remember. Section 4. About some living organisms. Reading test Passage 1. About Bristol pines and their

Passage 2. Literature critics about the theory of Marx and Engels.

Passage 3. About the impact of laughter on the mood.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table showing waste production percentages in six different counties in three years (1980, 1990, 2000). We had to compare them.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some say that shops should sell only the healthy and good food and drinks to consumers. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.