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Recent IELTS speaking in Canada (March, 2016)

Speaking test


Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live now?
– Is it a house or an apartment?
– Can you describe your place?
– What do you like about your house?
– What would you like to change there? Why?
– Do you use a computer?
– Do you prefer working on the computer or in another way?
– Why do you think computers are good?
– What would you like to learn about computers?

Speaking Part 2

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite toy as a child. Please say

– What was it?
– Who gave it to you and when?
– How did you feel about it?

Speaking Part 3

– Why do you still remember it?
– Do you think toys are better or worse today than in the past?
– What types of toys should parents buy for their kids?
– What would you prefer, fun or learning toys? Why?
– Do you think people spend too much money on toys nowadays?
– Is there an intellectual connection between toys and kids?
– What kind of music do you like?
– How often do you listen to it?
– Do you still listen to the same music as when you were younger?

Recent IELTS exam in India (February 2016)

Listening test ielts exam questions

Section 1. A phone conversation regarding booking hotel banquet services to celebrate an event. The options that were discussed included accommodation and food.

Section 2. About a new online bicycle renting system, including information on how to use the booking system.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A floor plan of bicycle parking centre. There was a gym, VIP bicycle parking spaces, towel room and so on.

Reading test

Passage 1. There were six advertisements with different lodging options.
Questions: match descriptions to paragraphs A to E.

Passage 2. About crocodiles during the Mesozoic Era and their survival.

Passage 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Recently your employer offered some employees to do some work directly from home. Write a letter to your manger requesting the same arrangement. You should say

  • Why do you want to work from home?
    – Why would it be beneficial for the company and yourself?
    – Suggest a suitable arrangement for you to work from home.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays the crime rate among young people is increasing. Why do you think this is happening? What can be done by parents and teachers to reduce it?

Speaking test


  • What is your full name?
    – Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?

Cue Card

Describe a situation where you had to communicate in a foreign language for the first time. Please say

  • When and where did it happen?
    – What was the situation?
    – How did it make you feel?


  • What is the right age to start teaching children a foreign language, in your opinion?
    – Why do you think so?
    – Are there any exceptions?
    – What different ways are there to teach a new language to kids?

Recent IELTS Speaking Test in the UK (March 2016)

Speaking Part 1

  • What is your full name? flag of UK– Can I see your ID?
    – Where are you from?
    – Do you work or study?
    – What is your job?
    – Do you like it?
    – Can you describe your day at work?
    – Do you take photos?
    – Do you like taking photos?
    – Would you like to learn how to take better photos?
    – Why do you think people like better quality photos?

Speaking Part 2

Describe a house or an apartment where you would like to live. Please say

  • What should the house look like?
    – Where should it be situated?
    – Why would you like to live in this house?

    Speaking Part 3

  • Let’s talk about different types of houses.
    – Should houses be built differently for different climatic conditions?
    – Do you think houses will be built from different materials in the future?
    – Why do you think so?
    – Should houses be different for young and old people? Why?

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    • IELTS speaking exam conducted in Abudhabi 6/8/16.
      Part 1
      Why do you like your job?
      3)any outdoor activity did as a child
      And explain your reasons for choosing it?
      4)are there any parks in your town?
      -benefits of parks
      5)importance of birthdays
      – why do you like your birthday
      – do you celebrate it with friends or. family ?
      -what do children do on their birthdays

      CUE Card

      Describe someone who you want to spend time with
      – your relationship with that person
      – how often do you spend time together
      – why you enjoy spending time with that person

      Part 3

      1) in this world what is the importance of communication? Give me your reasons.
      2)is talking face to face same as that of chatting? Reasons
      3)what are the ways to prevent this?
      4)what will happen to communities in future? Your opinion to overcome.

      My heartfelt thank you IELTS material. Thanks for your support in my studies. Hoping to get a good band.

    • IELTS Writing Test in Vietnam (May, 2016)

      IELTS Writing Task 2: It can be seen that not enough students are choosing science subjects in universities. What are the causes? And what are the effects on society?

    • Speaking Part 1 (in May,2016 in Vietnam)
      Where do you live?
      Is public transportation there convenient?
      Talk about the city you are living
      What kind of flower do you like?
      When do u send flowers to others?
      Have u ever send flowers to yourself ?
      Do your house grow flowers?
      What do children do on their birthday?
      What’s the most important birthday for people in your country?
      Do people ride bikes in your country?
      Did you ride when you were a child?
      Do you enjoy dancing?
      Do you watch science programs?
      Are there any science museums in your city?
      Do you like parks?

    • IELTS Writing (7 May, 2016) in Vietnam

      Task 1: Line graph
      Task 2: Nowadays, more and more people decide to have children later in their life. What are the reasons? Do advantages of this outweigh disadvantages?

      Hope it helps 🙂

    • IELTS speaking test in Singapore – April, 2016


      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work or study?
      – What do you do?
      – Where do you live now?
      – Do you like your home? Why?
      – Would you change something in your place?
      – Let’s talk about research.
      – Have you done any research?
      – Did you work with a group or by yourself?
      – What problems can you encounter in group studying?
      – How can they be resolved?

      Cue Card

      Talk about a recent event that made you happy. Please say

      – What and where was it?
      – Who was there with you?
      – Why did it make you happy?


      – Let’s talk about happiness.
      – Do you usually feel happy?
      – What makes you happy?
      – Is happiness an environmentally or genetically acquired feeling?
      – What makes old and young people happy?
      – What is the difference between them?

    • Current Topics for Part1 of the Speaking Test April 2016 – Nanjing China

      Work or study
      Home week (maybe homework?)
      Being in a hurry
      Stay at home
      Bus or Taxi
      Social Network
      Flat or Home
      Music/live concert
      Primary School

    • Hi, I would love to share IELTS Speaking Part 2 Questions in India (March, 2016).

      Cue Card:

      Describe a family (not your own family) that you like. You should say

      how you know this family
      who the people in the family are
      what the members of the family are like
      and explain why you like this family.

      Hope it helps 🙂

    • IELTS Speaking Test in India – April, 2016
      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work or study?
      – What do you do?
      – Where do you live now?
      – What do you like about your home?
      – What changes do you wish to make there?
      – How do you usually communicate?
      – Do you still write letters?
      – How can you describe communication these days?

      Cue Card
      Talk about a place you recently visited that was affected by pollution. Please say

      – What is this place?
      – What is the effect of pollution on it?
      – What causes the pollution?

    • Recent IELTS Part 2 Questions – in Nanjing, China April 2016 – from my High School Students

      What is your favourite Television Programme.

      Tell me about a Story you saw on TV

      A Happy Event

      A country I want to visit

      A street that I like

    • IELTS Writing Task 2 in India (19th March)

      Young generation is the valuable resource of every country. But they often ignore by people running country . How government can solve this problem?

    • Is there any major difference between IELTS (academics) and IELTS (general). Can there be post on IELTS (General) as there seem to be more suggestions on IELTS (Academics) here?
      I thank you.

      • The listening and speaking sections are the same for IELTS Academic and General Training.

        For Reading:
        There are forty questions in total and candidates have one hour to complete the test. The reading passages in IELTS Academic test are more academically orientated than the general training texts.

        For Writing:
        Both the academic and general training writing tests have two sections and students are advised to spend twenty minutes on section 1 and forty minutes on section 2, making one hour For Writing Task 1:
        For General Training, IELTS candidates write a short letter (more than 150 words) for Writing Task 1 while in IELTS Academic module they have to describe the information (more than 150 words) presented as a pie chart, a line graph, a table, a bar chart or a process.
        For Writing Task 2:
        It is very similar (though different questions) and IELTS candidates have to to write a short essay (more than 250 words) on a topic of general interest.

        You should take IELTS Academic, If you want to:
        – study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level; or
        – join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country

        You should take IELTS General Training, if you want to:
        – train or study at below degree level
        – work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
        – emigrate to an English-speaking country

        Hope you find it helpful 🙂

    • IELTS test in Malaysia – March 2016 (Academic Module)

      Listening testIELTS test in Malaysia
      Section 1. A business owner was looking for an office she could rent.
      Section 2. About life and work of a photographer.
      Section 3. Two students were discussing their work with a professor.
      Section 4. A speech about lost texts and historical words.

      Reading test
      Passage 1. The history of oil and fuel.
      Passage 2 About western Africa’s culture.
      Passage 3. About evolutionary psychology at work.

      Writing test

      Writing task 1 (a report)
      We were given two graphs showing the average, maximum and minimum temperatures over a one-year period for Tokyo and Sydney.

      Writing task 2 (an essay)
      Some people think that it is good for a country’s culture to broadcast foreign films and TV shows. Others, however, think it is best to produce local films and shows. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

      Speaking test
      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Where do you live now?
      – Do you work or study?
      – Do you usually take a bus or a taxi? Why?
      – Is it easy to use a bus or a taxi in your area?
      – Do you write to your friends?

      Cue Card
      Describe a goal that you hope to achieve in the future. Please say
      – What has this goal to do with your life?
      – When did you start thinking about this goal?
      – How will you achieve it?

      – Why is it important for you to achieve it?
      – Do you think people should talk to others about their goals?
      – What is more rewarding, working towards the goal or achieving it?
      – Do you think it’s important to have realistic goals?

    • IELTS test in Islamabad, Pakistan – March 2016 (Academic Module)

      Listening test:
      Section 1. A conversation between a man and a woman about renting an apartment.
      Section 2. A conversation between two friends about university studies and some particular program that one of them is already doing.
      Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

      Reading test
      Passage 1. About fluoridation of water.
      Passage 2. About memory ability and skills.
      Passage 3. Don’t remember.

      Writing test
      Writing task 1 (a report)
      We were given a bar graph showing the percentage of male and female population in secondary schools and in higher education system in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and East Asia in the year of 2000.

      Writing task 2 (an essay)
      Some people believe that crime rate can be reduced by giving a long punishment, while others say there are alternate ways to reduce crime. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

      Speaking test
      Part 1:
      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work or study?
      – Where do you live now?
      – Is it a house or an apartment?
      – Please describe your house.
      – Which room do you like the most? Why?
      – What would you change in your house, if you had a chance? Why?

      Cue Card
      Talk about a difficult choice that you had to make and realised later it was the right decision. Please say
      – When and where did you make this decision?
      – How did you know it was the right decision?
      – Why was this decision important to you?

      – What kind of choices do we make in our daily life?
      – What kind of choices do children make in daily life?
      – Is it important to go for a walk in a park these days?
      – What do you do in a park?
      – Do you think people these days prefer free time or money?
      – When people work long hours, does that affect their family life? Why?

    • I just took the IELTS test in Canada and remembered the following details:

      1. Listening test

      Section 1. A conversation about tourist places and attraction of the park including tours available in the surroundings.

      Section 2. A description of a recreation center map including gym, changing area, tennis court, library and other facilities.

      Section 3. A conversation between a professor and a student about books on insects.

      Section 4. A seminar on how to develop a blog website for students.
      Questions: multiple choice and choose 3 suitable options out of 6.

      2. Reading test

      Passage 1. About bus routes system in New Zealand.
      Questions: match sentences to paragraphs.

      Passage 2. Some guidelines about London post and shipping.
      Questions: short answer (no more than 2 words).

      Passage 3. About human memory and brainstorming techniques.
      Questions: True/False/Not Given, match headings to paragraphs.

      3. Writing test

      Writing task 1 (a letter)
      Write a letter to your classmates from school to invite them to a reunion ceremony that is being organised by you. Please say

      – Where and when will it take place?
      – Give an overview of the function.
      – Explain what is going on with your life.

      Writing Task 2 (an essay)
      Some people believe that the government should help the unemployed or just laid off from work on a weekly basis. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion.

      4. Speaking test

      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work or study?
      – Describe your hometown.
      – Is it a safe place for kids to grow up?
      – What is the government doing to make sure children can be raised in a better atmosphere?

      Cue Card
      Talk about someone who flies more often than normal due to some reasons. Please say
      – When and where did you meet him/her?
      – What are his/her reasons for flying so much?
      – Does he/she like this job and the amount of flying involved?

      – What steps should the government take to decrease the amount of air pollution due to air traffic?
      – Do you think business people fly more than others? Why?
      – Why do you think people prefer to travel by air rather than other means of transportation?
      – Do you prefer comfort over price?
      – Why is that?

    • Hi,
      I’m from INDIA. I just took IELTS exam last week and would love to share with you my IELTS Writing Topics:

      Writing task 1 (a report)

      We were given two maps of the same housing estate, the first was of its current state and the second after the redevelopment that will take place in the near future. We had to describe and compare the two maps.

      Writing task 2 (an essay)

      Many people believe that schools should teach children to become good citizens and workers rather than independent individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

    • Hi,
      I took the academic exam 5th April. The question for the writing part 2 goes like:
      Air traffic is leading to more noise, pollution and airport construction. One reason for this is the growth in low-cost passenger flights. Some people say that government should try to reduce air traffic by taxing it more heavily. Do you agree or disagree?

      My intro has this idea:
      There is an ever-increasing number of airlines offering inexpensive flights to tourist destinations. Consequently, residents of these destinations are, more than ever before, inconvenienced by the noise and pollution brought about by the traffic. A number of people argue that the government should impose more taxes on these flights. I agree that the government should impose higher taxes, although not for the purpose of reducing traffic, but to encourage tourism by using these increased tax collection in improving the facilities and its surroundings.

      Did I answer the question? Or did I deviate too much and thus failed the part 2? your advice is very much appreciated. I feel sick thinking about how complicated my answer was.

    • Hi everybody

      Hope you are doing great!
      I took my IELTS test on the 2nd of April and these were some of the questions for IELTS Academic:


      Task 1
      Two bar charts that represented student fees in three Universities (A, B and C) from Australia. One of the charts, illustrated the expenses for Bussines students while the second chart was about the Law students. The unites were measure in dollars.

      IELTS Writing Task 2 (I can’t remember the specific words, but I have paraphrased).
      The responsibility of preventing and controlling environmental damages are due to politicians decisions. Individual actions can’t represent a major change.
      On what extent are you agree or disagree with the statement?

      Part 1:
      1. Full name.
      2. Do you study or work?
      3. What is your job about?
      4. Do you like your work?
      5. Do you eat snacks?
      6. What kind of snacks do you preffer?
      7. How often do you eat snacks?
      8. When you are looking for a snack, what do you usually eat?

      Part 2:
      Something borrowed that benefited you the most.
      For how long?
      How it benefited me?

      Part 3:
      According to the last topic.
      1. Is it better buying something you need or borrowing it?
      2. Why is usual that difficulties come up when borrowing something?
      3. Is it better to ask for permission or just took the objetc?
      4. For how long do you conssider is appropriate to keep something borrowed?
      5. What kind of objects people ask borrow from their relatives?
      6. Did you like history when you where at school?
      7. When going to a museum do you go for knowing about history?
      8. Have you recently read a historical book?
      9. Do you think knowing about history is important?

      I will get my score the day after tomorrow. Hope I will get a 7.5 overall x

    • Here comes the IELTS Writing test in the Dominican Republic – March 2016 (General Training). Hope you like it!!

      Writing task 1 (a letter)

      You are studying and doing a part-time job. A full time position recently opened in the company and your manager is asking you to quit your studies and start working full-time. Write a letter to him/her and say

      – What is your decision?
      – Why did you make this decision?
      – Suggest a solution that will suit both you and the company.

      Writing Task 2 (an essay)

      Many people agree that children can be physically punished when they do something wrong, to correct and discipline them. Others disagree with this approach, because it can cause trauma. They believe that parents should speak with their children and explain why they should not make that mistake again. Discuss both views and give your personal opinion.

    • Writing Task 2 from Australia, April 2016:

      It is impossible to help the poor for all countries, therefore governments should focus on only its own country to help people.
      Do you agree or disagree?

      It’s a hard topic for me. I didn’t manage to finish my essay

    • Hi guys,

      Recently I took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia so I would love to share Speaking questions:

      IELTS Speaking test in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in March 2016

      Part 1:
      – 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 like it?
      – What is the most you enjoyable part of your work?
      – Do you spend a lot of time at home?
      – Did your way of spending free time change since your childhood?
      – Do people in your country usually go to parks?
      – Do you enjoy visiting parks?
      – Can you describe the park you go to?

      Part 2 – Cue Card:
      Talk about your best friend. Please say
      – Who is he/she?
      – Where and when did you meet?
      – What do you usually do together?

      Part 3:
      – Why do you consider him/her your best friend?
      – Do you spend a lot of time together?
      – Are relationships between friends less important than relationships between relatives? Why?
      – Are friendships between men different from friendships between women?

      I got 7.0 for this part. Hope you can practice it at home!

    • Hi, I’m Andrew. I took IELTS test on 2 April. I still remembered IELTS Writing Task 1, 2:

      Writing Task 1:
      Three pie charts was given as different 3 subjects showing how 3 different age groups choosing on these three subjects.

      Writing Task 2:
      There are too many people need help every day around the world, and it is impossible for government to reach out to every single one of them. Therefore, governments should just focus on helping their own people in their countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?

    • Hi, I took an exam in Melbourne, Australia – March, 2016 and I would like to share what topic I encountered that day:

      Speaking test in Australia

      Part 1:

      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work or study?
      – Let’s talk about colours.
      – Which colour do you normally like? Why?
      – Did you like the same colour in your childhood? Why?
      – Which colour don’t you like? Why?
      – Let’s talk about food.
      – Which food do you like the most? Why?
      – Who does the cooking in your family?

      Part 2:
      Talk about a person who does a job that is beneficial for the society, please say

      – What job is it?
      – Who is the person?
      – How long have you known him/her?
      – Why do you like to visit him/her?

      Part 3:
      Has people’s behaviour changed in your country compared to the past?
      – In what way?
      – What kind of people are working more in your country?
      – In what kind of jobs can people make more money?

    • Speaking Test in Singapore (march, 2016)

      Part 1:
      – What is your full name?
      – Can I see your ID?
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work or study?
      – Do you like to visit the countryside? Why?
      – When do you visit it?
      – What do you usually do there?
      – Lets talk about colours.
      – What colours do you like?
      – Which is your favorite?
      – Why do you like this particular colour?

      Cue Card
      Talk about a famous person whom you would like to meet in person. Please say
      – Who is this person?
      – What is he/she famous for?
      – Why do you want to meet him/her?

      Part 3:
      – Do you agree that media focuses more on bad news rather than bringing good news to people?
      – Should media focus more on domestic or international news, in your opinion?
      – Do you like the fact that media gives importance to the news about famous personalities, politicians and so on? Why?

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