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  1. Hello Liz, i had my speaking test today in Nigeria. (Academic ielts)
    part 1.
    -Do u work or study? wheredo u work?
    -what degree or certificate u had to get?
    -Are there other things u need to do to progress in your career?
    -what is your daily meal time like?
    -is there any difference in your eating habit btw now and when u were a child.
    -is there someone u like to eat with.
    -do u prefer tp cook or eat out? why
    part 2.
    Talk about an interesting person u know that is a foreigner. either u met in person or u heard about the person.
    who this person is?
    what the person does?
    why this person is interesting to you.
    part 3
    -what is the difference btw products made by international companies and the local products. And why is there difference
    -Advantages and disadvantages of working abroad
    -will cultural differences affect international companies
    -why is it essential for countries to come together and help each other.

  2. Hi Liz,
    Type of test: Ielts General
    Speaking part 1
    Some general question about where you live and about travelling.
    Would like to travel to space?
    Speaking part 2 – cue card
    Which era of history you find interesting-
    What is the era?
    Why you find it interesting?
    Do other people also find it interesting?
    It was more about history.
    Benefits of studying history.
    How can you find job after studying history?
    And some more.

    Thanks for your efforts. You are doing good work. Lots of health and happiness to you.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Wishing you luck for your results 🙂

      • Thanks liz. Your videos were quite helpful. I am confident about my L,R,S module but bit concerned about writing. I didn’t practice writing much and moreover, I was not keeping well since friday. So, on Saturday by the time writing started I was feeling very lethargic as I couldn’t eat properly because of my tummy trouble. So , just keeping my fingers crossed.

  3. 21 April 2018
    General Training
    Peshawer Pakistan

    Hello liz,
    Hope you are doing well with your health. My best wishes are always with you.

    1st section about reservation form
    2nd section about tutorials
    3rd section about Rockets assembly (university project)
    4th lecture

    3rd section about ancient Egypt and pyramid history

    Task1: write a letter to a builder who has done recently some work at your home and now there is a slight problem with it
    -what is the problem
    -how the problem effecting your life
    -what you want him to do

    Task2: now a days, more and more movies and music are available on internet at free of cost
    -this is positive or negative development
    Give valid reasons to explain it

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope to start seeing improvement later this year with a full recovery later next year – slow but sure – hopefully. Thanks for your concern 🙂

  4. 21 April 2018 Oklahoma City, ELS

    Listening: The recording was played on tape on loud volune. No headphones. So that was one shock. The last section was about bees and their use of optics. Which I found slightly difficult.

    Writing :
    Task 1 : Complaint to bus manager about poor service
    Task2: Some people have hobbies requiring technology and others don’t. Explain both views and give your opinion.

    What is your full name?
    Where are you from?
    Where do you currently stay?
    What is the distance from where you live to the exam center?

    Describe a photo taken of you that you like?
    Why do you like it?
    What is the photo about?
    Where was it taken and who took it?

    Does capturing special moments require innate skills?
    DO you like taking pictures?
    Do you think taking photo takes your attention away from enjoying the moment
    DO you think people still prefer photographs

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Even I faced the same situation… where listening audio was played on speaker… I appeared from California…I was dumbstruck..l I didn’t prepare myself for listening on speaker.
      Mainly the issue with speaker is audio echos.

      Liz, how to prepare to deal with such condition?

      • It’s such an unfortunate situation. My main advice is to avoid centers that use speakers. Contact each center and ask them what they use – then choose one that uses headphones. Hopefully IELTS will eventually get the message that speakers are completely inappropriate in 2018!! Unfortunately, IELTS is also quite deaf to the wishes and recommendations of their customers and show little desire to improve their test conditions 🙁 My other very strong feeling is about test centers that fail to put a clock in the test room for the listening, reading and writing – another stupid oversight by IELTS and showing a lack of standardisation! Headphones and clocks cost little compared with profits of IELTS as a company! Excuse my rant – I do feel strongly about these things !

  5. April 22, 2018
    Module: Academic
    Place: IDP, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


    PART 1

    -Where do you live?
    -How long have you been living there?
    -What do you like about your home?
    -What do you prefer most, reading news in the newspaper or on the Internet? Why?
    -How often do you check time? Why?
    -Have you ever been late for an important meeting? How did you feel?

    PART 2

    Describe your perfect home
    You should say:

    -where it would be and why
    -what would you want to see there
    -explain why it is a perfect home for you

    PART 3

    -What are the main differences between houses in your country and in western countires?
    -Should one be allowed to have more than one house? Why?
    -(Above question) Would yo say so about places where there are not enough houses to live?

  6. City moga(punjab)
    Maninder kaur
    Academic Idp

    Reading and listening was quite tough for me
    Task 1 verticle bargraph of four countries who fill application to a european contry.
    Task 2 some people have vehcle-free days in which private cars motorcycle and trucks are banned to move. While public transport is permitted to move such as bicycle bus and taxi .Is benefits outweigh drawbacks.

  7. Raminder says:

    Hi Liz,
    I have taken IELTS (BC) GT exam on 21st April,2018 in Chandigarh, India.

    Writing task 1: Recently, your Builder have done some work in your flat. Write a letter telling him:-
    1) What was the work done?
    2) Why you are not happy about it?
    3) What do you want to do about it?

    Task 2:- Nowadays, many movies & music are free to download online. Is it a negative development or positive development?

    I have my listening exam on 23rd April. Will post that as well.


  8. Hi all,
    i gave IELTS general today. i would like to share some questions that i remebered.

    Test date: 21 April 2018
    venue : surrey, Canada
    type: General

    Part 1
    Tell me about your self,
    Describe a place where you currently live?
    Some question About music eg.. when why you listen music**** (sorry forget exact question)

    PART 2
    Describe a perfect holiday / vacation away from home?
    who would you like to go with
    where would you go
    what will you do

    some basic follow-up question according to answer

    part 3

    5-6 questions regarding holidays
    sorry i forget exact questions.
    some agree disagree question.

    Last week you took a long bus trip. you and all passenger were dissatisfied with bus service.
    write a letter to Manager of the bus company
    when you took bus and from where
    explain why you and all passenger were unhappy with the service
    give some suggestion to improve service

    Some people prefer hobbies that require technology, while some people hobbies does not require technology.

    discuss the both views and give your opinion.

  9. Type of test – general training
    Date of test -21st April 2018
    Location – Mississauga, Canada

    Writing task 1
    Last week you travelled in a bus, but you were not satisfied by the service.please write a letter to the manager to inform your concern
    – When was the trip ?
    – Why did you and other passengers were not happy about the service ?
    – please suggest what can be done in future

    Task 2 :
    Some people prefer to have hobbies that needs technologies, but others prefer to have hobbies without technology. Please discuss both sides and and specify your opinion.

    Speaking –

    Task 1 :
    What is your full name ?
    Where are you from ?
    Do you work or study ?
    What do you do as part of your job ?
    What training you had taken to do your current job ?
    Is there any training needed in future for your job ?
    What is your daily meal plan ?
    Would you eat outside frequently ?
    How was your food preferences in your childhood?

    Task 2 :
    The thing you have reached any of your relative/friend recently.
    – whom did you teach ?
    – what dud yay teach ?
    – was it easy to teach ?

    How did you feel after teaching him/her ?

    Task 3 :

    Couple of questions related to task 2.
    Is it possible for every one to learn any skills ?
    Is practice important to learn any skills ?
    If anyone thinks that if they can learn any sill, then will that help to learn ?
    Do countries need universities ?
    Is it possible to achieve success without university study ?
    Will university study helps to learn anything other than academic subjects ?

    I don’t remember the reading ang listening questions …..

  10. Hi Liz,
    Thanks a ton for being so helpful. Your website is a treasure house for anyone attempting this exam. Your videos helped me immensely!

    Type: General
    Date: 21/4/2018
    Location: Pune,India

    Essay task 1:
    Your builder recently did some work at your home but you are not happy with it. Write a letter to your builder explaining:
    What you are not happy about
    How it can be rectified
    No need to write and address, just begin with Dear…..

    Task 2:
    Music and films are easily available online for free.
    Is this a positive or negative development?

    I am attempting my speaking test today.

    Thanks once again.

  11. I had taken ielts today.
    Center: Austin, Texas.

    Listening was difficult with lot of mcqs.
    Reading was very easy.
    Writing topics:
    Write a letter to bus company manager to complain bad service.

    Some people prefer to have hobbies that include technology while others prefer to avoid technologies. Discuss both views.

    Part 1
    Questions about time
    Questions about secondary School

    Part 2
    Cue card on a school rule which I hate
    What’s it
    What is the punishment if u break it
    Why u hate it

    Part 3
    Workplace dress codes good or bad
    Should govt oversee how parents upbringing their children

  12. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for creating an useful website for preparing for IELTS exam with videos, tips and recent exam questions. It is and will help many students to prepare for the test.
    I had my speaking test on the 19th April and my LRW test on the 21st of April.
    Type : General
    Location: Madurai
    Date: 21/04/2018
    Section 1 fill in the blanks about booking a course
    Section 2 Hobson Park in New Zealand, choose the best option and label the map
    Section 3 Two match tutor speaking about a maths project, choose the best option
    Section 4 Topin on Marketing, fill in the blanks.
    Section 1 Part 1 was about Greyhound Buses and Part 2 was about parks and campfires.
    Section 2 Part 1 was Paternity leave entitlement and Part 2 was about a company policy for new joiners.
    Section 3 was about an Egyptian archaeologist.
    Task 1: Write a letter to your builder about a recent work he had done and you are not happy about the work he has done.
    *what was the work
    *why you are not happy about it
    *what would you like him to do
    Task 2: Recent days films and music is available online free. Is it a positive development or negative development.
    Speaking: 19th April 2018
    I am not remembering the exact questions.
    Part 1:
    What is your name?
    Do you work or study?
    Did you receive any training for your work?
    Will you need training related to your work in the future?
    Have you traveled on a boat?
    Do you like traveling on a boat? I said no so she asked me why not?
    Do you think that many people in your country would have traveled on boats?
    Will you buy a boat in future?
    Cue Card:
    Talk about a person who is a good parent.
    *who is that person
    *from when do you know this person
    *why do you think this person makes a good parent
    Part 3: Parenting and teenagers
    Do you think we should give freedom to teenagers
    Has parenting changed from before and now
    What skill is important for parenting

  13. Venue : Pune , India
    Test : General Writing
    Date : 21 .04. 2018

    Task 1:
    Write a letter to builder . You had some task done by him for your home and you are disappointed.
    Include the following:
    Explain what was done?
    Reason for disappointment
    What do you expect the builder to do now?

    Task 2:
    Nowadays films and music are easily available online for free.
    Is this development advantage or disadvantage?


  14. Arulpruthiviraj says:

    Hello Elizabeth,
    Thanks a lot for your tips
    type of test – Academic
    Date of test- 20,21/04/2018
    Location of test- Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    Conducted by IDP
    Speaking module:
    Where are you from?
    What do you do?
    Say more about your study?
    What is the best time to study?
    How often you use dictionaries?
    Which do you prefer digital or printed dictionaries?
    How many hours of sleep do we need?
    Who need more sleep? Younger or older people?
    Is it healthy to sleep during day time?
    Cue card
    Describe a public place that you think need improvements?
    What the place is
    When do you go there?
    What do you like and dislike in the public place?

    Do city people need to pay for public services?
    What is the advantages of living in city?
    Why do people move far away from their home to live in other places?
    What do you prefer, city or countryside? Why?

    Pollution and other environmental damage causes by developing country and country which is becoming richer? This problem can not be avoided
    To what extent do you agree?

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