IELTS test: Recent authentic exam topics and questions from candidates, July 2019

IELTS test: Recent authentic exam topics and questions from candidates, July 2019

This recent IELTS exam- topics & questions post is based on my interview with two of my students who have recently appeared in IELTS Academic Test in July 2019 and August 2019  and shared their personal experiences with me. They’ve shared the latest topics and questions which they remembered after attending the exam. I hope these examples help you with your personal IELTS prep.

IELTS Academic Test held on 18/07/2019

Listening Test:

Section 1: A dialogue between two students about taking a course in a university

Section 2: A monologue on the map of an area

Section 3: Couldn’t remember

Section 4: A monologue on the history of garments (silkworm cocoons)

Reading Test:

Reading Passage 1: Ancient Greek coin

Reading Passage 2: Motor-bike accidents

Reading Passage 3: A passage on something related to research on human brain (Couldn’t remember clearly)

Writing Test:

Task 1: A table on the rate of car per 1000 people in 6 countries

Task 2: Agree-disagree topic

It is very important for people to attain some social skills as well as academic qualifications.

How far do you agree or disagree?

Speaking Test:

Part 1:

Personal questions:

How are you?

Could you tell me your name, please?

Tell me in brief about your education.

Did you like to study in your school? Why? / Why not?

What do you remember most about your school life?

Were you given a lot of homework?

Did any teacher irritate you more?

Social Networking:

Do you use social networks sometimes?

How much time do people in your locality spend in social networking?

Do you think that social networking makes us social?

Are there any drawbacks in using social networks?

Is it easy to find friends through social networks?

Transport system in my country:

How did you get here today, by a car or bus or train?

Do you use public transport regularly?

Are you satisfied with the transportation system in your country?

What can be done to improve it?

Part 2:

Describe a situation when your transport (by a bus or car) broke done on the way.

You should say:

  • when it happened
  • where you were going and who accompanied you
  • how long it took to fix the vehicle
  • and explain how you felt about that situation

Part 3:

  • How do most people travel long distances in your country?
  • Did you witness any major changes in the use of transport in your country over the last few decades?
  • Has there been any big improvement in transport in your country lately?

IELTS Academic Test held on 27/07/2019

Listening Test:

Section 1:

Application form for applying for credit card

Questions 1-7: Fill in the blanks

Questions 8-10: MCQs

Section 2:

Maps of different water ride areas

Questions 11-14: Match information

Questions 15-20: Couldn’t remember

Section 3:

Discussion about different parts of a presentation between two students and instructor

Section 4:

A monologue on the production of a particular product in a factory

Questions 31-34: MCQs

Questions 35-40: Fill in the blanks

Reading Test:

Reading Passage 1:

History of Opera Comics

Questions 1-7: Fill in the gaps

Questions 8-13: True, False, Not Given

Reading Passage 2:

Fire in Australia (disappearance of small mammals)

Questions 14-19: Matching Headlines

Questions 20-23: Matching information

Questions 24-26: Fill in the blanks

Reading Passage 3:

A research on human brain

Questions 27-29: MCQs

Questions 30-36: Matching statements with researchers

Questions 37-39: Identifying information

Question 40: Title of the passage

Writing Test:

Task 1: Maps of a particular college from 1975 to 2010 and proposed design for 2020

Task 2: Both-view topic / Two-sided topic:

Some experts believe that people should spend their free time with their family while others think that they should go outside to entertain themselves.

Discuss both views and give your personal opinion.

Speaking Test:

Part 1:

Personal questions:

How are you?

Could you tell me your name, please?

Do you have any nickname?

Where are you from?

How many family members do you have?

Who is the eldest?

How do you spend your free time with your family?

Street market:

Do you have any street market in your area?

Do you go there for shopping sometimes? Why? / Why not?

Are street markets common in your country?

What kind of products do people buy from there?

Are they expensive or cheap? Why?

Mobile phone:

What kind of mobile phone do you use now?

Do you share your phone with your friends? Why? / Why not?

Do you sometimes borrow your friend’s phone? Why? / Why not?

What can be done to improve it?

Part 2:

Describe a singer or a band that you like most.

You should say:

  • How do you know about him/her or the band?
  • How often do you listen?
  • How do you listen?
  • and explain how you feel when you listen to him/her or the band?

Part 3:

  • Do you think singers should have some ethics to perform or to sing?
  • Do you sing songs sometimes?
  • Have you ever dreamt or planned to become a singer?
  • Is singing a common profession in your country?
  • What types of songs do people mostly listen to in your country?
  • What about concerts or music festivals? Are they common?
  • Do you think that there have been some major changes in people’s attitude towards listening to music?
  • Is it a positive or negative trend?
  • Do you think music can be used to highlight a country?

IELTS Academic Test held on 24/08/2019

Speaking Test:

Part 1:

Personal questions:

How are you?

Could you tell me your name, please?

Are you a service holder?


Do you have pets?

Did you have any pet in your childhood?

Which group of people love to pet animal more in your country, the younger ones or the elder ones? Why?

Which animals you don’t like in your country? Why?

Feeling about visiting public places:

Do you feel bored or irritated to go to public places?

When did you go at public places last time?

What do you feel when public places get crowded? 

Do you think public places should maintain some restrictions?

  • The examiner asked some more questions but the examinee couldn’t remember. 

Part 2:

Describe a good news that saw in newspaper or Television

You should say:

  • what the new was about.
  • when you heard about it. 
  • how you felt hearing the news.
  • and explain the news in brief. 

Part 3:

  • Do you usually read newspaper? Why?
  • How can schools motivate students to read newspaper?
  • Do you watch news on television or newspaper? Which one is more comfortable for you? 
  • Do you think the way news are published will be changed in future?
  • Do you think online news are reliable? 
  • What’s the impact of rumours in society that spread from fake news? 

If you are interested to share your exam topics and questions, you can do so by commenting or you can email me at with your full name, test centre and date of exam. We can share them so that future IELTS candidates can get an idea of what topics and questions they may face. 

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