IELTS Sample Questions

Writing Questions

1) Today, the high sales of popular goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real need of the society in which they are sold. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2) Most countries believe that international tourism has harmful effects. What problems are caused by international tourism? Solutions to change negative attitudes? OR Many people believe that international tourism is a bad thing for their country. Why do they think so? What can be done to change their views? 3) Modern technology has made it easier for individuals to download copyrighted music and books from the Internet for no charge. To what extent is this a positive or a negative development? OR There is a problem today that copyrighted material such as music,  film and books are freely available on the internet with the result that the owners of the works lose money. Do you feel this is a good or bad thing?

Reading Questions

Read the descriptions below and answer questions 1-6.

Free wireless connection in great outdoor locations

With summer fading, the more time spent outdoors the better…and work doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying the day! From entire downtown stores to tiny cafes, many locations now offer free, wireless internet connection. Here’s a guide to hotspots where you can connect up, email friends or get some work done while enjoying a coffee, a drink or meal outdoors.

A. Fairview Park

Make a park bench in your office, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in the middle of the city. Pack a picnic and soak up the sun. As an extra attraction, lunchtime concerts run between noon and 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday.

B. Dragon’s tail

Shake off jet lag while munching on homemade chicken fingers and sipping one of the 14 special drinks. Only four blocks from the airport, the patio, restaurant and lounge are all wired.

C. Southport landing

Pull your boat right up to this neighbourhood favourite on the river. Great seafood is reasonably priced. Only 5 minutes from downtown, this is the place for a long lunch. With wireless access on the 100 seat patio you’ll get a spot even on the sunniest days.

D. One World Cafe and Language Centre

Get online at Gazebo while deciding which ethnic dish to try. Wood oven pizzas are a speciality. Take English or Spanish lessons for dessert while sipping on fair trade coffee.

E. Harvest Moon

Farm fresh organic salads and homemade soup are as delightful as the street side tables. Like the internet, this cafe never closes, freeing you up to set your own business hours. Don’t forget the organic pastries and fair trade espresso for dessert. Check out the poetry special events nights.

Questions 1-3

Look at the descriptions on the previous page. Which location best fits these requirements? Choose the appropriate letter A-E.
  1. It is late at night. You are hungry and you still need to put together and send off some emails before going home. __________
  1. You are looking for a place to have a bite to eat, get some work done and maybe meet people from different cultures.________
  1. You want to have lunch while you finish up a report before flying out of town to attend a conference._________

Questions 4-6

Choose the correct letter A-E. Which TWO descriptions mention:
  1. entertainment                            ___________        ____________
  2. natural environment                  ___________       ____________
  3. central location                          __________       _____________
Read the passage and answer questions 7-14

Using LP Gas Safely Around the Home

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP Gas) – also known as bottled gas – is widely used in the home for cooking, room and water heating. It may also be used on a range of leisure appliances such as camping equipment, barbecues and caravans. LP Gas is propane gas, stored in cylinders under pressure as liquid and then used as a gas when connected to domestic and portable appliances. It is not the same as Automotive LP Gas ( known as Autogas) which is used in specially converted cars. Autogas is a mixture of propane and butane and therefore must not be used in domestic or portable outdoor appliances. LP Gas is clean burning, heavier than air and non-toxic. In its natural state LP Gas is odourless. So that gas leaks can be detected, a chemical is added which gives it a very distinctive smell. Domestic and portable LP Gas appliances are designed only for use with propane gas. LP Gas is not the same as natural gas – gas which is piped to your house by a gas company. LP Gas must never be used in natural gas appliances and vice-versa. Operating an appliance on the wrong type of gas can be hazardous. LP gas contains much more energy than natural gas and as such presents a fire risk if connected with the wrong appliance. Identification dates on LP Gas( propane) appliances have red writing on silver. Natural gas appliances have black writing on silver. Always check the id plate to make sure the appliance uses LP Gas. If You Smell Gas Indoors You should never use a naked flame to try and find a gas leak. It may not be a gas leak – people sometimes accidentally leave gas cooker burners turned on and unlit and this may be the cause of gas smell. Also, check that any heaters have been properly lit. Turn the burner off and wait until you can no longer smell the gas before trying to use a gas appliance. Open doors and windows. Don’t operate power or light switches, don’t turn electrical appliances on or off, and don’t use your telephone, as they might spark and create a fire. In particular, don’t use a fan to provide ventilation. If burners haven’t been accidentally left on, leave the premises and turn the gas supply off at the cylinder. If safe to do so, switch off the power at the fuse box so that electrical appliances can’t operate and generate a spark. Call a licensed gas fitter from a neighbour’s telephone or use a cell phone outside – it may be unsafe to use your home phone. Don’t go back into the house until the gas is turned off at the cylinder and the smell of the gas is cleared.

Questions 7-10

The passage on the previous page mentions 3 different kinds of gas. Match one of the following gas types (A-C) to each of the descriptions below.
  1. IP gas
  2. Autogas
  3. Natural gas
[7] Not for household use ———- [8] Used for outdoor appliances ———- [9] ID plate show a silver background with black text ———— [10] Made up of a combination of gases ———-

Questions 11-14

Complete the table using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS FROM THE PASSAGE. Check that the stove has not been turned on and left… 11_________________ For ventilation, open doors and windows but don’t use… 12_____________ Leave the premises and switch off the electricity at… 13_____________ If assistance is required, call from… 14________________

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