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To Page 1 (2006 & 2007),  To Page 2 (2008),  To Page 3 (2009), To Page 4 (2010), To Page 5 (2011), To Page 6 (2012), To Page 7 (2013), To Page 8 (2014), To Page 9 (2015)

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December 12, 2016

November 24, 2016

October 6, 2016

I have stopped collecting and updating the current Speaking test questions, but below is some information that will help you find lists of the current questions. If you are Chinese, then you probably already know about these sites. If you are not Chinese, you might have to use a translation service such as Google translate at times. Of course, there are also other lists on the internet.

The following two links will take you to candidate recollections of their test experiences.

September 12, 2016


August 30, 2016

I have now stopped updating my information on the current Speaking test topics and questions.

Below is part of what I wrote to those who were subscribers to my "Updates" service.



        I'm now going to take a long break from IELTS.        


        Is this what IELTS students all over the world will do after I have gone?


After about 3 months, or in about December, I might re-open my Skype (or Wechat) and Essay services for a limited number of students. But this is not certain.

And I might add some pages to my "IELTS WRITING" section on my website.


Record of Recent Updates Sent

Update Number Sending Date
   54  May 29, 2016
   55  June 06, 2016
   56  June 18, 2016
   57  June 26, 2016
   58  July  11, 2016
   59  July, 20, 2016
   60  July, 31, 2016
   61  Aug. 05, 2016
   62  Aug. 17, 2016
   63  Aug. 24, 2016
   64 - The Final One  Aug. 29, 2016


If you have not yet read the page, How to Use This Website, you should read that first, before continuing.

Some Zip Files

For your convenience, I have collected all the archived real test questions, along with other information related to Part 1 and Parts 2/3, and I have put this information into zip files. These files contain the archived test questions from 2006 to August, 2014.



Part 2 Topic Usage, Jan-Aug


June 19, 2016

The candidateís native accent might still be recognizable, but the accent of a native English-speaker is more dominant than the native accent, OR a mixture of native English-speaking accents is more dominant than the native accent.

Previously, that yellow highlighted part was not included in my personal judgment of the Band score criteria.


May 22, 2016

I'm sorry that I haven't added much free content to this website for a long time. I'm afraid doing the Updates service is as much work as I'm willing to do on IELTS at the moment.

When I stop doing the Updates service at the end of August, I plan to do a very limited amount of online face-to-face tutoring via Wechat or Skype (for the Speaking test), and a very limited amount of my essay assessment service. These services are listed on the front page of this website. I might also, from time to time, add to the free content of the website.

That's about all the work I'll be willing to do on IELTS.

May 16, 2016

May 9, 2016

April 24, 2016

April 15, 2016

April 2, 2016

Below is a copy of an email I sent to my subscribers yesterday, explaining this decision.


Hi Friends, 

I have made a final decision on whether or not to continue doing my updates. 

I will do them for another five months only. The last one will be the one after the last test in August in China. 

This situation will also be clearly stated on my website.  

Basically, the small income I get from doing these updates is not worth my time and effort. This has been clear to me for a while.  

To tell you the truth, the main reason why I have continued, and will continue until August, is the fact that I enjoy the challenge of doing this work. No, I donít enjoy doing it the hard way. Thatís really boring and time-consuming. Instead, I have written a computer program to automate as much of the work as possible. That is, the work of searching for and sorting the topics and questions from the data available on the internet. Itís all done using a collection of keywords. Computer programming is one of my hobbies although I am far from an expert. (And, no, I am not willing to sell my program, not for your price. I also wrote a program that solves Sudoku in less than one second.) The challenge that keeps me interested is the challenge of seeing how much I can improve my program to do the work as easily and as quickly as possible. Of course, the actual writing of the updates that I send you is not so easily automated, but is possible!

Everything will continue as normal until the last of my updated information reports. 

Best Wishes, 




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