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December 30, 2013


[Note that these predictions are for Mainland China. I think other parts of the the world are usually about the same as in China but I am not sure about this. I think that after some topics are retired in China, they continue to be used for another 4 months or more in some places.]

Here are a few predictions concerning the change of topics that will take place in January. Note that some predictions are little more than educated guesses. A clearer picture of the retired topics and of the details of the new topics will only emerge in about mid-February.


        Parts 2/3 

  1. The current topics, both Part 1 and Parts 2/3, will probably be used in the first test of 2014 and possibly in either the second or third test, as well, but not in all three. Then between 1/3 and 1/2 of them will be retired, to be replaced by an equal number of new or "returning" topics. "Returning" topics are topics that have been used before. There might be 10 to 15 of these returning topics for Part 2/3.
  1. At the same time, some of the new topics will start to be introduced in the first test of January, although probably only some of the new topics will be used in the first test, while other new ones will be introduced in the second test and possibly some more new ones will not be introduced until the third test of 2014.
  1. I think Topics 475, 476, 487 and 525 will be retired.
  1. Probably the majority of the topics 481-503 (23 topics) will also be (temporarily) retired, but not all of them. Possibly 3 to 5 of them will stay in the test. Topic 504 (Equipment) will probably stay in the test.
  1. There will probably be a Part 2 topic about A Book, A Film, Food and Music. This means that Topics 488, 492, 494 and 496 are less likely to be retired but if they are retired, they will probably be replaced with similar topics.
  1. The topic of "An Interesting Animal" (See Topic 134) or "A Wild Animal" (See Topic 353) might return.
  1. Probably none of the topics 505-528 (except 525) will be retired but a small number of them (less than 5) might be retired.
  1. Overall, probably between 15 and 25 Part 2/3 topics will be retired and replaced by an equal number of new or "returning" topics.


        Part 1       

  1. The topic of "Work/Studies" will definitely continue to be used, with many of the current questions (from Sep-Dec 2013) continuing, plus a few new questions.
  1. Almost certainly, both the topics "Home" and "Hometown" will continue to be used, with many of the questions for these topics from Sep-Dec 2013 continuing, plus a few new questions.
  1. I predict that most of the topics that were "new" in Sep-Dec 2013 will continue until the end of April, 2014. Those are the topics marked with N. But I am guessing that Topic 31 (Mobile Phones) will be retired.
  1. I am guessing that the Friendship topic will continue in the test.
  1. I am guessing that most, but not all of the other topics from Sep-Dec 2013 will be temporarily retired, especially Relatives, Art, Names, Family, Writing and News.
  1. There will probably be a few (3 to 6) new topics that have never used before (or not been used since the end of 2005, which is when the records for this website start.)
  1. Probably 10 to 15 topics will be returning topics from the past two or three years, possibly with a few extra questions added. For these returning topics, I am guessing that the following have the greatest chance of coming back into the test, (but not all of them will return), with the most recent being the most likely to return From May, 2013 [Sleep, Music, Boats, Buildings, Concentrating, Housework, Parks, The Countryside, Daily Routine]; From September, 2012 [Entertainment, Cards, Museums, Bags, The Weather]; From May, 2012 [Time Management, Weddings, Cars & driving]; From January 2012 [Visitors, Neighbours, Parks & Gardens, Noise], From September, 2011 [Happiness]; From May 2011 [Birds]; From January 2011 [Concerts, Science]


December 29, 2013

Part_1_Questions_SEP_to_DEC_2013.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P105.htm, PARTS_2_and_3_P106.htm  & QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_8.htm.

December 22, 2013

TYPE_4_Page_1.htm TYPE_4_Page_2.htm TYPE_4_Page_3.htm TYPE_4_Page_4.htm  & TYPE_4_Page_5.htm  (The topic here is rather advanced.)

December 19, 2013


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December 10, 2013

December 08, 2013

December 06, 2013

December 04, 2013

December 02, 2013

PARTS_2_and_3_P95.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P96.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P98.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htm and PARTS_2_and_3_P103.htm.

December 01, 2013

November 30, 2013

November 29, 2013

PARTS_2_and_3_P101.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P102.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P103.htm and PARTS_2_and_3_P104.htm.

November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013

November 23, 2013

November 5, 2013

Part_1_Questions_SEP_to_DEC_2013.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P100.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P101.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P102.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P103.htm and PARTS_2_and_3_P104.htm.

November 4, 2013

Along with this change, Topic 518, "A Place you would like to visit" has been deleted.

Furthermore, a new topic, "A Tourist Attraction You Visited" has been added as Topic 528 on Page 106. Previously, that topic existed as "Version B" for Topic 518.

PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P6.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P101.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P102.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P103.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P104.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P105.htm  and PARTS_2_and_3_P106.htm

October 29, 2013

October 27, 2013

As you might know, my main source of information for updating the current topics is renren,com. For example, the page, "2013年10月19日雅思考试真题回忆(笔试和口试)". But now I cannot get that page or the new page for the October 26 test. I have successfully registered with renren but, because my Chinese reading ability is not strong, I am still finding it too complex to find the page I want. I tried to contact for help but I think I was not successful at doing that. Can someone tell me how to get the 雅思日志 page after I log on? (I have not given my mobile phone number to renren because I am in Australia now. Is this really needed?)

October 23, 2013

PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P6.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P95.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P96.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P98.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P100.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P101.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P103.htm, PARTS_2_and_3_P105.htm  and PARTS_2_and_3_P106.htm

October 22, 2013

October 15, 2013

PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P6.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P92.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P93.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P94.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P95.htm  and PARTS_2_and_3_P96.htm.

October 5, 2013

PARTS_2_and_3_P89.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P100.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P105.htm  & QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_8.htm.

October 1, 2013

Topic 470, A Good Parent, might also be among that group   I'm a bit confused about that topic. I'm also confused about Topic 451, An Occasion When Someone Taught You a Useful Skill, which seems to have been in use for more than 12 months.

September 27, 2013  - 2pm

TOPIC_USAGE_2013_P3.htm,   PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P6.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P100.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P101.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P102.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P104.htm and PARTS_2_and_3_P105.htm

September 27, 2013

QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_8.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P91.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P94.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P98.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P100.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P101.htm and PARTS_2_and_3_P103.htm.

September 26, 2013

Part_1_Questions_SEP_to_DEC_2013.htm QUESTION_NOTES_PART_1_PAGE_4.htmPARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P6.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P96.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P97.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P98.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P99.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P100.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P101.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P102.htmPARTS_2_and_3_P103.htm, PARTS_2_and_3_P104.htm and PARTS_2_and_3_P105.htm

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August 14, 2013

Essay Grading Service is now back.

No new questions or information to help you improve your English has been added. But I have changed the page ESSAY_GRADING_SERVICE.htm to announce that I am now ready to accept your essays for my grading, correction and advice.

August 9, 2013

August 8, 2013

August 7, 2013

August 6, 2013

QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_8.htm QUESTION_NOTES_PART_1_PAGE_3.htm & Notes_for_Parts_2_and_3_Start_Page.htm

August 5, 2013

August 4, 2013 (8.30 pm)

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August 2, 2013

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July 22, 2013

This is at July 22 Of course, these contents will be added to, once I have included Part 1 May to now.


July 20, 2013

 July 19, 2013

July 17, 2013

        71, 72, 73, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 88, 90 - 101

        Note that the wording for Topic 499 has been drastically changed from what might have been written there previously.


January 20, 2013

        [Note inserted July 20, 2013: The current speaking test questions will be updated over the next few days]

I think one of the best websites for reading what candidates write after each test is The page for this, for the candidates' information after the January 19 test, is If you cannot read Chinese, use a translation service such as google translate or You can return to this same page after each test and you will see the link for the most recent test information at the first link in the box on the right-hand side.

I think the Xindongfang pages are also pretty good but the last time I looked at that website it seemed like they had copied from renren. (Or maybe renren had copied from Xindongfang.) Xindongfang is at also has similar information.

And has information from all over the world.

a) A "returning Part 2 topic" might look similar to a previously used Part 2 topic but it might actually have been changed in some key ways or,

b) My original version of a Part 2 topic might have been wrong in some key ways or,

c) The Part 3 questions that go with a returning Part 2 topic might have been changed in some key ways even when the Part 2 is exactly the same as it was when it was used before.

Page 1 to see the Part 2/3 topics that were introduced into the test in late 2005, in 2006 and in early 2007. 

Page 2 to see the topics that were introduced into the test in late 2007 and in 2008.

Page 3 to see the topics that were introduced in 2009.

Page 4 to see the topics that were introduced in late 2009, 2010 and in early 2011.

Page 5 to see the topics that were introduced after mid-2011 and in 2012.