ielts-yasi.englishlab.net

Updated November 16, 2014

 

How To Use This Website

  1. Basically, this website has two sides

a) An archive of the previous real topics and questions that have been used in the Speaking test. I have collected these questions from 2006 to August 2014. Point 6, below, tells you how to find these archives.

b) A lot of other information, advice etc. to help you prepare for the Speaking test. Go to the drop-down menu on the front page to search for that information.

  1. The topics and questions that are being used now, (November 8, 2014) are only available after the payment of $10 (Australian). Information about how to pay that $10 is written at the bottom of this page, at Point 7.
  1. I have decided to retire from this work so on November 10, 2014 I will stop updating the information about the current topics and questions that will continue to be used until the end of December, 2014. The final set of updates on Nov. 10 that I will send to subscribers to the $10 service will be called "Updates #13". But I believe the information I have collected so far is already more than 95% complete, especially the Part 1 and Part 2 questions. That is, I already know more than 95% of the questions that are being used for the Sep-Dec 2014 testing period. Even if I were to continue collecting this information until the end of December, I would mostly find just a few extra questions that the examiners make themselves in Part 3 I think most of the Part 3 questions that are in the examiners' question book have already been found. Those Part 3 questions in the examiners' question book are the most frequently used Part 3 questions.

Of course, you can send me $10 and get a copy of "Updates #13" at any time but that is all I will be sending you because there will be no further updates.

  1. If you choose not to pay the $10 for the most updated information, and if you are preparing to do the test before the end of December 2014, then I can give you the following limited information about the topics that are currently in use

        Part 1

Of the topics shown on the page, Part_1_Questions_MAY_to_AUG_2014.htm, the following 19 topics are continuing to be used in the Sep-Dec testing period: Topics 1, 2, 10 (Television), the fifteen topics 14 (Shopping) to 28 (Birthdays) and 31 (Housework).

In addition, 11 new topics are being used, including Your Home (Accommodation). The other topics shown on that page have been retired. You can get information about those 11 new topics by using the $10 service.

        Parts 2/3

Of the topics shown on the page, PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P7.htm, all of the topics that were introduced into the test in January 2014 are no longer being used except for Topic 549A Magazine and Topic 550Something You Did to Help. Those two topics are still in use. Topic 551, A Photograph of You and Topic 572, A Sport You Like are also no longer being used.

All the topics introduced in May 2014 are still being used.

In addition to that, 26 new Part 2/3 topics were introduced in September 2014. You can get information about those 26 new topics by using the $10 service.

This information might seem complex and hard to understand, that is, hard to understand how the system works. Basically, the idea is that (most of) the Part 1 and Part 2/3 topics (and the questions within those topics) are used for 8 months and then retired. Eight months is two 4-month testing periods. The testing periods are January-April, May-August and September-December. However, to complicate the situation, there are usually 2 or 3 Part 2/3 topics that are used for 12 months before being retired. There are usually about 50 Part 2/3 topics in use in each testing period.

About 10-13 new Part 1 topics are introduced in each testing period (with 10 to 13 being retired) to give an average of about 28 or 29 Part 1 topics in use in each testing period.

All of this information about what topics are in use and what topics have been retired applies to China and to most of the world. However, I think that in a few countries, for example Iran, a few topics that have recently been retired in China continue to be used for a few months, although I think the majority of the topics in use are the same as for China and the rest of the world. (I wrote, "I think" because I don't have enough information about these countries to be sure.)

  1. If you are going to do the test in the January-April 2015 testing period, probably all of the topics shown on the above Part 1 & Part 2/3 pages (pages for the May-Aug 2014 testing period) will be retired, although possibly 2 or 3 of the May 2014 Part 2/3 topics will continue to be used.

However, the new Part 1and Part 2/3 topics that were introduced in September 2014 will probably continue to be used in the January-April 2015 period. You will need to pay the $10 for that information. You should also understand that there will be something like 20 to 25 new Part 2/3 topics and maybe about 10 new Part 1 topics in January 2015 that I will not have information on.

  1. After April 2015, the topics and questions in use will not be available through this website because I predict that the topics introduced in September 2014 will be retired at the end of April, 2015. But since something like 10% of the the topics in use at any time are repeats of previously used topics and questions, the archives of past topic that are stored on the website will still be useful. The following information tells you how to see these previously used topics:

        Part 1 

        Previous Part 1 Questions (by date)

        Index of Past Part 1 Topics (the same as above but written to show the topics)

        All Part 1 Questions (Questions collected according to topics)  

    

        Parts 2/3       

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

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

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

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

Go to Page 5 to see the topics that were introduced from 2011 to May 2012

Go to Page 6 to see the topics that were introduced from May 2012 to Sep. 2013

Go to Page 7  to see the topics that were introduced from Sep. 2013 to May 2014

 

        Notes for Some Part 1 Questions

        QUESTION_NOTES_PART_1.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PART_1_PAGE_2.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PART_1_PAGE_3.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PART_1_PAGE_4.htm

       

        Notes for Some Part 2/3 Topics & Questions

        QUESTION_NOTES.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_2.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_3.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_4.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_5.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_6.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_7.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_8.htm

        QUESTION_NOTES_PAGE_9.htm

 

  1. How to Pay the $10 for Information about the the September-December 2014 Questions

    At the moment, the only payment method that I am using is PayPal.

    1. Go to your PayPal account and send the A$10 to Christopher Green at gelin3@yahoo.com. You can convert your currency (e.g., RMB) to Australian currency on the PayPal site before you send it.
    1. VERY IMPORTANTLY, you will need to write your own email address in the message box where PayPal allows you to send a message when you send a payment. If you don't do that, I will not know who to send the updated information to. If you don't receive the updated information within 24 hours, it probably means you forgot to tell me your email address and you should contact me at gelin3@yahoo.com, telling me the name of the person who sent that PayPal payment (the name of your PayPal account) and the transaction ID number of the PayPal payment. Then I will know your email address.
    1. I will check my email at least once a day to see if PayPal has sent me a message that a new payment has been made. You might receive the updated information a few minutes after you send the payment, or it might be a few hours later but it will certainly be within 24 hours.