IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Family history

Family is where our roots are but in present times, there has been a fuss to know the family history . This is the topic for today’s BBC 6 minutes English.

The below audio has been taken from BBC 5 minutes English.

Listen to the audio and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. Which word describes the study of family history?
  2. What is the synonym of roots?
  3. What is the meaning of the phrase, skeletons in the closet?
  4. Which word means the same as understand?
  5. What’s the name for the study of ancient handwriting?.
  6. What word describes the official count of people in a population?
  7. Which phrase describes the knowledge passed on from one generation to the next?
  8. Which word means that you are connected by a blood relationship with them?
  1. genealogy
  2. origin
  3. secrets
  4. decipher
  5. Palaeography
  6. census
  7. family lore
  8. descended from

IELTS Letter Sample Question # Lost Bag

You should spend 20 minutes on this task.

You have just spent a weekend staying at The Taj hotel in Mumbai. When you get home you find out that you have left a bag at the hotel.

  • Explain in the letter when did you visit the hotel.
  • the details of your room and the bag.
  • how can one identify the bag?

You should write at least 150 words.


Dear Mr. Joshi,

I visited your hotel on 23rd March and stayed in room 342 until 25 March. We had a business meeting and even booked your hall for the meeting. It was surely a great visit, however, on reaching home I discovered that I had left one of my bags at the hotel.

The bag is a red color VIP bag with a green color ribbon tied to one of the chains. Although the bag is locked, the front chain has got a photo of mine along with a photostat of your hotel’s menu. Even more, there is a calculator and a parker. Although, inside the bag, there are only clothes of mine, but they do are important especially because I bought them after a lot of cultural analysis.

I would appreciate if you could check with your lost and found department and inform me if there is a bag. The clothes are important as I need to wear them for the presentations starting next week. I would be grateful if you could send them to the airport tomorrow where I could pick them, services will be payed.





IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Romance Vs Love

Romance and love or romance vs love. Two different yet similar concepts. There are people who do differentiate between the two while there are many who believe romance is an integral part of love. Well, this time we are listening to BBC 6 minutes English, on how has romance ruined love.

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN FOUR WORDS.

  1. Which movement has influenced literature, art, poetry, music and the way people behave?
  2. What word defines the working of people together to support a idea?
  3. When was the start of the romantic period?
  4. Which word means the spirit of time?
  5. What is the one word for the standard from which other things are judged?
  6. What is the idealised version of a perfect relationship called?
  7. Which phrase means the practical details of something like work, stress?
  8. What is the synonym of imperfect?
  1. Romanticism
  2. movement
  3. end of 18th century
  4. zeitgeist
  5. benchmark
  6. romantic ideal
  7. nitty-gritty
  8. flawed



IELTS Graphs Sample Answer # Animal Population

You should spend 20 minutes on this task.

The graph illustrates the animal population present in IA over the period of 10 years.


animal population

Write a report explaining the graph. You should write at least 150 words.


The graph illustrates the number of animals, cattle, dairy, hogs, broilers and layers present in IA from 1997 to 2007.

In the  year 1997, layers were the highest number of animals present followed by hogs. Broilers were present half in number when compared to hogs and layers whereas cattle were not present at all. However, by the year 2002, the population of cattle boomed surpassing the dairy animals and was approximately equal to the number of broilers. Around 7 millions hogs and broilers were present in 2002, while less than five million dairy animals existed.

Towards 2007, the population of all animals increased only with a minimal percentage, with hogs and layers being the maximum animals present in IA. The number of cattle and broilers remained approximately equal while dairy animals were the least present.

Overall, layers were the highest number of animals present in IA whereas while cattle were the least present initially, dairy animals were found minimal in IA over the decade from 1997 to 2007.


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