Here are some questions that people have asked me recently:
1) Can we be less formal in the speaking test e.g. can I say "kids"?
Yes, you could say "kids" in the speaking test, but use "children" in the writing test. Of course, it's also fine to say "children" in the speaking test. Just be careful not to be too informal i.e. avoid slang.
2) Is it a mistake to write "effect" if the answer is "effects"?
It depends whether the answer was clearly in a plural context or not. For example, if it's a gap-fill question and the word before the gap is "several", you would need the plural. If the answer is not part of a sentence, both singular and plural may be accepted.
3) Can you predict the writing questions for the next test?
No. I've tried predicting before, but it's a lottery! I wouldn't believe any predictions you read on the Internet if I were you. Just make sure you are prepared for the most common topics, like education, family, work...
4) Should answers always start with a capital in the reading test?
It doesn't matter. They don't care about capital letters in the reading or listening tests. Now they even accept essays written completely in capitals (in the writing test), although I still think it's best to write in the normal way.
5) Can you make the "recent exam questions" page easier to use?
A few people have mentioned this. Maybe we need a proper forum for recent questions. Any suggestions would be welcome, and I'll look into it myself.