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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia – April 2011 (Academic Module)

The IELTS exam below was shared by R, who took his test in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Listening test

Section 1. A new patient was making an appointment at a dental clinic.

Section 2. Don’t remember.

Section 3. A conversation between two students about writing an article on history/museums.

Section 4. On how the English Channel was constructed. The idea, funds, etc.

Reading test

Passage 1. ‘The last man who knew everything’ – a biographic review of Thomas Young. How his articles were contributed to Encyclopedia Britannica and other achievements.

Passage 2. Philosophy behind the failure of new inventions (marketing).

Passage 3. An article on communication and learning behavior of growing children, including different social experiments.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We had to write a report on a bar chart showing a gender-wise comparison of subjects taken by the students in different years.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that new advancements in factory farming and the creation of new combinations of fruits and vegetables are not beneficial, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

– What do you do?
– Why do you like doing your job?
– Do you like people around you at work? Why?
– Tell me about science education in your school.
– What did you like about it?
– What did you find the most difficult?

Cue Card

Talk about a place near water you visited in your childhood. Please say

– Who did you go with?
– When was it?
– Where was it located?
– What did you do there?
– What did you like or dislike about this place?

Discussion

– Do you like flowers?
– Are there flowers in your country?
– What do flowers mean in your society?
– What kinds of flowers have a special meaning? Why?
– What are the benefits of living near a river in your society?
– What are the bad effects of living near a river? Why?
– Is traveling by sea safe?
– Do you prefer it to other options?
– What are the benefits and demerits of this type of travel?

IELTS test in Pune, India – April 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam below was shared by our kind friend A, who took his test in Pune, India.

Listening test

Section 1. A phone conversation between a zoo operator and customer.
Questions: form completion (customer information) and site map based questions.

Section 2. A recorded message providing information about retirement services for the elderly.
Questions: table completion.

Section 3. A chat between two postgraduate students about selection of courses.
Questions: multiple choice with 4 options.

Section 4. A lecture / monologue on how business education emerged in the USA from the 19th to 21st century.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Reading test

Passage 1. Instructions to local residents from a water supply company.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. Auckland city library instructions for visitors / customers.
Questions: True / False / Not Given.

Passage 3. Advertisement by recruitment agency stating various advantages for job seekers.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. An article on handwriting and is relation to personality, opinions and experiments of different experts.
Questions: True / False / Not Given, filling in blanks, multiple choice with 4 options.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

You are planning to join a part time course and have come to know about an organization that can sponsor your studies. Write a letter to the head of the organization mentioning

– your educational background and work experience,
– how the organization can help you to do this part time course,
– what is the benefit of doing this course.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that international sports events create problems for the hosting country and they are a waste of time and money. Do you agree or disagree with this view?

Speaking test

Introduction

– How are you? May I know your full name, please.
– May I see your identification, please?
– Where are you from?
– Do you like animals?
– What is your favorite wild animal?
– When was the last time you gave a gift to someone? What was it?
– Do you think it is easy to buy gifts for others?
– What type of gifts you would like to receive from others?

Clue Card

Talk about a historical building you visited recently
– describe the building,
– say what is it used for,
– explain why you visited it.

Discussion

– Why do people visit historical buildings?
– Do you think reading about historical buildings is better than actually visiting them? Why?
– Do you think the government is making enough effort to promote historical buildings in our country? Why?
– Do you think the government should repair such buildings? Why?

 

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