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IELTS test in Bulgaria and Iran – July 2015 (Academic Module)

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Two IELTS test takers from Bulgaria and Iran (thanks Z and E!) remembered the Writing and Speaking questions from a recent exam, which was apparently the same in these two countries:

Writing testIELTS test in Bulgaria

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two plans with students’ common room layout, one of today and another from 5 years ago. We had to compare and describe both plans.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that young generation should follow traditions of their society; others, however, believe that young people should be free to make their own choice as individuals. Discuss both views and your own opinion.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Tell me about your home.
- Would you like to live in a different home in the future? Why?
- Let’s talk about newspapers.
- Is it important for people to be informed?
- What news do they really need?
- Do you work or study?
- What do you study?
- When did you start to study mathematics?
- Is it still important for you? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a successful small business that you know about. Please say

- What business is it?
- Who is running it?
- Why do you think it is successful?


- Is it easy today to run your own business?
- Why or why not?
- What are the important fundamentals of a successful business in your opinion?
- What should a person concentrate on when starting a new business?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of a small business?
- What do you think about family business?
- Do you think the Internet is important for business? Why?
- Will it be important in the future?

Want Band 8.5? “Shut off your mobile phone, focus and spend time practicing”

You may remember Sharanya as a winner of our IELTS Results competition – she scored overall Band 8.5 with an amazing 9 in Reading. This is a serious achievement for a young lady whose first language is Tamil. Today we would like to share with you the few simple steps that Sharanya recommends that you take to follow her path to success.

Band 7.5 in IELTS“Before you begin preparation, familiarize yourself with the end to end IELTS test format.

For the listening and reading components, practice, practice, practice as much as possible! Try to take as many tests as you can. Also while studying, try to simulate conditions of an actual test center. Work in a silent closed room and shut off your mobile phone. So even if you study for just 2 hours every day, ensure that you do so without any distractions.

For the speaking component, do subscribe to the updates from For a period of almost 2 months I consolidated the list of speaking test questions. This greatly helped me to perform confidently in the speaking test. Also ensure that you practice speaking out loud.

For writing, learn about the type of essays and letters/reports that are commonly asked. Do ensure that you equip yourself with an extensive list of connective phrases and terms. Also try to hand write at least one letter/essay a day.”



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