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IELTS test in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia – December 2016 (Academic Module)

Two IELTS test takers (thank you, N and M!) remembered the following details about their seemingly identical exams in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia:

Reading testIELTS test in Azerbaijan

Passage 1. About New Zealand wood production.

Passage 2. About Sherlock Holmes book and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing the recycling process of old car batteries to create new ones and other products. We had to summarize the process of new batteries’ production.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays many people use social media to communicate with others in social and professional life. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of social media. Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What school did you go to?
– Do you exercise?
– Why do you do it?
– Where do you usually exercise?

Cue Card

Describe how you save money. Please say

– Where and when do you do it?
– Is it an easy way for you?
– What do you save money for?


– How can we teach children to save money?

IELTS test in Sri Lanka – December 2016 (General Training)

Our friend E took the IELTS test in Sri Lanka and remembered the following about the Reading, Writing and Speaking parts:

Reading testIELTS test in Sri Lanka

Passage 1. Information about hotels and other accommodation options.
Questions: short-answer questions, match information to paragraphs.

Passage 2. An article about project management.
Questions: diagram labeling.

Passage 3. There were eight paragraphs about the history of maps.
Questions: match statements to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You and your friend have bought tickets to the theatre. However, you can’t go with him/her for a certain reason. Write a letter to your friend and say

– Apologize about the situation.
– Explain the reason why can’t you make it.
– Suggest what to do with your ticket.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

All over the world people spend more time on sports and exercises these days. Does this development have more advantages or disadvantages? Give your opinion with supporting examples from your own experience.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you wear hats or caps?
– When do you usually wear them?
– Do you feel it is important to wear hats or caps?
– Why do you think so?

Cue Card

Talk about an artist that you admire the most. Please say

– What are his/her qualities?
– Why do you like him/her?
– What are his/her greatest achievements?


– Do you know other local artists?



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