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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Oman – March 2015 (Academic Module)

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Thanks to IELTS test takers from Saudi Arabia and Oman (well done, L and M!) we can share the topics from the recent IELTS exam in these two countries:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. A phone call from a customer who bought a vacuum cleaner and had a problem with it.

Section 2. Students talked about a course on Japanese culture including food, clothing and temperature that they intended to take.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About plants and their defense systems.

Passage 2. About printing press development and books after the 14th century.

Passage 3. About sports in the UK and the USA from the beginning of the 20th century to year 2000.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a chart showing male and female, full and part time undergraduates in the UK in 1980, 1990 and 2005. We had to compare the data.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that public libraries should be free, otherwise they are just a waste of money, especially because modern technologies and the internet allow easy access to resources. Discuss and give your point of view.

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 like your job? Why?
- Do you like shoes?
- Do you prefer comfortable shoes or fashionable ones?
- Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?

Cue Card

Talk about traffic jams. Please say

- When did you experience a traffic jam?
- What did you do?
- How did you feel after that?


- What caused that traffic jam?
- Do you think governments should tax more big cars owners?
- Do you think it might solve the problem?
- What would you suggest to solve the problem?
- Is there any relationship between traffic jams and pollution?

IELTS test in Singapore and Australia – March 2015 (General Training)

Thanks to K and R who took the IELTS test in Singapore and Australia, we know that their exams were the same, and here are the questions they remembered (only the Writing and Speaking questions were shared).

Writing testIELTS test in Singapore

Writing task 1 (a letter)

The company you work for introduced a work-from-home scheme. Write a letter to your manager asking for the work-from-home option. In your letter say

- What part of your job can be done from home?
- How many hours will you be able to work from home?
- How will it be helpful to you as well as your employer?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Usually students have to study a range of different subjects. Some people believe that learning subjects without being interested in them won’t be beneficial. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Where do you go on weekends?
- Do you plan your holidays or vacations?
- How do you plan them? Why?
- How did you learn to do it?

Cue Card

Talk about a famous public figure that you like. Please say

- Who is this person?
- Why do you like him/her?
- When did you first come to know about him/her?


- Sometimes old musicians come back to perform. Why?
- Why is there a need for them to perform again, in your view?



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