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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – July 2015 (Academic Module)

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Two IELTS test takers from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan (thank you, M and S!) remembered the following details from their exams:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. Someone was asking for the details about Joy Land park entry.
Questions: filling in blanks, map labelling.

Section 2. Two students were discussing their assignment with their tutor.
Questions: multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A monologue describing methods and usage of pesticides.
Questions: Summary completion.

Reading test

Passage 1. About Palladian architecture. A style of architecture derived from and inspired by the designs of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio.

Passage 2. About sense of smell and its relationship with human brain. How a particular smell can bring up certain memories from the past.

Passage 3. About robots designed by different scientists. Description of robots, comparison and their similarities in shape and design with working insects.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a chart showing the amount of tea and coffee in tonnes imported by four different countries in 2007.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people feel that there is too much emphasis on getting an education, and that governments should spend money on leisure time activities for young people too. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Do you live in a house or an apartment?
- What do you like the most about your home?
- Describe a home that you would like to have in the future.
- Do you eat fruits and vegetables?
- What are the benefits of fruits and vegetables?
- What sports are popular in your country?
- Did you watch any sport or game recently?
- What sport was it?
- What sport would you like to try? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when a child made you laugh. Please say

- Who is the child?
- What happened and where?
- Why did he/she make you laugh?


- Lets talk about children and parenthood.
- Do you think new parents should get training courses in dealing with children?
- What are a good parent’s characteristics in your opinion?
- Do you think children learn better when they are playing? Why?
- Do children always make you laugh? Why?
- Why do children laugh all the time?
- When is the prefect time to get married? Why‎?

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

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?



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