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IELTS test in Nottingham, UK – May 2015 (Academic Module)

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Two IELTS test takers M and F remembered the following details about their recent exam in Nottingham, UK:

Listening testIELTS test in the UK

Section 1. A conversation between a car rental office manager and a customer.

Section 2. A conversation between two students about hotels in the city.

Section 3. A lecture about water purifying tanks.

Section 4. A lecture on laughter.

Reading test

Passage 1. Introduction of bio-equipment in agriculture in the western countries.

Passage 2. About canals in the UK.
Questions: filling in blanks, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3. About job satisfaction and motivational programs for office workers.
Questions: multiple choice, True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table showing the population in four different countries between 1950 and 2000 and including a projection for 2050.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that having a lot of TV channels is good, while others argue that it reduces the quality of programs. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- What kind of films do you like?
- Did you like different films as a child?
- If you had a chance to make a movie, would you do it?

Cue Card

Describe any paid work that you did and enjoyed the experience. Please say

- What was the work?
- With whom did you work?
- Why did you enjoy it?


- How does work affect our daily lives?
- How is work related to the identity of a person?
- What kind of work is suitable for youngsters and the elderly?

IELTS test in the USA – May 2015 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from the USA (thanks, P!) shared the following topics after a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in USA

Section 1. A discussion about holidays between two friends.

Section 2,3,4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About the history of Europe and the colonisation of America following the discovery made by Columbus.

Passage 2. About companies, society and the government’s attitude.

Passage 3. About health and medical help.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a chart showing the process of smoking food. It was also explaining what food is healthy and how to preserve it for longer.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that the radio is the best way to get news, while others believe that TV is better for this purpose. Discus both views and give your opinion.

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 kind of house is it?
- Do you like living there? Why?
- How many hours do you sleep a day?
- How was your sleep when you were young?
- Do you like reading?
- Do you usually read before going to sleep? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a toy that was special to you as a child. Please say

- What was the toy?
- Who gave it to you and when?
- How did you use to play with it?


- Do you still have that toy?
- Do you think toys are important for children?
- What is the difference between toys at different ages of children?
- What is better in your opinion: electronic or simple soft toys?
- Do you think children should play with the same toys as other kids?



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