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IELTS test in the UAE and India – October 2014 (General Training)

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Thanks to the good memory of P, A and W we can share the Writing and Speaking questions from a recent IELTS exam in the UAE and India. Apparently, these two countries had the same questions.

Writing testIELTS test in the UAE

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently read an article in a newspaper about your favourite restaurant. The writer did not like the restaurant, but you disagree with his/her opinion. Write a letter to the editor and say

- Where the restaurant is and its name
- Describe your last visit to the restaurant
- Why you disagree with the writer’s opinion
- What should the editor do about this

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Today people spend more time travelling to work than before. Some people suggest employers should allow employees to do some work from home. Do you think the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Where do you live now?
- Do you like it there?
- Do you like museums?
- Do you visit them often?
- Do you think schools should take students there? Why?

Cue Card 1

Talk about one of your friend’s success story in their life. Please say

- What is the story?
- How did it affect you?
- What do you consider success in general?

Cue Card 2

Talk about a foreign language that you would like to learn. Please say

- What language is it?
- Why do you want to learn it?
- How and when will you do it?

Discussion 1

- What are the advantages and disadvantages of learning a foreign language?

IELTS test in Australia – October 2014 (Academic Module)

Below are the topics and questions we received from Y (thank you!) after a recent IELTS exam in Australia. She didn’t remember the Reading or the Listening, but had a good recollection of the Writing and Speaking sub tests:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph and a bar chart showing the percentage of population per square kilometer in 7 countries in 2003. We had to compare and describe the data.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

The government is funding universities and providing scholarships for the best students. To what extent do you agree with this approach? Shouldn’t it be supported by private organizations and students paying their own tuition fees?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- What subject are you studying?
- Why did you choose such a subject?
- Do you like reading books?
- What type of books do you read?
- Are you reading a book presently?
- What is it about?

Cue Card

Talk about an interesting conversation that you had recently. Please say

- What did you discuss?
- With whom were you discussing it?
- Why was it so interesting?


- What do you think about advertisements on TV?
- Do you like them? Why?
- Do like to watch them on TV or through the Internet? Why?
- Do you think they are helpful?
- Do you think advertisements on TV can help spread the awareness of healthy lifestyle?