IELTS test in Brazil and USA – March 2011 (Academic Module)

The IELTS exams in the USA and Brazil were the same, according to M and N (thank you!). Here are the questions and topics they collectively remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between a man and a woman in regard to booking tickets for a concert.

Section 2. About transportation service in a certain area, including its positive and negative points.

Section 3,4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. Description of ancient navigation techniques, a story on how the Pacific Islands were populated and different researches made in the 20th century.

Questions: True / False / Not Given, filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Passage 2. How noisy environment is affecting our lifestyle (8 paragraphs).
Questions: True / False / Not Given.

Passage 3. The effect of electronic gadgets on our lifestyle, including studies by several researchers.
Questions: True / False / Not Given, filling in blanks.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a chart describing Aeolic energy production in 4 countries: Denmark, Germany, US and India from 1985 to 2000 in 5-year intervals.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Multi-cultural societies have more advantages than drawbacks. Do you agree or disagree? Support your opinion with examples.

Speaking test 1


– Do you work or study?
– What is your job?
– Please tell me about a place you have visited lately.

Cue Card

Describe a restaurant you used to have lunch in. Please say

– What does it look like?
– What kind of food do they serve?
– Whom did you go there with?
– Did he/she enjoy this place?

Speaking test 2


– What is your name?
– What should I call you?
– Tell me about your home town.
– Did you study in school about your home town?
– Talk about your bad behavior, when you were a child.
– Do you like to receive books as a gift? Why?
– Do you hope to be a writer someday? Why?

Cue Card

Describe an important meeting that you were late to. Please say
– When did this happen?
– Why were you late?
– What was the importance of this meeting?


– Is it usual in your country to arrive on time? Why?
– Give me the usual reason for being late for people in your country.
– Are you always late? Why?
– Is it the same in government organizations?

IELTS test in Pune, India – March 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam in India was shared by our kind friend A who managed to remember the following:

Listening Test

Section 1. A man was talking to an administrator of a Zoo about a future trip booking.

Section 2. A photographer was describing the photography of some animals.

Section 3. An employee was describing management problems at his previous job to the interviewer.

Section 4. A lecture about the history of a tribal society.

Reading Test

Passage 1. An article about how to prepare stamps from family photos.

Passage 2. Company rules and regulations on promotion for part-time and full time workers.

Passage 3. Description of 4 different apartments suitable for the elderly, painters and so on.
Questions: information matching.

Passage 4. Don’t remember.

Passage 5. Giant fish singing research history.

Writing Test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Rubbish is increasing in the area where you live. Write a letter to the local environmental officer and explain
– Where the rubbish is coming from?
– What problems is it causing?
– Suggest your solution for solving these problems.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays children are joining extra coaching classes apart from the school studies. Some think it is important for their future, others think the extra time should be spent playing. Do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test


– How are you today?
– May I see your ID?
– Do you think you manage your time well?
– How can one manage time well?
– When was the last time you gave a gift to someone? Why?
– Do you think it is easy to find gifts for others?

Cue Card

Talk about the vehicle you would buy in the near future, please say

– Why would you buy this vehicle?
– What would you use it for?
– What are the advantages of having such vehicle?


– Do you think traffic is a problem in big cities nowadays?
– Why is it increasing?
– What can be the solution to this problem?
– Is traffic network helpful in big cities?
– Do you think the problem with traffic will worsen in future? Why?



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