IELTS test in Australia and Nepal – September 2014 (Academic Module)

Our friends from Australia and Nepal shared the details of their recent IELTS exams, and the writing and speaking questions were the same in both countries – here is what they remembered:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table showing the length of high speed trains in Japan, China and France in 1990, 2010 and projected 2020. We had 6 figures to compare.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that environmental problems are too big to be solved by individuals. Others say people can take some actions to help the environment. Discuss 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 like the place you live in now?
– Is it a good place to live with children?
– What type of food do you like? Why?
– Did your preferences in food change since childhood?
– Tell me about an interesting place that you have visited.
– Why do people stay in hotels?
– What is the relationship between luxury facilities of a hotel and the staff?
– Do you think people travel a lot these days? Why?
– What is the difference between a museum and an art gallery?

Cue Card 1

Talk about your favourite place that you have visited recently. Please say

– Where and what was it?
– Why do you like it?
– What was the reason for you to go there?

Cue Card 2

Describe a school that you have attended. Please say

– Where and what school was it?
– Describe the appearance of the classrooms.
– Did you like it there? Why?


– What do you think good qualities of a teacher should be?
– Do you think people like to teach children more than adults? Why?
– Did the education system change in your country? How?

IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Turkey – August 2014 (Academic Module)

Two IELTS test takers (thanks, G and M!) shared these details about their exams which were the same in Saudi Arabia and Turkey:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. Someone was applying for a part time job.

Section 2. A student was talking about the requirements for a presentation.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A lecture about underground structures, their history and features.

Reading test

Passage 1. Don’t remember.

Passage 2. About renewable energy sources.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3. About honeybees.
Questions: multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs, sentence completion.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar graph showing the spending in millions of dollars in five types of retail stores in Australia in March 2009 and March 2011.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

University students must pay all costs associated with their education, because it benefits mostly them individually, rather than the society as a whole. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Are you a morning or an afternoon person?
– What is your favourite wild animal? Why?
– Do you like watching animals in zoos?
– What kind of music do you like to listen to?
– Did your music preferences change over the years? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a subject that people always ask you about. Please say

– What is it?
– Where did you learn it?
– Why do they ask you about it?
– How do you feel about it, when they ask?


– Is it necessary to be well-informed?
– What is the best way of acquiring information? Why?
– What do you think about knowledge quizzes on TV?
– Is it necessary to be aware of the general issues around us?
– Do you think internet sources provide reliable information?



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