IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Oman – March 2015 (Academic Module)

Thanks to IELTS test takers from Saudi Arabia and Oman (well done, L and M!) we can share the topics from the recent IELTS exam in these two countries:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. A phone call from a customer who bought a vacuum cleaner and had a problem with it.

Section 2. Students talked about a course on Japanese culture including food, clothing and temperature that they intended to take.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About plants and their defense systems.

Passage 2. About printing press development and books after the 14th century.

Passage 3. About sports in the UK and the USA from the beginning of the 20th century to year 2000.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a chart showing male and female, full and part time undergraduates in the UK in 1980, 1990 and 2005. We had to compare the data.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people say that public libraries should be free, otherwise they are just a waste of money, especially because modern technologies and the internet allow easy access to resources. Discuss and give your point of view.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you like your job? Why?
– Do you like shoes?
– Do you prefer comfortable shoes or fashionable ones?
– Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?

Cue Card

Talk about traffic jams. Please say

– When did you experience a traffic jam?
– What did you do?
– How did you feel after that?


– What caused that traffic jam?
– Do you think governments should tax more big cars owners?
– Do you think it might solve the problem?
– What would you suggest to solve the problem?
– Is there any relationship between traffic jams and pollution?

IELTS Speaking test in the USA – March 2015

When our friend F took the IELTS test in the USA she was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in USA


– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– Can I see your passport please?
– Describe the place you live in.
– What’s your favorite season?
– Do you prefer to live in a place with one season or a place with different seasons?
– How do the seasons change?
– What do you do in different seasons?

Cue card

Talk about an interesting conversation you had with someone. You should say:

– Who was that person?
– When and where did this conversation take place?
– Why was this conversation interesting?


– Did you talk about this conversation with anybody?
– What do men and women usually talk about?
– What skills do we need to have for public speaking?
– In what situations do people do public speaking?
– What should people who speak in a second language concentrate on when they speak in public?
– What are the influences of media on public speaking?



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