IELTS Speaking test in Iran – December 2015

Our friend N recently took the IELTS test in Iran and remembered the following Speaking questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Iran


– 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 this course?
– What do you think about snacks between meals?
– What kind of snacks do you eat?
– Has your taste in snacks changed compared to when you were a child?
– Can you do any activity in a hurry? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a street that you know well and really like. Please say

– What and where is it?
– What does it look like?
– Why do you like it so much?


– Does anyone you know feel the same about this street? Why?
– What aspects are important to choose the right place for a shopping centre?
– How should shopping centres’ owners advertise them and motivate people to visit them?
– Do you think car drivers treat pedestrians appropriately?
– Can technology be used for advertising?
– How can it be used?
– Why do you think so?

IELTS test in the UK and India – December 2015 (Academic Module)

Three IELTS test takers (thanks L, M and S!) took their exams in the UK and in India and said that writing topics were identical in the two countries. Here is what they remembered:

Writing testIELTS test in the UK

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a map of farm lands that were converted into developed areas in the decade from 1980 to 1990.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe they are entitled to all the money they earn, to spend everything on themselves, instead of paying part of their salaries in taxes to the state. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and examples.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you read newspapers?
– When did you start doing it?
– What newspapers do you like to read mostly?
– Do you think reading a newspaper is beneficial? Why?
– Do you like maths?
– Is math important in our everyday life? Why?

Cue Card 1

Describe a surprise when you met someone you haven’t seen for a long time. Please say

– Where and when was it?
– Who did you meet?
– Why was it a surprise?

Cue Card 2

Talk about a tour or travel you want to plan in the future. Please say

– Where do you want to go?
– When are you planning to go?
– With whom do you want to go there?


– Is there any difference between watching these places on TV and visiting them personally?
– Is there any other purpose for travelling abroad?
– Is there any harm to the environment caused by travel?
– Should people travel less to save the environment?
– Do people think more about money or the environment?



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