IELTS Speaking test in Iran – April 2016

When P took the IELTS test in Iran she was asked the following questions in the Speaking test:

Speaking testIELTS test in Iran


– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– Do you like working in a group?
– Did you work in a group when you were a child?
– What are some advantages of group work?
– Are there any disadvantages in group work?
– Do you like photos? Why?
– What advantages does taking a photo have?
– Tell me about a family photo you remember well.
– Would you like to take a course in photography in the future?
– What advantages does living in the countryside have?

Cue Card

Talk about a time when you had to wait for something for a while. Please say

– What you waited for
– How long you had to wait for it
– Whether or not it was a good idea to wait for it
– How you felt while waiting


– What things do people have to wait for in your country?
– Some people say being patient is not always the right thing to do. Do you agree?
– Do you think technology has made people less patient?

IELTS test in Israel – April 2016 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Israel (thanks, D!) remembered the following topics and questions from a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in Israel

Section 1. A woman was making a catering reservation for her husband’s birthday.

Section 2. A description of new cottages project near a park, including a map of the park’s facilities.

Section 3. Students discussed the studies they conducted including essays and presentations.

Section 4. A lecture about public and personal expenditure.

Reading test

Passage 1. About a picture that was found and suspected to be Leonardo da Vinci’s work.

Passage 2. A text that compared characteristics of oldest children to their brothers and sisters.

Passage 3. A text about accidental developments.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table that described the prices of six different items (milk, newspapers, petrol, hamburgers, concert tickets and TV sets) in 1981 and 2011 and the percentages of price change. We had to compare them.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that governments must insist on preserving traditional appearance of old buildings undergoing renovation or redevelopment. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?

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?
– Let’s talk about your home.
– Can you describe it, please?
– What is your favorite room in the house?
– Why is that so?
– In which part of the country do you live?
– What do you like about it?
– Let’s talk about science.
– Do you like science?
– Do you watch scientific shows on TV?
– Are there any science museums in your country?

Cue Card

Talk about a family that you know well (but not your own). Please say

– Describe this family.
– Where and when did you meet for the first time?
– Why do you like this family?


– Let’s talk about families.
– Do you know any other families?
– Is it common for an extended family to live under one roof in your country?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
– Who is the head of the family in you country? Why?
– In what way do digital devices influence family relationships?



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