IELTS test in Indonesia – June 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend T remembered the following topics and questions from a recent IELTS exam in Indonesia:

Listening testIELTS test in Indonesia

Section 1. A phone conversation about booking a restaurant for a surprise party.

Section 2. A radio program about different cycling tracks.

Section 3. A conversation between a tutor and a student who wants to do a field study.

Section 4. About human sense of smell.

Reading test

Passage 1. About the effect of exercise on human brain.

Passage 2. About the development of television in the UK.

Passage 3. About the controversy of tourism.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph showing the percentage of female members in parliament in five European countries.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that drivers should pay for building and maintaining roads, while others think that the government should pay the costs of infrastructure. What is your opinion? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

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?
– What is the most challenging thing at your work?
– Why is that?
– Let’s talk about e-mails.
– Are e-mails popular in your country? Why?
– How often do you write and send e-mails?
– Do you think e-mail will be still popular in the future? Why?
– Let’s talk about neighbors.
– Do you know your neighbors?
– Do you prefer younger or older people as neighbors?

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite piece of clothing. Please say

– What is it?
– Why do you like it?
– How often do you wear it?


– Do you think people enjoy buying clothes?
– Why do some people go together with other people when shopping for clothes?
– Is online shopping useful in buying clothes?
– What’s the effect of fashion industry on the current fashion?
– What’s the effect of fashion on people’s behavior regarding clothes?
– Do people care about recycling their clothing?

IELTS test in Iran – June 2017 (General Training)

When S took the IELTS exam in Iran, the following topics and questions appeared in the test paper:

Listening testIELTS test in Iran

Section 1. About the car buying process.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Section 2. About a trip to the jungle.
Questions: filling in blanks, match statements to paragraphs.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About an educational course.
Questions: filling in blanks, match headings to paragraphs.

Reading test

Passage 1. About a bus station.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2. A motor bike course.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. About the process of calculator development throughout history.
Questions: diagram labeling, match sentences to paragraphs.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently been on a business trip to see some equipment that your company needs. Write a letter to the company that owns this equipment and say

– Describe the equipment.
– Ask for the features and specifications of this equipment.
– Explain why your company needs this equipment.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many people believe that they should spend their money to enjoy life at present. Others, however, think that they should save it for the future. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.



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