IELTS test in the USA – September 2017 (Academic Module)

Our kind friend T from the USA remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions after a recent exam:

Writing testIELTS test in USA

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing the consumption of cigars in six different countries over a period of time. We had to summarize and describe the information.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that the government should make university education free for all. Others disagree and say students should pay for their own education. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your job?
– Do you like history? Why?
– Is there a historic person you would like to know more about?
– What do you think about history study?
– What would you prefer, a surface or underground transport in a big city?
– Why is that?

Cue Card

Talk about a website that helped you to do something. Please say

– What website is it?
– How did you know about it?
– How often do you use it?


– How does it help you?
– What do you think about the Internet and technology?
– How did it change the world?
– Do you consider the Internet as a way of entertainment?

IELTS Speaking test in India – September 2017

When M took the IELTS Speaking test in India, she was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in India


– 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 it?
– Do you like to travel by bus or car?
– Why is that?
– What transport facilities are available in your hometown? Why?
– Do people like to travel by public transport in your country?
– Why do they do so?
– Do you see a difference between transportation in the past and nowadays?
– Why do most people in crowded areas like to travel by bus or other public transport?
– What are the merits of using public transport?
– Do you think that in the future people will prefer to travel by private transport more?
– Why is that?

Cue Card

Describe two members of the same family, that you know well. Please say

– Who are they?
– How did you meet them?
– What kind of similarities or differences do they have?


– Why do you think they are similar to each other?
– Do you think that children should learn more about their family?
– What kind of things should children learn in particular?
– Is family life important in your country? Why?
– Can children learn the same things about family life from the society in general?
– How do parents influence children’s life?
– Do you think all parents motivate their children to have a good career?



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