IELTS test in the UAE – January 2018 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from the UAE (thanks, U!) remembered the following questions from a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in the UAE

Section 1. About a furniture shop in the UK
Section 2. About Museums, Art galleries and fashion show.
Section 3. Business analysis and principles such as SWOT, Pareto and so on.
Section 4. Survey of students after graduation.

Reading test

Passage 1. Fast food and slow food.
Passage 2. Fuel consumption and various technologies and inventions to reduce it.
Passage 3. History in various centuries (5th, 6th, 9th, 15th and 16th) and how different they are from the present.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

A table was given comparing the percentages of expenditure on various household items in everyday life in 1986 and 2009.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some exercises are good, but not all, and without knowing the difference people who do all kinds of exercises can harm themselves. Do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion and include examples from your experience.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– What can I call you?
– Where are you from?
– Tell me about the part of your country where you live.
– What do you like about the place where you live?
– How was your first day at high school?
– Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a car trip that you took. Please say

– Where did you go?
– What was the purpose of the trip?
– Who was there with you?
– Why do you still remember this trip?


– How often do you travel by car?
– How good is the transportation system in your country?
– How can it be improved?
– Do you think doing so will reduce pollution?
– If the transportation system were improved, would more people use it?

IELTS Speaking test in Bangalore, India – January 2018

Our friend H took the IELTS exam in Bangalore, India, and was asked the following questions in the Speaking test:

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?
– What transport do you use?
– Would you like to travel by bus in the future?
– Do you prefer bus or metro to commute?

Cue Card

Talk about a place where lots of people come together. Please say

– What is this place?
– When did you last go to such a place?
– Did you enjoy it? Why?


– Who did you go there with?
– What kind of places do young people like to visit?
– Why do people go to such places?
– Do you like going to crowded places?
– Why or why not?
– Is negotiating with a crowd difficult?



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