IELTS exam in Saudi Arabia – May 2009 (General Training)

Thanks to O from Saudi Arabia we know that their IELTS was exactly like the exam in India (except the Speaking part, of course). Here is what O was asked about:

Speaking test


– Your full name?
– What do you do ? What is your job?
– Do you use any machine in your job?
– Do you use computers widely in your job?
– Do people in your home town still use bicycles?
– Do you use bicycle yourself?
– Tell me something about some news you’ve recently heard.

Cue card

Talk about a person whom you know as a good cook, you should say:
– Who is that person?
– When and how did you get to know him/her ?
– Why do you believe he/she is a good cook?


– Do you think cooking should be taught at schools?
– What affects producing of food world wide?
– Do you think Food industry in your home country provides healthy food?
– Do you agree or disagree that food should be provided at schools?

IELTS exam in Pune, India – May 2009 (General Training)

Big “thank you” goes to J from India for informing us about her IELTS exam in Pune. Good job!

Listening test

Section 1: about a club facilities, mostly fill in the blanks.
Section 2: a trip to some caves
Section 3: about airports
Section 4: 2 students discussing with their tutor the project they had to complete.

Reading test

Passage 1: Translation and interpretation
Passage 2: Gold found in Australia
Passage 3: Company car pools
Passage 4: An art and painting workshop

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
The public library in your locality will give way to the supermarket. You are against it. Write a letter to the city council.
– Say who you are and how you came to know about it.
– Write about the disadvantages of having a supermarket and the advantages of the library.
– What you would like them to do.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
Nowadays more and more people are using ready to eat foods. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
Express your view on both, give examples.

Speaking test

– Do you work or study?
– What is your job?
– Why did you choose that profession?
– Do you like to work independently or to interact with the team at work?

Then I was asked about cooking. My interest in cooking and a few more things related to the same topic, such as whether young people should learn to cook.

Cue card
Describe a radio or television program you like and often discuss with family and friends. You should say:
– What do you like about the program?
– What do you dislike about the program?

– Can radio and television be used as educational medium?
– What is better, television or radio?
– What is your opinion about internet being used as an educational medium?
– What programs on television do you think the public likes to watch?



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