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IELTS test in India and Saudi Arabia – January 2012 (Academic Module)

Below are the questions shared by our friends who took IELTS exams in India and Saudi Arabia. O and N only remembered the Writing and Speaking parts, and from their emails it looks like the two exams were very similar, if not identical.

Writing test IELTS test in the India and Saudi Arabia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart of population growth in four countries (China, India, the USA and Japan), in the years 1969, 2002 and a suggested figure for 2050.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Why do you think artists like writers, musicians and painters still have value in our society? Discuss.

Speaking test


– Tell me about the house where you stay at the moment.
– What do you like or dislike in it the most?
– Are there any electrical appliances that you would like to buy?
– What kind of products is dominant in your country?
– Is it important for your country to export products to other countries?
– How should a company’s staff be trained?

Cue Card

Talk about an old building that you have visited recently, please say

– what is that building
– where is it located
– why did you visit that building


Don’t remember

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