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IELTS test in India and Saudi Arabia – March 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exams in Saudi Arabia and India seems to be the same, according to our friends S and P. Here is what they collectively remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation about a hotel reservation and the existing facilities at the hotel.

Section 2. Location map of an art institute and student’s facilities, such as a studio, a laundry area and a concert hall.
Questions: map labeling.

Section 3. Monkeys (Chimpanzees) behavior, their eating habits and food preferences.
Questions: multiple choice.

Section 4. Various types of pumps for irrigation including their technical specifications, advantages and disadvantages.

Reading test

Passage 1. A travel agency brochure with information about London and its landmarks.

Passage 2. About insurance claims for organizations and how to claim insurance in a case of people using their private vehicles.

Passage 3. A big passage about a small endangered bird in Australia. How they survive and take care of their offsprings.
Questions: True / False / Not Given, filling in blanks, short-answer questions.

Passage 4. About a research on rabbits.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You won a competition and received a vacation for two as a prize. Write a letter to invite a friend to go with you. In the letter

– tell about the competition you won,
– specify what kind of vacation it is,
– explain why you want your friend to be there.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays traffic in major cities is worsening. What problems does it create? How can we help solve these problems as individuals?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Which city are you from?
– Do you like outdoor activities? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a friend who is a good leader in your opinion. Please say

– who this friend is,
– why you think he / she is a good leader,
– how he/she uses the leadership skills.


– I was asked question about leadership qualities.

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