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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and India – September 2014 (General Training)

Our friends A and P took their IELTS exams in Saudi Arabia and India, and shared the following information:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. A client and a real estate agent were discussing a house for rent in New Zealand.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Section 2. A student was talking to his professor about his broken finger and asking for suggestions.
Questions: multiple choice.

Section 3. A student was talking about his research on pine trees in Canada.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Section 4. Two students were discussing all the pros and cons of living in dormitory.
Questions: filling in blanks, match headings to paragraphs.

Reading test

Passage 1. About scientific discoveries in a museum.
Questions: match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. About the pension system for retirees in the UK.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3. About the structure of dental care system in the UK.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. How to join the Civil Voluntary system in Canada.
Questions: filling in blanks, match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 5. A successes story of a certain Norwegian music band.
Questions: filling in blanks, short-answer questions.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently enrolled in an evening school course. Write a letter to the director about something you’re not happy with.

– Give details of the course.
– Explain what the problem is.
– What do you expect the school to do?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many nations nowadays are competing for the right to host international sport events, however some people think it is not a good idea. Discuss both views and mention your own opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Why did you choose this job?
– What kind of weather do you like?
– Do you prefer to spend a vacation in a hot or a cold place?
– Do some weather conditions provoke certain feelings? Why?
– Do you discuss weather with your friends?

Cue Card

Talk about a person that you know from school. Please say

– Who is this person?
– What does he/she look like?
– What do you have in common?
– Why did you choose him/her as a friend?


– What should the qualities of a friend be?
– Is it better to have few close friends than many just friends?
– Is honesty important in friendship? Why?
– Should parents interfere in choosing their children’s friends?
– What is more important, friends or family?
– If a friend confessed to you something illegal that he/she has done, what would you do?
– How can you keep a long term friendship?

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