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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – March 2014 (General Training)

IELTS test takers from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (thanks, S and A) shared these questions from a recent exam, which was the same in the two countries:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. A passenger was complaining to a customer service agent about the inconvenience experienced on the flight.

Section 2. Description of the places located on a map.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. A discussion between a professor and a student about the project done by the student.
Questions: multiple choice.

Reading test

Passage 1. Eight paragraphs on different types of places.
Questions: match statements to paragraphs, short-answer questions.

Passage 2. Don’t remember.

Passage 3. About a manufacturing process.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. About sports that help to improve memory.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have some repairs to do at home, but there is a restaurant next to your house. Write a letter to the restaurant manager and say:

– What repairs are you going to do?
– How will it affect the restaurant?
– Provide a solution for the inconvenience.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many people think that money brings happiness, but others think that having too much money is a problem. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is interesting about your city?
– Let’s discuss politeness.
– Who taught you to be polite when you were a child?
– Do you need to show politeness and to whom?
– Why do you need to be polite with older people?

Cue Card

Talk about a subject that you didn’t like at school. Please say

– What subject was it?
– How long did you study it?
– Why didn’t you like it so much?


– Who helped you with the subject you didn’t like?
– Do you think subjects should be forced on students?
– What subjects are unnecessary in school in your opinion?

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