IELTS test in the UK and India – December 2015 (Academic Module)

Three IELTS test takers (thanks L, M and S!) took their exams in the UK and in India and said that writing topics were identical in the two countries. Here is what they remembered:

Writing testIELTS test in the UK

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a map of farm lands that were converted into developed areas in the decade from 1980 to 1990.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe they are entitled to all the money they earn, to spend everything on themselves, instead of paying part of their salaries in taxes to the state. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and examples.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you read newspapers?
– When did you start doing it?
– What newspapers do you like to read mostly?
– Do you think reading a newspaper is beneficial? Why?
– Do you like maths?
– Is math important in our everyday life? Why?

Cue Card 1

Describe a surprise when you met someone you haven’t seen for a long time. Please say

– Where and when was it?
– Who did you meet?
– Why was it a surprise?

Cue Card 2

Talk about a tour or travel you want to plan in the future. Please say

– Where do you want to go?
– When are you planning to go?
– With whom do you want to go there?


– Is there any difference between watching these places on TV and visiting them personally?
– Is there any other purpose for travelling abroad?
– Is there any harm to the environment caused by travel?
– Should people travel less to save the environment?
– Do people think more about money or the environment?

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