IELTS test in UAE – April 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) was sent to us by a kind student H (thanks a lot!). Here is what he remembered:

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between 2 people visiting a place.
Questions: filling in blanks, short-answer questions (no more than 3 words).

Section 2. A monologue.
Questions: Diagram / map labeling. There were 6 options given (A-F) and for each label one letter had to be chosen.

Section 3. A conversation between 2 students talking about the benefits of taking certain courses at the university and how it has helped them.

Section 4. A monologue explaining the economics of the USA during the 1900 and at present.

Reading test

Passage 1. About a water utility service company.
Questions: Match numbers to appropriate headings for each paragraph.

Passage 2. About utilizing the company vehicle for in-field purposes.
Questions: filling in blanks (summary completion).

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. Graphology and its interpretation of a person’s writing.
Questions: filling in blanks, select the appropriate name from the list below (A-D) to answer each question.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to the head of the organization to request funding for a particular course.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

International sporting events are a cause of concern to the hosting nation. Do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Can I call you by your first name?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like what you are doing?

Cue Card

Talk about a recent advertisement that you have seen. Please say

– What was it about?
– Describe the advertisement.
– Who do you think would be interested in it?
– Why was the advertisement so interesting?


– People today are flooded with advertisements. Do you agree or not? Why?
– In what way has media infiltrated people in their everyday lives?
– People today, even when they visit the countryside, do not want to be disconnected from the busy city life. Is it a good thing?

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