IELTS test in UK and UAE – February 2011 (Academic Module)

IELTS exams in the UK and UAE were shared by C, P and B – thanks to the contributors. Here is what they collectively remembered:

Reading test

Passage 1. A text about potatoes and other crops in Mexico.

Passage 2. About turbines in Europe and UK that can harness energy from tidal waves and currents.

Passage 3. Causes of ancient civilizations becoming extinct and how they could survive.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

A bar chart showing the number of people working and the hours they worked. There was a chart showing the number of leave days and how it increased according to the number of years worked between 1999 and 2004.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Quality of life in big cities is worsening. What do you think the reasons are? What can you suggest as a solution?

Speaking test 1


– Tell me your name, please.
– Where do you live?
– Is it a big city?
– Do you think it is interesting to visit?
– Do you collect things?
– How do you feel about collecting things?
– Do others collect things?
– Do you have pets at home?

Cue Card

Talk about someone you have helped. Please say:

– Who was that person?
– Why did he/she need help?
– How did you feel helping that person?


– Do older people always have to rely on the government for help?
– How can the government help them?

Speaking test 2


– Where do you live?
– What are the places of interest in your area?
– Do you like flowers? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite place as a child, please say

– where the place was,
– what did you do in that place,
– why it was your favorite place.


– What do you think about sizes of houses?
– Why is space important?
– Do you think it is important to have your own room?
– What do you think of sharing a room?
– What do you think of public parks and gardens?
– Why are you doing the IELTS test?

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