IELTS test in the UK in December 2011

The following questions were asked on an IELTS (Academic module) exam held in the UK in December 2011. Source (www.ielts-blog.htm)

Listening test

Section 1

A dialogue between a police inspector and a lady who reported burglary at her residence. Questions were of the form completion type.

Section 2

A tourist guide was heard explaining the various locations and activities on a tour. Questions were of the match locations with activities type.

Section 3

Students were heard discussing their aircraft engine design presentation. Questions were of the table completion type.

Section 4

A lecture about children’s psychology.

Reading test

Passage 1 was about the choices people make in their lives and their effect on happiness.

Passage 2 was about Tulips and their popularity in Holland in the 17th century.

Passage 3 was about bitterness and its commercial significance.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

Test takers were given a pie chart showing the water consumption data in Australia by various sectors and a bar graph showing water usage of a typical household.

Writing task 2 (essay)

Richness plays an important role in helping people. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

You can find a model answer to this at

Speaking test


What’s your name?

Are you working or studying?

Where are you coming from?

Do you like the city you live in?

Cue Card

Talk about a newspaper or a magazine that you recently read. Please say

Which article in the newspaper/magazine did you like most?

What role do newspapers play in influencing public opinion?

Are other forms of media important too?

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