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IELTS test in Australia and Malaysia – April 2016 (General Training)

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Two recent IELTS test takers (thanks, L and J!) shared the following information about their seemingly identical exams in Australia and Malaysia:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to request a reservation of the apartment that you rented during your last vacation. Please say

- What did you like about the apartment?
- What weren’t you happy with?
- Provide your date of arrival and length of stay.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays people prefer to shop in large supermarkets rather than nearby local shops. Why do you think this happens? Is this a positive or a negative trend? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- What do you do?
- Where do you live now?
- Is it a house or an apartment?
- Which room in your house do you like the most? Why?
- Why do you think some people are vegetarians?
- Do you like to read?
- Do you read books in English?
- How often do you do it?

Cue Card

Talk about a song that reminds you of a particular time in the past. Please say

- What song is it?
- Who is the singer?
- What does it remind you of?


- Let’s talk about music.
- Why aren’t some local singers as successful as the overseas ones?
- Do you think that language of the song matters?
- Do you think the Internet affects the music industry? Why?

IELTS Speaking test in Saudi Arabia – April 2016

When F took the IELTS Speaking test in Saudi Arabia she was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Where is your home town?
- What do you like about it?
- How is it changing?
- Do you work or study?
- What do you do?
- Where do you live now?
- What do you like about your home?
- What would you like to change there?
- Did you enjoy science lessons at school?
- Do you watch science programs?
- How often do you watch them?

Cue Card

Talk about your best friend. Please say

- Where and when did you first meet?
- Why is he/she your best friend?
- What do you usually do together?


- Is it possible for a manager and employees to become friends?
- Some people believe it is not possible. Why?
- If some other employees at your work were having problems with the manager, how would you help them?
- Is cooperation important at every job? Why?
- Is modern communication affecting nations? How?
- How do international events such as the Olympic Games affect people?



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