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IELTS test in Australia – January 2016 (General Training)

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Our friend A took the IELTS test in Australia and remembered the Writing and Speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are arranging a conference for your company next month. Write a letter to your colleagues from a different department and invite them to attend it. In your letter say

- What is the conference about?
- Why do you want them to attend the event?
- Provide some information on the arrangement of the conference.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some believe that more academic subjects such as chemistry, physics and history should be taught in schools, while others believe that students will derive more benefit from studying practical subjects, such as motor mechanics and cooking. Discuss both views and provide your own opinion with relevant examples.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- What subject are you studying?
- Why do you think people choose such a subject in your country?
- Do you like reading books?
- What type of books do you read?
- Are you reading a book presently?
- Would you like to write a book in the future?

Cue Card

Talk about an instance when you spoke with someone in a foreign language for the first time. Please say

- When was it?
- With whom did you speak and what language?
- How did you feel about it?


- How can learning a foreign language benefit us? Why?
- At what age did you start to learn English? Why?
- When is the best time to learn a foreign language?
- What is the best way to learn a foreign language?

IELTS Speaking test in Kenya – January 2016

The speaking questions below were sent by N who took the IELTS test in Kenya.

Speaking testIELTS test in Kenya


- What is your name?
- Where do you come from?
- What is your hometown?
- Why do you like your home town?
- Do you like the house you live in? Why?
- Which room in the house is your favorite? Why?
- If you could change anything in your house, what would it be and why?

Cue Card

Talk about a time when you had to make a difficult choice. Please say:

- Why was it difficult?
- What and whom did it involve?
- What was the outcome of the choice you made?
- Were there any consequences?


- Looking back, would you have made the same choice now? Why?
- Who do you think has a harder time making decisions, children or adults? Why?
- Do you mostly have hard time making decisions of your own?
- Give examples in the everyday life when people have to make hard choices.
- Choosing between money and freedom, what do you think most people from your country would choose? Why?
- Do you prefer to go to a small shop rather than a big one? Why?
- What is changing in your country?
- Ten years from now, do you think people would have easier or harder decisions to make? Why?



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