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IELTS test in Australia – September 2016 (General Training)

A test taker from Australia (thanks, H!) remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions from a recent IELTS exam:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently purchased a piece of furniture, but you noticed a problem when it was delivered to you. Write a letter to the store manager and say

– What is the problem?
– How did it happen in your opinion?
– What do you suggest the manager should do to resolve the problem?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that no one should be allowed to continue working after the age of 65. However, others say there shouldn’t be a limitation on age and anyone should be allowed to work regardless of their age. Discuss both views, give your own opinion and include relevant examples.

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 for work?
– Why did you choose to do it?

Cue Card

Talk about a job that you would like to do. Please say

– What job is it?
– How did you find out about it?
– What are the skills you should have to do this job?


– What kind of jobs children would like to do in their future?
– Why do they want to do this kind of jobs?
– Do you think money is the only important thing when considering a job?
– Do you think colleagues at your work place affect your work?
– Do you think it is in human nature to conceal personal shortcomings?

IELTS Speaking test in Japan – September 2016

Our friend R took the IELTS Speaking test in Japan and remembered the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Japan


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your major?
– Why did you choose it?
– Do you like arts? Why?
– What kind of art do you prefer?
– Do you like to look at paintings?

Cue Card

Talk about a mistake that you made in the past. Please say

– What was the mistake?
– Where and when did you make it?
– What did you learn from it?


– What kind of mistakes do children usually make in their school work?
– Do you think children should be allowed to make mistakes?
– Can they really learn from these mistakes?
– How should parents behave or react when their children make mistakes?



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