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IELTS test in Australia and the USA – June 2013 (General Training)

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Our kind friends A and R shared the IELTS exam that took place in Australia and the USA. They didn’t remember the Listening or the Reading sections, but had a good recollection of the Writing and Speaking:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Recently you have read a book and thought to tell your friend about the book. Write a letter to your friend and say

- What is the book about?
- What is the book’s name and who is the author?
- Why would it be useful for him/her?
- Where can he/she get this book?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some parents control their children from a very young age and others give freedom to their children. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches? Give your own opinion.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Do you work or study?
- Who chose your clothes when you were a child?
- What type of clothes do you wear now?
- What things are important when buying clothes? Why?
- Why is the colour of clothes you wear important?
- Have you helped your friends to pick clothing?
- Are there many advertisements in your country?
- What type of advertisements do you like?
- Have you ever bought something after watching an ad?

Cue Card 1

Describe a story that you were told as a child. Please say

- Who told you the story?
- What was the story about?
- Why do you still remember the story?

Discussion 1

- Have you ever told this story to anyone?
- Is it necessary for stories to be based on real life? Why?
- What is the difference between the way stories were told in the past and nowadays?

Cue Card 2

Talk about an interesting person that you have met in your life. Please say

- Who is this person?
- Where and when did you meet him/her?
- What was the interesting thing about him/her?

Discussion 2

Don’t remember.

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