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IELTS test in the USA and Cyprus – December 2012 (General Training)

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IELTS test takers from the USA and Cyprus shared these writing and speaking topics (thanks, N and M):

Writing testIELTS test in the USA

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You want to take training courses for your job. Write a letter to ask your employer to help you pay the tuition fee. In your letter
- say what courses you want to take,
- why you think these courses are beneficial, and
- explain how they will contribute to your performance.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some children have problems at home and difficulties at school. Why do you think this happens? How can parents help them?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Do you work or study?
- What part of your job is more challenging?
- Would you recommend this job to others?
- Can employers ask employees to work on Sundays?
- What do you do to keep your body fit?
- What did you learn from your secondary school to keep your body healthy?
- What do you think you would do in the future to be healthy?

Cue Card

Talk about a present that you gave to your friend. Please say

- What was it?
- When did this happen?
- How did you feel about it?


- Do you think people enjoy more giving or receiving gifts?
- What type of gifts do children like? Why?
- What do we have to consider before giving gifts to people?

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