IELTS test in Sydney, Australia – September 2011 (General Training)

The IELTS exam below was shared by our kind friends C and P, who took their test in Sydney, Australia.

Listening test

Section 1. A conversation between 2 students who were doing a history project.
Questions: multiple choice.

Section 2. College campus information, in particular about parking and visitors.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Sections 3 and 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1 and 2. Don’t remember.

Passage 3. A report about how the Dodo birds became extinct.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You are transferred to another country to study. You want a part time job while studying. Write a letter to your friend in that country and ask him/her to help you out with finding a part time job. Please say:

– What are your study plans?
– What type of job are you looking for?
– Explain how your friend can help.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Parents often buy their children many toys. What are the advantage and disadvantage of children having a large number of toys? Use examples from your personal knowledge and experience.

Speaking test


– Is swimming popular in your country?
– Should young people, especially children, learn to swim?
– Can you swim?
– When did you learn swimming?

Cue Card

Talk about a song from your childhood that you remember until now. Please say
– What is it about?
– What is the significance of this song in your life?
– What do you feel when you hear this song?


– Is singing popular in your country?
– What kind of songs do people sing together in your country?
– Should we encourage young people to sing?
– Can young people and adults share the same kind of songs?
– Should we learn to sing well to feel the song?

IELTS test in Hong Kong – August 2011 (Academic Module)

The topics you are about to read belong to a recent IELTS exam in Hong Kong, shared by our caring friend D. He couldn’t say anything about the listening or reading, but remembered the writing and speaking well.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

There were two pie charts showing 2 different groups of students and the reasons for voting for student representatives. Groups were divided by age: 18-22 years old and 23-25 years old.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Most people watch foreign films first, before locally produced films. Why is that so? If the government in your country decides to invest in the film industry, will you support them to do so and why? Include your own experience in the essay.

Speaking test


Don’t remember.

Cue Card

Describe an expensive thing that you have bought. Please say

– What was it?
– How expensive was it?
– Was it for yourself or somebody else?


– How much time do people spend on shopping?
– Do you shop often? Why?
– What sort of things do people buy, take teenagers for example?
– Why do people tend to spend money on such items?
– Do you think electronic equipment will be cheaper in 10 years? Why?



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