IELTS Speaking test in the UK – October 2012

Our friend R shared the Speaking topics from a recent IELTS test in the UK:

Speaking testIELTS test in the UK


– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– What is your hometown?
– Will you prefer to go back to your country at older age?
– What season do you prefer?
– Do you like cold or hot weather?

Cue Card

Talk about a product you have purchased recently that you are not satisfied with. Please say

– What was it?
– What did you buy it for?
– What is wrong with it?


– Do you shop online?
– Do you think people prefer shopping online or in real shops?
– What items do people prefer to buy online? Why?
– What are the effects of online shopping on the society or local communities?
– What is the difference in prices of items online and in shops?
– Is cost an important factor in buying things online?

IELTS test in Australia – October 2012 (General Training)

This update was shared collectively by C and K who recently took the IELTS test in Australia:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. Drama club membership.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Section 2. Historical parks in Canada.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice.

Section 3. Outdoor advertisements.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Section 4. Conversation between a man and a woman about construction materials.
Questions: multiple choice.

Reading test

Passage 1. Medical tests and experiments done on Mt Everest.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. Different types of museums and art exhibitions.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 3. About a part-time job in New Zealand.
Questions: filling in blanks.

Passage 4. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to a music concert. Please say

– where and when the concert is going to be,
– what type of music will be played there, and
– why your friend will enjoy it.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

A country is experiencing population growth and needs more homes. Should these new homes be constructed in the existing cities or should new towns be built for this purpose? Explain.



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