IELTS test in Australia and Japan – December 2012 (Academic Module)

The IELTS exams in Australia and Japan were the same, according to test takers S and K. Here is what they remembered:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. Two students were preparing for a presentation.

Section 2. A man was explaining about shops in a town.
Questions: diagram / map labeling.

Section 3. The speaker was talking about favorite activities in a country town.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. Darwin’s theory of evolution. Two scientists were trying to prove the theory on birds on an island.

Passage 2. About a town in New Zealand and how it’s changed since people from different countries started migrating there.

Passage 3. About the efficiency of managers who are running a company.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a triple line graph, showing the amount of people going to movies in a week in 2003 – 2005 in a European country.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

These days couples decide to have children later in their life. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How is it affecting the family life and society?

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

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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