IELTS test in Sydney, Australia – January 2016 (General Training)

Two IELTS test takers M and J from Australia remembered the following writing and speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You stayed in a hotel recently and forgot a few things that are important to you in the hotel room. Write a letter to the hotel manager and say

– Describe the items that you left.
– Where did you leave them?
– What would you like the manager to do with these items?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that younger generations are becoming less and less polite. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and examples.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like studying science subjects?
– Do you like riding a bicycle?
– Do people in your country prefer to ride a bicycle?
– What is your favourite room at home?
– Do you plan to make some changes there?
– What changes would you make?

Cue Card 1

Talk about a sport that you tried for the first time. Please say

– What is it?
– When and where did you try it?
– What do you think about it now?

Cue Card 2

Talk about a difficult decision that you made in your life. Please say

– What is it?
– When did you make it?
– What do you think about it now?


– Was it hard to make this decision?
– Do you usually ask for help before making a decision?

IELTS test in Saudi Arabia – January 2016 (Academic Module)

Our friend from Saudi Arabia took an IELTS exam recently in his country and remembered the following information:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. A conversation between a customer and a hotel receptionist.

Section 2. A teacher talked about different activities at school.

Section 3. About a scientific arrangement of apparatus.
Questions: diagram labelling.

Section 4. About the manufacturing process of pencils.

Reading test

Passage 1. A review of a few popular books.

Passage 2. An article about the behaviour of ants.

Passage 3. The role of magic in scientific research.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar graph and two pie charts showing the amount of water available in the world in different conditions and fresh water available in different forms. The bar graph was showing the use of fresh water in three different countries for a variety of purposes.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some say that for any country hosting an international sports event such as the Olympic Games is costly, inefficient and is a waste of money, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you like about your present home?
– Which room do you like the most? Why?
– Is gardening a popular activity in our country?
– When do people prefer to do gardening?
– What change would you like to make in your home? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a magazine that you like to read. Please say

– What magazine is it?
– What articles do you read and when?
– How is it useful to you?


– Why did you remember this magazine?
– Do you read other news?
– Why do you like cycling?



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