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

Our friend S took the IELTS test in Sydney, Australia and remembered the following writing and speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You had a long flight last week when you went on a business trip. During the flight you had some problems and the crew wasn’t really helpful. Write a letter to the airline and say:

– Give details of your flight.
– What were the problems and why didn’t the flight crew help?
– What action do you expect the airline to take?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Today more and more old cities are being rebuilt and redesigned in order to be modernized. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend? Give your opinion and relevant 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 snacks?
– What is your favorite snack?
– Do you still like the same snacks as when you were a child?
– Is swimming popular in your home country? Why?
– How important is it for kids to learn swimming?
– Why do you think so?

Cue Card

Describe a success that you had in your life. Please say

– What was it?
– When and where did it take place?
– How did it affect your life?


– Do you think success is important? Why?
– Why do you think people enjoy success more than the process of achieving success?
– Do you think success equals happiness? Why?

IELTS test in Canada – March 2016 (Academic Module)

An IELTS test taker from Canada remembered the following writing and speaking questions from a recent exam:

Writing testIELTS test in Canada

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing the percentage of exported bananas in 1993 and 2003 by growing regions such as Africa, Latin America and South Asia. There was also a pie chart showing the cost of banana export in 2003 with breakdown by regions.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that anyone can create art such as painting, poetry, music and so on. Others think that a person should have special abilities to create art. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Describe your primary school.
– Where do you live now?
– Is it a house or an apartment?
– What is your favorite room? Why?
– If you had a chance to change something in your home, what would it be? Why?
– What do you do in the evenings?
– Do you do the same things every evening?
– Is there a difference between weekdays and weekends?
– Is it different now from when you were a child?

Cue Card

Talk about something you bought that you are pleased to have. Please say

– Where and when did you buy it?
– Why did you buy it?
– Why are you pleased to have it?


– Lets talk about shopping.
– What are the different ways of shopping nowadays?
– Why do people like big shopping centers?
– Describe a person who is a shopaholic in your opinion.
– Do you know such a person?
– What is the difference between shopping centers in your home country and here (in Canada)?



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