IELTS Speaking questions from Canberra, Australia – September 2009

Yesterday I wrote about IELTS test in Sydney, and later on additional information arrived. Let’s thank S for sharing the questions he was asked in Canberra. Here is what S. tells us in his email:

“I would like to thank you and IELTS-Blog. It really helped me, I think my exam went well. I was very surprised in the test, guess why: the examiner asked me the same questions and the writing test was the same as a topic published on your site and I was practicing those questions lots of times :)”

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– How can I call you?
– Can I see your identification?
– Where are you living now?
– Do you like living there? Why?
– What are the transportation methods are used in your area?
– Do you drive ? Why?
– When will you allow your children to drive?

Cue card
Describe the happiest event of your life, you should say:
– When was it?
– Where was it?
– On what occasion?

– Do you believe that the young generation is not following the old traditions?
The examiner then asked me 2 or 3 questions more on the same topic of ‘traditions’.

IELTS in Sydney, Australia – September 2009 (General Training)

IELTS test in Sydney, Australia was shared by P., whose great memory and kind heart made it possible for us to enjoy the following topics and questions:

Listening test

Section 1: A person wanted to send a courier from USA to UK.
Questions: Filling in the banks on a form, 2 short-answer questions about prices, etc.

Tip:Task 2 was comparatively fast for General Training, so don’t assume that only the last section will be a fast one.

Section 2: A map of a library.
Questions: A few multiple choice questions.

Section 3: Students’ discussion about planning their project.
Questions: Filling in the gaps.

Section 4: Exhibitions of a historical map in different countries.
Questions: Filling in the gaps in a table.

Reading test

Passage 1: A history of an author who was a famous writer of California.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Passage 2: Information about a recruitment agency.
Questions: Filling in the blanks in a table.

Passage 3: Information by company providing car parking services.
Questions: Filling in the gaps.

Task 4: History of maps’ evolution in different countries.
Questions: Matching sentences to paragraphs and True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (letter)
You received a letter from your friend informing you that his elderly parents are coming to visit in your area and he is asking for your advice on
– which places they should visit,
– where should they live,
– invite them to do something with you.

Writing Task 2 (essay)
People were not using computers in the past. Do you believe that positive impacts of computers outweigh negative impacts on our daily life? Explain this with your ideas and relevant examples.

Speaking test

– What is your full name?
– May I check your identity please?
– Where are you coming from?
– Describe the home where you live.
– What activities do you do with your friends when you go out?
– Do you have sports facilities in your apartment?

Cue card
Talk about a change you want to make in your life:
– what the change is
– how you will do it
– how will the change be beneficial to you.

– Will the change will give you long term benefits?
– What kind of changes adults make in their life nowadays?
– What do you think about people who do not like changes in their lives?
– What are the human aspects that can never be changed?



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