IELTS test in Australia – October 2012 (General Training)

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Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. Choosing a university course.

Section 2. About products sold on New Zealand farmer’s market.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About the development of bees.

Reading test

Passage 1. About special stamps that you could get your face on in the post office.

Passage 2. Listings of 4 separate apartments. The questions were similar to “Which flat is not wheelchair accessible?” (the one with the stairs).

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. About the history of chocolate and cacao beans in particular.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have just returned from a working trip overseas. Write your colleagues a letter thanking them for your experience. Please say:

– How do you feel about being home?
– Thank them for their time.
– Invite them to come and visit you.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that it is better for a child to grow up in the countryside than in the city, others disagree. Discuss both views, and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your name?
– Where are you from?
– What do you do?
– What does that entail specifically?
– What do you plan to do in the future?
– Lets talk about sports.
– What are the benefits of taking part in sporting activities?
– Do you drive a car?
– What cars are popular in your home country?
– Do you like comedy?
– What are the comedy scenes like in your country?
– Do you think men and women find different things funny?
– Do you think it’s important for couples to find similar things funny?

Cue Card

Talk about something that made you laugh. Please say

– Where was it?
– Who was there with you?
– Why did it stick in your memory?


Don’t remember.

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