IELTS test in Sydney, Australia – May 2013 (General Training)

The IELTS test taker from Sydney, Australia (thank you P!) shared the following questions and topics:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. A woman was filling out a form for volunteering to do community work.

Section 2. A professor and a student were discussing her dissertation and how to do it better.

Section 3. A talk on how to do a good report.

Section 4. A talk about market research for a certain product and how to improve sales.

Reading test

Passage 1. A description of various tour options.
Questions: matching headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. A description of conditions and time for night shift workers.
Questions: filling in blanks, True/False/Not Given.

Passage 3. About tree houses.
Questions: filling in blanks, information matching (titles to authors).

Passage 4. Car hire facilities in the UK.
Questions: True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter of complaint to the manager of an online shopping site about a few products that you bought and aren’t happy with. In your letter

– Give details of your order.
– Explain about the problem with the products.
– Say what you want the manager to do about it.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

In many countries school-age children are spending their free time in doing homework. Is it a good or bad thing? What is your own opinion? Give examples to support your view.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– Do you like your home?
– What will your future house look like?
– What public transport do you usually use?
– Why do you use it?
– Do you think people should use public transport more?
– What would you do to improve Sydney’s public transport?
– Do you think public transportation is expensive in your city?
– What time of the day do you like the most? Why?
– What you do in that time?
– How is your day’s structure different now compared to the past?

Cue Card

Describe an advertisement which made you buy a certain product. Please say

– What was the product?
– What was shown in that advertisement?
– What did you like about the advertisement/product? Why?
– Why was the product important to you?


– Do you think advertisements influence people’s choice for products?
– Who is showing advertisements in your country?
– Other than food and clothing, what products are advertised there?
– What do you think about showing or mentioning children in advertisements?
– Is it a negative thing?
– What are the other means of advertisement in your country?
– What is the most effective media in your view?
– Do you think a lot of advertising is harmful?

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