IELTS writing and speaking test in Australia – General training

The following questions were asked on an IELTS test (General training) held in Australia in January 2012. Source:

Speaking test


Could you tell me your name?

What is your nationality?

Are you working or studying?

Do you exercise regularly? Why?

What are the health benefits of regular physical exercise?

Do you think that physical exercise is good for older people?

Cue Card

Speak about two people from the same family. Please say:

Who they are:

How often you meet them

What relationship they have with one another

Speak about the similarities between them.

Follow up question: Do you know any other members of their family?


What influence do parents have on their children?

What influence do friends have on them?

How can parents correct their children’s bad habits or behavior?

Writing test IELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You visited a museum with an elderly relative recently. However, he or she had difficulty walking around the museum. Write a letter to the manager and say:

Whom did you visit the museum with?

What problems did he or she face?

Suggest a solution that will improve the museum visit experience for an elderly person.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that students who have strict teachers tend to work harder. Others, on the other hand, believe that friendly teachers are better for students. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

A sample answer for this essay can be found here

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