IELTS updates from Australia and Sri Lanka

Below are the Writing topics and Speaking questions from the recent General Training IELTS exam in Australia (thanks to the contributor K).

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have moved to another city to do a short term course. Write a letter to invite a friend to do the course with you. Please say

- why you want your friend to join the course,
- what the benefits of this course are,
- how joining the course will help your friend.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many historic buildings are being destroyed or damaged. What are the reasons for this? What should be done to preserve these buildings?

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- What should I call you?
- Do you work or study?
- Do you enjoy your work?
- Would you like to change this job?
- Do you like your name?
- Who gives a name to a baby in your culture?
- Describe the naming ceremony in your culture.

Cue Card

Talk about a day off and how you would like to spend it. Please say

- Where would you like to go?
- What would you like to do?
- Whom would you go with?
- How do you usually feel at the end of a day off?


- Would you like a single long holiday or many short holidays in a year? Why?
- Do you think men and women have different activities to do in their free time? Why?


IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka – July 2011

here are the speaking questions as remembered by A from Sri Lanka.

Speaking test


- Do you work or study?
- Let’s talk about your work. What kind of work is it?
- Do you enjoy your job?

- How were your science classes at school, did you like them?
- Is there anything you didn’t like about science?
- Why is science important in everyday life?
- What kind of musical concerts are popular in your area?
- Do you think that musical concerts are the better option to enjoy music?
- What other options are there?
- Do you go to the musical concerts? Why?

Cue Card

Talk about a house or an apartment you would like to live in.

- describe that house or apartment,
- say why you like it, and
- explain where it should be located.


- Would you like more to live in a large city or in a rural area?
- What are the differences between the village and city living?
- Why are villages becoming popular?
- What will be the future trends in lifestyle?
- What can be done by people themselves to minimize pollution?
- Will the governments eventually ban large cities?

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