Here is an entire breakdown of the IELTS General exam as seen in Brisbane on 12 May 2012 (including model writing Task 1 and 2 responses)!

A few very kind exam takers took the time to email me the writing questions they faced on their recent exam in Brisbane, Australia. One very kind student in particular shared the other sections of the exam, too. I’ve included all of the information they’ve shared plus two model writing responses to the writing tasks.

Have you taken the IELTS recently? Please don’t forget to email me and let me know what topics you see on the exam so that I can post them and add my suggestions. Often questions are repeated, so by sharing your experience you could be giving other students a head start in their preparation for the test!


1. Listening one was about an airline company. A customer was unhappy about the ticket’s price and was looking for details on how to file a compliant.

2. Listening two required the student label a map of several different buildings.

3. Listening three related to the importance of listening skills.

4. Listening four concerned the history of the bicycle.


1. Reading one detailed several different tourist hot spots. The question required test takers label paragraphs.

2. Reading two was about leave entitlements for employees who work in organizations or factories. The question type was short answer not more than 3 words.

3. Don’t remember.

4. Reading four was about the history and evolution of some Japanese sushi company. There were three questions types: T/F/NG, fill in the blanks and multiple choice.


Task 1

Write a letter to your friend and thank him/her for the advice he/she gave you in preparation for a press conference you held. In this letter write:

-what happened during the conference

-how his/her advice helped

-what you would like to do as a gesture of thanks

Dear Jeffrey,

I wanted to write and thank you again for the helpful advice you gave me regarding my press conference yesterday.

As I told you last week, I had never held a press gathering before. To say I was a little anxious sitting in front of so many reporters and TV cameras would be an understatement. However, your advice to address the reporters I have rapport with first really helped to put my mind at ease. As a result, I was able to engage the public much more confidently and believe this helped enhance my presence immensely. The conference has just aired on TV and I am extremely pleased with my performance.

As I couldn’t have achieved this success without you, I would love to take you out sometime as a token of my gratitude. Would lunch this Thursday be possible for you? I know a great French restaurant in your part of town.

Yours truly,


Task 2

Nowdays, pollution and waste levels are increasing rapidly. How does this effect ordinary people? What steps can be taken to overcome this problem?

Pollution levels around the world have been increasing at exponential ratesI argue that this trend affects the physical health of ordinary people and the future of the natural resources these people need to survive. To combat these issues, the solutions of government intervention and conscientious product buying will be analyzed for viability in this essay.

Firstly, to address the physical health problems people experience as a result of high pollution levels, it is argued that governments should work towards educating people about the role they play in the well-being of the natural world. For example, the Emirates used to have the highest rate of garbage production per capita on the globe. But after initiating a compulsory education program in all high schools across the country, this rubbish to person ratio was reduced significantly. Thus, it can be concluded from this example that education plays a very clear role in the fight against worldwide pollution.

Further, to encourage the preservation of natural resources, people should take it upon themselves to avoid buying products known to be environmentally harmful. For instance, in the United States it has become trendy for people to buy hybrid cars as opposed to petrol guzzling vehicles, such as Cadillac Escalades. The conscious purchasing decisions these people are making are clearly having results, as the American contribution to global warming is not swelling at nearly the rate it once was. Thus, promoting smart consumer choices is obviously an excellent strategy for combating issues related to pollution.

Following this look at the causes and potential solutions to the challenges associated with global contamination, it is felt that with a united effort humanity will be able to overcome this hurdle.  I thus hope the solutions suggested in this essay are adopted the world over.

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