IELTS test in Botswana – June 2012 (Academic Module)

The IELTS exam below was shared by S. and T (thank you!)

Listening test IELTS test in Botswana

Section 1. A principal called a teacher to his office to offer him a position in the summer camp. They discussed the requirements for the job and other preparations that needed to be done prior.

Section 2. A Dean’s speech at the university orientation session describing facilities, accommodation and services available on campus.

Section 3. Two students discussed their assignment with a teacher. The assignment was about the history and origin of chocolate. They also talked about a company named ‘Cocoa Australia’.

Section 4. A lecturer talked about the origin of maps and how the first maps were made, what they were showing and how they have been developed later.

Reading test

Passage 1. About the history of book printing. Who started it and how it became an industry and a business segment.

Passage 2. The relationship between arts and engineering and how they can be related.

Passage 3. About the fluoridation of water, the conflict between social and scientific beliefs and health advantages and disadvantages of adding fluoride to drinking water.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two graphs showing the performance of a train company in October and November 2008. One graph showed the percentage of late trains, while the other showed the percentage of cancelled trains.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

More and more people are becoming seriously overweight. Some people say that the price increase of fattening foods will solve this problem. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Speaking test


– What do you do?
– Why are you studying this subject?
– What would you like to do in the future?
– What type of clothes do you wear?

Cue Card

Talk about a memorable journey you had as a child. Please say

– How was it?
– Where did you go?
– Why was it so special?


– What are the costs of different transportation systems in your country?
– What type of transport do people prefer while traveling?
– How will the transportation system change in your country in the future?

IELTS test in the USA – June 2012 (General Training)

A test taker G from the US remembered the following IELTS topics and questions:

Listening test IELTS test in the USA

Section 1. A lady was calling the post office to get a quote for shipping some items.
Section 2, 3. Don’t remember.
Section 4. About a group trip to South America where different forms of transportation will be used.

Reading test

Passage 1. Don’t remember.
Passage 2: About useful house cleaning products.
Passage 3. A job description for new applicants.
Passage 4. About birds in Australia that were saved from being extinct.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to a friend in another country. Ask his/her advice about the country because you have recently applied for a job there. In your letter

– Tell what is the job you have applied for,
– Provide some details about the job,
– Explain why you applied for this job.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays, children play less with one another and this has an impact on their development. What are the reasons for this? Does it have a good or a bad effect on children?

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– Is branding popular in your country?
– How do people feel about branding in your country?
– Has it changed the way people buy products in your country?
– Do you buy unbranded products? Why?

Cue Card

Describe an advertisement you have seen or heard recently that impressed you. You should say

– What was the advertisement about?
– What did you like about the advertisement?
– What made it stand out?


– Did you buy the service or the product advertised?
– Do you trust advertisements?
– How do wrongly advertised products/services affect your buying decision?



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