IELTS tests in Turkey and Syria – October 2010 (Academic Module)

IELTS exams in Turkey and Syria were the same, so we are told by H and S, who took their tests in these countries. Here is what we know:

Listening test

Section 1. A woman who wanted to book a hotel for her birthday party called to get information about hotels.

Section 2. A female presenter was describing changes in a shopping mall that were related to flowers and different sections in a shop for fertilizers, other gardening supplies, etc.

Questions: there was a map of the mall and we were asked to label locations on the map.

Section 3. A student was describing the resources she used and the problems she had while writing her dissertation. She was providing information about different sections of her thesis.

Section 4. A university lecturer was talking about history of time measurement and different instruments that were used for measuring time with their respective problems.

Reading test

Passage 1. Agriculture and different methods of farming, including agro-chemical farming and genetically modified crops versus organic farming.

Question: filling in gaps, multiple choice questions and Y/N/NG.

Passage 2. Paleontology and a database of fossils and their related problems.

Questions: headings matching and sentence completion.

Passage 3. Memory and different techniques of memorizing things, including history of each technique.

Questions: filling in gaps, multiple choice questions and Y/N/NG.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a report)

There was a graph comparing birth and death rates in one European country between the years 1950 and 2010, plus a future prediction in 40 years.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

These days many people leave their county to work abroad and take their family with them. Do you think benefits of this outweigh disadvantages in terms of family development?

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