The International English Language Testing System which is abbreviated as IELTS is owned and jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd is one of the major English language tests in the world. IELTS exam is designed to assess the candidates’ ability to handle English and their proficiency of their language. Though the native English speakers can take this test.
it is primarily designed for the non-native English language speakers who want to enroll in a college / university or want to migrate to a country where English is necessary. More than 2 million test takers sit for the IELTS in more than 130 different countries and the number is rapidly increasing. The IELTS is recognised worldwide and your IELTS score is important to get admitted in a foreign country where English is used for academic or immigration purposes. There are 2 different test format in IELTS: Academic IELTS and General Training (GT) IELTS. Academic IELTS is recommended for students who want to get admitted in foreign colleges and universities. General Training IELTS is mainly designed for people who are planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
The IELTS is a paper based IELTS which requires the candidate to use the Pen/ pencil and papers to complete the test. The speaking part of the IELTS is conducted by a human examiner who takes the interview face-to-face. The test usually costs ₹ 11300/- currently and this cost varies depending on the test center location and country.
The IELTS exam lasts for 2 hours and 45 minutes (the speaking test duration may vary but usually lasts for 11-15 minutes). After the test, the result is published in two weeks and the result (also called Test Report Form or TRF) comes with a score from band 1 to band 9. Band score is given for individual modules as well as an average score.
Academic Reading passage texts are taken from magazines, journals, research papers, books, and newspapers. Texts have been written for a non-specialist audience. All the topics are of general interest. They deal with issues which are interesting, recognisably appropriate and accessible to candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.
General Training Reading texts are taken from notices, advertisements, official documents, booklets, newspapers, instruction manuals, leaflets, timetables, books and magazines. The first section, ‘social survival’, contains texts relevant to basic linguistic survival in English with tasks mainly about retrieving and providing general factual information. ‘Training survival’, the second section, focuses on the training context, for example on the training program itself or on welfare needs. Section 2 of the General Training reading paper focuses on the work context (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development etc).
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Note: It is important that you try to do the reading tests within the time limit suggested. This will give you realistic practice in working under time pressure.
Each module is divided into two parts and you have only one hour to complete both pieces of writing.
The Writing Task 1 of the IELTS Academic test requires you to write a summary of at least 150 words in response to a particular graph (bar, line or pie graph), table, chart, or process (how something works, how something is done). This task tests your ability to select and report the main features, to describe and compare data, identify significance and trends in factual information, or describe a process.
The Writing Task 1 of the General Training test requires you to write respond to a given problem with a letter requesting information or explaining a situation. It is suggested that about 20 minutes is spent on Task 1, which requires candidates to write at least 150 words. Depending on the task suggested, candidates are assessed on their ability to:
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS test requires you to write at least 250 words. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
The assessment of Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1. Writing scripts are marked by trained and certificated IELTS examiners, who all hold relevant teaching qualifications and are recruited as examiners by the test centres and approved by British Council or IDP: IELTS Australia.
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Note: It is important that you try to do the writing tests within the time limit suggested. This will give you realistic practice in working under time pressure.
The interview is recorded.
The speaking test has three parts:
Introduction and interview
|Examiner introduces him/herself and checks your name.
The examiner then asks you questions on general topics.
|Examiner gives you a written task card. You have 1 minute to think (take notes) before you have to speak for 1–2 minutes.
Examiner asks one or two questions at the end of your talk.
|3–4 minutes (including
|Discuss with the examiner more abstract issues and concepts which are thematically linked to the topic of your talk in Part 2.||4–5 mi|