IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international uniform test of English language expertise for non-native English language speakers. It assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and in your new life abroad.

IELTS test was introduced in 1989 to assess candidate’s readiness to study or communicate in English and is now used world – wide. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.

The IELTS test is necessary for students or working professionals who plan to migrate to English Native countries and will test their ability both to understand and to use complex academic language.

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There are two versions of IELTS with different IELTS exam patterns to choose from:

Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English speaking countries is based on the results of the Academic test.

This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

The Test Format:

There are four sub-tests, or modules, to the IELTS test: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Students must sit all four sub-tests. While all students take the same Listening and Speaking tests, they sit different Reading and Writing tests, depending on whether they have selected the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test.
The IELTS speaking test may even take place a day or two later at some centers.

IELTS Reading Test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.

Detailed Information :

General reading
  • It requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
  • These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment
Academic reading
  • It includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
  • These texts are suitable for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS Writing Test also lasts for 60 minutes. Again, students take either an Academic Module, or a General Training Module. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics.

Detailed Information :

General writing
  • Task 1 – Write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation presented in the topic. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
  • Task 2 – Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
Academic writing
  • Task 1 – Explain the information presented in a graph, table, chart or diagram in your own words
  • Task 2 – Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Part 1 – General Questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. (4 – 5 minutes)

Part 2 – Talking about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test. (4 – 5 minutes)

Part 3 – Answer further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. (4 – 5 minutes)

There is no minimum score required to pass IELTS. IELTS score is evaluated on a scale from 0 to 9 points. Most top universities require 6.0-7.0 overall IELTS score for admission/invitation.

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once.

  • Section 1 – A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Section 2 – A monologue set in an everyday social context e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Section 3 – A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Section 4 – A monologue on an academic subject e.g. a university lecture.