What is IELTS?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.
Types of IELTS Tests and the Question Formats
There are two types of IELTS Tests;
IELTS Academic: This is for people applying for higher education in an English speaking country. The test assesses your abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing –in less than three hours. Listening and speaking are the same for both tests but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on the test you take. The speaking section can be completed before or after the other section, depending on the test centre. Other sections are completed on the same day with no breaks in between them. Total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The listening section is for 30 minutes in which you will listen to recordings of native speakers and write your answers to a series of questions. Here, the assessors want to measure your ability to understand the main ideas and ability to follow the development of ideas.
The reading section is for 60 minutes and it consists of 40 questions that aim to test your reading skills. The excerpts are selected from books, journals, magazines and newspapers and are appropriate for people seeking a higher education.
For the General test, the materials are related to what you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
The writing section is for 60 minutes and there are two tasks- the first task will be presented in form of a graph, table, diagram or chart and you will be asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. In the second task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
IELTS General Training; In the first task of the writing section, you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation and the letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style. In the second task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem
The speaking section assesses your use of spoken English which will be recorded. The first part will require you to answer general questions about yourself, family, work, studies, interests, etc. In the second part, you are required to talk about a particular topic which will be given to you on a card. You will then answer questions on that topic. The third part requires you to answer more questions about the topic in part 2.
IELTS General Training is appropriate for people with secondary education, work experience or training programs and accepted as a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
Who Accepts IELTS Scores?
IELTS is the most popular English language test in the world as two million tests are taken each year. It is accepted by more than 9000 organizations in 140 countries.
It is also the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one. To find out about the institutions that accept IELTS, click HERE
Your test report will be available 13 days after you complete the test. You can re-sit the test anytime but make conscious effort to improve your English before retaking the test. IELTS result is valid for 2 years after the test date.
Preparing for IELTS Test
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