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International English Language Testing System

 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an International Standardized Test of English Language proficiency. It is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2 million tests taken in the last year. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 900 test centers and locations in over 140 countries. IELTS 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 at play, in your new life abroad.

 

 

There are two versions of the IELTS test

IELTS Academic:

The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those wanting to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education). You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes.

The test measures if you are ready to begin studying in English. It features vocabulary that is familiar within an academic setting.

IELTS     General Training

The IELTS General Training test is suitable for those applying to study below degree level. This includes an English-speaking school or college. It can also be taken for work experience or other employment training.

IELTS General Training is also required for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test features everyday English language skills that you will need in social and workplace environments.

 

 

ACADEMIC – IELTS Academic is divided into four sections

 

Listening:

The test is of 30 minutes, an additional time of 10 minutes is given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on their ability to understand lectures and conversations in various Western accents, primarily British.

 

Reading:

The test is of 40 questions divided in 3 sections. The test is 60 minutes long and it measures the  ability of candidates to understand descriptive, factual, and analytical passages.

 

Writing:

In this test 2 tasks have to be completed in 60 minutes. Task 1 comprises of describing tables, graphs, charts, diagrams in a minimum of 150 words and in task 2 candidates are required to write a 250 words long essay on the given topic. The contribution of task 2 to the total writing score is twice of task 1.

Speaking:

The speaking test is generally 11 to 14 minutes long and is conducted in a face to face interview format . This test has 3 sections, in the first section the examiner asks questions related to the candidate’s introduction etc. In the second section the candidate is asked to speak for 2 minutes on a general topic and in the third section follow-up questions related to the topic in section 2 are asked.

 

GENERAL – IELTS General Training is also divided into four sections


Listening:

The test is of 30 minutes, an additional time of 10 minutes is given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on their ability to understand lectures and conversations in various Western accents, primarily British

 

Reading:

The duration of this test is 60 minutes in which three passages are given. Each passage forms one section of the test and is accompanied with 10 to 14 questions. There are a total of 40 questions.
 

 

Writing:

In this test 2 tasks have to be completed in 60 minutes. Task 1 comprises of writing a 150 words long formal or an informal letter on the given situation and in task 2 candidates are required to write a 250 words long essay on the given topic. The contribution of task 2 to the total writing score is twice of task 1.

 

Speaking:

The speaking test is generally 11 to 14 minutes long and is conducted in a face to face interview format . This test has 3 sections, in the first section the examiner asks questions related to the candidate’s introduction etc. In the second section the candidate is asked to speak for 2 minutes on a general topic and in the third section follow up questions related to the topic in section 2 are asked.

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