The International English Language Testing System is a standardized English proficiency test. It assesses English Language skills in the areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP- Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL EXAMINATIONS. It is graded on a scale of 0-9, and is valid for a period of 2 years
IELTS has two types of modules - Academic and General Training. Academic Module is required to be given by students who plan to study at an undergraduate or a postgraduate level. While, General Training Module is generally a prerequisite for the people who either want to pursue vocational studies or plan to immigrate
Brief on each section
Listening has 4 sections and 40 questions in all. It lasts for 40 minutes, which includes time to transfer the answers to the main answer sheet
Reading has 3 passages and 40 questions in total. Candidates are given an hour to complete reading comprehension. Time management here is very important. The candidate should give 20 minutes per passage
Writing (Academic Module) has 2 writing tasks. The total time alloted for this section is 1 hour.
Task 1 is primarily report writing (explaining diagrams and charts, making comparisons where needed). Task 1 must not be less than 150 words, the time alloted for this task is 20 minutes
Task 2 is an essay and candidates are required to draft an essay on the topic given. This essay must not be less than 250 words. Students are advised to spend 40 minutes on the same
General Training Module also has 2 writing tasks. Task1 presents a Letter Prompt (formal or informal). Candidates must write at least 150 words for the same. Task 2 is the same as that of academic module
Speaking has 3 parts and lasts for about 11-14 minutes. It is on a one-to-one basis with the candidate
Part 1: The Examiner will ask the student general questions, that relates to his/her work, studies, hobbies etc. This part lasts for 4 to 5 minutes
Part 2: In this part, the candidate is given a topic to speak on, this topic is printed on a task card
The candidates are given one minute to think and can even note down points. They have to speak on the given topic for about 1 minute. This part lasts for 3 to 4 minutes
Part 3 is a two way discussion with the examiner (these questions are related to the part 2 topic).The discussion lasts for 4 to 5 minutes
Tips for the IELTS
- Look for Keywords in the passages for reading comprehension
- Be attentive when you listen to the audio, DO NOT miss out on questions
- Be loud and clear when you speak, understand the question, be sure to fully answer the questions directed to you
- Remember that your personal opinion in Task 1 is NOT needed. Be sure to just write about what you see in the report and make comparisons where needed
- Plan your essay in Task 2, be sure not to drift away from the topic at hand. Be clear with your points and the way that you organise your ideas
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