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Frequently Asked Questions On The Test That Has Been Tried and Tested

December 2016

An IELTS test consists of four modules. All candidates are required to take the same Listening and Speaking sections. There is a choice of Reading and Writing Modules depending on whether you wish to take the Academic or General Training. The test follows in the pattern of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, where each section is individually timed. The IELTS results are scored on a band scale of 9

IELTS has two types of modules - Academic and General Training. Academic Module is required to be given by students who plan to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. While, General Training Module is generally a prerequisite for the people who either want to pursue vocational studies or plan to migrate.

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How many sections does the Listening test have?

There are four sections on the Listening test. Each section has 10 questions with a total of 40 questions overall

Where can I write my final answers for Listening?

During the Listening test, you may write your answers onto the question paper as you listen, once the audio stops, you are given 10 minutes to transfer those answers onto your answer sheet at the end of the test.

Will I hear different accents on the test?

Yes, but they will be clear and easy to understand.

How important in spellings on the Listening section?

It is important that you spell the words correctly when you write them down.

How is the test marked?

The test is marked on a band scale of 0-9, where each score corresponds with the type of user from non user to expert user.

What kind of topics can I expect in the Reading section?

The Academic Reading topics are of general interest and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. In contrast, the General Reading, texts are taken from advertisements, notices, newspapers and timetables.

How can I improve my scores on the Reading test?

In order to improve your scores on this section, familiarize yourself with the type of questions you will have to answer on the test.

What kind of graphs or diagrams can I expect for Task 1?

The type of graphs may vary, you can expect anything right from pie charts, bar graphs, or a table to explaining the diagram of a process or a sequence of events

Can I take a neutral stand in Writing Task 2?

Yes, you may as long as you provide supportive reasons for the same. Ensure that you do not contradict yourself, maintain the same position all through your essay.

What is the purpose of the Speaking test?

The Speaking test is designed to judge you on how well you justify your opinions using appropriate language, your fluency and coherence.

Is each part on the Speaking test marked separately?

No, the examiner marks you according to how well you perform across all three parts of the test.

Things to Remember on Test Day

  • Ensure that you arrive early at the Testing centre
  • The Listening Test is the first section that you will be tested on, followed by Reading and Writing. Speaking takes place on a different day
  • You must write your answers in pencil on both the Listening and Reading sections. You may use a pen or a pencil for the Writing test
  • Unlike the Listening test, the Reading section has no transfer time and will require you to mark your answers directly onto the answer sheet

Things to Remember on Test Day

  • 30 hours of intensive and comprehensive training
  • Cambridge IELTS, official publication or IELTS issued as courseware
  • British Council trained faculties
  • Maximum 10-15 students per batch, making sessions personalized
  • Teaching pedagogy involves a strong focus on enhancing the performance in all facets of the test Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Guiding students with approach towards different question types, and providing sufficient practice in all areas of the test
  • Qualified, experienced and trained faculties
  • 20 full-length mock tests
  • Well stocked library
  • Facility of home issuance of book
  • Availability of weekdays (Tuesday- Friday, 2 hours per day) and Weekend Batches (Saturday- Sunday, 4 hours per day) under regular mode
  • Availability of Fast Track Mode (Tuesday- Sunday, 4 hours per day) for people who want to complete the course at the earliest
  • Facility of shifting to any branch throughout India

What Edwise Students studying IELTS says...

"Without Edwise, getting to this point would have been very confusing and stressful. The IELTS training given to me by Edwise played a major role in obtaining a good score of 8 bands and also helped me win the 2015 British Council IELTS Award. I would recommend Edwise to any student who plans to go abroad. Edwise has helped me with the application process, related exams, visa applications and also prepares you to live in a new country."

Chakshudaa Masih- IELTS Coaching

"IELTS has always been one of the core exams when it comes to going overseas either for academic purposes or even for work/migration and it is always a scary thought of achieving the desired hand score. Edwise has always been acting as a strong catalyst in training students for the IELTS exam. Edwise looks for every volume and expert knowledge of trainers it with no exception becomes the most liable choice as a student for IELTS coaching."

Utkarsh Shah - IELTS Coaching

"I am very thankful to Edwise for helping me score an 8.0 band in my IELTS. I joined the IELTS classes with a lot of apprehensions. But from the first class itself I felt extremely comfortable. The faculty here has provided me with personal training and this has helped me clear my examination with flying colours. I would once again like to thank the entire staff of Edwise who helped my dream come true."

Shruti Preman - IELTS Coaching

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