IELTS – How To Prepare For International English Language Testing System?
What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (abbreviated as IELTS), is crafted to evaluate the language proficiency of candidates who intend to study or work where English is the primary language of communication.
IELTS is concertedly handled by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS match up to the ultimate international benchmarks of language evaluation.
IELTS is acknowledged and accepted by universities and business organizations in many nations, including the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It is also well-accepted by professional associations, immigration authorities as well as other government agencies.
- IELTS examines the communication skills of candidates.
- Examination is delivered in both paper and online mode.
- Candidates can appear for this test from anywhere in the world.
- Scores are valid for 2 years.
- Test-takers can appear for this test as many times as they wish.
How to acquire information regarding registration for the IELTS test?
Aspirants contact their nearest examination center in person or visit the official IELTS website for collecting detailed information regarding the procedures of application and the site of a test center near their place.
The Format of IELTS Test
There are mainly four sub-tests, or in other words modules, to the IELTS assessment: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Aspirants need to appear for all four modules. Although all aspirants appear for the same Listening and Speaking examination, they take different Reading and Writing assessments, based on whether they have chosen the Academic Module or the General Training Module.
On the day of the examination, the four modules will be taken in the order mentioned below:
IELTS Listening test goes on for about 30 minutes. Aspirants will have to listen to four different recordings of native English talkers and then write their answers to a series of questions. It comprises of four segments, played on cassette tape, in order of growing difficulty. Each segment might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test recording is played only once, and test-takers need to write their answers as they listen although time is provided to recheck their answers. Care should be taken while answering the questions on the answer sheet as spelling and grammar errors are penalized.
IELTS Reading test goes on for about 60 minutes. Students need to appear for an Academic Reading test or a General Training Reading examination. The Reading segment comprises 40 questions, crafted to assess an extensive range of reading skills. These take account of reading for extracting gist/substance, reading for deducing main ideas, reading for comprehending detail, skimming, and scanning, comprehending logical argument and identifying writers’ ideas, attitudes and intentions. The test comprises three sections, and these sections are arranged in order of increasing level of difficulty. The Academic Reading examination is marked by certified markers, who are monitored on a regular basis to ensure reliability. All answer papers, after being marked, are further scrutinized by Cambridge Assessment English.
IELTS Writing test also goes on for about 60 minutes. Again, in this test as well test-takers take up either an Academic Module or a General Training Module. Aspirants need to appear for two different writing jobs, which call for different forms and patterns of writing.
IELTS Speaking test comprises a one-to-one individualized interview with a competent examiner. The interview is recorded for review and has three isolated parts:
An introduction part and interview, a long turn where the aspirant speaks for a few minutes on a specific topic, and then a two-way conversation thematically associated with the individual speech. This interview will continue for roughly 11-14 minutes.
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