The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training
IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmers and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS treats all test takers with the utmost fairness and respect by actively avoiding cultural bias, and accepting all standard varieties of native-speaker English, including North American, British, Australian and New Zealand English. IELTS is available at more than 1,200 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA, and there are 48 test dates a year.
IELTS is accepted for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
WRITING (60 minutes)
Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks: in case of Academic, you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summaries or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event. In the other task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style. In case of General Training, there may be a formal, semi-formal or an informal letter and an essay which can have your personal flavor of writing.
READING (60 minutes)
The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
LISTENING (30 minutes)
will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.
SPEAKING (11 to 14 minutes)
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.
- Part 1 – the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
- Part 2 – you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
- Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Why should you train at ALL ABOUT ENGLISH ?
At our institute, our training methods are not just contemporary and unique; but we make it a point that you understand the exam methodology to help you fair well. We ensure that your skill set improves and moves to a tangent of International standards. We help you sail through with creativity in writing and speaking and instill in you the true spirit of English language in a way so that you comprehend the language naturally.
If it is about English, it is “ALL ABOUT ENGLISH”!