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IELTS

WHAT IS IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) serve as the gateway to numerous countries on the globe; where people and youngsters are planning to go. It enables you to proceed further pertaining to visa planning. Every country has its own native language and to survive in complete new environment which have language other than yours may give you hard time. IELTS is the English language test which is attestation to your certification regarding proficiency in this particular language.

WHY IELTS?

IELTS is an authorised test and valid across 126 countries on the globe. IELTS is helpful for further study plans to permanent residency; it encompasses all sort of such decision.

AREAS OF USAGE/PURPOSE:
HIGHER STUDY:

Students with dreams like studying overseas begins with persuing this course. The achieved bands will ensure the selection of students from good and prestigious colleges pertaining to country. The four modules are designed in such a way that student can reflect all the required skills of language, which further gives assurance to esteemed colleges that he can abide by stated medium of instructions followed in their college.

PERMANENT RESIDENCY:

People who want to settle abroad also require to sit in language test. Any country will only accept you or gaurantee a resident only when you are fit to survive in their demographic region. "Language assure survival" hence; IELTS hold stronghold in Permanent Residency.

TEST OUTLINE

Exam comprises of four modules.They are:

  • Reading: It involves comprehensive reading consisting of 40 questions in time constraint of 60 minutes(Higher the ratio of correct questions, higher will be the band).
  • Writing: It involves two tasks which assess your written expressions in different parents ranging from grammar to well framed sentence structures. Module has time constraint of 60 minutes.
  • Listening: Understanding what others are speaking is also an important side of language. Keeping pace with the conversation is being tested. It involves 40 questions with time constraint of 30 minutes
  • Speaking: "Expression of Speech" or "Verbal Expression" ensures how better one understands a language. Assessment is generally done in three major areas: Fluency, Grammer, Lexical Resources Spoken module generally goes for 30 minutes.

DURATION of EXAM:

Duration of Exam generally is 2 Hours 40 Minutes and modules covered are reading, listening, writing. Spoken exam happens on separate days, which is intimated by authorised organisation through which candidate has filled the exams and is 10-15 minutes of duration.

EXAMINATION DATES:

IELTS test is generally conducted throughout the year. IDP and British Council are the delegatory centres for rendering this language test. The test is held four times a month in 38 cities across India. Student may after consulting the exam calender can select best siutable dates.

VALIDATION OF THE TEST:

Test is valid for two years after the date of your result.<

BAND ALLOCATION/ASSESSMENT:

Every module is alloted bands out of 9 (Highest band in IELTS is 9). Every module has distinct marking style.

WHO ADMINISTERS IELTS?

University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate:
British Council - UK
IDP - Australia

TEST TYPES

IELTS is available in two test versions:
Academic - for people applying for higher education or Professional Registration.
General Training for those who planning to migrate.

TEST STRUCTURE

The IELTS test has four parts
Listening: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes' transfer time)
Reading: 60 minutes
Writing: 60 minutes
Speaking: 11–14 minutes

English Language Courses(IELTS)

Course Name Regular Course(Duration/Time) Fast Track Course(Duration/Time)
Spoken English(Beginners) 2 Months 120 minutes/day class
Spoken English(Advanced) 1 Month 120 minutes/day class 1 Month, 200 minutes/day class
IELTS 1 Month 240 minutes/day class
IELTS-Professional 2 Months 120 minutes/day class 1 Month 200 minutes/day class

IELTS SPEAKING

TIME ALLOWED

10 TO 15 MIN.

PROCEDURE

  • One to one interview
  • Entire conversation is recorded

STRUCTURE

  • Introduction and interview
  • Topic Card
  • Extended questions on topic card/discussion

WHAT IS ASSESSED

  • Grammar
  • Fluency
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary
  • Body Language

IELTS LISTENING

TIME ALLOWED

30 MIN. + 10 MIN.

PROCEDURE

  • First Module Of The Test
  • Cassettes/CDs Is Played
  • Individual Head Phones Are Provided
  • Attempting Questions From The Booklet
  • Transfering Answers (using Pencil Only)

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

40 Questions Distributed Over 4 Sections

STRUCTURE

  • Section 1 – Conversation on a social/ semi-official topic
  • Section 2 – A monologue about a social topic
  • Section 3 – Conversation on between 2-4 speakers about an academic topic
  • Section 4 – A university-style presentation of an academic topic by one speaker

IELTS Listening in Detail

  • Task type 1 – Multiple choice
  • Task type 2 – Matching
  • Task type 3 – Plan, map, diagram labeling
  • Task type 4 – Form, note, table, flow-chart, summary completion
  • Task type 5 – Sentence completion
  • Task type 6 – Short-answer questions

IELTS READING

TIME ALLOWED

60 MIN

PROCEDURE

  • Second module of the test
  • Attempting questions from the booklet after reading the unseen passages
  • Transfering answers (no extra time provided)
  • Only pencil is allowed

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

40 Questions distributed over 3 sections

QUESTION TYPES

T/F/NG, Headings, MCQs, Sentence Completion, Matching etc.

Academic Reading vs General Training Reading

ACADEMIC GENERAL TRAINING
Reading Passages Three Passages form Magazines, Journals or Newspapers - Passages focused on Academic issues Three Passages from Notices, Ads, Magazines & Books - Passages Focused On Social Issues
Difficulty Level Comparatively Difficult Easier
Time Allowed 60 Min. 60 Min.
Number of Questions 40 40

IELTS Academic & General Training Reading in detail

  • Task type 1 – Multiple choice
  • Task type 2 – Identifying information
  • Task type 3 – Identifying writer’s views/claims
  • Task type 4 – Matching information
  • Task type 5 – Matching headings
  • Task type 6 – Matching features
  • Task type 7 – Matching sentence endings
  • Task type 8 – Sentence completion
  • Task type 9 – Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion
  • Task type 10 – Diagram label completion
  • Task type 11 – Short-answer questions

IELTS WRITING

TIME ALLOWED

60 MIN.

PROCEDURE

  • Third Module Of The Test
  • Two Writing Tasks Of Specified
  • Word Limits To Be Completed
  • Option Of Using A Pen Or A Pencil

Academic Writing vs General Training Writing

ACADEMIC GENERAL TRAINING
Format of Questions Interpreting and describing a graph/chart
- Giving an opinion or Suggesting a solution to a problem
- Writing a letter
- Giving an opinion or Suggesting a solution to a problem
Difficulty Level More Difficult Easier
Time Allowed 60 Min. 60 Min.
Number of Questions 40 40
Word Limit 150 Words for graph/chart
250 Words for essay
150 Words for graph/chart
250 Words for essay

IELTS Academic Writing in detail

Task 1: (20 minutes, 150 words)

Interpret a diagram or table, and present the information in your own words.

Organize, present and possibly compare data.
e.g. money people spend on different forms of entertainment.

Describe stages of a procedure or process.
e.g. the stages of human evolution.

Describe on object or event or series of events.
e.g. How the water cycle works.

Explain how something works.
e.g. How a car engine works

Task 2 (40 minutes, 250 words)

Presented with a point of view or argument or problem.

Present and justify an opinion
e.g. Do you think trial by jury should be used in all criminal cases?

Compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications
e.g. How effective is it to reward good work with extra money?

Evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument
e.g. ‘Failure shows desire wasn’t strong enough’. To what extent do you agree?

IELTS General Training Writing in detail

Task General Training
One 150 words Write a letter (The task of the general training module is to write a letter. You will be presented with a situation and you will need to write your letter explaining the situation or asking for information.)
The letter may be one of three styles: Personal Semi-Formal Formal
Two 250 words Write an essay (An IELTS essay is structured like any other essay; you just need to make it shorter.)
There are three key elements: Introduction Body Paragraphs Conclusion

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