The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for both higher education and global migration offered by British Council and IDP Australia. Candidates will be assessed on the following elements such as Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. There are two IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do whether it is for higher studies or migration purpose. The Listening and Speaking modules are common to both training but differ in Reading and Writing components. In an IELTS test you have to take Listening, Reading and Writing without any interval in between while speaking test will be on another day up to 7 days after or before the LRW depends upon the test centres. IELTS scores are valid for two years. High band scores in these tests can be advantageous for admission in the universities, gaining scholarships and visa.
It measures your English language proficiency is suitable to your academic environment such as for under graduate or post graduate levels. It also required for professional registration in nursing and other medical professions.
General tests are provided for those who aim to migrate or work in English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, U.S.A, New Zealand and the UK. If you are taking this test to support UK Visa application for work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take UKVI Academic or General IELTS.
LISTENING (30 Minutes+10 Minutes transfer time)
It has 4 sections of pre-recorded audio comprising of conversations, monologues and 40 questions which lasts for 40 minutes including the transferring of answers to the main sheet.
READING (60 Minutes)
Reading has 3 passages and 40 questions for academic and 5 passages and 40 questions for general. Candidates are given only 1 hour to complete the task.
WRITING (60 Minutes)
Task-1 includes tables, graphs or diagrams and explain the information in their own words (150 words).
Task-2 You need to write an essay and it should be in formal way (250 words).
Task-1 You are obliged to write a letter asking for information and it can be formal, semi formal or in the formal style (150).
You are asked to write an essay and it might be little more personal and one should write it in a formal style.
SPEAKING (11-14 Minutes)
Speaking has 3 parts and lasts for 11-14 minutes and it is done on one-on-one face to face conversation with a student.
This part takes 4-5 minutes to complete and you are asked general questions about yourself such as family, studies, work, and interests.
In this part, candidate is given a cue card and you will have preparation time of 1 minute and have to speak 2 minutes about the topic. It lasts between 3- 4 minutes.
It is an argument session with the examiner and the discussion lasts between 4-5 minutes (questions mostly related to part 2).
IELTS BAND SCORE
The score ranges from 1 (Lowest) to 9 (Highest) for each module (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) of the test and the average of every module shows overall band score. This band scale determines the English language efficiency of user.
BAND 9 – Expert user
BAND 8 – Very good user
BAND 7 – Good user
BAND 6 – Competent user
BAND 5 – Modest user