IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System is one of the top most language test conducted every year. Operating in almost around 140 countries as well as approximately 2.9 million tests are taken each year.
What Is It’s Purpose ?
- IELTS helps you in improving your English language skills – writing, reading, listening and speaking.
- IELTS helps you to live, study, and work around the world.
- Face-to-face speaking for real-life context.
IELTS for Studies –
It is considered as one of the suitable courses to study abroad(foreign) at graduate or post-graduate levels. IELTS is accepted as eveidence of English proficiency by approx. 10,000 institutions. Follow this test information to get you close to your dream to study in any foreign country:-
There are two types of IELTS test :
- IELTS Academic
- 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 test carries total time of 2 hours & 45 minutes.
IELTS Test Related Information –
Listening (30 minutes) –
Four recordings will be dictated to you by native English speakers via headphones/microphones and you have to answer the questions related to the speech/communication.
Reading (60 minutes) –
It consists of 40 questions including reading for gist, reading for understanding, skimming, arguments and so on.
IELTS Academic test – this includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
IELTS General Training test – this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
Writing (60 minutes) –
IELTS Academic test :
Task 1 – You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise 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.
Task 2 – 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.
IELTS General Training :
Task 1 – you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
Task 2 – You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.
Speaking (11-14 minutes) –
Part 1 : General questions on introduction, family, studies, interests and so on.
Part 2 : You have to speak up on a particular topic for 2 minutes and before that, a card will be given to write something about the same topic, only for 1 minute.
Part 3 : You will be asked further questions about the topic you have spoken up in part 2.
Information Related To Scores/Results –
IELTS test results are counted on the basis of a 9 band scale.
Band 0 : Did not attempt the test.
Band 1 : Non-user
Band 2 : Intermittent user
Band 3 : Extremely limited user
Band 4 : Limited user
Band 5 : Modest user
Band 6 : Competent user
Band 7 : Good user
Band 8 : Very good user
Band 9 : Expert user
Further, a score is given for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. And finally, these individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score.