IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test. It can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 10,000 organisations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

For Professionals − Professional registration bodies in many fields will accept an IELTS result, including accounting, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and teaching bodies in many countries. This means that after completing your studies, you may need to take the test in order to gain professional registration in an English speaking country. If you choose IELTS as the test you take to enter university, you will be familiar with the IELTS test format when you set it again for professional registration.

For Migration − IELTS is required by governments in more countries than any other English language test as a requirement for permanent residency. The governments of the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand accept IELTS results.

The test that’s fairer to you – Did you know that IELTS is the only high-stakes English language test where your Speaking test is one-on-one with an examiner in a private room where you will not be interrupted by other test takers? There will be no computers, no technical problems and no distractions.

There are two types of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic:- The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

IELTS General Training:- The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

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.

The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Listening

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

40 questions, 40 min partly objective; max 3 words / fill in the blanks/ multiple choice/ matching.

Reading

This section will consist of 3 passages : 20 mints for each passage with 40 questions in the objective form/ multiple choice / true / false/ not given/ headings / fill in the blanks.

Writing

General Training
Letter ( Personal/ Business ) Time Limit – 150 words in 20 min
Essay (Argumentative, Problematic) 250 words in 40 min

Academic training
Data interpretation ( Line / Bar/ Pie chart ) 150 words in 20 min
Essay ( argumentative, preference ) 250 words in 40 min

Speaking

One to one interview ( 15 – 30 min )

Task 1: Introduction, general questions
Task 2: Cue card ( need to speak on it for more than a minute )
Task 3: Follow up questions.

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