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IELTS

It is carefully designed keeping those students in mind who wish to attain an upper-intermediate or advance level (equal IELTS band 5 to 7) of English but their existing level is either elementary or their medium of schooling has been in a language other than the English language. It is also equally recommended to the students who have already appeared for IELTS multiple times, but they do not see any improvement in their score simply because a lot of correction is required in the way they approach for the exam.

About IELTS:

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. IELTS is available in two test formats – Academic or General Training – and provides a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Test Format:

Key Features:

  • Getting familiar with format of each module

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Helping in understanding problematic areas
  • Activities to activate each skill area
  • One-to-one Speaking practice daily
  • Writing- under observation
  • Mistake correction during speaking practice
  • Real time home work correction
  • Training with Audio-visual Aids

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned classrooms & library
  • Computer based training
  • Software based training
  • Headphones & personal computers for listening & speaking practice

IELTS introduction:

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 is recognized and accepted by over 9000 organisations worldwide, including universities employers, professional and other government agencies. For a list of organizations that accept IELTS scores

IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than140 countries. Tests are held on Saturdays and Thursdays

The Level of the test:

IELTS is designed to assess English language skills across a wide range of levels. There is no such thing as a pass or fail in IELTS, Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) and to 9 (the highest).

The IELTS scale
Band score Skill level Description
9 Expert user The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8 Very good user The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7 Good user The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4 Limited user The test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely limited user The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2 Intermittent user The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non-user The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test The test taker did not answer the questions.

IELTS results validity period

While it is up to each organisation to set a validity period that works for their purposes, the IELTS partners recommend a 2-year validity period for IELTS test results based upon the well-documented phenomenon of second language loss or 'attrition.'

Test format

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes

There are two modules to choose from Academic and General Training.

• IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration

• IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to and English Speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level

Test format – Listening

30 minutes

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.

Assessors 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.

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Test format – 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 recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.

  • IELTS Academic test - this includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
  • IELTS General Training test - this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.

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Test format – Academic Writing

60 minutes

IELTS Academic test

Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

  • 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

Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:

  • 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.

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Test format – Speaking

11-14 minutes

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.

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Test Tips

Listening

  • Each recording in the Listening test is heard once only.
  • You will be given time to read through the questions before you listen
  • As you listen, write your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answer to the answer sheet. It is essential that you transfer your answer to the answer sheet. It is essential that you transfer your answer toe the answer sheet as nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
  • You must write your answer in pencil
  • An example of a completed Listening answer sheet is given on the next page

Completion question types (e.g. note Completion):

  • Pay attention to the word limit for example if you are asked to complete a sentence using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS, and the correct answer is ‘leather coat’
  • Transfer only the missing word(s) to the answer sheet for example, if you have to complete the note in the … and correct answer is morning, the answer in the morning would be incorrect.
  • You will hear the word(s) you need to us in the recording you will not need to change the form of the word(S) you hear.
  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar: you will lose marks for mistakes.
  • You may write your answers in lower case or in capitals

Reading

  • You may write your answers directly on the answer sheet or you may write them on the question paper and transfer them to the answer sheet before the end of the test. You will not be given extra time to transfer answers at the end of the test Nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
  • You must write you answers in pencil
  • An example of completed Reading answer sheet is given on the next page.
  • Completion questions types (e.g. note Completion):
    - The Same rules apply to ‘completion’ question types as in Listing
    - The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text you will not need to change the form of the word(s) in the text.

Writing

  • You may write your answer in pencil or pen
  • Pay attention to the number of words required for each task. You will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. And approximately 40 minutes on Task 2.
  • You should spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1
  • You must write your answer in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks.
  • Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes
  • You may write your answers entirely in capitals if you wish
  • You may mark notes on the question paper but nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.