About IELTS The International English Language Testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills- listening, writing, reading and speaking. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
IELTS Results will be produced 13 day after the test. Candidates may collect their results directly or through mail on the 13th day. Test centers are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax.
IELTS - FORMATS
IELTS is available in two formats- Academic andGeneral Training. The Academic Module assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate courses. The General Training Module emphasizes language skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is suitable for candidates who are going to migrate to an English-speaking country or for candidates planning to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level or to complete their secondary education.
IELTS - TEST FORMATS
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests and a choice of Reading and Writing tests- Academic or General Training. The first three tests – Listening, Reading and Writing- must be completed in one day. No break is given between the three tests. The Speaking test may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other three tests.
IELTS TEST PATTERNS
IELTS exam is designed to assess all four modules that is speaking, writing, reading and listening. The all four modules are well organized in way that it can test someone’s ability to use English in daily course of action in English Speaking countries.
The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 8,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
Test Pattern for IELTS Exam:
The total test duration of IELTS exam is 2hrs and 45 minutes. It comprises of four modules i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Listening test: In Listening test there are 40 questions and time is approximately 30 minutes. The module shall have multiple choice questions, short answer questions, sentence completion and chart/ table completion based questions respectively.
Reading test: In Reading test there are 40 questions and time is approximately 60 minutes. The questions will be based on the identification of writers’ views/ attitudes, matching lists/ phrases, labeling a diagram and choosing suitable paragraph respectively.
Writing test: In Writing test there are 2 Task and time is approximately 60 minutes. The section will be consisting of 2 tasks in writing to be completed in 150- 250 words respectively.
Speaking test: In Speaking test there are 3 parts and time is approximately 11-15 In this module it is consist of Face to Face interaction with an examiner.
OVERALL BAND SCORE
An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from 1 (no knowledge) to 9 (expert user). Students must aim for 6 bands as it the most acceptable band score in most of the cases.
Test takers receive a Test Report Form including or listing their overall band score and their sub-scores on each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each of the component scores is equally weighted. The overall band score is calculated by taking the mean of the total of the four individual component scores.
IELTS Score :
IELTS is designed to measure English language skills at all levels. There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Results are based on individual performance and are reported as band score on a scale from 1-9. Your score in the IELTS will be on a band of 0 to 9.
Band Score Scale :9 Expert User
8 Very Good User
7 Good User
6 Competent User
5 Modest User
4 Limited User
3 Extremely Limited User
2 Intermittent User
1 Non user
0 Did not attempt the test
TIPS TO CRACK IELTS EXAMListening
- At the beginning of each section read the questions carefully before the recording starts. This will help you to follow the recording and identify the answers.
- When listening session will start always listen carefully to your examiner that what he/she is saying.
- It will help you to crack listening test.
- To improve your reading skills you must have to read any topic daily or chapters so that during exam you can read topics very well. This will help you to read easily and quickly.
- Be careful to always use your own words during writing exam. The words will not be include those are copied by another students by the examiner.
- When you start writing before that you must think what you have to write about that topic.
- Words should be in your own language and Clear and Precise.
- For speaking test you must understand that how you can improve your speaking skills by practice.
- You can improve your speaking skills by talking with your friends or with your office colleagues, or at work and on the mobile.
- In speaking test the examiner just check your skills and ideas that how you are using those skills and ideas while speaking about the topic.