What is IELTS?

International English Language Testing System

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a comprehensive test that measures a person’s expertise and proficiency over it if he or she desires to study or work in a country which uses English as the language of communication. It assesses the level of fluency and comprehensive capacity of English Language of those who have studied English as second or foreign language. Passing the IELTS exam with a minimum band of 7 is mandatory for all candidates who desire to pursue higher studies abroad, or emigrate for job purposes abroad.

IELTS Academic or General training

  • IELTS Academic is suitable for those planning to study at a foreign university at undergraduate or postgraduate level or join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.
  • IELTS General training is for those planning to train or study at below degree level, work in an English-speaking country or emigrate to an English-speaking country.
  • The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking and the exam lasts for a little under 3 hours.

IELTS Listening Test

  • The Listening Module of IELTS has around 40 questions, 4 sections and the time frame allotted is around 30 minutes to complete with 10 minutes of transfer time.
  • It consists of Multiple Choice, Matching, Plan/ Map/ Diagram labelling, Flow-Chart completion, Summary completion, Sentence completion, Short-Answer questions
  • This test tries to assess the candidate’s ability to comprehend ideas and factual information, recognise the opinions, attitudes and objective of the Speaker and follow the development of an argument.

IELTS Reading Test

  • This module takes approximately 60 minutes, and comprises of 3 sections and 40 items.
  • It tries to assess the reading skills for grasping main ideas and detail, understanding inferences and implied meaning, understanding a writer’s opinion, attitude and purpose
  • There are two separate tests for Academic and General module. While the Academic one uses long texts from books, journals, magazines and newspapers, the General Test consists of two to three factual texts on topics which are relevant to everyday life in an English speaking country.

IELTS Writing Test

  • This module takes 60 minutes, two sections and is again split between Academic and General IELTS test.
  • The Academic Test has two parts- in the first part the candidate will be given a graph, table chart or diagram which he/she should explain, describe or summarise.
  • The second task consists of an essay which the examinee should write in response to an argument or a problem.

IELTS Speaking Test

  • The Speaking Test module is a one to one interview which consists of two parts.
  • It’s duration is between 11-14 minutes and the test is recorded.
  • In the first part, the examiner will ask few simple questions to the candidate to know about his/her family and background, studies etc, to make him/her feel comfortable.
  • The second part of the Speaking Test lasts between 3-4 minutes ( which includes 1 minute preparation time). The candidate will be given a task card and asked to speak on the topic, without any interruption for 1-2 minutes.
  • In the last part of this section, he/she will be asked questions on topics linked to the previous task.

The IELTS course offered from TI has a clear sequential progression from beginning to end, meaning that one can study in the most logical order using our suggested course plan. The entire teaching team at TI is trained and guided by Prof. Andrew Matthews-pioneer of IELTS Australia. Hence the complete methodology is endorsed by IDP Australia and Cambridge.

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