IELTS

International English Language Testing System

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What is IELTS? Check Types of IELTS Test and Test Format

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam which is conducted to check the proficiency of English language for non-native English speakers. The international standardized test was established in 1989 and is jointly run by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and IDP Education Australia. IELTS is the most popular English Language Proficiency test organized mainly for international academics and for global migration. In this test, all of your English skills are analyzed including listening, reading, writing and speaking. The exam is designed in such a way that reflects how you will play with the English language at your work, at study and at play in foreign.

Types of IELTS:

Presently there are mainly two types of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) but three versions of IELTS. The three versions of IELTS Test consist – 1) IELTS Academic, 2) IELTS General Training, and 3) IELTS Life Skills. The first version of IELTS Test is intended chiefly for students, who wish to study abroad and wants to take admission at foreign institutions or universities. To enroll in a foreign university, one has to go through the IELTS Academic test and ensure a good score to achieve the target. The academic test is considered to be taught than General IELTS test as it is made for only those people who wish to join professional associations in disciplines like nursing, medicine, engineering, and law. The second version of IELTS test is ‘IELTS General Training’ which is a great choice for the people who wish to migrate to the English speaking nation and work there. The United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are the countries where IELTS scores are mandatory to work there or migrate. The third version of test – IELTS Life Skills, is meant for the people who wish to get UK Visa and immigration. IELTS Life Skills A1 is for the one who aims to apply for the UK Visa and Immigration of family, partner or spouse visa. IELTS Life Skills B1 test is held to obtain citizenship. The entire IELTS versions don’t have the same scoring classification. There is no specific minimum score requirement in the IELTS test to pass the Academic or General Training Test. Chiefly there are two IELTS Test – Academic and General Training Test. The total test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Exam Format

30 minutes
Listen to 4 recordings of native English speakers and then write answers to a series of questions based upon that.

60 minutes
Reading Component comprises 40 Questions.
IELTS Academic Test: 3 long texts (descriptive and factual) taken from journals, newspapers, books, and magazines.
IELTS General Training: Extracts from Notices, Company handbooks, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, books, and guidelines.(Material likely to encounter day to day life English-speaking environment)

60 minutes
IELTS Academic test – ( meant for UG/PG studies) · Describe or explain given graphs, chart, table or diagram. · Write an essay (express argument, problem or a point of view).
IELTS General Writing: · Write Letter (explaining the situation or requesting information) – it can be in Formal, Semi-Formal or Personal style. · Write an Essay (response to an argument, problem or to a point of view).

11-14 minutes
Three parts of speaking (note: every test is recorded) – 
Part 1: General questions on You, Home, Family, Interests, and Studies (4-5 minutes)
Part 2: Offers a card to you and talk about a particular topic. You’ll get one minute to prepare yourself on that topic.
Part3: Opportunity to discuss issues and ideas based on Part 2. (4-5 minutes)

2 Hours 45 Minutes

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