IELTS

IELTS - International English Language Testing System


WHAT IS IELTS ?

IELTS is an English language proficiency test. The exams are conducted under British Council and IDP, all over the world in registered exam centers.
IELTS exam gives you two choices of the exam as per the need of your migration.
1. Academic IELTS - It is applicable for people who apply for higher education options or professional registration purposes.
2. General IELTS - It is for people who need to travel an English speaking country for secondary education, work experience, training programs or for migration to European countries like Australia, Canada, Newzealand, and the UK.

IELTS is basically divided into four modules:
1. Listening
2. Reading
3. Writing
4. Speaking

1. Listening

=> It lasts for 30 - 35 minutes and additional 10 minutes will be given for transfer the answers to the answer sheet.
=> Audio will be played in the same order how the question displays.
=> Total number of 40 -42 questions.
The major question types are :-
-> Multiple-choice, fill in the blanks.
-> Label the diagrams.
-> Complete the passage choosing an appropriate answer from the options.

2. Reading

=> Time duration (60 minutes).
=> No extra time allotted for transfer answers to the answer sheet.
=> Consist of 3 passages.
=> 20 minutes each for each passage.
=> Contain a total of 40- 42 questions.
The main question types are :-
-> True/False/Not give.
-> Yes/No/Not given.
-> Multiple-choice.
-> Fill in the blanks.
-> Label the diagrams.
-> Complete the passage.
-> Choosing an appropriate answer from the options.
-> Give heading for the paragraphs and passages.

Writing

Writing part consist of two task - Task 1 & Task 2.
Task 1
=> 20 minutes.
=> Minimum 150 words.
=> Explain diagrams or tables with necessary comparisons and explanations.
Task 2
=> 40 minutes.
=> Minimum 250 words.
=> Write an essay on some general topic as per the demand of the question.

4.Speaking

Time duration ( 15 - 20 minutes)
Divided into three sessions
Introduction
=> Examiner asks some basic questions about you, your surroundings and your interest.
Question card ( Q- Card) => Time limit is 3 minutes
=> Examiner provide you with a general question and few sub-question and ask you to prepare for 1 minute
=> After the 1 minute preparation time, the candidate should speak for 2 minutes
NB: Should not stop in between until the examiner stops you,
Discussion
=> Examiner will ask a few questions in relation to the Q-card or some questions from some other topics
NB: All the topics and questions will be very common and answerable.

IELTS SCORING SYSTEM


Listening

For the listening test, it contains 40 questions, the approximate band scores can be calculated as mentioned in the table.

Band Score
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
5.5
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
Score
40
39-40
37-38
35-36
32-34
30-31
26-29
23-25
18-22
16-17
13-15
10-12
8-10
6-7
4-5

READING

Academic Reading

For the academic reading test, it contains 40 questions,the approximate band scores can be calculated as follows

Band Score
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
5.5
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
Score
40
39-40
37-38
35-36
33-34
30-32
27-29
23-26
19-22
15-18
13-14
10-12
8-9
6-7
4-5

General Reading

For the general reading test, 40 questions, the approximate band scores are calculated as follows

Band Score
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
5.5
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
Score
40
39
37-38
36
34-35
32-33
30-31
23-26
19-22
15-18
12-14
9-11
6-8

Writing

The writing tasks are marked out of 9 band according to the following criteria:
1. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
2. Task Achievement
3. Lexical Resource
4. Coherence and Cohesion

Speaking

The speaking test is marked out of 9 band according to the following criteria:
1. Pronunciation
2. Fluency and coherence
3. Grammatical range and accuracy
4. Lexical resource

Score Calculation

The overall score is calculated as the total of four modules divided by four
Eg: Reading - 7
Writing - 7
Listening - 8
Speaking - 7
Makes a total of 29
Overall = 29 /4 = 7.25 ( .25 Can round up ) so, the overall score is 7.

IELTS BAND SCALE

Band 9
Expert user
Band 8
Very good user
Band 7
Good user
Band 6
Competent user
Band 5
Modest user
Band 4
Limited user
Band 2
Intermittent user
Band 1
Non-user
Band 0
Did not attempt the test
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