THE IELTS TEST

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).

SO,How do I register for the IELTS exam.

Registration for your IELTS test is quick and easy:

  1. Step one – find your nearest IELTS test location

With more than 1,100 IELTS test locations in over 140 countries, there is bound to be one near you. Find my nearest centre.

  1. Step two – register for your IELTS test.

You can register and pay online or download an application form to print, complete and submit to your local test centre.

★★★★★Don’t forget to provide a copy of your valid identity document.  You will also need to present the same identity document on the day of the test.★★★★★

  1. Step three – Your IELTS test is booked.

Once your application has been processed, the centre will send you a written confirmation of the date and time of your test.

The Speaking and Writing tests typically take place on the same day.

If this is not possible, the tests will take place within seven days of each other.

Test format:

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.


There are two types of the IELTS test:

IELTS Academic:

Academic:

Its for people applying for higher education or professional registration.

IELTS General Training:

General Training :

For those Immigrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking countries.

★★★★★Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests★★★★★, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you register.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Listening

Test format

TOTAL TIME : 30 minutes

(REC=RECORDING)

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

Rec1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Rec 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Rec 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.

Rec 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.

Reading

Test format

TOTAL TIME : 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 for the 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.

Writing.

Test format.

TOTAL TIME : 60 minutes.

IELTS General Training:

There are two tasks:

Task 1 – you will be given a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be informal, semi-formal or formal in style.

Task 2 – write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

IELTS Academic test:

There are two tasks:

Task 1 – you will be given 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 or a diagram.

Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks in a formal style.

Speaking

Test format:

TOTAL TIME : 11–14 minutes.

The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.

Part 1 – Examiner will ask you some 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. (4-5 minutes).

 

 Part 2  – you will be given a cue-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.(2-minutes).

 

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.(4-5 minutes).

 

MY DEAR ASPIRANTS,

PLEASE DO FOLLOW ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

ALL THE VERY BEST FOR YOUR TEST.

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