International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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About International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an internationally accepted English language proficiency accreditation which is required by candidates who want to study or work abroad and whose first language is not English. The IELTS scores meet the requirement of English language proficiency required for various undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as visa application. IELTS scores are accepted internationally in nearly all countries and the scores are valid up to 2 years  after the date of the exam. Countries such as US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand widely recognise IELTS for studying.

Conducting BodyEstablished in 1989, there are universally three governing bodies for the IELTS namely, British CouncilIDP IELTS: Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Selection Procedure:

There are two types of IELTS examinations:

  • IELTS Academic test - suitable for candidates seeking admission to foreign college or university. 
  • IELTS General test - suitable for candidates seeking foreign employment.

Exam Pattern: 

The IELTS Exam pattern is the same for Academic and  General Tests. The tests only differ in the type of questions asked in the reading and writing sections.

- The IELTS exam comprises 4 sections or parameters in which a candidate's proficiency in English is evaluated:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The detaile exam pattern is as follows:

Section Duration No. of Questions
Reading 30 minutes 40
Writing 60 minutes 02
Listening 30 minutes 40
Speaking 11-14  minutes 03

Note:

  • The reading, writing, and listening sections are conducted in one slot and the speaking module is conducted in a separate slot which is in a 7-day window after or before the reading-writing-listening slot.
  • The speaking module comprises 3 part, one-on-one conversations with an IELTS representative and the component is scored on the basis of the candidate's oral performance in a life-like environment.

Eligibility criteria: According to the three governing bodies, there is no eligibility criteria of IELTS exam which needs to be met for a candidate to appear in the exam. The IELTS is an exam to test the proficiency in English language and is open to candidates irrespective of age and background.  There is no age limit or eligibility criteria set by the ETS, the body that conducts this exam, but it is preferred that the aspirant should have crossed 16 years of age.

 

Syllabus.

- Reading:

  • three passages or sections of general interest which are appropriate for candidates entering postgraduate or undergraduate courses.
  • There are forty questions including multiple-choice, completion of sentence, short-answer questions, matching lists or phrases and identifying writers' views/attitudes.

- Writing:

There are two questions or tasks.

  • First task contains either a diagram, table or graph. The candidates are required to recapitulate and define the given data in their own words.
  • Second task requires to present an opinion, evaluate ideas and evidence etc. regarding the first task.

- Listening:

This module is divided into four sections and the conversations can be heard once only.

  • Ist section contain recorded conversation between two people in an everyday context.
  • 2nd section contain monologue recording in an everyday context.
  • 3rd section contain conversation between more than two people in an educational context.
  • 4th section contain monologue recording on an academic subject.

- Speaking:

The focus of the section is on general speaking skills. There are 3 parts in this section:

  • Introduction
  • Speech - on a given topic.
  • Discussion - regarding the speech and topic.

 

FAQs:

 Ques 1. How can a candidate apply for the IELTS?

Ans. A candidate can apply Online as well as Offline.

 Ques 2. What are modes of the fee payment?

Ans. Payment can be made through Credit Card,Debit Card, Demand Draft etc.

 Ques 3. When can a candidate select the format of the exam?

Ans. The format must be selected at the time the candidate is submitting the application.

 Ques 4. Can a candidate choose the Centre and Date according to the convenience?

Ans. Yes, candidates are free to choose the date and centre as per their suitability.

 Ques 5. What is considered a good score for IELTS?

Ans. According to the British Council the score for the exam ranges from 0 to 9 where 9 shows 'expert' in English, 8 shows 'very good' and so on. There is a provision of .5 marks also e.g. 5.5, 6.5 etc.

 Ques 6. What is the purpose of IELTS?

Ans. The purpose of the exam is to test the knowledge of the English language for the applicants who want to study or work in a country where English is the main communication language. IELTS result is considered for immigration purposes as well.

 Ques 7. Is IELTS difficult?

Ans. IELTS is as difficult as any other exam. The thorough preparation is required for IELTS also and the results are based on a 9-band scale where 1 is the lowest and 9 is the highest.

 Ques 8. Can an applicant fail IELTS test?

Ans. This test is not a pass/fail test. It measures English proficiency. 

 Ques 9. How long are IELTS marks valid?

Ans. The marks or bands are valid for 2 years from the exam date.

 Ques 10. How many times can an applicant attempt IELTS?

Ans. There is no such limit on attempts. The exam is conducted fortnightly.

 Ques 11. What is the minimum requirement of IELTS score for Canada immigration?

Ans. The requirement is an overall band of 6.5 with a minimum 6.0.

 Ques 12. What is the minimum requirement of the IELTS score for Nursing programs?

Ans. The requirement for the undergraduate Nursing program is IELTS 7 with minimum 6.5 in listening & reading and minimum 7 in speaking & writing.

 Ques 13. How can an applicant postpone or cancel the test?

Ans. Applicants can cancel or postpone the exam personally or through email but it cannot be done through the telephone.

  • If cancellation is done 5 weeks prior to the test, the applicant receives a refund of a minimum of 25% of the administrative fee.  
  • No amount is paid if the cancellation is done within 5 weeks.

 Ques 14. If an applicant is absent from the exam because of the genuine medical condition?

Ans.  If there is genuine medical condition, then the medical certificate must be submitted within 5 days of the exam to receive a refund.

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