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IELTS -International English Language Testing System. It is an English language proficiency exam which measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). This is important to understand in order to prepare for what is essentially an examination of British and not American English.
The Academic IELTS exam is generally used to determine whether candidates are qualified to enroll in undergraduate and graduate academic programs where English is the medium of instruction. The General IELTS exam focuses on basic survival skills in social and educational contexts. It is generally requested for candidates applying for immigration, working in certain professions, or studying at a non- degree level.
All Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Listening 30 mins Reading 60 mins Writing 60 mins Speaking 11 – 14 mins Total test time 2 hours 45 minutes excluding breaks.
Time: 30 minutes 4 sections, 40 questions Real-world listening situations Difficulty Range of topics and tasks - listening for specific information e.g.dates, place names - understanding gist - understanding speaker attitude/opinion
Recording is played once Read question CAREFULLY BEFORE listening Familiarise yourself with question types - completing a chart - selecting pictures - note-taking exercises -MC questions
Time: 60 minutes 3 reading passages, totally 40 questions Texts are taken from books, magazines, journals and newspapers Question types - find detailed information - identify attitudes and views - complete a diagram
Identify reading skills being tested Practise these skills
Time: 60 minutes 2 tasks Task 1(20mins): descriptive report of a table or diagram, 150 words Task 2(40 mins):250 word essay in response to an opinion or a problem. Discuss issues, construct an argument and use the appropriate tone and register.
Read the question carefully Familiarise yourself with descriptions of data – in newspapers, textbooks Practise formulating your own ideas on topics
Time: 10 – 15 minutes Face to face interview between one candidate and one examiner. Part 1(4-5mins): Introduction and interview Part 2(1-3 mins incl. prep): Individual talk Part 3(4-5 mins): Discussion topics
Speak fluently and link ideas coherently Demonstrate a range of appropriate vocabulary Use accurate grammar and appropriate register Speak so that a listener can understand
Part 1 Take the initiative if possible Always say more than yes or no Try to overcome nerves
Part 2 - Take the 1 min preparation time - Jot down some main ideas - Sound interested in the talk
Part 3 - Give informed responses - Demonstrate your control of the language - Attempt to express abstract ideas - Support your opinions - Show that you are willing to provide extended replies
IELTS provides a profile of a candidate ’ s ability to use English Candidates receive a score on a Band Scale from 1-9
Band 0-Did not attempt the test Band 1-Non User Band 2-Intermittent User Band 3-Extremely Limited User Band 4-Limited User Band 5-Modest User
Band 6-Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 7-Good User Band 8-Very Good User Band 9 -Expert User
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