It is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students for study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia.
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|Students listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used and the student can hear each section only once.||
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency.
A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
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.
A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
|The Reading component consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.||
Reading - Academic version:
The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are recognisably appropriate for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.
Reading - General Training version:
The General Training version requires students to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials one is likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.
|The Writing component of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for candidates entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.||
Students are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in their own words. They may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
Students are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
|The Speaking component assesses the student's use of spoken English, and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that does not allow candidates to rehearse set responses beforehand.||
Students answer 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.
Students are given a card which asks them to talk about a particular topic. They will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. examiner then asks ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.
Students are asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give students the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issue. The part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.
How the tests are scored?
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Register using the IELTS Online Registration System to reserve a place on the date of your choice. The online registration system provides students an overview of test dates and real time availability.
1. Two passport sized photographs (your face clearly visible, glasses removed),
2. Copy of your identification documents (National ID and Passport), (with the original).
3. IELTS fee paid in cash/ cheque
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The IELTS syllabus requires that the test takers have a large vocabulary in English. They can do this by learning new words and learning how to use them. They need to learn grammar, if not in detail, then at least enough to use correct English in everyday situations. The IELTS syllabus also includes reading and comprehending texts in English. They should develop the confidence to speak in English on common topics, as conversing well is a part of the IELTS syllabus. They can take a prep course or engage a tutor, or they can study on their own.