What is IELTS

 

What is IELTS?

  • IELTS is the International English Language Testing System
  • Designed to assess the English language ability of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication
  • Original four-skills English language test since 1989. Covers all four skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking - and includes a face-to-face speaking test to ensure that candidates can really communicate effectively in English
  • Test of communicative proficiency in English not a test of grammar
  • Close to one million people rely on IELTS every year to access opportunities in study, careers and migration throughout the English-speaking world and beyond

A global test for a modern world

  • IELTS is a truly international test in every aspect
  • The IELTS international partnership // British Council // IDP:IELTS Australia // University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • Test production -item writers in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the U.S.
  • Test content    sourced globally, covering all the main national varieties of English
  • Test delivery: Available in over 140 countries
  • Test recognition - recognised by over 9,000 institutions

Fair and Reliable

  • Every aspect of the IELTS test - from test design and administration, to the marking and reporting of results, is subject to the highest quality controls, security procedures and integrity management practices
  • The rigorous processes used to produce the test materialsensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty
  • IELTS Quality Assurance and Examiner ManagementSystems assure that results are consistent wherever and whenever the test is taken
  • Fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality, background, gender or lifestyle
  • Proven
  • Since 1989, it has been trusted by both candidates and institutions to provide a secure, global, authentic test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English
  • Trusted by institutions worldwide to provide a true indication of candidates English language proficiency
  • Trusted by students worldwide to take them where they want to go

Face-to-face Speaking

  • Realistic interactive conversation
  • Shows your real life communication skills
  • '... interview is the top advantage of IELTS' said Andrea Scott, director of graduate admissions and recruiting for the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • 'In IELTS, the person is trained to gauge the student’s ability, and to increase or decrease the difficulty of the conversation to tell more' Scott said.

Accessible and convenient

  • Available in over 500 locations across 140 countries and territories
  • You can choose from up to 4 test dates each month
  • Results available 13 days after the test
  • Test fee payable in local currency
  • Wide range of practice materials to help you prepare for the test
  • One personal copy of your Test Report Form
  • Up to five Report Forms sent free to receiving organizations
  • Personal and friendly service from our test centre staff

Global acceptance one test for many countries and many purposes

  • IELTS is trusted and accepted by over 9,000 education institutions and organizations worldwide.
  • Institutes of further and higher education:
  • Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries worldwide
  • In the USA, IELTS is accepted by close to 1,400 institutions including Harvard, Yale and Princeton
  • Exit test at Hong Kong universities
  • Professional bodies:    Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and USA
  • Immigration authorities:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK
  • Government agencies and departments:  Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, UK, USA

Fit for purpose test IELTS is available in two formats

  • Academic Test /for entry to universities, for professional registration
  • General Training Test/for immigration, for colleges (e.g. T.A.F.E.) 
  • Check before you enroll

IELTS Test Format

Listening /30 minutes, 4 sections, 40 items /

  • Each question is worth one mark
  • No penalty for wrong answers
  • Spelling is important    can use both British and American spelling
  • Candidates listen to a number of recorded texts. Includes monologues and conversations in a variety of English accents

General Training Reading /60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 items/

Academic Reading /60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 items/

  • Each question is worth one mark
  • No penalty for wrong answers
  • Spelling is important-can use both British and American spelling
  • Texts are taken from books, magazines, journals and newspapers, all written for a non-specialist audience
  • At least one of the text contains a detailed argument

General Training Writing /60 minutes, 2 tasks/

Academic Writing /60 minutes, 2 tasks/

  • Allocate about 20 minutes Task 1 ,40 minutes Task 2
  • Task 2 is worth more marks
  • Task 1: write description of at least 150 words based on material found in a chart, table, graph or diagram
  • Task 2: essay of at least 250 words in response to a statement or question

Speaking /11 -14 minutes, 3 parts/

11-14 minutes face to face Speaking Test with a trained and certified Examiner which is as close to real life situation as possible

  • Part 1: introduction and interview
  • Part 2: Candidate speaks uninterrupted for 2 minutes on a given topic. 1 minute preparation time.
  • Part 3: a two-way discussion where the candidate is asked to participate in a discussion of a more abstract nature. Discussion is related to topic in part 2

For more advice and guidance about IELTS please visit  www.ielts.org  ; www.britishcouncil.org/learning-ielts.htm or contact our Customer Services / tel: +976 11 321517/ from  09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to  Friday.