What is IELTS?

●      IELTS is the International English Language Testing System

●      IELTS is designed to assess the English language ability of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication

●      The IELTS test covers all four skills of English: listening, reading, writing, and speaking - and includes a face-to-face speaking test to ensure that candidates can communicate effectively in English

●     IELTS is a test of communicative proficiency in English, not a test of grammar

●      Close to three million people rely on IELTS every year to study, work and migrate in English-speaking countries

A global test for a modern world

●      IELTS is a truly international test in every aspect

●      The IELTS international partnership consists of // British Council // IDP:IELTS Australia // University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

●      Test production: item writers from Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S produce test materials

●      Test content: sourced globally, covering all the main national varieties of English

●      Test delivery: Available in over 145 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 materials ensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty

●      IELTS Quality Assurance and Examiner Management Systems 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

●      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

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 organisations

●      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 organisations 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 U.S.A., 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 U.K. and U.S.A.

●      Immigration authorities: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K.

●      Government agencies and departments: Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, U.K., U.S.A.

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 enrol

IELTS test format

Listening /30 minutes, four 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, three sections, 40 items/

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

●      Each question is worth one mark

●      No penalty for wrong answers

●      Spelling is important. Test takers 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 texts contains a detailed argument

General Training Writing /60 minutes, two tasks/

Academic Writing /60 minutes, two tasks/

●      Allocate about 20 minutes for Task 1, and 40 minutes for Task 2

●      Task 2 is worth more marks

●      Task 1: write a 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, three 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 the topic in part 2

IELTS test format


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