International English Language Testing System
What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by Non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is accepted by Universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. One cannot be granted an Australian Student Visa without an IELTS Score. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTS. IELTS is however not accepted by Universities in USA, the TOEFL is required for studying there. There are two versions of the IELTS: The Academic Version and The General Training Version:
The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is internally available, internationally recognized, internationally focused and internationally owned. In every sense, IELTS is a truly global test which you can trust to take you where you want to go. IELTS is available in over 300 locations worldwide, up to to 4 times a month, making it one of the most widely available English language tests.
IELTS is one of the most widely-recognized and used English language test. Thousands of educational institutions, government agencies and professional organizations across 120 countries around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. You can find a list of the organizations and institutions that recognize IELTS on the IELTS website.
FAIR and RELIABLE
- IELTS uses a unique nine point scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner - wherever and whenever the test is taken. This scoring system is internationally recognized and understood.
- IELTS encourages, reflects and respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality, background, gender or lifestyle. International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials and we invest in on-going research to ensure that IELTS remains fair and unbiased - wherever and whenever you sit the test.
- If you want to travel or emigrate to an English speaking country, IELTS is the test for your. IELTS is trusted and recognized by immigration authorities and government departments in almost all English-speaking countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- If you want to study in an English-speaking country, IELTS is also the test for you. Universities and other institutions of further and higher education in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Europe, Ireland and Canada all recognize and use IELTS scores.
- IELTS is also used by universities, employers and public bodies in many other countries throughout the world.
LISTENINGThe module comprises four sections of increasing difficulty. It takes 40 minutes: 30 - for testing, plus 10 for transferring the answers to an answer sheet. Each section, which can be either a monologue or dialogue, begins with a short introduction telling the candidates about the situation and the speakers. Then they have some time to look through the questions. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing candidates to look at the remaining questions. Each section is heard only once. At the end of this section students are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.
READINGIn the academic module the reading test comprises three sections, with 3 texts normally followed by 13 or 14 questions for a total of 40 questions overall. The General test also has 3 sections. However the texts are shorter, so there can be up to 5 texts to read.
WRITINGIn the Academic module, there are two tasks: in Task 1 candidates describe a diagram, graph, process or chart, and in Task 2 they respond to an argument. In the General Training module, there are also two tasks: in Task 1 candidates write a letter or explain a situation, and in Task 2 they write an essay.
SPEAKINGThe speaking test contains three sections. The first section takes the form of an interview during which candidates may be asked about their hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computers and the internet or family. In the second section candidates are given a topic card and then have one minute to prepare after which they must speak about the given topic. The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2. This last section is more abstract, and is usually considered[who?] the most difficult.