WHAT IS THE IELTS EXAM?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. Its purpose is to test the level of your English Language. IELTS helps in testing the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills of an individual. This test contains band system for scoring which ranges from 0-9. IELTS test is usually taken if you are applying for a job or to study in English speaking countries. It is mandatory to score a minimum IELTS score for securing a visa to English speaking countries like Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.
IELTS EXAM PATTERN
IELTS exam is having two versions. One is IELTS Academic, and the other one is IELTS General training. IELTS Academic is for undergraduate or postgraduate study or for professional purpose in a foreign country. While IELTS General Training contains the persons who are ready to go to overseas countries for secondary education, internship purpose or for any other training program.
IELTS exam consists of mainly four parts i.e., Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
- READING – The IELTS Reading test is for 60 minutes. It includes 40 questions. A variety of question types are used in order test your reading skills including how well you read the general sense of a passage, read for the main ideas, understanding logical argument, read for detail, recognize a writer’s opinion, attitude’s and purpose.
- Reading – Academic Version
There are three sections under the Academic Version and each contains one long text. These texts are taken from books, magazines, newspapers, and journals. Texts may contain diagrams, graphs, or illustrations. This is to show that you understand these too. These have been selected for the non-specialist audience but are appropriate for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration. All the topics are of general interest.
- Reading – General Training Version
There are three sections under the General Training Version. These texts are taken from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, and guidelines. These are the materials you are going to use in your daily cycle in an English speaking environment.
- WRITING – The IELTS Writing test is for 60 minutes. This test is conducted to test your writing skills, including how well you know to write a response appropriately, to organize ideas, and to use a range of grammar and vocabulary accurately. There are two tasks in IELTS Writing test under each version and both must be completed. You should spend 20 minutes on Task 1, and 40 minutes on Task 2.
- Writing – Academic Version
In Task 1, individuals are provided with a graph, table, chart, or diagram. Then you are asked to describe, summarize, or explain the information in your own words.
In Task 2, individuals are asked to write an essay based on an argument, on a point of view, or a problem. Both the tasks should be written in a formal style.
- Writing – General Training Version
In Task 1, individuals are asked to respond to a situation as like writing a letter requesting information or by explaining a situation.
In Task 2, individuals are asked to give information about a point of view, on an argument, or a problem. You can write in a slightly personal style. All topics used in the General Training Writing test are of general interest.
- LISTENING – The IELTS Listening test is for 30 minutes. The listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training versions. This test is conducted to test your listening skills, including how well you understand main ideas and specific information, recognize the opinion, attitudes and purpose of a speaker, follow the development of an argument. This test includes four sections. They play four recordings, and the candidate has to answer 40 questions based on these recordings.
- Recording 1 will consist of two people on a conversation on a social topic.
- Recording 2 will consist of just one person talking on the same social topic.
- Recording 3 will consist of 3 to 4 people discussing on some educational topic.
- Recording 4 will include a monologue on an academic topic.
- SPEAKING – The IELTS Speaking Test is for 11-14 minutes. The speaking test is the same for both Academic and General Training versions. This test is conducted to test your speaking skills to see how well you can speak on a given topic using proper language, how you organize your ideas correctly, express and justify your opinions. It will be like a one-on-one interview. This test includes three sections, and every test is recorded.
- In Part 1, individuals will be asked to answer general questions about yourself, your family, about your studies, work and interests. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.
- In Part 2, individuals are given a task card, which asks you to talk about a particular topic for 2 minutes. Before that, you will have one minute to prepare. You will not be interrupted during this time, so it is important that you keep talking.
- In Part 3, individuals will be asked further questions connected to part 2. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.
So therefore, we at SM IELTS, one of the top and best IELTS Training Centre in Malabar, hope that this information might help you in your IELTS exam preparation. All IELTS Sections i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking have equal importance. And you need to be excellent in each section. All the best from our side for your bright and successful future ahead!