IELTS–International English Language Testing System.
IELTS is the main test used to assess the language proficiency of students from a non-English speaking background who want to study in an English-speaking country and it is being accepted worldwide where it has GENERAL AND ACADEMIC. The IELTS is available at least once a month and results are available immediately within 13-15 business days and valid for 2 years (overseas education and permanent residence). It has the band score 1-9 where 1 is the lowest and 9 the highest.
The band score indicates as follows,
|9 EXPERT USER|
|8 VERY GOOD USER|
|7 GOOD USER|
|6 COMPETENT USER|
|5 MODEST USER|
|4 LIMITED USER|
|3 EXTREMELY LIMITED USER|
|2 INTERMITTENT USER|
|1 NON USER|
SECTION 1– Conversation between speakers socially or semi-officially.
SECTION 2– Talk by a single speaker on non-academic situation.
SECTION 3– Conversations with up to four speakers based on academic topics or course-related situations.
SECTION 4– A university-style lecture or talk.
SECTION 1-Contains one or more texts on social situations.
SECTION 2-Contains two texts based on work-or course- related situations.
SECTION 3– Contains one passage with general reading comprehension.
Different styles of passages include,
PASSAGE 1 is a more descriptive text.
PASSAGE 2 and 3 are discursive and contain some argument.
GENERAL WRITING TASK 1
This task based on some graphic or pictorial information. You will write a summary of the information provided, in at least 150 words.
GENERAL TASK 2
The second task is more demanding. You will produce a written argument on a given topic and to organize your answer clearly, giving some examples to support your points. You have to write at least 250 words.
ACADEMIC TASK 1
In the first part, you always have to write a letter based on a situation described to you in the task. You are expected to write a letter of at least 150 words in an appropriate style.
ACADEMIC TASK 2
This should be with an essay based on a given topic. You should organize your answer clearly, giving some examples to support your points. You have to write at least 250 words.
The IELTS speaking test takes the form of a one-to-one interview followed by the cue-card and the two-way discussion.
INTRODUCTION AND INTERVIEW
|You will speak on familiar topics that are provided by the examiner.|
|You will prepare a monologue on a topic chosen by the examiner.|
|You will be asked abstract questions related to the previous section.|