The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is accepted by immigration authorities worldwide. Some countries make it mandatory while others make it optional for people aspiring to go overseas. This method of language assessment is used as a means to control migration numbers. The scores differ from country to country, as well as their purpose. A General Test for migration would require an overall score of 7.5 / 8 (8/7/7/7/) depending on the country, while an Academic Test for higher studies would require an overall score of 6.5, but a master course would demand an overall band score of 7. This is the crux of what scores are required depending on the purpose/reason for the transition.
The purpose of the IELTS exam is to test the candidate’s ability to handle the English language for those who want to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication and is required for immigration purposes. One way of proving that you have the required English language proficiency is to get the required score, which will help you gain admission into top universities, apart from other reasons concerning migration.
It is a proven fact that many people speak good English, but in the IELTS exam your listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills will be assessed, and unless and until you get the desired scores, you will not be allowed to proceed and live your dreams. The exam requires you to concentrate on simple, compound, and complex sentences while writing your essay, and how you structure your sentences is vital for a good score.
IELTS will help you gain a better understanding and knowledge of the English language, while you become more familiar and conversant. This exam will help you in all walks of life let alone getting you overseas.
There are 4 modules in the IELTS exam?
Reading – Listening –Writing -Speaking
The IELTS test has 2 categories – IELTS General and IELTS Academic.
The IELTS General test is designed for those candidates who wish to migrate or go on and permanent residence visa (PR) to another country or on a Job Placement visa.
The IELTS Academic is designed for those students who wish to pursue their higher education abroad and to enroll in universities and colleges or other institutions of higher studies and for professionals such as doctors, engineers, nurses, etc. who want to serve in English speaking countries, or to study, work or live abroad.
IELTS – 4 Modules Exam format:
- Listening: 40 minutes
(30 minutes to listen to the audio, 10 minutes to transfer the answers from the question paper to an answer sheet)
- Reading: 60 minutes – (3 passages) as the passage goes the difficulty level will be increasing.
- Writing: 2 tasks / 60 minutes
Task 1 – 3 types of letters are given (formal, informal, semi-formal) time limit is 20 minutes, to complete in 150 words.
Task 2 – Essay writing a topic will be given, in order to write 250 words limit – 40 minutes time duration
- Speaking: 11-14 minutes / 3 sections
Section 1 – A personal introduction about yourself Section 2- A topic will be given for the Cue Card, Section 3- Discussion topics
- IELTS Academic: 4 modules
- Listening: 40 minutes – (30 minutes to listen to the audio 10 minutes to transfer the answers to an answer sheet)
- Reading: 60 minutes -(Given 3 passages) as the passage goes the difficulty level will be increasing
- Writing: 2 tasks / 60 minutes
Task 1 – Picture writing – the time limit given is 20 minutes to write 150-words on different pictures and images.
Task 2 – Essay writing a topic will be given, in order to write 250 words limit within 40 minutes
- Speaking : 11-14mins /3sections
Section 1 – Self-introduction, Section -2 will be the Cue Card, Section -3 is a discussion between a candidate and an invigilator