What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS /ˈaɪ.ɛlts/, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, PTE, CAE & TOEIC.
Listening Test: Tapes are played and students answer according to exam conditions.Reading Test:Extensive practice for the passages and strategies to complete within the stipulated time. Handling different kinds of questions and special technique to answer it.Writing Test:Detailed discussions and personal interaction for writing well-organized and focused essays. Stating all the relevant points with detailed explanations to justify the opinion.Speaking Test:Individual practice in class and personal interviews in a one-to one session. The speaking module with the use of personal recorders is meant to provide a live and immediate feedback of how a student speaks. The speaking test is recorded and is played back to the candidate so that the student gets a feedback on how his or her accent, intonation, syntax, grammar and fluency sounds. Before the speaking session begins, all students are expected to self-evaluate their speaking skills on a scale of 1-9. After student has done speaking, the class evaluates the student. Finally, the instructor provides the actual score. This session therefore increases class participation and makes all students aware of their shortcomings, with an objective to hone their faculties of speech and listening.
Candidates must select either the Academic or General Training Reading and Writing Modules depending on their stated requirement of their sponsor or receiving institution.
The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses should be based on the results of Academic Modules.
The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes. The emphasis of General Training is on basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. It is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their Secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia and New Zealand.
There is no limitation on how frequently candidates can sit IELTS. It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a serious nature. ok