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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is a test of English language expertise and one of the world’s most popular and respected forms of English in education and migration.
Considerd for non-native speakers who are looking to study or work in an English-speaking environment in a foreign country, IELTS training is an internationally recognised system for testing English language ability in four categories:
Since its introduction in 1989, IELTS preparation has been one of the most trusted forms of English-language assessment and is accepted by over 8,000 universities, employers and immigration organisations around the world. IELTS testing methods focus on the candidate’s practical ability to use English in real-life situations.
IELTS Test Types
There are 2 different types of IELTS test:
Once graded, your IELTS score is valid for two years.
IELTS - 9 Band scake
Candidates will be given a score of 1-9 for each part of their test. Your average score produces an overall IELTS band score, and you can be graded on complete or half points.
|Band 9||Expert user||Entirely operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding of the English Language|
|Band 8||Very good user||Fully operational command of the language with only occasional inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Band 7||Good user||Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.|
|Band 6||Competent user||Generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Band 5||Modest user||Partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.|
|Band 4||Limited user||Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.|
|Band 3||Extremely limited user||Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.|
|Band 2||Intermittent user||No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Band 1||Non-user||Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.|
|Band 0||Did not attempt the test||
No assessable information provided. Did not take the test.
IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System” and is an exam to judge English language skills. It is accepted by Universities of higher education and immigration authorities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Universities in the English Speaking Countries will not be able to issue you a final offer without a valid IELTS score.
Over 10,000 organisations globally, including educational institutions, employers, governments, immigration authorities and professional bodies, accept IELTS worldwide.
The test has four parts; listening, reading, writing and speaking and it lasts for three hours. Listening takes place first and lasts 40 minutes, then reading and writing (1 hour each) and speaking which last up to 15 minutes.
There are 2 versions of IELTS, General and Academic. If applying to a university, a candidate would need to take Academic lessons. If only taking IELTS for a citizenship application or to study at below degree level, the General test is suitable. If you are not sure, academic encloses both study and immigration needs. The format for both the exam is the same, with the reading and writing elements slightly easier in the General test.
For an undergraduate degree, a minimum IELTS score of 6 is basically needed, whilst at postgraduate level, this rises to 6.5. For specialist courses such as medicine, students will need a score of 7.0. Each university and course is different though, so doing your research well before applying is advisable.
You should take the exam and how long you need to prepare depends on your current ability. However it is recommended that you begin preparation lessons few months before your exam date. To learn your current IELTS score, take a practice test.
Students can take a practice test at any language Centre.The test will last 90 minutes and covers all 4 parts of the IELTS exam. You will receive your results within 48 hours after you appear for the test.
How long is my IELTS score valid?
The IELTS score is valid for 2 years after the date of your test.
Even if your English is of Top-Notch, you will still need a score which can only be attained by taking the IELTS exam. The writing part of the exam in particular has very specific requirements for students to meet and learning specific strategies and approach with teachers will help you reach your destiny and goals.
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