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The Pitt Building Trumpington Street Cambridge United Kingdom. The Edinburgh Building Cambridge CB2 2RU UK http www cup cam ac uk. 40 West 20th Street New York NY 10011 4211 USA http www cup org. 10 Stamford Road Oakleigh Melbourne 3166 Australia. Ruiz de Alarc n 13 28014 Madrid Spain,Cambridge University Press 2000. This book is in copyright Subject to statutory exception. and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements. no reproduction of any part may take place without. the written permission of Cambridge University Press. First published 2000, Printed in the United Kingdom at the University Press Cambridge. Typeset in Monotype Times New Roman in QuarkXPress. ISBN 0 521 77531 0 Student s Book,ISBN 0 521 77530 2 Cassette Set. Thanks and acknowledgements iv,Introduction 1,General Training Reading and Writing Test A 98. General Training Reading and Writing Test B 112,Tapescripts 126.
Answer key 146,Model and sample answers for writing tasks 156. Sample answer sheets 168,Introduction, The International English Language Testing System IELTS is widely recognised as a. reliable means of assessing whether candidates are ready to study or train in the medium of. English IELTS is owned by three partners The University of Cambridge Local. Examinations Syndicate the British Council and IDP Education Australia through its. subsidiary company IELTS Australia Pty Limited The main purpose of this book of. Practice Tests is to give future IELTS candidates an idea of whether their English is at the. required level Further information on IELTS can be found in the IELTS Handbook. available free of charge from IELTS centres,WHAT IS THE TEST FORMAT. IELTS consists of six modules All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking. Modules There is a choice of Reading and Writing Modules according to whether a. candidate is taking the Academic or General Training version of the test. Academic General Training, For candidates taking the test for entry to For candidates taking the test for entry to. undergraduate or postgraduate studies or vocational or training programmes not at. for professional reasons degree level for admission to secondary. schools and for immigration purposes,The test modules are taken in the following order.
4 sections 40 items,30 minutes,Academic Reading General Training Reading. 3 sections 40 items 3 sections 40 items,60 minutes 60 minutes. Academic Writing General Training Writing,2 tasks 2 tasks. 60 minutes 60 minutes,10 to 15 minutes,Total test time. 2 hours 45 minutes,Introduction, This is in four sections each with 10 questions The first two sections are concerned with.
social needs There is a conversation between two speakers and then a monologue The final. two sections are concerned with situations related to educational or training contexts There. is a conversation between up to four people and then a monologue. A variety of question types is used including multiple choice short answer questions. sentence completion notes chart table completion labelling a diagram classification. Candidates hear the recording once only and answer the questions as they listen Ten. minutes are allowed at the end to transfer answers to the answer sheet. Academic Reading, There are three reading passages of increasing difficulty on topics of general interest and. candidates have to answer 40 questions The passages are taken from magazines journals. books and newspapers At least one text contains detailed logical argument. A variety of question types is used including multiple choice short answer questions. sentence completion notes chart table completion labelling a diagram classification. matching lists phrases choosing suitable paragraph headings from a list identification of. writer s views attitudes yes no not given,General Training Reading. Candidates have to answer 40 questions There are three sections of increasing difficulty. containing texts taken from notices advertisements leaflets newspapers instruction. manuals books and magazines The first section contains texts relevant to basic linguistic. survival in English with tasks mainly concerned with providing factual information The. second section focuses on the training context and involves texts of more complex language. The third section involves reading more extended texts with a more complex structure but. with the emphasis on descriptive and instructive rather than argumentative texts. A variety of question types is used including multiple choice short answer questions. sentence completion notes chart table completion labelling a diagram classification. matching lists phrases choosing suitable paragraph headings from a list identification of. writer s views attitudes yes no not given or true false not given. Academic Writing, There are two tasks and it is suggested that candidates spend about 20 minutes on Task 1. which requires them to write at least 150 words and 40 minutes on Task 2 250 words The. assessment of Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1. In Task 1 candidates are asked to look at a diagram or table and to present the. information in their own words They are assessed on their ability to organise present and. possibly compare data describe the stages of a process describe an object or event explain. how something works,Introduction, In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view argument or problem They are. assessed on their ability to present a solution to the problem present and justify an opinion. compare and contrast evidence and opinions evaluate and challenge ideas evidence or. Candidates are also judged on their ability to write in an appropriate style. General Training Writing, There are two tasks and it is suggested that candidates spend about 20 minutes on Task 1.
which requires them to write at least 150 words and 40 minutes on Task 2 250 words The. assessment of Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1. In Task 1 candidates are asked to respond to a given problem with a letter requesting. information or explaining a situation They are assessed on their ability to engage in. personal correspondence elicit and provide general factual information express needs. wants likes and dislikes express opinions complaints etc. In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view argument or problem They are. assessed on their ability to provide general factual information outline a problem and. present a solution present and justify an opinion evaluate and challenge ideas evidence or. Candidates are also judged on their ability to write in an appropriate style. This consists of a conversation between the candidate and an examiner and takes between 10. and 15 minutes There are five sections,1 Introduction. The examiner and candidate introduce themselves and the candidate is encouraged to talk. briefly about their life home work and interests,2 Extended discourse. The candidate is encouraged to speak at length about some familiar topic of general. interest or of relevance to their culture place of living or country of origin This will. involve explanation description or narration,3 Elicitation. The candidate is given a task card with some information on it and is encouraged to take. the initiative and ask questions either to elicit information or to solve a problem. 4 Speculation and Attitudes, The candidate is encouraged to talk about their future plans and proposed course of. study Alternatively the examiner may choose to return to a topic raised earlier. 5 Conclusion,The interview is concluded, Candidates are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively with native speakers of.
English The assessment takes into account evidence of communicative strategies and. appropriate use of grammar and vocabulary,Introduction. HOW IS IELTS SCORED, IELTS results are reported on a nine band scale In addition to the score for overall language. ability IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills Listening. Reading Writing and Speaking These scores are also reported on a nine band scale All. scores are recorded on the Test Report Form along with details of the candidate s. nationality first language and date of birth Each Overall Band Score corresponds to a. descriptive statement which gives a summary of the English language ability of a candidate. classified at that level The nine bands and their descriptive statements are as follows. 9 Expert User Has fully operational command of the language appropriate accurate and. fluent with complete understanding, 8 Very Good User Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional. unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar. situations Handles complex detailed argumentation well. 7 Good User Has operational command of the language though occasional inaccuracies. inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations Generally handles complex. language well and understands detailed reasoning, 6 Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some. inaccuracies inappropriacies and misunderstandings Can use and understand fairly complex. language particularly in familiar situations, 5 Modest User Has 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, 4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations Has frequent problems in. understanding and expression Is not able to use complex language. 3 Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar. situations Frequent breakdowns in communication occur. 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. 1 Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated. 0 Did not attempt the test No assessable information. Most universities and colleges in the United Kingdom Australia New Zealand and Canada. accept an IELTS Overall Band Score of 6 0 or 6 5 for entry to academic programmes IELTS. scores are increasingly being recognised by Universities in the USA. Introduction,MARKING THE PRACTICE TESTS,Listening and Reading. The Answer key is on pages 146 167, Each item in the Listening and Reading tests is worth one mark There are no half marks. Put a tick next to each correct answer and a cross next to each wrong one Each tick. will equal one mark,Single letter number answers, For questions where the answer is a single letter or number you should have written only. one answer If you have written more than one the answer must be marked wrong. Longer answers, Only the answers given in the Answer key are correct.
Sometimes part of the correct answer is given in brackets Words in brackets are optional. they are correct but not necessary, Alternative words or phrases within an answer are indicated by a single slash. Sometimes there are alternative correct answers to a question In these cases the possible. answers are separated by a double slash If you have written any one of these possible. answers your answer is correct, You will find additional notes about individual questions in the Answer key. Most answers require correct spelling Where alternative spellings are acceptable this is. stated in the Answer key,Both US and UK spelling are acceptable. Obviously it is not possible for you to give yourself a mark for the Writing tasks For Tests 1. 2 and 4 and GT Test A we have provided model answers written by an examiner at the back. of the book It is important to note that these show just one way of completing the task out. of many possible approaches For Test 3 and GT Test B we have provided sample answers. written by candidates showing their score and the examiner s comments We hope that. both of these will give you an insight into what is required for the Writing module. Introduction,HOW SHOULD YOU INTERPRET YOUR SCORES, In the Answer key at the end of the each set of Listening and Reading answers you will find. a chart which will help you assess if on the basis of your practice test results you are ready. to take the IELTS exam, In interpreting your score there are a number of points you should bear in mind.
Your performance in the real IELTS test will be reported in two ways there will be a Band. Score from 1 to 9 for each of the modules and an Overall Band Score from 1 to 9 which is. the average of your scores in the four modules, However institutions considering your application are advised to look at both the Overall. Band and the Bands for each module They do this in order to see if you have the language. skills needed for a particular course of study For example if your course has a lot of. reading and writing but no lectures listening comprehension might be less important and a. score of 5 in Listening might be acceptable if the Overall Band Score was 7 However for a. course where there are lots of lectures and spoken instructions a score of 5 in Listening. might be unacceptable even though the Overall Band Score was 7. Once you have marked your papers you should have some idea of whether your Listening. English IELTS is owned by three partners The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate the British Council and IDP Education Australia through its subsidiary company IELTS Australia Pty Limited The main purpose of this book of Practice Tests is to give future IELTS candidates an idea of whether their English is at the required

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