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The test that Accessible and convenient, IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than. opens doors 140 countries Tests are held on Saturdays and Thursdays. To find out test dates in your area please contact your. nearest IELTS test centre A list of all IELTS test locations. around the world worldwide is available at www ielts org. The international test, IELTS is internationally focused in its content For example. texts and tasks are sourced from publications from all over. This booklet contains the English speaking world a range of native speaker accents. North American Australian New Zealand British etc are. important information used in the Listening test and all standard varieties of English. are accepted in test takers written and spoken responses. to help you prepare The test that s tried and trusted. IELTS has been developed by some of the world s leading. for your IELTS test experts in language assessment and is supported by. an extensive programme of research validation and,test development. The level of the test, IELTS is designed to assess English language skills across. IELTS the International English a wide range of levels There is no such thing as a pass or. fail in IELTS Results are reported as band scores on a scale. Language Testing System is from 1 the lowest to 9 the highest. designed to assess the language,ability of people who want to.
The IELTS band score scale,study or work where English is. 9 Expert user,the language of communication,8 Very good user. IELTS is recognised and accepted by 7 Good user, over 9 000 organisations worldwide 6 Competent user. including universities employers 5 Modest user,professional bodies immigration 4 Limited user. authorities and other government 3 Extremely limited user. agencies For a list of organisations 2 Intermittent user. that accept IELTS scores 1 Non user,visit www ielts org recognition.
0 Did not attempt the test,IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration. Find out how you can use an IELTS result for,this purpose at www ielts org unitedkingdom. For more information on going to or staying in the. UK visit www gov uk,Preparing for your test Test format. Make sure you are ready to demonstrate your English There are two modules to choose from. 1 Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reading this Academic and General Training. booklet If you would like more information about the format. of the test and the question types used you can find the test. specifications at www ielts org testformat IELTS Academic. IELTS Academic is for test takers wishing to study at. 2 Practice using sample questions from www ielts org sampletest. undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those. 3 Consider doing a practice test Two volumes of Official IELTS seeking professional registration. Practice Materials are available for purchase from test centres. or at www ielts org prepare These materials include a full IELTS General Training. practice test with answers and sample Writing and Speaking IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to an. performances with examiner comments English speaking country Australia Canada New Zealand UK. and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level. 4 Consider enrolling in a preparation course to improve your. performance in the test IELTS test centres and language. schools around the world offer IELTS preparation courses. Each organisation sets its own entry requirements In some cases. both Academic or General Training may be accepted If you are. More information is available from in doubt as to which to take you should contact the organisation. www ielts org you are applying to in order to check their requirements. www britishcouncil org takeielts, www ieltsessentials com prepare You are tested on all four language skills listening reading. www cambridgeenglish org ielts writing and speaking unless you have an exemption due to. www ielts org usa a disability see section on special requirements Everyone. takes the same Listening and Speaking tests There are. Know the IELTS rules and regulations different Reading and Writing tests for IELTS Academic and. It s important to familiarise yourself with the IELTS rules and General Training. regulations These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates. and Declaration which are included in the application form The Listening Reading and Writing tests must be completed. When you sign the application form declaration or agree to on the same day The order in which these tests are taken. the terms online you are confirming that you have read and may vary There are no breaks between these three tests. understood the IELTS rules and regulations and agree to The Speaking test may be taken up to seven days before. abide by them or after the other three tests,Register as soon as possible.
When you feel you are ready to take the test you need to Listening. register for a test date with an IELTS centre Contact the. centre as soon as possible as the number of test takers. who can take the test on a particular date may be limited. You will need to pay the test fee when you register. Tell your centre if you have special requirements Academic Reading General Training Reading. In order to ensure that the language ability of all test takers. is assessed fairly and objectively IELTS provides a. comprehensive service for test takers who have special. requirements including specific learning difficulties hearing. difficulties and visual difficulties,Academic Writing General Training Writing. If you require a modified version of the test for example a Large. Print or Braille version you must give the test centre three. months notice This notice period is necessary for the modified. test version to be prepared If your circumstances require special. administrative arrangements to be made for example if you need Speaking. extra time or you need to use access technology such as a screen. reader you must give the test centre six weeks notice Please. contact your test centre to discuss your requirements Any special. arrangements agreed are in accordance with the Joint Council. for Qualifications JCQ,The four components of the IELTS test. Timing Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people. Approximately 30 minutes plus 10 minutes transfer time set in an educational or training context e g a university. tutor and a student discussing an assignment or a group. Questions of students planning a research project, There are 40 questions A variety of question types are used. chosen from the following multiple choice matching plan Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject. map diagram labelling form completion note completion e g a university lecture. table completion flow chart completion summary completion. sentence completion short answer questions Each section is heard once only. Test Parts A variety of voices and native speaker accents are used. There are 4 sections,Skills assessed, Section 1 is a conversation between two people set A wide range of listening skills are assessed including. in an everyday social context e g a conversation in u nderstanding of main ideas. an accommodation agency u nderstanding of specific factual information. r ecognising opinions attitudes and purpose of a speaker. Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context f ollowing the development of an argument. e g a speech about local facilities or a talk about the. arrangements for meals during a conference Marking. Each correct answer receives 1 mark Scores out,of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9 band scale.
Scores are reported in whole and half bands,Timing General Training Reading. 60 minutes no extra transfer time Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts one of which. may be composite consisting of 6 8 short texts related by topic. Questions e g hotel advertisements Topics are relevant to everyday life. There are 40 questions A variety of question types are in an English speaking country. used chosen from the following multiple choice identifying. information True False Not Given identifying a writer s Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work. views claims Yes No Not Given matching information related issues e g applying for jobs company policies pay and. matching headings matching features matching sentence conditions workplace facilities staff development and training. endings sentence completion summary completion, note completion table completion flow chart completion Section 3 contains one longer more complex text on a topic. diagram label completion short answer questions of general interest. Test Parts Texts are authentic and are taken from notices advertisements. There are 3 sections The total text length is 2 150 2 750 words company handbooks official documents books magazines. and newspapers,Academic Reading, Each section contains one long text Texts are authentic and Skills assessed. are taken from books journals magazines and newspapers A wide range of reading skills are assessed including. They have been written for a non specialist audience and are r eading for gist. on academic topics of general interest Texts are appropriate r eading for main ideas. to and accessible to test takers entering undergraduate or reading for detail. postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration u nderstanding inferences and implied meaning. Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive r ecognising writer s opinions attitudes and purpose. and analytical Texts may contain non verbal materials such f ollowing the development of an argument. as diagrams graphs or illustrations If texts contain technical. terms then a simple glossary is provided Marking,Each correct answer receives 1 mark Scores out. of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9 band scale,Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
For test specifications visit www ielts org testformat IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration. Find out how you can use an IELTS result for this purpose. For marking information visit www ielts org criteria at www ielts org unitedkingdom For more information on. going to or staying in the UK visit www gov uk, For sample questions visit www ielts org sampletest. Timing Skills assessed, 60 minutes In both tasks you are assessed on your ability to. write a response which is appropriate in terms of,Tasks c ontent. There are 2 tasks You are required to write at least the organisation of ideas. 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2 t he accuracy and range of vocabulary and grammar. Test Parts Academic Writing, There are 2 parts In Task 1 depending on the task type you are assessed on your. ability to organise present and possibly compare data to describe. Academic Writing the stages of a process or procedure to describe an object or. In Task 1 you are presented with a graph table chart or event or sequence of events to explain how something works. diagram and are asked to describe summarise or explain. the information in your own words You may be asked to In Task 2 depending on the task type you are assessed on. describe and explain data describe the stages of a process your ability to present a solution to a problem to present and. how something works or describe an object or event justify an opinion to compare and contrast evidence opinions. and implications to evaluate and challenge ideas evidence. In Task 2 you are asked to write an essay in response or an argument. to a point of view argument or problem,General Training Writing.
The issues raised are of general interest to suitable for In Task 1 depending on the task type you are assessed on your. and easily understood by test takers entering undergraduate ability to engage in personal correspondence in order to elicit. or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration and provide general factual information express needs wants. Responses to Task 1 and Task 2 should be written likes and dislikes express opinions views complaints etc. in an academic semi formal neutral style, In Task 2 you are assessed on your ability to provide general. General Training Writing factual information to outline a problem and present a solution. In Task 1 you are presented with a situation and are asked to to present and possibly justify an opinion to evaluate and. write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation challenge ideas evidence or an argument. The letter may be personal or semi formal neutral in style. In Task 2 you are asked to write an essay in response to a You are assessed on your performance on each task. point of view argument or problem The essay can be slightly by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS. more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay Writing test assessment criteria Task Achievement Response. Coherence and Cohesion Lexical Resource Grammatical. Topics are of general interest Range and Accuracy The public version of the assessment. criteria can be found at www ielts org criteria, Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the Writing score. Scores are reported in whole and half bands,Timing Part 3 Two way discussion 4 5 minutes. 11 14 minutes The examiner asks further questions which are connected. to the topic of Part 2 These questions give you an opportunity. Test Parts to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. The IELTS band score scale 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 0 Did not attempt the test 3 Make sure you are ready to demonstrate your English 1 Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reading this booklet If you would like more information about the format of the test

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