What You need to Know about IELTS

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

What is IELTS Test?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardized test to justify a person`s English language capability. More than a million of people take IELTS every year all over the world to get immigration in Australia, UK, Canada & New Zealand or simply study in a overseas University where the language of instruction would be English.

When it Begins?

IELTS starts its journey during 1989 with the joint collaboration of IDP Australia, University of Cambridge ESOL examination and British Council. Over the last 20 years IELTS proved itself to be the most acceptable aptitude test of the world.

Today, more than 500 test centers in over 130 countries of the world are taking IELTS exam. where it is trusted and accepted by more than 8,000 organizations.


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Exam Types

A candidate can undertake two categories or modules of IELTS exam: Academic & General Training (GT). Academic module is mandatory for students wish to study in Bachelor, Masters or PHD program in overseas universities or colleges whereas GT is required to apply for immigration.

The exam syllabus of GT and Academic modules are same except reading and writing section.These two sections are easier in GT as the immigration applicants are suppose to be out touch from academic environment for a long time.

There are also different requirements of IELTS band score for study and immigration varies among countries and organizations. For example, a candidate need to obtain at least 6 out of 9 in all four sections of IELTS test to apply for any skilled migration visas in Australia.

What is the test structure?

IELTS General and Academic Module exam consists four section: Listening, Reading, writing and speaking. The first three sections use to held in same day where the total test time would be around 2.45 Hours.

Here Reading and writing module takes 1 hour each and the listening test takes about 45 minutes. The speaking module which roughly covers 13-15 minutes held on a different day.

Time and venue of these test dates are informed to each candidate by the test center.The result gets published after 2 weeks in official website of the test center whereas candidates need to collect the original report copy from the center.

How the test is scored?

There is no pass or fail marks in IELTS. The result is given in a Band score format range from 0-9 whereas 0 means the lowest and 9 is the highest score.

Generally, a candidate need to score 6 (with 5.5 in each section) for commencing an under-graduation and 6.5 for a postgraduate degree. This requirement may differ depending on the the criteria set by universities or immigration authorities.

A higher educational institute like a university, sets it's own requirement for certain courses but the scholarship applicants generally need higher band score.

How to prepare for IELTS?

The IELTS test may look simple, but it may become the only hindrance to go abroad for many applicants around the world. Many candidates usually delayed their test date months after months for not preparing well enough and many get frustrated by not scoring well.

But, it is also true that studious students always find their way around to do well in IELTS. So, the most important thing is to overcome the fear and know how to achieve the best band score.

Like most aptitude test, the IELTS requires the candidate to have certain skills and knowledge for tackling various issues. Students can practice official test materials to get acquaintance with each section of the exam.

Although, a candidate can score a good band by self-preparation, many of them enroll in IELTS preparation centers to gain more confidence.

Whatever may be the way of preparation, it is recommended to take some mock test before appearing the final one. The majority of students who take the IELTS, agree on this point that considerable practice requires in getting a high band score.

How authentic is it?

The IELTS consortium follows a number of safeguarding procedures to make this test globally authenticated. All IELTS centers must follow several code of practice to conduct the test who finally forward the result to Cambridge ESOL.

IELTS centers have strict processes for inspecting applicant’s identity during registration and test day to guarantee against any fraud. The Test report form is secured with numerous validation parameters which can be detected by the partners for legitimacy.

There are many hesitations among the IELTS candidates worldwide, like where to go for registration, where to check results, how to prepare for the test.

This site dedicated to solve those issues beyond your expectations. After IELTS registration, candidates can collect official practice materials published from Cambridge or British council or IDP Australia to prepare for the IELTS.

In this site you can find practice materials with good tips and hints for each section. You can also visit the Facebook page to ask question and get help from us time to time. We will be always happy to provide you any help as you need.