What is IELTS?
The letters stand for the International English Language Testing System. It is a test designed to measure your ability in the four skills of writing, speaking, reading and listening.
After the test you will be given a score from 1-9. You use this score for admission to a university or to work abroad (institutions and employers decide what score they require).
It is accepted by many institutions and employers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North America.
ACADEMIC IELTS – Taking the test to study abroad
There are four sections in the IELTS test:
|WritingIf you are intending to study abroad, you will take the academic writing module. This test takes 60 minutes and there are two parts. You will have to write an essay and analyse a graph or diagram.||ReadingThe reading test takes 60 minutes and is divided into three sections. Each section will have an academic reading of about 600 words and you will have to answers 40 questions in total.|
|SpeakingIn this part of the test, you will have a 11-14 minute interview with an examiner. The examiner will ask you questions and evaluate your responses. The questions are easier at the beginning but get harder at||ListeningThe listening test takes 40 minutes and is divided into four sections, each one slightly harder than the first. There are 40 questions. You’ll have to listen to each section and answer the questions as you listen.|
GENERAL TRAINING – Taking the test to work abroad
The general training module is intended to test English ability in a more practical, everyday context. The test format is the same as above for the listening and speaking. However the writing and reading modules are different.
People often take the general training module if they are intending to work or live abroad.
|WritingIf you are taking the test to work abroad, then you will take the ‘general training’ module. You will also have to write an essay, but you will have to write a letter instead of analysing a graph.||ReadingThe reading test is different to the one for the academic module. The test is still 60 minutes and there are 40 questions to answer. However, the readings are different as they are based on real life situations rather than being academic.|
|SpeakingSame as for the Academic Module.||ListeningSame as for the Academic Module.|