The International English Language Testing System, since 1989, IELTS has been proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English. Close to 5,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.More than 700,000 people a year take the IELTS. The test is taken every year across 120 countries, and is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world, and sets the standard in integrity, research and innovation.IELTS help universities and colleges select students with sufficient English skills to succeed in their courses. Depending upon the course of study, students must elect to sit either the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test. The Academic IELTS test is normally necessary for students who plan to study at university level courses. The General Training IELTS test is generally required by other institutions, such as colleges and high schools, for courses that require less complex language skills, and is also as a general test of English proficiency for immigration purposes in
The Test Format
There are four sub-tests, or modules, to the IELTS test:
These four sections are as follows:
- Listening (Time: 30 minutes approx): Candidates Listen to a number of recorded texts, which increases in difficulty as the test progress. The recording is heard only once, but candidates are given time to read the questions and write down their answers.
(Time: 60 minutes): Different for Academic or General Training. Reading
- Academic: There are three reading passages with tasks. Texts are taken from books, magazines, newspapers and journals. All written for a non-specialist audience. At least one of the texts contains a detailed argument.
- General Training: The texts are based on the type of material candidates would be expected to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking country, and test the candidate’s ability to under and use information. The test includes on longer text, which is descriptive rather than argumentative.
- Writing (Time: 60 minutes): Different for Academic or General Training.
- Academic: The first task requires candidates to write a description of at least 150 words. This is based on material found in a chart, table, diagram or graph and should demonstrate their ability to present information and to summarise the main features of the input. For the second task, candidates write a short essay of at least 250 words in response to a statement or question.
- General Training: The task requires candidates to write a letter of at least 150 words either asking for information, or explaining a situation. For the second task, candidates write a short essay of at least 250 words in response to a statement or question.
- Speaking (Time: 11-14 minutes approx): The test takes the form of a face-to-face interview. Candidates are assessed on their use of spoken English to answer short questions, to speak at length on a familiar topic, and also to interact with the examiner.