I.E.L.T.S. or simply IELTS is an abbreviation
for International English Language Testing System. In simple terms, IELTS is an examination that assesses your English language skills in terms
of spoken and written English. If you wish to study or work in a country
where English is the primary language of communication, you need to assure the university admission
officers and visa officers that you are proficient in the language.
The good news is that you’re watching a video in English, which means you are quite
comfortable with the language. All you need to do now is to become familiar
with the IELTS exam format, understand how much it costs to take the test, how to book
a date at the right test center and use the right IELTS preparation material so you’re
ready for the big day. We’ll cover all of it in this video, so
watch till the end. The IELTS exam measures your skills in listening,
reading, writing and speaking through two test formats, namely IELTS Academic and IELTS
General Training. While IELTS Academic can be taken up by those
who wish to go for higher education or professional registration, IELTS General Training is for
those who are looking at migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
For academic and work purposes, USA also accepts the same.
The test has been designed and is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia
and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Anyone above the age of 16 years can take
the IELTS test. If you wish to study, work or migrate to the
UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand and study or work in the U.S., you can take this
test. Let’s talk about the IELTS exam dates. You can take the test four times a month.
On the IELTS website, you have to choose your country and the closest examination centre
which is convenient to you along with the kind of exam you’d want to take, that is choose
between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. You will then see test dates that are available You can go ahead and fill up the application form. Both IDP and the British Council offer the test on 48 fixed dates in a year, running into
four times a month. The yearly schedule is available on their website.
Just remember to register one month in advance to secure your place on your preferred day
at your chosen test centre. The registration fee for IELTS exam differs
in each country. Here’s the IELTS fee in USA, India, UK and China. This fee is subject to change, so make sure you check the official site for the latest IELTS fee in your country. For online registrations, only credit and debit payment is accepted. Let’s talk about the IELTS eExam pattern and syllabus. In two hours and 45 minutes, the IELTS will
aim to assess your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in English language.
The two types of tests, IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training differ in their reading
and writing components, while listening and speaking tests are the same for both.
You have to take all the three – listening, reading and writing tests without any break, in that
order. The speaking test can be the same day or seven
days before or after the exam. Listening You will get 30 minutes to answer a number
of questions based on four pre-recorded audio tapes you will hear.
There will be conversations related to everyday life and in an educational setting. Two of
the recordings will be monologues on an academic subject as well as in a social context.
Your answers will show your understanding of the crux of the conversation and detailed
factual information, opinions and attitudes of speakers and your ability to follow how
the ideas develop in the process. Around 15 minutes are dedicated to the speaking section in which the examiner will speak to you on a wide range of topics as work, family, studies,
interests, or anything else. You will then be given a topic and one minute
to prepare to be able to speak on the topic for two minutes. The examiner will ask you
more questions on the same topic. Reading is a 60-minute test, it involves reading long
texts taken from a number of sources. For IELTS Academic test takers, the text will
be descriptive suitable for those wishing to appear for university courses.
For IELTS General Training, you will get to read extracts related to life in general
in English speaking environments. Based on the above, you will be required to
answer 40 questions. The purpose of these tests is to evaluate your reading skills and how well are you able to exactly grasp the logical
argument and the writers’ opinion. For the writing test, the assessors will judge
you on the basis of your ability to describe/summarise some text, argument, data, figures, graph,
and the like. depending on what kind of test you are taking.
You will be required to write the same in formal, semi-formal or informal style, depending
on the task at hand in 60 minutes. Let’s talk about IELTS exam preparation. Passing any examination comfortably requires
at least 80% preparation and the remaining 20% should come from putting the same into
action. Once you have understood the format for the
kind of test you’d want to take, start skimming through practice tests papers and answers.
You can take up these practice tests by factoring in the time you will be given for taking the
actual tests. These are available on the IELTS website where
you will also have answers to the sample questions. You can also buy IELTS self-study books and related material that are available
at British Council test centres and selected book stores across the world. If you’re looking for the best books for IELTS preparation The British Council website has a list of
books with a brief description that you could refer to while preparing for your IELTS exam.
Or if you know any other people who have taken the IELTS before you, they can suggest some good books as well. The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS is one
top recommendation by many. It comes with a DVD and has questions for both IELTS Academic
and IELTS General Training. Another good option is the IELTS Cambridge Practice Tests
Series. There are several books available online,
but if you are confused it is best to rely on the original source,
that is, the British Council, Cambridge IELTS books and the like.
For more details on which books to buy, we’ll share a list of the Best IELTS Books below. Thanks to the internet, you have loads of
free study material for IELTS preparation available at your fingertips.
There are also many YouTube videos that are especially useful for speaking and listening tests.
The British Council also has an online preparation course designed by its IELTS experts, but
you need to register with them to be able to access it.
There are three versions of it, test drive, last minute and full version. See what suits
your requirements the best. Here’s the link: Let’s move on to the IELTS test centers. The British Council and IDP facilitate test
centres for candidates. The tests are offered in test centres located
in multiple cities across many countries. Once you register on their site for the exam,
you will be asked to select your city and the date on which you wish to take the test.
Five days before your scheduled test date, you will get the venue details on email. Here’s how the exam booking process works. Once you have decided what type of IELTS test
you wish to take, check for exam test dates. Go online to British Council or IDP websites,
download the online application form and register for the date convenient to you, in the city
of your choice by paying the registration fee. The other option is, you could visit their offices and register in person.
You will be contacted via email regarding the venue location on your preferred date. Once you take the test, your IELTS exam results will
be available 13 days later in the form of a test report.
These will also be available online. The results will be posted to you.
Don’t expect them by phone or by fax. Check with your centre if you can
collect your results in person. Keep the test report form safe with you. No
replacements are given. The test centre will send your results to
five recognizing organizations free of charge, if you want. Sample tests are available on the IELTS website
for you to go through to get a feel of how the tests are designed.
Plus, there are lots of resources available online that offer IELTS exam samples. Taking practice tests is vital to be prepared
for the d-day. Since the final day will involve taking all
the four tests one after the other, it makes sense to take up the practice tests under similar
time bound manner. The British Council, IDP and IELTS websites
are equipped with a number of such practice tests and sample exam papers to help you prepare
effectively. These can be accessed free of cost.
We’ll share several useful links in the description. So do check them out.
Hope you get a high IELTS score. Good luck!