International English Language Testing System –
IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.
It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, European, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world.
Evaluation & Expiration
In an IELTS test there is no minimum score needed to pass the exam. Indeed, An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from “Band 1” (newbie) to “Band 9” (master). Additionally, there is also a “Band 0” for those who did not attempt the test.
Majority of Institutions consider a 2 year’s IELTS Certificate as not valid, therefore applications need to be sent as soon as possible.
Structure of IELTS
There are two modules of the IELTS exam :
- General Training
Academic IELTS is made for for applying to universities and other institutions of higher education and for masters such as doctors and nurses who want to study and practise in an English-speaking country.
Whereas General IELTS Training is made for those who plan to tackle non-academic training or to gain work experience or even for immigration intentions.
4 Parts of IELTS exam
In the IELTS test, there are 4 parts :
- Reading (1 hour)
- Listening (half an hour) + 10 minutes for transferring answers
- Writing (1 hour ) Task 1 – (20 mins) ; Task 2 – (40 mins)
- Speaking (approximately 11-15 mins)
Note: There is no difference in Listening and Speaking parts in terms of modules, but Reading and Writing vary depending on the module selected.
There are 4 sections in the Listening Part
- 1 – A conversation between two speakers (for instance, travel arrangements)
- 2 – Only one speaker (for example, a speech about a tourist place).
- 3 – A conversation between two main speakers (for example, a discussion between two university students, perhaps guided by a tutor)
- 4 – One person speaking about an academic subject
Each speech commences with a brief introduction about the topic. Then they have some time to look through the questions. The questions come in the same order as in the test. so the answers will be chronologically followed.
There will be different types of questions, such as multiple-choice, identifying information, short-answer questions, identifying writer’s views, labelling diagrams, completing a summary using words taken from the text and matching information/headings/features in the text/sentence endings.
Test takers should be careful when writing down their answers as they will lose marks for incorrect spelling and grammar.
The Writing paper has two tasks which both of them must be completed in given time.
In task 1 test takers write at least 150 words in about 20 minutes. In task 2 test takers write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes.
Test takers will be penalised if their answer is too short or does not relate to the topic. Answers should be written in full sentences (test takers must not use notes or bullet points).
- Task 1: test takers describe a graph, table, chart, map, process, pie chart or diagram in their own words.
- Task 2: Discuss a point of view, argument or problem. Depending on the task, candidates may be asked to present a solution and justify an opinion, compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications, and evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.
The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner.
There are 3 sections in the Speaking Part
- Section 1: introduction and interview (4–5 minutes). Test takers may be asked about their home, family, work, studies, hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computers and the Internet.
- Section 2: long turn (3–4 minutes). Test takers are given a task card about a particular topic. Test takers have one minute to prepare to talk about this topic. The task card states the points that should be included in the talk and one aspect of the topic which must be explained during the talk. Test takers are then expected to talk about the topic for 2 minutes, after which the examiner may ask one or two questions.
- Section 3: discussions (4–5 minutes). The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the test taker, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in Section 2
Now you have acknowledged what is the IELTS test, time to get the resources!
One of the best sites for IELTS Preparation
Youtube Channels for IELTS Preparation
Grammar & Idioms & Pronunciation ans etc books
IELTS Preparation books
IELTS Camridge 1-15 books – Find Here
British Council Reading Tests – Download PDF
Non – Official Materials
Useful Phrases for Writing & Speaking
Udemy, Liz’s, Simon’s Courses
Keino Campbell, Esq (22 GB) Torrent File
IELTS Writing Task 1 by IELTS Teacher
IELTS Writing Task 2 by IELTS Teacher
IELTS Writing Task 1 by Simon
IELTS Writing Task 2 by Simon
IELTS Reading by Simon
Official IELTS Course coming soon 🙂
Google Drive with a lot of IELTS Materials