IELTS – the International English Language Testing System – is the world’s most popular English language test. It is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment and evaluates all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test reflects how you’ll use English to study, work and live in an English speaking environment. You can take the test at any of the official test centres across the world.
IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests around the world with more than 10,000 organisations recognising it internationally. It is accepted by educational institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organisations in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries around the world.IELTS is one of the pioneering English language assessments developed by the prestigious University of Cambridge and offered by both The British Council & IDP, Australia. The test has been setting the standard for English language testing and is trusted by countries for both academic and immigration purposes.
The IELTS test assess the English language ability of a candidate by evaluating all the four skills i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The band provides an insight into the language level of the candidate, to succeed in their career or academics in an English-speaking country.
There are two IELTS tests – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. You need to choose the test based on your requirement.IELTS Academic – assesses whether your degree of English language proficiency is appropriate for an academic environment. The test reflects aspects of educational language and measures whether you have the required English language ability to study successfully in an English-speaking environment.IELTS General Training – assesses the candidates English language level to function effectively in everyday situations. The questions in the test relate to both the working environment and social circumstances. If you are taking the IELTS test to apply for the UK visa for study, work or live there, then you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.
In paper based ILETS, you answer the all three modules Reading, Writing and listening on paper. Whereas in computer based IELTS , you need to answer these three on computer screen .
Speaking part is always face to face , regardless the exam is paper based or computer based. Marking criteria is same for both paper based and computer based exam.
In case of a paper based exam, you get 10 minutes extra time at the end of Listening section. You are given this time to transfer your answers into the answer sheet. Whereas in a computer based test, you will not get this extra 10 minutes. Because you will need to answer directly on the computer , and you will be given only 2 minutes to check the answers at the end .
Computer based test is good for the people who are good at typing. Otherwise, if you more conformtable with writing on paper, we suggest you go for the paper based exam. Advantages and disadvantages of computer based test
Both General Training and Academic Reading Tests take 60 minutes. But while the General test contains 3 sections with the subject material mostly taken from advertisements, guidebooks or notices, the Academic test contains 3 long texts that are mostly taken from books, journals or newspapers. There will be 40 questions in total.
Both the Academic and General Writing tests take 60 minutes, with both the tests containing 2 tasks, where task 2 is an essay of at least 250 words. The difference comes in task 1, where the Acadmic students have to write a report and Genral Traning students have to write a letter . The both limit for the task of these tasks is minimum of 150 words.
The Speaking test takes 15-20 minutes and comprises of 3 parts
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