IELTS

IELTS

We provide expert guidance & training to help candidates planning to appear for IELTS, understand the pattern of exam & basic rules of English. Our aim is to make the students capable enough to attain the required band score through regular mock interviews.

IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System, which is owned by three partners - Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, The British Council & IDP Education Pvt. limited .

TEST FORMAT
IELTS consists of four components. All Candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. There is a choice of Reading and Writing tests according to whether a candidate is taking the Academic or General Training module.
Academic Training
For Candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
General Training
For candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.
Listening
This test consists of four sections, each with ten questions. The first two sections are concerned with social needs. The first sections is a conversation between two speakers and the second section is a monologue. The final two sections are concerned with situational related to educational or training contexts. The third section is a conversation between up to four people and the four section is monologue.

A variety of question types is used, including : multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labeling, form completion, note completion, table completion, flow chart completion, summary completion, sentence completion, short answer questions.

Candidates hear the recording once only & answer the questions as they listen. 10 minutes are allowed at the end for candidates to transfer their answers to the answer sheet.

Reading

This test consists of three sections with 40 questions. There are three texts, which are taken from journals, books, magazines and newspapers.

A variety of question types is used, including: multiple choice, identifying information ( True/False/Not given), identifying the writer's views/claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching information, matching headings , matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completions, summary completions. note completion, table completion, flow chart completion, diagram label completion, short answer questions.

Writing

This test consists of two tasks. It suggested that candidates spend about 20 minutes on Task 1, which requires them to write at least 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write at least 250 words. Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the Writing score.

Task 1 requires candidates to look at the diagram or some data ( graph, table or chart) & to present the information in their own words. They are assessed on their ability to organize, present & possibly compare data , describe the stages of a process, describe an object or an event , or explain how something works.

In Task 2 , candidates are presented with a point of view, argument or problem. They are assessed on their ability to present a solution to the problem, present & justify an opinion, compare & contrast evidence & opinions, evaluate & challenge ideas , evidence or arguments.

Candidates are also assessed on their ability to write in an appropriate style.

Speaking
This test takes between 11 and 14 minutes and conducted by a trained examiner.
There are three parts:
Part 1:
The candidate and the examiner introduce themselves. Candidates then answer general questions about themselves, their home/family, their job/studies, their interests and a wide range of similar familiar topic areas. These part lasts between four and five minutes.
Part 2:
The candidate is given a task card with prompts and is asked to talk on a particular topic. The candidate has one minute to prepare and they can make some notes if they wish, before speaking for between one and minutes. The examiner then asks one or two questions on same topic.
Part 3:

The examiner and the candidate engage in a discussion of more abstract issues which are thematically linked to the topic in Part 2. The discussion lasts between four and five minutes.

The speaking test assesses whether candidates can communicate effectively in English. The assessment takes into account Fluency & Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range & Accuracy, & Pronunciation.

HOW IS IELTS SCORED ?
IELTS results are reported on a nine – band scale. In addition to the score for overall language ability, IELTS provides a score in the form of profile for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). These scores are also reported on a nine band scale. All scores are recognized on the test report form along with details of the candidates’ nationality, first language and date of birth. Each overall band score corresponds to a descriptive. Statements which gives a summary of the English language ability of a candidate classified at that level. The nine bands and their descriptive statements are follows:
  1. EXPERT USER – Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
  2. VERY GOOD USER – Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies . Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situation. Handless complex detailed argumentations well.
  3. GOOD USER – Has operational command of the language . though with occasional inaccuracies , inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex languages well and understands detailed reasoning .
  4. Competent user – Has generally effective command of the languages despite some inaccuracies, in appropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
  5. Modest user- Has generally effective command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes, should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
  6. Limited user- Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
  7. Extremely Limited User- Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdown in communication occur.
  8. Intermittent User- No Real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated word or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
  9. Non-User- Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
  10. Did not attempt the test- No assessable information provided.
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