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Information about the IELTS test
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The International English Language Testing System is an alternative to the TOEFL. It consists of two parts: an Academic and a General Training Module. You are only required to take one part. The Academic Module is required for entry into a University where teaching is in English and is thus the module which we will present here.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. However in the Reading and Writing Modules, the content depends on if you have chosen the academic or general training module.
The test is structured as follows:
Section Content Time allocated
Listening You will listen to a number of increasing difficult texts. These texts can be conversations or monologues and will feature a variety of English accents. Although each recording is only played once, you will be given time in between texts to record your answers and read the questions. 30 minutes
40 Questions
You will be given 3 non-specialist texts from books, magazines, journals and newspapers and will be asked to complete tasks relating to each of them. At least one of the texts will contain a detailed argument. 1 hour
40 Questions
You will be given a chart, table, diagram or chart and asked to present and summarise its contents in at least 150 words. In the second part will be asked to write at least 250 words in response to a questions or statement. 1 hour
2 Tasks
Speaking You will be interviewed by an examiner who will ask you short questions on a familiar topic. You will then be given a verbal prompt by the examiner who will then give you 1 minute to prepare a 2 minute talk on that subject. The examine will then ask 1 or 2 questions regarding the topic. Afterwards you will be asked to discuss a topic with the examiner. 11-14 minutes
Source www.ielts.org
The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be taken in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, within a period of seven days before or after the other modules.
Achievement is rated on a scale of 0 (non-user) to 9 (expert). 6.5 is the minimum score required. Top business schools will even expect 7.0 points or more. Results can be obtained from the test centres or will be mailed to the testee 13 days after the test date.
Achievement Details
9 Expert User Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
5 Modest User Has partial 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.
4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in use of complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt No assessable information provided. Candidate may have failed to sit for the test.
Source www.ielts.org
Fees and conditions
The test fee varies depending on the country but expect to pay around €200 in Germany or £95 in the UK. You may take the IELTS as often as you like, but test fees will be charged each time.
The test is offered about 48 times a year. Please check the website for details.
Where can I register for the IELTS?
You must apply to a test centre to take an IELTS test prior to the test date. Applications are made through an online application system to which you can find a link on the relevant country website of your local British Council. Before applying, applicants should read the IELTS Information for Candidates. Once you have applied, the test centre will confirm your IELTS test date and time.
Who manages the IELTS?
The IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Australia.
Where can I prepare for the IELTS?
The IELTS Official Practice Materials can be ordered from your local British Council office.
Where is the IELTS recognised?
The test is recognised by a large number of professional associations, employers, government agencies and educational institutions. Click here for further information.
Testing Centres
United Kingdom
A list of all Testing Centers can be found here.
A list of all Testing Centers can be found here.
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