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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Overview

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which is used as a benchmark to measure English proficiency across the globe, and is accepted by professional bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies as a mark of language assessment. More than 1.4 million applicants take the IELTS test each year to apply for overseas education and employment, and it is recognised by over 6,000 institutions in 135 countries.

MWT partners with leading IELTS training institutes to help our students prepare for the IELTS Exam and achieve their highest potential. With hard work and the right guidance, candidates who prepare for the IELTS using a well-structured approach can achieve success at their first attempt, regardless of their previous capabilities. At MWT Education Consultancy, our students’ success is our success.

Test format

Two versions of the exam are in use. Those candidates who wish to go for higher education must write the Academic IELTS Test, whereas those who wish to go for a career abroad must score well on the General Training IELTS Test.

The IELTS tests English language proficiency in four different modules- reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Listening and Speaking sections are same in both the formats, whereas Reading and Writing sections are different. Students who wish to prepare for the IELTS Exam must follow a systematic preparation strategy, and must devote themselves to several months of dedicated study depending on their present level of competence.

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections are conducted on the same day. The Speaking test, however, will be held depending on the student’s test centre. It can occur on the same day or up to a week before or after the student takes the test for the other sections.

The IELTS Exam

Which version should I appear for – Academic or General?

Those candidates who wish to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate programme in an English-speaking university or institutions of higher education must write the Academic IELTS Test. The General Training IELTS Test is for those who wish to work abroad.

What do my scores mean?

IELTS scores range from Band 1 to 9, and a separate profile score is reported for each section. To calculate the Overall Band Score, the four respective scores are averaged and rounded off. The sectional score and the Overall Band Score are reported as half bands and full bands.

The Test Report will detail out your Overall Band Score and the scores you’ve achieved in the individual sections of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. While the scores of each section are equally important, your Overall Band Score, is calculated by averaging the scores of the individual sections.

Some tips on each of the sections

Listening and Reading

IELTS Listening and Reading papers have 40 questions, each awarded one mark. Band scores (ranging from Band 1 to Band 9) are given out depending on their raw scores.

Writing and Speaking

Performance descriptors are detailed out as a strict framework for examiners who are marking the Writing and speaking sections of the IELTS exam. The performance descriptors describe the candidate’s expected performance level at each of the 9 bands.

In the Writing Section, the four criteria on which the examiners award a band score are:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1)
  • Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy

In the Speaking Section, the four criteria on which the examiners award a band score are:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

Fees

At present, the IELTS exam fee is Rs. 11,300/-.

To learn more about the IELTS fees structure, please visit the official websites:

www.ielts.britishcouncil.org.in (British Council)
www.ieltsidpindia.com  (IDP)

FAQ

Q. Which are the two versions of the IELTS test?

IELTS has two versions – Academic (for students) and General Training (for those who wish to work abroad). All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests, but different Reading and Writing tests.

Q. When are the IELTS tests held?

The IELTS test is conducted once every week. Please book an appointment in advance.

Q. Do I need to show my ID (proof of identity) at the test centres?

Yes, you need to produce a valid passport when you appear for the test.

Q. What is the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?

Scores are graded on the 9-band system, and there is no pass mark as such. Each educational institution or organisation determines its own acceptable level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

Q. I wish to re-appear for the IELTS test. Are there any limitations?

You can re-appear for the test as you wish- however, it is recommended that you reflect on your result and make additional preparations before attempting the test again.

Q. Can the IELTS test be completed in one day?

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed in a continuous sequence, with no break. However, depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken either seven days prior to or after the main test date.

Q. What is the IELTS Speaking test all about?

The Speaking test is a conversation with a certified IELTS Examiner and is made up of three sections. It is recorded on an audiocassette or a digital recorder. You are being tested only on your ability to speak the language – so facts, figures and actual knowledge of the topic do not matter. Speak clearly and slowly, and use appropriate vocabulary and correct grammar.

Q. How is IELTS Writing marked?

In the Writing test, examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally weighted. You must show your command over the language and use vocabulary you are familiar with.

Q. How is IELTS Speaking marked?

A band score is awarded for each criterion: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Q. How is the IELTS marked?

The IELTS is a multi-level exam, and candidates are scored between 1 and 9 for each section. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. A profile score is reported for each skill. The four individual scores in the four modules are averaged and rounded off to produce an Overall Band Score. Overall Band Scores and scores for each sub-test (Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking) are reported in whole bands or half bands.

Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7, and may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.

View more : https://www.britishcouncil.in/ (British Council)

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