IELTS

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is the world’s number one English test for English learners of all levels. Taking an IELTS qualification will help to open doors to international education and employment all over the globe. Millions of ambitious students of English have benefited from the life-changing opportunities that IELTS offers.

The IELTS Exam consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Listening is designed to measure your ability to understand what you hear. It assesses a wide range of listening skills which includes understanding the main topics as well as the specific information of what is being discussed. The ability to recognize the opinions and the attitudes of a speaker is also measured in this part of the exam.

Reading is intended to assess your skill in comprehending the thoughts of a passage and constructing a valuable understanding of the text. Understanding the writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose is also measured in this part of the exam. Included to be assessed also is the skill in following the development of each passage.

Writing is designed to measure assess your ability to present a fully developed response with coherence and accuracy. In both academic and general module, two writing tasks are given where the candidate’s ability to respond appropriately in terms of content, the coherence of ideas and the accuracy and range of grammar and vocabulary is measured.

Speaking is designed to estimate the fluency and coherence of a candidate in spoken English. It also measures grammatical and pronunciation accuracy including the ability to express opinions and ideas regarding common topics and experiences by answering a different types of questions. The ability to discuss and justify opinions coherently is also measured.

There are two MODULES to choose from when taking the IELTS Exam.

The ACADEMIC MODULE is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.

The GENERAL MODULE is 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.

How is the IELTS scored?

The IELTS test is scored from 0-9. Requirement for score is different depending on the university or country requirements. Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.
Band 9: Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8: Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 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.
Band 6: Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 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.
Band 4: Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3: Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Band 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.
Band 1: Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0: Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided

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