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WHAT IELTS IS ALL ABOUT?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is designed to measure the overall proficiency in English. It is a prerequisite for those who wish to study or work where English is the language of communication. It conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. The test is simultaneously conducted by British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge ESOL.IELTS IS VALID FOR TWO YEARS IELTS Skill Evaluation: Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking TEST TIME: 2 HOURS AND 44 MINUTES

Listening
  • Four sections and 40 questions.
  • Timing 30 minutes (Plus 10 minutes transfer time).
Reading
  • There comprehension passages and 40 questions (Multiple Choice, True/False/NG, Fill in the Blanks, matching, short answer questions etc.)
  • Timing 60 Minutes and no extra transfer time. (Time Management)
Writing

Two writing tasks

  • Task 1: Graph writing (20 minutes and 150 words)
  • Task 2: Essay writing (40 minutes and 250 words)
Speaking

There are three parts (15-20 Minutes)

  • Introduction and interview (2-3 Minutes)
  • Cue card and writing task card (2-3 Minutes)
  • Cross questioning or discussion about topic introduced in part 1 and 2 (4-5 Minutes)
  • if you cannot hear the audio clearly, let a member of staff know straightaway
  • follow the instructions carefully; they may be different to practice or previous tests
  • listen for the specific information you want; read, write and listen at the same time
  • try and anticipate what the speaker will say; this will require concentration
  • do not worry if there is a word you do not understand; you may not need to use it
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • do not panic if you think the topic is too difficult or the speaker is too fast; relax and tune in
  • focus precisely on what you are asked to do in completion type questions
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, the answer ‘coat made of leather’ would be incorrect
  • if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘morning’, note that ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect; the correct answer is ‘morning’
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers
  • look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables
  • make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully
  • pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question
  • do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text
  • the word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text
  • do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it
  • check your spelling, be careful to use singular and plural correctly
  • focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions
  • if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose
  • analyse each task properly and spend some time making notes
  • highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do
  • plan your answers
  • use paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph
  • avoid informal language, do not repeat ideas using different words
  • do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this
  • keep to the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects
  • manage your time; remember, Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1
  • spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2
  • pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2
  • learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test
  • you must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks
  • pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes
  • do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid
  • spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers
  • try to talk as much as you can, speak more than the examiner
  • talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous, ask for clarification if necessary
  • relax, be confident and enjoy using your English
  • develop your answers, express your opinions; you will be assessed on your ability to communicate
  • do not learn prepared answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question
  • the examiner’s questions tend to be fairly predictable; practise at home and record yourself
Facilities Provided by us:
  • Air conditioned & projector based classes.
  • Group Discussion & class interaction.
  • Weekly Test assessment.

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