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Details of IELTS
The International English Language TestingSystem is accepted worldwide; it indicates how well a candidate is able to communicate in English. The test is conducted by British Council and IDP. It is created by Cambridge Assessment English.
There are two ways through which candidates can take the test — Pen and Paper based IELTS or Computer delivered IELTS. The level of proficiency is measured from non-user (band score 1) through a skilled user (band score 9).
TWO MODULES OF THE IELTS TEST
Both the categories give accurate analysis of the four language skills that is Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
The listening test contains 40 questions.Here, a recording is played and candidates are supposed to answer the questions based on what they hear. The recording is played once only. At the end of the Listening test in the paper based IELTS test, 10 minutes are given to transfer the answers to answer sheet while, in the computer based IELTS test, 2 minutes are given to review the answers.
Total time: 30-40 minutes
Speaking is divided in 3 parts: part 1 — Introduction and Interview, part 2— Long turn, and part 3 — Discussion. Here, candidates’ performance is judged on four criteria that areFluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. No specialist knowledge is required to answer the questions.
Total time: 60 minutes
The IELTS Reading test carries 40 questions divided into different sections. There are a total of 3 passages in the Academic Reading module where the text is academic in nature while, the General Reading module contains 5 passages divided in 3 sections where the text is based on day-to-day conversations. However, the last section in the General Reading module is always an academic passage. Each correctly answeredquestion delivers 1 mark. The maximum score you can attain is 40.
Total time:60 minutes
Writing include two tasks — Report writing and Essay writing in Academic module, Letter writing and Essay writing in General module. Writing is judged using 4 criteria that aretask Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy.
Total time: 10-15 minutes