Exam of English- IELTS

What is the Importance of IELTS


The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is a standardized and internationalized testing of your basic skills of the English language. The Exam measures your skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The exam is administered in two different modules namely the Academic Training and the General Training. The former prepares you to select courses or higher studies in an English-speaking world while the latter trains you to combat challenges you may face at work places and social assemblies. It has many test centers globally and it is conducted more than four times a month. The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL Examination jointly conduct this test in more than 130 countries.

Why Should You Take IELTS?

You can achieve several perks and advantages if you opt to sit for IELTS. This exam  assesses the four fundamental skills of English, namely, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Research has pointed out that the test takers develop a much deeper knowledge of the English language that enables them to interact smoothly with individuals at English-speaking worlds. In addition, several governmental and non-governmental institutions reckon your scores as a principal requirement for admission in educational courses, programs or even jobs.

IELTS Test Content

As mentioned earlier, the exam comes under two parts namely the Academic and General Training. However, all the test takers sit for the same sets of questions in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Let us discuss the subjects tested in each of these sections in the following:

  • Reading:
    • General Training: Three sections containing texts taken from authentic sources based on which questions are framed. The text content deals with your general knowledge and daily know-how.

    • Academic Training: The three sections contain one elaborate text that is based on matters of general interests. The texts given can be excerpts from books and journals.

  • Writing:
    • General Writing: Test takers face two writing tasks. In the first writing task the test taker is presented a position and is required to write a letter which accounts and explains the position. In the second task the test taker is expected to write an essay based on a perspective, statement or point of view.

    • Academic Writing: In this the test takers face two tasks. The two tasks ask the test takers to arrange and organize particular sets of data and provide an answer to a problem with facts, evidences and plausible arguments.

  • Speaking: This test part occurs according to the test center norms. It may be conducted right after or few days after exam respectively.

  • Listening: This section assesses your listening and comprehending powers. There are four sections which are heard only once. The Listening section measures you ability to comprehend conversation among different individuals or to interpret a monologue of academic topics.

Question Pattern in IELTS

The most important thing that you should be concerned about is the question pattern of the exam. In the following let us discuss about the question types from each of the four sections:

  • Reading:
  • There are forty questions in the Reading section. The question types ranges from multiple choice question to short-answer questions. You may face questions asking you to state whether certain assumption is True/False/Not Given. You will have questions asking you to match correctly headings, features or sentence closings. You will also have questions based on completion of sentence, table, note or summary. This is a 60 minutes section.

  • Writing:
  • The Writing section includes two tasks of writing essays or summaries. Task 1 should have minimum 150 words while Task 2 should consist of a minimum of 250 words. It lasts for an hour.

  • Speaking:
  • The questions of this section are initiated by an experienced educator who judges a candidate's prowess in speaking English. It consists of three parts of oral face-to-face interaction. The test is recorded for further reference. It takes a maximum of 15 minutes to complete this test section.

  • Listening:
  • Listening consists of forty questions and has mixed forms of question like multiple-choice questions, labeling of a diagram or map or plan and completion of forms, notes, table, flow-chart, summary, sentence or short-answers. This section contains a transfer time of an additional ten minutes.

Hence, from the above discussion you can learn much about the IELTS, its question types and test sections. Following are some important links.

For knowing the process of registering for the exam, you can click at:http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/how_do_i_register.aspx