Guide for IELTS


Now-a-days English has become a global language. Be it any field like education, business, communication, science, sports or government; English is a truly dominating international language. If English is your second language and if you are willing to do your higher studies from top schools in English speaking countries or are looking for career opportunities then you need to take the test. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is designed to test you in four basic skills of English. It is a standardized test which helps these countries to test your knowledge of English language so that you can easily get adjusted to their schools or office environments. The test is also a prerequisite for those who want to immigrate to these countries. To take the test you have to be well prepared and your test guide will be a great help for this. With this guide you will understand the pattern of the test. This can help you plan your study and practice schedule for mock tests. This article will assist you in selecting a good test guide.

IELTS Test Pattern

To understand your classes and to follow your curriculum well you need to communicate properly with other students and the faculties. You should not lag behind in your studies due to poor communication skills in English. The schools in English speaking countries are very particular about this. Language should not become a hindrance when you study with people who have different accents. Same is true when you work in English speaking countries. Therefore University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Examinations, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia have jointly designed this test. It is aimed to check your skills at reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The test is composed of four sections. These sections are reading, writing, speaking and listening. The time allotted for writing, reading and listening sections is around three hours without break. The speaking section is nothing but a personal interview of a candidate by an expert. The interview goes on for about fifteen minutes. The interviews are generally conducted on the day of the test. However, at some of the test centers the interviews are taken before or after the written test.

There are two modules of the test. These are the Academic and General Training modules of IELTS. Those who want to enter the English speaking countries for the education purpose need to take the Academic test. For immigration purposes or for those who are willing to seek career opportunities in these countries the General test is necessary. A candidate can take only one module of the test at a time. Both these modules have all the four sections mentioned above, but reading and writing tests are different for both the modules of the test. Your test guide can explain this in detail.

Role of IELTS Guide

IELTS is not a test of your richness in English grammar. Rather it is an attempt to see whether you are comfortable in use of English language in your speaking, writing, reading and understanding of recorded English. Every one of you would have learned the skills of English to some level. So, you need to first judge your level of proficiency. If you are very good in English then you may not require a course or a test guide. But if this is not the case then a test guide can be the best way to study and prepare for the test. A good guide can give you all the required study materials and sample test papers for the test. Apart from study materials it can also give you information about the registration and how to plan your study. These guides are prepared by experienced people with the aim of making you score high grades in the exam. So a good  guide can really prove to be a boon for you.

If you opt for any coaching institute for  preparation or join an online course then you will be issued a  guide from them. If you think of doing self study for this exam then selecting a good test guide is important for you.

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