Questions in IELTS

IELTS is a requirement for a non-native student who wants to study in a country where English is used as a medium of instruction. Even if an individual wants to migrate to another country, wishes to work or practice any profession in any English speaking country, then also he will have to clear the exam.

Before appearing for the test, the candidate should try to have an insight into the various types of questions that he will have to face in the test.

1. Listening IELTS Questions:

There are 40 listening questions divided over 4 sections, to be completed in 30 minutes. The answers that the student gives to the listening questions are not checked manually but are scanned by the computer.

The first part of this section will be regarding the various social or semi official contexts in the society. The section 2 will be a talk by a single speaker based on a non-academic situation. Section 3 will be a conversation with up to four speakers based on academic topics or course related situations. Section 4 will be university style lecture or talk.

In the beginning of the listening questions, the student will listen to the general instructions related to how to attempt the various  questions and the various sections in which the test will be divided. The student will be allowed to hear the listening questions of IELTS recording only once. As the student will hear the recording only once it is important to understand exactly what he is being asked to do in each  test question. These question types focus on a variety of different listening skills.

These questions may involve completing a form, a chart or a diagram, other test questions may require the student to select a picture which represents what he has just heard. For example, the student will be instructed to look at the picture given in the listening question sheet and will have to work out who the people in the picture are where they are and why they are speaking to each other.

In case of the questions related to completion of a table or note completion the student should first hear a dialogue. One of the speakers may be seeking factual information such as names or dates, which the student will have to identify and note down.

In case the questions are related to form filing, the task will consist of a form with some information missing. The student is required to work out the possible context of the language from the task. The student will hear the extract once only, so he should try to read the questions carefully before he listens to the recording.

For answering the test questions related to a flow chart, the student should read the notes carefully to get an idea of the content and direction of the talk. He should try to notice how the notes form a part of a flow chart to reflect the format or organization of the talk.

These questions are designed to reflect some of the real world listening situations that the student will face when he will have to interact with different people in a number of situations in a college or university.

2. Reading IELTS Questions:

The reading part consists of 40 questions spread over 3 sections. The student will be provided one hour to complete the reading section. Each of the reading passage is followed by some questions. These questions could be of different types. The student could be required to look for certain information in the passages to complete the sentences given in the questions.

Some questions also require you to interpret the views given in the text. The questions may demand the student interpret a diagram or find out the logic behind a given concept. All the three reading passages could be presented differently.

In the reading test, you are required to read the text passages and answer questions based in them. The short answer type questions test the ability of the student to locate the right information in the passage. The student should read the questions carefully before going back to the text.

The task related to labeling the diagram will require the student to scan the text again and again to locate the answer.

The reading questions related to summarizing the gaps and boxes with possible answers, test the student’s understanding of the main ideas in the given passage. The tasks based on identifying opinion or attitude and making inferences test the student’s ability to identify opinions and views as they are presented in the text

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