IELTS stands for INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly administered by the British Council, IDP and University of Cambridge Local examinations syndicate. It is widely recognized as a reliable means of assessing whether candidates are ready to study or train in the medium of English
There are two modules in IELTS:
- GENERAL TRAINING
IELTS academic is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
IELTS General Training is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS assess Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking of a candidate. All candidates take the same listening and speaking modules. There is a choice of reading and writing modules according to whether a candidate is taking the academic or general training version of the test.
1.What is the eligibility for IELTS exam?
The minimum education qualification for IELTS test is 10+2. At least 12 years of study
2.What is the test format and how long will it take?'
IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
3.How are the tests marked?'
'IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.'
4.How many times IELTS exam is conducted in a year?
The test is offered four times in a month in 38 cities across in India.
5. Band scale
There is no pass or fail. IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English
9 - Expert User Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 - Very Good User Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 - Good User Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 - Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 - Modest user Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 - Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3 - Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 - Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 - Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 - Did not attempt the test No assessable information provided at all.