Know all about IELTS

Know all about IELTS


Posted on Nov 26 2020


Know all about IELTS

The International English language Testing System, or IELTS™, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study or to live in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS™ is accepted by Universities in US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most countries in the world. It has become a mandatory test to study in Australia. IELTS is also a pre-requisite for immigration in many countries for immigration or job. IELTS tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the IELTS is as follows: • Reading (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Reading section has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark. • Writing (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Writing section consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks. • Listening (40 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Listening section has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). Each item is worth one mark. • Speaking (11-14 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Speaking test is a face-to-face interaction between the candidate and an examiner With the new developments, IELTS can be given either paper-based or computer delivered. The choice is left to the candidate. IELTS is conducted in Pakistan by IDP/ AEO and British Council. It is totally candidate’s choice whom to select as their test taker. What is the scoring scale for the IELTS™? • Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 9 (Maximum) with 0.5 band increment. Four scores are reported on the IELTS™: • Reading score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment • Listening score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment • Writing score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment • Speaking score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment