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IELTS (English Language Testing System), mainly designed to test level of English proficiency of the candidates who want to study or work in the countries where English is a predominant language of communication. IELTS is highly significant to enter into the Universities of CANADA and other countries. It is a world's most popular English Testing System which is held in over 800 centers. There are two types of IELTS tests such as Academic version and General Training version.
Academic version aims at individuals who want to enroll in the Universities or other educational institutions for higher education. It is also concentrates on professionals like nurses and medical doctors who want to accomplish their courses in an English speaking country.
General Training versions aimed at those who want to get work experience undertake non-academic training and immigration purposes.
Depending on the requirement of individuals, they can select any one of the tests. Both modules include four sections- Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading. IELTS provides Practice test samples and official IELTS practice materials which test the ability of the Non-user as well as an expert-user. There is no limitation to appear for the test.
Citizenship and Immigration of Canada considers the score of IELTS in order to identify the ability of an individual to communicate in English/French. The score of 6.5 is sufficient to earn the maximum points, except for the Listening section which requires 7.5 to get maximum points.
IELTS tests four types of Language skills such as reading, listening, speaking and writing. All candidates will have same speaking and listening tests, but reading and writing tests will differ depending on the types of tests the candidate is taking.
Listening modules consists of four sections (40 questions in 30 minutes). Each of the section begins with a small introduction explaining the candidates regarding the speakers and situation. Then, candidates have some time to look at the Questions. The first three sessions have considerable gap in-between them in order to look at the remaining questions. Candidates can listen each section only once.
Reading section consists of 3 sections (40 questions in 50 minutes). Each section contains 13 or 14 questions for total of 40 questions with 3 paragraphs, in the academic module. The general test has 3 sections (40 questions in 60 minutes) that are shorter, so that can be extended up to 5 paragraphs.
In Academic module, there are 2 types of tasks (150 and 200 words in 60 minutes) included. In 1st task, candidates have to describe a graph, process, or a diagram where as in the task 2 they should response to the argument. General training module includes 2 types of tasks (150 and 200 words in 60 minutes), in the 1st task candidates have to explain a situation whereas in the task 2, they should write an essay about it.
The speaking test includes 3 sections (11-14minutes): In the first section, candidate has to undergone with the interview process where the candidates asked about the interests, hobbies and reason behind taking IELTS exam and also asked the general topics like free time, computers, family and internet. In the second section, candidates should be given a topic card and then have one minute to think about it. Then they have to speak something about the given topic. In the third section, there is a discussion among the candidate and examiner and the candidates need to explain about the theme of the topic explained in the section 2. Last section is a most difficult section.
|9||Expert User||Has full operational command of the language and very fluent with complete understanding|
|8||Very Good User||Has full operational command of the English language and Misunderstandings may occur in some situations.|
|7||Good User||Has operational command of the English language|
|6||Competent User||Has effective command of the English language|
|5||Modest User||Has partial command on the English language.|
|4||Limited User||Basic competence is limited to familiar situations|
|3||Extremely limited User||Conveys only general meaning|
|2||Intermittent user||Real communication is not possible|
|1||Non user||Doesn't have ability to use the language|
|0||Did not attempt the test||No information is provided|