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IELTS (International English Language Testing system)

is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is recognised by over 6,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. For a list of organisations that accept IELTS scores,IELTSguru.

Accessible and convenient

IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than 125 countries. Tests are usually on Saturdays or Thursdays. To find out test dates in your area, please contact your nearest IELTS test centre. A list of all IELTS test centers worldwide is available at www.englishzoneedu.com

The international test

IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) is used in the Listening test, and all standard varieties of English are accepted in candidates’ responses in all parts of the test.

The test that’s tried and trusted

IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by an extensive programme of research, validation and test development. The level of the test

IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels. There is no such thing as a pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

Preparing to take IELTS

    • It’s important to familiarize yourself with the format of the test as outlined in this booklet. Further information about the content of the test can be found at www.englishzoneedu.com
    • You may find it helpful to do a practice test. Official IELTS Practice Materials may be purchased from thirdparty website These materials include a full practice test with answers, and sample Writing and Speaking performances with examiner comments.
    • You don’t have to attend a preparation course, but many candidates find that doing so helps them improve their performance. If you would like assistance with test preparation, IELTS centres and language schools around the world offer IELTS preparation courses.

Know the IELTS rules and regulations

    • It’s important to familiarise yourself with the IELTS rules and regulations. These are laid out in the Notice to Candidates which is included with the application form. When you sign the application form declaration, you are confirming that you have read and understood the IELTS rules and regulations and agree to abide by them.

Register as soon as possible

    • When you feel you are ready to take the test, you need to register with your nearest IELTS centre. Contact the centre as soon as possible, as the number of candidates who can take the test on a particular date may be limited. You will need to pay the test fee when you register

The Test Report Form

    • You will receive a Test Report Form which reports a score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), as well as an overall band score. Half band scores may be awarded to indicate a strong performance within a particular band.
    • You can find more information on score processing and score interpretation at www.englishzoneedu.com Results are issued 13 days after the test. At some test centers candidates may collect their results on the 13th day; at others, results are mailed on the 13th day Testcenters are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email.
    • You will receive only one copy of the Test Report Form. It’s important that you keep it safe as replacement Test Report Forms cannot be issued. Test centers will send copies of the Test Report Form to up to fiverecognizing organizations free of charge.
 

The test components

Listening

    • Each recording in the Listening test is heard once only
    • You will be given time to read through the questions before you listen.
    • As you listen, write your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. It is essential that you transfer your answers to the answer sheet as nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
    • You must write your answers in pencil.
    • An example of a completed Listening answer sheet is given on the next page.
    • ‘Completion’ question types (e.g. note completion):
    • - Pay attention to the word limit. For example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS, and the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, the answer ‘coat made of leather’ would be incorrect.
    • - Transfer only the missing word(s) to the answer sheet. For example, if you have to complete the note ‘in the ... ’, and the correct answer is ‘morning’, the answer ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect.
    • - You will hear the word(s) you need to use in the recording. You will not need to change the form of the word you hear
    • - Pay attention to spelling and grammar: you will lose marks for mistakes.
    • - You may write your answers in lower case or in capitals.

Reading

    • You may write your answers directly on the answer sheet or you may write them on the question paper and transfer them to the answer sheet before the end of the test. You will not be given extra time to transfer answers at the end of the test. Nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
    • You must write your answers in pencil.
    • An example of a completed Reading answer sheet is given on the next page.
    • ‘Completion’ question types (e.g. note completion):
    • - The same rules apply to ‘completion’ question types as in Listening (see above).
    • - The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text. You must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.

Writing

    • You may write your answers in pencil or pen.
    • Pay attention to the number of words required for each task. You will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.
    • You should spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2.
    • You must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks.
    • Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes.
    • You may write your answers entirely in capitals if you wish.
    • You may make notes on the question paper but nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.

The test components - additional guidance The test components

Listening

    • Timing: Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
    • Questions: There are 40 questions
    • A variety of question types is used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labelling, form completion, note completion, table completion, flowchart completion, summary completion, sentence completion, short-answer questions
    • Test Parts: There are 4 sections
    • Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context (e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency) Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (e.g. a speech about local facilities or a talk about the arrangements for meals during a conference) Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment, or a group of students planning a research project) Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. a university lecture) Each section is heard once only
    • A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used
    • Skills assessed: A wide range of listening skills is assessed, including understanding of main ideas and specific factual information; recognising opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker; and following the development of an argument
    • Marking: Each correct answer receives 1 mark Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale Scores are reported in whole and half bands
Reading
    • Timing: : 60 minutes (no extra transfer time)
    • Questions: There are 40 questions
    • A variety of question types is used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, identifying information (True/False/Not Given), identifying writer’s views/claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flowchart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions
    • Test Parts: : There are 3 sections The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words Academic Reading
    • Each section contains one long text. Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest. Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration. Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided
    • General Training Reading
    • Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country
    • Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training)
    • Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest
    • Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers
    • Skills assessed: A wide range of reading skills is assessed, including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail; understanding inferences and implied meaning; recognizing a writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose; and following the development of an argument

Writing

    • Timing:60 minutes
    • Tasks: There are 2 tasks
    • Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2
    • Test Parts: There are 2 parts

Academic Writing

    • In Task 1, candidates are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in their own words. They may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event In Task 2, candidates are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem The issues raised are of general interest to, suitable for and easily understood by candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration Responses to Task 1 and Task 2 should be written in a formal style

General Training Writing

    • In Task 1, candidates are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style
    • In Task 2, candidates are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay Topics are of general interest
    • Timing: 11-14 minutes
    • Tasks: The Speaking test is a 3-part face-to-face oral interview with an examiner
    • The Speaking test is recorded
    • Test Parts: There are 3 parts Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes) The examiner introduces him/herself and asks the candidate to introduce him/herself and confirm his/her identity. The examiner asks the candidate general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests
    • Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes) The examiner gives the candidate a task card which asks the candidate to talk about a particular topic and which includes points which the candidate can cover in their talk. The candidate is given 1 minute to prepare their talk, and is given a pencil and paper to make notes. The candidate talks for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner then asks the candidate one or two questions on the same topic
    • Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes) The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions give the candidate an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas
    • Skills assessed: A wide range of speaking skills is assessed, including the ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a range of questions; the ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and organising ideas coherently; and the ability to express and justify opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about issues
    • Marking: Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout the test by certifi cated IELTS examiners according to the four criteria of the IELTS Speaking Test Band Descriptors (fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, pronunciation). The public version of the band descriptors can be found at Scores are reported in whole and half bands

Speaking

  • Timing:11-14 minutes
  • Tasks: : The Speaking test is a 3-part face-to-face oral interview with an examiner The Speaking test is recorded
  • Test Parts: There are 3 parts
  • Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes) The examiner introduces him/herself and asks the candidate to introduce him/herself and confirm his/her identity. The examiner asks the candidate general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes) The examiner gives the candidate a task card which asks the candidate to talk about a particular topic and which includes points which the candidate can cover in their talk. The candidate is given 1 minute to prepare their talk, and is given a pencil and paper to make notes. The candidate talks for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner then asks the candidate one or two questions on the same topic
  • Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes) The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions give the candidate an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas
  • Skills assessed: A wide range of speaking skills is assessed, including the ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a range of questions; the ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and organising ideas coherently; and the ability to express and justify opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about issues
  • Marking: Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout the test by certified IELTS examiners according to the four criteria of the IELTS Speaking Test Band Descriptors (fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, pronunciation). The public version of the band descriptors can be found at www.englishzoneedu.com Scores are reported in whole and half bands

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