IELTS

International English Language Testing System – IELTS – is considered to be the most popular of the examinations that are accepted by universities. Many universities in countries such as the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Germany will want to know that their students have a good level of English and as a result they will expect to see qualifications for this in with their application. This paves a chance to show that you are potential enough to survive over there. It has been used for more than 21 years and is still the one that is used as a marker for testing nowadays.
IELTS is used by over 8,000 organizations worldwide and all are happy to accept that the results they are presented with are accurate and will ensure that the holder of the certificate will be able to speak, read and understand English to a level that will allow them to study and work as a professional.
The IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).This is important to understand in order to prepare for what is essentially an examination of British and not American English.
EXAM PATTERN
Listening
This will take about 30 minutes and 40 questions need to be answered. There will be a few recorded texts that have to be listened to and they get harder as the IELTS test goes on. There will be various accents and some will be conversations, some will be dialogues. This section of the IELTS exam has four sections of its own, with the first two covering social needs and the second two covering training and educational subjects.
Reading
Again there are 40 questions to answer but on this occasion there will be an hour given to answer them. Three of them will be passages that have to be read and then there will be tasks.
Writing
It includes two tasks that will take an hour. For the first one there needs to be a report written and this must be 150 words and revolve around information that is outlined in a diagram. This will show the level at which the candidate can describe data and understand what is happening. For the second part of the IELTS exam– and this is the part that will take the most time – there needs to be an essay written and it should be around 250 words long.
Speaking
This is the shortest of the IELTS exam sections and will take around 14 minutes. There will be a conversation with the examiner and there will be a few short questions asked and they must be answered in English. The topic will be something that is familiar and there should also be an element of conversation between the two.