An Introduction To The IELTS Examination

The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is an examination that thousands of students write, every year, all over the world. The test was devised comparatively recently than that of the other tests, in 1989. It is even today, used as a medium to select students for higher studies in colleges and universities, by testing their English proficiency. The exam has become popular all around the globe and is accepted by many universities.

The IELTS examination lasts for 2 hours and 45 minutes and is of two types, the general training IELTS test of the Academic IELTS test. The candidate must select the type of exam he/she wishes to write, while applying for the test. The academic IELTS basically checks the students’ ability to comprehend and learn complicated academic language and is a criterion for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in many universities. The general IELTS is for students who apply to colleges and high schools, and where courses require less complicated skills. The IELTS is also used for immigration purposes in certain countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada. There are three sections in the test,
  • The IELTS Listening Section,
  • The IELTS Reading Section,
  • The IELTS Writing Section and
  • The IELTS Speaking Section.

The IELTS Listening Section: The time duration to finish this section is 30 minutes. It comprises four sub-sections that are recordings on tape one has to listen to. The questions are arranged in increasing order of the difficulty. That is, the first question is the least difficult followed by slightly more difficult one, difficult one and a very difficult one. Each tape could contain either a monologue or a dialogue. The tape can be played only once and the students should answer the questions while listening to it.

The IELTS Reading Section: This section is for 60 minutes. Based on whether it is aa IELTS general test or an IELTS academic test, students are given the appropriate passages. Three reading comprehension exercises make up the entire section, of which the questions are arranged in increasing order of difficulty.

The IELTS Writing Section: The writing section is separate for both the general and academic tests and usually lasts for 60 minutes. The applicants have to answer two questions, both of which are compulsory and the applicant has no choice but to answer them.

The IELTS Speaking Section: This section is unique compared to the other tests, which usually only have a recording of the candidate’s answers that are later evaluated by examiners. In the IELTS however, one has to answer questions asked by an interviewer face-to-face. This examiner will be specially trained to judge the student based on his/her answers to the questions asked. The 10-15 minute interview generally consists of the introduction about the candidate, one long turn where he/she must speak about a particular topic and finally a dialogue that is associated with the long run.


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