IELTS Test Preparation
Who should take English Proficiency Standardized Tests?
- •Students planning to study at a higher education institution
- • Candidates wanting to study at a US/UK/CAD University
- • High school students not meeting the English Requirement for University Admissions (If you score less than 70% in English 12 Provincial exam)
- • University students not meeting the English Requirement for Grad Programs (such as MBA)
- •English-language learning program admissions and exit
- •Scholarship and certification candidates
- •English-language learners who want to track their progress
- •Students and workers applying for visas
- •New Immigrants for better work opportunities/ strengthen communication and written skills
What is IELTS?
The international English language testing system (IELTS) is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study and work in, immigrate to and integrate into an English-speaking environment.
Structure of the IELTS exam and Grade Scale
The test begins with the Listening section and is followed by the Reading and Writing sections. These three sections last for three hours. There are no breaks during this time. The Speaking section is usually held in the afternoon of the test day, however they can also be scheduled for a later time. Every test taker spends approximately 10–14 minutes in the speaking interview. There are two types of the IELTS tests: IELTS Academic(for Study Purposes) and IELTS General Training (for Work or Immigration Purposes).
All IELTS scores are between 0 and 9. You can also get .5 scores as well (for example, 6.5 or 7.5). You will get a band score for each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and also an overview band score. The overall band score is the average score of all the skills.
The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
The Academic and General Training Reading tests are graded on the same scale. The distinction between the two tests is one of genre or text type. However, Academic Reading tests may contain texts which feature more difficult vocabulary or greater complexity of style. It is usual that a greater number of questions must be answered correctly on a General Training Reading test to secure a given band score.
Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria: Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.
Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. The criteria are weighted equally and the Speaking band score is the average.
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