Are you preparing for IELTS exam? To help you with your preparation for IELTS, Hotcourses India provides you tools, mock test papers and other online resources.
What is accepted world-wide by more than 9,000 organisations as a means of measuring language proficiency — any guesses? Yes, we are talking about the world’s proven English language test — the IELTS! IELTS is jointly owned by IELTS Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment Test. It has over 900 test centres in over 130 countries. The registration fee for the test is INR 9,900 currently.
Just last year, we heard that 2 million students flocked from all around the globe to take this test! It makes you stop and wonder what all the big fuss is about, doesn’t it? Keep reading and we’ll tell you.
Universities and also employers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA take the IELTS into consideration. If you want to be flying to any of these destinations for your higher studies anytime soon, it’s time to take the IELTS seriously. Taking the IELTS could really open doors for you all over the world!
Interested to know how to get started with your IELTS prep? Here are a few pointers for you…
The test is divided into four modules that will test your listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Each module will fetch you a certain band score as per your performance. One interesting must know fact for you — when it comes to the IELTS, there is no pass or fail! Your results will be reported on a 9-band scale and will be valid for a period of two years… How cool is that?
Now, a little bit about the modules you will be taking:
- Listening: This 30 minute-module has four sections and will basically have you listening to an audio recording and have you answer questions from a booklet.
- Reading: This 60 minute-module comprises 40 questions that will test you on a wide range of reading skills include reading for main ideas, skimming, reading for detail, and understanding logical argument. It is divided into two versions: the academic and general training versions.
- Writing: This 60 minute-module has two versions: academic and general training. The academic comprises two tasks, in short — one: describing a chart or a diagram; two: writing an essay in response to a problem or argument. The general training also comprises two tasks – 1) writing a letter in response to a situation; 2) writing an essay in response to a problem or argument (this one may be a bit more personal than the first one).
- Speaking: This module may last from anywhere between 11-14 minutes and assesses your spoken English skills. This will be nothing but a conversation with a certified IETLS examiner.
- The Listening, Reading and Writing modules will come one after the other on your test day. Your Speaking module, however, may be on a different day — mostly either seven days before or after your actual test date.