ALL ABOUT THE IELTS EXAM
WHAT IS IELTS?
IELTS, International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS tests are held in over 900 centres with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality
WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE THE IELTS TEST?
If you are planning to go abroad, to pursue further study, to undertake non-academic training or work experience, to immigrate or if you simply want to test your English ability, then IELTS will be the real test to check the right level of English for your needs.
IELTS HAS TWO MODULES: GENERAL TRAINING AND ACADEMIC.
The General Training module is usually taken by people who want to immigrate, and the Academic module is taken by people who want to study abroad. It is essential that you check with the receiving country or institution to find out which module you need to take. It is your responsibility to choose the right module. Both modules are made up of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
WHO RECOGNISES IELTS?
IELTS is recognized for course admission by universities in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, and the UK. In the USA, IELTS Test is now recognized by more than 1400 institutions including 7 out of 8 Ivy League Schools, but please be cautious as not all universities in the USA accept IELTS. View the list of USA universities which accept IELTS scores, at http://bandscore.ielts.org/search.aspx
HOW RELIABLE IS THE TEST?
You can trust the quality and security of IELTS because it is managed by three reputable, international organizations: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
BRITISH COUNCIL OR IDP?
IELTS test centers in India are run by either the British Council or IDP Education Australia.All test centers are monitored and follow the IELTS Code of Practice. All IELTS Examiners are trained, certificated, and monitored to ensure a standardized testing and assessment system around the world.
WHAT IS UKVI IELTS?
IELTS for UKVI is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), as is the new test, IELTS Life Skills. An IELTS for UKVI score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application. This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK.
The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. There are no differences in the test format or questions. The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on. Test Report Forms will be slightly different, to show that test takers have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session.
NOTE : UKVI IELTS is usually meant for students going to United Kingdom for below degree level courses and pre-sessional courses.
Table with breakdown of the timing and tasks for each test section
|Academic Module||Generic Module|
|1. LISTENING 4 sections, 40 items, 30 minutes (COMMON FOR BOTH THE MODULES)|
|2. ACADEMIC READING 3 sections, 40 items, 60 min||2. GENERAL TRAINING READING 3 sections, 40 items, 60 min|
|3. ACADEMIC WRITING 2 Tasks (150 & 250 words),60 min||3. GENERAL TRAINING WRITING 2 Tasks (150 & 250 words), 60 min|
|4. SPEAKING (11-14 minutes) (COMMON FOR BOTH THE MODULES)|
|Total Score: 9 Bands Total Test Time: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes|
IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE EXAM
|EXAM FEES||Through IDP – Rs.12,100/-(Subject to change); Through British Council – Rs.11,800/-(Subject to change)|
|FREE SCORE REPORTING||5 UNIVERSITIES|
|FREE SCORE RECEPIENTS SELECTION||DURING REGISTRATION OR ON THE EXAM DAY.|
|Score Received by the University||Official score reports will be sent to your designated recipients approximately 2 weeks after you take the test.|
|ADDITIONAL SCORE REPORT FEES||Rs. 250/ Rs.1250 (RECOMMENDED)(Subject to change)|
|RESCHEDULING FEES||If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a serious medical reason.|
|RETAKE THE TEST||There is no limit placed on when you can re-sit the test. However, IELTS recommends you reflect on your result and do additional study before taking the test again|
|SCORE RECEIPT BY UNIVERSITY||Within A Month (Rs.250)Within 10-15 Days (Rs. 1250)|
|SCORE VALIDITY||2 YEARS|
|TEST CENTRES||Surat, Ahmedabad, Anand, Mumbai, Pune, Vadodara, Rajkot|
|TEST DATES/REGISTRATION DETAILS AND OFFICIAL WEBSITE||Throughout the year (Up to 4 times a month). For all other info please visit the official website www.ielts.org/ Note: Your speaking test may be on the same day as the other sections, or on a different day which can be a week prior to or later than the actual test day.|
|EXAM IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS||Original and Valid Passport|
HOW IS IELTS SCORED?
Candidates receive scores on a Band Scale from 1 to 9. A profile score is reported for each skill. The four individual scores are averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score. Overall Band Scores and scores for each sub-test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) are reported in whole bands or half bands.
IELTS Listening and Reading papers contain 40 items and each correct item is awarded one mark; the maximum raw score a candidate can achieve on a paper is 40. Band scores ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 are awarded to candidates on the basis of their raw scores.
In the writing section, Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally weighted.
In the Speaking section, Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. The four criteria are equally weighted.
Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band. For the avoidance of doubt, the following rounding convention applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band. Thus, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5 (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 = Band 6.5).
IELTS VS TOEFL SCALE
Comparison of IELTS score & TOEFL Score
This information is subject to change and is for reference purpose only.
For any updates and clarification visit : www.ielts.org/