Introduction

The International English Language Testing System,or IELTS /'a?.?lts/, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd,and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world.

Programmes

IELTS

Eligibility

  1. IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.
  2. It is eligible for student.
  3. Students who are applying to study in UK, Australia, Canada, US and New Zealand.
  4. People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  5. The minimum education qualification is 10+2.
  6. Candidates from any discipline who wish to study in an English-speaking country can take this test

Examination

The total test duration of IELTS exam is 2 hrs and 45 minutes. It comprises of four modules i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

In Listening section, there will be 40 questions, each of one mark. After checking, marks will be converted into bands. Then, the mean of all bands scored in each section will be carried out to check out the final band. 

Same pattern goes with Reading sections, where marks will be allotted, followed by conversion of marks into bands. 

Coming to the Writing Section; there will be two tasks i.e. Task 1 and Task 2. 

Total time limit for task 1 is 20 minutes, whereas for task 2 is 40 minutes. In task 1, students are asked to write 150 words by having a look on a diagram or table, provided on the question sheet. They will be judged on the ability to describe the diagram through words, comparing the data and vocabulary & sentence structure.


For task 2, students will be asked to provide solution for a given argument or problem. They will be judged on the ability to solve the problem and justify their opinion.


Both the tasks will be scored on a band of 1-9.
Speaking test will be assessed on four broad areas that have been listed below:-
•Fluency and Coherence
•Lexical Resource
•Grammatical Area
•Pronunciation 
First three sections are scored out of 9 and the fourth is marked as 2, 4, 6 and 8. 

Application Procedure

1. First of all find the IELTS center which is nearest to you.

2. Then find out whether you will need to appear for an Academic or General training exam.

3. Download the application form from the official website.

4. Take its print out, fill it and sign it. Make sure the address you enter in the form is same as the one on your passport.

5. Keep with you two passport sized photos which are not older than six months. Sign at the back of both the photos.

6. Also get a photocopy of your passport. Make sure it has not expired.

7. Now take your completely filled IELTS form, passport photocopy and two passport size photos to the nearest IELTS center.

8. For fee payment you will need to speak to the center where you will be appearing for the exam.

9. Once you have successfully submitted the form, you will get your date of IELTS exam, its venue and time.

10. The Speaking test can be held either 7 days before or after the exam date.

Institutes

The International English Language Testing System,or IELTS /'a?.?lts/, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd,and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world.


IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organisations across the world. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.


No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from "band 1" ("non-user") to "band 9" ("expert user") and each institution sets a different threshold. There is also a "band 0" score for those who did not attempt the test. Institutions are advised not to consider a report older than two years to be valid, unless the user proves that he has worked to maintain his level.

Exam Date

May,2014


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