Today I’ll be providing you with all the information about the IELTS test – The International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The IELTS is a test used for the grading of the English language. It’s mostly used in the situations where people are applying for higher education and for global migration.
Why do you need to know any of this?
Passing the IELTS test is a requirement for your visa – keep reading to find out more
As I told you, the IELTS test is a test used for the grading of the English language. The outcome of this test will be taken into account to decide if your English language is of an acceptable level.
Most of the visas requirements, as shown on the website of the Australian government, require competent English for you to be able to apply for this visa. Competent English can be ticked off in 2 situations:
- achieve the relevant score in an English test (the IELTS test) from an approved English language test provider;
- be a citizen of, and hold a valid passport from, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States
The IELTS test has 4 sessions, listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Each of the sessions gets rated from 1 – 9. In my situation I needed 7 point for each session, but this can vary depending on the visa you are applying for and other factors that are taking into consideration in the points system, see here.
The sessions can be done in either Academic and General Level. This, just as the points, depends on your visa. For my visa, 187, the Academic Level was required.
The exam starts with Listening. It is a 30 minute test in which you hear 4 monologues and conversations. The Listening test is the same for both the Academic and General Level.
Each of the sections, 4 in total, have 10 questions.
Section 1 and 2 are about daily situations.
Section 3 and 4 are set in educational and training contexts.
The recordings will be played once.
There are different types of questions like multiple choice, matching, labelling, summary completion and sentence completion.
The exam is 60 minutes.
For Academic the texts are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
There are 3 passages with a total of 40 questions. The questions can vary from multiple choice, identifying information, matching information, matching headings, sentence completion and short-answer questions.
For the Generic Training the test is divided in 3 sections.
Section 1 contains 2-3 short texts
The 2nd section consists of 2 texts
Section 3 is one longer text
The tasks include multiple choice questions, identifying information and claims, matching information and headings, sentence completion, summary completion and short-answer questions.
The writing test is 60 minutes.
The Academic Writing test consists of 2 tasks – one for 150 words and one for 250 words.
In task 1 you have to describe visual information (graph, table, chart).
In task 2 you are presented a point of view, argument or problem and you need to write a response to this.
The General Writing test has the same set up, only the tasks are different.
In task 1 you need to response to a situation in the form of a letter.
In task 2 you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
The speaking test takes 11-14 minutes and is the same for both Academic and General Training.
The test consists of 3 sections.
Section 1 is an introduction and interview. Questions about home, family, work, studies and interests.
Section 2 is the long turn. You wil receive a card which includes a particular topic with points that need to be covered. You have 1 minute to prepare and then talk for 2 minutes about this topic.
Section 3 is a discussion. You will discuss a few subject related to the topic of section 2.
All tests are marked by certificated markers. All answer sheets are further analysed by Cambridge Assessment English/British Council or IDP IELTS Australia. Each question is worth one mark.
The test will rate your English and give you the possibility to apply for your visa.
Let me know if you have any questions or are interested in tips concerning the test.
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