IELTS is abbreviation for International English Language Testing System. British variant of English! This test was developed to estimate level of English language skills of foreign speakers and hold since 1989.
It’s necessary for those who are going to apply for permanent residence of Canada, Australia or New Zealand, or study in Universities in those countries, as well in the UK and Ireland. IELTS results accepted in more than 5000 of Colleges, Universities, Government Organizations and Private Companies around the world. Each year about 700,000 people pass this test.
IELTS consists of 4 modules of general length 2 hours 45 minutes.
Listening: 4 tasks with 40 questions, 30 minutes. First you listen to all information one time, reading questions in the same time and answering them. Questions get more difficult. After listening you have 10 more minutes to put all answers in your test list.
Reading. 3 tasks with 40 questions, 60 minutes. In Academic Module a text has 3 parts (650-1000 words each) from specialized magazines and newspapers. In general module 3 parts consists of several general texts.
Writing. 2 tasks (150 and 250 words), 60 minutes. 1st task is Analysis based on graphic or picture, 2nd – a composition.
Speaking. 10-15 minutes. It’s an Interview with a teacher which is hold in 7 days period before or after the Writing part of test. It consists of 3 parts:
- Meeting a teacher, general talk
- A card with a topic you need to speak about during 1 minute
- Talking with a teacher about this topic
This part is recorded!
Academic and General Variants of IELTS have different tasks for reading and writing parts. If you want to emigrate or work abroad, it’s enough to pass a general test, if you want to study in a University, it’s better to pass an Academic Test. It has 3 variants: A – for Physics, Aviation and Engineer Science. B – Biology, Biochemical, Medicine. C – Humanitarian Science.
There is a point system with 0 to 9 points. Short description of each point follows:
9 – Expert User: can fully operate by language and completely understand it.
8 – Very Good User: fully operate by language, have some slight inconstant mistakes. In uncommon situations can appear some misunderstanding. Can argument with detailed statements.
7 – Good User. Operate by language despite of small mistakes and misunderstanding.
There is no passing score. Every organization has its own demands. Nowadays, Canadian PR requires 7 points. To study or work you need to get 4 to 7 points.
IELTS results are ready in 10 days after the writing part and actual for 2 years. You can get them by mail or in British Consulate. Duplicates can be sent to necessary organizations. To order a certificate copy you need to:
You can pass the test in British Council one time a month. You need to registrate 1,5 months ahead. Prepare filled Application Form, a Recent Photo, Passport and some other document (i.e. Driving License), Payment Bill and copies of each document.
About $ 200.