Ielts Test Format

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IELTS Test Format

    The IELTS test is divided in two modules. The module you take depends on the reason you are taking it for. Generally speaking, the Academic Module is for those people who are trying to get entry into undergraduate or postgraduate education courses or for professional reasons. The General Training Module is for those who need it for immigration purposes.

    Out of the four skills that are assessed, Reading and Writing sections are different in both modules whereas Speaking and Listening sections are same.

    The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of both modules are conducted on one day. Speaking is conducted up to 7 days before or after the test of other sections. The result is declared after 13 days. Its validity is up to 2 years.

    The IELTS is very well recognized by the majority of educational institutions across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK Ireland and South Africa.

     

    Academic Module

    This test is for those who plan to study in an English speaking country. To test their level of understanding and the ability to use complex academic language, IELTS Academic module is framed. It is divided into four sections.

     

    Listening : The test is of 30 minutes and 10 minutes are given extra for transferring answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on monologues and conversations.

     

    Reading : The test is of 60 minutes in which students are tested on reading passages with tasks, text from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical, diagrams, graph, text from books, journals, and newspapers.

     

    Writing : The test is of 60 minutes, which comprises of writing task of 150 words, describing tables, graphs, charts, diagrams and a short essay of 250 words.

     

    General Module

    This test is meant for those who require a more general level of English for college, high school, employment or immigration purposes. IELTS General Training is also divided into four sections.

     

    Listening : The test is of 30 minutes and 10 minutes are given extra for transferring answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on monologues and conversations.

     

    Reading : The duration of this test is 60 minutes in which three reading passages with tasks will be given.
    Section 1 will be based on two or three short factual texts.
    Section 2 will be based on two short factual texts.
    Section 3 will be based on one long text on general topic.
    (The extracts will be authentic as it will be taken from books, newspaper etc.)

     

    Writing : The test is of 60 minutes, which comprises of Writing task of 150 words of Letter writing (Formal, Semi-Formal, Informal) and a short essay of min. 250 words.

     

    Speaking : Speaking test is of 11 to 14 minutes. It is one to one interview session with examiner. Its three parts are –conversation, long speech and discussion part.

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