Firstly, IELTS is an abbreviation of International English Language Testing System. This testing system measures the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. IELTS uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency. Leading language assessment experts in the earth developed the IELTS and they will test the level of your English proficiency and level required for your new job or study abroad.
Before going or registering for and IELTS you make sure you are familiar with how the IELTS test work. Currently, two different types of tests are available for IELTS first is the academic IELTS test and second is the general IELTS training test.
First of all, you are familiar with the structure of the test. IELTS is divided into four different sections/units. You will be examined on the following units:
- Listing (30 minutes)
- Reading (60 minutes)
- Writing (60 minutes)
- Speaking (10-15 minutes)
Listening and speaking are the same for both types of the test but writing and reading test is different in academic and general training test so prepare yourself according to the test.
As the first title of the test indicates that is your preparation about listening skills how you are good in understanding verbal communication in English. Time for this 30 minutes listening to four recordings and answers these series of questions. Before listening you will get time to read the questions, then focus on the words in listening very carefully and sync your focus with the questions written on the sheet. Mark your answers as you listen (don’t wait to mark latter). Also, if you missed some question then leave and go ahead don’t stuck with the question which you missed.
The second title is reading and the time for this test is 60 minutes and in this reading, the segment contains 40 questions. mentioned above reading and writing are different in academic and training test. in the academic test, This includes three long paragraphs that can be clarifying and precise to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are suitable for people joining university courses. Reading is usually from easy to hard, the first paragraph will be easy to understand, second would have medium difficulty and third would be hard. (the sequence of hardness could be changed, so stay focus, read carefully and understand the context)
The third task is the writing task. In this section, you would have 60 minutes and have two writing tasks and you need to describe in your wordings 150-200 words. The first task will be simple and IELTS recommend you spend no more than 20 mins on writing task 1. You should write over 150 words. IELTS writing task 1 is worth only about 33% of your total writing marks. IELTS writing task 1 is worth only about 67%. IELTS recommend you spend no more than 40 minutes on writing task 2 and write 250 words. In both writing tasks, focus on four major parts:
- Task Response (25%)
- Coherence & cohesion (25%)
- Vocabulary (25%)
- Grammar (25%)
Fourth and the last title is speaking this tests your ability of speech this test will conduct separately after a week and the time is very short 10-15 minutes. They will check whether you have the potential to express your message in English or not. You will not be marked how fast you will speaking but you will be marked how effectively you understand the question, the choice of vocabulary, pronunciation and response.