IELTS Academic

Introduction

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognized and accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities, and other government agencies.


The IELTS exam is accepted by almost all the universities in the world. IELTS Tests are of two kinds: Academic and General. For University admissions, A candidate should write IELTS-Academic. Working Professionals who want to migrate should take IELTS-General. In India, IELTS exams are offered in pen and pencil format and CBT-based format. Both the IELTS academic and IELTS general exam cost about ₹15,500. The test results are valid for 2 years. Band score ranges from 1-9. There is no passing or failing mark.

Breaking Down the IELTS 9 - Band Scale

The following bands are awarded based on a candidate’s level and expertise in the English language. For university admissions, the band scores vary on universities and visa requirements. For instance, Canadian universities ask for 6.5 overall bands and 6 in each section. The United Kingdom and Europe have a requirement of 6 overall bands. The safe score in an IELTS exam is 7 or 7.5 bands.


BAND INTERPRETATION
Band 9: Expert user
Band 8: Very good user
Band 7: Good user
Band 6: Competent user
Band 5: Modest user
Band 4: Limited user
Band 3: Extremely limited user
Band 2: Intermittent user

IELTS Test Format

The four IELTS test components are speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The Academic and General Training IELTS modules are distinct from one another. While the Reading and Writing exams are different in each module, the Speaking and Listening exams are identical in both.


PAPER CONTENT TIME
Listening Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
Reading 60 minutes
Writing 60 minutes
Speaking 11–14 minutes

Decoding the IELTS Academic Reading Paper

The texts were created for a general readership and were taken from books, journals, periodicals, newspapers, and online sites. All of the themes are of general interest to undergraduate and graduate students. The writings may be written in a variety of ways, such as discursive/argumentative, narrative, or descriptive. A thorough logical argument may be found in at least one text. Diagrams, graphs, and pictures may also be found in texts. When technical terms are used in texts, a brief dictionary definition is provided.


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DDecoding the IELTS Academic Writing Paper

There are two Writing tasks and BOTH must be completed.


In Task 1, you must describe some visual data (a graph, table, chart, or diagram) in your own words. You have 20 minutes to write at least 150 words.


In Task 2, you are given a viewpoint, a counterargument, or a topic to discuss. In around 40 minutes, you must compose at least 250 words.


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Decoding the IELTS Academic Speaking Paper

The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and an examiner. The Speaking test is recorded. There are three parts to the test, and each part follows a specific pattern of tasks in order to test your speaking ability in different ways.


Marking

Certificated IELTS examiners assess your speaking performance throughout the test. There are four assessment criteria (things which the examiner thinks about when deciding what score to give you):


  • Fluency and coherence
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciation.

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Decoding the IELTS Academic Listening Paper

The paper has four parts, with ten questions in each part. The questions are in the same order as the information in the recording, so the answer to the first question will be before the answer to the second question, and so on.


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