IELTS Test Preparation | What is IELTS?

Preparing for IELTS

What is it exactly?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a globally recognized test of proficiency in the English language. It is used for two main purposes:

1. To show that students entering into universities for post-graduate or under-graduate study, or to study higher education courses, in a foreign country have a sufficient level of English (they call this Academic IELTS).

2. For people who are migrating as skilled workers to English speaking counties such as: England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia (they call this General IELTS or General Training IELTS). It is also used for young people entering into secondary education or workers attending professional training. Some professionals such as Doctors, Scientists etc. may need to do Academic IELTS to register with the equivalent professional organization in the their new country.

The IELTS test has 4 sections

IELTS Listening

This has 4 different parts. You have to listen to a variety of accents including: British, American, Canadian, Australian, and Indian among others. So it’s important to practice listening to people speaking English from all over the world. The Listening section is the same for all candidates Academic and General. You hear the audio recording only one time. It is NOT repeated.

IELTS Reading

There is a different IELTS Reading section for Academic and General candidates. Both Reading sections are 1 hour (60 minutes) and you have to answer 40 questions. In the Academic IELTS Reading section, the texts are typically from books, newspapers, magazines and journals. They are based on general Academic subjects and you do not need any specialist knowledge.

In the General IELTS Reading section, the texts typically come from: books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, official documents and handbooks. The subjects or themes are general and associated with everyday life in an English speaking culture.

IELTS Writing

There is a different IELTS Writing test for Academic and General candidates. Both Writing sections are 1 hour (60 minutes) and you have to do two different writing exercises: Task 1 (150 words in 20 minutes)and Task 2 (250 words in 20 minutes).

IELTS Speaking

The IELTS Speaking test is a live interview with an IELTS Examiner. Your IELTS speaking interview is recorded. The interview is about 15 minutes in total. There are 3 different parts: Part 1, Part2, Part3.