IELTS Exam Preparation Tips: Conquering This English Proficiency Test

IELTS Exam Preparation Tips

IELTS Exam is an acronym which is used for International English Language Testing System.  IELTS Exam is a n English language proficiency exam in which applicants English language proficiency is tested to understand how well a candidate can read, write, speak and listen.

IELTS exam is taken by those planning to study abroad, move to another country. IELTS Exam is generally taken by students who are planning to study abroad in English speaking environment, or move to countries like Canada, Australia, UK etc. where IELTS is accepted for official purposes.

IELTS Exam is also requested at time for people who have already immigrated to countries to certify their English language ability in terms of their profession.

Besides, IELTS student can also check TOEFL which is also Test of English as Foreign Language.

Duration of the IELTS Exam:

IELTS Exam is 2 hours and 44 minutes long. First, there is the listening section which takes about 30 minutes which is same for all contenders.

The noteworthy point about the IELTS test is as it is created by university of Cambridge ESOl exam, Ielts Australia and British council, this exam will be in British or Australian mostly.

Types of IELTS Exam:

There are basically two types of IELTS exams viz. General IELTS and Academic IELTS. Academic IELTS Test is slightly harder as it is meant for academic purposes i.e. if IELTS Test takers are planning to go to a college or a university you are asked to take up academic IELTS Test.

Reading and writing sections of Academic IELTS Test are different than that of General IELTS Test and more challenging, too. General IELTS is taken up by those person are planning to immigrate and it is little bit easier.

IELTS Exam Preparation Tips
IELTS Listening Test:

It is same for both IELTS academic as well as general. It is 40 minutes long which includes 30 minutes recording and 10 minutes extra time for transferring answers on the answer sheet. It has 4 sections with 10 questions each.

It includes objective type questions like fill in the blanks, multiple choice questions, diagram completion, following directions, flow chart completion.

Task 1 and 2 are based on social survival conversely task 3 and 4 are based on academic topics like training, seminar, presentations, lecture etc. And section 1: Dialogue, Section 2: monologue, section 3: Dialogue, Section 4: Monologue.

IELTS Speaking Test:

This section of the IELTS test is also similar for academic as well as general format and last for 14 minutes. IELTS Speaking Test is divided in 3 parts. This IELTS Speaking test is recorded for marking purpose. And it is one on one interaction with the examiner unlike other exams. 

Part Nature Of Interaction Timing
1 Introduction & interview 4 – 5 minutes
2 Long turn: Students are provided with acue card with pointers and a one minute preparation time. Students are expected to speak maximum for 2 minutes. 3 – 4 minutes
3 Abstract discussion based on the topic in part 2. 4 – 5 minutes

 Comparison of IELTS Academic Reading V/s IELTS General Reading:

IELTS Academic Reading IELTS General Reading
1.      It comprises of 3 passages with 40 questions.

2.      Topics are from journals, magazines, books, newspapers.

3.      It encloses a number of types of questions such as multiple choice questions, true/ false/ not given or yes/ no/ not given, matching headings, matching sentence ending, sentence completion, diagram label completion, short answer questions, fill in the blanks etc.

1.      It covers 3 sections with 40 questions.

2.      Topics are taken from leaflets, newspapers, instruction manuals, magazines, advertisements.

3.      It encloses a number of types of questions such as multiple choice questions, true/ false/ not given or yes/ no/ not given, matching headings, matching sentence ending, sentence completion, diagram label completion, short answer questions, fill in the blanks etc.

Academic Writing General Writing
1.      Contains 2 tasks.

2.      Duration 01 hour.

3.      Task 1 is advised to be completed in 20 minutes with minimum of 150 words

4.      Task 2 is suggested to be completed in 40 minutes with minimum of 250 words.

5.      Task 1 requires students to summarize the information given in the form of a diagram or data in the form of graph, table or chart. However task 2 requires them to give their opinion, compare, contrast the argument or issue presented

Note: There is no penalty for writing more than required words.

 

1.      Contains 2 tasks.

2.      Duration 01 hour.

3.      Task 1 is advised to be completed in 20 minutes with minimum of 150 words

4.      Task 2 is suggested to be completed in 40 minutes with minimum of 250 words.

5.      Task 1 is letter writing and the letter could be formal or informal. Whereas task 2 asks to present a solution, compare, contrast the issue presented.

 

 

 

Note: There is no penalty for writing more than required words.

IELTS Test Score:

IELTS Test scores are reported in terms of band from 0- 9. IELTS Score is reported as a whole or a half band score i.e. as 9, 8.5, 8, 7.5, 7 and so on. Students are given separate IELTS Test scores in each of the sections and the average of all four is reported as overall IELTS band score.

Depending on the purpose of doing the exam an applicant might be asked for the overall scores or specific score in a particular section. For example, if an applicant is planning to study journalism in a particular university, they might care very much that how will he write, so they might require a minimum of 7 or 8 in writing even though his overall score in the other sections might be near to the ground.

Exam Dates for Academic Pattern of IELTS Test in India:
JANUARY 09 14 23 30
FEBRUARY 13 18 20 27
MARCH 05 12 19 31
APRIL 02 16 21 30
MAY 07 19 21 28
JUNE 04 16 18 25
JULY 09 14 16 30
AUGUST 04 13 20 27
SEPTEMBER 03 10 15 24
OCTOBER 08 13 22 29
NOVEMBER 03 05 19 26
DECEMBER 03 10 15 17

Exam Dates for General Pattern of IELTS Test in India:

JANUARY 09 23
FEBRUARY 18 20
MARCH 05 19
APRIL 02 30
MAY 19 21
JUNE 04 25
JULY 16 30
AUGUST 04 20
SEPTEMBER 10 24
OCTOBER 08 29
NOVEMBER 03 19
DECEMBER 03 10

 Registration fees for the IELTS exam in India is INR 10600/-

Kindly go HERE to register for IELTS test.

Frequently Asked Questions about IELTS Test which plague your mind!

  1. What is the validity of the IELTS Test score?

Answer: IELTS Test Scores are valid for next two years from the IELTS exam date. However some institutes accept IELTS Test scores even after 2 years on providing the proof that student has maintained his English language proficiency.

  1. When can we reappear for this IELTS exam?

Answer: IELTS Test can be taken as many times as students wish after receiving earlier IELTS test results. However, students must do enough practice before they make up their mind to repeat for the IELTS test.

  1. How can I find my IELTS Test result?

Answer: IELTS Test results can be found online within 10 days of taking the IELTS test however a hard copy of the IELTS result is posted to home address or educational institute on 13th day depending on which address was provided during IELTS registration.

  1. What kind of identification proof is required for IELTS Test?

Answer: IELTS Test accepts only a passport as an identification proof on the day of exam. But during IELTS registration, students need to carry their valid passport, driver’s licence, student’s ID.

  1. What should I carry on the day of IELTS exam?

Answer: Only pens, pencils and erasers are allowed to be taken inside. Answers for reading and listening must strictly be written in pencil however for writing, students have a choice of writing with a pen or a pencil. No electronic devices can be taken inside for appearing IELTS exam.

  1. Can you tell me about the recording played during the listening exam of IELTS?

Answer: Recording is played only once and students are expected to write answers while they listen and at the end of the IELTS test when they are given extra 10 minutes, they can transfer answers on their answer sheets.

  1. Do I get any preparation time at all?

Answer: only part 2 of the speaking allows students one minute preparation time. However part 1 and 3 of the IELTS test have no preparation time.

  1. Which Course books should I refer to prepare for IELTS test?

Answer: There are many books available in the market like Barron IELTS, IELTS Cambridge 1, 2, 3, 4…….9. Also, Students are provided with a course book after they register for IELTS test either through British Council or IDP.

  1. Which test centre have easier test format for IELTS?

Answer: We have two test centres viz. British Council and IDP. However, test centres do not create the exam papers, they are created by Cambridge University, and hence test centres cannot be the reason for stringency or clemency of the IELTS test.

  1. Are the tests conducted on the same day?

Answer: IELTS test takes usually takes two days. As Reading, Writing and listening sections are conducted on the same day, on the other hand of IELTS Test, speaking section is conducted either a day before or after these three sections.

  1. What skills are exactly tested in IELTS?

Answer: IELTS Writing section tests students on their logical flow of ideas (Cohesion and coherence), Complexity of Grammatical range and Spelling mistakes, Task Achievement/ Response and Lexical resources.

Nevertheless, Speaking section tests skills such as pronunciation, Fluency and coherence, grammar and accuracy, Lexical resources.

Contributed by Aparna Sakhare, freelance tutor with MyTrustedTutor.com

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