IELTS

IELTS the international English Language Testing System is designed to assess  the language ability of people who want  to study and work  where English is a language  of communication.

IELTS has been developed by some of the world`s leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by an extensive programme of research and ,validation and test development.

 Overview of the test Ielts:

 

Listening

No. of items

Discourse types

Question types

Section 1

10

A dialogue - social or transactional (2 speakers)

short answer

Section 2

10

A talk or short speech - topic of general interest (1 speaker)

multiple choice

Section 3

10

A conversation - education/training context (2-4 speakers)

sentences completion
matching

Section 4

10

A lecture - academic style (1 speaker)

classification

Reading 60 mins

No. of items- 40

       Total of 2,000 - 2,750 words

Up to 4 per passage

Passage 1

13-14

Academic -i.e. journals, newspaper, textbooks and magazines representative of reading. Requirements for postgraduate and undergraduate students.

General: interest rather than discipline specific. Graded in difficulty.

paragraph headings

Passage 2

13-14

Academic: i.e. journals, newspaper, textbooks and magazines representative of reading. Requirements for postgraduate and undergraduate students.

short answers

multiple choice

sentence completion

notes/summary / diagram / flow chart / table completion

matching lists / phrases

classification

Passage 3

13-14

Academic: i.e. journals, newspaper, textbooks and magazines representative of reading. Requirements for postgraduate and undergraduate students.
General: interest rather than discipline specific. Graded in difficulty.

identification of writer`s views / claims

Yes, No, not Given

True, False, Not Given

Speaking (11-14min)

No. of parts

Format

Nature of interaction

Part1

4-5 mins

Introduction % interview

Examiner interviews candidate asking questions based on familiar topics, using a set framework

Part 2

3-4 mins

Individual long turn

Candidate is required to speak for 1-2 minutes on a topic presented in the form of both a written and verbal instruction. Candidate is given 1 minute to prepare.

Part 3

4-5 mins

Discussion

Examiner introduces a discussion thematically linked to the Part 2 topic and encourages the candidate to develop language of more abstract and academic nature.

 
 

 

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