The international English language testing system is widely recognised as a means of assessing the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
Ielts is owned by 3 partners, the University of Cambridge ESOL examinations, the British Council and IDP education pvt. Ltd. Further information on ielts can be found on the IELTS website (www.ielts.org)
WHAT IS THE FORMAT?
IELTS consists of six components. All candidates take the same listening and speaking tests. There is a choice of reading and writing tests according to whether a candidate is taking the academic or general training module.
ACADEMIC - For candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or post graduate levels, and for those decking professional registration.
GENERAL TRAINING - For candidates wishing to migrate to an English speaking country those wishing to train or study at below degree level.
About Listening Test
Duration And format
Listening is the first module in the ielts test, and takes 30 minutes. It consists of four sections of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer.
The test is played once only. As you listen to each section you will be given time to read the questions, write your answers on the question paper, and then check them. At the end of section 4, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the listening answer sheet. So the listening test will last 40 minutes in total.
About Reading Test
Duration And format
Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 question to answer. Though you can mark and write on question paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer sheet, and be aware that no extra time is given for transfering your answers.
About Writing Test
Duration And Format
Writing is the third module in the ielts test, and takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks to complete, each of which requires different text types ( descriptions general reports discussion, argument and opinion based) and styles of writing. ( from less formal to formal).
About Speaking Test
The speaking test is the last of the four tests in ielts. It consists of an oral interview between the candidate and an IELTS trained examiner. The interview is scheduled either in the afternoon, after the other IElTS papers, or sometimes the following day. (depends on centers) .