What is IELTS-blog
IELTS-blog has everything you need to prepare for the IELTS exam by yourself.The whole idea of this blog is to remind you that you’re not alone, to share knowledge and experience and to be a place where we help one another improve our English.
You will find here valuable info about the IELTS test, strategies, tips and secrets of success. The right side-bar has lots of links to free IELTS practice tests. I will tell you about the common mistakes my friends and I’ve made and we will warn you about hidden traps in the IELTS test. Feel free to leave comments, ask questions – this is what IELTS-blog is here for!
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What is the IELTS exam
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an exam intended for non-native English speakers. Its purpose is to find out what your level of English is (your result is a band score from 0 to 9). Usually you need to take the IELTS test if you are applying for a job or to study in a college or university in an English-speaking country or if you are immigrating to such country. There are 2 modules of the IELTS test – Academic and General. The Academic Module is for future students and the General Module is for people who intend to live and work in another country.
The IELTS Routine
The IELTS test consists of four parts in the following order (*)
The Listening test takes about 40 minutes – 30 minutes to listen to a tape and to answer questions on what you hear, and 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet.
The Reading test takes 1 hour and your task is to read passages of text and answer questions according to what you have read. There are also other types of assignments which I will cover later on in other posts on this website.
The Writing test also takes 1 hour and is divided into 2 sub-parts: you are given 20 minutes to write a letter/report and 40 minutes to write an essay.
The Speaking test takes up to 15 minutes and consists of 3 parts: a Personal Interview, a Cue Card talk and a Discussion.
All the parts continue one after another, and only before the Speaking test you get a break. Sometimes the Speaking test is even held on a different day.
(*) The order of IELTS sub-tests has been changed in Australia – learn more here.
The IELTS test formalities
When it becomes clear to you that you need to take the IELTS test, you’ll have to go through some formalities – which are:
2. Download and print the application form, fill your details, enclose your photos, a copy of identification and, of course, the money and send it to your local IELTS centre.
3. Make sure they received it and allocated a seat for you on the date you have chosen.
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