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IELTS                                 Uk, USA, Canada and Australia.

Brief Introduction.

The IELTS is an internationally recognized standardized test of English Language speakers. It is a joint venture, owned and managed by the British Council, IDP; IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. There are three versions of the test: the Academic Version, the General training version and the life skills version, which was recently introduced.

  • The IELTS Academic is preferred for individuals who want to enrol in universities and other institutions of higher education. It can also be used by professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who have the desire to study or practise in an English-speaking country.
  • The IELTS General Training is also used by those who plan on undertaking a non-academic training or to gain work experience or for immigration purposes.
  • The IELTS Life Skills is meant for individuals who have need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level A1 or B1 and can be used to apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

The test is accepted and used mostly in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand academic institutions. It is also used in the United States, by over 3,000 academic institutions. It is also used in applying for UK Visas and Immigrations, immigration to Australia and New Zealand. The test is valid only for two years after it has been written.

As it has been stated above, the IELTS Academic is the only one used for academic purposes. Hence this write up will concentrate on the academic only. The academic version is undertaken by test takers who have a desire to study at the tertiary level in an English speaking country or in seeking membership at a professional institution.


The IELTS test the ability of the test taker to listen, read, write and speak English. The test is taken within 2 hours and 45 minutes. The listening, reading and writing are taken at a sitting. The speaking, however, is either written seven days before or after the test or on the same day as the test is taken.


The listening modules has 4 sections and each section has 10 questions. 40 minutes is allotted for the whole listening test but 30 minutes is used for the test itself and 10 minutes for transferring the answers to the answer sheet.

The first two sections relate to every day social interactions. It could be about a tour guide, travelling arrangements, a conversation or a speech. The second two sections are usually about educational and training situations. It could be a discussion between two people or just an individual speaking about a subject of academic relevance.

Test takers are given the opportunity to look through the questions and are told the questions are in the same order as the information being provided in the recording. The test takers are given ear phones, provided by the test centre, in listening to the recording.


This paper has three sections. The questions entail multiple choice, short-answer questions, identifying information, labelling diagrams, completing a summary using words and matching, amongst others. This test also considers spelling and grammatical errors and hence test takers will be deducted marks for those errors. This test takes 60 minutes to complete and it test how the student can read the information that has been provided to answer the questions that have been given.


The writing section requires the test takers to complete two task within 20 minutes. The frist task which requires the test taker to describe a graph, a table, chart or diagram in his or her own words. The test taker is required to write at least 150 words in the 20 minutes given. The task two, however, requires the test takers to discuss an argument. This task takes 40 minutes and the test taker is expected to write at least 250 words.


The speaking test is taken in a different manner as compared to the other test. This involves a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner. This test also has three sections. The first section, which involves an introduction and an interview that last for 4-5 minutes. The questions asked here are usually to settle the test taker and questions asked are about the home, office, interest, studies or other personal activities of the test taker. The second section is within 3-4 minutes and it requires that the test taker is talks about a particular topic that is given to him or her. The test taker is given one minute to prepare and recollect his or her memory about the topic. The third section is a discussion between the examiner and the test taker about the theme or the topic the test taker spoke about in the second sections either for clarification or elaboration.


The test takers are scored on all the test undertaking and then an overall average is also calculated for the test taker.

The scoring is based on bands that are given to each test and also the overall average. In all there are nine-bands.

The nine bands are described as follows:


Expert User

Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.


Very Good User

Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.


Good User

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.


Competent User

Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.


Modest user

Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.


Limited User

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.


Extremely Limited User

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.


Intermittent User

No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.


Non User

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.


Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided at all.

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