IELTS or International English Language Testing System is designed to evaluate the language ability of the candidates who wish to study or work, where English language used as the language of communication. In order to get seats in foreign universities the candidate is required to attend the IELTS test. Millions of people take the IELTS test every year. It is recognized by many universities as well as in many countries like USA, UK, Canada, Australia and so on. It is also acknowledged by many professional bodies as well as government agencies. You can register for IELTS exam in the official site.
There are two types of IELTS tests: IELTS Academic test and IELTS General Training test.
IELTS Academic test is mainly for the people who are applying for higher education in the country where English is used as a language for communication. In IELTS Academic test the candidates are assessed on, whether they are ready to begin the training or studying.
IELTS General training test is for those candidates who are going to the counties where English language is used for communication, for the sake of secondary education, work experience or training programs. This test improves the basic survival skills of the candidate who is going abroad.
The candidate’s English language ability is tested by these 4 categories: Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading.
Listening and speaking are same for both Academic as well as the General Training test but the Reading and writing category may differ based on which test you take out of the two.
The reading, listening and writing categories of IELTS test can be appeared on the same day and the speaking category can be done one week before or after the other tests. The candidates get a chance to choose their own examination center, but if it is not chosen within the given time period, then the examination center will be automatically allotted. The total test time taken is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
IELTS LISTENING: In IELTS listening test there will be 4 different audios played and the audio will be made to listen only once, there will be 40 questions based on the recording heard by the candidate. The listening of the recording will be 30 minutes, remaining 10 minutes are to transfer the answer to the answer sheet. The first 2 recordings will be of social interest and the second 2 topics will be of educational interest. It doesn’t matter which subject you are intended to learn or where are you planning to work, the IELTS test topics will be general to everyone.
IELTS SPEAKING: IELTS is a quick process but it is a in depth personal interview, where you require strong English skills in order to answer the questions quickly and accurately. It is the shortest part of IELTS test which lasts just for 11-15 minutes. When you are taking the speaking test you need to be relaxed a confident enough. There are mainly 3 kinds of speaking test.
·  IELTS SPEAKING PART 1: IELTS speaking part 1 is just like the personal interview, where the examiner will ask the candidate to speak about himself or herself, asks to explain about the life experience. It’s same like a conversation happening between two people who had just met. This process takes 4-5 minutes.
·        IELTS SPEAKING PART 2: in IELTS speaking part 2 a question or a topic is given and the candidate is asked to speak about that particular topic for about 2 minutes, and 1 minute is given to him for preparation. After the candidate’s speech the examiner will ask questions to the candidate regarding the topic.
·        IELTS SPEAKING PAT 3: The part 3 of IELTS speaking is as similar to the part 1, where again the procedure is same as the personal interview. But, in part 3 the examiner may ask slightly difficult questions which may relate both to speaking part 1 as well as part 2.
IELTS READING: In reading test the candidates are given 3 different passages and their reading skills are assessed on how quickly and efficiently the candidate is able to read the passages. The difficulty level will be increased for every passage given. The candidates are given 60 minutes and within this span of time they have to complete 40 questions. The content of reading is different for academic as well as the general training test.
IELTS WRITING: In IELTS writing test there are 2 writing tasks on both the categories of IELTS. Writing task 1 on general training test is the letter writing to a family member, friend, manager and so on. Writing task 1 in academic test is to describe or illustrate a chart, graph, table and so on. Writing task 2 of academic or general training test is writing an essay.
The IELTS can be much more useful for acceptance in foreign university as well as immigration to English speaking countries. Thus, the candidates can use several sites which provides free practice sessions of all the 4 categories where they can prepare for the exam and achieve good score in IELTS examination.

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