WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IELTS AS STUDENTS
As a University student, you must have heard of IELTS before. The IELTS means International English Language Testing System. It is one of the best tests for English language proficiency in the world and is a requirement for those who want to advance their studies and or work overseas.
IELTS is well recognized by governments, immigration bodies, schools, businesses and professionals around the world and this makes it a trusted exam globally. For about three decades now IELTS is the leading English language test in terms of standard. If you desire to migrate to one of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you will be required by the government of these countries to take the IELTS.
How does IELTS work?
Top experts in language assessment around the world have designed IELTS in such a way that you will be tested on the Enlish language skills that you need to possess in order to successfully study or work abroad. The English language skills assessed include:
The first three tests, Listening, Reading and Writing tests, are to be taken on the same day. Note that the order in which they'd be taken is variable. You will not be privileged to have any breaks in between. You are permitted to take the Speaking test up to seven days before or after you take the other three.
At what time of the year can I take the test?
In over 140 countries of the world, IELTS can be taken up to four times a month. Thursdays and Saturdays are the test days. You can find out the test dates for your location by contacting the nearest IELTS test center to you. Please, visit ielts.org to access the list of all IELTS test locations worldwide.
Results are available from the 13th day post-test. The Test Report Form contains your score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), as well as an overall band score. Results can be collected at the test centre or received via mail.
The test scores do not reflect as pass or fail, rather it reflects as band scores on a scale of 1 to 9.
The IELTS band score scale:
9 - Expert user
8 - Very good user
7 - Good user
6 - Competent user
5 - Modest user
4 - Limited user
3 - Extremely limited user
2 - Intermittent user
1 - Non user
0 - Did not attempt the test
What is the format of the test?
It is important for you to know that there are two IELTS test modules available. These are the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training. Whichever is right for you depends on what you will be doing when you travel abroad.
This aims at assessing whether your of level proficiency in English language is okay for you to successfully enjoy the academic environment abroad. You need to pass this test to show that you can study or be trained abroad. It is for those who intend to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. This module is also applicable for those who seek professional registration abroad.
IELTS General Training
This assesses how well you can use English language practically in daily tasks. The aim is to ensure that at your workplace and in social situations you will be able to interact well in English language. Those who wish to migrate to English-speaking countries such as Canada, Austrailia, UK or New Zealand, or those who wish to train or study at below degree level can choose this module.
Tips for success in your test
1. Make yourself familiar with the test format
2. Regular practice using sample questions. Visit ielts.org/sampletest.
3. Enrolling in an IELTS tutorial centre.
4. Study the IELTS rules and regulations
5. Ensure you register as soon as possible
We hope you find this article useful as you prepare for your IELTS exam. Wishing you all the best. For more information about IELTS, visit IELTS SITE