IELTS

IELTS - International English Language Testing System
IELTS is one of the world’s most attempted, paper-based, English language exam. IELTS is one of the key requirements in order to study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, USA and many other places around the world where English is a language in the workplace or the classroom.

IELTS is designed to assess the following English skills of an individual:

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Listening

  • Speaking
The test is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

A candidate can choose to take one of the following exams depending on the requirement of the candidate:

  • IELTS Academic: To join or study at a university at graduation and post-graduation level or to join a professional organisation in an English speaking country.
  • IELTS General: To join or study courses below graduation level (example HNC/HND etc) at a college/university or to undertake work-related training in an English speaking country.
*Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted.
IELTS in India is conducted by British Council, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and the IDP: IELTS Australia.

Scale of Score
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are marked on their performance on a scale of 1 and 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The overall score is evaluated on the basis of the scores in the four individual components.
Test Format
The candidate is required to take the Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the exam on one day whereas, the last part of the exam, Speaking, may either be done on the same day or within 7 days before or after that. The candidate will be informed of the test dates prior to the test.

Listening:
In this part, the candidate will be asked to hear 4 different monologues or recordings. the candidate will have a total of 30 minutes to listen to the recording and record their answers. An extra 10 minutes will be then allowed to transfer the answers on to the answer sheet allowing the candidate an overall time of 40 minutes to complete the listening part of the test.

Reading:
In this part, the candidate will be asked to read 3 different passages containing descriptive, discursive or analytical text. The candidate can also be tested on reading graphs, illustrations or even diagrams. The candidate gets an overall time of 60 minutes to read and answer the questions from all three passages.

Writing:
In this part, the candidate will be asked to write a short essay of approximately 150 words followed by another writing task of describing a chart, diagram or a graph in approximately 150 words. The candidate will be given an overall time of 60 minutes to complete this part of the test.

Speaking:
In this part, the candidate will be required to take a face-to-face interview with an examiner. In the interview, the candidate will be asked short question followed by speaking at a length on a familiar topic and a discussion between the examiner and the candidate.

Test Validity
An IELTS test is valid for 2 years starting from the date of the test taken.
Test centres in India
There are currently 89 test centres in India with at least one centre in each state.
Test accepting Countries
IELTS is accepted for admissions in most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions. It is accepted in over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organisations across the world.
Booking the Test
The IELTS exam can be booked online through the official British Council website. The candidate will require the following documents in order to book the exam:

  • Valid Passport
  • 2 Photographs
  • Demand Draft (Fees)

The test fees is currently ₹9,000 however, from 1st April 2015, the test fees is going to be ₹10,400.
You can also request your counsellor at Paramus Education to assist you with the exam booking. We will be happy to do this for you.

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