What is IELTS
IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. It has been developed by the British Council in partnership with IELTS Australia and Cambridge ESOL over 40 years of research. It tests the candidate's knowledge and ability of English across all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is taken by over 1.4 million candidates every year from across the world, as it is internationally recognised by more than 6000 institutions in over 135 countries.
Taking this test further improves your chances of being able to access education and employment across the world, especially in the UK as it is an English-speaking country.
Preparing and taking this test is advantageous because not only do you have an extra qualification, it will be much easier for you to be able to communicate when you go abroad.
Advantages of IELTS in UK
1) It is also used for immigration purposes, as proof of your language ability. The UK Border Agency has announced that skilled workers can use IELTS results for the new UK points-based immigration system. It has 10 points in point based immigration system.
2) Benefit of British Council Scholarships up to 3 lacks of total tuition fee for potential candidates in September intake.
3) Privilege of certification of communication ability while seeking career progression.
4) Points awarded for post study extension of visa
5) Useful to pursue extracurricular activities within the college/universities.
IELTS Test formats
IELTS is available in two test formats:
Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.
Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. Depending on your test centre, the Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts. See below for a diagram of the test format.
Student's wishes to pursue higher studies need to take Academic Training.
The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.
Texts for the Academic Reading test are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
A variety of question types is used including multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer's views, matching information, sentence completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short answer questions and more.
General Training Reading:
The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes long. It has three sections with 40 questions to answer. (Note that candidates for the General Training module do a different Reading test to the Academic module).
The General Training Writing test is 60 minutes long. It has two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words where two different topics would be given.(Note that candidates for the General Training module do a different Writing test to the Academic module).
In the Speaking test, you have a discussion with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
The test is 11 to 14 minutes long with three parts. In Part 1, you answer questions about yourself and your family. In Part 2, you speak about a topic. In Part 3, you have a longer discussion on the topic. Below is a sample of Part 2 – speaking on a topic.
How to Register?
1) Find your nearest IELTS test centre and check the test dates
2) Print the application form http://www.ielts.org/PDF/IELTSApplicationFormNovember2010.pdf
3) Complete & sign it
4) Organise two passport-sized photographs, less than six months old, and sign the back of each.
5) Photocopy of your valid current passport – (Some centres will accept a national identity card.)
6) Take your application into your IELTS test centre with your money. If you send it by mail, please talk to your centre about the method of payment.
7) Once you have registered, the test centre will confirm your IELTS test date, time and venue. Please note the Speaking test can be up to 7 days before or after the test date.
8) On the test day, you must take the same passport or national identity card that you entered on the IELTS Application Form.
9) For online registration approach your nearby CampusUK office.
Fee & Validity
The score from your IELTS test is valid for two years, however, some universities or organisations may have their own regulations concerning the period of validity. The general fee is Rs 7200.( subject to change ). The total duration of all four skill tests is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
There are around 75 centres in India.
Centres in Tamilnadu:
IELTS Test Results
Test Report Form:
Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 days after the test.
Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy. You can have copies of your Test Report Form automatically sent to five institutions free of charge. This helps streamline your application processes. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge.
Your Test Report includes:
your score, on a Band Scale from 1 to 9, for each module of the test
your Overall Band Score, on a scale from 1 to 9
whether you have completed the Academic or General Training module
Your candidate photo and details of your nationality, first language and date of birth.
Test Report Forms are valid for two years.
SMS alerts and results online services:
Some test centres provide SMS alerts and results online services.
Contact your local test centre to find out more.Alternatively, you can access your score on the British Council website http://ielts-results.britishcouncil.org/forms/frmMain.aspx
There is no pass or fail score in IELTS. Universities or receiving institutions may tell you the band score they require. All IELTS marking is done by certified examiners, so the tests will be marked accurately. Your results will be sent by courier to domestic addresses, and by registered airmail to overseas addresses.
The IELTS nine (9) band score system grades scores consistently. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. Test materials are designed carefully so that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty.
IELTS score is valid for 2 years.
The IELTS 9-band scale:
Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.
Band 9: Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8: 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.
Band 7: Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Band 6: 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.
Band 5: 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.
Band 4: Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Have frequent problems in understanding and expression. Not able to use complex language.
Band 3: Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Band 2: 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.
Band 1: Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0: Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.
IELTS Coaching at CampusUK
At CampusUK, we provide you with the essential training and knowledge for about 40 hours duration in alternate days for you need to successfully pass this exam. We have been successfully assisting students to prepare and perform well in the IELTS test. CampusUK course module has been designed keeping the requirements of the students in mind.
Advantages In CampusUK Coaching Centre
1) Expert IELTS trainer
2) Free TEST Registration.
3) FREE IELTS work books will be provided by British Council
4) Convenient timings
5) One to one coaching
6) Affordable fee structure
7) CampusUK course material
8) FREE Assessment mock Test
9) Discount in fee will be given for those who register at the earliest.
Please contact CampusUK for registration and informal discussion on IELTS.