The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language professionalism of people who desire to study or work in a foreign country where English is used as a major language of communication. It is an exam aspires for non-native English speakers. Its purpose is to find out the level of the English language (from 0 to 9). IELTS is accepted by Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and the United States academic institutions, and different professional organizations across the world.
IELTS is available in two Modules. Academic Modules – intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and General Training Modules for those migrating purposes or intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both modules provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Listening, Reading and Writing are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking test can be completed on some other day, up to a week before or after the other tests. The Academic or General Training has to give the same Listening and Speaking tests, while the Reading and Writing tests are different.
Total Time is 2 hours 45 minutes divided into four subsections, will be taken in the following order:
IELTS Listening test lasts for about 30 minutes. It is made up of four sections, with ten questions in each section. The cassette tape is played, each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The cassette tape is only played for once. The questions for each section must be answered while listening, or/and time is given for students to check their answers.
IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. It consists of three sections and the sections are in order of increasing difficulty. The task is to read passages of text and answer questions according to information available in the passage.
IELTS Writing test also lasts for 60 minutes and is divided into 2 sub-parts. It also consists of two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. It is divided into 20 minutes to write a letter/report and 40 minutes to write an essay. There is no choice of question topics.
IELTS Speaking test is a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The interview is recorded that contains three sections: an introduction and interview, the applicant speaks for one or two minutes on a distinct topic and a two-way discussion. This interview will last for approximately 15 minutes.