IELTS Preparation Course

IELTS: 18:00 - 19:00 (UK TIME)
What is IELTS?

What is IELTS?

IELTS is an acronym for: International English Language Testing System – it is one of the most popular tests in the world to measure a student’s ability to understand and use the English language, it is particularly common for universities to use IELTS to check whether a student is ready and able to study at that institution.


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How is the exam organized?

The exam is organized into four different skill areas, and each skill area is organized into several sections


reading - writing - speaking - listening


Reading

Information:

The reading section consists of three texts totalling between 2,150 – 2,750 words. The texts are usually taken from magazine articles, journals, and other text of academic interest.

Questions:

There are a total of 40 questions. There will be a variety of question types including: multiple choice, short-answer questions, identifying the writer’s views, labelling diagrams, completing summaries, and matching statements with paragraphs.

Timing:

You will have 60 minutes to read the text, answer the questions, and record your answers onto the answer sheet.

 

 

Writing

This section is divided into two tasks.

Task one

You will need to write a report about a graph, table, chat, diagram, or a map in your own words.

Questions:

You will have to answer only one question consisting of approximately 150 words.

Timing:

It is recommended that you spend a maximum of 20 minutes completing writing task one, you are given 60 minutes to complete both tasks and this is only the first task, and it’s worth about 33% of your IELTS writing grade.

Task two

You will need to write an essay which will require you to provide your opinion on a particular topic of common interest.

Questions:

You will need to answer one question, however the question may consist of multiple segments or requirements. You need to make sure you answer all parts of the question. For example, you may be asked to look at an idea and discuss both the problems and benefits of it.

Timing:

It is recommended that you spend a maximum of 40 minutes completing task two, you have 60 minutes to complete both tasks, and this second task is worth approximately 66% of your writing grade, therefore you should dedicate more time to it than task one.


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Listening


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The listening part of the IELTS exam consists of four sections.

Questions:

There are a total of 40 questions, each part will consist of 10 questions exactly. There are many question types, including: multiple-choice, completing a gap, short-answer questions, matching ideas and options together, completing a diagram or map, and completing a summary.

Timing:

The length varies, but it is usually between 30-40 minutes – at the end you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the exam paper to the answer sheet.

 

The table below illustrates what each section of the listening is about:


Section number

Content

1

The conversation will involve two people and will be a general English topic, usually one person will be collecting personal details from the second person such as their name and address. Common themes include applying a job, joining a gym, organizing a service over the telephone, and more.

2

The second section is also a general English style listening, there will be one main speaker and they will give a talk or speech that usually describes or introduces something. Common topics include introducing a museum and its layout, discussing the local governments plans to improve something, describing a park or tourist spot, or introducing a building.

3

The first of the two academic-style conversations. There are often two or three speakers. Commonly this is set at a university where students will discuss a project or some research – often there will be a tutor with them who will guide the conversation.

4

The second academic listening and often thought of as the most challenging. There is one main speaker who gives a presentation about an academic subject, the areas can be very diverse from the physics of the universe to the geography of volcanoes in South America.

 

 Speaking

 

Part one:

You will be asked several questions about yourself and general topics such as your education, hobbies, sports you play, or books you’ve read.

Part two:

You will be given a topic card with some ideas on it, such as:

 

“Describe a present you have received, you should comment on: who gave you the present, why they gave it to you, what the present was, and discuss what you thought about the present.”

 

You will have one minute to plan your answer, then you should speak for at least two minutes. The examiner may then ask you some follow-up questions about what you have spoken about.

 

Part three:

The test taker will be asked several questions based on the theme and topic of part two. The questions will be more in-depth and difficult, they will require the student to provide their opinions and justify their opinions.


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Are there different types of IELTS exams?

 

There are two types of IELTS tests, general and academic.

The general test is a little easier, the reading and writing sections are different and are concerned with daily life, such as reading magazine articles and writing letters. It may be used by companies or immigration services to check someone’s level of English.

The academic test is more difficult, the student will be required to read complex academic texts and extracts from journals. The writing will require the student to write reports on visual data such as graphs and tables, and to compose a lengthy opinion essay.

The speaking and listening sections of the exam are the same for both general and academic exams.

 

IELTS band

Name

Meaning

9

Expert User

Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

8

Very Good User

Has fully operation command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

7

Good User

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

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.

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.

4

Limited User

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

3

Extremely Limited User

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

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.

1

Non User

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

0

Did not attempt test

No assessable information provided at all.

 

Listening Scores (Academic and General Training)

Band Score

9.0

8.5

8.0

7.5

7.0

6.5

6.0

5.5

5.0

4.5

4.0

3.5

3.0

2.5

Correct Answers

39-40

37-38

35-36

32-34

30-31

26-29

23-25

18-22

16-17

13-15

10-12

8-9

6-7

4-5

 

Reading Scores (Academic)

Band Score

9.0

8.5

8.0

7.5

7.0

6.5

6.0

5.5

5.0

4.5

4.0

3.5

3.0

2.5

Correct Answers

39-40

37-38

35-36

33-34

30-32

27-29

23-26

19-22

15-18

13-14

10-12

8-9

6-7

4-5

 

Reading Scores (General Training)

Band Score

9.0

8.5

8.0

7.5

7.0

6.5

6.0

5.5

5.0

4.5

4.0

3.5

3.0

2.5

Correct Answers

40

39

37-38

36

34-35

32-33

30-31

27-29

32-26

19-22

15-18

12-14

9-11

6-8