Road map to IELTS | IELTS Preparation

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Before you start the IELTS preparation,  you need to know what is IELTS and its structure?

IELTS # International English Language Testing System.

The examination is conducted in four modules

1. Listening

2. Reading

3. Writing

4. Speaking.

Now you would be curious how is an exam conducted?

The exam is undertaken in two sessions:

1. LRW [ Listening + Reading + Writing] (DAY 1)

2. Speaking (DAY 2)

• If you are willing to study overseas you must go for the Academic training (A.T) IELTS test and if you are trying for a Work or PR visa then you should go for the General training (G.T) IELTS test.

• 48 dates available yearly which is approximately 4 dates every month. Two of them are only for academic training candidates and two are common dates for both academic training and general training candidates every month.

• One can select the date for LRW but the date of speaking varies and is notified at later date.

• Speaking can be on plus or minus 7 days from the date of LRW. For example, if your LRW is on 21 your speaking could be on any day between 14th and 28th, except on the day you have LRW i.e. 21.

• If booked at a nodal agent you can get options for timing on the select date made available to you on that later date.

Let’s take a look at brief info of individual modules

❖ Listening: 

• You will listen to an audio clip of around 30 minutes which will not stop once started.

• You will be given 10 minutes extra to transfer your answers to your answer sheet.

• Total of 40 questions will be given in your question booklet.

• These 40 are divided into 4 parts. Each question carries 1 mark.

• Depending on the total mark scored you are given bands out of 9. For example: if you have scored 30 marks you will be scored 7.0 bands in the listening module.

• Listening module is the same for both G.T and A.T

❖ Reading:

• You will be given a question booklet where you will have three reading passages to read. In the case of G.T (the first two passages are divided into two parts) and 13-14 questions each passage.

• A total of 40 questions will be there each carrying 1 mark. No extra time will be given to transfer the answer. You will have 1 hour to finish this task.

• A.T and G.T reading are slightly different.

• A.T reading will be on academic topics and G.T reading on the everyday topics. Scoring for both is slightly different in terms of marks scored and band given.

For example, to get 7 bands for A.T you need 29-31 marks but for G.T you need 32-34 marks.

❖ Writing:

• 1 hour is given for this module. Both AT and GT will get two tasks: task 1 and task 2.

• Task 1 for A.T will be Report Writing and GT will be Letter writing

• Task 2 for both will be essay writing.

• Scoring criteria for both A.T and G.T is the same and will be scored out of 9 bands.

• You will be scored in four sectors for both task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resources, and grammatical range and accuracy.

❖ Speaking:

• Speaking exam is like a viva round where the examiner asks questions and you answer them.

• Time duration of speaking is 11-15 minutes.

• It is divided into three parts where the first and third part is question and answer round and the second one is where you have to speak for approximately 2 minutes on a topic.

• You will be scored out of 9 bands.

• You will be scored in four categories: fluency & coherence, pronunciation, lexical resources, and grammatical range & accuracy.

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