IELTS (International English Language Testing System) opens the doors for the students who are planning to continue their higher education abroad. Moreover, it is equally important for those who want to pursue their carrier in the English Speaking Countries. More than 10,000 organizations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including governmental, academic and employment institutions. Therefore, GVA has given the utmost priority to this test preparation program compared to other forms like SAT, GRE, TOEFL, PTE, and GMAT.
All four forms of language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking- are tested in IELTS. Among them, the speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner. The total test is of 2 hours and 45 minutes. They are conducted four times a month.
In this section, you will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
- Recording 1. A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
- Recording 2. A monologue set in an everyday social context. For example; a speech on local facilities.
- Recording 3. A conversation between two to four people set in an educational or training context. For example; a discussion between a tutor and a student regarding an assignment.
- Recording 4. A monologue on an academic subject. For example; a lecture at a University.
Through this section, evaluators tend to search your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information of the conversation, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, and the purpose of communication. Moreover, the evidence of your ability to follow up the development of ideas revealed in the conversation is also tested.
The Reading section consists of 40 questions designed to test a wide range of reading skills. Those questions evaluate the skills of comprehension, ability to understand the gist of the paragraphs, a capability to summarize the details, and aptitude to analyze the writers’ opinions, attitudes, and purposes. Furthermore, the reading section also tests the important skills required for the students such as skimming, paraphrasing, and so on.
This section is further divided into two categories:
1. IELTS Academic test
This part includes three long passages that range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical passages. All those passages are extracted from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. They are selected for a non-specialist audience. However, they are appropriate for people selecting University courses or seeking professional registration.
2. IELTS General Training test.
This test includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks, and guidelines. All these materials are most likely to be encountered on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
This section is further divided into two categories:
IELTS Academic test
In this portion, the topics are of general interest and are suitable for the test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. The tasks here are of two types:
- Task 1. You will be presented a graph, table, chart or diagram and you should describe, summarize, or explain the information in your own words. You may also be asked to describe and explain data, the stages of a process, an event, or working of an object.
- Task 2. You will be asked to write an essay responding to a point of view, an argument, or a problem. However, responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
IELTS General Training
Topics in this portion are of general interests. They are also divided into two categories:
- Task 1. You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter can be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
- Task 2. You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.
The speaking section assesses your use of spoken English. Every test of this section is recorded.
This section can be further divided into three parts.
- Part 1. The examiner can ask you general questions about yourself and other familiar topics. Those can be about your home, family, work, studies and personal interests. This part usually lasts between four to five minutes.
- Part 2. You will be given a card and you have to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute for preparing and two minutes for speaking. The examiner will ask one or two questions on the topic mentioned on the card.
- Part 3. You will be asked other more questions related to the topics in part 2. This part will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and related issues. It lasts between four to five minutes
Why is the IELTS format fairer to you?
This test is an internationally recognizable test that consists of a fair evaluation of an individual’s ability. Therefore, it provides you a fair chance to do your best. Unlike other tests, IELTS gives you a quiet room for an individual Speaking Test with no distractions or interruptions. It also recognizes that people have different approaches to answer different questions. Hence, it gives you the freedom to start from where you want. For example, in the reading or writing portion, you can answer the questions in the order that suits you. You can also make changes and adjust your answers in the particular allotted time.
General information on IELTS
IELTS now can be taken on a computer in many countries around the world. With this approach, one can choose to take the test on computer and can receive the results faster (within 5-7 days). Moreover, more test dates are available for computer-based tests. This type of test is taken on a dedicated computer lab which provides a quieter test day experience. It is important to note that the Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is always the same. Whether you take the test on paper or on a computer, the Speaking test is carried out on face-to-face interaction with a certified IELTS Examiner.