Test Preparation

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It assesses the English language skills of candidates who want to study, work or migrate to English speaking countries. It is owned and conducted jointly by IDP Education (IELTS Australia), the British Council, and the University of Cambridge. There are two modules in IELTS test: Academic and General Training.
Academic Module is conducted for those candidates who wish to study at undergraduate or  postgraduate levels in English speaking countries such as USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.   General Training Module is administered for those candidates who wish to migrate to English-speaking countries or enroll in trainings or short-term courses below degree programs.

Test Format

IELTS test consists of four subtests: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Listening and Speaking are the same for both Academic and General Training modules, yet there are some differences in Reading and Writing subtests

The Test Components

Listening Subtest

Listening Subtest

  • The Listening subtest is 30 minutes long.
  • You will work on four sections. The first two sections are focused on social situations. Section 1 is a conversation between two speakers, and Section 2 is a talk programme or news by a single speaker. The final two sections are concerned with educational or training contexts. Section 3 is a conversation between up to four speakers, and Section 4 is a university-style lecture.
  • You will be asked 40 questions. Each section contains 10 questions.
  • You will hear the listening only once. You should answer questions as you listen. However, you are given some time to read questions before the listening and some time to check your answers at the end of each section. The listening texts and the questions about them become more difficult as you progress through the sections.
  • Listening subtest measures a variety of question types, including: form-filling, table completion, note completion, sentence completion, flow-chart completion, summary completion, multiple choice, labelling a plan/map/diagram, classification and short-answer questions.
  • You are given 10 minutes to transfer your answers at the end.

Academic Reading Subtest

Academic Reading Subtest

  • Academic Reading subtest is 60 minutes long.
  • You will receive 3 long passages. They are excerpted from a variety of fields of human endeavor: humanities, social studies, and natural sciences. They vary in style, and can include argumentative and expository elements.
  • You will be asked 40 questions about these passages. Each passage is followed by 13 or 14 questions.
  • Academic Reading subtest asks you a variety of questions, such as locating information, paragraph headings, sentence completion, note completion, table completion, summary completion, sentence completion with the correct ending, multiple choice, identifying information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN), identifying views/claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN), summary completion, diagram label completion, matching features, and short-answer questions.
  • You are not given extra time to transfer your answers.

General Training Reading Subtest

General Training Reading Subtest

  • General Training Reading subtest is made up of three sections with 40 questions.
  • Reading passages are excerpted from notices, advertisements, leaflets, newspapers, instruction manuals,    books and magazines. Section 1 contains two factual and informational passages relevant to basic  linguistic survival. Section 2 gives two passages of work-related situations, with more difficult language. Section 3 includes one long complex reading passage similar in length to that of the academic reading, with emphasis on the descriptive and instructive rather than argumentative style.
  • It tests a variety of questions, including: multiple choice, identifying information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT  GIVEN), identifying views/claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN), sentence completion, note completion, table completion, sentence completion with the correct ending, paragraph headings, summary completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, and short-answer questions.
  • Reading subtest will not give you extra time to transfer your answers.

Academic Writing Subtest

Academic Writing Subtest

  • Academic Writing subtest consists of 2 tasks to complete in 60 minutes.
  • You may work on any task first,
    and then move onto the next one.
  • In Task 1, you will be asked to describe a chart, table, map, graph, or diagram. You must write at least 150 words. You are advised to spend no more than 20 minutes.
  • In Task 2, you will be asked to compose an essay on the assigned topic. There is no choice of topics, yet the assigned topic is of general interest. You can easily brainstorm ideas. You must write at least 250 words. You are advised to spend no more than 40 minutes.
  • Task 2 is scored twice as much as Task 1. third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2.

General Training Writing Subtest

General Training Writing Subtest

  • General Training Writing subtest consists of two tasks to complete in 60 minutes.
  • In Task 1, you will be asked to write a letter in the given situation. You must write at least 150 words.   You should use no more than 20 minutes.
  • In Task 2, you will be asked to write an essay on the assigned topic. You will have no choice of topics.   You must write at least 250 words. You should not spend more than 40 minutes.

Speaking Subtest

Speaking Subtest

Speaking subtest consists of an oral interview, face-to-face, between a candidate and an examiner. Speaking subtest is made up of three parts:

  • Introduction and Interview (4-5 minutes)

The examiner will introduce herself and ask you questions about family, interest, food, festivals, and other such topics of general interest. You are required to give details in your response.

  • Individual Long Turn (3-4 minutes)

You will receive a cue card on which the topic and a brief outline are printed. You will receive 1 minute to prepare for your talk. The examiner will give you scratch paper and a pencil to facilitate your preparation. You will have to speak for 2-3 minutes on the assigned topic.

  • Two-way Discussion (4-5 minutes)

The examiner will invite you to discuss the topics broadly related to Part 2 in Speaking Subtest. You are required to express opinions, give reasons, identify things, compare and contrast, and speculate in this part.

Why IELTS Preparation Class @AIP?

Why IELTS Preparation Class @AIP?

AIP has a rich legacy of IELTS preparation, and therefore boasts of cutting-edge methods of instruction and abundance of amenities. IELTS preparation class consists of:

  • 7 weeks of instruction based on the exhaustive IELTS syllabus
  • IELTS Mock Test on every Saturday to evaluate your English language skills
  • Unmatchable strategies and techniques devised by IELTS experts
  • Exploitation of real IELTS materials to give you the competitive edge on other candidates
  • Abundant study material and hand-outs in preparation classes
  • Preparation classes are conducted Sunday through Friday.
  • No breaks of classes on public holidays
  • Free and unlimited practice and strategies through Skype

Key Facts about IELTS

Key Facts about IELTS

  •  There is neither pass nor fail score in IELTS.
  • Scores are reported on a 1-9 band scale. You will receive an overall band score as well as individual band scores in each subtest.
  • IELTS is English language proficiency test, so it is an English language requirement for colleges and universities in English speaking countries such as UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and USA.
  • Your Test Report Form will be available 13 days after you complete the test.

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