If you are considering filing an official English exam, but you have doubts about what to take, it is recommended that you timely reports on all available options. If the IELTS is one of your options, here you are 10 things you should know about this test:
- What it is the IELTS:
The IELTS (International Inglés Language Testing System) is an official English test high recognition worldwide. The IELTS is administered by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Inglés Language Assessment. Its purpose: to assess the English proficiency of people who take it. This is one of the most widely accepted English exams by foreign higher education institutions to endorse the knowledge of this language.
- Types of IELTS:
There are two types of IELTS. The General IELTS and Academic IELTS. The General IELTS is that you can take if your goal is to migrate to an English-speaking country for work, training or job training. As for the Academic IELTS, this would be a better option for you if your interest is to study in an English-speaking country, especially if you want to enter undergraduate or graduate. Sections Listening and Speaking are identical in both tests, but sections of Writing and Reading Comprehension differ to the extent that the texts must read and trials should write to the IELTS General are more related topics day to day, you lie in the Academic IELTS are associated with more analytical issues.
- Type IELTS English:
You may have heard the myth that the IELTS is an examination of British English. However, if you take the decision to submit this test, you should know that the IELTS is an international exam, which during the different sections of the same, you will find a variety of accents from all over the world as American, British English, Australian and New Zealand.
- Sections of IELTS:
IELTS measures the competence and level of English in four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Listening section consists of four sections and 40 questions in total. This will have to listen to four recordings of conversations and monologues, and once each recording is finished, you must answer questions about what you’ve heard.
During the Reading Comprehension section you must answer 40 questions. Depending on the type of test that you take, you must read between 3 and 5 passages; in the Academic IELTS you’ll read 3 long writings taken from books and academic journals, lie in the IELTS General’ll read up 5 short texts from newspapers and news.
In the section of writing, you will have 60 minutes to two letters. In the academic IELTS you must make a first letter where you have to summarize the information in a graph, chart or table that is presented to you, and then have to do an essay. IELTS General, you must first write a letter explaining the situation and asking for information, and then make a test.
Speaking section consists of three parts. In the first part you will talk about you and issues that you are known. Then, in a second part, you must answer some questions about a particular topic you will be asked. Finally, in the third part you will have a discussion on the topic discussed in part two. It is important to note that this section of IELTS, unlike other tests are done individually and face with an examiner.
- Duration of IELTS:
In total, the IELTS lasts 2 hours and 44 minutes, divided in 30 minutes for the Listening section, 60 minutes it takes the section of Reading Comprehension, another 60 minutes to make the writings of Section Writing and 11-14 minutes to answer the three parts of the section of Oral Expression. It is important to know that the Section of Oral Expression is done on a different day to the other three sections.
- IELTS Scores:
The first thing to know is that IELTS is not a pass or fail format. The result you receive will show your level of English proficiency. The test uses nine bands to measure results, with 1 being the 9th highest and lowest band. Results can be presented as a full band (eg. 6.0) or midband (eg. 6.5). According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the bands between 1 and 3.5 correspond to the A1 and A2 levels are people who have basic knowledge of the language, the bands between 4 and 5 are equivalent to level B1 is level intermediate bands between 5.5 and 6.5 corresponds to B2 level of advanced intermediate level, the bands between 7 and 8.5 are equal to the level C1 is high and the band 9 is equivalent to the C2 level that is to be proficient in the language.
The results bring a score for each section and an overall score. The score on each section is given according to four criteria: how well the questions were resolved, coherence and cohesion of the same, how broad is the candidate vocabulary and grammar level. Each of these four criteria has a similar weight in the final score obtained by the candidate in each section.
- What institutions accept IELTS:
Many people have the belief that the IELTS test is valid only in the UK or Australia, and for example, is not accepted by the United States and Canada. This is also a myth. IELTS is a comprehensive review of international recognition accepted by more than 8,000 institutions in 135 countries, among which are Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and more than 1,100 universities and colleges Americans.
- Validity of IELTS results:
Once you’ve done the IELTS, you will receive a copy of the results 13 calendar days after the date of submission of the written examination. During your exam registration you can request to send a copy of your results to maximum five educational institutions. Note that the results you get will have a duration of two years. If you get a lower score when you needed, you can retake the exam at any time.
- How to Join the IELTS:
You can present the Academic IELTS in 48 dates during the year and the IELTS General on 24 dates. They are held four times a month, usually on Thursdays and Saturdays, with fixed dates. You may register for the exam both in person or do it online, but that will depend on the center where going to present it. The IELTS can be taken in more than 900 centers around the world. To register for the exam, you must fill out the application form and attach a copy of your ID and two passport-size photos.
- IELTS Price:
Although the IELTS Academic and IELTS General have the same price, this varies according to country and go to the center where the exam. Therefore we recommend reviewing the information in your country.