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IELTS

IELTS

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.
 
IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. 
 
IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 2.2 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.
 
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 1,000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries.

Who is it for?

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. 

More than 1.4 million people a year take the test.

What is IELTS test like?

You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.

Level and scores:

Multi-level. You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.

Where we can take test?

IELTS tests are administered at accredited Test Centres throughout the world - there are currently more than 500 Centres, in over 120 countries. 

When we can take test?

Arrange with your closest test centre. There are frequent dates, usually on Saturdays.

How much does it cost to take IELTS?

Fees are set by test centres and vary from country to country.It costs NPR 16,950 to take IELTS in Nepal.

IELTS is a multi-level exam. You get a score between 1 and 9 for each section. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.

IELTS Listening marking schemes

For the listening test, which contains 40 questions, the approximate band scores can be calculated using this table.

Band Score    9      8.5         8         7.5         7        6.5          6         5.5         5         4.5        4          3.5        3      2.5    
Score            40    39-40    37-38    35-36    32-34    30-31    26-29    23-25    18-22    16-17    13-15    10-12    8-10    6-7      4-5

IELTS General Reading marking schemes

For the general reading test, which contains 40 questions, the approximate band scores can be calculated using this table.

Band Score    9     8.5     8        7.5     7           6.5        6        5.5          5         4.5        4          3.5       3    2.5

Score            40    39    37-38    36    34-35    32-33    30-31    27-29    23-26    19-22    15-18    12-14    9-11    6-8

IELTS Academic Reading marking schemes

For the academic reading test, which also contains 40 questions, but is more difficult, theapproximate band scores can be calculated using this table.

Band Score    9       8.5         8         7.5         7        6.5        6          5.5         5         4.5        4         3.5        3     2.5
Score            40    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

IELTS Writing marking schemes

The two writing questions are marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

IELTS Speaking marking schemes

The speaking test is also marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:

  • Fluency and coherence
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciatio

The test has four sections:

  1. Listening - 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes.
  2. Speaking - interview, 15 minutes.
  3. Reading - different for Academic or General Training - 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes.
  4. Writing - different for Academic or General Training - 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes.
  • Working professionals who have acquired their target score can easily find a job that suits their qualifications.Nowadays, head hunters and hiring managers need staff that is fluent in the English language. Multinational companies abroad do business with varied nationalities who basically speak English. Hence, they need people who are good English speakers who can be productive and be an asset to their companies. 
  • Better universities are sure options for students who have a good or even outstanding IELTS score. Different universities have different IELTS score requirements – the better the program, the higher IELTS score needed. As a student applying for a specific program, it is best to aim high in taking the IELTS examination. Moreover, with a high IELTS score, the school is assured that a student will be able to survive the demanding academic environment and interact with the teachers and students as well.
  • If you are someone taking the IELTS without a purpose for job or studies abroad, the certification can be a good credential even applying here in the Philippines. Some companies are impressed with those applicants who are good at communication skills. Moreover, having good communication skills can help you land a good and well-compensated job. 
  • Reviewing for the IELTS is the best way to get a high score in the examination. To help you reach these target scores, enrolling in an IELTS review center is a good step. IELTS review centers have carefully planned modules and training schedules that aim to improve and develop one’s skill for the IELTS. With their help, one is assured that their target scores are just easy to reach in the IELTS exam. 

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