What is IELTS?
IELTS is also known as the International English Language Testing System. The sole purpose of IELTS test is to evaluate the language proficiency for non-native English speakers. Most of the countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, etc have made IELTS evaluation as mandatory setting the score limit depending on the category visa will be applied for.
IELTS is jointly managed by IDP, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Although there is no minimum passing band, yet every country that accepts IELTS have a defined minimum bands requirements specifically in Academic as well as General Training. And so one has to ensure they set a target of a minimum score to be achieved.
The score ranges from 0 to 9 bands in 0.5 bands increment.
IELTS is categorized into two class:
- General Training
People wanting to migrate on the basis of work permit or PR(Permanent Residency) category to countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc, need to pass the General Test. Academic is purely for students wanting to study abroad and seek further education overseas.
There are 4 modules in IELTS: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The result once given is valid for a duration or of 2 years.
Generally, Listening and Speaking modules are same for General training as well as Academic. The Listening and speaking modules test your ability to interact with other people. How well can you communicate? How good listener you are?
People from different regions have different accents, and hence listening, understanding and replying is very important. These are the skills that are being tested in these two modules.
Reading and Writing are different for Academic and General Training. Reading will test your ability in the understanding of given articles and how well you grasp the information. For Reading and Writing modules, you need to have a sound vocabulary and understanding of language as well as requirements.
They test whether you can write effectively, and to the point. Whether you understand the purpose of the letter you are writing, how well you understand the paragraph written and answer the questions that follow.
The questions require specific answers and they check a persons attention to detail. Writing module will check how good you are into framing sentences, drafting letters, emails, or an essay. In the Academic test, writing modules check the ability to transform your understanding of graphical presentation into your words.
IELTS preparation and Tips:
For preparation, IELTS academy themselves provide various materials in the form of books, CDs, online materials such as pdf’s video tutorials etc. Practice using these materials as much as you can. Also take mock tests, certain grammar learning and with the help of other available sources one should prepare for the exam.
It is always a good habit to read English blogs, newspapers, articles, etc that are informative as well as upgrade your knowledge and vocabulary. Nowadays, various mobile applications that provide online materials and that can be accessed from anywhere. Regular practicing, reading and communicating in English to enhance speech are best learning practices.
Most of the visa consultancy services provide coaching classes for languages. Many even offer a trial session for classes. Taking coaching for IELTS is highly advisable as it is not just any language exam but it is much more into detail. Also one needs to familiarize himself with the type of questionnaire.
Taking enough mock tests and trying to reach near to the expected score is the best way to trial and error. Once the coach feels satisfactory results in mock-up, he would normally advise booking your actual test.
- Get enough sleep the night before.
- Prepare the needed documents and stationaries the day before.
- Try not to read or rehearse too much on the day.
- Be mentally stress-free and confident.
- Dress well and remember to always think and plan before you execute.
- Do not leave any question unattended.
- Finally, re-check your work before submission.