IELTS test format

 IELTS test format

 IELTS test format

IELTS test evaluates your language proficiency in Listening, writing, reading and speaking in 2.75 hours. It is accessible in two kinds of IELTS test formats : IELTS academic and IELTS general training. Out of the four tasks Listening and Speaking are the same for both the IELTS test formats but subject matter of the other two tasks Reading and writing changes depending on the Test format you have chosen.

The Listening, writing and reading tasks of both the IELTS tests must be finished on the same day without any breaks in between whereas speaking task can either be completed on the same day after a break or up to 7 days before or after the other tasks. This depends on your test center.

IELTS Test format-Listening

Test takers will listen to 4 recorded monologues, texts and conversations by a range of native speakers and answer to a list of questions in 4 sections.

4 sections which lasts for about 40 minutes with 40 questions that is each section has 10 questions to answer which includes multiple choice questions, matching, note/form/flow-chart/summary/table completion, plan/map/diagram labeling.

Section 1: Conversation between two speakers.

Section 2: A Monologue in general.

First two sections deal with situations in everyday context.

Section 3: Conversation between two speakers in an educational or training context.

Section 4: A Monologue on educational subject.

Last two sections deal with situations in academic context.

 

IELTS Test format-Reading

There are two different modules based on the test you have chosen whether academic or General training.

Academic module– includes three long passage ranging from explanatory and correct to degressive and analytical. These passages are picked from books, magazines, journals and newspapers. They deal with interesting, recognizably suitable and appropriate issues for the test takers entering Universities for UG or PG courses.

General Training module– includes extracts from magazines, books, notices, advertisements, newspapers, company handbooks and guidelines. These are the materials you likely come across in any English speaking environment.

Reading tasks on a whole lasts for about 60 minutes with 40 questions which includes reading for main ideas, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, purpose and attitude, reading for detail, glancing and reading for gist.

IELTS Test format- writing

Like the reading section, there are two different modules in writing section based on the test you have chosen whether academic or General training.

Academic module- includes two topics which are suitable for the test takers entering Universities for UG or PG courses. There are two tasks to be completed:

Task 1: Graph, table, chart or diagram will be presented to the test takers and asked to summarize, describe the stages of the process or an object or event and explain the given data in your own words.

Task 2 : Test takers will be asked to write an essay in reaction to a point of view in an argument or a problem.

*Reactions for both the tasks should be in formal style.

General Training module– includes two topics which are based on topics of general interest. There are two tasks to be completed:

Task 1 : A situation will be given to the test takers and asked to write a letter seeking information or describing the situation. The letter may be in any style formal, semi formal or personal.

Task 2 : Test takers will be asked to write an essay in reaction to a point of view in an argument or a problem.

 

IELTS Test format- speaking

3 sections which lasts for about 11-14 minutes

Each section test will be recorded.

Section 1 – information about the test taker and few topics will be asked by the examiner, for example, work, studies, home, family and interests. This section lasts for about 4-5 minutes.

Section 2 – A card will be given to you which will ask the test taker to speak about a specific subject. Test taker will have one minute to get ready before speaking up to two minutes. One or two queries will be posed by the examiner on the same subject.

Section 3 – Few questions will be asked by the examiner about the subject in Part 2 which will give you the chance to talk about more unique thoughts and issues. This section lasts for about four and five minutes.

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