Why do you need IELTS and what is it?
If you’re going to study and work overseas or to move to an English speaking country, then the presence of a certificate confirming your English language level is obligatory in the list of documents. No certificate, no study/work/residence. That’s it.
IELTS is one of the tests used to measure one’s language ability, in other words, how well you know English. It’s not the only, but probably one of the most widely recognized if not the most one. IELTS certificate is accepted by thousands companies and educational organizations all around the world, including immigration purposes.
I should tell that a good level of English doesn’t guarantee a high score on the exam, though a low one definitely denies your chance. So, I’d recommend to begin improving your English right now.
What exactly is assessed in IELTS?
The test checks four main language skills:
⠀ - listening comprehension or Listening skills,
⠀ - understanding of various texts or Reading skills,
⠀ - ability to express your ideas in written English or Writing skills,
⠀ - how well you speak or Speaking skills.
Good news is that IELTS tests each skill separately of others, which means you can concentrate on one skill at one moment
Briefly about IELTS structure.
Four skills - four parts:
1) Listening. It checks the ability to understand natives’ speech, not only the main idea, but also specific information, paraphrasing, and context
The listening itself takes 30 min, in addition, 10 min are given to transfer answers, on the whole, 40 min.
2) Reading. This part includes a few texts, the tasks are to find specific information, to infer from the texts, and to distinguish paraphrasing. All the texts are adopted from real sources
Reading is 60 min long
3) Writing. Two texts must be written, in total over 400 words. They should show the ability to express thoughts in a well-structured and clear way as well as to use complex structures and choose precise words
Reading is 60 min long
Listening, Reading and Writing always follow each other in this exact order. On the whole, they take 2 h 40 min, in fact, the exam can be a bit longer.
4) Speaking. It is the shortest but equally important part of the exam. Lasts 11-14 min, and it is usually held later on the same day.
Are there different types of IELTS?
Yes, there are two modules: Academic and General.
The names speak for themselves: the first one is needed for study and work, the second one is for immigration, and in some cases for work.
What is the difference? Reading and writing are different. Listening and Speaking are the same.
So, it recommended to find out which type is needed, and the score required.
CEFR and IELTS.
Before you begin to prepare for IELTS, you should check the score you need and have your language ability precisely assessed.
The score can be found on the site of the organization you are going to apply. Read not only about an overall band but also scores for every part. For example, many universities require you to have at least 6.5, though bands should not be lower than 6.0 in each section.
Language assessment can be made with any standardized test, don't forget about Speaking. A language level is usually assessed with CEFR(Common European Framework of reference). Every level presupposes you have a certain range of skills and abilities in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. All levels are marked with letters(A, B, C) and numbers(1, 2).
There is no exact match between IELTS and CEFR, but they can help with a possible score.
Remember a high level (CEFR) doesn't guarantee a good result in IELTS, however, a low one makes that just impossible.
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