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This website has been designed to assist prospective IELTS candidates around the world to get prepared and secure good band score in IELTS. For this very purpose, we have included IELTS practice materials, tips & techniques, and problems students general face with their possible solutions.

So, now let’s get some basics about IELTS Exam.

What is IELTS

  • IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.
  • It measures your ability in the four skills of writing, speaking, reading and listening.
  • After the test you will be scored from 1-9.

 

IELTS Academic

  • If you want to study in abroad you must take this module of IELTS is for higher education, so if you want to study in abroad, you must take IELTS Academic Version

 

General Training

  • IELTS General Training test is for people who want to go to English speaking countries for secondary education, work or training programs
  • It is also a must for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK
  • This format of test focuses on basic survival skills in social and workplace contexts

 

Test Format

 IELTS Listening

  • Listening Test has 4 sections
  • Each section contains 10 question, so there are 40 questions in total
  • The test lasts for about 30 minutes
  • After the test you will given extra 10 minutes to write your answers on an answer sheet

 

Some of the problems students face with IELTS Listening test:

  • Have only ONE chance to listen to the recording
  • Correct spelling is a must
  • Diverse English accents are used
  • Some of the questions are designed to trick you

 

To solve these problems:

  • Do a lot of listening and spelling practice
  • Read some exam tips and techniques that I can give you good preparation
  • Listening practice is much helpful than exam techniques
  • To have “a good ear”, you need to listen to as much English as possible

 

Academic Reading

  • The Reading Test takes place immediately after the Listening Test
  • You will not get a break
  • There are 3 sections in the Reading Test
  • Each section has 13 or 14 questions
  • 40 questions in total
  • The test lasts 60 minutes
  • In that time you must write your answers on an answer sheet

Some of the problems students encounter with IELTS Reading:

  • Time is the biggest problem. Many students can’t manage to finish the test
  • The texts are long and contain many difficult vocabulary
  • Candidates find “paragraph headings” questions difficult
  • They find “true/ false/ not given” questions difficult as well

Other Features:

  • IELTS Reading is really a test of your vocabulary
  • If your knowledge of English words and phrases is good, you will do well
  • There are techniques that can help you to work faster and cope with the difficult question types
  • The best technique to improve your IELTS Reading score is by doing a lot of reading and vocabulary works

Question Types

In each passage, you have to:

  • Answer the Multiple Choice Questions
  • Write short answers
  • Complete sentences, notes, a summary, a flow chart or a table
  • Label a diagram
  • Classify ideas into different categories
  • Match (e.g. headings to paragraphs or people to ideas)
  • Decide if ideas or opinions are correct, incorrect or not given

Questions test a variety of reading skills along with your ability to:

  • Identify the writer’s view
  • Pursue key arguments in a text
  • Identify opinions and attitudes
  • Locate exact information
  • Differentiate key ideas from supporting details
  • Obtain information from a text to complete a diagram, summary, table or set of notes

To improve your performance at the Reading test do the followings:

  • Ensure you answer the questions asked. It will help to read the questions before you read the passage
  • Control your time. Do not waste time on a question you find difficult. Answer the others and come back to it later
  • Look at visuals and subtitles in order to get general ideas of what the passage is about
  • Identify the topic sentence in each paragraph, this gives you a sign to the answers
  • Use reading strategies such as skimming and scanning to help you find the answers
  • Correct grammar and spelling are important.
  • Ensure going through your answers

 

 IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

  • The IELTS Writing Test starts after the Reading Test
  • There are 2 parts to the Writing Test
  • You have a total of 60 minutes to complete Task 1 & Task 2
  • You should spend 20 minutes on IELTS Writing Task 1
  • You must write 150 words or more
  • You have to describe a graph, chart, table, diagram or map

 

The good news is that you can quickly learn how to write a Task 1 essay. However, to know exactly what to do in the exam, you need to work on these areas:

  • Ways to structure a good Task 1 essay
  • Ways to decide what information to include in your description
  • The words, phrases and grammatical structures for describing graphs, charts, tables, diagrams and maps
  • By using the right techniques, you can write the kind of essay that examiner likes

IELTS Academic Writing Task 2

  • Second part of IELTS Academic Writing Test is Task 2
  • You have to write Minimum 250 words
  • You should spend 40 minutes on this task
  • Writing Task 2 is worth more than Task 1, so you need to do it well

 

For IELTS Writing Task 2:

  • You have to write an essay discussing a topic
  • You will need to write on an opinion/ argument, different points of view or a problem to discuss
  • Most students prepare phrases for introducing and linking ideas
  • Not many students prepare good ideas and opinions for IELTS topics

We’ll work on these areas:

  • How to structure a good Task 2 essay.
  • Preparation of ideas, opinions and good vocabulary for each IELTS topic.
  • How to build and link sentences to create coherent paragraphs.
  • Common mistakes in grammar and word usage.

Some hard work on these areas can make a big difference to your writing score.

IELTS Speaking:

  • During the speaking test, you can take only your ID document into the exam room
  • It lasts for 11 – 14 minutes
  • An examiner will take your interview, and he will record your conversation
  • Since the timing is strictly controlled by the examiner, don’t be surprised if he or she interrupts you during answering a question

 

There are 3 parts in Speaking Test:

  1. Introduction or interview: around 10 questions in 4 to 5 minutes
  2. Cue Card: talk for 2 minutes with 1 minute to prepare
  3. Discussion: about 5 questions in 4 to 5 minutes

 

Remember:

  • Preparation is the key to get good score in IELTS Speaking
  • As diverse skills are tested in each part, you need to know exactly what to do
  • We can predict the kinds of questions that the examiner will ask. We’ll prepare ideas, possible answers and good vocabulary for each part of the test.

 

Detail of IELTS scoring

IELTS Academic and General Training test results are reported using the same nine-band scale.

The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Overall Band Score

The Overall Band Score is the average of the four component scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The component scores are weighted equally.

Some examples:

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking Average of

four components

Band score
Test taker A 6.5 6.5 5 7 6.25 6.5
Test taker B 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.875 4.0
Test taker C 6.5 6.5 5.5 6.0 6.125 6.0

If the average of the four components ends in .25, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next whole band.

Component Band Scores

Listening 

The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Reading

The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

The Academic and General Training Reading tests are graded on the same scale. The distinction between the two tests is one of genre or text type. However, Academic Reading tests may contain texts which feature more difficult vocabulary or greater complexity of style. It is usual that a greater number of questions must be answered correctly on a General Training Reading test to secure a given band score.

The tables below indicate the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score in Listening, Academic Reading and General Training Reading.

Listening   Academic Reading     General Training Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40   Band score  Raw score out of 40    Band score  Raw score out of 40 
5 16  5  15  4  15
6 23  6  23  5  23
7 30  7  30  6  30
8 35  8  35  7  34

Writing

To award a band score, examiners consider each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion (Structure & Organisasion)
  • Lexical Resource (Range of Vocabulary)
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (Variety of sentence structure)

The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.

Speaking

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

The criteria are weighted equally and the Speaking band score is the average.

Hardest Listening Test