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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency test used for higher education, professional registration, migration, and employment purpose. It uses a nine-band scale (band score 1-9) to measures the English language proficiency of people. This test is available at more than 1,600 locations globally including the USA and there are 48 test dates a year. The IELTS results are valid for 2 years from the test-taking date.  In India, the IELTS fee is Rs. 13,250. IELTS is conducted jointly by the British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Paper-based IELTS- The test takers have to take the test in an official IELTS test center with a pen and paper. He/she can use a pen or HB pencils to write on the answer sheets. The speaking test is executed face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner. In the paper-based test, the test report Form will be available after 13 days of the test-taking date. 

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Computer-delivered IELTS- The test takers have to take the test in an official IELTS test center in front of a computer with the questions presented on the screen. The Speaking section is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner just like Paper-based IELTS.  A select group of IELTS test centers delivers the IELTS Speaking test via high-definition video calls. In computer-delivered test results will be available between 5 and 7 days after the test.

Types of the IELTS test

IELTS Academic- Required for people who are applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking country.

IELTS General Training- Required for people who are going to an English speaking country for secondary education, training program or work experience or who want to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.

Listening and speaking sections are the same for both IELTS Academic and General Training but the subject matter of the reading and writing sections differs. The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests must be completed on the same day without any breaks but the speaking section can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. The total time for the IELTS Academic or General Training test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Test Format Listening-

Time-30 minutes

Number of Question- 40

Paper format- Need to listen and answer four types of conversations of native English speakers

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 1 – a conversation between two speakers related to an everyday social context 

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 2 - a monologue related to an everyday social context

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 3 – a conversation between up to four people related to an educational or training context

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 4 - a monologue on an academic subject

Task types

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 1- Multiple choices

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 2 - Matching

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 3 - Plan, map, diagram labeling

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 4 - Form, table, flow-chart, summary completion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 5 - Sentence completion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Type 6 - Short-answer questions

Scoring of IELTS listening section-

One mark is awarded for each correct answer in the 40-question test. A Band Score conversion table is produced to translate scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale for each version of the listening section.

Test format – Academic/General Training Reading 

Test takers need to read three reading passages and answers several task types.

IELTS Academic test  This test includes three long texts collected from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers ranges from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These texts are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS General Training Test – There are three sections

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Section 1- Two or three short texts or several shorter texts

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Section 2- Two texts

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Section 3- One long text

These materials are related to daily activities in an English speaking country. These are collected from books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, notices, company handbooks, and guidelines.

Time-60 minutes

Number of Question- 40

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 1 – Multiple choices

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 2 – Identifying information

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 3 – Identifying writer’s views/claims

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 4 – Matching information

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 5 – Matching headings

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 6 – Matching features

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 7 – Matching sentence endings

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 8 – Sentence completion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 9 – Summary, flow-chart, table completion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 10 – Diagram label completion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task type 11 – Short-answer questions

IELTS Reading Section Scoring

1 mark is awarded for each correct answer in the Reading section. A Band Score conversion table is produced for each version of the Academic and General Training Reading test, which translates scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale.

Test format – Academic/ General Training Writing

Test-takers need to complete two writing tasks

Time- 60 minutes

IELTS Academic Writing Tasks

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task 1- The test-taker need to describe some visual information (graph/ chart/ table/diagram) in his/her own words within 150 words in about 20 minutes

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task 2- The test taker needs to respond to a point of view or argument or problem within 250 words in about 40 minutes.

IELTS General Training Tasks

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task 1- The test takers are asked to respond to a situation that may need to write a personal or formal letter requesting information, or explaining a situation.

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task 2 – The test-taker will be asked to write an essay in response to a problem or an argument.

Scoring of IELTS Academic/General Tasks

Each task is assessed separately. The assessment of Task 2 carries more weight in marking than Task 1.Scores These scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Assessment Criteria for Task 1

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task achievement

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Coherence and cohesion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Lexical resource

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Grammatical range and accuracy

Assessment Criteria for Task 2

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Task response

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Coherence and cohesion

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Lexical resource

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Grammatical range and accuracy.

Test format – Speaking

The speaking section consists of an oral interview between the test takers' and an examiner to assess your English speaking proficiency. Every test is recorded

Time- 11-14 minutes 

Part 1 (4-5 minutes) - The examiner asks general questions about test-takers and a range of familiar topics including interests, studies, home, family, etc.

Part 2 (3–4 minutes, including the preparation time) – In this section, the test-taker needs to speak on a given topic using appropriate language and organizing ideas. The examiner will also ask one or two questions on this topic

Part 3 (4-5 minutes)- In this section, the examiner will ask further questions about the topic in Part 2 to test the ability to express and justify opinions and to analyze, discuss and speculate about issues

Scoring of IELTS Speaking Tasks-

The scoring is based on below-mentioned criteria

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Fluency and coherence

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Lexical resource

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Grammatical range and accuracy

IELTS Test Delta Consulting Pronunciation

The IELTS scale

Band score
Skill level
Description

9

Expert user

Fully operational command and complete understanding of the language.

8
Very good user
Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage.

7

Good user

Operational command of the language but with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings in some situations.

6
Competent user
Effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings.

5

Modest user

Partial command of the language and understand the overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes.

4
Limited user
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations and problems in understanding and expression.

3

Extremely limited user

Conveys and understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations with really poor communication.

2
Intermittent user
Great trouble understanding both spoken and written English.

1

Non-user

An inability to use the language except for a few isolated words.

0
Did not attempt the test
Did not answer any question.

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Source

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