This termly course is for learners who use English competently but need to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for the IELTS General Training or Academic examination.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination is often a requirement if you plan to emigrate, study or work overseas. The course will develop the strategies required to improve your score in all four parts of the test. It teaches the complete range of language skills needed to improve your band score. We will help you improve your language proficiency throughout the course by providing input and practice.
The test is conducted by the British Council and AEO. The test results are normally made available within two weeks of taking the test. You can also ask for more copies of your test results.
The test has different sections:
The Listening Section – Duration: 30 minutes
Academic reading/general training reading section – Duration: 60 minutes
Academic writing/general training writing section – Duration: 60 minutes
Speaking Section: Duration: 11 – 14 minutes
Total test time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
You will receive a separate Band Score. The four Band Scores, one for each section are added together and averaged for an Overall Band Score. Each Band has a statement giving a summary of the English at that level. There are nine Band levels, from one (non-user) to nine (expert user).
The minimum score accepted for a course ranges from 5.0 to 7.5, depending upon courses and institutes you are applying to. The most common requirement is a band score of 6 to 6.5.
Test Reports have a validity of two years.
You can retake the test if you do not achieve the desired score but not before three months of the first test date.
Modules of IELTS
IELTS READING TEST (60MIN)
Introduction and Tips for Reading
The reading test is deliberated as one of the most difficult parts of lELTS. You have to read 3 long sections. every section with multiple paragraphs, as well as answer 40 questions (13 or 14question from every section). Contrasting to the attending test, no additional time is provided at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Time can be the main limitation as you will be given only hour to finish the test.
IELTS Academic Test:
It includes long extract from research reports, journals, books, newspapers and magazines. You have to answer questions on each extract specially designed to assess for students seeking education in international institutions.
IELTS General Tanning Test:
It includes abstract from magazines, newspapers, hand-books and notices. You have to answer questions on given abstract specially designed to assess your routine interactive skills in English language.
Advises for Reading Part of IELTS;
- Beat the fear – read as much as possible.
- Use Speed Reading Self-Pacing Methods
- Improve key skills – skimming and scanning
- Time management – experiment to see what works
- Focus on the question – avoid careless errors
- Learn how to underline
- The questions follow the text – normally
IELTS LISTENING TEST (30+MIN)
Introduction and Tips for Listening
The Listening module is the same in both the academic and general training versions of IELTS. You will listen four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
While listening, you have to answer ten questions from each section, which can be multiple choice, short answer, or filling in the gaps in a sentence, diagram, or data table. There is additional time at the end of the test to write your final answers on the answer sheet.
IELTS Listening Section 1: General conversation
- Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
IELTS Listening Section 2: General talk
- Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
IELTS Listening Section 3: Academic conversation
- Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
IELTS Listening Section 4: Academic lecture
- Recording 4 – a lecture on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Advices for Listening Part of IELTS;
- Be attentive to grasp each information
- Identify the type of information required
- Identify parallel meaning
- Focus on your reading, listening and writing skills at the same time
- Improve your spellings.
IELTS SPEAKING TEST (11-14 MIN)
Introduction and Tips for Speaking
The IELTS Speaking module is a face-to-face interview divided into three parts. The speaking module is the same in both the academic and general training versions of IELTS.
Total time varies from 11-14 minutes depending on the length of your answers. The IELTS Speaking test is often held on a different day to the IELTS paper test.
IELTS Speaking Part 1: Interview
Time: 4-5 minutes.
The examiner will ask you a series of questions about everyday topics such as work, study, hobbies, home, family or lifestyle.
IELTS Speaking Part 2: Individual long-turn
Time: 3-4 minutes.
In this part of the IELTS speaking module, you will be shown some written instructions for an individual speaking task. You will have one minute to think about your answer, making notes if you prefer to do so. You will then be asked to speak for one to two minutes.
The question usually concerns a past or regular event in your life, or a goal for the future. You should pay careful attention to the verb tenses used in the question and use matching tenses in your answer.
IELTS Speaking Part 3: Discussion
Time: 5-6 minutes
In this part, the examiner will ask for your opinion on a range of issues related to the topic in part 2. This time, however, there is no preparation time so you must begin speaking immediately. You should aim to say as much as possible. Give more than one reason, or compare and contrast different views. The longer your answers, the fewer questions you will need to answer.
Advices for Speaking Part of IELTS;
- Speak as much as possible – You’ve got 12 minutes to show how good your speaking is.
- Don’t pre-learn your answers – These sound rehearsed and examiners will notice this and move on to a different topic.
- Avoid yes/no answers– Always include details to fill out your answer.
Correct yourself if you make a mistake – This is what native speakers do and you won’t lose marks for it.
- Make sure your intonation is not flat – English speakers have melody in their intonation. If the way you speak sounds flat, you will sound bored – the examiner might think that you are not interested or don’t care!
IELTS WRITING TEST (60MIN)
Introduction and Tips for Writing
The Academic Writing module of IELTS consists of two writing tasks of 150 and 250 words each. Task 1 requires you to describe some data or a diagram. Task 2 requires you to write a short discursive essay, usually presenting your opinion on a particular issue.
Both writing tasks must be completed in 60 minutes. It is up to you how much time you spend on each task. You must write in pencil on paper.
IELTS Writing Task 1: Describe a diagram
Time: 20 minutes (recommended). Words: 150 minimum
In this task, you are shown a diagram or set of data and you have to write a short report identifying the main features and making comparisons where relevant.
IELTS Writing Task 2: Discursive essay
Time: 40 minutes (recommended). Words: 250 minimum
In this task, you have to write about your opinion on a particular issue, or about both sides of an argument. The question will make it clear which approach you should take.
Advices for Writing Part of IELTS;
- Always make a paragraph plan before writing.In Task 1, each paragraph should deal with one aspect of the data. In Task 2, each paragraph should contain one main idea.
- Avoid repeating the same words too many times.Paraphrase the questions and vary vocabulary as much as possible in both IELTS writing tasks.
- In Task 1, do not attempt to explain or present reasons for the data.You should only describe what it shows.
- In Task 2, remember that you can write about other people’s ideas as well.Practice using reporting verbs and passive structures to give your writing a more academic style.
- Mistakes are much more obvious in writing than in speaking.You should be continuously working to improve your English grammar while preparing for IELTS.