IELTS Preparation

If you are aspiring to be in the world’s top universities and colleges then you must start working towards achieving your goal now. To make your dream come true, it is important to clear the English language proficiency test IELTS, as a pre-requisite for the selection process. Many foreign universities have started considering IELTS scores as an important part of admission.  Embark Career Consultant Pvt. Ltd. is a leader in IELTS coaching for many years now. Having been adjudged by IDP-India, as the No.1 IELTS Institute, by the British council as Platinum Partner & official Associate Partner of Cambridge University Press in the U.K., we have been striving hard to maintain the same. Our training programs are crafted in such a way that it gives sufficient practice to the students in the techniques required for taking the IELTS Test with full confidence. Our focused training program gives the candidates enough grounding to obtain high scores in IELTS.

What is IELTS?

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), then British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities, and other government agencies. IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

Test Administration

IELTS tests are administered at centers throughout the world there are currently over 300 centers operating in more than 100 countries. Centers supervise the local administration of the test and ensure the provision of qualified and trained examiners. A full list of centers is available on the IELTS website. Test centers run regular test administrations, according to local needs and results are available within two weeks. Candidates receive only one copy of their results but additional copies may be sent by the test center directly to receiving organizations at the request of the candidate.

There are no restrictions on candidates re-taking the test. Academic and General Training IELTS is available in two formats-Academic and General Training.

The Academic Reading and Writing tests assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these tests.

The General Training Reading and Writing tests are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasize basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test center whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centers are not responsible for providing this information. The General Training Module is not offered at all test administrations.

IELTS Version

There are two versions of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The purpose of both tests is different and the one you take will depend on the requirements of the academic institution you plan to study in, your work/professional, or visa requirements.

IELTS Academic: This test is meant for students wishing to study at universities and institutes of higher education in countries where English is the medium of instruction in the classroom. Many professions, like, medical, nursing, engineering, etc., also require an IELTS Academic result for registration. The Academic test is designed to assess the proficiency in English required in an academic and higher learning environment.

IELTS General Training: This test is usually a visa requirement for those applying for permanent residency in English-speaking countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Persons going to these countries for training programs, employment, or secondary education, are required to take this test. IELTS General Training is intended to test the English skills that an immigrant or a worker would need for communication in the workplace and an everyday environment.

SCORING SYSTEM :

The IELTS test does not pass or fail a student, instead, the IELTS scoring system uses a band scale of 0 – 9 to assess the proficiency of the candidate.
There are different band requirements for each country, institution, organization, and candidates will need to score accordingly.
Sometimes the band requirements differ for visa and your chosen institution/organization/profession/employer.
The IELTS test results have a validity of two years and you will be required to retake the test beyond that period.

IELTS TEST FORMAT

ACADEMIC – IELTS Academic is divided into four sections

Listening: The test is for 30 minutes, an additional time of 10 minutes is given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on their ability to understand lectures and conversations in various Western accents, primarily British.

Reading: The test is of 40 questions divided into 3 sections. The test is 60 minutes long and it measures the ability of candidates to understand descriptive, factual, and analytical passages.

Writing: In this test 2 tasks have to be completed in 60 minutes. Task 1 comprises describing tables, graphs, charts, and diagrams in a minimum of 150 words, and in task 2 candidates are required to write a 250-word long essay on the given topic. The contribution of task 2 to the total writing score is twice of task 1.

Speaking: The speaking test is generally 11 to 14 minutes long and is conducted in a face-to-face interview format. This test has 3 sections, in the first section, the examiner asks questions related to the candidate’s introduction, etc. In the second section the candidate is asked to speak for 2 minutes on a general topic and in the third section follow-up questions related to the topic in section 2 are asked

GENERAL – IELTS General Training is also divided into four sections

Listening: The test is for 30 minutes, an additional time of 10 minutes is given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on their ability to understand lectures and conversations in various Western accents, primarily British
Reading: The duration of this test is 60 minutes in which three passages are given. Each passage forms one section of the test and is accompanied by 10 to 14 questions. There are a total of 40 questions.

Section 1 generally has two or three short paragraphs on factual texts.
Section 2 mostly has two short paragraphs based on factual texts.
Section 3 is likely to be a long passage on a general topic.

Writing: In this test 2 tasks have to be completed in 60 minutes. Task 1 comprises writing 150 words long formal or an informal letter on the given situation and in task 2 candidates are required to write a 250-word long essay on the given topic. The contribution of task 2 to the total writing score is twice of task 1.

Speaking: The speaking test is generally 11 to 14 minutes long and is conducted in a face-to-face interview format. This test has 3 sections, in the first section, the examiner asks questions related to the candidate’s introduction, etc. In the second section the candidate is asked to speak for 2 minutes on a general topic and in the third section follow-up questions related to the topic in section 2 are asked.