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  • What is IELTS? Eligibility and Types of Test

    The International English Level Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized exam accepted in all countries for Immigration processes. IELTS is also one of the most renowned English proficiency exam for the aspiring students to study abroad. In short, IELTS is the world’ s most popular exam for study, work and migration purposes. When you plan to give IELTS exam, be ready to be a part of 2 million people who give IELTS tests worldwide. IELTS language certificate also opens doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places in the world where English is used.

    Eligibility for Exam:

    IELTS accesses the student eligibility on four human skills- listening, reading, writing and speaking. The entire examination process takes 3 hours.

    • 16 years is the minimum age to appear in IELTS exam.

    Types of IELTS Tests:

    IELTS Academic- IELTS Academic is for the people who are aspiring to study abroad, want their higher education in the universities, institutions which teach courses in English language. Every student needs an academic band score to take admission in undergraduate or postgraduate courses where teaching is in English. You can also take this version of IELTS to register within a professional body in an English-speaking country. Therefore, if you intend to join professional associations in disciplines such as medicine, nursing, law or engineering, you may need to pass the IELTS Academic exam.

    IELTS General Training- IELTS General Training is for the people who intend to migrate and work in foreign countries or want to attend secondary school. IELTS score is required by the government authorities of English Speaking countries.

    IELTS Life Skills- This is for people who intend to have UK visas and want to immigrate in UK or obtain CITIZENSHIP IN UK. Unlike the IELTS Academic and IELTS general training, this test accesses only listening and speaking skills in English.

    All of these 3 have different scoring systems. There is no minimum score required to pass this test.
    Candidates are rated on a band of 1 to 9 individually for all the four test- reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

    Preparation of IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic training

    Reading- For this section you would have one hour to read the text and answer 40 questions in all. The texts in IELTS General Training re basically taken from books, magazines and newspapers. The texts in the IELTS Academic can with illustrations, diagrams and graphs also.

    Writing- This section would give you only one hour to complete two tasks. General training would ask you to write a letter of 150 works in a personal or formal style and to write an essay. The Academic version includes the explanation of a graph, table, chart or diagram (150 words) and again an essay of 250 words. Learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look like in your handwriting.

    Speaking- This test would be on a different day from the other three tests. For this you would be asked to talk about daily routines.

    Listening- This is for 30 minutes and includes 4 passages and a total of 40 questions.