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International English Language Testing System (ielts)

IELTS i.e. International English Language Testing System is a standardized English profi ciency test. It assesses English Language skills in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP- Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL EXAMINATIONS.

IELTS has two types of modules - Academic and General Training. Academic Module is required to be given by students who plan to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. While, General Training Module is generally a prerequisite for the people who either want to pursue vocational studies or plan to immigrate.

Test format
Structure of the Test
MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Listening40 questions40 minutes
Reading
Academic Module3 passages ( 40 questions)60 minutes
General Module3 sections (40 questions)60 minutes
Writing
Academic Module2 tasks (Diagram Prompt/Argument Prompt)60 minutes
General Module2 tasks (Letter Prompt/Essay Prompt)60 minutes
Speaking3 parts11 – 15 minutes
A BRIEF ON EACH SECTION
Listening

It has 4 sections and 40 questions in all. It lasts for 40 minutes including the time one gets for transferring the answers to the main answer sheet.

Reading

Reading has 3 passages, 40 questions in all. Candidates are given only 1 hour to complete reading, which means that time management is very important. One must give 20 minutes per passage.

Writing

Academic Module

It has 2 writing tasks. Task 1 is primarily Report writing (explaining diagrams and charts). Essay on task 1 must not be less than 150 words. Students are advised to spend 20 minutes on this task. Task 2 is Argumentative essay.

Essay on task 2 must not be less than 250 words. Students are advised to spend 40 minutes on the same. In all, time allotted for writing is 1 hour. General Training Module It also has 2 writing tasks. Task1 presents a Letter Prompt (formal or informal). Students must write at least 150 words for the same. Task2 is same as that of Academic Module.

Speaking

Speaking has 3 parts and lasts for 11-14 minutes. It is done on one-to-one basis with the student.

Part1: Examiner asks general questions to the student, which relates to his/her work, studies, hobbies etc. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes. Part2: The candidate is given a topic to speak, which is printed on a task card.

Students have to speak for 1 minute at least and are given one minute to think and write down some points. This part lasts between 3 and 4 minutes. Part3: It's a two way discussion with the examiner (questions mostly related to part 2 topic will be asked).The discussion lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

FREE IELTS SCHEME

Students may enroll under the FREE IELTS SCHEME. Under this scheme, if a student has enrolled in a university represented by Oberoi Overseas and applies for visa with that university offer, then he/she is entitled for a refund after net deduction of taxes and cost of official course ware. The refund is applicable whether visa has been granted or not.

Scoring

IELTS is graded on a scale of 0 – 9, known as Band Scale. Generally, a score of at least 6 bands for UG & 6.5 bands for PG is required in each section. The result is available in 15 working days.

Other details

Score Validity :2 yearsScore Reporting time :approximately 15 days
Registration Mode :Telephone / Mail/ Online Extra Score Reporting Fee :Rs. 1250 for courier, Rs. 250 for registered post.
Mode of payment :Demand Draft/Credit card Official Website :www.ielts.org
Test Fee :Rs. 10,400/-Rescheduling Fee :5 Wks prior @ charge of 25% of test fee
Nature of Test :Paper Based TestTest Administration Frequency :3-4 times a month
Test Repetition policy :Next available date

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