All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

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All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

Are you planning on studying abroad? Or live in an English-speaking country? Then IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is not only a requirement by many universities and other educational institutes, professional workplaces, and immigration but it is also considered a must for a completely easy transition to a new land. With it you’ll then be confident in knowing you can perform any task required from school to work; paying bills to opening bank accounts, socialize and other life tidbits till your heart desires. So to get you started in your exciting endeavors here is your “All You Need to Know About IELTS” guide specially designed in mind for Indians.

What Is In the Test?

1. Version of the Test

There are two versions of IELTS test, one is ‘Academic’ and the other is ‘General Training”. Both tests will have four papers that of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These are the 4 main language skills needed to communicate English effectively. Both tests share the same Speaking and Listening modules however differences are present in the Reading and Writing module. This is since each test in regards to its purpose differs.

  • Academic: This is required when confirming a degree study that of undergraduate and/or postgraduate. Or professional registration such as a nurse.
  • General Training: Is required for those seeking migration for work and/or study that is lower than a degree.

Some organizations may prefer either or. Please do double-check by getting in contact with the organization of interest and confirm which test is required before initiating your own test preparation and registration.

2. Get to Know Standard English

On deciding which test you need to choose, start familiarizing yourself with the questions and how one is expected to answer them. Do make known that the content collected are from such countries as Canada, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom etc…. This is considered Standard English globally. For example, Trash can and rubbish bin are standard, however, dustbin is considered Indian English (non-standard English).

All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

3. Test Breakdown

Below is a guide on how you should manage your time according to the number of questions and their respective marks.

  • Listening: 40 questions = 30 minutes – transfer time is allowed, meaning you can spend extra time if you can.
  • Reading: 40 questions = 60 minutes – no transfer time, meaning they will not allow for extra time.
  • Writing: 2 tasks = 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 3 parts = 11-14 minutes

You will have three hours to complete this test. Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day in one sitting meaning no breaks given and in no particular order. And the Speaking test can be scheduled up to seven days before, on or after the above papers mentioned.

4. IELTS Band Score

The mark known as score represents how well-conversed you are in the English language. Such as in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, understanding of the general and specific ideas, quality and quantity of content and so forth. From 0 being the lowest to 9 being the highest, as detailed below. Scores are stated as whole or half bands.

9: Expert user
8: very good user
7: Good user
6: Competent user
5: Modest user
4: Limited user
3: Extremely limited user
2: Intermittent user
1: Non-user
0: Did not attempt the test

5. Test Modules

Click here for the IELTS Test Format explained in more detail yet is easy to follow.

6. Sample Tests

Thanks to the internet you can Google free IELTS sample test to gain a further understanding of the test layout and this gives you a chance to practice answering questions. And/or to be extra sure you know exactly what the test is like you can purchase the Official IELTS Practice Materials from your local IELTS test center.

All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

7. Enroll In a Preparation Course

You could study alone though it is highly recommended to enroll in a preparation course. For one, you get to understand your actual level of communication by interacting amongst other candidates in addition to having formal feedback from your trainers. And two you will be supported along your IELTS preparation journey.

8. Register for The Test

Once you’ve prepared as much as you can and feel confident you can crack the test it is then only you should register. Though also do keep in mind that seats fill fast as IELTS is conducted only once every week with corresponding registration deadlines. Furthermore, test centers may not be in your location.

The British Council is highly known and trusted for conducting this test. You can apply either online or via post with them. The IELTS exam fee is roughly around Rs. 10,000 to 11300 which you should confirm directly with your local IELTS test center. On processing your registration you will then receive a letter of confirmation with date and time of the test approximately 5 days before the test.

9. Test Day

You need to present a valid passport when you appear for the test as it will be checked by the examiner. This should be the same one you used for your registration. In addition, your photo will be taken and will be printed on your IELTS Test Report Form. And in some instances, you may be asked for your fingerprints.

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All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

All You Need to Know About IELTS for Indians

10. Test Results

On completing the test you will receive your results after thirteen days known as the Test Report Form. This will display the score received for each module (Reading, Listing, Writing and Speaking). And an overall band score. Your results can either be collected at your local IELTS test center where you had taken the test or via mail. Furthermore, a soft copy can be viewed online and will be there for up to 28 days.

You will only receive one hard copy and no further copies are issued thus do keep it safe. On request, your local IELTS test center will permit sending up to 5 copies to five organizations for free. And do remember these results are only valid for two years. Though some organization may entertain you only if you can prove you have been actively working on your English.

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