IELTS – ACADEMIC & GENERAL TRAINING
All about IELTS
Looking for Best IELTS Coaching in Lucknow? We are glad that you have reached the right source. As pioneers in IELTS coaching in Lucknow, we ensure that our students consistently score 8+ Band in their IELTS test. Whether you want to go abroad for study, job or immigration – whatever is your reason; IELTS is one of the common English proficiency tests that you have to take. Before you explore this site further, read more about the format of the IELTS test and familiarise yourself with it.
What is IELTS?
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to measure the ability of effective communication across four major language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The test is conducted by British Council and IDP Australia at select centers in India and abroad. IELTS is required to be taken by those planning to undertake academic courses in UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, by medical professionals planning to work or study in UK, Australia and USA and those emigrating to any of these countries.
IELTS is offered in two modules – General Training and Academic. The Academic module is meant for those targeting academic courses while the General Training or GT module as it is popularly known is for those planning emigration or taking up a job overseas.
What is the Test Pattern of IELTS?
|Section||No of Questions/Tasks||Type of Questions||Time|
|Multiple choice, Sentence Completion, Short answer type, main idea, matching, identification of speakerâ€™s view, etc|
|Multiple choice, Sentence Completion, Short answer type, paragraph heading, matching, identification of writerâ€™s view, classification, etc|
|Essay Writing and Report Writing|
|Personal Interview, Spontaneous Task and Interactive Session|
How is IELTS Scored?
Each section i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking is marked individually on a band scale of 1-9 and the average of all the four sections (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) is taken to give the overall score. The score for each section of the test is equally weighted and your overall band score is rounded off to the nearest whole or half band.
Let’s take an example: If you get 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Reading, 5.5 in Writing and 7.0 in Speaking. Then your total score is 25.5. If we divide this by 4 then the average will be 6.375. This score will be rounded to the nearest half and you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5
How is IELTS Score reporting done?
The scores are declared in 13 days and are available on the website of British Council and IDP and can be accessed through the candidate login section. The scorecard is mailed to the candidate within 15 days and the scores are valid for a period of 2 years from the date of the test.
How can I complete IELTS Test Registration?
Registration for IELTS can be done online at British Council website www.examinations.britishcouncil.org or IDP website www.idpieltsindia.com by filling in the IELTS application form and uploading the required documents. The payment can be made either by credit card or at select branches of ICICI Bank. The examination fee for Pen and paper based IELTS & Computer-delivered IELTS is INR 14,000. Test takers can also register for IELTS through Eduken Office as we are authorized Test Registration Partners of both British Council and IDP.
For how long IELTS score is valid?
IELTS scores are valid for a period of TWO years from the date of the test.
RECENT UPDATES ON IELTS TEST:
- From April 2020, IELS test fee has been revised to INR 14,000 from INR 13,250.
- IELTS score validity was for 2 years which has been recently extended to up to 3 years. (This is an unverified update). The validity of your IELTS scorecard will start from the day of your exam.
To check where the IELTS® is administered in your city, and to register for the test get in touch with us. Eduken® is an authorised TOEFL Test Registration Partner of British Council & IDP.
Q: How many times can you take IELTS?
A: There is no limit on the number of attempts you make, you can take the test as many times as you want. But do remember that every attempt sets you poorer by INR 14,000. We strongly advise repeat test takers to give a gap of at least 6 to 8 weeks between their attempts.
Q: Is there an age limit for the test?
A: There is no age limit for the IELTS test. We do not recommend it for students under 16 years. On the date of the test, if you are a minor, then you have to submit a written consent by your parents.
Q: What happens if I am unable to appear for the test?
A: Let’s analyse three situations: Situation One: You took your L/R/W test but failed to take Speaking test. Situation Two: You become absent on both L/R/W and Speaking Test. Situation Three: You took your Speaking test but failed to appear for L/R/W test. In all these cases you will be considered as an absentee and no refund will be made to you.
Q: Can I change or postpone the test date?
A: Yes, you can prepone or postpone the test date. You to send the request from for date change in writing and it must be received more than 5 weeks before the test date. You have to pay an administrative charge of INR 3,000 (Inclusive of all taxes) for the date change. If your request is received within the five week period prior to the test date it will not be considered.
Q: How can I check my IELTS result?
A: You can check your IELTS result in four ways – through Online Portal, Email, Text Message (SMS) and through the test centre. The first three are most popular ways in India.
Q: Should I take IELTS or TOEFL?
A: There is no specific answer for this. It depends on the university’s admission requirements and your target country. Both IELTS & TOEFL scores are accepted worldwide by leading universities for Englsih proficiency. In simple terms, if you are not considering USA for higher education don’t take TOEFL and go for IELTS.
Q: Is it necessary to enroll for IELTS training/coaching program?
A: Nowadays there are various resources available to the candidates through different mediums. Some of the students do well through self learning and get the desired bands. But our experience tells us that through self-learning students waste much more time in figuring out the right resources in the form of IELTS books, videos, ebooks etc. This time can be put to more efficient usage through an effective coaching. Remember, we intentionally used the word effective here. You already have read so much above and you can smartly figure out your next step. So, go ahead and save your precious time!
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