The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an English test jointly owned and managed by three reputable institutions-the
and Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
This is taken by those who want to work, study, and live
in a country where English is the first language.
According to its official website, the test is administered up to four times a month in more than 500 test centers around the world.
Employers including government institutions, universities and colleges around the world rely on the test score to determine a candidate's ability to use the four language skills-
In short, it is a must test for all those who want to live in English speaking nation, permanently or temporarily.
The beauty about this test is it uses or accepts answers using British, Australian, American and New Zealand accents.
The modules and their descriptions
There are two IELTS modules. One decides which one to take based on his needs.
The Academic Training
This module is taken by those who want to study in a university or in any higher education institution in an English Speaking country or for registration in a professional body.
The General Training
This is for those who want to study secondary education or high school or for immigration purposes.
In both modules, Listening and Speaking are the same but they vary in Reading and Writing.
In writing Task 1, it's describing a graph, chart, table or diagram in academic, while in general it is letter writing.
In reading, they are almost the same except the source of the texts.
The Listening Module has 40 questions to be answered in 30 minutes.
The Speaking Module is about 11-14 minutes consisting of 3 parts.
The Reading Module has 3 passages, 40 questions to be answered in 60 minutes.
The Writing Module has 2 tasks. Task 1 and 2 must have no less than 150 and 250 words respectively.
Band Score is the average of the scores in each of the four modules-listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This tells the level of proficiency in the use of the English language.
It starts from 0 to 9 and 9 is the highest.
It determines the suitability of an applicant to get a place in a university, college or for admission in a professional body or for immigration-all in an English speaking country.
In the U.K for example, all non European Union registered nurses and midwives who wish to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) should have at least 7 without any result below 7 in each of the four modules.
Below are their descriptions:
Band 9: Expert user
Band 8: Very good user
Band 7: Good user
Band 6: Competent user
Band 5: Modest user
Band 4: Limited user
Band 3: Extremely limited user
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