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IELTS Overview

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989.

IELTS is widely accepted as proof of English proficiency by universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities, and other organizations around the world. The test is designed to assess the language ability of non-native speakers who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment.

The IELTS test assesses the test taker's abilities in four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The test is divided into two versions: the Academic version, which is intended for test-takers who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country, and the General Training version, which is intended for test-takers who want to migrate to an English-speaking country or are planning to undertake non-academic training.

The test is scored on a 9-band scale, with 9 being the highest level of proficiency and 1 being the lowest. Test-takers receive a separate score for each of the four language skills and an overall band score.

IELTS is offered in over 140 countries and more than 1,200 test centers worldwide. The test is offered up to four times a month, depending on the test center.

Types of IELTS Tests

There are several ways to prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, including:

  1. IELTS Preparation Classes: Many language schools and education centers offer IELTS preparation classes, which are led by experienced teachers who are familiar with the test format and content. These classes usually cover all four sections of the test (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) and provide test-takers with tips and strategies to improve their performance.

  2. Self-study: Another way to prepare for the IELTS exam is through self-study. There are many IELTS preparation books, study guides, and online resources available to help test-takers familiarize themselves with the test format and content.

  3. Online courses: There are many online IELTS preparation courses available, which offer test-takers the flexibility to study at their own pace and on their own schedule. These courses often include video lessons, practice tests, and feedback on test-takers performance.

  4. IELTS Practice Tests: Practicing IELTS tests is a great way to prepare for the exam. Many test centers and language schools offer official IELTS practice tests, and there are also many unofficial practice tests available online.

  5. Tutoring: If test-taker feels that they need one-on-one guidance, they can hire an IELTS tutor. The tutors usually have extensive experience in teaching and have a good understanding of the IELTS test format, content, and scoring.

It's important to note that the best way to prepare for the IELTS will vary depending on the test taker's individual needs and learning style.

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Introduction To IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English and was established in 1989. IELTS assesses the language abilities of test takers who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment.

The test is designed to assess the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The test is divided into two versions: the Academic version, which is intended for test-takers who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country, and the General Training version, which is intended for test-takers who want to migrate to an English-speaking country or are planning to undertake non-academic training.

The test is scored on a 9-band scale, with 9 being the highest level of proficiency and 1 being the lowest. Test-takers receive a separate score for each of the four language skills and an overall band score. IELTS is widely accepted as a proof of English proficiency by universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities, and other organizations around the world. The test is offered in over 140 countries and more than 1,200 test centers worldwide. The test is offered up to four times a month, depending on the test center.

IELTS Score Scale

Band 9

Expert User

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 8

Excellence User

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 7

User

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 6

Good User

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 5

SImple

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 4

normal

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 3

weak

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 2

very weak

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 1

weak

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band 0

weak

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

IELTS Preparation Centre

IELTS preparation centers are organizations that provide training and resources to help test-takers prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. These centers offer a variety of services, including:

  1. IELTS classes: These classes are usually led by experienced teachers who are familiar with the test format and content. They provide test-takers with tips and strategies to improve their performance and cover all four sections of the test (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).

  2. IELTS practice tests: Many IELTS preparation centers offer official IELTS practice tests, which are a great way to familiarize oneself with the test format and to get a sense of what to expect on the test day.

  3. Self-study materials: Many IELTS preparation centers provide test-takers with study guides, workbooks, and other resources to help them prepare for the exam on their own.

  4. Online resources: Some IELTS preparation centers offer online courses and resources that test-takers can access from anywhere, at any time.

  5. Tutoring: If a test-taker feels that they need one-on-one guidance, they can hire an IELTS tutor. These tutors usually have extensive experience in teaching and have a good understanding of the IELTS test format, content, and scoring.

  6. Feedback and evaluation: After the test-takers take the practice test, the centers provide feedback and evaluation on their performance, and give them an idea of how to improve their score.

It's important to note that not all IELTS preparation centers are created equal and it's always best to do some research before committing to a particular center. Some centers may have more experienced teachers, more advanced resources, or a better track record of helping students achieve their desired IELTS scores.

IELTS Syllabus

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to assess the English language proficiency of non-native speakers. The test is divided into two versions: the Academic version and the General Training version. The syllabus for each version is slightly different.

The Academic version of IELTS assesses the test-taker's ability to understand academic language and to use it in a university context. The test covers four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

  1. Listening: The listening section assesses the test-taker's ability to understand spoken English in a variety of contexts, including lectures, debates, and discussions.

  2. Reading: The reading section assesses the test-taker's ability to understand written academic English. The texts used in this section are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

  3. Writing: The writing section assesses the test-taker's ability to write in a clear and coherent manner, using grammatically correct sentences. The test-taker will be required to write two pieces of writing, one of which will be a summary of a given text, and the other will be an essay in response to a given topic.

  4. Speaking: The speaking section assesses the test-taker's ability to communicate effectively in spoken English. The test-taker will be required to speak for about 15 minutes on a range of topics, including familiar and unfamiliar topics.

The General Training version of IELTS assesses the test-taker's ability to use English in practical and everyday situations. The test covers the same four sections as the Academic version, with slightly different content. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both versions, but the Reading and Writing sections are different.

  1. Reading: The reading section assesses the test-taker's ability to understand written English in a variety of contexts, including letters, brochures, and articles.

  2. Writing: The writing section assesses the test-taker's ability to write in a clear and coherent manner, using grammatically correct sentences. The test-taker will be required to write two pieces of writing, one of which will be a letter, and the other will be an essay in response to a given topic.

The IELTS syllabus is designed to test the test-taker's ability to use the English language in a variety of contexts and for a range of purposes. It covers the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and assesses the test-taker's ability to use the language at different levels of proficiency.

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Benefits of Preparing IELTS from IELTS preparation center.

Here are some benefits of preparing IELTS from IELTS preparation centers:

Availability of resources

An institution has a lot of resources with them that can help you to prepare better. Such resources can be guides, pdf, etc. They can help you prepare better and practice for the examination.

Experienced instructors

To be able to instruct students, one needs to obtain at least band 7 in their IELTS test. Learning from somebody who has himself/herself secured good marks can help you broaden your vision towards the test

Frequent revisions, tests, and guidance

To be able to instruct students, one needs to obtain at least band 7 in their IELTS test. Learning from somebody who has himself/herself secured good marks can help you broaden your vision towards the test

Learning in a group

To be able to instruct students, one needs to obtain at least band 7 in their IELTS test. Learning from somebody who has himself/herself secured good marks can help you broaden your vision towards the test

What is the duration of IELTS Test?

IELTS test lasts for 3 hours which includes listening, reading and writing. Speaking test is taken separately which may last for 10 minutes to half an hour depending on the test conductor.

Listening

The Listening test of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to assess the test-taker's ability to understand spoken English in a variety of contexts, including social, academic, and professional settings. The test is divided into four sections, with a total of 40 questions.

  1. Section 1: The first section is a conversation between two people, such as a conversation between friends, or a conversation between a customer and a salesperson. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the conversation and to answer questions about specific details.
  2. Section 2: The second section is a monologue, such as a talk or a lecture. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the monologue and to answer questions about specific details.
  3. Section 3: The third section is a conversation between two or more people, such as a discussion between students or a meeting between colleagues. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the conversation and to answer questions about specific details.
  4. Section 4: The fourth section is a monologue, such as a talk or a lecture. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the monologue and to answer questions about specific details.

During the listening test, test-takers will be given a question paper and an answer sheet. They will listen to each recording once only, and will be given time to look through the questions before they hear the recording. They will then have time to check their answers after they have finished listening.
It is important to note that the test-takers will need to use their listening and note-taking skills to complete the test effectively. The test-takers will be assessed based on their ability to understand the main ideas and specific details of the recordings and to respond appropriately.

Reading

The Reading test of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to assess the test-taker's ability to understand written English in a variety of contexts, including social, academic, and professional settings. The test is divided into three sections, with a total of 40 questions.

  1. Section 1: The first section is a set of short texts, such as notices, advertisements, or signs. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the texts and to answer questions about specific details.
  2. Section 2: The second section is a set of short texts, such as brochures, articles, or letters. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the texts and to answer questions about specific details.
  3. Section 3: The third section is a longer text, such as a magazine article, a report, or a book extract. The test-taker will be required to understand the main idea of the text and to answer questions about specific details.

During the Reading test, test-takers will be given a question paper and an answer sheet. They will have 60 minutes to read the texts and answer the questions. The texts are taken from a variety of sources, such as books, magazines, newspapers, and brochures. The texts are authentic and are written for a non-specialist audience.
It is important to note that the test-takers will need to use their reading and note-taking skills to complete the test effectively. The test-takers will be assessed based on their ability to understand the main ideas and specific details of the texts and to respond appropriately.

 


Writing

This portion of the test is divided into two parts each :

150 words  

The short portion requires you to describe a diagram or a pie chart or any similar visual chart in about 150 words. The examiner sees how good you clearly can you explain the diagram.

200 words

For the long portion, you are provided a situation and you are required to give your opinion on the situation. The examiner sees how well you can use the English language to describe your views and opinions.

Speaking

Speaking test is taken separately which may last for 10 minutes to half an hour depending on the test conductor. The examiner sees how fluent your English is and if you can/cannot communicate in English with ease.


How long does it take to get the IELTS Test Scores?

The IELTS test score result is published online within 13 days and the hard copy is issued after 17 days from your LRW test.

How Much does it cost to book an IELTS test date?

It takes Rs. 21,500 to book an IELTS test date.

How do I book an IELTS Date in Nepal?

You can book your IELTS date from the consultancy you are trying to apply. If you don’t want to book your IELTS date from a consultancy, you can either book the test from IDP or British Council Nepal.

From the consultancy

It’s the easier option of the two options available. All you have to do is get the consultancy and request register the dates for your test. The rest is taken care by the consultancy itself.

From IDP or British Council

Follow the following steps to book your IELTS date from IDP or British Council :

  • Go to either IDP or British council’s website and navigate to the IELTS form (Click here for IDP and here for British council)
  • IDP ILTS and British Council
  • Fill the form up
  • Pay the required amount Rs. 21,500 in the concerned bank and collect the slip(Standard Chartered Bank for British council)
  • Take the slip to IDP or British council with a photocopy of an identification card (Passport or Citizenship certificate)

Can I change my IELTS Date after I book the date?

Yes, you can change your IELTS date but you need to request for cancellation or postponement 5 weeks prior to the test.

For cancellation

To cancel the IELTS date, you need to fill the refund or date transfer form and send it to the institution from where you have applied for the IELTS date (IDP or British council) at the latest five weeks before the date of your written test.

For postponement

To postpone the IELTS date, you need to fill the refund or date transfer form and send it to the institution from where you have applied for the IELTS date (IDP or British council) at the latest five weeks before the date of your written test.

Download the form for IDP Nepal from here.

Download the form for British Council Nepal.

What are things allowed and not allowed during Test?

Calculator and stuff.

Literally, nothing is allowed during the test. Everything you need is provided by the test center itself. There is a thorough check done before you enter the examination hall. If you have anything with you such as wallet, bike keys, phone, etc, they will be kept in the examination center with a tag on them so you can pick them up once the examination is done.

How long is IELTS test Score Valid?

IELTS test score is valid for 2 years.

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