Introduction to International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


Introduction to International English Language Testing System - Smiley Pearls Blog
Introduction to International English Language Testing System – Smiley Pearls Blog

IELTS means International English Language Testing System. It is used to access the English proficiency of non-native speakers of English who are seeking international education or work in English speaking countries. It makes use of nine- band scoring scale which indicates the highest mark in the test for a candidate.

The International English Language Testing System is a test that is globally accepted and is taken to be a compulsory criterion for admission into academic institutions in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. To work in some countries, IELTS is also required for immigration.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is conducted by the British Council, University of Cambridge ESOL examination & the IDP: ISLETS Australia.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered to be one of the world’s most popular and respected forms of English both in education and migration.

It has become one of the most trusted forms of English- Language assessment and is globally accepted in over 8000 universities, immigration organizations, and employers.

There are two categories of the IELTS test

  • General Training Test (for candidates seeking employment in international setups. The class focuses on English survival skills, social and workplace language.)
  • Academic Test (for students seeking education in international higher institutions.)

A candidate’s international English Language System (IELTS) score has a two years validation once it is graded.

There are two types of language skills in IELTS

The speaking part is just like a conversation between two people (the interviewer and the candidate) where the candidate responds to questions asked by the interviewer. It could be about the candidate’s likes and dislikes, family background, or job experience.

The writing part is of two tasks: The IELTS task 1 (letter writing) and IELTS task 2 (essay writing) given in the IELTS question paper.

The listening part involves a conversation between two or more people in a recorded voice played to the candidate to listen and answer questions given in the IELTS question paper.

The reading part is a comprehensive reading where the candidate is expected to read, comprehend and answer the questions given in the IELTS question paper.         

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