In Canada, Australia, the UK, New Zealand, and the United States, IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is a widely accepted test of the English language.
IELTS scores are given in bands, ranging from 0 to 9, where O is given to those who are least proficient in the language, and 9 is given to those who are experts.
Depending on the university the candidate has applied to or the immigration program through which he is applying for selection, the passing score or minimum score requirement will vary.
The test is usually conducted in four categories and a candidate must qualify in all four categories to pass. A score of 6 is considered competent and is the least required score at most places.
IELTS Test Components
Despite having four components, the test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.
The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each question that is answered correctly is worth one mark. Therefore, the maximum score that can be achieved is 40. A band score from Band 1 to Band 9 is awarded after this.
Time Required: 60 minutes
Examiners use detailed criteria for assessing candidates’ performance in the Writing section of the test to assign a band score between 1 and 9. These criteria include Task Achievement (Task 1), Task Response (Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy. Both Academic and General Writing components are weighed equally during marking. Generally speaking, most students choose the Academic variant, but in the General IELTS exam a Letter writing task is also included. It’s worth noting that Task 2 carries more weight than Task 1 when it comes to calculating your final band score. Lastly, illegible handwriting can result in a lower mark overall so make sure your written pieces are neat and legible.
Time Required: 60 minutes
Each of the four criteria is scored based on a band score: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. There are three parts to the test and they are in the form of an interview. The interview is most likely to appear as a friendly conversation that typically focuses on some aspects of your past, present, and future.
Time Required: 11 to 14 minutes
There are 40 questions in the test. The listening materials are recorded on a cassette tape, CD, or DVD, and you can hear them only once. After the recording ends, you have 10 minutes to write your answers.
Time Required: 30 minutes
Why Pi Overseas for IELTS
IELTS Program Details at Pi Overseas
This is a myth that one needs to be very proficient in the language in order to do well on the IELTS. It’s not true! Even if you don’t have a good background, you can succeed with regular practice and the right approach. We provide our students with various tricks and tips in order to achieve high scores in the exam.
While we provide highly specialized program material covering all four components of the IELTS exam in the best possible manner and train you by one of the most competent IELTS instructors around, we cannot guarantee that you will score the highest on the IELTS test with a 100% success rate.
We cannot be held accountable for the students’ less-than-par performance. Several factors may be at play, including your learning skills, grasping powers, as well as your language background.
We strongly believe that under the guidance of our expert language trainer and carefully crafted IELTS program, you will show a notable improvement and do reasonably well on the important IELTS test. However, this is not guaranteed that this will happen always.
Feel free to contact us if you need any assistance, any help or another question.