IELTS

What is IELTS?

IELTS: International English Language Testing System regulated and owned by three companies:
• The British Council (www.britishcouncil.org)
• Cambridge English Language Assessment (www.cambridgeenglish.org)
• IDP – Educational Organisation (www.idp.com)

IELTS is a global test for a global language. Many people undertake IELTS for further study, work and travel. The IELTS test is standardised across the world.
Nurses must undertake the ACADEMIC module.


IELTS Examines 4 areas of language competence:

Language Competence

 


 

IELTS test summary (ACADEMIC module)

Listening:
• The Listening section lasts 40 minutes
• Includes 4 recorded monologues and conversations
• Includes candidates having to answer multiple choice questions and note completing
• The recordings will only be played once each time

Reading:
• The reading section is different for academic and general modules.
• The candidate will complete 40 questions in 1 hour
• Includes 3 long reading passages, ranging from descriptive to factual. Candidates will then be asked questions about the texts.
• Includes non verbal material and authentic texts from books.

Writing:
• Takes 60 minutes with 2 parts
• 1st part requires the candidate to write 150 words summarising and describing a table/ graph or other illustration
• 2nd part requires the candidate to write 250 words as a short essay to replicate what might be required in academic studies.

Speaking:
• Takes between 11-14 minutes in 3 parts and is assessed by a face to face interview
• Is marked in terms of fluency and coherence, lexical resource (vocabulary), grammatical range and accuracy and pronunciation.


How IELTS is marked?

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The average produces your overall band score.
You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.
The following rounding conversion applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.
Your IELTS results will be available 13 days after your test and recorded on a Test Report Form which will be available after 1 week of the Test Result.

Here you can find some examples how the overall band is calculated:
Scoring
*Average score = total of the four individual component scores divided by four.


Videos:

British Council IELTS : Introduction to IELTS

British Council: IELTS Listening

IELTS Official : Writing Test 1 Introduction and Sample

Study IELTS with Emma Watson

Study IELTS with Liz


Useful websites:

IELTS MENTOR
www.ielts-mentor.com

Study IELTS with Liz
http://ieltsliz.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/ieltsliz


IELTS – International English Language Testing System
http://www.ielts.org

IELTS Articles
http://ieltslearningtips.com/blog

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org
British Council G+
https://plus.google.com/u/1/105623769609544936576


Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-ielts

Free Practice Tests for learners of English
http://www.examenglish.com/leveltest/listening_level_test.html

IELTS buddy
http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/ielts-practice.html

Ielts-exam.net
http://www.ielts-exam.net

IELTS essentials (idp education)
https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/freepracticetests

British Council
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources

BBC: Learning English
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish

British Council: Learn english (IELTS)
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts

Sierra College
http://www.sierracollege.edu/academics/divisions/liberal-arts/esl/esl-websites.php

English Interactive
http://www.englishinteractive.net/writing.html

ESL Student Online Practice
http://norwalk.edu/dept/esl/onlinepractice.asp

ESL Games
http://www.eslgamesworld.com/members/games/levels/index.html

IELTS Writing Actual Tests (Task 2) In 2015 & Model Essays
http://ieltsmaterial.com/ielts-writing-actual-tests-task-2-in-2015-model-essays


Apps developed by British Council :

Smartphone Apps (Apple Store & Google Play)
Apple Store – Free – Word Power by British Council
https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/ielts-word-power/id1025760872?mt=8

Google Play – Free – Word Power by British Council
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubl.ielts&hl=en

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