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The International English Language Testing System

Over the years, English has become an international language.  It is used by more people around the world thank any other language.  English is spoken in many forms, but it remains the language of choice for communicating everywhere.  Our program helps students fully understand the testing procedures and what is needed to pass the exam.  Our program also offers additional grammar and speaking practice based on students request and needs before and after testing.

To help universities and colleges select students with sufficient English skills to succeed in their courses, The IELTS test was introduced in 1989 to assess “whether candidates are ready to train in the medium of English”. It is now used throughout the world.

Depending on the course of study that students plan to take, students must elect to take either the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test. This choice must be made when applying to take the test. The Academic IELTS test is necessary for students who plan to study at universities (undergraduate or postgraduate courses), and will test the student’s ability both to understand and to use complex academic language. The General Training IELTS test is required by other institutions, such as colleges and high schools as well as for courses that require less complex language skills and is also used as a general test of English proficiency e.g. for immigration purposes in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The Test Format
There are four sub-tests, or modules, to the IELTS test: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students must take all four sub-tests. While all students take the same Listening and Speaking tests, they take different Reading and Writing tests, depending on whether they have selected the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test.

On the day of the test, the four subsections will be taken in the order below.

Total Test Time; 2 hours 45 minutes

The Speaking test may take place prior to the rest of the testing at some centers.

IELTS listening test lasts for about 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, played with audio in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played only once and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers.

IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.

IELTS Writing test also lasts for 60 minutes. Again, students take either an Academic test, or a General Training test. Students must perform two writing tasks which require different styles of writing. There are no choices for question topics.

IELTS Speaking test consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The examiner will lead the candidate through the three parts of the test:

An introduction and interview, an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn. This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes.

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