International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the most popular and widely approved English language proficiency test intended for non-native speakers all around the world. The test is taken for the students and professionals for higher studies and global migration. We can easily understand the importance of IELTS judging the 3 million tests worldwide those held in the last year.
The 4 language skill tests – reading, writing, speaking and listening in IELTS are designed in a way that will be effective everywhere and every part of your life from study to profession as well as regular personal life. IELTS is the result of some brilliant minds those are world’s leading experts in language assessment.
- What purpose does IELTS serve? IELTS which is a language skill test intended for non-native speakers worldwide. This test is taken to judge the scale of your skills in all 4 parts of the language – reading, writing, speaking and listening. This prestigious language skill test serves the non-native test takers with the acceptance by thousands of organizations worldwide e.g. universities, colleges, schools, employers, professionals and migration in other countries.
- How IELTS works and its design and time frame? There are two types of IELTS tests designed to meet its purpose. First, the IELTS Academic test which designed for students and professionals those are thinking to go for higher study and professional purpose in a country where English is the native language. This test contains academic language features and assesses to understand the level of your 4 skills in the language whether you are ready or not for your study or professional endeavors.
- Second, the IELTS General training is structured to understand the level of your skills in 4 sections of the language if you are ready to start your secondary education, training program or any professional experience in an English speaking country. To migrate to the countries Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand, the IELTS General training program is the requirement here.
- Speaking and listening parts of these two tests are same but there are differences between Reading and Writing components in the subject matters of the tests you are going to take.
- You have to attend the reading, writing and listening tests in one day but you are free to take the speaking test one week before or after the main test date. The time frame for the listening test is 30 minutes, reading 60 minutes, writing 60 minutes and speaking 11 to 14 minutes which make the whole test taken in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- How is IELTS scored? The way to understand the scoring system of IELTS is very easy and simple. The system is called band scores on a scale from lowest 1 to highest 9.
- Quality, reliability, and fairness in IELTS: The test maintains the high-quality standards which are the reason for its wide acceptance. It ensures the reliability of the test result by making the identity of the test takers assured by following strict procedures, never repeating the same question, double marking, printing the results on a security-enhanced paper along with its online verification services. Apart from that to all the test takers, IELTS approach is considered being fair no matter what their religions, nationalities, cultures, genders or needs are.
- The test security measures: Countless security measures are taken to support and protect the interest of the test takers of IELTS. It also safeguards the interest of thousands of organizations those rely on this test system. The multi-layered extreme security surrounding the test papers and the whole process of the test, biometric registration and verification, the strict conditions are given to test takers, trained staffs to prevent fraudulent activity and identity theft etc have made the IELTS worldwide accepted and prestigious.