Our next IELTS course starts on Monday June 19th. It is always one of our most popular courses and our students have achieved some really great results. This post will explain a little bit about the IELTS exam and answer some of the common questions that our students ask.
What is IELTS?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam that tests your ability in English. More specifically, it examines your levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The IELTS certificate is recognised by 10,000 institutions around the world.
There are 2 types of IELTS tests: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic is suitable for students who want to study at universities and colleges. It is also suitable for professional accreditation in certain jobs, these include: healthcare, accounting, engineering, law, tourism, finance.
IELTS General Training is suitable for students who are interested in applying for visas. It is especially helpful for students who want to migrate to Australia, New Zealand, the U.K, Canada. We often recommend our students to take this exam if they are interested interested in getting an internationally recognised certificate which shows their level of English.
What is the test format?
The test is divided in listening, reading, writing, speaking. The listening format is the same for both Academic and General.
Listening (30 minutes):
You listen to 4 different recordings of native English speakers. These will include: a conversation between two people; a monologue in a social context; a conversation between up to 4 people; a monologue on an academic subject.
Writing (60 minutes):
Academic test: You will be presented with 2 tasks. Task 1 requires you to describe a graph or diagram. Task 2 requires you to write an essay.
General test: Task 1 asks you to write a letter in a semi-formal or formal style. Task 2 asks you to write an essay.
Reading (60 minutes):
Academic test: includes 3 texts from books, newspapers, whose vocabulary and topics are suitable for those at a university level
General Test: includes texts from books, newspapers whose vocabulary and topics are suitable for those who understand English on a general level.
Speaking (11-14 minutes):
The speaking test is divided into 3 parts. You will be asked to talk about yourself; speak about a particular topic; extend a discussion by expressing ideas and issues.
Our IELTS courses are a great way to improve your English level. You don’t have to do the exam, you can simply study in the class, however we do recommend it. We always receive great feedback about our course.
If you are interested in joining our next IELTS course (June 19th start date) please come and speak with us at reception or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.