IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a test of English Language proficiency. It is jointly managed by university of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Australia. IELTS is accepted by almost all Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, and New Zealand and more than 1800 US academic institutions. It is the only acceptable English test for immigration to Australian, UK and Canada.
The IELTS TEST STRUCTURE
There are two modules of the IELTS; Academic Module and General Training Module:
IELTS Academic is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
IELTS General Training is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes. The IELTS test comprises of four parts â€“ Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all test takers with a score from “band 1” (“non-user”) to “band 9” (“expert user”). There is also a “band 0” score for those who did not attempt the test. Scores are reported in the range of band from 1 to 9 for each part of the test â€“ Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces the 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 for individual module and overall test. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while the Reading and Writing Modules differ depending whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test..
Test Duration & Fee
Listening, Reading and Writing are completed on in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
- – Listening – 30 Minutes
- – Reading – 60 Minutes
- – Writing – 60 Minutes
- – Speaking – Less than 15 Minutes
- – Total Test Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- – Test Fee: NPR 23,500 with effect from 1 April 2023. (This rate is subject to change without notice.)
- – An IELTS result or Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years.
IELTS band scales
WHAT does IT Mean?
IELTS is scored on the nice band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. The band Scores are in either whole or half Bands.
The nine bands are described as follows
- 9 Expert User
Has full command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding. It is very hard to attain this score.
- 8 Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and in appropriacies. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
- 7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. It generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
- 6 Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings. I can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in a familiar situation.
- 5 Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. The candidate should be able to handle communications in his or her own feild.
- 4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in using complex language.
- 3 Extremely Limited User
Conveys and understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
- 2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
- 1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
- 0 Did not attempt the test
No assessable information provided.
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