What is an IELTS Test and why should you take it?
The International English Language Testing System is an examination that assesses the language ability of candidates planning to study or move to a country where English is used as the language of communication. The IELTS test tests you in four parts:
Which test should you take? Academic or General?
This completely depends on why you’re taking up the test in the first place.
If you’re planning to do your higher education or professional registration, you should take up the Academic test.
If you’re going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work or training programs, you should take up the General test. The general test is also for those of you who want to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.
In an IELTS Listening test, you would listen to a few audio recordings played by the examiner and answer the questions given below. The listening section consists of four sections:
|Part 1||Conversation between 2 people in an everyday social context. (e.g. a conversation to book a room in a hotel)|
|Part 2||A monologue set in an everyday social context. (e.g. a talk on using time effectively)|
|Part 3||Conversation among 3 or 4 people set in an educational or training context. (e.g. students discussing an assignment)|
|Part 4||Monologue related to academics. (e.g. a university lecture)|
Our IELTS Listening Practice tests consist of four sections comprising of 40 questions and audios for each section. Listening to audios for 30 minutes might be tedious and you may lose focus. Practicing IELTS listening tests helps you to concentrate on the audios and pay attention to the questions and answer correctly.
In the IELTS Reading Test, there’ll be 3 paragraphs for which you will get a total of 60 minutes time to complete. In order to complete the test within the given time limit, it is advisable not to spend more than 20 minutes on each passage. This section has 40 questions. Each question carries 1 point and there will be no negative marks for wrong answers.
Our Reading Practice Tests consists of 3 Reading Passages for Academic Test Takers along with 40 questions. The answer key for each test is provided at the end of each test.
You’ll be given an hour to complete the whole writing test including task 1 and task 2. It is advisable not to spend more than 20 minutes for task 1 and invest the remaining time in completing task 2, as task 2 will fetch you more band as compared to task 1.
The IELTS Writing Task 1 is different for Academic and General Tests. The Academic Test has a graph, chart, diagram, or map that has to be analyzed and explained while the General Test has a letter that has to be written according to the question given.
The IELTS Writing Task 2 for both Academic and General consists of essay questions for which the essays have to be written at least for 250 words.
Our IELTS Writing Practice Tests comprises of Sample graph, diagram, map, and chart questions for IELTS Writing Task 1 and essays for IELTS Writing Task 2. The tests also provide sample Band 9.0 answers to help you understand how to write an essay.
IELTS Speaking is the last part of the IELTS examination. The test involves having a conversation of around 15 minutes with the examiner.
Part 1 is a conversation that will be based on a common theme like your childhood, school, family, friends, and so on. You must talk confidently and frame your sentences the right way while speaking.
In Part 2, the examiner will give you a cue card or a task card based on which you’ll be asked to talk about. You will be given 1 minute to prepare for the answer.
In Part 3 the examiner will ask you in-depth questions related to the topic given in part 2 of the IELTS examination. The speaking test will be the same for the Academic and General training section.
Our IELTS Speaking Tests contains sample questions that are asked in each section of the IELTS Speaking Test. The answers also provide you with ideas on how each question should be answered. This can help you face the IELTS Speaking Test without any fear and help answer the questions asked by the examiner without any hesitation.
To Practice is to be perfect!
The only way you can avoid getting a low score in your IELTS Tests is to be aware of the questions that come up in the tests. Our Practice tests contain hundreds of questions from previous IELTS Test papers along with answer to keys to help you practice, prepare and analyse your weaknesses and strengths. Once you know your mistakes, you might be able to focus more on your weaker areas before you appear for the IELTS Test. Thus, practising is the only way to score a high band on your IELTS Test.