IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardized test for non-native English speakers like TOEFL. It is required in various universities of the World as eligibility criteria. It is also necessary for visa approval in countries like UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The registration fees vary for different cities of the World. Currently, in Pakistan, the fee is 22,000 PKR in Peshawar, 24,860 PKR in Karachi and 25,520 in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, and Faisalabad. In this post, you will get IELTS Information and some preparation tips to score well in the test.
There are two modules of the IELTS which include IELTS Academic and IELTS General. The Academic module is for the students who want to get enrolled in the Universities where English is used as a communication medium. While the General module is for the ones, who want to apply for jobs abroad or immigration.
IELTS test includes the following parts:
- Listening section includes four sections with ten questions in each. You will hear a recording in each section. During the listening, you will write the answers on the question paper. This part is 30 minutes. Afterward, you will be given ten additional minutes to copy down your answers on the answer sheet.
- Reading part includes three sections comprising of total 40 questions. This part is 60 minutes.
- Writing part consists of two tasks. In task 1, you will be required to write 150 words in 20 minutes. For the task 2, you will be needed to write 250 words in 40 minutes.
- Speaker part is an oral interview between the test taker and interviewer. It is further divided into three sections. The overall time will be 11-14 minutes.
Spelling and grammatical mistakes are penalized. No extra time is allowed. Listening, Reading and Writing test on the same day without any break and in the same order. Speaking test can be on the same day or any date which will be provided to you.
You will get a band for listening, reading, writing, and speaking ranging from 1 to 9 which includes half increment as well. The overall IELTS score is the average of all scores.
How to prepare
- Make a study plan and follow it strictly. More importantly, stick to it.
- Make sure that you are aware of the test format.
- Practice listening and writing at the same time for the listening section.
- Practice handwriting.
- Don’t spend too much time on a question in the reading section.
- Start speaking English in your daily routine. Concentrate on speaking clearly with correct pronunciation.
- Try to expand your vocabulary. Reading is the best way to do it.
- Watch English movies and TV shows.
- Look for various online practice tests of IELTS and watch video lectures on YouTube.
- Check British Council’s set of practice questions.
- Books: Cambridge IELTS.
How to register
You can either register online at British Council or AEO. The registration of the test is on the first come first serve basis. Hence, it is advised to register as soon as possible to get the preferred date.
IELTS needs practice as much as you can with dedication and consistency. Try to reach the test center early. Do not forget your breakfast meal as the exam is long without any break. Try to keep yourself calm and confident. Keep your answers to the point. Time is an important factor, hence, utilize it properly so that you finish your part on time.
I hope the above IELTS information and Preparation tips will be helpful for the IELTS aspirants. Best of Luck!