The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
There are two versions of the IELTS:
It 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 practise in an English-speaking country.
It is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes for Australia, Canada and the UK.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from 1 (no knowledge) to 9 (expert user) and each institution, employer or government agency sets a different threshold. Institutions are advised not to consider valid a report older than two years, unless the user proves that they have worked to maintain their level.
All candidates must complete four Modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – to obtain a band score, which is shown on the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF). All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while the Reading and Writing Modules differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test.
The total test duration is around 2 hours and 45 minutes for Listening, Reading and Writing modules.
Listening: 40 minutes, 30 minutes for which a recording is played centrally and additional 10 minutes for transferring answers onto the answer sheet.
Reading: 60 minutes.
Writing: 60 minutes.
Speaking: 11–14 minutes.
(Note: No additional time is given for transfer of answers in Reading and Writing modules)
The first three modules – Listening, Reading and Writing (always in that order) – are completed in one day, and in fact are taken with no break in between. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.
For further information visit www.ielts.org
The IELTS preparation classes are as extensive and thorough as the actual exam. Each aspect of the exam, from listening, reading and writing to speaking, is developed and practised in practice sessions. The use of practice tests and additional vocabulary building tools, as well as supervised self-study, go a long way in helping students achieve a good score – that is, a band 6 or above.
Our IELTS course is spread over a period of 6 weeks, giving students 6 hours of classes per week.
Candidates who intend to take IELTS preparatory classes are required to take this test first. The level or course to be taken depends on the performance in this test. It can be taken from Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 11:00am – 3:00pm, by making a registration of Rs.500/- cash