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IELTS 101 Overview


IELTS Preparation for immigration

by Your Man in Australia on August 20, 2012

IELTS 101 & Strategies for Improvement

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work in countries where English is the language of communication. It is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.

IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. This testing system is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. In addition, it is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

There are more than 400 test centers around the world who administers IELTS. Most test centers are run by the British Council, IELTS Australia, or universities and language schools. Some testing centers also offer off-site testing for large groups by prior arrangement with IELTS. Contact your local examination center or visit www.iefts.org to find out where the nearest IELTS test center is located. Plus, you can also contact your nearest examination center or visit the official IELTS website for more information about application procedures and the location of a test center near you.

IELTS Australia have increased the IELTS test fee to $330! 

So you'll want to do some practice and study before you take the test so you dont have to do it again later to get the results you want. There are plenty of free course material to help you study but the best way is to take a premium course over 30 to 90 days prior to your IELTS Test date so that you are fully prepared.

Patrick at ieltstestonline have helped people achieve "Dream Scores", "8 Bands", "Improved by 1.5 bands", "Learnt the right technique".

In taking IELTS, there are four sub-tests, or modules that you need to undergo. 
This includes: 

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

That needs to be finished within the time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Students must sit all four sub-tests. While all students take the same Listening and Speaking tests, they sit different Reading and Writing tests, depending on whether they have selected the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test. In addition, the Speaking test may even take place a day or two later at some centers which makes it more difficult.

Obviously the goal is to score high in all areas.
IELTS listening test lasts for about 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers.

IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.

IELTS Writing test also lasts for 60 minutes. Again, students take either an Academic test, or a General Training test. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics.

IELTS Speaking test consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The examiner will lead the candidate through the three parts of the test:
An introduction and interview, an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn. This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes.

Don't Just Try to Remember your High School English.

To make the most of all areas you can control when your in the process of migrating to Australia. Do the Complete Practice Tests Available Here as many times as you can in 30 days before your test. So you get the right score needed to qualify for your visa and also be awarded 10 or 20 General Skilled Migration Points GSM when you achieve the right IELTS Band.  

To Really Push yourself to improve your English Skills, here's an idea to push your limits, go outside and speak to native english speakers, try to strike up a conversation about something that both of you show an interest in. 

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