IELTS is said to be the most widely accepted and used English language exams assess both your English language skills (reading and writing), as well as English communication skills (listening and one-on-one speaking). This allows you to be ready and fit for the particular level of study, work and everyday use abroad. The IELTS test was created by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment and with its high ranking internationally, it has been accepted by over 9,000 organizations globally, consisting of schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
Total 40 minutes (30 minutes to do the exam, plus 10 minutes to transfer the answers to the answer sheet).
Challenges: The candidate is required to read quickly, grasp the information and write the answers while listening to the audio. Time maybe another problem when attempting this part of the exam.
Tips: Practice to multi-task in listening, reading and writing as these three things will take place simultaneously during the exam. Be active throughout the test by using a pencil to underline the keywords and pay attention to the audio at the same time.
Total 60 minutes – including 3 long reading passages with tasks, descriptive and factual texts consisting diagrams, graphs and illustrations.
Challenges: Candidates must be aware of the types of questions asked, the vocabulary used and how to read diagrams, graphs and illustrations in order to attempt the questions asked properly. Speed is a major challenge in this part as well.
Tips: Similar to listening, the candidate must be active while reading by underlining the keywords and try to connect The first step is to be active while reading. Use the pencil to make the substance in the readings, stand out for you. Underline content words and look for connections with the rest of the information. Get a global view of what the reading passage is about. Read the whole passage.
Total 60 minutes – summary of at least 150 words based on a table, graph, chart or a diagram and a short essay task of at least 250 words.
Challenges: Appropriate use of vocabulary and examples.
Tips: Can use examples to support ideas and it is advisable to sort the essay into 4 or 5 paragraphs. Also, vocabulary used must fit the topic and grammar must be given importance
Total 11 to 14 minutes – face-to-face interview including short questions and speaking about a familiar topic as would in a normal conversation.
Challenges: As it the speaking test will take place with an examiner, there is chance of getting nervous and stuttering.
Tips: Stay calm, focus on the question and continue speaking. It’s good to use vocabulary relevant to the topic and to hit the point rather than beating around the bush.