I did conduct a search on the existing threads related to IELTS but didn't find an answer to my questions.
Puys can Someone please explain what is the IELTS about ?
Does it involve a Hearing ,,Essay Writing and Speaking Test as well .
If it is strictly an English Language test , will not the essays and speeches be tested for content.
How should one prepare for the IELTS if one chooses to study on his / her own ?
1. Puys can Someone please explain what is the IELTS about ?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an English language proficiency exam which measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
There are two versions of the IELTS exam: general and academic. Test-takers must know in advance which one is needed for their purposes as the scores are not interchangeable. Each test lasts two hours and forty-five minutes.
Academic: those who want to study in an English-medium school, college, or university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.
General: those who wish to apply for immigration to countries such as Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
2. Does it involve a Hearing ,Essay Writing and Speaking Test as well .
It involves Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading.
The results from these 4 sections are graded on the unique IELTS 9 - Band scale.The test covers the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.
There is no restriction on number of attempts.
Listening- 4 sections , 40 questions , 30 minutes
Reading ( Academic- 3 sections , 40 questions , 60 minutes
Writing ( Academic- 3 sections , 40 questions , 60 minutes
Speaking11 to 14 minutes of face to face interview.
3. If it is strictly an English Language test , will not the essays and speeches be tested for content.
Your Essay part will come in Writing scetion and Speech will in Speaking section.
4. How should one prepare for the IELTS if one chooses to study on his / her own ?
It generally takes 2-3 months to practise in all 4 sections of IELTS module(if you are good in english). Please refer the below links which gives you a better idea how to start prepare for the IELTS exam:IELTS - Basic Info | Good Luck IELTSIELTS Exam Preparation : Your IELTS OnlineIELTS Writing Letters How to start and finish engVid
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