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Introduction to International English Language Testing system (IELTS)

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Education | Post Date: 2009-07-12

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International English Language Testing System is commonly known in most parts of the world as IELTS. It is a testing system that assesses the English proficiency of students. Only when students are able to demonstrate their proficiency in English will they are able to gain entry into universities and colleges in countries like England, Australia and Canada.

IELTS is one of the most widely recognized methods of assessing the proficiency of students. There are two different modules of the IELTS. One is the Academic module and the other the General Training Module. The difference between the two different modules is present only in the reading and writing tests. The other components of the IELTS test namely the listening and speaking module are the same for both the categories.

The four different modules of both the General as well as Academic module are the Listening, reading, writing and speaking modules. The difference between the General module and the academic module are that, in academic module, the student has to get a higher score to gain admission into the various universities, so it is at a higher level. The general module is for people who immigrate or go to work in the countries mentioned above. The test is not as complicated as they are not required to read and write as much as a student.

The entire IELTS test takes about two hours and forty five minutes. The score needed for admission into a university varies from university to university, so the student has to approach the universities to learn about the score needed. The IELTS test can be taken again if one does not secure the grade required, but there should be a period of three months between the two times the candidate sits for the test.

It is necessary for the candidate to complete all four modules of the test at one sitting. It is not possible for the candidate to write the IELTS test modules at different times. The results of all the modules will be sent within two weeks of completing the test. The results are in the form of band scores. Each module has a separate band score. So there are four different band scores. Many universities require a minimum of seven score in each of the modules. For immigration purposes, the score required varies depending on the overall eligibility of the person to immigrate.

This is only a basic introduction to the IELTS exam, the details of which can also be obtained from the official website of the tester.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist by profession. A writer by interest. I take up freelance assignments for various websites and blogs. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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