Minglebox.com
Ask a Question

FAQ

What is IELTS?
How many types of IELTS tests are there?
What is the IELTS test fee and how do I pay?
What is IELTS Test format?
When can one take IELTS?
How IELTS is scored?
What is the validity of IELTS score?
How do one Prepare for IELTS test?
When will I receive my test results?
Can you give us some Test day tips?
What can one do if one not happy with my results?

What is IELTS?

 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

How many types of IELTS tests are there?

 

The IELTS Academic test: is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognize IELTS.

IELTS General Training: The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

What is the IELTS test fee and how do I pay?

 

The test fee is 11,300 as applicable (including Service Tax) and candidates can pay that using your credit card (MasterCard/VISA), and receive instant confirmation of your reservation.

What is IELTS Test format?

 

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.

There are two types of the IELTS test:  IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

When can one take IELTS?

 

IELTS for migration: IELTS is a requirement for skilled migration and permanent residency in many English-speaking countries.

IELTS for study: An IELTS certificate is recognized as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 9000 education and training providers worldwide. Some universities in non-English speaking countries require an IELTS score, where courses are taught in English.

IELTS for work: Employers, professional bodies and associations accept IELTS. Organisations around the world rely on IELTS to help them select the right people.

How IELTS is scored?

 

IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). The IELTS band scale has remained consistent and has acquired currency around the world over the past three decades.

What is the validity of IELTS score?

 

IELTS results validity period While it is up to each organisation to set a validity period that works for their purposes, the IELTS partners recommend a 2-year validity period for IELTS test results based upon the well-documented phenomenon of second language loss or 'attrition.' 

How do one Prepare for IELTS test?

 

Understand the test format: One of the first steps you should take in preparing for IELTS is to familiarise yourself with the format of the test. Review the content of the test as well as the question and task types for each section.

Official IELTS practice materials: Students may find it helpful to do a practice test. IELTS has official practice materials to help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions.

There are two volumes of the Official IELTS Practice Materials:

Vol. 1 Official IELTS Practice Materials (with CD)

Vol. 2 Official IELTS Practice Materials (with DVD)

When will I receive my test results?

 

Your Test Report Form will be available 13 days after you complete the test. You will receive one copy of the form. You can arrange for your test centre to post this to you, or you can pick it up in person.

Can you give us some Test day tips?

 

Some test day tips are:

  • Arrive on time and prepared
  • Try to be calm and relaxed
  • If you have any questions, ask the centre staff. They will be friendly and assist you.
  • Read the IELTS rules and regulations before the test so you understand the rules.
  • Follow the instructions
  • Switch off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices. You will be asked to place these with other personal belongings outside the test room.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing tests take 2 hours 40 minutes and there are no breaks between each part of the test.
  • When you open your test papers, read the instructions first before writing anything.
  • Don’t lose points for careless mistakes because you haven’t read the question properly.
  • Stay aware of the time

What can one do if one not happy with my results?

 

If you don't get the result you wanted, you can register for another IELTS test as soon as you feel ready to do so.