Writing:

I cannot give much detail on how to prepare for the Writing part (I scored 7 Myself). Letter writing (General Module) or the Data Analysis (Academic module) carries less weightage, so concentrate more on the Essay Writing part. All I can say is that stick to the basic structure of Essay writing.

Para 1: Reinstate the topic and take your stand on it. For the rest of the Essay, you can either say FOR the topic or AGAINST the topic. This part is important as you should have enough Data to speak for in the remaining essay.

Para 2-3-4: 

Take 1 example in each Para and give details explanation of the same.

Para 5: Mention the counter side of the argument I.e If you have been saying FOR the topic up till now, give 1 example of AGAINST part. But make sure that you indirectly take your discussion to what you have been saying up till now. (Example: You have said that eating Tomatoes is good for health. NOW in the 5th Para you need to discuss one drawback of the consumption of tomatoes, but sway the discussion towards how the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.) This will give strong signal to the examiner that you are completely aware of what you are talking about and that you are Afraid to take the Counter Examples.

Para 6: Just summarize the entire discussion and give concluding sentence. DON’T add new details in the conclusion Para. It’s a Red Cross.

GRAMMAR: You need to polish your grammer skills. It need not be at a high level though. You should provide a fer Complex Structured sentences every now and then. One such complex structure should consist:

    1. Verbs
    1. Nouns-Pronouns
    1. Subject-verb agreement
    1. Modifiers
    1. Idioms
    1. Parallelism
    1. Tenses

SAMPLE ESSAY: Do look at the sample essays but do not panic looking at the language. Try and structure the sample in your own way. Those samples are 8.5 Bands and Indians usually get the least in the Writing Section.

Speaking:

If you are planning to take Classes for improving your communication skills, Please don’t. Fluency comes from Practice.

You need to work with the English language at least 3 months prior to your Exam date, if you are really struggling with the language. I will try and provide tips as I discuss the Different stages of this section.

Section 1: This is an intro section. The interviewer will ask you about yourself and few details of things that matter to you or are related to your life. You will find tons of sample question for this section in the Internet. Topics range from: Hobby to Family to Education to Job to Flowers. You need to speak on any given topic whether related to you or not.

Section 2: Cue Card. Again sample available. Make sure that you speak for at least 90 sec. Also you need to keep in mind that the Third Section is somehow related to what you say in this section. So do not exaggerate on things that you will find hard to explain in Third Section. Important thing here is speak for the complete length and make sense at the same time.

PRACTICE: It won’t take more than 30 mins per day to practice a range of topics. So make sure that you practice enough questions to be Exam Ready.

I practiced a lot but on the exam day got topics that were completely different. The key for me way the fluency that I was able to achieve during practice and even though I was short of Ideas on the D-Day, it went well for me.

There is no Written rule as to what you need to get 7 as the Interviewer is different and questions are random.

Just practice and gain enough info on different topics and you will surely ace the Examination.

Listening: Watching English TV Series is a very good way to improve your listening skills. But you need to practice few questions as well. Listening section demands high level of concentration, something that is missing when we watch Movies or TV series. Recording is played only once and once you miss something consider that question gone. Practice the section to get comfortable with format and surely you will score high.

Reading: It is the most easiest of all the sections. All that you need to do is to be aware of type of question asked and the kind of answers expected. Once to get hold of the structure, no matter how long and tedious the Paragraphs may look, you’ll score high. Reading is the key. Make sure that you read as many IELTS and TOEFL material as possible. Reading about Politics, Biology, Physics won’t help. IELTS check whether you are able to comprehend any random data thrown at you or not.

I hope I was of some help. I hate diplomatic answers myself, but cannot help you here with anything else.

The International English Language Testing System is English language proficiency for candidates of countries where english isn’t the native language like India.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand colleges and organizations.

No minimum score is required to pass the test.

There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

IELTS Academic

    1. For people applying for higher education or working in a company
    1. It has features of academic language and checks whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

IELTS General Training

    1. For those who are going to English speaking countries for education, work.
    1. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
    1. The test focuses on basic survival skills of language needed in an english speaking country.

Individual organisations have different requirements.

Make sure you check which IELTS test the company you are applying to recognises.

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

The Speaking component can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Test format – Listening : 30 minutes

You will listen to four recordings of English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

    1. Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
    1. Recording 2 – a speech set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
    1. Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university teacher and a student discussing an assignment.
    1. Recording 4 – a speech on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Examiners will be looking to judge of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

Test format – Reading : 60 minutes

The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. Further details and sample questions can be found in the HOW TO STUDY link

IELTS Academic test – this includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.

IELTS General Training test – this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.

Test format – Academic Writing: 60 minutes

IELTS Academic test

Topics are of interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

    1. Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
    1. Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem in a formal style.

IELTS General Training

Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:

    1. Task 1 – you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
    1. Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

Test format – Speaking : 11–14 minutes

The speaking component checks your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.

    1. Part 1 – the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
    1. Part 2 – you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
    1. Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale

IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

Band score Skill level Description
9 Expert user The test taker has fully operational command of the language.
8 Very good user The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations.
7 Good user The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations.
6 Competent user The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings.
5 Modest user The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes.
4 Limited user The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression.
3 Extremely limited user The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations.
2 Intermittent user The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non-user The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test The test taker did not answer the questions.

Calculating the overall band score

A score is given for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score.

IELTS results validity period

The recommend limit is 2 years but every organization can set own limit.

Average Scores

female test takers

 
  Listening Reading Writing Speaking OVERALL
Academic 6.1 6.1 5.6 5.9 6.0
General Training 6.0 6.3 6.0 6.3 6.2

 

Male test takers

 
  Listening Reading Writing Speaking OVERALL
Academic 5.9 6.0 5.4 5.8 5.8
General Training 6.0 6.4 5.9 6.3 6.2

 

Most top ranked U.S. universities require a minimum score of around 7.0

Most top ranked UK universities require a minimum score of 6.5-7.0

Most top ranked Canadian universities require a minimum score of 6.5.

Most top ranked Australian universities require a minimum score of approximately 6.5.

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