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What is IELTS?

Welcome to Effective IELTS! If you are a student or a teacher who would like to know more about the IELTS exam, this is the place to be!

This website will give you all you need to know to pass the IELTS exam or for teachers, help prepare your students to pass the exam.

What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It's an exam designed to test your ability in English. It is owned and managed by The British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge Examinations.

People take the IELTS Test to either immigrate to an English speaking country, study at an English speaking university or work in their profession in an English speaking country.

How is the test structured?

The test is made up of four sections

  1. Speaking

  2. Listening

  3. Reading

  4. Writing

There are two test types

  1. Academic IELTS

  2. General IELTS

Which Test should I take?

It is important to make sure that you take the test that is suitable for you. Look at the difference between the two. If you are not sure, contact your organization or immigration officer or speak to an IELTS Teacher

Remember, if you are immigrating to a country and you are only required to do the General IELTS, it may be worth considering doing the Academic IELTS to open other doors of studying or working in your profession in that country. However, the Academic IELTS is more difficult than the General IELTS, so be ready for more preparation to get your desired score.

The good news is that you can’t fail the IELTS exam. Results are graded from 1 - 9, with 1 being the lowest score you can get and 9 the highest.

Each section of the test – Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening –is scored separately, so your overall exam result will be made up of a score for each component and an overall band score. The overall band score is the average of the four individual scores.

Remember to make sure what your score requirement is for your organization/university or immigration requirements.

For example, you may need a 6.5 score overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each section.

This is very important for the preparation for the test because a score 6 and a score 7.5 are very different and so you need to prepare accordingly to what score you need to get.

Let’s get started by looking at each section of the test in more detail.

Read more about by clicking on the following links:

  • The Speaking section

  • The Listening Section

  • The Writing section (Academic) / The Writing Section (General)

  • The Reading Section (Academic) / The Reading Section (General)

Happy Studying!

Ciske & The Effective IELTS Team


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