IELTS- International English Language Testing System

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is an internationally recognized language test designed to assess the English language ability of the applicants who want to study or work in Canada, where English is the language of communication.

Format

The IELTS consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.  IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests: “general training” and “Academic”. The IELTS test is for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Listening
    The Listening part is about 30 minutes and consists of four audio clips that the applicant must listen to and answer questions about.

  • Reading
    The Reading section is about 60 minutes and consists of three passages. The applicants are required to read and understand the passage and answer the questions asked.  You will be required to identify attitudes and perceptions, main theme and relevant information or to complete a diagram.

  • Writing
    The Writing section is for 60 minutes and consists of 2 tasks.  The applicant is asked to compose a descriptive report of a table or diagram about 150 words and write an essay in response to a statement given, about 250 words.

  • Speaking
    The Speaking section is for 10-15 minutes.  It is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and the examiner.  It requires the applicant to speak fluently, be grammatically correct, and communicate their opinions and thoughts effectively and clearly.

Registration Process

Register online. Complete the IELTS Application form by entering all the required details and attach an identification proof. Then pay the fees. Acceptable forms of payment are by Credit Card, i.e., Visa or MasterCard, or by Money Order or a Certified Cheque, payable to Conestoga College.  After the payment of fees, you’ll receive a confirmation email which will include your test date, location, registration time and start time.

Fees

The test fee for different regions varies. There are options of payment of fee by mail or in person along with your completed application.

Scoring and Results

The results of IELTS are obtained on the 13th day after the test via mail or courier. The applicants are given a score for each component, i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, on a Band Scale from 1-9.  Following are the band levels:

Band 1 – Non user
Band 2 – Intermittent user
Band 3 – Extremely limited user
Band 4 – Limited user
Band 5 – Modest user
Band 6 – Competent user
Band 7 – Good user
Band 8 – Very good user
Band 9 – Expert user
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