Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Overview of the IELTS exam


The IELTS exam consists of 4 components: reading, writing, listening and speaking.


Speaking Module Overview

General Points
An interview takes place between one examiner and one candidate for between 11 and 14 minutes.The candidate’s speaking is assessed on fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation.

Speaking test format
Part 1
Examiner and candidate introduce themselves, candidate answers general questions on familiar topics e.g. family, job, studies, free-time etc.about 4 to 5 minutes
Part 2
Candidate asked to speak on a given topic (information is written on a task card) for 1-2 minutes. One minute of preparation in which the candidate can make notes is allowed.4 minutes
Part 3
Discussion on more abstract issue related to the chosen topic in part 2 of the test.about 4 to 5 minutesListening

Module OverviewListening

Test format
IELTS Listening has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). When the tape ends, ten minutes are allowed for candidates to transfer their answers onto an Answer Sheet.
Timing
Approximately 30 minutes plus 10 minutes transfer time.
Marks
Each question carries one mark, giving a total of 40 marks.
Listening texts
The first two sections are concerned with social needs. The final two sections are concerned with situations related more closely to educational or training contexts.
Recordings
Each section is played ONCE only. The recordings include a range of accents, including British, Australian, New Zealand and American.

Reading Module Overview

Module format
IELTS Academic Reading has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark.
Answer format
Candidates record their responses on Answer Sheets.
Timing
IELTS reading takes 60 minutes. No extra time is given to transfer your answersTextsThe passages used in the test are based on authentic texts, and are taken from sources such as magazines, journals, books and newspapers.
Length
The total word count for each passage is between 2000 and 2750 words.


Writing Module Overview

Test format
There are two tasks. Candidates should spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. Task 2 is worth more marks than Task 1.

Task 1( general module)
Candidates are asked to write an informal or formal letter of approximately 150 words.
Task 1 (acacemdic)
Candidates are asked to write a report descibing a graph, table or map.

Task 2
Candidates are aked to write a discurrsive essay of approximately 250 words.

Timing
Candidates are given 60 minutes to complete both tasks

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