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In the listening test you will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
Recording 1 – A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
Recording 2 A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Recording 3 – A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
Recording 4 – A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Assessors will evaluate you on the basis of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of a conversation and follow the development of ideas. The Listening test is marked by certificated markers, who are regularly monitored to ensure their reliability. All answer sheets, after being marked, are further analyzed by Cambridge Assessment English.
A Band Score conversion table is produced for each version of the Listening test which translates scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole bands and half bands. One mark is awarded for each correct answer in the 40-item test. Care should be taken when writing answers on the answer sheet as poor spelling and grammar are penalized.
The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for summary, main ideas, detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.
The test includes three long texts which contain descriptive and factual information. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
The three reading passages ask a variety of questions using a number of task types. These could be
The Academic Reading test is marked by certificated markers, who are regularly monitored to ensure reliability. All answer sheets, after being marked, are further analyzed by Cambridge Assessment English.
A Band Score conversion table is produced for each version of the Reading test, which translates scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole bands and half bands.
The IELTS Writing task consists of two tasks. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
Task 1 – You will be presented a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarize 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.
You need to write minimum 250 words in about 40 minutes.
Task 2 You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
You need to write minimum 150 words in about 20 minutes.
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.
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.
The answers to both the Academic and General Training versions of writing and are assessed on the following criteria.
The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.
Part 1 – The examiner will ask you general questions about you and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four to five minutes.
Part 2 You will be given a cue 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.
Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in the cue card. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.
Speaking performances are assessed by certificated IELTS examiners and the scores are reported in whole and half bands on the behalf of following parameters.
This refers to the ability to talk with normal levels of continuity, rate and effort and to link ideas and language together to form coherent, connected speech with logical sequencing of sentences.
This criterion refers to the range of vocabulary used and the accuracy with which meanings are expressed.
This refers to the range and appropriate use of grammatical resource and the length and complexity of the sentences.
This criterion refers to the ability to produce comprehensible speech with the correct utterance of words and apt stress on the syllables.