The International English Language Testing System, IELTS or TOEFL, is one of the widely accepted English language tests in the world, and the one most trusted by UK, CANADA, USA, AUSTRALIA and other part of EUROPE universities. There are two versions of the IELTS or TOEFL test: Academic – for studying abroad, and General Training – mainly for immigration purposes.
The IELTS or TOEFL Academic Test accurately assesses the English language ability of individuals wishing to study overseas. In all, the test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes. There are four sections – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes).
In this thirty-minute section you will hear a range of different conversations or monologues. The speakers may have accents from many different parts of the world. Generally, sections will increase in difficulty as you progress through the test. Finally, you will have ten minutes at the end of the test to complete the answer sheet provided.
Lasting an hour, the reading section consists of three sections of increasing difficulty. The test is designed to evaluate students’ reading skills, including logic, comprehension and vocabulary.
There are two sections in the written part of the exam, in total you have one hour to complete them. In part one you are required to produce a illustrative piece of around one hundred and fifty words which is based on a graph or diagram. You should spend about twenty minutes on this section. You should spend the remaining forty minutes on part two, in which you are required to produce a two hundred and fifty-word piece of discursive writing, creating an argument around a specific topic.
IELTS has a nine band scoring system designed to grade scores consistently. Unlike other assessment tests which may place an emphasis on memorizing vocabulary, communication skills are mainly tested in IELTS. Training in an interactive environment rather than studying at home on your own will therefore be important for IELTS.