IELTS 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardised English language test designed for foreign speakers who wish to study, work and live in an English-speaking environment. The IELTS language certificate can open doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places around the world where English is used.

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. The Academic version is for those who wish to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country or seek professional registration. The General Training version is for those who want to work, train, study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

The difference between the Academic and General Training versions is in the content, context and purpose of the tasks. All other features, such as timing allocation, length of written responses and reporting of scores, are the same.


IELTS ACADEMIC AND GENERAL TRAINING BOTH INCORPORATE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES:

  • IELTS tests the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.
  • The speaking module is a key component of IELTS and is conducted in the form of a one-on-one interview with the examiner. The examiner assesses the candidate as he/she is speaking. The speaking session is also recorded for monitoring and for re-marking in case of an appeal against the score given.
  • A variety of accents and writing styles have been presented in test materials in order to minimise linguistic bias. The accents in the listening sections are generally 80% British, Australian, New Zealander and 20% others (mostly American).
  • IELTS is developed by experts at Cambridge English Language Assessment with input from item writers from around the world. Teams are located in the USA, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other English-speaking countries.
  • Band scores are used for each language sub-skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). The Band scale ranges from 0 (‘Did not attempt the test’) to 9 (‘Expert user’).

IELTS TEST STRUCTURE

Modules: There are two modules in IELTS - Academic Module and General Training Module

There is also a separate test offered by the IELTS test partners, called IELTS Life Skills.


IELTS ACADEMIC MODULE:

It is meant for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions for higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.


IELTS GENERAL TRAINING:

It is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training, who wish to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.


IELTS LIFE SKILLS:

It is intended for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1, which can be used to apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, indefinite leave or citizenship in the UK.


THE IELTS TEST HAS FOUR PARTS

  1. LISTENING: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time)
  2. READING: 60 minutes
  3. WRITING: 60 minutes
  4. SPEAKING: 11–14 minutes

Total test time is 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Listening, Reading and Writing are completed in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests, while the Reading and Writing tests differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training versions of the test.


LISTENING

The module comprises of four sections, with ten questions in each section. The duration of the test is 40 minutes (30 minutes for testing and 10 minutes for transferring the answers to an answer sheet). Sections 1 and 2 are about every day, social situations.

Section 1 comprises a conversation between two speakers (for example, a conversation about travel arrangements). Section 2 comprises a single person speaking (for example, a speech about local facilities). Sections 3 and 4 include educational and training situations. Section 3 is a conversation between two main speakers (for example, a discussion between two university students, perhaps guided by a tutor). Section 4 has one person speaking about an academic subject.

Each section begins with a short introduction explaining the candidate about the situation and the speakers. The candidates are then given some time to look through the questions. The questions are in the same order as the information in the recording, so the answer to the first question will be before the answer to the second question, and so on. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing the candidate to look at the remaining questions. Each section can be heard only once.

At the end of the test, the candidates are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet. Negative marks are given for incorrect spelling and grammar.


READING

The Reading paper has three sections and texts which comes up to 2,150-2,750 words. There will be a variety of question, such as multiple choice, short-answer questions, identifying information, identifying writer’s views, labeling diagrams, completing a summary using words taken from the text and matching information/headings/features in the text/sentence endings. Candidates should be careful when writing down their answers as negative marks are given for incorrect spelling and grammar.


TEXTS IN IELTS ACADEMIC

There are 3 reading texts in IELTS Academic which are usually taken from books, journals, magazines, newspapers and online resources written for non-specialist audiences. All the topics are of general interest to students at undergraduate or postgraduate level.


TEXTS IN IELTS GENERAL TRAINING

Section 1 contains two or three short texts or several shorter texts, which deal with everyday topics. For example, timetables or notices – things a person would need to understand when living in an English-speaking country, etc.

Section 2 contains two texts, which deal with work, such as job descriptions, contracts, training materials, etc.

Section 3 contains one long text about a topic of general interest. The text is generally descriptive, longer and more complex than the texts in Sections 1 and 2. The text will be taken from a newspaper, magazine, book or online resource.


WRITING


TEXTS IN IELTS ACADEMIC

The Writing paper has two tasks which must both be completed. In task 1, the candidate has to write at least 150 words in about 20 minutes. In task 2, they have to write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes. Candidate will be given negative marks if the answers are too short does not relate to the topic. Answers should be written in full sentences and not use notes and bullet points.


TEXTS IN IELTS GENERAL TRAINING

Task 1: Candidates have to write a letter in response to a given everyday situation. For example, writing to an accommodation officer about problems with your accommodation, writing to a new employer about problems managing your time, writing to a local newspaper about a plan to develop a local airport, etc.

Task 2: Candidates have to write an essay about a topic of general interests. For example, whether smoking should be banned in public places, whether children’s leisure activities should be educational, how environmental problems can be solved, etc.


SPEAKING

The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and examiner. The speaking test contains three sections.


SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION AND INTERVIEW (4–5 MINUTES)

Candidates may be asked about their home, family, work, studies, hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam, as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computer and the internet.


SECTION 2: LONG TURN (3–4 MINUTES)

Candidates are given a task card about a particular topic and are given one minute to prepare to talk about the topic. The task card states the points that should be included and one aspect of the topic which must be explained in detail. Candidates are expected to talk about the topic for 2 minutes, after which the examiner may ask one or two questions.


SECTION 3: DISCUSSIONS (4–5 MINUTES)

The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in Section 2.


SCORING

Scores are given for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.


BAND SCALE

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. The marks for IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. Overall Band scores are reported to the nearest half band.

THE FOLLOWING ROUNDING CONVENTION IS APPLIED TO THE SCORE:

  • If the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band.
  • If the average ends in 5.75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

THE NINE BANDS ARE DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:


BAND 9 - EXPERT USER

Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.


BAND 8 - VERY GOOD USER

Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriateness. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.


BAND 7 - GOOD USER

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.


BAND 6 - COMPETENT USER

Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.


BAND 5 - MODEST USER

Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.


BAND 4 - LIMITED USER

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.


BAND 3 - EXTREMELY LIMITED USER

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.


BAND 2 - INTERMITTENT USER

No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.


BAND 1 - NON USER

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.


BAND 0 - DID NOT ATTEMPT THE TEST

IELTS COURSES OFFERED BY JOBINS TRAINING

  1. FULL COURSE IELTS - TWO MONTHS
  • Total course fee: 18000
  • Duration of the course: 2 months
  • 4 classes in a week (Monday to Sunday)
  • Days and time are flexible
  • Free Extra classes will be provided towards the end of the course for two weeks (this facility is available only with two months course)
  • Full material support will be provided with the course. The materials will be emailed soon after enrolling for the course.

  1. CRASH COURSE IELTS - ONE MONTH
  • Total course fee: 10000
  • Duration of the course: 1 month
  • 5 classes in a week (Monday to Sunday)
  • Days and time are flexible
  • Full material support will be provided with the course. The materials will be emailed soon after enrolling for the course.


OTHER INFORMATION

  • Admission to the course will be subject to availability.
  • Highly experienced and expert faculties will handle the online training productively and prepare the candidates to be competent and face the exam.
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A ‘Group Teaching Facility’ is available for all the online students, which is offered beyond the normal classes.


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