IELTS

Total DurationClass DurationClasses/Week
30 Hours2 Hours3 Classes

IELTS training at BIA has time and again stood the test of time. The best in class teaching pedagogy combined with enthusiastic faculty members has seen many of our students clear the IELTS exam with flying colours and achieving their target band scores. At BIA we train students with extensive array of sample questions, so that they are ready to face any number of questions posed to them in the exam. The intensive 30 hour duration program prepares student with the basics of language followed by preparation strategy and exam taking skills and strategy.

IELTS Exam Overview

IELTS exam stands for International English Language Testing System. The exam is conducted by the British Council in partnership with IDP Australia and Cambridge Assessment. The test assess a candidate’s ability to use the English language in everyday real life situations. The test is targeted towards non-native English speaker viz. for whom English is not the primary language of either education or communication.

IELTS is used in 3 possible ways by candidates:

Migration:IELTS is accepted for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Studying:Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.

Working:Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.

Paper Pattern

The exam is available in both paper based and computer based format. The candidate chooses the type of exam he/she wants to attempt.

There are 2 types of IELTS that you can write.

Academic: The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognize IELTS.

General: The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

The exam consists of 4 parts conducted on same day or across 2 different days/sessions. The 4 parts are as follows:

Listening: The candidate is expected to answer questions based on listening to conversation between native English speakers.

Reading: The candidate answers questions after reading a passage or group of written work and comprehending the meaning and context of the text.

Writing: The candidate needs to display his proficiency at directed writing by producing 2 pieces of writing. Example – A letter, a report, description of places, events and opinions on general topics.

Speaking: This section is more like an Interview where the examiner will ask you to introduce yourself and then ask you to speak on a topic for 2 – 3 minutes. The activity is followed by some questions which require explanation of ideas logically and expression of opinion on generic topics.

IELTS Scoring

The IELTS exam is scored on a scale of 1-9 bands for all the 4 sections. The exam report the section wise score on the 1-9 band scale and reports an overall score on a scale of 1-9 band. The overall score is the average of the 4 sections.

The band score obtained by the candidate displays the level at which the candidate is with each component. The table below gives a brief description as to what is indicated by the band scores obtained by the candidate.

 

Band ScoreSkill LevelDescription
9Expert userThe test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8Very good userThe test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7Good userThe test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6Competent userThe test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5Modest userThe test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4Limited userThe test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3Extremely limited userThe test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2Intermittent userThe test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1Non-userThe test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0Did not attempt the testThe test taker did not answer the questions.