IELTS : Academic
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a widely recognized examination that tests candidates on their English Language ability. A large number of test takers take the IELTS Academic exam that is required by universities, institutes and colleges across the globe.
The IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council; the IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Who takes the Academic IELTS?
Usually, students wanting to study abroad take the IELTS. Universities, institutions and colleges in English-speaking countries require their international students to submit IELTS scores. Also, some organizations require their professionals to take the IELTS if they have to work in an English-speaking country. The IELTS academic is accepted by 8,000 educational institutions across the globe.
How is it different from General?
The IELTS Academic is different from the General test in that its Reading and Writing sections have different set of questions. The Listening and Speaking sections of both the exams are the same.
What is the format of IELTS Academic?
The IELTS Academic is divided into four sections: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Listening Section: This usually takes?30 minutes. Different speakers give you four recorded texts, monologues and conversations. You have to write your answers to a series of questions. Section 1 consists of a conversation between two people set in a general context. Section 2?has monologue set in a general context. Section 3 has a chat between three to four people set in an educational or training context.?Section 4?has a monologue on an academic subject. You will have questions related to each of the contexts and you have to write answers based on the recording.
Speaking Section: The Speaking component takes around 11-14 minutes. You cannot rehearse your response. The recording is spontaneous. In part 1, the examiner asks general questions about yourself. Part 2 gives you a card containing a topic. You have to speak over the topic for two minutes. However, you are given one minute to prepare before speaking. The examiner then asks a few questions on the same topic. Part 3 is an extension of the previous part, during which you are asked more questions related to the topic. It gives you a chance to give examples, analogies, thoughts etcon the topic.
Reading section:In the Academic IELTS, the reading section has three long reading passages with around 13-14 questions each. There are a total of 40 questions to be completed in one hour. The passages are academic.
Format of Writing section:Section one asks candidates to describe the information (more than 150 words) presented in some kind of graphic or image. In section two academic, candidates have to write a short essay (more than 250 words) on a topic of general interest.
How is it scored?
Nobody fails an IELTS test. Test takers receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and are awarded an overall band score. They may score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.