Introduction:The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication .The IELTS is a mandatory exam for Nepalese and other non-native English speakers, especially in the Commonwealth countries, for entry into most reputed universities and colleges overseas, and occasionally for immigration requirements as well. There are General and Academic training that provide a valid and accurate assessment of the language skills through listening reading writing and speaking.
There are four sections one has to be prepared for while preparing for an IELTS test. Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Everyone will take the same listening and speaking tests but different reading and writing tests. Reading and listening must be taken on the same day. As per the test format, you would be given a 30 minute session on listening where you will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions. There will another 60 minutes for the reading component which consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. IELTS Listening and Reading components each contain 40 questions. Each correct item is awarded one mark, therefore the maximum raw score you can achieve for each component is 40. Band scores ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 are awarded to candidates on the basis of their raw scores.When marking the Writing and Speaking components of the test, examiners use detailed assessment criteria which describe written and spoken performance at each of the 9 IELTS bands.
An IELTS band score determines a students possibility and ability to get into the best academic institution and organization. A band score of 6.5 isa standard or an average band score that makes a test-taker a good user of the English language. It shows that he or she has a good command over the English language and is eligible to apply for most professional courses and jobs.