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IELTS (Academic Preparation)

IELTS (Academic Preparation)

Duration: 30 Hours

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an exam intended for non-native English speakers. Its purpose is to find out what your level of English is (your result is a band score from 0 to 9). Usually you need to take the IELTS test if you are applying for a job or to study in a college or university in an English-speaking country or if you are migrating to such country. There are 2 modules of the IELTS test – Academic and General. The Academic Module is for future students and the General Module is for immigrants.

 

The IELTS Routine

 
The IELTS test consists of four parts in the following order (*)
 
  • Listening test
  • Reading test
  • Writing test
  • Speaking test
 
The Listening test takes about 40 minutes – 30 minutes to listen to a tape and to answer questions on what you hear, and 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet.
 
The Reading test takes 1 hour and your task is to read passages of text and answer questions according to what you have read. There are also other types of assignments which I will cover later on in other posts on this website.
 
The Writing test also takes 1 hour and is divided into 2 sub-parts: you are given 20 minutes to write a letter/report and 40 minutes to write an essay.
 
The Speaking test takes up to 15 minutes and consists of 3 parts: a Personal Interview, a Cue Card talk and a Discussion.
 
All the parts continue one after another, and only before the Speaking test you get a break. Sometimes the Speaking test is even held on a different day.
 
The NADIA Training Institute IELTS preparation Coaching Classes will help you in tackling all of the above modules and contains extensive resources in all modules that will enable you to do the same. In addition practice tests are also provided.

Course Content:

The IELTS Examination consists of various modules

 

A)   The LISTENING Module

This module contains between 38 & 42 questions, this section includes various situation types as well as question types

 

B)   ACADEMIC TRAINING READING Module

In this module you must answer questions on three sections of increasing difficulty with a total of 1500 to 2500 words.

Again there will be varying types of material

  • Social Survival –Retrieving Factual information
  • Training Survival – Language in a training context
  • General reading –Extended prose with an emphasis on  descriptive and instructive texts

 

C)    ACADEMIC TRAINING WRITING Module 

This module involves two writing tasks. Task one is a short letter in response to a given problem or solution. Task two is a presentation of an argument or discussion of a problem. You will be evaluated on your ability to

  • Provide general factual information
  • Outline a problem and present a solution
  • Present and justify and opinion

 

D)   The SPEAKING Module

You will have to speak to an examiner for about 15 minutes; you will be assessed on your ability to

  • Communicate efficiently
  • Use appropriate  vocabulary and structures
  • Ask questions
  • Take initiative in a conversation
  • Demonstrate general fluency
  • Demonstrate structural accuracy
  • Demonstrate intelligibility