Know all about IELTS ( Reading Listening Writing & Speaking) Free English lessons

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Hello! My name is emmelda and today I will

be talking about one of the most comprehensive and competitive examination for English Tests.

Any guesses? Yes! We will be talking about IELTS.What is IELTS? IELTS IS International English LanguageTesting System. It is meant for those people, who speak English as a second language, however,

aspire to go to different countries either to pursue higher education or to migrate,

to work there and live there permanently. But in those countries English is spoken as

a first and official language. So that is what IELTS is all about. Let us know few facts about IELTS before we discuss this topic at length. First thing,

a lot of people have this misconception that if you go United States or any country where Queen’s English is not spoken, you don’t require IELTS. Wrong! The United

States of America do accept IELTS score. There are various educational and professional bodies

who accept IELTS score. Second thing, it’s not very easy to book a test date for IELTS.

Wrong again! Firstly, you have two ways and they are very convenient. First, either you

go online and get your test dates booked. Only thing you may to notice that it will

some time before the test material or the practice material is delivered to your home

address. So when you are booking a date be conscious of the time frame. The second option

for booking a test date is you go directly to may be British council and book the date.

There they will give you the practice material in your hand and from there you can start

a date start practicing. So let’s see what IELTS actually tests you on. IELTS test four

skills of yours. First one is Listening skills, then we have reading skills, writing skills

and speaking skills. There are basically those skills that you would require to survive in

those countries and especially if you are going for higher education; how will you communicate

with others and how will you articulate your thoughts and bring it into writing. So let’s

see the listening. The listening test will take no more than 30 minutes. You will be

given a pair of headsets which, most probably, will be cordless. You will have audio clips

and booklet in your hand. You will be given some time to go through these questions. They

are approximately 40 questions that you can expect for your IELTS listening test. As you

get the booklet, you will be given a minute or two to read though the questions; to know

exactly what are the key words you would be looking for. Are you looking for time, place

or a person or anything else. So that you listening. You will have two sets of conversations.

One set will be a monologue and conversation. One set will be of conversation between two

people and other one would be in a group of three to four people. So that what you can

expect in IELTS Listening. Moving on to general reading. Now you’d notice, I have written

general reading and academic reading. It is actually meant for those people who have different

purpose in mind when they are entering a country. For example, are you entering a country so

that you can pursue higher education or you want to migrate so that you can work there

and live there and start a new life. If you are going for higher education or any profession

such as educators or nurse where you have to interact with people a lot and plus you

need a lot intellectual interaction, then you would go for academic reading. If not,

you are going to pursue secondary education or live a normal basic life work as probably

as an IT engineer or any other person may be a HR manager, you don’t require academic

section of IELTS. You may want to go general section. So that’s the basic difference

between academic and general section of IELTS testing. Again this section will have two

components, first is the reading, second is the writing. Both these tests will last for

60 minutes approximately each test. That means you will give 60 minutes on reading and 60

minutes on writing. In general and academic reading you will three sets of passages. The

only difference between general and academic is this is based on more day to day life,

for example the extracts will be taken from newspapers, magazines, notices, flyers where

you have to read about them and give your opinion or conclusion or explanation. However,

academic reading will be a little more tougher as they are actually checking out your academic

skills. So the major sources of extracts here are journals and both of these will have again

40 question. And what you have to note is since general section is little easier than

academic, you have to score higher in general to increase your score bandwidth, so that’s

general reading vs academic reading. Now let’s move on to general writing vs academic writing.

In this writing exam, you are given two tasks, one is for general you will have a letter

and the other one will be an essay. However, for academic you have to for a description

and an essay. Letter and description are 150 words each. However essay is 250 words. Here

you will be talking about general conversation, general description vs someone who has academically

more intellectual conversation or description. Letter, you will be expected to explain or

requesting to explain a situation. Description will be based on a chart, table, graph. You

will be expected to describe something like that in your own words. You may have to describe,

you may have summarise the entire table or chart. Essays are pretty much the same. However,

this will be a very detailed argument or solution centric essay. You have to put in your own

thoughts, what do you think about it. Lastly we have the speaking test. So hope we are

clear about writing and reading. It has two components. General has letter and essay and

academic has a description and essay. So moving on to the last section we have is speaking.

Here they are trying to check your accent, vocabulary; how you pronounce words, how you

articulate your thoughts. Are you comfortable speaking to someone who is speaks English

as first language. The first that will happen is general topic. They may ask you to introduce

yourself or talk about education life or work life. The second thing will be; they will

give you a card. They will give you a minute to prepare your thoughts and arrange them

and give two minutes’ speech ok! Two minutes’ speech. And the final aspect of speaking would

be is they would ask you questions about the topic. So the question would be more abstract

areas of the card topic. So that all. It’s very simple concept, however, a very comprehensive

test. Speaking of test, we would talk about score. There is no pass or fail in IELTS.

The IELTS score will tell you your ability to converse or to comprehend things in English.

The score band ranges from 1-9. Where one means non user, you can say basic words, nine

means that you are very professional that you know the words and you have practically

or you know you have very good English vocabulary. Sorry, so it’s one to nine. The higher the

score the higher your score band would be. Last thing that you have to know about the

score is they usually round up to the next half or full number. For example, in each

test you will get 6.5, 6, 7.5 in speaking and you have 8, 7 here and 6.5 here. It may

happen that your overall score or the mean or average of the score you will get probably

6.25. In this case, they will round it up to 6.5. That means they are rounding up to

next half. If you get a score of 6.75, they will round up the score to 7. IELTS is considered

as one of the very fair tests that we have. It is basically test your ability and survival

skills in English speaking countries. So that’s about it for IELTS. I hope I was able to clarify

the doubts you may have. Now, understand that IELTS topics are very comprehensive and everything

cannot be covered in one session. So, I will be taking these sections individually and

give you tips and tricks to ace IELTS. So that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed my lesson.

I will be back soon with probably new tips on skills reading and writing. I will see

you soon. Have fun learning English. See you in a while..

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