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    IELTS - International English Language Testing System

    What is IELTS?

    IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

    Where can I take IELTS?

    More than 1,100 test centers around the world administer IELTS. Most test centers are run by the British Council, IELTS Australia, or universities and language schools. Some testing centers also offer off-site testing for large groups by prior arrangement with IELTS. Contact your local examination center or visit www.ielts.org to find out where the nearest IELTS test center is located.

    Where can I find information about registering for the test?

    You can contact your nearest examination center or visit the official IELTS website for more information about application procedures and the location of a test center near you.

    The Test Format

    There are four sub-tests, or modules, to the IELTS test: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students must sit all four sub-tests. While all students take the same Listening and Speaking tests, they sit different Reading and Writing tests, depending on whether they have selected the Academic Module or the General Training Module. On the day of the test, the four subsections will be taken in the following order:

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    Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes The Speaking test may even take place a day or two later at some centers.

    IELTS Listening test lasts for about 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers. IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty. IELTS Writing test also lasts for 60 minutes. Again, students take either an Academic Module, or a General Training Module. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics. IELTS Speaking test consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The interview is recorded and has three separate parts: An introduction and interview, an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn. This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes.

    http://www.ielts-exam.net/Listening.htmlhttp://www.ielts-exam.net/Reading.htmlhttp://www.ielts-exam.net/Writing.htmlhttp://www.ielts-exam.net/Speaking.html

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    IELTS Reading

    Academic and General Training

    If you are taking IELTS to study abroad then you will take the Academic IELTS Reading Module.

    If you are taking IELTS for other purposes such as working abroad, then you will take the General Training Reading Module.

    Either way, improving your reading for IELTS is important as you will face some complex reading and difficult vocabulary.

    The aim of these pages is to give you the skills and practice to tackle the reading module.

    Both IELTS Reading Tests, Academic and General Training, aim to assess the following skills:

    1. Reading for gist 2. Reading for main ideas 3. Reading for detail 4. Understanding inferences and implied meaning 5. Recognizing a writers opinions 6. Attitudes and purpose 7. Following the development of an argument

    Academic Reading General Reading

    60 minutes

    40 questions

    60 minutes

    40 questions

    3 readings 3 readings

    Texts from journals, magazines,

    books, newspapers

    Texts from advertisements, booklets, leaflets,

    manuals, notices, newspapers, magazines

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    General interest texts written

    for non-specialist audience

    Texts related to everyday life, work & general

    interest

    The Academic IELTS Reading Module

    The Academic IELTS Reading Module takes 60 minutes and there are 40 questions to answer. Each question is worth 1 mark.

    The Reading Passages

    There are three reading passages with a total of 2,150-2,750 words. Texts are taken from journals, magazines, books, and newspapers.

    All the topics are of general interest and the texts have been written for a non-specialist audience. The readings are intended to be about issues that are appropriate to candidates who will enter postgraduate or undergraduate courses.

    At least one text will contain detailed logical argument. One of the texts may contain non-verbal materials such as graphs, illustrations or diagrams.

    If there are technical terms which you may not know in the text then a glossary is provided. The texts and questions become more difficult through the paper.

    The Questions

    Instructions are clear and easy to follow and you will be provided with examples of any unfamiliar question types. Texts and questions appear on a Question Paper which you can write on but not take away from the test room.

    You must answers all questions on an Answer Sheet during the 60 minutes - there is not extra time at the end to transfer your answers to an answer sheet.

    The position of the questions varies - some of the questions may come before a passage, some may come after, depending on the question type.

    These are the types of question you can expect to see in the test:

    1. short-answer questions 2. multiple choice 3. sentence completion

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    4. notes/summary/diagram/flow chart/table completion 5. choosing a heading for a paragraph 6. identification of writer's views/claims - yes, no or not given 7. identification of information - true, false or not given 8. classification 9. Matching lists/phrases.

    There is an answer sheet and you must enter all the questions on there during the test. There is no extra time at the end to enter the scores.

    The General Training Module

    As with the Academic IELTS reading, the General Training reading module takes 60 minutes, there are 40 questions, and each one is worth 1 mark.

    The Reading Passages

    The readings are 2,150-2,750 words, each text being harder than the one before.

    In contrast to the Academic Reading, texts are taken from advertisements, notices, booklets, official documents, leaflets, newspapers, timetables, instruction manuals, books and magazines. They are all authentic.

    These are texts that you are likely to have to deal with daily in an English speaking country.

    Section one:

    This section contains 2-3 short factual texts with topics that will be relevant to your everyday life when you live abroad in an English environment. For example, a text may consist of a number of advertisements.

    Section two:

    There are 2 factual texts and they focus on issues related to work such as applying for a job, pay and conditions, staff training and development and company policies.

    Section three:

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    The text in this section is longer and more difficult. It is a text on a topic of general interest.

    The Questions

    As with the Academic IELTS reading, these are the questions you can expect to see on the test:

    1. short-answer questions 2. multiple choice 3. sentence completion 4. notes/summary/diagram/flow chart/table completion 5. choosing a heading for a paragraph 6. identification of writer's views/claims - yes, no or not given 7. identification of information - true, false or not given 8. classification 9. Matching lists/phrases.

    IELTS - READING

    IELTS Reading Tips

    These 23 IELTS Reading Tips provide you with essential strategies to help you get the score you need in the exam.

    1. Skim the reading and questions first it is a good idea to skim the reading first to get an understanding of what it is about and who it is written for. Look at the title of the reading, any subheadings, and pictures. Then look at the questions as the type of question will influence the strategies you use to complete them.

    2. However, do what works for you! You'll always find a mix of advice on ways to approach the reading test. A common complaint from students studying for the test is that "One teacher told me to do it this way, but another told me to do it this way". But this is fine

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    people read in different ways and what works for one person may not work f