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Slide 1IELTS: The Real-life Test for the Real World NAFSA Region VI Indianapolis, IN November 9, 2010
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Agenda
IELTS in 2010: where we’ve been and where we’re going
IELTS fundamentals and test format
Test security: before, during and after the test
The IELTS Examiner system
Standards setting hands-on session
IELTS in 2010: where we’ve been and where we’re going
IELTS test format and hands-on exercise
Test security
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To test communicative language proficiency of non-native speakers
Academic Module: used for entry into universities and board certification (eg. Doctors and nurses)
General Training Module: used for international high schools (ages 16 +), immigration, work
As a 4-skills test including listening, reading, writing, and speaking tests.
is a test of English as an
international language designed...
Accepted by over 6,000 institutions worldwide, including over 3,000 institutions and programs in the US
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Country-specific data is not released.
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“Top 10” nationalities and countries of origin for US-bound students
Nationalities of test takers
China is top on both lists.
majority of candidates taking the test in the US are doing so for US purposes (rather than immigration or study elsewhere)
See that majority of Saudi Arabians taking IELTS for US purposes are doing so in the US (reflection of those studying in ESL programs)
Philippines percentage largely registered nurses and other healthcare professionals
Ask participants to think about the international student nationality breakdown in their institutions and whether there are comparisons with the top 10 nationalities of test takers.
Test Format
General Writing
Academic Writing
Listening
Test Format
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Emphasize the (relatively short) overall time the test takes, the fact that Academic and General candidates take the test together, and that the Speaking test can be taken up to 7 days before or after the main test (although the majority of US test centers hold the Speaking test on the same day as the main test).
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Listening
30 minutes, 40 questions, 4 sections
A variety of native-speaker accents - North American (US and Canadian), UK, Australian
Content vetted for cultural specificity and potential bias
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Emphasize the variety of accents included in the Listening test. IELTS to be seen as a test of international English, not British English and not American English.
Academic reading
Authentic, non-specialist texts.
General interest topics.
Any field-specific or technical terms are glossed to eliminate bias
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Variety of task types:
classification
matching
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The variety of real life task types is regarded as a great strength of the test. The variety of task types better reflects candidates real life experience, particularly in an academic context.
Academic writing
Writing Task 1 is 20 minutes, 150 words
Description in the test taker’s own words of visual information from a chart, table, graph or diagram.
Writing Task 2 is 40 minutes, 250 words
Presentation of a solution to a problem, justification of an opinion, comparison/contrast of evidence or opinions, or evaluation and challenge of an argument or idea.
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There are different styles of writing, and so candidates are given 2 opportunities to demonstrate their ability. The first is more descriptive or explanatory, the second argumentative.
Sample writing task 1 (150 words)
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graph below shows the different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city in 1950, 1970 and 1990.
Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information.
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information transfer exercise
required to describe, not analyse
required to describe salient features of graphic, not all its features
150 words
Notes for presentations to teachers if more detail is required:
not always going to be a histogram
ask: what does the diagram tell you?
better answers focus on the salient features and support this with the detail; weaker answers just give the detail
do not encourage the use of stock phrases without meaning (‘rose dramatically’)
explanation/discussion/ analysis not required
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic
It is inevitable that as technology develops so traditional cultures must be lost. Technology and tradition are incompatible - you cannot have both together.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer.
You should write at least 250 words.
You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.
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Sample speaking part 1: Introduction and interview
Let’s talk about where you live.
Do you live in a house or a flat (an apartment)?
What do you like about your house / flat (apartment)?
What is the area like where you live?
Would you recommend this area as a place to live for young people (Why / why not)?
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Sample speaking part 2: Individual long turn
Describe a teacher or lecturer who has significantly inspired you in your education.
You should say:
Explain why this person inspired you.
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Developments in education
- (describe) changes over the last ten years in your country
- (compare) your experience of education with that of your parents or grandparents
- (speculate) on likely changes in the next fifty years
A national education system
- (compare) expectations of today’s school-leavers with previous generations
- (evaluate) advantages/disadvantages of grouping learners by ability
Different styles/methods of teaching and learning
- (describe) teaching styles/methods for different age-groups in your country
- (suggest) your preferred method of learning
- (evaluate) advantages/disadvantages of grouping learners by ability
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Mention that the theme established in Part 2 is then carried over to Part 3 (here, education) for a fully interactive two-way discussion with the Examiner.
IELTS Band Scores
How is IELTS scored?
IELTS uses a 9-point scoring system to measure and report test scores
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Most frequently
used scores
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The 5 to 8 band scale is highlighted as this area is of most importance for university admissions.
Generally –
Band 7.0 – grad
Band 8.0 – some schools may ask for higher scores in a particular paper (e.g., Journalism School asking for band 8.0 in Writing).
Academic mean band scores by nationality (2009 data set)
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R
W
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Overall
India
6.01
5.54
5.46
5.72
5.75
Avg. mean band scores for candidates taking the Academic module in these countries
Test security
Verification
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Each test version is unique
48 fixed test dates and global zones (24 dates in Indy)
Test takers required to submit 2 passport photos and a copy of the front page of their passport.
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No candidate will see the same test questions twice.
Test center management
Scheduled and unannounced “spot” audits.
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Before and during the reading and writing tests.
“Invigilation” (proctoring).
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TRF generation
Test takers receive one personal copy of the TRF
Additional copies can be sent by mail or electronically directly from test center to the receiving institution
Never accept a test taker’s personal copy or a copy / fax / unofficial copy of a TRF
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Minimum 3 years post-qualification teaching experience
Degrees and certificates verified
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Intensive, face-to-face training
Consistent, on-going monitoring for accuracy and procedures
Mandatory re-training recertification exam
How often is the test given?
IELTS is offered up to 4 times per month (2x monthly in Indy) on Saturdays and Thursdays
How much does the test cost?
$185 in the US
Fees are set locally by country to reflect the local economy and payable in local currency (see website for locations and fees)
Where can test takers find information on test centers and dates?
Search for test centers on www.ielts.org
Online registration
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Thank you! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. IELTS International 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 112 Los Angeles, CA 90041 [email protected] 323.255.2771 Janice Karsenty MSc, BA IELTS Administrator – US294; [email protected] ELS Indianapolis; 317. 278. 1642
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