What is IELTS?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international system of English language testing. IELTS is the most recognized test of language skills in the world for higher education. This test evaluates your abilities regarding the English language- reading, writing, listening and speaking. This type of testing is designed to reflect on how you will use English in your study, work, and life abroad and has developed with some of the world's leading experts in language appraisal. IELTS has a great international reputation and is accepted by over 10,000 organizations around the world, including schools, universities, companies, immigration authorities, and professional institutions. This is the most effective and natural way to test your English skills.
There are two types of IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The listening and speaking sections are the same for both tests, but the reading and writing sections differ. The test center will inform you for the way the test will be organized. The total duration of the test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The test format
The hearing section lasts 30 minutes. Candidates listen to four parts of English speakers and then write their responses to a series of questions.
The reading section lasts 60 minutes. The reading section consists of 40 questions designed to test a wide range of reading skills, such as reading to understand the text content, reading the main ideas, reading for details, understanding the text through quick reading, the logical meaning of the argument, knowledge of opinions and attitudes, as well as the author's objectives.
The academic writing section lasts 60 minutes.
The talk section lasts approximately 11 to 14 minutes. This section evaluates the use of spoken English.
Below you can find some IELTS preparatory tests: