IELTS in 2020?

How is IELTS going to be in 2020? Has anything changed? Updated IELTS info is given below:

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an examination to assess the English language proficiency of people who would like to take a higher studies program abroad or want to go for work or settle in an English-speaking country.

It provides a reasonable, perfect and relevant assessment of language skills namely in listening, reading comprehension and writing and speaking skills based on established standards, and covers all proficiency levels.

2. There are two categories i.e. Academic training or General Training tests consisting of four separate sections, assessing the four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

3 The IELTS assessment is made on a 9-band scale.

Test takers can choose between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, depending on their academic or professional aspirations, or visa requirements.

4. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same FOR BOTH Academic and General Training.

5. Listening 30 minutes - 40. Questions and 40. Marks.

Test takers listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions.

6. Reading 60 minutes - 40 questions and 40 marks.

The Academic test includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are on academic topics of general interest.

6. The General Training reading test requires test takers to read from extracts from newspapers, pamphlets, advertisements, instruction manuals and books.

Writing 60 minutes – 3+6 = 9 band

The Academic test includes two tasks. Topics are selected to be of general interest and suitable for test takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

7.Task 1—academic training.

Test takers are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in their own words. They may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event in about 150 words minimum.

8. Task 2

Test takers are asked to write an essay in about 250 words minimum in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

9. The General Training test also includes two tasks, and is based on topics of general interest.

10. Task 1—Letter writing

Test takers are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

11. Task 2

Test takers are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.

12. Speaking 11–14 minutes—There are three modules namely—i. Personal Details, ii. Cue card iii. Discussion Questions.

The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner, as we believe this is the most effective way of assessing a test taker’s speaking skills. This section takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded and consists of three parts:

13. Part 1—Personal details.

Test takers answer general questions about themselves and a range of familiar topics, such as their home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2—Cue card. 1+2 minutes

Test takers are given a card which asks them to talk about a given topic. They have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes.

Part 3- A two-way discussion session.

Test takers are asked further questions which are connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions give the test taker an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

The format of the Speaking test is common across both the Academic and General Training tests.

L R W TEST (test in Listening, Reading and Writing) IS CONDUCTED ON THE DAY THE TEST TAKER BOOKS THE SLOT FOR 2 hours 40 minutes, i.e. Listening 40 minutes+ 60 minutes Reading+ 60 minutes Writing tests.

The Speaking test is conducted on another day.

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