Are you know this things about IELTS ?
01 May , 2017
IELTS stands for international English language testing system which is standardised test for assessing proficiency of non native English speakers. Since 1989, it has been managed by British council, Cambridge University and IDP-Australia.
In the past, IELTS was known as the English language testing service (ELTS) which was launched by Cambridge English language assessment and British council. At that time number of test takers was low, and there were some practical difficulties in administration, so a result redesigning of ELTS was done with the help of international development program of Australian universities in order to enhance quality at international level. New redesigned course was launched in 1989 with a new name IELTS. Initially IELTS was accepted only by United Kingdom(UK) and Australia but gradually IELTS was accepted USA, Canada, New Zealand and European countries as well for student visa purpose. In recent years, TOEFL has almost been taken over by IELTS. One of the other reasons for this change is IELTS examination centre require more simple set up than TOEFL.
In present era, two types of IELTS test are available. One for academic and second for general training. In both type of tests, candidate has to participate in four different modules which are known as Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking modules. First three modules are organized on the same day whereas remaining module is organized on seven days prior or later of the test date which is chosen by candidate. Candidate can choose the test date from two options which are British council and IDP, both are authorized administrative agencies to conduct IELTS test.
Both types of IELTS (Academic and General) are designed to assess full range of ability of candidate from expert user to non user. The Academic version is useful for the students who want to apply in foreign university of English speaking country; whereas, general training version is helpful for those candidates who want to work or immigrate in native English speaking country. It is also helpful for admission in post secondary school. The main difference in two versions is only content and purpose of the task otherwise timing, length of written responses is same.
IELTS test is assessed from 9 Band in each module. The band scale ranging from 0 to 9. Speaking is conducted with the examiner in the form of personal interview because it is key component of IELTS test. The examiner assesses on the base of fluency, pronunciation, range of grammar and accuracy, cohesion as well as coherence. Final speaking band score will be given on the basis of all these criteria. The speaking session is also recorded by examiner to monitor as well as reassessment in case of further checking. In listening module 80% accents are generally British, Australian and New Zealander in order to minimize linguistic biasing.
Apart from individual evaluation for either academic or general purpose, some people consider giving IELTS exam for personal evaluation. IELTS is not just an examination to improve English Language but also individual confidence and personality.