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IELTS

The International English Language Testing Scheme.

This test is a bit different than the TEFOL or TOEIC test's as it includes some other topics for discussion and testing.

Speaking           Writing            Listening                   Reading

This is Hong Kong's most widely used testing system for ensuring a competent English level is attained for different purposes. Attending a university or qualifying for full time employment somewhere you need a good score. Each situation however, has its own requirements and out of the possible score of 9, the same score is not required for all. You don't have to have a perfect score for the opportunities that the IELTS qualifies you for. If you can score in the 5 to a 7 band you can qualify for most opportunities.

The exam has four sections altogether. The writing test has two sections and takes one hour. The speaking test is a 15 minute face to face interview. The listening exam has 40 questions on it and it takes 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for the answers to be documented. The reading exam takes one hour and has three parts.


One more reminder, the IELTS scores are only good for a two year period so you need to take it within a time frame that your ready to plunge into the world of opportunities!


Unlike the other English exam tests, the IELTS has it own brand of vocabulary focuses that you can study to get ready for the exam.

Topics covered in the speaking exam consist of talking about diet, relatives, technology, conflict resolution, you need to be able to express opinions, and you need to be able to describe a minor disagreement you have had with someone and how you resolved it.

In the writing sections, for academic writing you need to be able to interpret the material they give you whether a chart or other information and analyze it and be able to make comparisons and report the differences along with highlighting the main idea. A word count of at least 160 words is advisable. For the second section they give you some information for you to write an opinion paper on whether you will agree or disagree. For this section 240 to 300 words is advisable.

For the listening exam, you will have to listen to several recordings and report what you hear. In that process you can only hear the recordings one time and that's it. They then make a statement, insert the number for the question at the same place you would fill in the blank. Then of course your questions all get transferred to the answer sheet.

Finally reading
each part of the reading answer sheet is appropriately designated with identifiers that correspond to the same section on the answer sheet. So section one may have a,b,c,d,e etc. and answer sheet one will have a,b,c,d,e blanks respectively.

In another section of the test there will be some true, false and not given answers, there will also be some match the statement with a stated answer, so you have to identify either the similarities or the exact opposite, an opposing answer.

In another section you may have to label the appropriate paragraphs with a suitable heading, and then within the paragraphs give a cause and effect answer that is already stated, but you will have to pick the matches.

In another section a general fill in the blanks may be expected.
While I list these different scenarios the order may vary, and the content of each also.


Reading is one of the most important skills you have to master to get through a university course. To ensure that you can handle the extensive amount of complex study materials universities require that you take the IELT'S test before they will accept you for entry. Grades required vary from 6.5 to 8.5 depending on the course and the institution. The test covers all 4 areas: reading, listening, speaking and writing. All papers are designed to test your abilities in using academic English effectively in various situations.

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