The IELTS test structure includes two test formats: Academic and General Training. Both are graded exactly the same way. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differ on the basis of which test you take. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed within one day. Speaking, however, may be completed within a week before or after the student takes the test for the other sections. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. At “TEA”, we will explain you all the elements of the examination in minute details so that you do not miss out on anything as this exam proves to be one of the most important tests for studying abroad.
STRUCTURE OF THE IELTS EXAM
Insight into IELTS
What do I need – Academic or General?
The Academic Module has been designed for people who aspire to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate program in an English-speaking university or institutions of higher and further education. Students are offered unconditional admissions to desired courses on the basis of their test results.
IELTS – Score processing, reporting and interpretation.
Scores from Band 1 to 9 are given to candidates. A separate profile score is reported for each section. The four respective scores are averaged and rounded off to calculate the Overall Band Score. Each sectional score and the Overall Band Score are reported half bands and full bands
Candidates receive a Test Report Form that details their Overall Band Score and the scores they’ve achieved in the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections. The scores of each section are equally important. The Overall Band Score, thereby, is calculated by averaging the scores of the individual sections.
Listening and Reading
IELTS Listening and Reading papers have 40 items, each carrying one mark. Band scores (ranging from Band 1 to Band 9) are awarded depending on their raw scores.
Writing and Speaking
Detailed performance descriptors function as a strict rubric for examiners marking the Writing and speaking sections of the IELTS exam. The performance descriptors describe the candidate performance level at each of the 9 bands.
The four criteria on which the examiners award a band score in the Writing Section are:
- Task Achievement (for Task 1)
- Task Response (for Task 2)
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Similarly, the four criteria on which the examiners award a band score in the Speaking section are:
- Fluency and Coherence
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy