Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Brief Guide to IELTS General Training Exam

Before going into the test’s coverage, the instructors at the IELTS review center in Makati provide a comprehensive discussion about the General Training exam—and they have a good reason to do so. Knowing the exam inside out increases the test taker’s chances of IELTS success.

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Why take the IELTS General Training exam?


The IELTS General Training test is for people who want to stay in an English-speaking country for training programs, secondary education, and employment. It measures the test takers practical English communication skills in various social and workplace situations. The IELTS General Training test is also a migration requirement in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK.

Do you want to find out if a school, company, or government requires IELTS results as proof of English proficiency? Use this IELTS tool. If you have other questions about the uses of the IELTS results, do not hesitate to ask your IELTS review center instructor.


How is the IELTS General Training exam conducted?


Like the IELTS Academic test, the General Training exam is divided into four components: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Test takers must finish the test in two hours and 45 minutes. 

Here’s an overview of the exam’s format.
•    Listening
Time: 30 minutes
Task: The test taker must listen to four recordings and answer the questions that follow each one.

•    Reading
Time: 60 minutes
Task: The test taker must read texts lifted from materials that they are likely to encounter regularly in an English-speaking country. These include advertisements, notices, guidelines books, newspapers, magazines, and the like. Then, the examinee must answer the questions that follow each text.

•    Writing
Time: 60 minutes
Task: The test taker must accomplish two tasks: write a response letter to a given scenario and write a response essay to an issue, argument, or viewpoint.

•    Speaking
Time: 11–14 minutes
Task: The test taker must answer a series of questions asked by the facilitator. The entire exam is recorded.
The first three test components (i.e., listening, reading, and writing) must be accomplished on the same test date. The speaking exam can be taken on a different day—provided that it is completed a week before or after the others tests were taken.

Do you want to take the speaking exam on a different date? Consult your IELTS review center instructor about its pros and cons before booking a test.

How is the IELTS General Training exam scored?


It is scored against the Global Scale of English (GSE), the world’s English language standard criterion. Other globally acknowledged proficiency exams, like TOEFL and PTE, are also marked against the GSE. If you want to learn how to compute your IELTS score to its GSE equivalent, you can use this converter or ask your IELTS review center coach to teach you.

If you want an in-depth explanation of each section’s test types and contents, consider enrolling in the IELTS review center in Makati.



REFERENCES:
  • "Test Format." IELTS.org. Accessed September 11, 2017. https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format.
  • “The IELTS Band Scores.” Exam English. Accessed September 11, 2017. https://www.examenglish.com/IELTS/IELTS_Band_Scores.html.
  • "Which IELTS Test Is Right for Me?" IELTS.org. Accessed September 11, 2017. https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/two-types-of-ielts-test.


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