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IELTS: International English Language Testing System

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

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Presentation of the IELTS: what is it? What's the point ?
What's this ? IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally recognized English language proficiency test that assesses your written and oral skills. It is a real alternative to the standardized English test, the TOEFL. Indeed, IELTS focuses on "International English", which includes British English, American English and other varieties. The TOEFL, meanwhile, only concerns North American English. Some, especially outside the United States, therefore believe that the IELTS results are more reliable

For who ? IELTS is often required to enroll in an Australian, New Zealand, Scandinavian, British or Irish university. It is also widely recognized in the US where more than 2,000 institutions now accept it.
The IELTS is divided into two categories:
- The "academic module" is intended for those wishing to enroll in universities or other institutions of higher education.
- The "general training module" is intended for those who want to undertake another training or who pass the test for a professional purpose or to immigrate to an English-speaking country.

Validity ? This test is intended to determine the level of the one who passes it, its validity is limited to 2 years. You can register for the IELTS test as many times as you want.

Universities based on IELTS to determine the level of English of Candidates :
This test is required by English-speaking universities (outside the United States) and those whose language of instruction is English. The minimum score required is set by each institution (between 6.0 and 7.5).

How do IELTS work and how does it work?
It takes a day to pass the test. Generally, the test starts at 9 o'clock and ends around 4.30 pm:

  • 9:00 am to 9:55 am Instructions and oral comprehension test
  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am Reading comprehension
  • 11:00 to 11:20 Break
  • 11:25 am to 12:25 pm Written expression
  • 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm Oral expression (15 minutes per person)


How to prepare for IELTS and succeed ?
It is imperative to prepare this test before passing it. Indeed, if you pass this test "tourist" a first time and you do not get the desired minimum result, you will have to wait 3 months to be able to iron!
We recommend a bibliography that can help you in the preparation of this test.

Composition of IELTS, topics covered :
Composition of the IELTS test:
It consists of two compulsory modules:
- Oral comprehension,
- Oral expression.
And an optional module following the profile of the candidate:
- Academic module: Comprehension and written expression on academic subjects for candidates for admission to higher education institutions,
- General Training Module: Comprehension and expression written on general topics for other candidates.

The module Listening comprehension : It lasts 40 minutes for 40 questions. Part of the module deals with social issues while the other part deals with education or training topics.
Attention, the recorded text has passed only once so be attentive!
Written comprehension module : It lasts 60 minutes for 40 questions. The texts come from books, newspapers or magazines.
The Written Expression Module : It lasts 60 minutes and consists of two parts: a first word of 150 words in 20 minutes and a second word of 250 words in 40 minutes.
The oral expression module : This is an individual interview that lasts 15 minutes.
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