IELTS course (คอร์สเรียน IELTS, which is the term in Thai) is an English language exam that is given by the students who are willing to pursue higher education in foreign countries where English is the main language. The exam speaks about the ability of the individual to speak and understand the English language well. The countries that accept IELTS scores are the USA, London, UK, Australia, NewZealand, Canada, etc.
Why give IELTS?
The foreign universities and the visa granting authorities have to be sure that you are well versed in the English language and have good understanding and command over the language. And IELTS or A level course (คอร์สเรียน a level, term in Thai) is a proof kind of thing for this.
Who Conducts IELTS?
In India, the British Council or IDP Solutions conducts the IELTS exam.
IELTS exam pattern:
The exam paper is categorized into 4 sections namely reading, writing, listening and speaking. The total time is 2hrs 45mins. Speaking test consists of 3 tasks, the reading test consists of 40 questions and the listening test consists of 4 tasks. Each section has questions of different types and each question carries 1 mark and there’s no negative marking.
IELTS Exam: Types of Exams
- Academic –It is for those who are looking forward to pursuing higher education in foreign countries.
- General training – It is for those who are willing to translocate to foreign countries for employment purposes.
One can register for the IELTS exam either through British Council or IDP via online and offline modes. The registration fees is INR 13250 in India. The applicant can choose either paper format or computer format for giving the test. The official websites are available for online registration both for IDP and the British council. One can go through the links for a detailed procedure of registering for the test.
- The applicant must be 16 years old.
- A valid passport is a must.
- Candidate can take this test only if he or she is willing to study in countries that accept IELTS scores like the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Preparation for IELTS Exam:
The ideal score for IELTS is above 7. To get good scholarships and fees reimbursement in universities, the candidate must score above 7. To get a score of 7, well-planned preparation is necessary. One can undergo the IELTS course of coaching which will be of duration of about 2 months.