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More about IELTS


More about IELTS

N.B.: These information are directly quoted from : www.ielts.org
Introduction
IELTS Test Structure
Academic or General Training
Special Circumstances
Security of IELTS
Specimen Materials
Free Samples
Test dates
Computer Based IELTS
ILETS in Syria

Introduction

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
Since 1989, IELTS has been proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English. Over 3800 educational institutions, government agencies and professional organisations across 120 countries around the world recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.
With over 500,000 tests taken every year, IELTS is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world, and sets the standard in integrity, research and innovation.

When the question is English language ability – IELTS is the answer.

IELTS Test Structure

All candidates must complete four Modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking to obtain an IELTS Test Report Form.
Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules.

  • Listening: 4 sections, 40 items, 30 minutes.
  • Reading: 3 sections, 40 items, 60 minutes.
  • Writing: 2 tasks, 150 and 250 words, 60 minutes.
  • Speaking: 11 to 14 minutes.
  • Total Test Time: hours 45 minutes

The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be completed in one day.
The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user

Academic or General Training

IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.
The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to
undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these Modules.
The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasise basic survival skills in a
broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work
experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centers are not responsible for providing this information. The General Training module is not offered at all test administrations

Special Circumstances

IELTS aims to assess the English language communication skills of all test takers fairly and objectively.
Our test centers can make arrangements to accommodate special circumstances or requirements to enable test takers to attend a test centre, and to understand questions and tasks and give their answers.
If you have a disability or another condition which might require special arrangements, you should let the test centre at which you will be doing your test know as soon as you can. Each case is considered individually, so they will need a medical certificate from you to put arrangements in place.
Test centers require three months’ notice to put special arrangements in place. They need to confirm arrangements with Cambridge ESOL, and modified versions of the test may need to be prepared (for example, in Braille).

Visual difficulties

A range of options is available, including enlarged print, and brailed question papers.
Answers may be recorded in a variety of ways, e.g. via an amanuensis, or using a Braille machine or word-processor, and extra time may be allowed for completion of Reading and Writing Modules.
A special needs version of the Listening Module is also available.

Hearing difficulties

If you have partial hearing loss and can hear with the help of headphones or special amplification equipment you may ask for permission to use this equipment when taking listening modules.
A lip-reading version of the Listening Module is available.
In the case of severe hearing difficulties, you can apply for exemption from the Speaking and/or Listening Modules.
Learning difficulties (eg: dyslexia)
You can apply for up to 30 minutes extra time to complete the Reading and Writing Modules, and can also apply to write your answers using a typewriter or word-processor, if you normally write this way.

Illness

If you are genuinely ill on the day of or during the test you should let the test supervisor know. Special consideration may be given to test takers who report their illness on the day of the test.

Security of IELTS

Candidates – Find out more – valid and secure

Across all areas of test delivery, test administration and test results, IELTS is valid and secure.
Every aspect of the IELTS test is subject to the highest quality controls, cutting edge security and integrity management practices.
The IELTS nine (9) band score system measures and reports test scores in a consistent manner. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. The rigorous processes used to produce the test materials ensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty, so that your results are consistent wherever and whenever the test is taken. IELTS scores are proven and valid regardless of where you take the test.
IELTS has an integrated system of recruitment, training, benchmarking, certification and monitoring for IELTS Examiners. This ensures that they are fully qualified, experienced and effective, and provide a standardized testing and assessment system around the world. We have a rigorous, quality assured system for marking every IELTS test, proven by the half million IELTS tests conducted every year. The performance of each clerical marker is regularly monitored and evaluated. Each marker is tested every two years to retain their certification.
IELTS test centers are operated by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia or by independent organizations that meet strict standards of quality, security and customer service.
The free IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service enables universities and employers to authenticate test report forms and safeguard against fraudulent report forms using a safe and secure online database.
E Downloads is the quick and secure way to receive IELTS test results. Download IELTS test results from IELTS secure website. The electronic bulk download facility enables registered users to download IELTS results for all candidates who have applied to their organizations.

Specimen Materials

A revised edition of the Specimen Materials is available for 2006. This edition contains a complete new Listening test and nine new Academic and General Training Writing tasks.
There is also a detailed explanation of the revised assessment criteria for Writing tests, with 10 scripts rated according to the new rating scales, plus Examiner comments.

Free Samples

We produce a wide range of learning and practice materials to help you to prepare for your test. There are some free samples here http://www.ielts.org/searchresults/default.aspx for you to download, and you can purchase a full set of practice materials from your nearest test centre .
It is not necessary to attend an IELTS preparation course though it is, of course, a good idea to prepare thoroughly for the test.
The IELTS Specimen Materials have been produced according to Cambridge ESOL's Question Paper Production cycle and are the only preparation resources that are endorsed by all three IELTS partners.

NEW IELTS Specimen Materials

A revised edition of the Specimen Materials will be available from 26 January 2005. This edition will contain a complete new Listening test and nine new Academic and General Training Writing tasks.
There is also a detailed explanation of the revised assessment criteria for Writing tests (in use from January 2005), with 10 scripts rated according to the new rating scales, plus Examiner comments.
Online Sample Materials
Available on this site:

If you would like further assistance with test preparation, many IELTS test centers and language schools offer IELTS preparation courses. There are also other publications available from bookshops or direct from the publishers which familiarizes candidates with the format and style of the IELTS test.

Test dates

IELTS offers you the choice of up to 48 fixed test dates each year. The test dates for 2006 and 2007 are below.
Test centers offer the test on some or all of these dates, depending on demand in their local area. Contact your chosen test centre to find out the dates on which they are offering IELTS.

The test dates for2006 are below

The test dates for2007 are below

Academic and General Training test dates are listed unless otherwise indicated:
* Academic test date only.Valid and Secure

Computer Based IELTS
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1. What is Computer-based IELTS (CB IELTS)?
2. Where is CB IELTS available?
3. Why is CB IELTS not available everywhere?
4. Will CB IELTS be available in other countries in the future?
5. How can someone apply to take CB IELTS?
6. How much does the CB IELTS test cost?
7. How are the CB IELTS tests marked?
8. Do candidates have to take the Speaking test on computer in CB IELTS?
9. How is CB IELTS scored?
10. Which is easier, the computer-based test or the paper-based test?
11. When do candidates get the results of their CB IELTS test?
12. Will the receiving institution know that a candidate has taken the computer-based version of IELTS?
13. Is General Training IELTS available as a computer-based test?

Answers

1. What is Computer-based IELTS (CB IELTS)?
CB IELTS is a computer-based version of IELTS. It consists of the Listening, Reading and Writing tests. To maintain our personal approach, all IELTS Speaking tests will still be conducted face-to-face.

2. Where is CB IELTS available?
CB IELTS will be available at the following IELTS centers:
Bangladesh, Dhaka – British Council more information
Egypt, Alexandria – British Council more information
Egypt, Cairo Agouza – British Council more information
India, New Delhi – British Council more information
India, New Delhi – IDP Education Australia more information
Italy, Milan – British Council more information
Jordan, Amman – British Council more information
Kenya, Nairobi – Australian University Studies Institute more information
UAE, Abu Dhabi – British Council more information
UAE, Dubai – British Council more information
Vietnam, Hanoi – British Council more information

3.Why is CB IELTS not available everywhere?
CB IELTS is being introduced initially at a limited number of IELTS centers, which have been chosen on the basis of specific technical and administrative requirements. The availability of the computer-based test will gradually be increased to meet the developing needs of both candidates and test score users globally.

4. Will CB IELTS be available in other countries in the future?
The IELTS partners intend to gather feedback from the initial rollout and plan to expand the number of centers offering the computer-based test in the future.

5. How can someone apply to take CB IELTS?
To apply for CB IELTS, you should contact one of the centers listed above. Please be aware that places are limited so you should apply for a test as early as possible.

6. How much does the CB IELTS test cost?
The computer-based test costs the same as the paper-based test.

7. How are the CB IELTS tests marked?
The CB IELTS Listening and Reading tests are marked by computer, while the Writing test responses are marked by qualified IELTS examiners, in the same way as the paper based version. This approach maintains the security, validity and consistency for which IELTS is internationally recognized.

8. Do candidates have to take the Speaking test on computer in CB IELTS?
The Speaking test is not taken electronically. To maintain our personal approach, all IELTS Speaking tests are conducted face-to-face.

9. How is CB IELTS scored?
CB IELTS and paper-based IELTS are scored using the same nine-band scale.

10. Which is easier, the computer-based test or the paper-based test?
There is no difference between the difficulty of the computer-based test and the paper-based test.

11. When do candidates get the results of their CB IELTS test?
All IELTS candidates receive their test scores 13 calendar days after taking the test.

12. Will the receiving institution know that a candidate has taken the computer-based version of IELTS?
A candidate’s Test Report Form will look the same whether they have sat the test in its computer-based or paper-based format.

13. Is General Training IELTS available as a computer-based test?
At this stage CB IELTS is only available for the Academic module. The IELTS partnership intends to make the General Training module available in the future.

ILETS in Syria

Damascus
British Council Damascus
British Council Damascus

Address:
IELTS Administrator
Shalaan
Maysaloun Street
Damascus

Tel: 963 011 3310631
Fax: 963 011 3321467
Email:

Web: http://www.britishcouncil.org/syria

Test Fee: 7,500 Syrian Pounds

For more confidential information, visit:
www.ielts.org

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