About IELTS :
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
How to prepare for IELTS?
Familiarise yourself with the test format: The first step towards IELTS preparation is to become familiar with the test format. Once you are aware of the test format, you know what to expect in each section making it easier for you to attempt your questions.
IELTS tests you on the four skills of English language i.e. Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening. The four sections are explained in detail below:
- Listening – The listening test will be for 30 minutes and is segregated into 4 sections
- Reading – The reading test comprises 40 questions, all divided into 3 sections. The time duration for this section is 60 minutes.
- Writing – The writing test will have 3 tasks and will be for 60 minutes.
- Speaking – The speaking test consists of 3 parts of 11-14 minutes.
- Practice IELTS: Nothing can get you a get score if you do not practice. Use the IELTS practice material to get a better idea of the kind of questions that you might experience during your test. The more you practice, the better you become.
Define your IELTS goal and priorities: Once you start practicing, you will know your strengths and weaknesses. Ensure to practice more on your weaknesses so that you are well prepared by the time you take the test.
Get used to the IELTS testing environment: Familiarise yourself through mock tests so you are well prepared on your actual test day.