There are four modules In IELTS
- Listening test
- Reading test
- Writing test
- Speaking test
Today the Listening test will go about half an hour. There are four sections, played on CD with increasing difficulty. In that each section might be a dialogue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers.
The Reading test will go for 60 minutes. For the study the students are given either an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests different question types are used to assess student’s skills in their comprehension. In both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.
The Writing test also lasts will go for 60 minutes. Here the students take either an Academic test, or a General Training test. The Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics. For more detail and Writing practice tests.
The Speaking test consists of specially trained examiner. The examiner will judge the candidate through the three parts of the test an introduction and interview, an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one lo two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn. This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes
The band score in IELTS
In the band score the IELTS module is marked on a scale from 1 up to 9. We have the bands which are given according to highly detailed marking guidelines. These marking guidelines are not made public, but correspond roughly to the following descriptions:
1 Non User, Intermittent Users,Extremely Limited Users,Limited Users, Modest Users, Competent Users, Good Users, Very Good Users, Expert Users
The test results form will show the mark for each module as well as an average band score.
What do the band scores for IELTS mean? In this band score there is no pass or fail mark in the IELTS test. In IELTS the marks, or bands, that a student receives show his ability to use and understand English. However, it is up to each university and college to decide what bands will be acceptable for entry into each course. This will usually depend on the language requirements for the course, that is, how difficult is the level of language that students are required to use and understand in each course.