The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an assessment of an individual’s proficiency level in the English Language and is required for people aiming to stay in native English Speaking Countries (namely UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) for the purpose of Studies or Permanent Residency.
The IELTS Tutorials are aimed at producing extensive practice to candidates to be able to skillfully approach the IELTS test, At Optimates Education our CELTA and TESOL certified trainers teach on the Cambridge teaching methodology pattern, which primarily gives foundation English training followed by extensive practice of all four modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Our students are scoring a 7+ band consistently with this approach.
IELTS is divided into two parts Academic, for those who are seeking admission in colleges and universities and General Training, for those aspiring to immigrate to these countries on a permanent basis. Optimates provides coaching for both these modules and the results have been excellent.
IELTS is tested for four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking on a scale of 1 to 9. There are two kinds of tests – Academic for further studies and General forimmigration or PR to any of these countries.
(The Listening and Speaking tests are common for both Academic and General whereas there are slight variations in the Reading and Writing Tests.) LRW will be held on same day and will be of 2 hours 45 minutes duration with no break in the middle. Speaking test will be held on a different date.
LISTENING (40 minutes): An audio tape will be played for 30 minutes once only. There are 40 questions in 4 sections. Question types include Fill in the blanks/Multiple Choice/Mapping etc. Correct spelling, grammatical variant, tenses etc. are very important. The audio will be in British/American/Australian accents and simultaneous listening/comprehension/thinking and writing correct answer will be required. At the end 10 mins will be allowed to transfer answers to the answer sheet.
READING (60 minutes): 40questions –There will be three passages with 13/14 questions each. Question types include Multiple Choice/True, False, Not given/ Headings/Fill ups/Locating answers from passage etc. You are expected to spend about 20 minutes on each passage. Vocabulary/synonyms/antonyms/speed/understanding/comprehension is important. It is advisable to use the skim/scan technique. No extra time will be allowed to transfer answers.
WRITING (60 minutes): 2 Sections – Task 1 (20 mins) and Task 2 (40 mins)
(Task 1 is different for Academic and General. Task 2 is same for both)
ACADEMIC : Data Interpretation – Line graph/Bar chart/Pie graph/Table -150 words minimum.
GENERAL : Letter – Formal/Informal (Personal/Business) – 150 words minimum
TASK 2 – Essay – Argumentative, discussion, opinion, agree/disagree, preference etc. 250words minimum. (Common for both academic and GT).
READING – 11-14 minutes : 3 sections
Section 1 (4-5 mins) : Warm up, Introduction, questions about yourself and your surroundings
Section 2 (1 + 2 mins) : Cue card : you will be given 1 min. to prepare and then you have to speak for about 1.30 to 2 mins. on the given topic.
Section 3 (4-5 mins): follow up questions based on cue card. Detailed cross questioning with focus on how things have changed from the past to the present.