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IELTS in detail

you decided to build career in the sphere demanding good knowledge of English? Or intend to go to Australia forever? Then you need confirmation of level of proficiency in language - the certificate of TOEFL or IELTS. According to representatives of a number of foreign educational institutions, popularity of the last grows in many countries: it gives more objective assessment to knowledge.

the IELTS Standards (International English Language Testing System) are developed in 1990 by the British Council together with examination services UCLES (Great Britain) and the International program of development of the Australian universities and colleges (International Development Programme of Australian Universities and Colleges). The certificate of IELTS certifying practical language proficiency admits the majority of universities of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. In the USA is accepted only at several universities, for example in City University, Oregon State University, University of California (Berkeley), Wichita State University (Kansas).

Examination checks possession of all language skills - perception aurally (Listening), reading (Reading), written (Writing) and oral speech (Speaking). Respectively, it consists of four parts, last of which - the oral interview which is absent in TOEFL. Examination is calculated on 2 hours 45 minutes.

According to tastes

two IELTS types - of Academic Module and of General Training Module Exist. The first is intended to those who is going to study in higher education institution or to work in the specialty where language requirements very high (it as medicine or law). The second is handed over by those who want to emigrate to Australia and New Zealand or chose a profession of practical character (cooks, managers, etc.) . In this case in Reading and Writing General Training Module the examination texts which are not containing special and academic lexicon are offered.

Results of Academic Module recognize by

all educational institutions of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and also some higher education institutions of the USA (they are about 100), Canada, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany. Popularity of examination provides, in - the first, its successful form which allows to estimate all main skills of language proficiency (including, and oral speech, unlike TOEFL), in - the second, the system of check of results excluding jugglings. Besides transfer of TOEFL to a computer format caused certain difficulties in applicants from the countries where computers are not really widespread. And it promotes growth of popularity of IELTS too.“ We began to recognize IELTS after received certificates that transfer of TOEFL to other format created problems for part of entrants“, - Tom Koop, the employee on reception of foreign students of Ashland Univervity noted .

more than 80% of the handing-over IELTS choose by

In the world Academic Module. However, in Russia a situation opposite: it is preferred by those who intend to emigrate as these examinations - one of basic requirements when considering the case.

From one to nine

of Knowledge of the candidate are estimated by

on a nine-mark scale: from 1 (there is no knowledge) to 9 (language proficiency in perfection). The mark is put down for each of sections of examination, then the general point is removed. The sections Reading and Listening estimate to within 0,5 points, the sections Writing and Speaking - with to the whole point.

we Will note

, all foreign educational institutions determine the size of the required point for arriving independently. If you want to study at university at faculties which demand rather high level of knowledge of language (medical, legal), then it is necessary to gain not less than 6,5 points. For revenues to others also 6,0 points can be enough.

of Listening

Duration of this section makes 30 minutes. You should answer 40 questions grouped in four blocks, each of which is more difficult previous. The first two - dialogue and a monologue - are devoted to discussion of household problems: how to plan travel, to carry out Wick - and. The third and fourth blocks concern training. For example, the conversation recording of the student with the tutor or conversation of several students on how to plan work on the educational project can be offered you. About four participants can be involved in each conversation. Any of texts does not demand from the applicant of possession of special knowledge.

All tasks are recorded by

with the cartridge which is allowed to wiretap only once therefore it is recommended to strain as much as possible hearing, not to distract and even whenever possible not to sit down near a window. At the end you will be given 10 minutes on deciphering the scribble and to transfer answers to the special form (answer sheet).

This section is calculated by

of Academic Reading on 60 minutes and includes 40 questions. Three texts from 1500 to 2500 words taken from magazines, books and newspapers will be offered you. One of them can include charts, schedules or illustrations. If texts contain special terms, then the short dictionary is given.

For example, it can be the text about use of wind power in the USA. After it the summary with the passed words which should be chosen from the list will be offered. Then it is necessary to finish several offers, having chosen the suitable statement from the list. Complexity of tasks and texts increases as approaching the end of the section. Some questions can precede the text, some - to follow it. No extra time on transferring of answers to the form is provided.

of Academic Writing

Here you is waited by writing of two texts - at least 150 and 250 words respectively on what exactly an hour is allotted. In the first task the chart or the table from which information needs to be stated in the text is offered to attention of candidates. At the same time ability of candidates to represent and compare data, to analyze different stages of process is estimated; to describe object, an event or a chain of events; to explain the principle of operation of any mechanism.

In the second task you accurate justification, the report or a critical remark on the offered subject will ask to write

. In the analysis of written work ability to propose a solution, to represent and prove opinion, to compare and estimate certificates, opinions and offers is estimated.

No special knowledge for implementation of this section of examination is also required to

. Each task is estimated irrespective of another, but the specific weight of the second task in the general assessment of this section is higher, than the first.

of Speaking

It is 10 - 15 - minute oral conversation with the examiner in private. It can be broken into five parts formally. The first is an acquaintance. You and the examiner as whom the diplomaed teacher acts are represented each other. Then the examiner asks several questions of work, life, the house and hobbies to relieve the tension and to remove stress.

the Following part is a detailed speech. You ask to speak on any related topic and look whether the lexicon is rich and as far as you can use language of an explanation, the description and narration.

Then is followed by part under the name “Obtaining Information“. You receive a card with a task and interview the examiner for obtaining the interesting information or the solution of the put problem.

after that the part “Reflection“ goes. You describe the plans concerning training abroad. The examiner can also return to the issue touched earlier in interview. “Conclusion“ in which a brief summary is summed up finishes conversation. it is important to p to note

that interview is recorded. It is necessary to treat it quietly and not to be confused.