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IELTS Test Format Listening Speaking Reading & Writing India

 

 

There are only four modules that are must to be completed by each candidate who want to get the score card for IELTS in any of the two offered versions.  These four modules are named as - Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking. The candidate has the must to appear in all the modules to obtain a band score, which is shown on the IELTS Test Report Form.
 

Listening

This module consists of four different sections with increasing difficulty. This section takes in total 40 minutes. These 40 minutes are divided in the way that 30 minutes are for testing and the left 10 are for transferring answers to a specific answer sheet designed especially for the test. 
Each section, which can be either a monologue or dialogue,begins with a short introduction telling the candidates about the situation and the speakers. Then they have some time to look through the questions. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing candidates to look at the remaining questions. Each section is heard only once.
 
At the end of this section students are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.
 

Reading

In the academic version the reading consist of three sections in a way such that it has  3 texts normally followed by 13 or 14 questions for a total of 40 questions overall. 
 
As for as the General test is concerned it also has 3 sections. However the texts are shorter as compare to the academic one, so there can be up to 5 texts to read.
 

Writing 

In IELTS in Academic version there are two tasks in the writing module: Task 1- asks the candidate to describe a diagram, process, graph or a chart while in the Task 2- the candidate respond to an argument. 
 
In the General Training version there are again two tasks given to the candidates in the Task 1- the candidate writes a letter or had to explain any specified situation while in Task 2- the candidate had to write an essay. 
 

Speaking

In IELTS the speaking test consists of three sections:
 
The First Section takes a form of an interview during which the candidate is questioned about their interest, hobbies, reason of choosing and appearing in the IELTS and the conducting council. Along with that the candidate is also asked about other general topic likes free time, clothing, family or any other general life time topic. 
 
The Second Section the candidate is given a topic card the card had any random topic written on it the candidate had given a minute with that; in that given minute the candidate had to prepare some points in his mind related to that topic written on the card, after that one minute the candidate had to speak about that topic and may be asked some cross question regarding that topic of discussion. 
 
The Third Section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2. This last section is more abstract, and is usually consideredthe most difficult.
 

Duration

Time is the major aspect of the language test and used as a gadget to judge the capability of the candidate.  The total test duration for IELTS is around 2 hours and 55 minutes which include the Listening, Reading and Writing modules.
 
Listening: 40 minutes, 30 minutes for which a recording is played centrally and additional 10 minutes for transferring answers onto the OMR answer sheet.
Reading: 60 minutes.
Writing: 60 minutes.
Speaking: 11–15 minutes.
 
The candidate should keep in mind that No additional time is given for transfer of answers in Reading and Writing modules
The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - are completed in one day, and in fact are taken with no break in between; they are taken according to the same sequence. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test center, 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.
 

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