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IELTS - (International English
Language Testing System)
IELTS is jointly managed by The University
of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES),
The British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS
Australia. IELTS tests reading, writing, listening and
speaking. It is recognised worldwide. There are two modules
of the IELTS Test - Academic
module and the General Training module.
The IELTS Academic
qualification is accepted as an entry requirement to
universities in the U.K, Australia, North America and
New Zealand. This module focuses on the English language
skills which ESL students will need when studying or
training in English.
The IELTS General qualification is accepted as an entry
requirement for immigration to an English-speaking country.
For more information about the IELTS test, you could
go to the www.ielts.org
The IELTS Academic Reading Module has three reading
passages that become progressively more challenging.
You are given 60 minutes to answer questions for all
||The reading passages are on a variety
of subjects and are chosen for their suitability
for people entering university.
The types of skills the Reading
Module assesses include:
- identifying the gist of a passage
- finding detailed factual information in a
- identifying relationships between ideas or
information items, such as: ‹ cause and effect
‹ order of events ‹ comparison
- making inferences distinguishing between fact,
assumption or opinion
- understanding text organisation
- summarising information
The listening section of the IELTS exam has four taped
sections that become progressively more challenging.
The IELTS listening
passages are on a variety of current topics and are
chosen for their suitability for people entering university.
The types of skills the Listening
module assesses include:
- identifying the gist of a conversation or monologue
extracting specific factual information
- identifying speaker roles
- identifying relationships between ideas or pieces
such as: - cause and effect - order of events - comparison
- following directions and instructions
- identifying numbers, dates, time, etc.
- making inferences
- determining when a speaker is expressing fact, assumption
The IELTS Academic
Writing Module consists of two activities: Writing
Task 1 and Writing Task 2.
You are given 60 minutes to complete both tasks. The
writing tasks are on a variety of subjects and are chosen
for their suitability for candidates entering university,
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In Writing Task 1, IELTS
test candidates are asked to write a report describing
information presented in the form of a graph, table
or diagram. Many students find it difficult to understand
and interpret graphs and statistics. At www.selfaccess.com
we provide many examples of these exercises in a number
of different ways to help increase confidence.
In Writing Task 2, you are
- put forward a point of view on a given topic
- argue in support of or against a given statement
- propose a solution to a given problem
- speculate on implications of a given issue
Use our model
IELTS essays to help you pass IELTS.
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
is an English test that measures the ability of non-native
speakers of English (NESB) to use and understand North
American English as it is used in college and university
settings. TOEFL is used by North American universities
and also in Australia, Britain and Europe to measure
the English level of ESL students from non-English speaking
countries who wish to enter undergraduate programmes.
The TOEFL test measures English language proficiency
in reading, listening and writing. It is a computer-based
exam and there is also a paper-and-pencil version of
the TOEFL test.
Both the paper-based TOEFL test and the online TOEFL
exam measure listening and the ability to understand
English as it is spoken in North America, structure
and grammar, reading and comprehension of short academic
texts and writing.
The paper-based TOEFL test takes about 3.5 hours to
complete and has three sections: Listening Comprehension,
Structure and Written Expression which measures the
ability to recognize standard written English and grammar,
and Reading Comprehension.
The Test of Written English (TWE®) is also required
for everyone taking the paper-based TOEFL test. TOEFL
candidates have 30 minutes to write a short essay on
an assigned topic.
The listening section of the paper based TOEFL test
and the online computer based do differ. In the online
TOEFL exam the questions integrate listening, visuals
and reading skills so TOEFL test candidates must order
steps or click on maps or pictures referred to in the
listening texts. Questions are more challenging than
in the paper based version of TOEFL because they involve
such tasks as classification, ordering, referring, and
insertion. Added to this, the listening section of the
computer based TOEFL test is computer adaptive. This
means that at the beginning of the section, TOEFL test
candidates will be given one moderately difficult listening
question. If the person answers correctly, the next
question will be more difficult; if the person answers
incorrectly, the next question will be easier. There
is NOT a specific number of questions in this section.
The number of questions the person receives depends
on the answers given to questions.
The structure and written expression section of the
computer based TOEFL test is also computer adaptive.
TOEFL is equivalent to the British IELTS (International
English Language Testing System) examination.
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