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IELTS Band Scales

IELTS Band Scales

This exam tests your ability to use English. Score in each of the subtest and an overall (average) score is recorded as levels of ability, called Bands. Highest : 9 bands for each of the four language macro skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The above information is listed on the Test Report Form. The nine bands of language ability are described in general terms as follows:

Band 9 Expert User
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8 Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6 Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5 Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3 Extremently Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

IELTS Tips for General

IELTS Tips for General 

Success in the IELTS exam requires a candidate to know the test format and the specific techniques for answering questions. Make sure you are fully equipped with this knowledge. ( Please see Resources on the Internet and Books )

Don’t believe people who tell you that IELTS needs no preparation if your English is good. Even if it is, you still need to learn the right skills for the test. I would suggest a period of two weeks as preparation time, though this would vary depending on your level of familiarity with English. The test fees are high and if you don’t get the band score you need, you have to wait for three months before you can take the test again. Like in all other exams, practice is the key to doing well in the IELTS. Make sure you have plenty of it before you appear for the test. Answer all questions. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Preparing for the test
Start by familiarizing yourself with the test format. Then read the online resources I have suggested. After that you could start with Step Up to IELTS to build the basic skills that you will need to do the test. Lastly, go on to doing the 4 tests in Cambridge IELTS 3 under test conditions. This should get you ready to take on the IELTS. The British Council offers preparatory courses for IELTS. A placement test is held first to assess the candidate’s level of English. This costs Rs 400/-. A four day intensive course is held before the date of the test. This costs Rs 5600/-. If you can afford the fees, the course might be a good idea as it gives you an insight into IELTS along with lots of practice. I think it would not help those whose level is very poor (possibly they would not do well in the placement test itself) or very good (they may not need the course). It would be most useful for those who lie somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
Test day
Make sure you have visited the venue of the test a few days before the test date. Arrive at least half an hour earlier than the reporting time specified. Arriving late could send your tension levels soaring and the exam requires you to be absolutely relaxed and ready to give of your best.

There is no break between the four components of the test. This means that for around 3-3.5 hours, you can’t eat, drink or visit the restroom. However, water was provided in the test hall where I took the exam and students were allowed to visit the restroom, but only while the test was in progress ( not in the period between different modules ). Since time is

 

TIPS TO PREPARE FOR IELTS

 

TIPS TO PREPARE FOR IELTS

Important tips

(1) First of all we suggest you to buy Cambridge IELTS 1, 2 & 3, 4, 5 to 10. Buy cassettes also, but for book one only.
(2) Read the opening section of book 1
(3) First concentrate on reading. that it is the most difficult part. Attempt the first test of book 1 “in the manner you want” and do it in 55 minutes and check your score. If you have not completed your test and time has run out, give zero to all wrong answers. Just mark yourself. This is your baseline
General tips
Become familiar with the test as early as possible. The skills being tested in the IELTS take a period of time to build up. Cramming is not an effective study technique. Use your study time efficiently. Study when you are fresh and, after you have planned a timetable,
make sure that you keep to it. Set goals and ensure that you have adequate breaks. In the IELTS test, each of the four Band Modules listening, Reading, Writing and speaking carries the same weight. Study each skill carefully and spend more time on the skills in which you
feel you are weak. Be aware of the exact procedure for the test. Be very clear on the order of each section, its length and the specific question types. There are many resources
available to help you practice these skills. Having a study partner or a study group is an excellent idea. Other students may raise issues that you may not have considered. Seek help from teachers, friends and native English speakers. This is not a time for intensive study. It is a time to review skills and your test technique. It is important to exercise, eat, rest and sleep well during the week in which you will take the test. Leave nothing to chance. If you do not know how to get to the test center, try going there at a similar time one or two weeks before the real test.
The night before the test
You must have a good dinner and go to bed at your normal time not too early and not too late, as you do not want to disrupt your sleep pattern if possible. Have everything ready that you need to take with you to the test so you can simply pick it up in the morning, for
example, the test registration form, passport, test number, pens, pencils, erasers, etc. A pen that runs dry or a pencil that breaks can take several minutes to replace. Check before the exam exactly what articles you need. Set your alarm clock the night before or arrange a
wake-up call.

On the morning of the test
Eat a good breakfast. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you, especially if your speaking test is at a later time that day. You cannot, however,
take food or drink into the exam room. If possible, wear a watch in case you cannot see the clock in the exam room. It is essential that you keep track of time. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test center. You will be required to complete a registration form and
to show your passport before you enter the examination room so you must arrive at the time specified by your test center. If you are early, you could go for a walk. If you are late, you will not be allowed to enter. Avoid the added tension of having to rush.
During the test
Most students at the test will feel nervous. This is quite normal. In fact, it can actually be quite helpful in terms of motivation. It may make you alert and help you to focus. The aim is for you to try to perform at your optimum level. In contrast, high levels of anxiety can affect a student’s performance. However, good preparation, familiarity with test details and a positive attitude can overcome much of this anxiety.

The examination room should be suitable for testing, that is, the lighting, ventilation and temperature should be appropriate. If you are uncomfortable because of any of these factors or if there is some other problem, such as not being able to hear the recording of the
Listening Module, make sure you ask the person in charge to do something about it. For example, you may ask to change seats.

 

IELTS Band Scales

IELTS Band Scales

IELTS Band Scales

IELTS Band Scales
This exam tests your ability to use English. Score in each of the subtests and an overall
(average) score is recorded as levels of ability, called Bands. Highest : 9 bands for each of the four language macro skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The above
information is listed on the Test Report Form. The nine bands of language ability are
described in general terms as follows:

Band 9 Expert User
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with
complete understanding.

Band 8 Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic
inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations.
Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies,
inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex
language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6 Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5 Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, thoughis likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding
and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3 Extremely Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent
breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Organizations Recognizing IELTS
This test is specified as fulfilling English language requirements for entry to academic courses by the majority of institutions of Further and Higher Education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom and currently by over 380 universities and colleges in the USA. It is also used by a number of professional bodies world-wide, including the Ministry of Defense, and the General Medical Council in the UK, the Australian Medical Council and Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, the Medical Council of Ireland, the New Zealand Immigration Service and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools in the USA.

 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a usual entrance
requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary, vocational and training programs.Now increasingly American universities have started accepting valid scores in this exam. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Tests are administered at accredited Test Centers throughout the world – there are currently more than 300 Centers, in over 120 countries.
ACADEMIC AND GENERAL TRAINING CANDIDATES
Candidates must select either the Academic or General Training Reading and Writing
Modules depending on the stated requirement of their sponsor or receiving institution. The
Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an Undergraduate or Postgraduate level. The emphasis of
General Training is on basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. It is
suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their
Secondary Education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.

 

 

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