IELTS – Let’s start from the scrap
COVID-19 has certainly been a nightmare for candidates who were due to appear for their IELTS exams in March 2020.While for individuals striving to practice more on IELTS, it could be an opportunity for more practice. But are we utilising this time wisely?
Well, it is in human nature to be more lethargic when you have resources available. However, our performances are the best when we work in edge with time. Same is scenario with potential IELTS test takers currently. In order to start off fresh, let’s begin with knowing more about it.
What is IELTS?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It basically is a test designed to assess an individuals’ capability to communicate and survive in a native English speaking country. The band score attained by the test-taker demonstrates the level of his/her ability to speak, understand and communicate in English while living in native English speaking country for study and work purposes.
Who can take IELTS?
IELTS has two module formats – Academic and General Module.
An academic module can be opted by any individual who is willing to pursue higher education in English speaking countries like the US, UK, Australia/ New Zealand, Canada, or EU countries where English is largely spoken. The test is designed to assess the learners’ research based skills and statistical skills besides ability to sort problems in English
This is suggested for people wanting to explore work opportunities, take up a job offer and for migration purposes. Unlike academic, this module is more focussed to test peoples’ ability to adopt general lifestyle in an highly English speaking country.
So depending on ones’ purpose to move abroad, one can choose the relevant IELTS module.
How is the IELTS test designed?
This is one of the most concerns raising question for individuals who have not faced the test before.
The test has four categories, and an individual’s potential in each of this is separately examined. These are as follows:Listening,Reading, Writing (LRW) and IELTS speaking (S). The LRW is conducted altogether on one day, while speaking part is scheduled on a different day. It could be either before or after the LRW.
LRW lasts for 3 hours in total, with an hour for each of them. There is no break once you have entered the hall. Although you will be allowed toilet break, but not with separate time for it. It will be within your test time and you will be instructed on how and when it can be. Unavoidable, but that is how the test is set. And with registration and other formalities, it could consume more than three quarters of your day.
IELTS: Applying, Registration, and Costs:
There are only two recognised IELTS bodies hosting the tests. It is IDP or the British Council. Although there are a lot of dilemmas on which is best or easy, but for the test-takers nightmare, there is no easy or hard, it is all the same with both the institutions.
You can access either of their websites to know more details on the date’s availability, venue and fee details. IELTS fee is generally the same, except that it is a pen-paper based IELTS or computer based. Please await my next article elaborating on this. With the rising demand ,fee for IELTS has been consistently varying. It is hence suggested that you browse the given websites thoroughly for the same.
Applying IELTS online is the easiest option as it allows you to pay via credit card. Bank draft is option otherwise. But the system would allow you to make payment within 48 hours from registering, or the slot will not be held beyond that. IELTS makes slot allocation on first come-first paid basis. So credit card is an easier and quicker option when compared to a DD. Test-taker should also ensure to have original and photocopy of the pass-port with at least 6 months left for expiry. So if your passport is about to expire in less than 6 months, then you might not be allowed to take test.
On the IELTS Test day:
One simple mantra to hit your best on the test is to stay yourself. Do not over-burden yourself with dilemmas on seeing book worms in the centre with last minute preps. Revising, mugging-up or trying to rephrase answers from the learning materials would not help you. It would rather confuse you more. (TIP: Actual test is easier than the study material provided to you post-registration. So do not be on your nerves). If you are looking for more preparations, then feel free to contact us.
Please do not carry anything other than passport and test confirmation email copy. You will be provided with stationary (upon request) and water in the centre. The temperature at the centre are usually cold/hot (depending on which country you appear for the test). So prepare to wear clothes you are most comfortable in. There is no ruling on formal or casual wear. A sound sleep before the test day will have huge impact on your performance. This will keep your anxiety under control. A lighter breakfast would also add benefit to your confidence and ability to concentrate.
Last, there could not be any better way to perform in this test other than understanding its tantrums and cracking them. So again anticipating a mock test to be real, or any form of memorising would not help. Have an eye on my upcoming articles on IELTS where I will be sharing on tricks to solve each of the IELTS module.
Stay Safe and Believe in yourself!! Good Luck!