Sunday, September 1, 2013

IDP IELTS Information

General Training Module of IELTS
The world's largest English language proficiency test is called IELTS, which is accepted for immigration, foreign studies, and Job purposes. In different countries it’s known as IDP IELTS, IELTS British Council, and so on. Ielts is accepted by over 7000 institutions, organizations, and government departments across the globe, to evaluate the capability of a person to communicate in English for real-life purposes like work and education. It is necessary to understand much about before you take the IELTS. Does everybody take the same test? Are there different versions for different purposes? Which is should take and why?

Understanding IDP IELTS
Owned together by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge ESOL, the IELTS is conducted in over 130 countries across the globe, each year. The test delivery partners could be different depending on the country you take IELTS,    For example, you have both IDP India and British Council delivering the test in India, the test is called IDP IELTS or IELTS British Council depending on the delivery partner. However, there is no dissimilarity in the test, whether you take it through either of the organizations. IDP IELTS and IELTS British Council are basically the same in spirit.
Two Versions of IELTS:
Whether you take the IDP IELTS or the IELTS British Council, IELTS is fundamentally the same. However, there are two versions of the test being conducted: General Training and Academic. The General Training version is for those who desire to migrate to, study at school level, or work in a most English language country like Australia. The Academic version is essential for pursuing a higher Education program various countries. Four parts of both versions of IELTS have to assess abilities for communicating in English - Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing parts. For both versions of IELTS the listening and speaking parts are the same, the reading and writing parts are different for General Training and Academic versions.

There is no pass or fail in both IELTS versions. The scores are reported on a nine-band scale with 1 is the lowest and 9 is the highest. A candidate getting scores in band 9 is considered as expert level user of English while getting 1 is considered to be a non-user.

The total test time is the same for both versions.  2 hours and 45 minutes. While the Reading, Listening, and 
Writing parts of the test are done mutually in one session, the Speaking part is sometimes done on other day. It might be done on the same day, on a date up to 7 days before or after the other parts of IELTS.
The Listening part of the test takes around 30 minutes and tests your skills in different types of listening tasks; there are 40 questions to answer. The Speaking part of the test takes 11-14 minutes and the examiner would want to evaluate verbal communication skills and abilities through 3 different tasks - introduction, two-way conversation, and individual long speech. The Reading test takes 1 hour to complete, and have different types of questions to assess your skills for communication for the academic or general purpose. The Writing part also has two different versions to test skills for the two different purposes and each has sixty minutes to complete the test with forty questions.

Which Version to Take?
Depending on your reason, you have to select which version of the test to take. Whether you choose to take IELTS through British Council (IELTS British Council) or the IDP (IDP IELTS), you need to first know the purpose of testing and then choose the version. Generally speaking, your admission to graduate and post-graduate programs in many countries depends on the results of the Academic version of the test whether IDP IELTS or IELTS British Council. This version tests your abilities to understand and develop complex, academic style of the language. While the General Training format spotting to assess your skills in more real-life and social situations and is accepted by educational institutions, such as colleges and high schools for courses that require less difficult skills in the language usage.

Some organizations or institutions might accept both versions, Depending on the recognizing organization's rules and requirements. You have to decide on which module of IELTS to take. Visit the British Council page to know the IELTS requirements of the specific organization or institute.
*Canada, Australia and New Zealand require aspiring migrants to take the General Training module of IELTS. Certain professions in certain countries do require an Academic test score for immigration.
*If you are applying for higher studies in any of the foreign universities, mostly you need to take the Academic module of the test. However, it is vital that you check with the particular institute or school before you enroll for the test.
*If you want to join professional organizations in an English speaking country, you should be sitting for the Academic version of the test.
*In a predominantly speaking country you planning to work like Canada, and not take up a higher academic course, you need to sit for the General Training version of the test.
*The General Training version is also accepted for undertaking any work-related training.

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