---=== A LOOK AT IELTS ===---IELTS
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recognized as an entrancerequirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary,vocational and training programs. Now increasingly American universities have started accepting validscores in this exam.IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work whereEnglish is used as the language of communication. Tests are administered at accredited Test Centersthroughout 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 Modulesdepending on the stated requirement of their sponsor or receiving institution. The Academic Readingand Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English atan Undergraduate or Postgraduate level. The emphasis of General Training is on basic survival skills ina broad social and educational context. It is suitable for candidates who are going to English speakingcountries to complete their Secondary Education, to undertake work experience or training programsnot at degree level, or for immigration purposes.
All candidates are tested in
. All candidates take thesame Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice of Reading and Writing Modules. The firstthree modules- Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. The Speaking may betaken, at the discretion of the test center, on the same day or up to two days later. Candidates insome test centers are required to take additional pretest sections of up to 20 minutes. Performance onthese pretests does not affect a candidate's results in any way but pre-testing is an essential part of IELTS question paper production.
IELTS BAND SCALES
This exam provides a profile of your ability to use English. Your score in each of the subtests and anoverall (average) score are recorded as levels of ability, called Bands. There are 9 bands for each of the four language macro skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The above information islisted on the Test Report Form. The nine bands of language ability are described in general terms asfollows:
Band 9 - Expert User
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with completeunderstanding.
Band 8 - Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the languate with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies andinappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailedargumentation well.
Band 7 - Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies andmisunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understandsdetailed reasoning.
Band 6 - Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies andmisunderstandings. 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 likelyto 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 andexpression. Is not able to use complex language.