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Introduction to IELTS Listening,

Reading, Writing & Speaking Test

IELTS
LISTENING TEST

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What to expect?

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Format
• The Listening module takes about 30 versions of the test.
minutes to complete. • There are 4 sections, each with 10 questions.
• At the end candidates are allowed 10 • Each section has one or more of the various
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minutes to transfer their answers to an task types.
answer sheet. • The test gets progressively more difficult.
• The listening module is the same for both • All the instructions are printed on the question
the Academic and General Training booklet.

Audio Recording
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• You will hear a variety of accents e.g. British, • Answers are in the same order as the
American, Australian. information on the recording.
• Answer the questions as you listen because • If you miss listening to the information for a
the recording is played only once. particular question, guess the answer
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• Some time is allowed during the recording to because wrong answers are not penalised.
preview the questions.

Marking
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• A mark is given for each correct answer. it counts as a wrong answer.


• Spelling is important. A spelling mistake • Write answers clearly. Illegible handwriting
counts as a wrong answer. will result in a wrong answer.
• Both American and British English spelling
are accepted but be consistent.
• A hyphenated word (e.g. absent-minded,
flow-chart) counts as one word.
• Grammar is important: e.g. if you write a
singular noun instead of a plural noun,

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Introduction to IELTS Listening,
Reading, Writing & Speaking Test

IELTS
READING TEST

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What to expect?

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Format
• The reading module takes one hour to content is a little different.
complete. • For both modules:
• At the end there is no extra time to transfer • There are 3 sections with a total of 40
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answers to the answer sheet. questions in all.
• The reading module is not the same for the • Each section has one or more of the
Academic and General Training versions of various task types.
the test. • All the instructions are printed on the
• Task types are the same for Academic and question booklet.
General Training but the test format and
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Marking
• For both modules: writing counts as a wrong answer.
• A mark is given for each correct answer. • Answer the questions as you read and
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• Spelling is important. A spelling mistake transfer to the answer sheet immediately.


counts as a wrong answer. •IELTS accepts both American and British
• Grammar is important: e.g. writing a English spelling but be consistent.
singular instead of a plural noun counts • A hyphenated word (e.g. absent-minded,
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as a wrong answer. flow-chart) counts as one word.


• Write answers clearly. Illegible hand

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Reading Strategies Overview:
• Before you start, quickly look through the one or 1 1/2 minutes at the most per question. If
whole test so you know what to expect. you don’t have an answer, guess, and move
• Time management is extremely important – do on. Write your answers directly onto the
not spend more than the recommended time answer sheet – no extra time is given for this.
(20 minutes) on each passage. Limit yourself to

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Reading, Writing & Speaking Test

• Read carefully to make sure that the choice • Scan the text to find the specific information
you have made is the right answer. required to answer the question.
• Skim the passage to get an idea of what it is • Read carefully to make sure this is the right
about. answer.

READING TASK TYPES


Reading Task Types

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Task Type: Short-Answer Questions

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• Answer questions which relate to factual • Numbers can be written as figures or words
information and detail. (e.g. ‘200’ or ‘two hundred’).

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• Write answers in words or numbers on the • A hyphenated word counts as one word (e.g.
answer sheet. ‘Mother-in-law’ = one word).
• Use only words from the text. • The questions are in the same order as the
• Read instructions carefully to find out how information in the text.
many words/numbers to use.
• Given word limit no mark is awarded.
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Scanning
For short-answer questions you need to scan The answer to ‘wh-‘type questions are often
for facts and details. This means read every numbers or proper nouns (starting with capital
word but moving your eyes quickly over the letter) so they should be relatively easy to
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text just looking for the relevant fact or details. find. Read the questions first so you know
You don’t need to understand every word – what to look for ( Is it a number? A place? A
just enough to answer the question. name? etc.)
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Introduction to IELTS Listening,
Reading, Writing & Speaking Test

IELTS
WRITING TEST

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Format Format
• The writing module takes one hour to Task 2.
complete. • The tasks are different for the Academic and
• The format is the same for both the General Training versions of the test, as
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Academic and General Training modules. outlined in the table below.
• There are 2 tasks to complete: Task 1 &

Training General Academic

Task 1
Letter Report
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(150 Words)

Task 2 Essay Essay


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(250 Words)

(In response to a point of view, argument, or problem)

• All instructions are printed on the question


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booklet.

Marking
• You are marked on 4 criteria. • Coherence and cohesion
• Task achievement (Task 1) / task • Lexical resource
response (Task 2) • Grammatical range and accuracy.

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Tips:

Spend about 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on


Task 2 for both the Academic and General Training
Writing modules.

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Reading, Writing & Speaking Test

IELTS
SPEAKING TEST

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What to expect?

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Format
• The Speaking module lasts for 11 – 14 The Academic & General Training versions of
minutes, and consists of an introduction the test.
section plus three parts. • The linguistic challenge of the test increases
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• The speaking module is the same for both with each part.

Part Timing Content

Introduction 30 Seconds Name, nationality, ID check

2 or 3 unrelated, short,
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simple conversations about


Part 1 - Interview 3.5 - 4.5 mins
your personal preferences
or experience
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1 minute of preparation time


1 – 2 minute talk on a topic
Part 2 - Long Turn 3 - 4 mins which draws on your
personal experience
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There may be one or two


follow-up questions

A more detailed discussion


Part 3 - Discussion 4 - 5 mins related to the topic of the
long turn in part 2.

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Marking
• You are marked on four criteria • Grammar
• Fluency and coherence • Pronunciation.
• Lexical resource (vocabulary)

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Tips

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• Before the test starts, the examiner records stops you from making a long answer during
a brief introduction, including the date, the the introduction section. This part is intended
location of the test, your name, and his / her to be a brief settling down time, and it is not

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name. the time to give a long talk.
• Use this opportunity to relax and get used to • Remember, this test is a conversation. It is
the examiner’s voice and diction. acceptable to use an informal speaking
• Give brief replies to the introduction and ID style. You do not have to give formal, aca
check questions. demic replies to all the questions.
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• Do not get upset or worried if the examiner
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